Tuesday, June 30, 2009 4:16 PM
Annals of Aesthetics:
Monday, June 29, 2009 6:29 PM
Annals of Religion and Politics:
"Uta Frith, in her book Autism: Explaining the Enigma, addresses the superior performance of autistic individuals on the block design [link not in Wikipedia] test. This was also addressed in [an] earlier paper. A particularly interesting article demonstrates the differences in construction time in the performance of the block design task by Asperger syndrome individuals and non-Asperger's individuals. An essential point here is that in an unsegmented version of the task, Asperger's individuals performed dramatically faster than non-Asperger's individuals: ."
5. Frith, Uta (2003). Autism: explaining the enigma (2nd ed.). Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Pub. ISBN 0-631-22901-9.
6. Shah A, Frith U (Nov 1993). "Why do autistic individuals show superior performance on the block design task?". J Child Psychol Psychiatry 34 (8): 1351–64. PMID 8294523.
7. Caron MJ, Mottron L, Berthiaume C, Dawson M (Jul 2006). "Cognitive mechanisms, specificity and neural underpinnings of visuospatial peaks in autism". Brain 129 (Pt 7): 1789–802. doi:10.1093/brain/awl072. PMID 16597652. "Fig 3".
Monday, June 29, 2009 11:02 AM
Annals of Entertainment:
the seventh symbol."
Sunday, June 28, 2009 3:48 PM
Happy Birthday, Mel Brooks:
Sunday, June 28, 2009 4:28 AM
Sunday, June 28, 2009 1:00 AM
Hieron Grammaton, Part II:
Saturday, June 27, 2009 2:56 PM
Hieron Grammaton, Part I:Dark Materials
Before thir eyes in sudden view appear
The secrets of the hoarie deep, a dark
Illimitable Ocean without bound,
Without dimension, where length, breadth, and highth,
And time and place are lost; where eldest Night
And Chaos, Ancestors of Nature, hold
Eternal Anarchie, amidst the noise
Of endless warrs and by confusion stand.
For hot, cold, moist, and dry, four Champions fierce
Strive here for Maistrie, and to Battel bring amidst the noise
Thir embryon Atoms....
... Into this wilde Abyss,
The Womb of nature and perhaps her Grave,
Of neither Sea, nor Shore, nor Air, nor Fire,
But all these in thir pregnant causes mixt
Confus'dly, and which thus must ever fight,
Unless th' Almighty Maker them ordain
His dark materials to create more Worlds,
Into this wilde Abyss the warie fiend
Stood on the brink of Hell and look'd a while,
Pondering his Voyage....
-- John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book II
Friday, June 26, 2009 3:48 PM
Heaven's Gate continues:Apocatastasis Now
website of Philip Pullman, president of The Blake Society:
"I must create a System…"
The Blake Society, 25 October 2005: St James’s Church, PiccadillyI see that the title of this lecture is given as BLAKE'S DARK MATERIALS. Now in the lecturer's handbook, the second rule says "You need take no obsessive notice of the title that has been announced in advance." Whether Blake's materials are dark or not I couldn't really say, but I am going to talk about Blake, partly, and partly about religion. Appropriate, perhaps, in a place like this, but you might think not appropriate from someone whose reputation is that of a scoffer or mocker or critic of religion; but I haven't come here to scoff or mock. Nor have I come here to recant, as a matter of fact. I'm profoundly interested in religion, and I think it's extremely important to understand it. I've been trying to understand it all my life, and every so often it's useful to put one's thoughts in order; but I shall never like God.
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Thursday, June 25, 2009 12:00 PM
A Word for AntiChristmas:
formula reproduces exactly the essential features of the symbolic
process of transformation. It shows the rotation of the mandala, the
antithetical play of complementary (or compensatory) processes, then
i.e., the restoration of an original state of wholeness...."
-- Carl G. Jung in Aion
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:29 PM
Fiction and History, continued:
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:10 AM
Medium and Message:
Monday, June 22, 2009 4:00 AM
The Pleasures of the...
"Discuss the geometry
underlying the above picture."
-- Log24, June 11, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009 12:00 PM
ART WARS continued:
From the paper itself:
"This paper is designed to be a conversation....
The ideas are organized loosely around a single theme: the Roman leader Pompey's forced entry into the most sacred place of the Jewish temple. At issue are the origins and prevalence of doubt, even at the heart of religion....The paper will be initially presented, with comments and additions, to the working group on 'Secularism, Religious Authority, and the Mediation of Knowledge' of the Center for Religion and Media at New York University on December 8, 2006."
"All Pompey's intrusion into the Holy of Holies will leave behind is one sentence in Tacitus; still, it is not hard to imagine it as a media show. As he enters this hidden room in the Temple of those weird, unGreek, Asian, tribal Jews, this cosmopolitan, sophisticated Roman is not just the insensitive anthropologist. He wants, to continue our imagining, to display the lack of contents of the Holy of Holies in a museum, to take them, like the treasures of Tutankhamen's tomb, on tour. This all-powerful Roman wields klieg lights; he brings the press. He exposes. His expedition is something of an exposé. The whole scene feels as if it might have been filmed: like Dorothy's peek behind the curtain at the diminutive Wizard of Oz. It feels as if it might have been televised: like Geraldo Rivera's opening of Al Capone's 'secret vault.' Pompey has in common with all journalists a desire to shove a microphone in God's face. He wants to rant about what he has learned on his blog.
In his desecration of the Holy of Holies, Pompey has with him, in other words, what Jacques Derrida, in his essay 'Faith and Knowledge,' calls the 'powers of abstraction': 'deracination, delocalization, disincarnation, formalization, universalizing schematization, objectification, telecommunication etc.'"
Saturday, June 20, 2009 3:54 PM
Saturday, June 20, 2009 4:00 AM
Poem for Saturday:
Friday, June 19, 2009 11:59 PM
Friday, June 19, 2009 11:07 PM
Annals of Religion, continued:
... The actor is
-- Wallace Stevens in
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 1:06 PM
Annals of Religion:
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 4:30 AM
Fiction and History:
"Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it."From John Hersey's The Child Buyer (1960):
-- John Hersey, American author (born on this date in 1914, died 1993).
"I was wondering about that this morning... About forgetting. I've always had an idea that each memory was a kind of picture, an insubstantial picture. I've thought of it as suddenly coming into your mind when you need it, something you've seen, something you've heard, then it may stay awhile, or else it flies out, then maybe it comes back another time.... If all the pictures went out, if I forgot everything, where would they go? Just out into the air? Into the sky? Back home around my bed, where my dreams stay?"
"We keep coming back and coming back
To the real: to the hotel instead of the hymns...."
-- Wallace Stevens
Postcard from eBay
|From Under the Volcano, by Malcolm Lowry, 1947,
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 10:00 PM
Bloomsday for Carlin:
“V. is whatever lights you to