"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

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Birds of a Feather: Atheists and Fundamentalists

Last week there was parade of atheists in Washington. Whatever compels these folks to parade their disbelief in God is certainly an enigma.

But, for my poor understanding, a childish belief in a magical creator who intervenes at our beck and call is the flip side of the coin to the equally childish belief that humanity is somehow the result of a complex yet random process of dead particles bumping together.

The second so-called law of thermodynamics is a foolish hoax. If it were truly a law, you yourself, dear reader, would not be able to read this.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Cultural Depravity and the Anti-Social Media

When the direction of society  plummets toward the abyss, as is ours currently, all sorts of popular amusements become increasingly debased. Thus we are regaled daily by an increasingly ugly all manner of distempered meanness. What has been hyped and heralded as a high technology communications revolution is fast becoming a tool or perhaps better, a weapon for the forces of societal anomie.  The manifold proof of this is so omnipresent to those who would only pause and consider, I will not belabor the obvious. To rephrase a dictum from Friederich Schiller's aesthetics-- you shall know them from their entertainments...


Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Crab Nebula Confounds Physicist's Cherished Models

Since astrophysicists admit that "There must be processes behind this that are as yet unknown," how can any of their big bang models and "grand" unification theories be taken for anything other than mere mathematical figments?



In a different light: The illustration shows the Crab Nebula as seen through an optical telescope (left) and an X-ray telescope (middle), with a graphic representation of the pulsars magnetic field (right). The light curve (bottom) shows the regular emission of gamma rays at intervals of 0.0337 seconds, or two pulses per rotation. For clarity two periods are shown. Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester, A. Loll, CXC, SAO, F. Seward et al., MAGIC Collaboration

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Washington Post: As Crappy As Ever Roasting in Hell

Today's WAPO runs a pitiful puff piece that stinks to high heaven re a cantankerous yet lovable CIA operative they call "Roger" who is responsible for gearing up the drone wars. I'm sure Katherine Graham would be proud from whatever bolgia she is currently roasting in.

This supposed drone war against Al Qaeda is in fact  itself a nothing but a cover for a geopolitcal rehashing of the British Empire's "great game."  Why has the widely acknowledged trail of the financing of the 911 terrorists by the Saudi "royalty" been left alone by the CIA. Why has the Libyan Al Qaeda operative Belhadj been given support of NATO to fight to topple Assad in Syria. And why does WAPO always act as a doggedly faithful cheerleader for such unsavory and disgraceful machinations as these?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Financial Oligarchy's Counterfeit Economy

Some very clever mathematicians have just published a paper online that uses quantum algorithms to prevent forgery of currency. In its way, this is laudable I suppose. Yet these fellows and society would be much better served if they could find work in nuclear fusion or anti-matter research...

The problem is that for all the quantum mathematical sophistication in the world, there are very basic economic principles that are being tragically overlooked by academia either willfully or out of ignorance. Our economic potential has been looted over the last 50 years. We have a false or what one might fairly characterize as a counterfeit economy. The problem is that only a very tiny minority of our population has any inkling that there is a world of difference between mere money and a physically productive and progressing economy.

It is a stubborn mental delusion that is of the same precise order that Plato limned in the myth of the cave. In fact, the judicial murder of Socrates was performed because he had the unwavering courage to undermine through his unrelenting questioning exactly the crippling mental chains of his contemporaries in their slavish obeisance to an arbitrary and inhuman rule of an oligarchy modeled upon the disgusting gods of Olympus.

Today, we are at the fag end of an evil financial empire that has inculcated in our citizens a set of false and a irrational pagan beliefs about human society. (This emphatically includes those Bible thumping nominal Christians who in reality worship and pray mightily for that which is Caesar's.) The idea that faceless "technocrats" must enforce upon the worlds populations pain and suffering to bring budgets under control is an evil delusion. Budgets and money are only necessary in so far as they serve the future well being of humanity. Economic worth is in the power of the human mind to create scientific breakthrough that uplift the standard of living both in the here and now and the future.

The human mind alone exhibits this power for achieving ever higher orders of such progress. No fixed mathematical formula no mater how intricate and complex can ever encompass that power. (This puts to rest the nonsensical belief in so-called artificial intelligence.) The reason for this is simply that the assumptions that underlie all mathematical reasoning deal with what Nicholas of Cusa correctly called the "other." That is the finite and limited class of things. But it is the ever evolving nature of perfection that is the "non-other" whence flows the truly creative intelligence. And everything in the government of humanity must serve this ever less imperfect developing principle or society will not persevere but instead will indeed perish.

This quality of understanding is the only basis upon which science or art or any human endeavor worthy of the name will stand or fall--

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty," - that is all 
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Mayan Calendar and WWIII: A Colloquoy

Wouldn't it be truly ironic if history came to an end this year because Israel's imminent bombing of  Iran escalates into a nuclear conflagration? But you ask yourself could the leaders of modern nations be so crazy as to blunder into WWIII? Perhaps viewing the performance of these supposed enlightened "democracies" the better question were how could we expect anything else?

In fact, isn't  history littered with just such miscalculations and manipulations time and again? All the tragic epic poems' choruses cry out the very opposite of "All's well that ends well"...Yet it is rather astounding that still somehow such an ill starred humanity has made it off this planet and walked on the moon.

Could we somehow just grow up out of the grip of a lunatic death wish which is hurtling us toward self destruction, indeed the world would be on a far better trajectory. Those that would rather not entertain such thoughts as these because "life is too short" or some such trite rationalization, may be merely sleep walking through their short stay among the living.

So, in the end, all us rational folks who scoff at the lurid headlines of tabloids predicting the end of the world in 2012 yet may be in for a rather shocking and rude awakening.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Real Life Greek Tragedy

Who was the Greek god or goddess who ate their own children? A quick Internet search brings up Chronos, Lamia, Aura... (I'm sure if I take time I can find more.) It seems that such horrors were favorite tales of the Helenes about their depraved "gods" of Olympus.

Today's would-be Olympians are now at it again. And not in some far fetched mythological story, but in reality. Friday's London Guardian blog reports that due to the austerity being imposed upon Greece neo-natal testing is being curtailed.

This is the very real evil being imposed by the faceless plutocrats of the European "Community." Technocrats who sacrifice the well being of newborn children's health so some multi-billionaires and hangers-on can comfortably live in their undiminished lavish life styles. And this sort of evil monetarist movable feast is just now beginning. Its relentless appetite for more and more sacrifice will know no bounds. That is until these sordid financial gods are once and for all defeated...

Friday, March 16, 2012

...or perhaps this is feckless leader Obama's idea of science:

Playing With Friends Makes You Better At Video Games
The first analysis of team dynamics in a multiplayer first person shooter reveals that friendship is an important factor in success
KFC 03/14/2012

Barack Obama's Anti-Science "Flat-Earth" Newspeak

Here is a man who cares more about basketball than anything else in the great wide world (next to his own image in the mirror.) Here is a man who ended the US manned space program. A man who ended the fusion research program. Who now has the unmitigated effrontery to claim that his opponents (who I am in no way endorsing) are "flat earthers." A man who promotes the Mathusian anti-science outlook of Prince Phillip's WWF ("I want to be reincarnated as a deadly virus") "appropriate technologies" that will lead to intentional global depopulation.

Once again, Mr. Obama, I ask you to tear yourself away from preening in the looking glass to answer this question: Sir, have you no shame for such miserably and execrably dishonest and treacherous behavior? Or are you so far mentally gone that you know not what you are doing?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Kissinger Defends Putin as 'Russian Patriot'

Thus did Shakespeare's Iago congratulate Othello as a patriot of Venice. 

The Bio-relativity of Time

By the "time" we have conquered matter-antimatter reactions for space travel, "time" will be "bio-relative" because we will have a lifespan that is much greater than our 80 years or so of today. So that all these ideas of what is the length of a reasonable trip to another sector of our universe will have dissolved.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Proxy Revolutions Anyone?

These days 'twould seem that revolutions come and go like so many summer squalls. The state of the world economy is a tinderbox  for sure. But just as sure newborn Castlereaghs and Kissingers erupt into view like so many toads crossing highways. 

This puts me in mind of news stories that are inconvenient reminders of these quaint geopolitical games. Like the one about the Saudi Royal family's financing of the 911 hijackers. That didn't make much of an item, did it? I even heard Joe Scarborough sententiously opine of a morning that it was just one of those things we all don't wish to hear about.

Now there is another little noticed human rights violation sponsored by our friendly dark age Salafist allies we also don't want to hear about in Bahrain-- where the US has a military base...Hmm. "Move along nothing to see here," the infotainment media seem to be telling us.




Saturday, March 10, 2012

LSD Conspiracy Theory

Call me a tinfoil hat conspiracy nut if you must, but I do not believe it is mere happenstance that as the world economy continues to spiral downward as if on the back of Dante's Geryon into Dis, that LSD is being promoted as a "cure" for alcoholism. Cui bono? 'Tis plain. The drug money launderers, the very same who have brought us the current economic cataclysm.

Evolve Or Die

We are all born amid a process. A process to which our actions contribute either development for the better or dissolution for the worse. That is the stark ineluctable fact . The mode of functioning of society is governed by certain principles. The foremost among these is the necessity for endowing successor generations with the means to solve whatever problems might conceivably confront them.

This arrangement adheres throughout all orders of phenomena. The reason for this is at base quite simple. Within the boundaries of any functional system, the inevitable change leads to a problem of some sort which must be overcome.

Optimistically embracing this challenge is what constitutes beauty for humanity. Indeed, the productions of such beauty in whatever form are the only lasting things of substance that remain as a legacy when we have left this conscious living state of being.

Today, the crisis that confronts us is defined by the urgent need to end the arbitrary rule of an age old evil financial empire. Either it is tossed aside and replaced or the ongoing experiment in self government will not survive. To believe otherwise, and pretend to be neutral or unaffected is to be like those that Dante depicted in the vestibule of Hell that forever are forced to race behind a banner with no name. Unfortunately, the greater part of humanity appears even at this late date to be inflicted by such irrational delusions.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Through Rembrandt's Eyes

The most spellbinding portraiture to date was surely Rembrandt's. In the following examples, the depiction of the sitter's gaze draws us into a variety of intense silent dialogue.

This gaze is remarkable in its eerie ability to look at directly at the viewer, almost as if "sizing" us up.

This early self portrait is a perfect study of a contemplative "lost in thought" gaze that I have ever witnessed.

And in this, dear reader, the elderly Rembrandt has limned such an intense and gripping melancholy that has been the sublime ideal of aesthetics throughout the ages. This is simply nonpareil drama.

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