Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Perspective for Pullman*

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

* I.e., for Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials .
  Those who prefer fiction to reality may consult
  a Baja-related search in this  journal for "Sea of Cortez."
  That search in turn suggests a Fandom webpage related
  to yesterday's post "Perspective" —  
  "Luisa Rey is played by Halle Berry in the Wachowski siblings'
  2012 adaptation of Cloud Atlas . . . . Her name is based on 
  The Bridge of San Luis Rey . . . ." 

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Annals of Experimental Theology . . .

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


See as well . . .

April 11, 2020, was the dies natalis ,
in the Catholic sense,
of John Horton Conway.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Pullman’s Holy Office

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 12:23 PM

Good question.  From Philip Pullman's recent HBO version of
"His Dark Materials," The University of Oxford’s St. Peter’s College:

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Times Square Logic

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:40 AM

Dialogue from Season 1, Episode 8 of "His Dark Materials" —

Asriel:  And the serpent said, "You shall not surely die, for the Authority doth know that on that day that ye eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened, your daemons shall assume their true form and ye shall be as…"

Both:  "… gods, knowing good and…"

Lyra:  "… evil."

Asriel:  "… Dust ." You see? They have been trying to convince us for centuries that we are born guilty. And that we have to spend a lifetime atoning for the crime of eating an apple. Is there any proof for this heinous stain, this shame, this guilt? No, not at all. We are to take it on faith, and on the word of the Authority.

But Dust… Dust is an elementary particle that we can record, measure, study.

Read more at:

Related material: Times Square Logic Log24 posts now tagged
"Times Square Logic" include two from April 7, 2015, the date of
Geoffrey Lewis's death.

Lewis played, notably, "Hard Case Williams" in Lust in the Dust  (1984).

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Annals of Experimental Theology

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:11 AM

The Axiomatic Method:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident…."

Other methods:

"In Gauss we trust."  (See below.)

But perhaps not so much in Princeton . . .

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Logic of the Dust

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:00 PM

"Dust is a fictional elementary particle that is of
fundamental importance within the story." 

— Wikipedia on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials  trilogy

A review of posts tagged Kabbalah yields —

  "If all that 'matters' are fundamentally mathematical relationships, then there ceases to be any important difference between the actual and the possible. (Even if you aren't a mathematical Platonist, you can always find some collection of particles of dust to fit any required pattern. In Permutation City  this is called the 'logic of the dust' theory.)….
    Paul Durham is convinced by the 'logic of the dust' theory mentioned above, and plans to run, just for a few minutes, a complex cellular automaton (Permutation City) started in a 'Garden of Eden' configuration — one which isn't reachable from any other, and which therefore must have been the starting point of a simulation….  I didn't understand the need for this elaborate set-up, but I guess it makes for a better story than 'well, all possible worlds exist, and I'm going to tell you about one of them.' "

— Danny Yee, review of Permutation City
     a novel by Greg Egan

See also in this journal a search for Dark Matter.

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