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91  Course Assignments / WEEK SIX / Re: Why does Pound emphasize that Jefferson wanted modern dress rather than a Roman on: September 21, 2005, 08:49:59 AM
Tching Tang wrote on his bathtub
See Canto 53
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92  Course Assignments / WEEK SIX / Re: Jefferson's Bible on: September 21, 2005, 08:41:47 AM
Jeff admired Jesus and Epicurus equally
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93  Course Assignments / WEEK SIX / Re: Adams/Jefferson on: September 19, 2005, 02:39:26 PM
Adams and Jefferson indeed

from Pound's essay "The Adams-Jefferson Letters as Shrine and Monument"

Defenders of the Rome broadcasts often point out
that Ez never exhorted his listeners to rebel.
I find it equally touching that the one time he did
exhort them to action, he incited them to read
said letters, all t h r e e volumes.

& meanwhile wot did he exhort the other side
to do? He made signs and hung them everywhere
he cd. i forget the original Italian; an
English version goes,

The treasure of a nation is its honest people

A sentence from Kung fuTse

His disappointment with the response gets
expressd in the Pisan cantos
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94  Course Assignments / WEEK SIX / Re: Fart for Fascism! on: September 19, 2005, 12:15:52 PM
The Malatesta quote also functions as a prank on reader

trmpus loquendi, tempus tacendi

time to speak, time to keep silent

Cantos 1-30 have frequent alterations between Rennaisance and modern
history.  A Latin motto seems
overture to another Rennaisance canto
but instead lands us in what Ez
considered the Second Rennaisance --
The Age of Reason

Note that this includes a contrast --
Jeff and friends felt less need
for taciturnity than Sigismundo
but still not total freedom

-- "parts of this letter in cypher" --
Canto 30

and Ez himself records construction 200 years later

-- free speech without free radio speech is as zero --
canto 74

the crazy poet got himself charged with treason
for what his contract called "personal propaganda
on behalf of the American constitution"
[especally article I Sec 8]

"The joke is that Santayana really was
a fascist, and I never was. But he had
sense enough to keep his mouth shut."
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95  Course Assignments / WEEK SIX / Re: Fart for Fascism! on: September 19, 2005, 10:18:51 AM
i think and/or implies must we choose or can we combine?
A question not an answer

EP seems a political agnostic to me. He offers a spectrum of possibilities
in the Cantos, and in his political prose; he shows approval of
aspects of Whig theory, Coke, Jefferson, Adams, Social Credit,
technocracy, Mussolini, Jackson, Van Buren, velocity money,
Lenin, and a long list of Confucian emperors, without
endorsing any one of them as the "only" answer.
In ABC of Economics he denies the whole idea of
one correct answer -- "coal, oil, wood etc will all heat
our homes." The Confucian Cantos emphasize
'the times and seasons' in choosing best answer
for your needs. Oil, for instance, did NOT threaten
global warming in 19th Century...
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96  Course Assignments / WEEK SIX / Re: social Credit on: September 17, 2005, 05:10:19 PM

Since information = wot you don't expect, does prejudice
help or hinder communication? Cd the English
govt communicate well with "the goddam Porta-goose?"
As well as they cd with "England's oldest ally?"

How much do we lose due to bias against certain styles
or media of communication?
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97  Any and Everything / Group Space / Re: Brékkek Kékkek Kékkek Kékkek! Kóax Kóax Kóax! on: September 17, 2005, 11:33:39 AM
K K K also the Ku Klux Klan, part of
a Mark Twain cluster
[topsawyer...finn....livvy etc]
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98  Any and Everything / Group Space / Re: Coincidance Chapter one on: September 17, 2005, 11:29:18 AM
You got me, but I never claimed infallibility

BTW. O'Rahhilly, O'Rielly, O'Reiey etc
all variations on the primal Gaelic ui Ralleigh
"The" O'Rahiily = the formal head of the clan

County Cavan where the clan once ruled
every adult male looks like one of my wife's Boston uncles
[she said on a visit] and every store had
one of hem ui Ralleigh names on it

Anyway the O'Rahiily seems the first to urge
the Irish to adopt the Swiss canton system
instead of English federal system
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99  Any and Everything / Group Space / Re: national prayer day on: September 17, 2005, 11:13:17 AM
William --

I bought it in a silver shop in San Migel de Alende
in 1971....
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100  Course Assignments / WEEK SIX / Re: social Credit on: September 17, 2005, 10:18:43 AM
The Shannon equation for information
( H = - Epilogepi )
came out all wrong and I don't know how to
fix it
It shd. define the information, H, in a message
as the negative recipricol of the probabilities of predicting
each signal in advance. As Norbert Weiner said,
great poetry has high informaion,
political speehes low.

real capital also = high unpredictibility...the foundation of social credit
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101  Course Assignments / WEEK SIX / a large future on: September 16, 2005, 03:41:22 PM
It is not only the juror's right, but his duty,
to find the verdict according to his own best
understanding, judgement and conscience, though in
direct opposition to the directions of the court.
   John Adams

Our bank has bought us
   a lot of shares in Mitsui
Who arm 50 divisions, who keep up the Japanese army
and they are destined to have a large future
   Ezra Pound, Canto 38,

 [written in 1933]

Like other "luminous  details" or "ideograms"
in the Cantos, this presents a historical
event with  few words and no explicit comment.
It makes a good place to start.

In 1933, "our" bank, the Federal Reserve,
 invested in Mitsui [a branch of
Vickers, the "Arms kings"]*

*See Sir Basil Zaharoff

and Mitsui invested in
the Japanese army. The Poet predicts that they
will have a large future,
 remaining ironically vague
about whether "they" means the Japanese army,
Mitsui, Vickers or maybe only the Fed.

            Remember Pearl Harbor!
               -- World War II slogan [U.S.A.]

      "Oh, the banks are made of marble
      With a guard at every door
      And the vaults are full of silver
      That the workers sweated for."
         --traditional labor song
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102  Course Assignments / WEEK FIVE / Bill Yeats on: September 16, 2005, 03:31:57 PM

in the world of Esperanza, Primrose and Augusta;
of fat fussy old women and of fat fussy old men.
"Sure they want  war," said Bill Yeats,
"They want all the young gals fer themselves."
That lovely unconscious world,
   slop over slop, and blue ribbons
      Ezra Pound, Canto 41

W B Yeats: 1865-1939
James Joyce: 1882-1941
Ezra Pound: 1885-1972

Pound went to London in 1909 with the specific intent of
meeting Yeats, whom he considered the greatest living poet.
If you want to become a great poet, he believed, find a great poet
to learn from.

The Yeats-Pound synergy mutated both of them, stylistically.
If you agree with Nietzsche that "the only way to improve
your mind is to improve your style," then they both
grew mentally as well as technically.  Modern poetry
oscillates between the poles of Pound and Yeats.
Of the tribe of Ezra (and acknowledging it): William
Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olsen, Sir Basil Bunting,
Louis Zukofsky, e  e cummings) Yeats's influence
appears in W H Auden, Alan Tate, and most of T S Eliot
[except "The Waste Land" which Eliot allowed Pound
to "edit" -- the end product looks suspiciously like
a gloomy/neurotic/Christian prologue to Pound's exhuberant/
high-hearted/pagan Cantos]

In 1912, preparing an anthology of Imagist poetry, Pound
asked Yeats if he could suggest any new poets not allied
to the Imagist circle, but writing close enough to the Imagist
style to deserve inclusion. Yeats mentioned a man
who'd left Dublin under a cloud and had survived since then
as a language teacher in Trieste: James Joyce.

Pound wrote to JJ; JJ sent him the "Chamber Music"
poems and Pound picked two of them for the anthology.
[He picked exactly the same two I wd have picked,
the one about the sea-bird going forth in the cold wind
and the one about the Army marching and the sea-hags
running on the beach waving their long green hair.]

EP wrote again to ask for more  poems. Joyce said he
currently worked in prose and sent along a few
of the "Dubliners" stories.

These stories resembled NOTHING previous in world literature.
They had no plots, no beginnings or middles or ends,
JJ had INVENTED the "slice of life" which later became
the "New Yorker-type story" and since then 
has become formalized and mass produced
by mediocrities. The style [described by Joyce
as "scrupulous meanness"] fit the blocked, paralyzed,*
bumbling denizens of an Occupied City the way good
clothes fit a body.

*The first story concerns a priest who is both
physically and symbolically paralyzed.

Yeats belonged to several rebel groups (which might
have gotten him hanged if the Brits ever caught him.)
Joyce called himself an anarchist but remained politically
aloof (Stirnerite.) Yet Joyce, with the mask of "scrupulous
meanness," showed in small everyday details the
Death Trip hanging over an occupied country, and
made ordinary nastiness as awful as Sartre ever
made the major horrors of the Nazi occupation of France.

EP's reaction: "I can turn from good French prose to
a page of Joyce without feeling my  head is
being stuffed with cotton." (Other English  prose
of the time did not please him.)

Pound devoted major energies to getting "Dubliners"
published. When JJ began the "Portrait of the Artist."
with a new style, which starts out as baby-talk and
grows up in quantum jumps as the Artist himself
grows, from infancy to 20 years old,
Pound again saw a major breakthrough in prose
and worked like hell to get it serialized and then
published in full. Then he found two rich women
who started sending Joyce monthly gifts to support
him while he launched the even-more revolutionary
"Ulysses. " Through all this Pound never complained
about his own poverty. He seems to have seen himself
as a tough guy who took hard times easily and JJ
as a sensibility so sensitive it might burn out without
sufficient nourishment.

During World War I, Pound and Joyce corresponded
a lot and agreed about the slaughter. Pound said
it was a pity the nations involved couldn't ALL be defeated.
JJ wrote a Swiftian poem denouncing warfare --
the only overtly or openly political work in his ouvre.
Yeats expressed himself by writing poems in
which humanity appears as "weasels fighting
in a hole" and the Anti-Christ slouches toward
Bethlehem to be born

EP and JJ also entertained each other by mail with limericks
about their friends and the literary scene in general.
Some still seem funny.


In the one-page autobiography he wrote for New
Directions in the early 1950s, Pound describes
a major re-orientation in typically terse fashion --
"1919: began investigating causes of war,
to oppose same."

In the 1920s JJ began Finnegans Wake and Pound
re-started the Cantos. Neither one could understand
the other any longer. They "drifted apart."

both Finnegans Wake and the Cantos
attempt to "expain" history (read:
explain why World War I happened), they use
different mutations of style to
convey two radically new and radically different.

Pound locates the Original
Sin or major fuck-up in the economic structures
of societies AND in the ethical (or unethical) ideas
that perpetuate economic structures.
(Marx plus Dante, a mixture EP called Voluntarist
economics, and found anticpated in Kung fu tse and Mong tse...)

 JJ finds the glitch in the conscious and unconscious
struggles over power, sex and status within one middle-class
early 20th Century Irish Protestant
household consisting of a middle-aged Mom and
Dad, two quarreling sons, a disturbed but sexy
teen-ager daughter, and 2 servants. The greatest
is within the smallest: one household models
humanity's predicament.

In 1931, at their last meeting, Pound grew loud
and agitated. JJ later said Pound had gone mad,
He was the first one to ever utter that opinion,
but he wd not be the last.

The Joyce-Pound saga (friendship and respect
turning to angry incomprehension) appears,
conciously or not, in the Cantos, as the Jefferson-Adams
EP and JJ never had that reconciliation, but--

On one of the radio broadcasts which the U S Department
of Justice called treasonous, Pound orated on JJ's death
and reiterated again that JJ ranked as the major
novelist of the 20th Century.
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103  Course Assignments / WEEK FIVE / Poetry and Mathematics as Languages on: September 16, 2005, 03:20:34 PM
The  reality of metaphysics is the reality of masks.
--Oscar Wilde

   The day in  1982 when my wife, Arlen, and I arrived in Ireland we tried her battery-operated radio to hear whatever we might find: our  way of diping our toes in the new culture before plunging into its alien waters totally.  By the kind of coincidence that I don't regard as coincidental we found an RTE interviewer discussing local legends about the pookah with a Kerry farmer. As a longtome pookaphile, I  found the conversation spellbinding, but the best part came at the end:
   "But do you believe in the pookah yourself?" asked the RTE man.
   "That I do not," the farmer replied firmly, "and I doubt much that  he believes in me either!"
    I knew then that I had  indeed found my spiritual homeland, wherever I may otherwise roam, and that Yeats and Joyce and O'Brien had not risen out of a vacuum. We had planned to say six weeks; we eventually stayed six years.
   Anthony Burgess once argued that English English, American English and all the other varieties of Anglophonics have become rational and pragmatic [closure-oriented] but Irish English remains ludic [play-oriented].  While I see some truth  in that formulation, I would prefer to  describe all-other-English as belonging to what Neurolinguistic therapist Dr Richard Bandler calls the meta-model [statements we can logically judge as true or  false] and Irish English as belonging to the Milton-model [statements not containable in true-false logic but capable of seducing us into sudden new perceptions.]
   The Milton-model, named after Dr. Milton Erickson --"the greatest therapeutic hypnotist of the 20th Century," in the opinion of his peers -- contains  no propositions subject to proof or disproof, uses language the way that Kerry farmer did, and can cause both intellectual and physiological transformations.Because of his many successes in curing the allegedly incurable, Dr Erickson often became proclaimed "the Miracle Worker."
   Oddly, most of Dr. Erickson's patients did not think they had undergone hypnosis at all. They  just remembered having a friendly chat with an unusually sympathetic doctor. ..
   According to the Korzybsk-Whorf-Sapir hypothesis, the language a people speak heavily  influences their sense perceptions, their "concepts" and even the way they feel about themselves and the world in general. "A change in language can transform  our appreciation of the cosmos," as Whorf stated the case. The clinical record of Erickson and his school indicates that language tricks can even make us ill or make us  well again. The Irish  neurolinguistic system illustrates these theorems uncommonly well.
   Whether you call it ludic language, Ericksonian hypnosis, poetry or the verbal equivelant of LSD, Irish English -- even in the professional hands of all of Ireland's greatest writers --shows the  same non-aristotelian "illogic" or Zen humor as that Kerry farmer     Witness:
      Death and life were not
      Till man made up the whole,
      Made lock, stock and barrel
      Out  of his bitter soul
               --W.B. Yeats
   "Men are born liars." -- Liam O'Flaherty, in the first sentence of his autobiography. Logcians call this an Empedoclean paradox. To an Irish stylist, it does not appear Empedoclean nor paradoxical but merely another pregnant bull. Since O'Fllaherty belonged to the class of all men, he lied; but if he lied, his statement does not carry conviction, so maybe he told the truth....
   "Are the commentators on Hamlet really mad or only pretending to be mad?" -- Oscar Wilde.
      Thy spirit keen through radiant mein   
      Thy shining throat and smiling eye
      Thy little palm, thy side like foam --
      I cannot die!
      O woman, shapely as the swan,
      In a cunning house hard-reared was I:
      O bosom white, O well-shaped palm,
      I shall not die!
         --Padraic Colum
   [A Romantic poem, in style; anti-Romantic in content -- whether you think of the female as a human lady or a  symbol of Ireland a la  Cathleen ni Houlihan, Dark Rosaline  or shan van vocht.]
   "Durtaigh disloighal reibel aigris dogs."--Myles na gCopaleen
   [It only makes sense if you pronounce it as Gaelic, and then it becomes ordinary English,  expressing an ordinary English attitude toward their Hibernian neighbors.]
   "They shall come to know good." -- James Joyce. [Read it silently, then read it aloud.]
   "There is in mankind a certain *************************************************** Hic multa ******************************************************************disiderantur*************************************************************** And this I take to be a clear solution of the matter." -- Jonathan Swift [all expurgations Swift's own.]
   "I considered it desirable that he should know nothing about me but it was even better if he knew several things that were quite wrong." -- Flann O'Brien
   Or, to take a few examples that lend themselves better to condensation than quotation:
   Consider Swift's pamphlet war with the astrologer Partridge, in which Swift claimed Partridge had died and Partidge vehemently  insisted on his continued viability. Swift won hands down by pointing out that just  because a man claims he's alive does not compell us to  accept his uncorraborated testimony.
   Or: Bishop Berkeley, proving with meticulous logic that the universe doesn't exist, although God has a persistent illusion that it does.
   Or the scandalous matter of Molly Bloom's adulterous affairs in Ulysses, which number between one [Hugh Boylan] and more than thirty [including a few priests and Lord Mayors and one Italian organ grinder], depending on which of Joyce's 100+ narrators one chooses to  believe. This  grows more perplexing when one realizes that some of the "narrators" seem more like styles than persons: styles masquerading as persons. Or maybe the ghosts of departed stylists, in the sense that Berkeley called
Newton's infinitesmals the ghosts of   departed quantities.
    Colonized and post-Colonized peoples learn  much about text and sub-text; and Yeats did not   develop his mystique of Mask and Anti-Mask out of Hermetic metaphysics alone. In my six years sampling  Dublin pubs [1982-88] I overheard many conversations in the form:
   --I saw your man last night.
   --Oh? And?
   --All going well  there.
   Who the devil is "your man"? Does this concern hashish from
Amsterdam for the Punk Rock crowd, gelegnite on its way to Derry, or just the ingrained habits  shaped by 800 years of Occupation? Maybe: but the speakers might simply refer to tickets for a soccer game....[You will find a similarly oblique dialogue in the second section of the "Wandering Rocks" montage in Ulysses, except that "your man" has become "that certain party."]
   I do not claim that Sassanach conquest alone produced Ireland's elusive wit and ludic poesy; but it sharpened tendencies already there as far back as Finn Mac Cumhal. Yeats says somewhere that Ireland was part of Asia until the Battle of the Boyne; but that  dating merely represents W.B.'s reactionary Romanticism. Joyce knew that Ireland remained part of Asia; Finnegans Wake explicitly tells us it emerged from "the Haunted Inkbottle, no number Brimstone Walk, Asia in Ireland."
   You   can   test one level of  truth in this by simply asking directions in both Tokio and Dublin. In either place you will encounter old-fashioned politeness and friendliness unknown in most of the industrial world, and you will get sent in the wrong direction. Hostile humor? I think not. Asiatic languages, including Irish English, simply do not accomodate themselves to Newtonian grids, either spatial or temporal.
   Arlen and I used to play a game in Dublin: whenever we  saw two  clocks we would compare them. They never agreed. In Cork, the four clocks on the City  Hall tower always show four different times; locals call them "the Four Liars." The sociologist may class this as post-Colonial syndrome-- based on the baleful suspicion that the English invented time to make a man work more than the Good Lord ever intended -- but Joyce noted that the only three world-class philosophers of Celtic geneology, Erigena, Berkeley and Bergson, all  denied the  reality  of time [and only Berkeley lived under English rule.]
   A Dublin legend tells of an Englishman who, noting that the two clocks in Padraic Pearse station do not agree, commented loudly that this discordance"is so  damned typically bloody Irish." A Dubliner corrected him: "Sure now, if they agreed one of them would be superfluous."
   Even more in the Daoist tradition: Two Cork men meet on the street. "Filthy weather for this time of year," ventures the first.
   "Ah, sure," replies the second, "it isn't this time of year at all, man."
   Compare the Chinese proverb, "Summer never becomes winter, infants never grow old."  Einstein's relativity and Dali's melting clocks belong to the   same universe as these Hibernio-Chinese Eccentrcities.
   In County Clare and the West generally one often hears the grammatical form, "My uncle was busy feeding the pigs one night and I a girl of six years...." [One also hears this in Synge's plays -- all of them.] Elsewhere in the English speaking world one would hear, "My uncle was busy feeding the pigs  one night when I was a girl of six years..." The Irish English retains the grammar of Irish Gaelic, but it thereby retains the timeless or Daoist sense of a world where every now exists but no now ever "becomes" another now.
   Nor does this neurolinguistic grid, or reality-tunnel, only manifest in Irish speech and literature. William Rowan Hamilton, one of Eire's greatest mathematicians, probably the greatest of all, made many contributions, but two have special interest for us here.
   1. Hamilton invented non-commutative math, which I shall try to explain. In arithmetic, 2 x 3 = 3 x 2, or they both equal 6 [if you haven't raised too many pints that night.] Ordinary algebra, the only kind most of us ever learned in school, follows the same rule: a x b = b x a. Everybody knows that, right? Well, in Hamilton's algebra, a x b does NOT = b x a.
   More "Asiatic" influence? More  of the Celtic Twilight? Well, in Pure Mathematics, you can invent any system you want as long as it remains internally consistent; finding out if it has any resemblence to the experiential world remains the job of the Applied Mathematician, or the engineer. It required about 100 years to find a "fit" for Hamiltonian algebra, and then it revolutionized physics. Hamilton's math describes the sub-atomic [quantum] world, and ordinary math does not.
   The  reader may classify Hamilton's feat as a variety of precognition or maybe just as more of the Hibernian compulsion to challenge everything the Saxon regards as unquestionable.
   2.  Physicists of Hamilton's day endlessly debated whether light travels as waves like water or as discrete particles like bullets. He supported  both totally contradictory  models, although in different contexts.  Among Fundamentalist Materialists, they call this the heresy of "perspectivism," but again, after 100 years, it became part of quantum mechanics, although usually credited to Neils Bohr, who only rediscovered it.     Perspectivism also haunts postmoderrn literary theory, cultural anthropology and, especially, the Joyce Industry, as more and more Joyce scholars realize that all of the 100+ narrative "voices" in Ulysses seem equally true in some sense, equally untrue in some sense and  equally beyond either/or logic in any sense.
   Quantum Mechanics owes a second huge debt, and a perpetual head-ache, to another Irish physicist, John Stewart Bell.
   Bell's  Theorem, a mathematical demonstration by Dr.  Bell published in 1965, has become more popular than Tarot cards with New  Agers,  who think they understand it but generally don't. Meanwhile it remains controversial with physicists, some of  whom think they understand it but many of whom frankly admit they find it as perplexing as a chimpanzee in a  Beethoven string quartet.
       In a [hazardous] attempt to translate Bell's math into the verbal forms in which we discuss what physics "means," Bell seems to have proved that any two "particles"once in contact will continue to act as if  connected no matter how far apart they move in "space" or "time" [or in  space-time.] You can see why New Agers like  this: it sounds like it supports the old magick  idea that if you get ahold of a hair from your enemy, anything you do to the hair will effect him.
   Most physcists think a long series of experiments, especially those of Dr Alain Aspect and others in the 1970s and Aspect in 1982 have settled the matter. Particles once in contact certainly seem "connected," or  correlated, or at least dancing in the same ballet....But not all physicists have agreed. Some,  the AntiBellists, still publish criticisms of alleged defects in the experiments. These arguments seem too  technical to be summarized here, and only a small minority still cling to them, but this dissent needs to be mentioned since most New Agers don't know about it.       
      The most daring criticism of Bell  comes from Dr N. David Berman of Columbia, who believes he has refined the possible interpretations of Bell down to  two: (1) non-locality ["total rapport"] and (2) solipsism. We will  explain non-locality below, but Dr Berman finds it so absurd that he prefers solipsism. ["Is The Moon There When Nobody Looks?"Physics Today, April 1985. He says the moon, and everything else, does't exist until perceived; Bishop Berkeley has won himself one more convert.]
   Among those who accept Bell's  Theorem, Dr David Bohm of the University of London offers three interpretations of what it means:
   "It may mean that everything in the universe is in a kind of total rapport, so that whatever happens is  related to everthing else [non-locality]; or it may mean that there is some kind of information that can travel faster than the speed of light; or it may mean that our concepts of space and time have to be modified in some way that we don't understand."(London Times, 20 Feb 1983)
   Bohm's first model,"total rapport," also called non-locality, brings us very close-- very, very close -- to Oriental monism: "All is One," as in Vedanta, Buddhism and Daoism. It also   brings us in hailing distance of Jungian synchronicity, an idea that seems "occult" or worse to most scientists, even if it won the endorsement of Wolfgang Pauli,a quantum heavyweight and Nobel laureate.  You can see why New Agers like this; you will find it argued with unction and plausibility in Capra's The Tao of Physics.  It means atomic particles remains correlated because everything always remains correlated.
   I suggest that physicists often explain this in Chinese metaphors because they don't know as much about Ireland as they do about China, and because they  haven't read Finnegans Wake,
   The strongest form of this non-local model,  called super-determinism, claims that everything "is" one thing, or at least one process. From the Big Bang to the last word of this sentence and  beyond, nothing can become other than it is,since everything remains part of a correlated whole.  Nobody has openly endorsed this view but several (Stapp, Herbert et al) have accused others, especially Capra,  of unknowingly endorsing it.
   Bohm's second alternative, information faster-than-light, brings us into realms previously explored only in science-fiction. Bell's particles may be correlated because they act as parts of an FTL (faster than light) cosmic Internet. If I can send an FTL message to my grandpa, it might change my whole universe to the extent that I  wouldn't exist at all. [E.g., he might suffer such shock that he wouldn't survive to reproduce.] We must either  reject this as impossible, or else it leads to the "parallel universe" model. I'm here in this universe, but in the universe next door the message removed me, so I never sent it there. Remind you, a bit, of that Kerry farmer?
   Even more radical offshots of this notion have come forth from  Dr John Archibald Wheeler and Dr Jack  Sarfatti. Dr Wheeler has proposed that every atomic or sub-atomic experiment we perform changes every particle in the universe everywhichway in  time, back to the Big Bang. The universe becomes constant creation, as in Sufism, but atomic physicists, not Allah, serve as its creators.  Yeats again wakes? [He would, of  course, place Bards as the creators, not measurers  and calculators, but still the human mind has "made up the whole."]
   Dr Bohm's third alternative, modification of our ideas of space and time, could lead us anywhere...including back to the Berkeleyan/Kantian notion that space and time do not exist, except as human projections, like persistent optical illusions.(Some think Relativity already demonstrates that...and some will recall Mr Yeats again, and that Kerry farmer....) All particles remain correlated because they never move in space or time, because space and time only exist "in our heads."
      Meanwhile, a Dr. Harrison suggests that we may have to abandon Aristotelian logic, i.e give up classifying things into only the two categories of "true and real" and "untrue and unreal." In between, in Aristotle's excluded middle, we may have the "maybe" proposed by von Neumann in 1933, the probabilistic logics (percentages/gambles) suggested by Korzybski, the four-valued logic of Rapoport (true, false, indeterminate and meaningless) or some system  the non-Hibernian world hasn't found yet. The Kerry farmer would handle all of this better than the typical  graduate of any university outside Ireland.
   And so we see that two Irishman. Hamilton and Bell,  have the majority of physicists arguing about issues that make them sound like a symposium among Berkeley, Swift, Yeats and Joyce.  Through their literature, speakers raised in Irish English  have transformed the printed page; now their mathematicians, raised in the   same neurolinguistic grid,  have revolutionized our basic notions of "reality," which in the light of what we have seen, badly needs the dubious quotes I  just hung on it.

"In filth, sublimity;
in sublimity, filth."

Dr Leary got  jailed  by the Lying Bastards 1970-1975. They also
passed a law against replicating his  experiments. Do not underestimate
the power of barbarians in high office.
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104  Course Assignments / WEEK FIVE / Re: What do you foresee when the third world REALLY comes online? on: September 16, 2005, 03:05:47 PM
Another lobster, and a  New  York steak....
   --F For Fake

      --Say it, no ideas but  in things--
      nothing but the blank faces of the  houses
nothing but the night without Her

                                            Fire on the mountain?
                                            No, the deer are still, tranquil:
                                            It must be sunlight

You can always trust the government. Ask an Indian.
   --Vine Deloria

Guarde el vuelo del lasagna!

                  The cat licks its paws:
                          I watch, three floors above--  it
                  Looks up straight at me!

Get ready: the machines are coming.

     British physicist Stephen Hawking says if humans hope to compete with the rising tide of artificial intelligence, they'll have to improve through genetic engineering.

    In an interview released Saturday with the newsmagazine Focus, Hawking said science could increase the complexity of DNA and ``improve'' human beings.

    He conceded that it would be a long process, ``but we should follow this road if we want biological systems to remain superior to electronic ones.''

    ``In contrast with our intellect, computers double their performance every 18 months,'' he added. ``So the danger is real that they could develop intelligence and take over the world.''

    ``We must develop as quickly as possible technologies that make possible a direct connection between brain and computer, so that artificial brains contribute to human intelligence rather than opposing it,'' Hawking said.

    August 8, 1996 e.v.

                      Dolphins in the bay
                                            Playing, sporting, having fun--
                                            World without money!

"Joyce was very highbrow,
very middlebrow,
and very, very lowbrow."
   --Marshall McLuhan

We open Pound's Cantos, the tale of the   tribe -- the first
attempt at a global epic --a brand-new world of
   allatonceness. "Time" has ceased,
   "space" has vanished....We read:


And then went down to the ship,

Probably the first time an epic began in the middle of a
sentence. *Thus EP notifies us at once that he will present
fragments ["luminous details," ideograms]
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105  Course Assignments / WEEK SIX / Re: social Credit on: September 16, 2005, 03:00:22 PM

         H = - Epilogepi

      --Claude Shannon, The Mathematical Theory of Communication

"Shit, motherfucker! I  want my fucking money, motherfucker."

I'm still hungry.
   --Citizen Kane
You'll get fat!
   --The Magnificent Ambersons
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