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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Desperately Seeking Clarity*

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 2:10 PM

A much earlier, much truer, obituary —

* A sequel to Resonant Clarity and Desperately Seeking Resonance.

  Quantum electrodynamics  is also known as QED.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Desperately Seeking Resonance

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:00 AM

'Limbic Resonance'- First episode of 'Sense8.'

"Eight strangers from cities around the globe
begin having experiences that defy explanation."

As do "Burnt Norton" and "Bird Box."

Monday, January 7, 2019

Resonant Clarity

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:00 AM
 

Abstract for a talk at the City University of New York:

The Experience of Meaning 
Jan Zwicky, University of Victoria 
09:00-09:40 Friday, April 5, 2013

Once the question of truth is settled, and often prior to it, what we value in a mathematical proof or conjecture is what we value in a work of lyric art: potency of meaning. An absence of clutter is a feature of such artifacts: they possess a resonant clarity that allows their meaning to break on our inner eye like light. But this absence of clutter is not tantamount to 'being simple': consider Eliot's Four Quartets  or Mozart's late symphonies. Some truths are complex, and they are simplified  at the cost of distortion, at the cost of ceasing to be  truths. Nonetheless, it's often possible to express a complex truth in a way that precipitates a powerful experience of meaning. It is that experience we seek — not simplicity per se , but the flash of insight, the sense we've seen into the heart of things. I'll first try to say something about what is involved in such recognitions; and then something about why an absence of clutter matters to them.

For some context, see posts tagged Artifacts.

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