Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tuesday October 7, 2008

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The Color Grey

The previous two entries mention,
 and illustrate, the color grey.

Another illustration, on the cover
of one of my favorite books:

'Winter Count,' by Barry Holstun Lopez, cover with shades of gray

"A colour is eternal.
It haunts time like a spirit."
Alfred North Whitehead   

From John Lahr's
winter 2002 review
of "Our Town"–

"We all know that something is eternal," the Stage Manager says. "And it ain't houses and it ain't names, and it ain't earth, and it ain't even stars– everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings."

The Stage Manager was played by Paul Newman. The review was subtitled "Getting the Spirit Onstage."

Monday, October 6, 2008

Monday October 6, 2008

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:26 PM
Leap Day of Faith

Yesterday's entry contained the following unattributed quotation:

"One must join forces with friends of like mind."

As the link to Leap Day indicated, the source of the quotation is the I Ching.

Yesterday's entry also quoted the late Terence McKenna, a confused writer on psychosis and the I Ching. Lest the reader conclude that I consider McKenna or similar authors (for instance, Timothy Leary in Cuernavaca) as "friends of like mind," I would point rather to more sober students of the I Ching (cf. my June 2002 notes on philosophy, religion, and science) and to the late Scottish theologian John Macquarrie:

The Rev. John Macquarrie, Scottish Theologian, Dies at 87

Macquarrie's connection in this journal to the I Ching is, like that book itself, purely coincidental.  For details, click on the figure below.

A 4x4x4 cube

The persistent reader will
find a further link that
leads to an entry titled
"Notes on the I Ching."


McKenna's writing was of value to me for its (garbled) reference to a thought of Alfred North Whitehead:

"A colour is eternal.  It haunts time like a spirit.  It comes and it goes.  But where it comes it is the same colour.  It neither survives nor does it live.  It appears when it is wanted."

Science and the Modern World, 1925

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Sunday October 5, 2008

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:23 PM
Nash Equilibrium or:
To Make a Short Story Long

Last night's entry presented a
short story summarized by
four lottery numbers.

Today's mid-day lotteries
and associated material:

Pennsylvania, 201– i.e., 2/01:
Kindergarten Theology

Theologian James Edwin Loder:

"In a game of chess, the knight's move is unique because it alone goes around corners. In this way, it combines the continuity of a set sequence with the discontinuity of an unpredictable turn in the middle. This meaningful combination of continuity and discontinuity in an otherwise linear set of possibilities has led some to refer to the creative act of discovery in any field of research as a 'knight's move' in intelligence."

New York, 229– i.e., 2/29:
I Have a Dreamtime

"One must join forces with friends of like mind"

Related material:

Terence McKenna:

"Schizophrenia is not a psychological disorder peculiar to human beings. Schizophrenia is not a disease at all but rather a localized traveling discontinuity of the space time matrix itself. It is like a travelling whirl-wind of radical understanding that haunts time. It haunts time in the same way that Alfred North Whitehead said that the color dove grey 'haunts time like a ghost.'"

Anonymous author:

"'Knight's move thinking' is a psychiatric term describing a thought disorder where in speech the usual logical sequence of ideas is lost, the sufferer jumping from one idea to another with no apparent connection. It is most commonly found in schizophrenia."

Star Wars:
John Nash, as portrayed by Russell Crowe

I know more than Apollo,
For oft when he lies sleeping
I see the stars at mortal wars
In the wounded welkin weeping.

Tom O'Bedlam's Song

For more on the sleep of Apollo,
see the front page of today's
New York Times Book Review.

Garrison Keillor's piece there,
"Dying of the Light," is
about the fear of death felt
by an agnostic British twit.

For relevant remarks by
a British non-twit, see
William Dunbar–

Timor Mortis conturbat me.

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