Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Nothing That Is

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:08 PM

Philosophy professor Agnes Callard on giving advice:

"It’s as though right before I give the advice,
I push a button that sucks all the informational
content out of what I’m about to say, and
I end up saying basically nothing at all."

— https://thepointmag.com/2019/

From a University of Chicago description of Callard —

See as well posts before and after the above date, Jan. 3, 2018,
that are now tagged "Lost Horizon."

More generally, see a Log24 search  for "Lost Horizon."

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Nothing That Is

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

"The 'one' with whom the reader has identified himself
has now become 'the listener, who listens in the snow';
he has become the snow man, and he knows winter
with a mind of winter, knows it in its strictest reality,
stripped of all imagination and human feeling.
But at that point when he sees the winter scene
reduced to absolute fact, as the object not of the mind,
but of the perfect perceptual eye that sees
'nothing that is not there,' then the scene,
devoid of  its imaginative correspondences,
has become 'the nothing that is.'"

Robert Pack, Wallace Stevens:
An Approach to His Poetry and Thought
New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1958.


IMAGE- The Ninefold Square at Ninevine.net

Wednesday, February 26, 2020


Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:43 PM


"Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is."

— Wallace Stevens

Friday, July 15, 2016

Million-Dollar Baby

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Ms. Beauman's second husband was Shakespearean actor
Alan Howard, who reportedly died on Valentine's Day 2015.

Beauman herself reportedly died on July 7, 2016.

See, from that date, posts now tagged "The Nothing That Is."

For some remarks related, if only theatrically, to Ms. Beauman's lucrative 
novel Destiny  and to Mr. Howard, see posts tagged "One Ring."

Thursday, July 7, 2016

About Nothing

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:16 PM

"For the listener, who listens in the snow, 
And, nothing himself, beholds 
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is."

Wallace Stevens

See as well A Riddle for Davos.

The Curious Case of the Concrete Universal

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:35 AM


Erica Goode in the online New York Times  tonight

"Irving Gottesman, a pioneer in the field of behavioral genetics
whose work on the role of heredity in schizophrenia helped
transform the way people thought about the origins of serious
mental illness, died on June 29 at his home in Edina, Minn., a
suburb of Minneapolis. He was 85.

His wife, Carol, said he died while taking an afternoon nap.
Although Dr. Gottesman had some health problems, she said,
his death was unexpected, and several of his colleagues said
they received emails from him earlier that day."

A note from noon (EDT) on that day, June 29, for the Church of Synchronology

A detail from the page mentioned in the June 29 post above —

A passage related to the word "soul" discussed by Sullivan —

See as well a related biblical passage, better known at the time of Royce (ca. 1892)
than today, that would probably mean nothing to the late Dr. Gottesman.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Bear and Bull

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Excerpt from a poem by Johanna Skibsrud
(Toronto Quarterly , April 2, 2011)—

No, I could not love a human being if they 
could not leave a mark.

Even if I was a bear 
and I ate you, you would 
move right through me. 

Even if you were a bear 
and you ate me, I would 
move right through you.

But I am not a bear. And will not eat you. 
If I said I could, I could not.

And you are not a bear. And will not eat me.

And that is why I could not love you. 

Related material: Into the Bereshit.

See also the remarks on space in Skibsrud's
January 2012 doctoral thesis at the University
of Montreal—

" 'The nothing that is': An Ethics of Absence
    Within the Poetry of Wallace Stevens."

— as well as Bull Run I and Bull Run II.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Nothing Revisited

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

"… the primal ground of this 'one' is 'nothing.'
The elucidation of the generative matrix of the
myth-work is thus completed…." — Jadran Mimica

Related material— The Nothing That Is.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Thursday December 15, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:48 PM
In honor of Freeman Dyson’s birthday:

Dance of the Numbers

“Mahlburg likens his approach to an analogous one for deciding whether a dance party has an even or odd number of attendees. Instead of counting all the participants, a quicker method is to see whether everyone has a partner—in effect making groups that are divisible by 2.

In Mahlburg’s work, the partition numbers play the role of the dance participants, and the crank splits them not into couples but into groups of a size divisible by the prime number in question. The total number of partitions is, therefore, also divisible by that prime.

Mahlburg’s work ‘has effectively written the final chapter on Ramanujan congruences,’ Ono says.

‘Each step in the story is a work of art,’ Dyson says, ‘and the story as a whole is a sequence of episodes of rare beauty, a drama built out of nothing but numbers and imagination.'”

Erica Klarreich in Science News Online, week of June 18, 2005

This would seem to meet the criteria set by Fritz Leiber for “a story that works.” (See previous entry.)  Whether the muse of dance (played in “Xanadu” by a granddaughter of physicist Max Born– see recent entries) has a role in the Dyson story is debatable.

Born Dec. 11, 1882, Breslau, Germany.

Died Jan. 5, 1970, Göttingen,
West Germany.

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Max Born

Those who prefer less abstract stories may enjoy a mythic tale by Robert Graves, Watch the North Wind Rise, or a Christian tale by George MacDonald, At the Back of the North Wind.

Related material:

“The valley spirit never dies. It’s named the mystic woman.”

Tao Te Ching

For an image of a particular
incarnation of the mystic woman
(whether as muse, as goddess,
or as the White Witch of Narnia,
I do not know) see Julie Taymor.

“Down in the valley,
 valley so low,
 hang your head over,
 hear the wind blow.”

Folk song

“Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in
    the same bare place

For the listener,
    who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there
    and the nothing that is.”

Wallace Stevens

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Sunday February 29, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:22 PM

Types of Ambiguity

1.  Oscar: military phonetic for the letter 'O'

2.  "… this symbol among the Greeks was more circle than dot, but among those in India, more dot than circle."

— Robert Kaplan, The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero


3.  A bindi is an auspicious mark worn by young girls and women. Bindi is derived from bindu, the Sanskrit word for dot.  It is usually a red dot made with vermilion powder which is worn by women between their eyebrows on their forehead.  Considered a symbol of Goddess Parvati, a bindi signifies female energy….

— Indian Customs & Traditions

4.  Sometimes I feel so reckless and wild
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
I gave nobody life, I am nobody's wife
And I seem to be nobody's daughter
So red is the color that I like the best
It's your Indian skin and the badge
On my chest
The heat of my pride
The lips of a bride
The sad heart of the truth
And the flag of youth
And blood that is thicker than water

Shawn Colvin of Vermillion, SD,
    "The Story" lyrics

5.  Hamlet  Do you think I meant country matters?
Ophelia  I think nothing, my lord.
Hamlet  That's a fair thought to lie between maid's legs.
Ophelia  What is, my lord?
Hamlet   Nothing.

6.  Macbeth  "…. a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

7.  Enter a Messenger.

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