Saturday, February 13, 2016

Pinpointing a part of progress

What does the progress of humanity mean? If you are familiar much with the writings of Jan Cox, you may remember his observation that life is evolving, and that the job of a real revolutionary (his sometime term for those on the path) is to evolve faster than the overall general progress. This progress, lifting all, is justly called mechanical. Perhaps in a public forum I should add that the source and the destination of this progress is unknown, even, possibly, to one who regularly sees above the crowd. Our point here is what the crowd sees, and how that is evolving. 

So this headline today in the Guardian:

Antarctica :150,000 penguins die after giant iceberg renders colony landlocked

My reaction was a (momentary) wince of grief. It was imaginary, I am not in Antarctica. But this reaction is becoming more common among the components of humanity. This reaction motivates. It may or may not produce immediately visible results. But more commonly experienced this kind of reaction, what mine was, changes the way Humanity as a whole may handle their world. And how do I know it is becoming more common??? 

It was headline in a major newspaper.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The wages of thought

On our peculiar planet where thinking, the source of all external progress, is also that from which, (this is seen more clearly in eastern thought) some quiet distance must be retained for any accurate assessments, of anything, the word robot is not inappropriate to describe people. 

This is never noticed at the public level. And yet, what can it mean that in a recent debate between US politicians (politicians!) the accusation of being robotic in speech was leveled against one panel member. Of course, pots and kettles. The interesting thing is:

The audience noticed. 

Pots and kettles and barbecue utensils. Of course. What it means I don't know. That it is significant, I suspect. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Socks in a Dryer

Tossed, tumbled, tied,  apparently doing a good or bad, job, apparently following a higher good, or trying, and
clueless as of course socks must be.
This characterizes the world of man, especially in the modern, intellectually developed, arena of life.

It may not be all there is, but to appreciate fully, this stage, is necessary. If you are a citizen of the west, you start here. The progress possible may be greater than that available to other circuited men and women. But without seeing the accuracy of this picture, and remembering it, a lot, well,.....

Jan Cox wouldn't perhaps mention this, but he could see the eyes of his audience. If you find this depressing, you are simply not doing it right.  If you really see it, you get there is nothing that can be taken personally. What could it matter what color of sock you are.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Who and What, We Are

Who we are must surely be connected with what we are a part of. This article talks about speculation regarding galaxy formation. Jan Cox stressed that the sincere seeker always pushed both for self-knowledge and knowledge of the world (he used the word cosmology.) Both are necessary for personal evolution and I suspect he would have approved of the idea these paths converge: psychology and cosmology. And we are always facing the unknown.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Antiquaries

Before there were modern historians, there were antiquaries. From 1400 to 1800, in Europe, these scholars discovered and  examined carved stones, architectural features, old books. They had no idea how these things might be connected to answer questions about the builders, carvers, painters whose products they examined. Their own universe was firmly planted and considered timeless. Their finds were a source of interest, amazement, and reflected a collector's zeal and preservationist's scruples. 

A similar intellectual landscape prevails in modern science. Without questioning, mostly, their positivistic bearings, these figures point out exciting strange phenomena and refuse to consider questions of boundaries, of gaps, of edges. 

A difference is that the antiquaries did not pretend their research answered all the important questions.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Oh Bosch!

This story about the Bosch accreditation board certifiying another Bosch could remind one of the difference between the mind and the body. What matters is not what happened, it is what the Board says happened. Yeah, kind of.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Fake it new

Here is George Lucas from his recent interview with Charlie Rose:

Lucas defended his vision for the six previous Star Wars films, which he said involved constant innovation. “I worked very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships – you know, to make it new...”

And no doubt everybody does know, what he means. But as Jan Cox pointed out, you have pigs and wings, and putting them together --- that is NOT new. Rearranging the known, is not the "new"... 

The new is possible, is extant,