Sunday, September 13, 2009

Collide




COLLIDE

Strategic Priority #2: Honor the Liberal Arts
Tradition through
Rigorous and
Innovative
Academics

RIGOR and INNOVATON are hostile notions.
Choose your magistery. No myn can serve both
without hating the one and loving the other, or he
will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
Unless of course you detach from both, put them
in play—let neither win or lose and see what rises
up in revelation: auto-poetic emergency.

Always look to the language. (C.H.)
(Pop the Hood)

ON one end of a supercollider, particles are
contained. On the other: anti-particles. The idea
is to hurl them at each other for the sake of
collision so as to see if news might be gained
regarding origins.

You might wonder: how do they “contain” the
anti-particles? The particles, sure: build a box.
But the anti-particles: how are you going to keep
them in the same place long enough to foment
collision?

I’m asking. It’s the Ice-9 question: containing
the un-containable so it’s contained & yet remains
un-containable.

(Answer: stochastic cooling systems!)

&&&&&&&&&&

In life we make progress by conflict and in
mental life by argument and disputation....
There must be confrontation and opposition,
in order that sparks must be kindled.

(I sit surrounded by books. Outside: sunshine and
wind in the willows. I walk on three legs.)

Only an open conflict of ideas and principles
can produce any clarity.

Argument is essential for its own sake. (Karl Popper)

Even if all were agreed on an essential
proposition, it would be essential to
give an ear to the one person who
does not. (J.S.Mill)

(Sampling specimens from Christopher Hitchens,
Letters to a Young Contrarian.)

Without Contraries is No Progress (Wm Blake)

AS-IF we built it & students came because the joy
of mind-minding mindfully was as delightful as sex
or soccer, guitar or good will hunting and nor merely
to take-the-credit-&-run and any tantalizing tid-bit
of gee-whiz awesome was icing on the cupcakes &
I'm out of here.

Philosophy of "as if"

Vaihinger did not believe that human knowledge
necessarily reflected objective reality. Vaihinger
stated: "…the object of the world of ideas as a
whole is not the portrayal of reality - this would
be an utterly impossible task - but rather to provide
us with an instrument for finding our way about
more easily in the world."

http://www.pcp-net.org/encyclopaedia/as-if.html

^^^^^
Auto-Poesis at
The Crossroads
Where Ideas Collide
(& devilish details & birth of the blues)

"He contrasts them with Directional ideas,
which may be important but are extensions,
improvements, or refinements of something
already known.
Emergent Phenomena

"Intersection ideas and inventions are surprising
and open up new fields, usually today taking
advantage of opportunities offered by changes
in population, science, and computation.

"Nearly all of us, Johansson maintains, are
predisposed to Directional thinking when
it comes to confronting problems or challenges

John Stuckey: “Where Ideas Collide
Innovation Happens”

RIGOR and INNOVATON are hostile notions.
Choose your magistery. No myn can serve
both without hating the one and loving the
other, or he will be devoted to the one and
despise the other. Unless of course you detach
from both, put them in play—let neither
win or lose and see what rises up in
revelation: emergency.


xxxooo, Presbyter

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