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- Thoreau: a "self-appointed inspector of snow-storms and rain-storms"
- . . . every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite
- Rupert Brooke's "Tiare Tahiti"
- Michelangelo's "Slave Awakening"
- Li Bai -- In the mountains, a question and an answer
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About meIf you'd like to know more about me, please see the About page. My qualifications for the scientific entries are in my CV.
I see no reason to segregate scientific and technical posts from humanistic ones. In my life, scientific concerns mix with ethical ones, and they shade into a philosophical interest in the nature of cognition and the nature of people. Doing science is as creative as writing fiction, and I get inspiration for both from the same gods.
You will find little here on current politics. I'm an activist, but not in symptoms. Experience in martial arts shows me that the sure way to lose is reactivity; but if you stay cool and remember your training and what you're there for then you achieve goals and, when conflict is unavoidable, you fight and win. The idea of the liberal arts I was brought up in is that broad understanding of cultures and ideas gives you deeper, better goals -- making success more likely and more satisfying. Negatively, the hysteria since 9/11 shows how a country frightened and reactive can destroy itself more than an enemy can. I'm trying to contribute by changing the terms of discourse. . . . As Allen Ginsberg wrote, "America, I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel."
One fact shouldn't require special mention, but it sometimes does: namely that I'm gay. This blog is not primarily about being gay, but the topic sometimes comes up. I'm proud of being gay and do not hide.
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Category Archives: Being human
Daodejing — The Classic About Ways and Instances Translated by William P. Coleman After the great way had been forgotten, there was benevolence and rectitude. Intelligence and knowledge appeared, and there was great falseness. The six relationships fell out of harmony, … Continue reading
Tao Te Ching — The Classic about Ways And Instances Lao Tzu (Translated, with comments, by William P. Coleman) Chapter 17 The best ruler? His people know he exists. The next best? They love and praise him. The next, they … Continue reading
John Ruskin: “the Great Spirit of nature is as deep and unapproachable in the lowest as in the noblest objects”
John Ruskin The chapter “Of the Foreground” in the first volume of John Ruskin’s Modern Painters ends: One lesson, however, we are invariably taught by all, however approached or viewed, that the work of the Great Spirit of nature is … Continue reading
Self Portrait by John Ruskin John Ruskin had some typically heterodox thoughts on perfection that go well beyond the usual — and often excellent — thought that “the perfect is the enemy of the good.” . . . no good … Continue reading
Tao Te Ching — The Classic about Ways And Instances Lao Tzu (Translated, with comments, by William P. Coleman) Chapter 16 Reach to the farthest end of emptiness; maintain unmoving stillness. If I look at many things as combined, then … Continue reading
Tao Te Ching — The Classic about Ways And Instances Lao Tzu (Translated, with comments, by William P. Coleman) Chapter 15 Of old, those who were skilled at being were masters. They were subtle and could penetrate deeply into natures; … Continue reading