Working my way through a number of perennial philosophy references provided by Bruce Adam, initially in response to my “After the Fireworks” Pirsig piece, and some subsequent posts. In fact I already collected most of the links in the “Perennialism” post.
I have the Clifford and J S Haldane materials ready to read.
Bruce also provided links to some on-line archive copies of Schrödinger – “What is Life?” and “Mind & Matter“. I’d already read, liked and blogged reviews of these way back in 2004.
Out of curiosity I opened my copy of Schrödinger. The specific pages Bruce referenced – with Huxley’s “Perennial Philosophy” were heavily annotated by me at the time:
The final note to the Epilogue of “What is Life?“:
And later in “Mind & Matter“:
That Schrödinger quote on Huxley: “fit to explain, but difficult to grasp and liable to meet with opposition” – same problem I was having with “meta” in my previous post. Same problem dealing with anything tainted with “woo”.
Quick skim also reminds me of Schrödinger’s references to Spinoza and to some of the same Sanskrit / Upanishad terms and concepts picked-up on by Pirsig. What goes around comes around. I mused on that in my 2004 comments too.
[PS – One of the most irritating things about the man’s damn cat, is that so many people quote it without realising it was only ever a thought experiment intended to show how ludicrous the theory was around uncertainty and superposition, NOT as a means to visualise a physical possibility AND by concentrating on this trivial, social-media-friendly-cuddly-cat erroneous item, the quality of the man’s actual thought and writing is practically consigned to oblivion. Grrrr.
That was one thing Stephen Hawking got right, “When I hear of Schrödinger’s cat I reach for my gun.“]
[Post Note: And ha, apparently it is 75 years since Schrödinger gave the What is Life Lecture:
— TwistedDoodles (@twisteddoodles) September 5, 2018
And this image sums up the regretful state of his damn cat. If only!]
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