Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday morning

This story about "the Bolivian Schindler"  reminds one that morality and goodness are not the same thing, not even especially connected.  Jesus knew this, Jan Cox also. Socrates may not have. I say this because of the account wherein Socrates refuses to flee, because, he honored the duty one owes to public officials.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Gravestones could be keys on a keyboard

Nice pictures at this link. They show instruments of flat stones,like xylophones, being struck to make music.
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-mysterious-stone-instruments-that-keep-popping-up-in-vietnam

And to continue the article about "mysterious stone instruments", in a new direction:

Gravestones could be keys on a keyboard.

If so, that would not be original. SPEECH is the same thing. Because by the time the words are spoken, they refer to a past. There is no way to speak in the present tense--not "present" as in a current reality.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Spit and Run

From a brief perspective you could picture the goal of someone with a certain interest in the work Jan Cox sought to illuminate, as "hit and run." Hit and run thinking.

Yes we all do it. Yes we all do it most of the time, I would hazard. Most every moment. The goal then could be to, as soon as you recognize that tape running in your head, the words, -- you--get away. Exit the scene of the linguistic machinery. This means your escape is from words--- at least to lower their volume. A few seconds of escape may be enough to validate the quest. To vivify the effort.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Shoulders of Giants

Quote:
. The polytheistic Etruscans had their own unique and distinct pantheon and practices, chief amongst which were augury (reading omens from birds and lightning strikes) and haruspicy....

This is from Ancient history Encyclopedia -- (http://www.ancient.eu/), their facebook page. The quote refers to practices begun before 500 BC.

The practises of augury are an early form of trying to understand one's life and world. Observing lightning strikes is not a spooky and benighted attempt to control destiny; it is an attempt to be objective. 

An objective approach to the world is not an modern invention. The idea that it is, suggests we are all still struggling to obtain objectivity, personally, and at a broader cultural level, today. If we cannot understand the gigantic contributions made by our forbearers, we cannot achieve a genuine appreciation of our times.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Picture Books

We all have read them--- Look Dick Look. See Spot. Picture Books. 

There is a bedrock viability to this kind of image, despite Plato calling them shadows.

When lost, it can help to count the steps on your fingers. Okay, Shiva's fingers. How you got from the pictures to something not obvious, say the speed of light.

And yet, there are challenges to the picture book. For one thing it is endless. What is the picture of endlessness? Are holes, gaps, slippage in the bedrock, are such unavoidable?

Gaps, though, may make the sun brighter.  


Saturday, January 28, 2017

The multiverse idea is god coming in the backdoor of modern science

And since this is not recognized as such by its proponents we have the old delusions that so often accompany religion, back in the mix. The multiverse idea allows people who call themselves realists, to in fact hamstring standards of evidence and excellence. As in: are there conflicting measurements for the Hubble Constant? In a different universe there would not be such; or maybe there is some bleed through between universes. The point is the wall of evidence from which facts bounce back, is spongy, when you have the multiverse to obscure inconsistencies.

The connection here between Jan's work and the physical sciences is that we see in this collapse into ideas about the multiverse, a basic failure of the intellect to approach the questions about the unity of consciousness and what is commonly labeled the material.

Or,
maybe. 
The above is a perspective to consider.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Whimsical Aside

People I hope recall that this blog is not about Jan Cox, the 20th century philosopher and mystic, per se. It is about demonstrating his precept for his students, about originality -- a means to grow despite the mechanical nature of our world. But here we digress, with an incident that reminds us of a joke Jan liked: the one which ends "he had a hat." It is a common joke but to make sure everyone gets this-- the set up is an old woman and her grandson on a beach. The boy is swept away, but then rescued and returned by a heroic passer-by. The woman says --- ....

Of course he, and we from his example, liked making up our own new jokes, and this is an old one. It came back when I read this morning, from a blog of the Royal Society, this item in the records of the Royal Society Journal Book for 7 January 1702:

‘Mr Molesworth said, that Mr Haistwell’s brothers servant having lately lost his Hat in a Storm, in an East-India-Voiage: some 30 Leagues off, the next day, in a calm, they took a Shark, in which they found the Hat.’