October 2006

whitney music box var. 0 – chromatic – 48 tines

I’m not sure what the full use of this is yet, but I like it anyway.

PS: A prison gang just did a running drill past my house. Kinda scary.

I just finished Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises“. I probably shouldn’t have read it. I did simply for the feat of having Hemingway in my head somewhere. At the same time, it’s a modernist piece that reminds me a lot of “Catcher in the Rye” in terms of tone. Maybe a little lighter, but similar.

However, now I’m wishing I had a group of literary friends who sat around, got drunk in interesting places and had bizarre conversations about this or that arbitrary merit – while we all compared progress on artistic endeavors. Manchester, NH isn’t the place for something like that I guess. At least not that I’ve seen so far.

In the meantime, I have to chose my next book. I’ve a couple already begun, and there’s always my Girard books to read… but I’m thinking of finding something different. I always say that. “I want to read something I wouldn’t normally read.” Hemingway was something out of the ordinary. As is the Book of Mormon (something I’m not a big fan of). Maybe I’ll just finish off some of the books I’ve already started.

I recently had a conversation with a friend who claimed to be searching for some sort of answer. Our conversation revolved around where did we come from (because of the up front conclusion that the Bible is bunk) so the answer supposedly being sought was also involving cosmology.

What I encountered was the firm belief that this individual was operating with an open mind, and thought only closed minds accepted what they read or were taught.

I don’t think I argued this properly or clearly enough, but what I was trying to get at with her was that you can’t say you are working with an open mind and then say you won’t accept any systematized truth as being the answer. If you do this you are working with as many artificial rules and boundaries as those who seem to buy into that “false” sense of truth. The way I’m perceiving this situation – if truth presented itself, no matter the form, this open-minded person wouldn’t accept it. The “doubt everything” perspective seems to look like a genuinely inquisitive and searching point of view, but in fact it is as blind as someone following an incorrect teaching.

(messed up graphic but it works for now)

I am not arguing for any particular cosmology at the moment, but I want to argue that when one has an open mind, they cannot rule out anything until they have rigorously determined that falsehood… and even then they have to be open to the fact they might have been wrong in their estimate.

I want to know how to inoculate a mind (my own included) against the arrogant self-interest of thinking that I will know truth when I see it yet not have to analyze a thing. A simple question can be useful to test if one is convinced of their own ideas, which is fine. But if one thinks that those simple twisting questions will determine for themselves the truth, I just don’t see much success for them.

Wired News: The Game of Art

Just read the article and you’ll know why I like it. Well, so long as you know me to some extent.

Tombs Found in Syria Hold Riches, Signs of Ritual Sacrifice

This is interesting, especially in reference to my last post re: Rene Girard’s theories. The view of why people would bury their rulers in the middle of the city is what I am most interested in (page 2).

Colloquium on Violence and Religion

I should have posted this a while ago. I’ve attended once, and would love to be able to attend the upcoming Europe conference. The thing about this stuff though, it’s hard to grasp. But once you get it, it’s so simple and so blatant. It’s everywhere between everyone. Rene Girard is an amazing thinker, who has brought together some very disparate threads of discipline and made an amazing body of theory out of it. Read up if you want, or ask me for suggestions.

Communist Robot – Where do you stand on the future?

Simply amazing.

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