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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Product

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"Human perception is a saga of created reality."

— Don DeLillo, Point Omega

See "Important Product" in this journal and the previous post.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Genial …

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… and not so genial —

From a link in last night's post, the 'moving forces'
behind the creation of Hollywood 

Other, later, moving forces —

Bullshit Studies

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From The Chronicle of Higher Education  on March 2, 2017 —

These days, in a world totally dependent on microprocessors, lasers, and nanotechnology, it has been estimated that 30 percent of the U.S. gross national product is based on inventions made possible by quantum mechanics. With the booming high-tech industry and the expected advent of quantum computers, this percentage will only grow. Within a hundred years, an esoteric theory of young physicists became a mainstay of the modern economy.

It took nearly as long for Einstein’s own theory of relativity, first published in 1905, to be used in everyday life in an entirely unexpected way. The accuracy of the global positioning system, the space-based navigation system that provides location and time information in today’s mobile society, depends on reading time signals of orbiting satellites. The presence of Earth’s gravitational field and the movement of these satellites cause clocks to speed up and slow down, shifting them by 38 milliseconds a day. In one day, without Einstein’s theory, our GPS tracking devices would be inaccurate by about seven miles.

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

The above paragraphs are clearly propaganda, not physics.

For "It has been estimated," see

The "without Einstein 's theory" statement may or may not be correct.
See the lengthy discussion at

http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/1061/
why-does-gps-depend-on-relativity
.

See also Princeton's March of Mediocrity Continues.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

For Your Consideration

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Related material —

"The warnings come after  the spells.”
— Doctor Stephen Strange

Friday, March 25, 2016

Pleasantly Discursive

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Toronto geometer H.S.M. Coxeter, introducing a book by Unitarian minister
Richard J. Trudeau —

"There is a pleasantly discursive treatment of Pontius Pilate’s
unanswered question ‘What is truth?’”

— Coxeter, 1987, introduction to Trudeau’s
     The Non-Euclidean Revolution

Another such treatment

"Of course, it will surprise no one to find low standards
of intellectual honesty on the Tonight Show.

But we find a less trivial example if we enter the
hallowed halls of Harvard University. . . ."

— Neal Koblitz, "Mathematics as Propaganda"

Less pleasantly and less discursively —

"Funny how annoying a little prick can be."
— The late Garry Shandling

Monday, August 31, 2015

Stylist

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Or:  A Shema for Sacks.

"We’ve already seen the hexagon painted over a
propaganda poster. It’s obviously a mark of defiance,
or maybe a geometry lesson. It’s still not clear.

Hey, it’s that clown dictator again. Who’s his stylist?"

Perhaps Orwell, perhaps Waugh.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Strategy

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IMAGE- California Democratic chairman says GOP uses 'Big Lie' strategy.

Some background: 

The "big lie" strategy was originally described
by the National Socialists not as their own,
but  as the strategy of their enemies .

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Rosetta and the Stone

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"Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning"

— Title of a Christian propaganda* song

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101219-RosettaJacobs.jpg

Rosetta Jacobs (alias Piper Laurie) as the wife of Joseph Goebbels ("The Bunker," 1981)

For the Stone of the title, see Caesarian, The Tiffany Puzzle, and Willkommen .

For Rosetta, see Three in One and a sequel, Stella.

* See an article on Oberammergau and a pastor's weblog with the song in that setting (but with place-name suppressed).

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday November 16, 2008

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ART WARS
continued

From Koestler’s Darkness at Noon, a fictional Communist on propaganda:

“It is necessary to hammer every sentence into the masses by repetition and simplification. What is presented as right must shine like gold; what is presented as wrong must be black as pitch.”

Thanks for this quotation to Kati Marton, author of The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World (Simon & Schuster, paperback edition Nov. 6, 2007). One of Marton’s nine was Koestler.

Paperback edition of 'The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World,' by Kati Marton

From another book related to this exodus:

“Riesz was one of the most elegant mathematical writers in the world, known for his precise, concise, and clear expositions. He was one of the originators of the theory of function spaces– an analysis which is geometrical in nature.”

— Stanislaw Ulam, Adventures of a Mathematician

And from Gian-Carlo Rota, a friend of Ulam:

“Riesz’s example is well worth following today.”

Related material: Misunderstanding in the Theory of Design and Geometry for Jews.

For a different approach to ethnicity and the number nine that is also “geometrical in nature,” see The Pope in Plato’s Cave and the four entries preceding it, as well as A Study in Art Education.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Wednesday September 10, 2008

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Hitler on
Democracy

The Fuehrer's wisdom seems especially appropriate today, in light of John McCain's recent "sex education for kindergarteners" and "lipstick" ads:

"… thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously…. The grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down."

Mein Kampf

From Sept. 8:
http://www.log24.com/log/pix08A/080910-Goebbels.jpg
"I'm Joseph Goebbels, and
   I approve this message."

Monday, September 8, 2008

Monday September 8, 2008

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Annals of Propaganda: Cabaret and Goebbels, Arthur Szyk and German Authority
Related material:

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Aesthetics for Jesuits

Joke

The Guardian, July 26,
on a work by the
late playwright
 George Tabori:

“… inspired satire, laced with Jewish and Christian polemics, sparkling wit and dazzlingly simple effects. For Golgotha a stagehand brings on three crosses. ‘Just two,’ says Jay. ‘The boy is bringing his own.’ Tabori often claimed that the joke was the most perfect literary form.”

Update at noon,
Sept. 9, 2008:

Tabori, a Jew from Hungary
and former screenwriter
(“No Exit“), died at 93
on July 23, 2007.

Black monolith, 4x9

For related material on
another Jew from Hungary
click on the black monolith
(also known as
the Halmos tombstone).

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Thursday March 8, 2007

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Dia de la
Mujer Trabajadora

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“Yo es que nací un 8 de marzo,
Día de la Mujer Trabajadora,
y no he hecho más que
trabajar toda mi vida.”

Josefina Aldecoa

For background on Aldecoa,
see a paper (pdf) by
Sara Brenneis:

“Josefina Aldecoa intertwines
history, collective memory
and individual testimony in her
historical memory trilogy…”

HISTORICAL MEMORY–

History:

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the largest industrial disaster in the history of the city of New York, causing the death of 146 garment workers who either died in the fire or jumped to their deaths.

Propaganda, March 1977:

“On March 8, 1908, after the death of 128 women trapped in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City, 15,000 women workers from the garment and textile industry marched echoing the demands of their sisters 50 years earlier…”

Propaganda, March 2006:

“First of all, on March 8th, 1857, a large number of factory workers in the United States took to the streets to demand their economic and political rights. The owners called the police who arrived immediately and opened fire, engaging in blind repression… Later on, in 1908, the same date of March 8th was once again a memorable date of struggle. On this day, capitalist bosses in Chicago set fire to a textile factory where over a thousand women worked. A very large number was terribly burnt. 120 died!”

Propaganda disguised as news, March 2007:

From today’s top story in 24 HoursTM, a commuter daily in Vancouver published by Sun Media Corporation:

Fight still on for equality

By Robyn Stubbs and Carly Krug

“International Women’s Day commemorates a march by female garment workers protesting low wages, 12-hour workdays and bad working conditions in New York City on March 8, 1857.

Then in 1908, after 128 women were trapped and killed in a fire at a New York City garment and textile factory, 15,000 women workers again took their protests to the street.”

Related historical fiction:

A version of the
I Ching’s Hexagram 19:

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Log24 12/3/05:

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Katherine Neville, The Eight

    “What does this have to do with why we’re here?”
    “I saw it in a chess book Mordecai showed me.  The most ancient chess service ever discovered was found at the palace of King Minos on Crete– the place where the famous Labyrinth was built, named after this sacred axe.  The chess service dates to 2000 B.C.  It was made of gold and silver and jewels…. And in the center was carved a labrys.”
… “But I thought chess wasn’t even invented until six or seven hundred A.D.,” I added.  “They always say it came from Persia or India.  How could this Minoan chess service be so old?”
    “Mordecai’s written a lot himself on the history of chess,” said Lily…. “He thinks that chess set in Crete was designed by the same guy who built the Labyrinth– the sculptor Daedalus….”
    Now things were beginning to click into place….
    “Why was this axe carved on the chessboard?” I asked Lily, knowing the answer in my heart before she spoke.  “What did Mordecai say was the connection?”….
    “That’s what it’s all about,” she said quietly.  “To kill the King.”
 
     The sacred axe was used to kill the King.  The ritual had been the same since the beginning of time. The game of chess was merely a reenactment.  Why hadn’t I recognized it before?

Perhaps at the center of
Aldecoa’s labyrinth lurk the
  capitalist bosses from Chicago
who, some say, set fire
to a textile factory
on this date in 1908.

For a Freudian perspective
on the above passage,
see yesterday’s entry
In the Labyrinth of Time,
with its link to
John Irwin‘s essay

The False Artaxerxes:
Borges and the
Dream of Chess
.”

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Symbols
S. H. Cullinane
March 7, 2007

Today, by the way, is the
feast of a chess saint.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Friday September 22, 2006

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Shining Forth continued:

The Grace of Accuracy

In this morning's New York Times:

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The Times describes yesterday's
memorial to Cy Feuer,
producer, notably, of the 1972
film version of "Cabaret"–

"Joel Grey sang 'Willkommen….'"

Related material:

a Log24 entry
from October 29, 2002–

 

Our Judeo-Christian Heritage:

Two Sides of the Same Coin

 

On this date in 1897,
Joseph
Goebbels was born.
Related reading:

The Calvin College
Propaganda Archive
and

Prince Ombra.

Cabaret

Joseph Goebbels

  — and Echoes
(August 11, 2006).

The New York Times on Sven Nykvist,
a cinematographer who died on Wednesday:

"In his films, especially those with Mr. Bergman, light assumed a metaphysical dimension that went beyond mood. It distilled and deepened the feelings of torment and spiritual separation that afflicted Bergman characters." –Stephen Holden


"Pray for the grace of accuracy
Vermeer gave to the sun's illumination…."

— "Epilogue," by Robert Lowell,
in Day by Day, 1977

For further remarks on light,
see Shining Forth as well as
Tombstone (from May 17,
the date of Feuer's death).

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Wednesday September 13, 2006

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Octobers for Fest

In memory of Joachim Fest, a noted biographer of Hitler who died on 9/11 at age 79–

A link from 5/27, 2005 (a date mentioned in Monday's Log24 9/11 entry):

"the four corners of the horizon."

A search on this inelegant phrase from Sartre's Being and Nothingness leads, surprisingly, to remarks by the Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain said to have been published in the month of October in the fateful year 1941.

According to Telegraph.co.uk today, Fest was "the most celebrated historian and the most distinguished journalist of the post-war generation in Germany."

The Telegraph says he 

"aroused the envy of professorial rivals, none of whom could match the incisive elegance of his writing. Equally important was his flair for controversy. He was determined to prevent the wrong lessons being drawn from the past by the Left-wing establishment that had dominated German intellectual life since the 1960s.

Conservative in politics and Catholic by upbringing, Fest stood out among his contemporaries for his rejection of the influence of the Marxist sociologists of the Frankfurt school on the historiography of the Third Reich. Fest saw the Nazi phenomenon not as a product of capitalism, but as a moral catastrophe, made possible by the abdication of responsibility on the part of educated Germans."

For a view of Christian politics closer to that of the Frankfurt school, see a review by Charles Isherwood in the 9/11 New York Times of a play, "The Man Himself."

Related material:

A Log24 entry
from October 29, 2002:

 

Our Judeo-Christian Heritage:

Two Sides of the Same Coin

 

On this date in 1897,
Joseph
Goebbels was born.
Related reading:

The Calvin College
Propaganda Archive
and

Prince Ombra.

Cabaret

Joseph Goebbels

 and Echoes
(August 11, 2006).
 

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Saturday October 22, 2005

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North Country Outrage

In memory of Barrington Moore Jr.,
Harvard observer of social folly,
who died on Sunday, October 16

Barrington Moore Jr. in 1978 On Moral Outrage:

“People’s organizations, loudspeakers, newspapers, the secret police, and the courts all swing into action and the campaign is launched. A reasonably intelligent person, particularly the educated product of Chinese civilization, which for centuries has stressed the nuances of moral indignation in a setting of intrigue and bureaucratic protocol, will know at once just how to adjust facial expressions and tones of voice in showing the correct degree of indignation for each degree on the official set of priorities that ranks all possible varieties of the execrable behavior of the enemies of the people. A poor peasant or worker cannot be expected to do as well.

Worse still, a peasant or a worker may have trouble understanding why this year’s enemies of the people include some of last year’s heroes, and why it is necessary to have another exhausting campaign so soon if the last one was as successful as everybody said it was. But since socialism is a workers’ and peasants’ state that belongs to the people, there are lots of people to explain such matters to workers and peasants, and indeed to anybody else who cares to listen. Furthermore just about everybody must care to listen. Woe to the person who stubbornly refuses to listen to the right noises or to try to make the right noises under socialism, since a socialist state is very efficient in its allocation of human as well as material resources.”

“Come gather ’round friends
And I’ll tell you a tale of when
the red iron pits ran plenty….

My children will go
As soon as they grow.
Well, there ain’t nothing
here now to hold them.”

— Robert Zimmerman,
North Country Blues,” 1963

“Well, if you’re travelin’
in the north country fair,
Where the winds hit heavy
on the borderline,
Remember me to
one who lives there.
She once was
a true love of mine.”

— Robert Zimmerman,
Girl of the North Country,” 1963

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Click to enlarge.

Above: propaganda poster of
the 2005 October revolution.

The title of the current film
North Country
was taken from Zimmerman’s
second song above.

Apparently Zimmerman’s first lament, about the iron pits being idle, is not currently in favor with leftists.  It still has validity, however.  See

 Where the Rivers Run North,
by Diane Alden.

Alden, who has lived in northern Minnesota, is perhaps more familiar with its problems than is the New Zealand feminist Niki Caro (director of “Whale Rider,” as well as “North Country”).

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Sunday May 29, 2005

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Just Say Non

“French opposition to the draft European constitution is being undermined by an onslaught of state-funded propaganda ‘worthy of Fidel Castro,’ according to France’s most eurosceptic leader of the Right, Philippe de Villiers.”

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de Villiers

telegraph.co.uk May 4, 2005

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telegraph.co.uk May 30, 2005

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Saturday April 30, 2005

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City of God

Kevin Baker in 2001 on
E. L. Doctorow’s City of God:

“…the nature of the cosmos
(Augustine’s City of God?)”

David Van Biema in Time Magazine
(May 2, 2005, p. 43)

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on Augustine’s City of God:

“A key concept in Augustine’s great
The City of God is that the Christian church
is superior and essentially alien

to its earthly surroundings.”


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  Click on the above for a rendition of
  Appalachian Spring.

This year’s April – Mathematics Awareness Month –
theme is “Mathematics and the Cosmos.”

For my own views on this theme as it applies
to education, see Wag the Dogma.

For some other views, see this year’s
Mathematics Awareness Month site.

One of the authors at that site,
which is mostly propaganda
for the religion of Scientism,
elsewhere quotes
an ignorant pedagogue:

“‘The discovery of non-Euclidean geometries
contradicted the “absolute truth” view
of the Platonists.'”

Sarah J. Greenwald,
   Associate Professor,
   Department of Mathematics
   Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Damned nonsense.  See Math16.com.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Sunday July 11, 2004

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Los Angeles Times
2:38 PM PDT, July 9, 2004 —

Boyz N the Hood:   
    
Kerry, Edwards Emphasize Values

W. Va. soldier on Kerry and Edwards
    
By Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer

BEAVER, W. Va. — Anticipating a full-frontal attack by President Bush, Sens. John Edwards and John Kerry offered a vigorous defense of their character today, arguing they are more aligned with the concerns of the middle class as they accused the administration of having hollow values.
 

For further details, see Ann Coulter
on the Shyster and the Gigolo.

For a more philosophical approach to
culture and politics, see a Log24 entry
from October 29, 2002:

 

Our Judeo-Christian Heritage:

Two Sides of the Same Coin

 

On this date in 1897, Joseph Goebbels was born. Related reading:

The Calvin College Propaganda Archive and

Prince Ombra.

Cabaret

Joseph Goebbels

Friday, November 28, 2003

Friday November 28, 2003

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Understanding Media

BBC News, March 2, 2002:

"The Reverend Billy Graham has apologised for a taped conversation with former President Nixon in which he said the Jewish 'stranglehold' of the media was ruining the United States and must be broken."

"The ‘propaganda model’ of media operations laid out and applied by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky in Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media postulates that elite media interlock with other institutional sectors in ownership, management and social circles, effectively circumscribing their ability to remain analytically detached from other dominant institutional sectors. The model argues that the net result of this is self-censorship without any significant coercion." 

A Critical Review and Assessment of
   Herman and Chomsky’s ‘Propaganda Model'
   by Jeffery Klaehn,
   European Journal of Communication,
   2002,
Vol 17(2): 147–182. 

"We are in a war of ideas."

— Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,
   Oct. 24, 2003


Toby Ziegler
of West Wing

THE WEST WING
"NIGHT FIVE"

WRITTEN BY: AARON SORKIN

Transcription from http://communicationsoffice.tripod.com
/3-13.txt

Episode 3.13 — "Night Five"
Original Airdate: February 6, 2002

**************************

PORTION OF THE TRANSCRIPT
DEALING WITH A
UN FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH

**************************

TOBY
Our goal is to proclaim American values.

ANDY
This speech isn't supposed to be about ideology. It's supposed to be about reality.

TOBY
I think the President will decide what the speech is suppose to be about, but the reality is, the United States of America no longer sucks up to reactionaries, and our staunch allies will know what we mean.

ANDY
We don't have any staunch allies in the Arab world; just reluctant ones.  We've a coalition held together with duct tape! A coalition without which we cannot fight!

TOBY
Nobody's blowing off the coalition, and that coalition will be plenty strong….

ANDY
What's Egypt going to think? Or Pakistan?

TOBY
That freedom and democracy are coming soon to a theatre near them, so get dressed.

He sits on the edge of his desk.

ANDY
…. this one moment in time, you have to
get off your horse and just… simply put – be nice to the Arab world.

TOBY
Be nice?

ANDY
Yes.

TOBY
Well… How about when we, instead of
blowing Iraq back to the seventh century for harbouring terrorists and trying to develop nuclear weapons,
we just imposed economic sanctions and were reviled by the Arab world….

Supplemental reading:

Who Rules America?

Review of Abraham Foxman's
Never Again? The Threat of
The New Anti-Semitism
,
NY Times Book Review,
November 30, 2003
 

Monday, March 24, 2003

Monday March 24, 2003

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Orwell’s question, according to
an admirer of leftist Noam Chomsky:

“When so much of the BS is right out in the open,
why is it that we know so little about it?
Why don’t we see what’s right in front of our eyes?”


Oscar
Deep Chomsky:
Lying, Truth-Telling,
and the Social Order
 
 
 
 
 Michael
 Moore

“First of all, I’d like to thank the Academy….”
— Quotation attributed to Plato

The New Yorker of March 31, 2003, discusses leftist academic Noam Chomsky.  The online edition provides a web page listing pro-Chomsky links.

Chomsky’s influence is based in part on the popularity of his half-baked theories on linguistics, starting in the 1950’s with “deep structure” and “transformational,” or “generative,” grammar.

Chomsky has abandoned many of his previous ideas and currently touts what he calls The Minimalist Program.

For some background on Chomsky’s recent linguistic notions, see the expository essay “Syntactic Theory,” by Elly van Gelderen of the Arizona State University English Department.  Van Gelderen lists her leftist political agenda on her “Other Interests” page.  Her department may serve as an example of how leftists have converted many English departments in American universities to propaganda factories.

Some attacks on Chomsky’s scholarship:

The Emperor’s New Linguistics

The New Grammarians’ Funeral

Beyond Chomsky

Could Chomsky Be Wrong? 

Forty-four Reasons Why the Chomskians Are Mistaken

Call for Papers, Chomsky 2003

Chomsky’s (Mis)Understanding of Human Thinking

Anatomy of a Revolution… Chomsky in 1962

…Linguistic Theory: The Rationality of Noam Chomsky

A Bibliography

Some attacks on Chomsky’s propaganda:

LeftWatch.com Chomsky page

Destructive Generation excerpt

The Sick Mind of Noam Chomsky

Partners in Hate: Noam Chomsky and the Holocaust Deniers

Chomsky and Plato’s Diamond

Like another purveyor of leftist nonsense, Jacques Derrida, Chomsky is fond of citing Plato as a precedent.  In particular, what Chomsky calls “Plato’s problem” is discussed in Plato’s Meno.  For a look at the diamond figure that plays a central role in that dialogue, see Diamond Theory.  For an excellent overview of related material in Plato, see Theory of Forms.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Tuesday October 29, 2002

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Our Judeo-Christian Heritage:

Two Sides of the Same Coin

 

On this date in 1897, Joseph Goebbels was born. Related reading:

The Calvin College Propaganda Archive and

Prince Ombra.

Cabaret

Joseph Goebbels

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