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{Wednesday, July 02, 2003}

Cogitating Environments

The Veil of The Temple - by Sir John Tavener

"Worlds are created by brains. At a simple level, bees, migratory birds, dogs and even limpets, which return to a particular spot after feeding, contain internal maps of their surroundings. Humans, who think abstractly, create more complicated inferential maps going beyond their known surroundings, to include the world, celestial objects, real and hypothetical beings, and the past and future as well as the present."
Alex Comfort - Reality & Empathy: Physics, Mind, and Science in the 21st Century
(State University of New York Press, Albany, 1984, page xiii)

Cults and Cosmic Consciousness (pdf)
"The core curriculum for global education should be comparative religion."
Camille Paglia

The Clay Bird [Matir Moina]

alma, almah \ a. Arab. , almah, adj. fem. 'learned, knowing'; f. , alama 'to know' (because they have been instructed in music and dancing). Cf. Fr. alm´┐Że.

Boxing the kangaroo
As the Downing Street campaign demonstrates, the bias of the BBC isn't a narrow right/left ideological bias. It reflects a much wider worldview that positions the U.S. and its allies as an evil force in the world.
Denis Boyles

You report, we kill you - Metafilter

"I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters."
Frank Lloyd Wright

The One remains, the many change and pass ...
"The collective unconscious is simply the psychic expression of the identity of brain structure irrespective of all racial differences. This explains the analogy, sometimes even identity, between the various myth motifs and symbols, and the possibility of human communication in general."
Carl Jung - Alchemical Studies (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983, pages 11-12)

AlterNet - The Invisible Writers
"Their only qualifications to literary authenticity are their writings and their desire to write. Often the only time they have is stolen time, and their private scrawls end up on cocktail napkins, penciled in the margins of receipts ...
If every sentence that was written was printed and bound we would drown in a sea of words - as it is, thousands of books are hastily published, barely read and forgotten. Writing itself is the aim, for it is writing, not publishing, that transforms individual human experience."
Tai Moses

"Fiction completes us, mutilated beings burdened with the awful dichotomy of having only one life and the ability to desire a thousand."
Mario Vargas Llosa

Tacit Knowledge - Writing a Book
Blogs have already had quite an impact on journalism. What kind of impact will they have on the cultural world?

AlterNet: Q&A: Anita Roddick's Kind of Revolution

Primal Matter
"Although common prejudice still believes that the sole essential basis of our knowledge is given exclusively from outside, and that "nihil est in intellectu quod non antea fuerit in sensu," it nevertheless remains true that the thoroughly respectable atomic theory of Leucippus and Democritus was not based on any observations of atomic fission but on a "mythological" conception of smallest particles, .... the psyche supplies those images and forms which alone make knowledge of objects possible.
These forms are generally supposed to be transmitted by tradition, so that we speak of "atoms" today because we have heard, directly or indirectly, of the atomic theory of Democritus. But where did Democritus, or whoever first spoke of minimal constitutive elements, hear of atoms? This notion had its origin in archetypal ideas, that is, in primordial images which were never reflections of physical events but are spontaneous ..."
Carl Jung - The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 2000, page 57)

A binding thread of light

"The De Rerum Natura of Lucretius is the first great work of poetry in which knowledge of the world tends to dissolve the solidity of the world, leading to a perception of all that is infinitely minute, light and mobile. Lucretius set out to write the poem of physical matter, but he warns us at the outset that this matter is made up of invisible particles. He is the poet of physical concreteness, viewed in its permanent and immutable substance, but the first thing he tells us is that emptiness is just as concrete as solid bodies. Lucretius' chief concern is to prevent the weight of matter from crushing us. Even while laying down the rigorous mechanical laws that determine every event, he feels the need to allow atoms to make unpredictable deviations from the straight line, thereby ensuring freedom both to atoms and to human beings. The poetry of the invisible, of infinite unexpected possibilities - even the poetry of nothingness - issues from a poet who had no doubts whatever about the physical reality of the world."
Italo Calvino - Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Harvard University Press, 1988)

From the Desert, a Wellspring of Ancient Manuscripts
"There's a lazy habit, among people who think history began with the Greeks and ended with Americans, of thinking of African "civilization" as a thin ribbon of cities and cultures running along the Mediterranean Sea and down the Nile. Conveniently, it is the same Africa that was most engaged with Europe and the Near East. But that Africa was also intimately connected with Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa. And cities like Timbuktu, where an important overland trade route joined canals leading to the Niger River, weren't backwaters or outposts of North Africa; they were the centers of their own civilizations, which reached even further into the center of the continent.
Although they are written in Arabic script and many of them deal with Islamic law and religion, the Timbuktu libraries aren't filled merely with copies of Arabic texts that circulated throughout the Islamic world. Rather, they contain a full, rich and particular history of another Africa, with its own kingdoms, literature and history."
Philip Kennicott

The Desert Libraries of Timbuktu
As many as 5 million ancient and recent manuscripts may lie unexplored in West African private libraries and hidden underground ...

Ancient Egyptian library reborn in modern form
"Rebuilding the Library of Alexandria is a dream of mine for decades and a dream of humankind for a millennium," Mr. [Brewster] Kahle says. "In the early days, they used papyrus. Now we can use digital technology. The idea of collecting all knowledge of all the people of the world is now within our grasp."

The Man Without a Past [Mies Vailla Menneisyytta]
"We have a dead man here."

The Man Without a Past has intimations of the skid-row internationalism found in 1920s European proletarian novels like B. Traven's The Death Ship or Victor Serge's Men in Prison.

Bridging generations
"Subject both of science and art, the landscape functions as a mirror and a lens: in it we see the space we occupy and ourselves as we occupy it."
Jeffrey Kastner and Brian Wallis - Land and Environmental Art (Phaidon, 1998, page 11)

The Concept of Space in Twentieth Century Art
Frank Stella states: "But, after all, the aim of art is to create space - space that is not compromised by decoration or illustration, space within which the subjects of painting can live."

On Permalinks and Paradigms...
"There are some things that become so ubiquitous and familiar to us - so seemingly obvious - that we forget that they actually had to be invented."
Tom Coates

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posted by Andrew 7/02/2003 05:37:00 PM