Saturday, July 4, 2020
Igne natura renovatur integra (Alchemical motto) Through fire, nature is reborn whole Recently a paper was published in a journal of evolutionary biology about the importance of mass extinctions to the development of "novel features and abilities in surviving lineages." While...
Latin

Latin Proverbs: N

  Nemo nisi per amicitiam cognoscitur No one learns except by friendship The literal translation of this proverb is awkward and misleading. If we think of something we want to master as an adversary we are almost destined to never move...
The Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics attempts to resolve the apparent paradoxes left unsatisfactorily unraveled by other interpretations. One of its appealing qualities is its compatibility with and usefulness in making sense of experimental evidence without the introduction of...
  "But something may be done that we will not: And sometimes we are devils to ourselves, When we will tempt the frailty of our powers, Presuming on their changeful potency." -William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida “Nothing surely is so potent as a law that...
  Available on Amazon and Smashwords. Foreword “They wouldn’t do this for me...If they call me a genius, what superlative have they reserved for your husband?” -William James to Sara Sidis after Harvard’s waiver of multiple PhD requirements, including an oral exam, for Boris....
Omnia Romae cum pretio Everything in Rome comes with a price. Juvenal died around 130 AD.  Since it took another 346 years for Rome to fall to Odoacer’s hordes, we could say Juvenal was either remarkably prescient or just another literary...
The Kanizsa Triangle

Latin Proverbs: M

The Kanizsa Triangle, an illustration of Gestalt psycology in action.Malum quidem nullum esse sine aliquo bono. There is no evil without some good. This proverb should not be interpreted as blind Panglossianism. That sort of naive optimism is antithetical to the...
"What has destroyed every previous civilization has been the tendency to the unequal distribution of wealth and power." - Henry George Progress and Poverty has been praised by Tolstoy, Einstein and Milton Friedman. Friedman, predictably, was the least effusive of three.  He...
The video is here. There are, of course, minor discrepancies between the script and the video (e.g I chose to say one word instead of another based on how it sounded when read aloud). John Stuart Mill was an English...
“From time to time in history men are born a whole age too soon. Probably the men were so great, so self-fed, that recognition of them by others was not necessary to them.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson “ was one of the...
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