Sunday, August 7, 2016

Professors say the darnedest things

Dan Gilbert is on the faculty at Harvard. His TED talk was just on NPR.  One thing he said was that the present does not really exist, at all. His picture was of a tide and the shore. Gilbert says that the past and the future are real, but that edge between the water and sand, does not really exist as a third entity.

Well, and despite my animadversions about binary thought, Gilbert has got it almost exactly, reversed. My gloss on the source of his confusion is that, along with anglophone 20th century philosophy, he assumes that reality must be verbal. Although he didn't put it this way, this idea, that something is not real if it cannot be stated in words, is quite common, and of course, if true, would mean that self-observation is impossible. Because self-observation, while not completely eliminating language, is, a means of turning down the volume, and is that third entity.

Self-observation, or remembering the Work as Jan Cox sometimes referred to it, is, very nearly, impossible, and certainly, once one reaches a particular age, unnatural.

Dear ones, this particular activity, which explains the whole history of mysticism, is, possible.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Rio Really

All that colorful artistry and animal spirits, grace and beauty, on parade for hours. Swirling and dancing. And the conclusion, of the evening, is some guy in a gray suit and blue tie, blathering on.  But such is the world of man, accurately drawn. And a pyre, of an unspeakable flame.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Modernity and its limitations

This link is to a video at the website for Smithsonian magazine, but you can skip it.

The relevant thing is in the title, quoted:

The Egyptian Pharaoh With the Biggest Ego

Though little is known about Khufu, the pharaoh who oversaw the Great Pyramid's construction, vicious rumors about him persist today. 

End quote.

I love this: the title reveals a great example of a perspectivism which exemplifies modern assumptions about reality.

You can make a case for Khufu as a pioneer in advancing mankind's spiritual progress. Perhaps no one else has, but, regardless, it could go like this:

Man is a creature shot through with infinities, as a modern scientists might say he is by cosmic rays.

Mathematics demonstrated something similar in its own timeless dawn: for example a line is made up of points, but this is literally impossible since the point has NO dimension. 

Khufu as a king and priest, may have overseen the bumilding of pyramids as an empirical quest for  the connection of the visible and the invisible, via this heaping upwards of --- matter  --- reaching a point -- the sharpened point in which the earthen pyramid ends.

And something also, else, begins -- the point at which the interpenetration of what we call mind and matter, is isolated and made OBVIOUS. At that point which defines the pyramidal shape.

So the pyramids may have a place in the history of mathematics, and religion. 

This view I outline is plausible, and may be moreso than one which trys to fit an anthropology that truncates man, onto an earlier time.

The pyramids then, do not indicate ego, but a humble and exploratory adventure into the human and what might lie at the edges. From a time when our divisions of the world into economics, politics, religion, sociology, art, had it been communicable to the best minds of many millenia ago, would have been seen as, amusingly blockheaded.


If my skeches above demonstrate merely the difficulty, maybe inherent limitations, of understanding previous historical eras, that could be a success.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Stages in the quest for truth (verbatim from Guardian... headlines)

Following are different stages in a quest for personal truth, as exemplified from the headlines of the Guardian's most recent (newsletter) edition.  The only changes were in words I left out.

'I alone' can fix dark, violent, weak America... 'I am your voice....."

HSBC banker denies fraud charges

Edward Snowden designs phone case to show when data is being monitored

MH370 search will 'not end, but be suspended'

Argentina's disappeared...An Argentinian man learned the man he believed was his father may have killed his real parents during Argentina's 1976-83 dictatorship, part of a campaign of forcibly "disappearing" those who opposed the bloody regime. Hundreds of babies of the disappeared were taken and raised by military families. Guillermo PĂ©rez Roisinblit's world was turned upside down at age 21 when a young woman tracked him down at the fast-food outlet where he worked in the outlying Buenos Aires district of San Miguel. "I told her I was busy working," Guillermo recalls now. "So she sat down at a table, wrote a me note" in which she told him she might be his sister.

'My name is Michael Caine' – legally.  After more than 60 years in showbiz, and frustrated by increased airport security checks, the legendary British actor, born Maurice Micklewhite, has decided to replace his birth name with his showbiz moniker for good. He took the name Caine from a poster for the 1954 Humphrey Bogart naval drama The Caine Mutiny.

Ancient bottom wipers yield evidence of diseases carried along the Silk Road

Monday, July 4, 2016

We Hold These Truths To Be Obvious

if you heard a real teacher point to them 
and you are 'remembering the work:'

for anything to happen (splat of a rain drop or acceptance speech)
THREE forces are involved.

the Creative flow
the Destructive flow
and the
Unexpected, flow.

Nothing happens without all three (Jan hinted at a larger number, but did not elaborate to my knowledge.)

Which makes a sense of duty to One, any one---


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Somme sums

From a write up about the anniversary remembrances in Europe of the Battle of the Somme:

In Britain, this [the start of the attack] was commemorated by two-minutes of silence which was broken at the same time when British officers led their men over the top.
Charles Pinele, 68, is the grandson of a British officer who led his men in the Cheshires. Pinele spoke about that day many years ago, saying:
"Six officers went out. Only two came back. He did not talk about it."...

...[Another interviewee's]  great uncle was a coal miner from Bedlington, Northumberland, who fought with The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Dunlop said: "His name does not appear on the memorial in Bedlington. We think his mother hoped he would come back.

"Many mothers wouldn't let their sons' names go on memorials. They hoped they would come home. He never did."

Somme sums can be about not concluding, Not concluding, not drawing a line and writing a summation: this is kind of like "remembering the Work." Not...concluding....

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Binary divisions are always suspicious

That old saw about how can you tell the difference between your dreaming state and your awake one, misses an relevant point.  Maybe in both states, the subject is mainly credulous about what is unfolding,