Sunday, February 9, 2020

Hors d’Oeuvre

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 1:29 PM

From the May Day 2016 link above, in "Sunday Appetizer from 1984"

The 2015 German edition of Beautiful Mathematics ,
a 2011 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) book,
was retitled Mathematische Appetithäppchen —
Mathematical Appetizers . The German edition mentions
the author's source, omitted in the original American edition,
for his section 5.17, "A Group of Operations" (in German,
5.17, "Eine Gruppe von Operationen") —  

Mathematische Appetithäppchen:
Faszinierende Bilder. Packende Formeln. Reizvolle Sätze

Autor: Erickson, Martin —

"Weitere Informationen zu diesem Themenkreis finden sich unter



http://​finitegeometry.​org/​sc/​gen/​coord.​html ."

That source was a document that has been on the Web
since 2002. The document was submitted to the MAA
in 1984 but was rejected. The German edition omits the
document's title, and describes it as merely a source for
"further information on this subject area."

From the Gap Dance link above, in "Reading for Devil's Night" —

Das Nichts nichtet.” — Martin Heidegger.

And "Appropriation Appropriates."

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Appropriation Appropriates*

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:29 PM

* A weblog motto. See

That Ereignis  post is dated July 3, 2007.
Related material for the Church of Synchronology —

"The deepest strain in a religion is the particular
and particularistic doctrine it asserts at its heart,
in the company of such pronouncements as
‘Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.’
Take the deepest strain of religion away…
and what remains are the surface pieties — 
abstractions without substantive bite — 
to which everyone will assent
because they are empty, insipid, and safe."

— Stanley Fish, quoted here on July 3, 2007
The opening date of the film "Transformers."

The opening pronouncement of "Transformers" —

"Before time began, there was the Cube."

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Philosophy in a Cartoon Graveyard

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:04 PM

But seriously …

Behind the Babble

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:00 PM

From a New York Times  obituary today recounting
the life of a psychoanalyst who reportedly died at 94 on
January 16  —

"Dr. Shengold began treating Dr. Sacks in 1966 for
an amphetamine addiction. He continued to see him for
nearly a half-century.

'Above all, Shengold has taught me attention,'
 Dr. Sacks said in an interview in 2012 for the website
Web of Stories, an archive of stories told by prominent
scientists and other people. 'And what is sometimes
called listening with a third ear — listening to what is
behind the babble.' "

Previously in Log24

The New Yorker, issue dated July 23, 2007, page 42:

“While out-of-body experiences have the character of
a perceptual illusion (albeit a complex and singular one),
near-death experiences have all the hallmarks of mystical
experience, as William James defines it….”

— Oliver Sacks,“A Bolt from the Blue

The New Yorker, same issue, page 70:

IMAGE- Barsotti cartoon, 'You're a good listener'


Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 12:55 PM

From Martin Heidegger's
Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning) , 
Translated by Parvis Emad and Kenneth Maly,
Indiana University Press, 1999 (first published in German
in 1989 as Beiträge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis)  but
written in 1936-1938 

"The 'between' [das Zwischen ] is the simple 'bursting open'
that enowns be-ing to a being, which up until then is held back
from what is ownmost to it and is not yet to be named a being.
This 'bursting open' is the clearing for the sheltered. But the
'bursting open' does not disperse. and the clearing is not a mere

The 'between' [das Zwischen ] which bursts open gathers
what it removes into the open of its strifing and refusing
belongingness, moves unto the ab-ground , out of which everything
(god, man, world, earth) recoils in swaying into itself and thus leaves
to be-ing the unique decidedness of en-ownment."

— 270, "The Essential Sway of Be-ing" (p. 341)

"Enownment and enstrifing, historical grounding and decision,
uniqueness and the onefold, what has the character of
the between [Zwischenhafte ] and the cleavage [Geklüft ] —
they never name the essential sway of be-ing as properties
but rather in each case the whole essential swaying* of its essential

— 270, "The Essential Sway of Be-ing" (p. 342)

* For "swaying" as "unfolding," see (for instance)
the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy  and
also George Kovacs, Thinking and Be-ing in Heidegger's
Beiträge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis) ,
Zeta Books, 2015.

Monday, February 3, 2020

A Kuhnian Register

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:22 PM

Ereignis  in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Further aspects of the essential unfolding of Being are revealed by what is perhaps the key move in the Contributions—a rethinking of Being in terms of the notion of Ereignis, a term translated variously as ‘event’ (most closely reflecting its ordinary German usage), ‘appropriation’, ‘appropriating event’, ‘event of appropriation’ or ‘enowning’. (For an analysis which tracks Heidegger's use of the term Ereignis at various stages of his thought, see Vallega-Neu 2010). The history of Being is now conceived as a series of appropriating events in which the different dimensions of human sense-making—the religious, political, philosophical (and so on) dimensions that define the culturally conditioned epochs of human history—are transformed. Each such transformation is a revolution in human patterns of intelligibility, so what is appropriated in the event is Dasein and thus the human capacity for taking-as (see e.g., Contributions 271: 343). Once appropriated in this way, Dasein operates according to a specific set of established sense-making practices and structures. In a Kuhnian register, one might think of this as the normal sense-making that follows a paradigm-shift. 

— Michael Wheeler, 2011

See as well "reordering" in Sunday evening's post Tetrads for McLuhan
and in a Log24 search for Reordering + Steiner.

Another Opening, Another Show

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 3:53 PM


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:24 PM

George Steiner, death notification, 2:20 PM ET

See as well a Steiner book cover in Art Space, a post of May 7, 2017.


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:05 PM

A sequel to Xmas Eve 2019

* "Ereignis  appears in Heidegger's later works
    and is not easily summarized." — Wikipedia 

Sunday, February 2, 2020

“Krauss, Portman; Portman, Krauss.”

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 12:58 AM

Prominent in the oeuvre  of art theorist Rosalind Krauss, the Klein group
is a four-element group named for Felix Christian Klein.

The Klein Four-Group, illustration by Steven H. Cullinane

It is commonly known as the four-group.
Mathematicians sometimes call this group
"V," for its German name, Vierergruppe .

For those who prefer narrative to mathematics

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