Category: essay/ideas


The Whitman examples, listed below in a link, illustrate nicely the sentiment of cohesion between the minutia and grandiose of life and beauty expressed in RF’s lectures (also linked here) and the metaphorical, linguistic representation of it again in poetry. There has always been a chasm between the disciplines of letters/numbers, as we all well know. I think sometimes that it may be useful to move away from seeing them as analogous to one another and imagine the relationship as more of a fractal. as i have heard it, some say humans are ‘wired’ for language. That wiring must exist in chemicals, or maybe the reaction that happens within….words stand for all sorts of things–pose as themselves, or wear costumes to appear however we choose to purpose them….but there are so many languages, so many ways of expressing and knowing. Across that divide, scientific knowledge is what it is, and is never propped up as otherwise for emphasis, or showmanship, or whatever; it may not be fully expressed in order to mask certain aspects, but that is where we say the “language fails” it, or something is “lost in translation”.Of course there is political agenda, but this is not the fault of language; merely a mask and I refer to my uses of language to distort or manipulate above. ┬áBut somewhere, a syntax exists between what is lost to say, English, skipped over, and picked up again by French, or German, or Japanese.

All of the human experience is still there, chemicals swashing, synapses collecting, it’s the language–the human developed element–that has failed at that point for that expression by that particular culture. together, over time, and languages, eons, peoples, genders, classes, philosophers, poets, researchers, bloggers, greeting-card writers….we cover it all. In that way, all expressions must be a mirror for these scientific prossessing happening all around us that would prove impossible for one of us, or one language even, to encapsulate. One simply can’t know it “all”. But as an experiment of humanity, we represent the whole thing. So subtle that it happens over time/space, exists in a myriad of forms, can be correct or incorrect, formal or informal, can change at our whim or intention but can always be sorted out. we can mix them to make hybrid languages, trace them, decode, make ever cryptic, deconstruct, on and on it goes….almost endless possibilities; and yet, still limited if only one singular language it would remain, independent. So, we need all. just as we need all sciences to understand the natural world and the larger universe. But it’s all the same idea. It’s codependent, in ways. To tell ourselves the story of science is to create the complete fractal. When we feel as if we have caught a glimpse of the thing, which you can’t keep for long; epiphany. It is just, for the lack of a better word…..amazing.

This is just what i am using as a jumping off point for my examination of language and physical properties and how they may connect. I would like to have a cohesive hypothesis, but I am afraid my knowledge of both language and physical property connections is constantly shifting and growing. Already, I have wondered how Chomskian theory, as well as Dawkins’ eloquent explanation of evolution might influence and change what I have written thus far in rudimentary journal-like prose. Please respond with your expertise in mind. This idea is┬ámonstrous, but so much fun to explore. Even as I do that, I am reminded of a thought that I read once of Feynman, that all we ever do is draw arrows, or lines, on paper. This makes it both mundane and profound, just as life and all knowledge really is. It’s lovely to be a collection of light stuck for a moment in the Higgs field, as I understand it. To know we are here for only a short time is only a half-view of what this reality and life is. How much energy is wasted and or used in our very speech? How much energy is spent in keeping the schema of culture through linguistic processing/encoding/decoding? How do other cultures use this power, and how might we change in order to expend energy where it should go? Can we make those alterations, or do they truly precede us?

These are a few of my questions about language. I don’t expect to ever answer them all, at least I hope not. Questions are infinitely more interesting than answers. I hope that I can become receptive to ever precise questions. In this way, maybe I will be able to bend the fractal and catch a few breathtaking glimpses of the entirety.

http://www.berfrois.com/2012/07/two-poems-walt-whitman/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Feynman_Lectures_on_Physics

this we are

inside each brain
beneath foggy skies
across vast vacuum
from a star
that upon expiration
spews forth life
in the form
of hot light;
sails the distance
through the darkness
evolving by increments
back to consciousness-
inside each brain
beneath foggy skies
across vast vacuum
from a star

Lit Hum: Two by Borges

http://www.lit-hum.org/2012/05/two-by-borges.html?m=1 This blog is fantastic! You should check it out if you are interested in anything literature related. What a find! Check out my twitter feed, I will RT a link to it there as well. Borges is such a complicated writer, and this is one of those pieces that touches and surprises the reader. It instantly pulls you in, and you connect with his idea of how we are more than one being, but inside one body. This element is essential to the connection between the literary, the body/consciousness, and particle physics… as I understand them, of course. If we can be any number of ‘people’ at once or quick succession, then that must be a sort of super positioning, much akin to particle properties. This can pose interesting ideas for the definition of who/what we are and how we might be at peace with our constant reposition or uncertianty with that which makes us, us; at the core.

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