Tuesday, September 22, 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...
The video can be found here. The Thirty Years War decimated the Holy Roman Empire. What began as a local conflict soon progressed into total war between all the major powers of Europe. Germany lost a quarter of its population,...
"Say thus to thyself every morning: today I may have to deal with some intermeddler in other men's affairs, with an ungrateful man; an insolent or a crafty or an envious or an unsociable or selfish man." - Marcus Aurelius "As...
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...
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...
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...

Latin Proverbs: F

Faber est suae quisque fortunae (Appius Claudius Caecus) We are the artisans of our own fortunes. (Appius the Blind) Nota bene: this was written by a blind man. With the exception of Oedipus, blindness and other handicaps are generally thrust upon us. This...
Cicero

Latin Proverbs: E

Latin proverbs with commentary...all beginning with the letter E.
Abusus non tollit usum (Sed quod usum habet?) Abuse does not nullify proper use. (But does it have a use?) A potential for abuse should not negate an idea or object's useful properties. It should not move a legislative body to ban it....
“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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