The title, from Doreen St. Félix (previous post),

is irresistible. Details to flesh it out will follow.

Update of 12:41 PM – See Brosnan in *Urge *.

The title, from Doreen St. Félix (previous post),

is irresistible. Details to flesh it out will follow.

Update of 12:41 PM – See Brosnan in *Urge *.

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(Continued.)

“I need a photo opportunity, I want a shot at redemption.

Don’t want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.”

— Paul Simon

A death on the date of the above New Yorker piece — Oct. 15, 2018 —

See as well the Pac-Man-like figures in today's previous post

as well as the Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, post "History at Bellevue."

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*For Harlan Kane*

"This time-defying **preservation of selves**,

this **dream of plenitude** without loss,

is like a snow globe from heaven,

a **vision of Eden** before the expulsion."

— Judith Shulevitz on Siri Hustvedt in

*The New York Times* Sunday Book Review

of March 31, 2019, under the headline

"The Time of Her Life."

**Edenic-plenitude-related material —**

**"Self-Blazon… of Edenic Plenitude"**

(The Issuu text is taken from *Speaking about Godard *, by Kaja Silverman

and Harun Farocki, New York University Press, 1998, page 34.)

**Preservation-of-selves-related material —**

**Other Latin squares (from October 2018) —**

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See also *this* journal on the "Illuminati Tinder" date, June 27, 2018.

Related material — Posts tagged QDOS.

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Two stars of the 2016 film "Urge" —

See also other posts tagged QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System).

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"… what once seemed pure abstractions have turned out to

underlie real physical processes."

— https://breakthroughprize.org/Prize/3

Related material from the current *New Yorker* —

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From "The Phenomenology of Mathematical Beauty,"
. . . . Despite the fact that most proofs are long, and despite our need for extensive background, we think back to instances of appreciating mathematical beauty as if they had been perceived in a moment of bliss, in a sudden flash like a lightbulb suddenly being lit. The effort put into understanding the proof, the background material, the difficulties encountered in unraveling an intricate sequence of inferences fade and magically disappear the moment we become aware of the beauty of a theorem. The painful process of learning fades from memory, and only the flash of insight remains.
We would The lightbulb mistake is often taken as a paradigm in teaching mathematics. Forgetful of our learning pains, we demand that our students display a flash of understanding with every argument we present. Worse yet, we mislead our students by trying to convince them that such flashes of understanding are the core of mathematical appreciation.
Attempts have been made to string together beautiful mathematical results and to present them in books bearing such attractive titles as
The lightbulb mistake is our clue to understanding the hidden sense of mathematical beauty. The stark contrast between the effort required for the appreciation of mathematical beauty and the imaginary view mathematicians cherish of a flashlike perception of beauty is the Mathematicians are concerned with the truth. In mathematics, however, there is an ambiguity in the use of the word “truth.” This ambiguity can be observed whenever mathematicians claim that beauty is the raison d’être of mathematics, or that mathematical beauty is what gives mathematics a unique standing among the sciences. These claims are as old as mathematics and lead us to suspect that mathematical truth and mathematical beauty may be related. Mathematical beauty and mathematical truth share one important property. Neither of them admits degrees. Mathematicians are annoyed by the graded truth they observe in other sciences.
Mathematicians ask “What is this good for?” when they are puzzled by some mathematical assertion, not because they are unable to follow the proof or the applications. Quite the contrary. Mathematicians have been able to verify its truth in the logical sense of the term, but something is still missing. The mathematician who is baffled and asks “What is this good for?” is missing the
The property of being enlightening is objectively attributed to certain mathematical statements and denied to others. Whether a mathematical statement is enlightening or not may be the subject of discussion among mathematicians. Every teacher of mathematics knows that students will not learn by merely grasping the formal truth of a statement. Students must be given some enlightenment as to the If the statements of mathematics were formally true but in no way enlightening, mathematics would be a curious game played by weird people. Enlightenment is what keeps the mathematical enterprise alive and what gives mathematics a high standing among scientific disciplines.
Mathematics seldom explicitly acknowledges the phenomenon of enlightenment for at least two reasons. First, unlike truth, enlightenment is not easily formalized. Second, enlightenment admits degrees: some statements are more enlightening than others. Mathematicians dislike concepts admitting degrees and will go to any length to deny the logical role of any such concept. Mathematical beauty is the expression mathematicians have invented in order to admit obliquely the phenomenon of enlightenment while avoiding acknowledgment of the fuzziness of this phenomenon. They say that a theorem is beautiful when they mean to say that the theorem is enlightening. We acknowledge a theorem’s beauty when we see how the theorem “fits” in its place, how it sheds light around itself, like |

**How many mathematicians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?**

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For the title, see the Wikipedia article on the late Paul Allen.

See also . . .

Related material — the late Patrick Swayze in Ghost and King Solomon's Mines.

"Please wait as **your operating system** is initiated."

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The previous post, "Tesserae for a Tesseract," contains the following

passage from a 1987 review of a book about *Finnegans Wake* —

"Basically, Mr. Bishop sees the text from above

and as a whole — less as a sequential story than

as a box of pied type or **tesserae for a mosaic**,

materials for a pattern to be made."

A set of 16 of the Wechsler cubes below are tesserae that

may be used to make patterns in the Galois tesseract.

Another Bellevue story —

“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare

from which I am trying to awake.”

— James Joyce, *Ulysses*

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"As far as I know, there is no escape for mortal beings from time.

But experimental ideas of practical access to eternity

exerted tremendous sway on educated, intelligent, and forward-

looking people in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,

with a cutoff that was roughly coincident with the First World War.

William James died in 1910 without having ceased to urge

an open-minded respect for occult convictions."

— *New Yorker * art critic Peter Schjeldahl in the Oct. 22, 2018, issue.

Also in that issue —

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The structure at top right is that of the

ROMA-ORAM-MARO-AMOR square

in the previous post.

* "Zingari shoolerim" is from

*Finnegans Wake* .

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