"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

"It is clear that the minds are the most important part of the universe, and that everything was established for their sake; that is, in choosing the order of things, the greatest account was taken of them; all things being arranged in such a way that they appear the more beautiful the more they are understood."

G. W. Leibniz

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Genius versus Oligarchism

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading an article that convincingly argued that Jan Van Eyk was commissioned by the Duke of Burgundy to paint a copy of a famous Italian Annunciation altarpiece for the purpose of producing  what amounted to miracle so that the Duke would be "blessed" with an heir. It speaks volumes that this exact superstition was was parodied by Machievelli in his play The Mandragola.

 It is instructive to note that the dark ages in Europe had a iron grip on the beliefs of the "nobility." Kepler's office as court astrologer is a case in point. It is truly ironic in the classical sense that the greatest scientific leaps (Brunelleschi's perspective, for example) were uplifting such cultural backwardness at the same time. The fact the the mastery of the method of Socratic dialogue by figures like Nicholas of Cusa is telling as well. For the equivalent of the ritualistic worship of the Olympian gods and the Delphic oracle were deeply embedded in the rituals of both Catholics and Protestants alike.

Today, while there are pockets of magical believers here and there, the biggest cult worship is the supposedly ever so rational worship of money. All our pretentious political "dialogue" is at bottom motivated by nothing other than the irrational belief in the very same magical power of money. This often takes the form of some bombastic "talking head" intoning "We all agree, of course, that we must live within our means..." The fact is it is only by ending this stupefaction of our people that we may end the tyranny imposed on us by the modern day would be gods of Olympus: the incestuous royal families behind the city of London and Wall Street that so hate the great unwashed masses they think nothing of hatching wars and economic policies that will wipe them out.

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