The Nobel Prize in Physics announced on Tuesday went to cosmology and exoplanets — the second half specifically to two people who discovered a planet around a Sun-like star. In October 1995, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz announced the first discovery of a planet outside our solar system, an exoplanet, orbiting a solar-type star in our home galaxy, the … Continue reading Exoplanets, Exolife, and Gods
A few verses about social media, opinion, and unknown ways forward.
This is something Proclus wrote in his Parmenides commentary that I rarely go more than 2-3 days without thinking about. Proclus is commenting on that part of the Parmenides (at 128d) where Zeno describes how awkward it was to go viral with a philosophical thing he wrote as a young man — someone stole a copy of … Continue reading What Does One Transmit?
The past two posts — the one about how Strawberry Shortcake got me thinking about depictions of Hêlios and Zeus I encountered as a child and the other about motivations and actions — both included some discussion of (and reaction to) Orphic Tradition and the Birth of the Gods, which I am reading through right now. Since … Continue reading Some Quotations from a Thing I’m Reading On Orphic Things
I was thinking recently about a parasocial interaction online — parasocial because the person does not know me, nor I lim — in which I assisted with an information need. It got me thinking about actions versus reasons and how the two differ. In that specific case, I helped the person with the question despite … Continue reading The “Why” Is Not, and Cannot Be, Uniform
While I am on hiatus from Twitter, I have not left the Internet, and it's the perfect opportunity to use spare moments of time to turn some Twitter threads into actual blog posts. This is one of them. It is about fragmentation, social media, and (ultimately) how some things happening in our society today have … Continue reading The Machines We Build, the Nightmares They Make of Us
This went onto my TBR list a decade ago, and I finally read it in its entirety. Here is my after-reading-excitement decompression post.