Moby Dick – Fact From Fiction

Fact or Fiction ? www.melville.org Well through Moby Dick now (96/136’ths) and still finding so much on so many levels. The blood-soaked anatomical detail and unctious stench and sensation in the butchery is numbing, and you can see how early reviews met with issues of poor taste ! As I mentioned earlier – one striking … Continue reading “Moby Dick – Fact From Fiction”

Moby Dick & Francis Bacon

Reading list re-established ! Mentioned a month ago that I was reading Melville’s Moby Dick, and finding it enthralling so far. I got distracted however, and in the meantime read John Henry’s biography of Francis Bacon – Knowledge is Power, mentioned below and have since completed and enjoyed that (review to follow), together with dipping … Continue reading “Moby Dick & Francis Bacon”

Physics and Philosophy – Heisenberg

Reading Physics and Philosophy by Werner Heisenberg (c1958/p1962) Having previously read the Physical Principles of Quantum Theory, to get a first hand account of the Uncertainty Principle, found this much more readable volume of his. Pretty comprehensive summary of Philosophical views of the “reality of matter and atoms” from the Greeks to Hume and Russell. … Continue reading “Physics and Philosophy – Heisenberg”

Lila – Brain Dump Notes

Pirsig’s Lila – finished at last, after many interruptions. Will add a review, but may need to re-read final few chapters to absorb. Thoughts for now. The lunatics take over the asylum again. Should I be worried ? – in ZMM I identified with Phaedrus, in this, I am Lila ! The “game” of Catch22 … Continue reading “Lila – Brain Dump Notes”

William James Sidis

William James Sidis – new thread prompted by Pirsig / Lila Sidis – the original April Fool ? William James Sidis could speak five languages and read Plato in original Greek by the age of five [ps perhaps he was Greek – more western/US/English-speaking arrogance – aside]. At eight he passed the entrance for Harvard … Continue reading “William James Sidis”

Sieving Electrons – Classification with Emergent Patterns

Sieving Electrons ?Classification, literally meaning fitering by pass / no-pass screening or sieving.Even Pirsig (Lila) talks about classification in a strictly (classical) binary fashion, when a thought struck me. There is surely some parallel between emergent “quantum computing” QuBits being non-binary / dualist, and the wave / particle duality experienced when “sieving” (classifying) electrons through … Continue reading “Sieving Electrons – Classification with Emergent Patterns”

Reading Matter Update

Been Reading / Re-Reading ….Still haven’t got my bibliography fully up and running, but have been reading, re-reading and annotating furiously recently, so I’m just capturing the books involved in the process. Spookily again – Pirsig’s Lila focussed in the early passages on the authors battle to capture many diverse thoughts in a card index … Continue reading “Reading Matter Update”

Where After Lila ?

Reading Lila by Robert Pirsig (unfinished) Carries on where ZMM left off. Will review when finsihed. “How It Will Be” from Native American Indian perspective Spotted this poem on Robot Wisdom which is peculiarly apt and spooky wrt Lila. Also from CounterPunch via RobotWisdom a piece on Western Arrogance, although specifically about Dubya, Afghanistan and … Continue reading “Where After Lila ?”

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