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Monet’s Waterlilies and Some Free Association

A nice image of Monet’s waterlilies, c. 1915, via Wikipedia Commons: __________ The feel of this image for me is not of tranquility and coolness, but of heat and melting. First there is the white flower echoing a fried egg; … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Alan Lightman: We visit and revisit the old neighborhood where we grew up, searching for the remembered grove of trees and the little fence. We clutch our old photographs. In our churches and synagogues and mosques, we pray to the … Continue reading

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The Goddess Fortuna: Thinking about Darwinian Contingency Metaphorically

I really think that Fortuna should be the matron goddess of all who have tried to absorb the full import of evolutionary contingency. Below, for example, is a painting of Fortuna by Henri Gascar, circa 1670. In this painting, Fortuna … Continue reading

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An Example of Human Evolution

An excerpt from a recent letter that a reader of Andrew Sullivan’s blog sent to him: I grew up listening to Rush Limbaugh, watching Fox News and had a “Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” bumper sticker on my … Continue reading

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Jacques Derrida for Beginners

And a critique of phallocentrism: Jacques Derrida: [Differance ] governs nothing, reigns over nothing, and nowhere exercises any authority. It is not announced by any capital letter. Not only is there no kingdom of differance, but differance instigates the subversion of every … Continue reading

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Entropy (or “En-TRIP-py”)

Question: Why do things so frequently end up in a way that we call “messed up”? Answer (echoing Gregory Bateson): Because there are so many more ways that we call “messed up” than we call “not messed up.” This, for … Continue reading

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Deer and Deere: An Image of a Deer Alongside a Deere Earth Mover in Yosemite Valley, August 2004

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Dirt Road Through an American Town—1860s—and a Quote from Isaac Newton

The course of nature . . . seems delighted with transmutations. (Opticks 1704)

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