Friday, February 1, 2013

Get Quotes

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For Tony Kushner fans:

For logic fans:

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John Searle on Derrida:

On necessity, possibility, and 'necessary possibility'

In the box-diamond notation, the axiom Searle quotes is


"The euclidean property guarantees the truth of this." — Wikipedia

Linking to Euclid

Clicking on "euclidean" above yields another Wikipedia article

"In mathematics, Euclidean relations are a class of binary relations that satisfy a weakened form of transitivity that formalizes Euclid's 'Common Notion 1' in The Elements : things which equal the same thing also equal one another."

Verification: See, for instance, slides on modal logic at Carnegie Mellon University and modal logic at plato.stanford.edu.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Necessary Possibility

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:05 PM

The inscription  link in the previous post suggests
a review of the rather paradoxical concept of 
"necessary possibility."

See a deconstructionist view , a scholarly view,
and a graphic view.

Monday, January 28, 2013


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"Sometime in 1638, John Milton visited Galileo Galilei in Florence. The great astronomer was old and blind and under house arrest, confined by order of the Inquisition, which had forced him to recant his belief that the earth revolves around the sun, as formulated in his 'Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems.' Milton was thirty years old—his own blindness, his own arrest, and his own cosmological epic, 'Paradise Lost,' all lay before him….

Beyond the sheer pleasure of picturing the encounter— it’s like those comic-book specials in which Superman meets Batman— there’s something strange about imagining these two figures inhabiting the same age. Though Milton was the much younger man, in some ways his world system seems curiously older than the astronomer’s empirical universe."

Jonathan Rosen, The New Yorker , June 2, 2008, "Return to Paradise"

More in the spirit of Superman and Batman:

    "Huh. You know what? Galileo didn't even write this."
    "The poem is signed John Milton."
    "John Milton ?" The influential English poet who wrote
Paradise Lost  was a contemporary of Galileo's and a
savant who conspiracy buffs put at the top of their list
of Illuminati suspects. Milton's alleged affiliation with
Galileo's Illuminati was one legend Langdon
suspected was true. Not only had Milton made a
well documented 1638 pilgrimage to Rome to
"commune with enlightened men," but he had held
meetings with Galileo during the scientist's house
arrest, meetings portrayed in many Renaissance
    "Milton knew Galileo, didn't he?" Vittoria said, finally
pushing the folio over to Langdon. "Maybe he wrote
the poem as a favor?"

Angels & Demons  , by Dan Brown
     (first published in 2000)

See also this journal on August 16, 2009.

Addendum for Aaron Swartz (see today's previous post)—

"The Vatican, it seemed, took their archives
a bit more seriously than most." — Dan Brown

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday School

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:48 AM

"The newspaper Diario de Santa Maria  reported
that the fire started at around 2 a.m. at the Kiss club
in the city at the southern tip of Brazil, near the borders
with Argentina and Uruguay."  more »

Ay Que Bonito

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Meditations for 2 AM —

Monday, December 26, 2011

It Must Be Said

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Bono and Taymor at 'Spider-Man'

Esquire  on Julie Taymor

Taymor, it must be said, is a beautiful woman. Her face at fifty-eight has sharp, expressive features— she actually frowns when she's unhappy, and her eyes seem to light up when she laughs— and she still has the long black hair she had when she was a young actress, "a very pretty eighteen-year-old," as she puts it, who "didn't want to play Cinderella or Snow White. I wanted to be the Wicked Witch of the West."

— Richard Dorment, article dated November 14, 2011

Ay que bonito es volar

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