Sunday, September 27, 2020
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...
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...
  "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...
  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 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...
Wheat StacksIt is natural to long for something long gone. It is just as natural to want a feeling or experience to last longer than it ever could, perhaps even for it to become a permanent way of being,...
"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 passages in this series of blogs are not examples of genuine satori or even especially clever answers to the koans.  They are merely records of my first serious attempts at incorporating this form of meditation into my daily...
Originally published on January 11, 2011. Little is known about the life of the Roman nobleman Gaius Valerius Catullus. He lived during the late Republic, befriended many prominent people, and fell in love with a woman posterity knows only by...
No, I am not losing my mind. No, I have not forgotten about the letters J and K. The Latin alphabet does not contain the letter J and the letter K was rarely used. Labor ipse voluptas The pleasure is in the...
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