Welcome to the inaugural issue of Quaternion Correlations, a quarterly publication of thinkers and authorship. The nuance and style of the pros contained throughout this collection is romantic of yester-year's experience. Projecting our thoughts towards the future, this is the gift of the present; Logos. This publication is rich in reference and academic nuggets, so, if you are unsure of a term, I encourage you to look it up and explore the material for your own edification. This process of self-directed learning, if directed to the Newtonian Giants of our past, will, I promise, change you! The rise of the Technocrat, as we shall soon realize, is upon us. Will the next steps be full of fear or optimistically cautious? Is there a difference? How will your ego survive? As a species, how will our psychology change over time? The delta of the delta is accelerating towards an entropic mean. Regression, in this case, is deterministic in nature. Will the "West" remain the Hellenic hegemony we have come to love and cherish or will the sensibilities of the plurality eradicate our foundations of thought? Games of chances are random but probabilistic like the astragali. Randomness rules the world with the 80-20 rule representing four bone-dice (astragali). A Venus throw is the opposite of a Yahtzee, does this matter? Kinda. Pre-dating the pre-Socratic, mathematics was the harmony of Pythagorus. Now mathematics and philosophy represent the closest modes of thought we have of the material world. From the land of the Vergina Sun to the fiction at 221B Baker Street, narratives can manifest as pseudo-realities in a material world. Just as archetypes of Madonna is both Christian and Pop, we are a species of living contradiction, from which Art emerges.

Curation for Quaternion Correlations is deterministic and partially populated using the P.A.S.F. planksip® filter.

The Negation of The Gordian Knot is Not a Negation, it's a Quaternion Correlation

Starting with Christopher Hitchens is a statement in itself and indelibly Orwellian. Using dates of death the following twenty-five thinkers died sometime between October 1st and December 31st of any year. On its own, the significance is a NULL statement, however, the framework provides an interesting function, perennially the reoccurrence repeats itself like a möbius. Every quarter and subsequent release of Quaternion Correlations will build on the original group of thinkers, in their respective three month category of death (with dates of birth added in after the fact) much the same way narratives of our past were created, making the collaboration a living testimonial to the Newtonian Giants, a neural node worthy of myelination. Reinforcement jargon aside, the approach is pedagogical, the content is designed in such a way as to be collaborative yet with enough structure to promote a fractal-like love for the Logos of learning.

Historical recapitulation is a statement of ethics, and according to this philosopher, synonymous with the illusion of free will. Rest assured, whether your approach to free will is purely epiphenomenal, deterministic, dualistic or some self-similar shade of compatibility, the articles and opinions contained within this publication includes something for everyone. My own personal position is epiphenomenal in nature, a bundle theory of consciousness that positions the constellation of neurons above our shoulders for only one particular reason and that would be Darwinian. These axiomatic claims are repeatedly axiomatic to this sentence, yet intentionally reinforced for emphasis and to give you, the reader, a framework for the philosophical underpinning of my perspectives. Being a quarterly publication, the goal of Quaternion Correlations is not to restrict the writing to my perspectives alone. Guest writers, philosophers and thought leaders from within our global community are welcome to contribute. The following is a video introducing the concept as well as submission guidelines.

Throughout the balance of this publication you will see videos featuring yours truly in animated form, reading the contents of the articles with a backdrop of alternative thought concepts, the value of this visualization is to showcase the technology of the mnemonic Gadfly app and to further encourage conversation around it's efficacy and continued support. A print version of this publication is available with a custom donation and would be authentic to the supporter. The power is in the "doing", so give it a try. Your suggestions and better yet involvement, will further formulate the functional aspect of a philosophy that I call the p.(x). Enjoy.

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The selection of the intellectual Giants contained throughout this publication has one final qualifying criteria and that is whether or not the "Google oracle" has populated the search results for their name with a knowledge panel listing a group of other thinkers associated with their names, "People also search for". This first issue has twenty-five Giants, ranging from Carl Sagan to Edgar Allan Poe, from Omar Khayyam to Jack Kerouac and of course the namesake incipit to the planksip® brand; Max Planck.

Christopher Hitchens on Free Will, the Contradiction of Choice and Why Hitchens Matters? (1)

"I believe in Free Will, I don't have a choice" - Christopher Hitchens

Socially spread epitaphs fuse to memories deemed worthy of remembering. Posthumously, the Rembrancers of our culture feel a sense of responsibility to immortalize this wisdom. Embodied though the narratives we re-create, the lines and lies we rehearse exist within and throughout culture. Incipit to chaos, some narratives span generations, while others never make it past the probability calculator between our ears. This stage of life was once lived and performed from the perspective of Christopher Hitchens and George Orwell. Why Orwell Matters (2002) was written by Christopher Hitchens and it is this Orwellian möbius of tribute that I want to open up say, Hitch mattered and this is why!

Retroactively retractable to the opening quote by Christopher Hitchens, the summation made by Christopher Hitchens on and about Free Will was, I think, based on the following quotation from Isaac Bashevis Singer, "We have to believe in free-will. We've got no choice." Isaac Bashevis Singer was an American-Polish writer who died in 1991 and will be featured in the Q3-2019 edition of Quaternion Correlations. In the mean time, Orwell and Hitchens and the questionable meaning of why they both matter is the topic at hand. Let us begin in Latin, magna est veritas by Coventry Patmore (1823-1896).

For me, Orwell continues to teach us that an ethics untethered to virtue is no ethics at all. Hitchens hammers this home with dialectical delicacy, the softness from which Christopher writes is a subtle, yet a powerful defence to the edifice of truth that is George Orwell. As for Christopher Hitchens, language does matter and to you my friend, history says thank you.

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Carl Sagan on Science and Religion (1)

The quote that inspired this section on Carl Sagan was the following...

How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, "This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant'?

The inner dialog with the self manifests into either a speech act or written forme. Aggregates of humanist-pluralism surface with the awareness of the Logos, a priori annunciates sans religious re-formation. Utilizing the wisdom of Sofia to encircle, but never enclose the act of understanding, my ethical claim would be that religious leaders should speak from a place of ethical congruency, not a subjective belief. This is too much of a binary display of forced compliance. How can we teach proof through abstraction? Let's ask a Rabbi and for good contrast a Scientist.

Synonymous with Carl Sagan is his cultural franchise; Cosmos. The original series from 1980 spanned generations and is now the inspiration for the redux courtesy of Carl's disciple; Neil deGrass Tyson. The word, "disciple" has a Christian overtone, so I should clarify my word choice. In this case, disciple is only, "as a student of", making Neil's life long learning journey on the shoulders of Carl, a continuation of the life's work and a masterful story-teller of our Universe. Cosmos is a wildly successful cultural franchise and essential reading material for the wondrous Philosophy of Wonder. This is not circular, this description of wondrous wonder. Ill-defined perhaps, so let us see if we can forme a definable and then replicable forme. Wondrous wonder is simply transubstantiation through intellect and wonder alone, with the transubstantiation portion of the information transfer as optional, as is the case with Christianity. Rituals become mandatory under ritual and in-group homogeneity, but the information itself isn't dependent on the rituals. As it may very well turn out, the levers of learning had best utilize the utility of the market and the mechanics of economic theory to further transmute, transmit and propagate these discrete packets of information chunks (see essay on transmittable versus transmutable information structures). Together we stand on the shoulders of giants, however, some of us can see further than others! Showing the aesthetic of wonder is my Kantian extrapolation of judgemental expression, linked, arm-and-arm if you like, with individuation on a pathway of replication. Making wonder wondrous, we are awe junkies!

Awful Wonder is Best Experienced Patiently

Saying, "awful" slowly releases the full awe. Is patience a virtue? Irony is awful when it is full of awe. Elsewhere I have elaborated on gratitude and the precondition for gratitude being patience of the mind. Without introspection, or patience, the highest of virtues (according to Cicero) is without wellspring. This approach, as I know it and articulate around and through it, screams language philosophy. With language philosophy comes the standard criticisms from thinkers like Steven Pinker and Noam Chomsky et al. Mentalese, as theorized by Steven Pinker is not in any forme or function incompatible with the language theory I am espousing. The union is biological and possible genetic. I am still working on that. Let me get back to you.

forme firmly grounded under (subservient) function is the basis of the planksip® p.(x) philosophy

Philosophy of Wonder

Marketing is the first term to define. For simplicity sake you can take everything you know about and associate with marketing and subtract the flim-flamery, the bait-and-switch tactics and Charlatanism of any "forme". This is not a polemic or a rage-filled protest against "the establishment", for-me, marketing is an instrument of Reason. Philosophically, marketing is definable. Marketing activities deemed successful cascade a fractal-like meaning and would be better utilized in a truth-telling format, empowering the individual with the information for deliberation. As Immanuel Kant proposed aesthetic judgment as being sui generis with our theoretical understanding of nature, and that aesthetic judgment has a deep similarity to moral judgment. Big Data modules of correlation aside, let's leave the teleology discussion for another day, besides the goal-based activity of any algorithm results in deterministic outcome and are therefore isolatable, o sepi to poli (for the most part). Kantian moral judgement and conversations over right and wrong need not apply to this philosophy of wonder, with one exception and that would be logical failures or incongruences of mimesis. If the attribution is simply in error this is a fallacy worth exploiting and thus no longer remains a question of beauty, except in Praxis. Wonder is sans moral judgement, but the ethical claims of aesthetics, particularly as it pertains to marketing as an instrument of reason, pivots on individual subjective experience. This alone is infantile and naive, further shoulder standing is not only necessary, but a prerequisite for living a life worth living. Examine why, and structure your wonder and maze of wonderment in a pedagogy of expression and mnemonic harmony, the cadence for which is orientated towards the stars.

The Vergina Sun, as depicted on the Golden Larnax's top.

The symbol of sun and star has a cockney-like resemblance or incongruent mimesis to the rising (rebirth) redemption narrative that is Christianity. The embodiment of the sun (son) as Christ figure was fabricated after-the-fact, this is. What fact would that be? No one is really sure, so... The Faith has Spoken (thus spake). Zarathustra is sometimes considered a, "Golden Camel" and pre-dates the pre-Socratic, by at least 300 years.

Your Camel Toe is Showing! Another planksip® Möbius

The influence of Zoroaster in the following pre-Socratic thinkers is the topic that I would like to focus on.

Thales of Miletus (c. 624 - 546 B.C.), Anaximander (c. 610 - 546 B.C.), Anaximenes (c. 585 - 525 B.C.), Pythagoras (c. 570 - 490 B.C.), Heraclitus (c. 535 - 475 B.C.), Parmenides of Elea (c. 515 - 450 B.C.), Anaxagoras (c. 500 - 428 B.C.), Empedocles (c. 490 - 430 B.C.), Zeno of Elea (c. 490 - 430 B.C.), Protagoras (c. 490 - 420 B.C.), Gorgias (c. 487 - 376 B.C.), Democritus (c. 460 - 370 B.C.).

Bolded and hyperlinked, the information takes you to tagged blog posts, whereas bolded and underlined takes you to an authors profile. What is the qualification criteria for this status of representation? For no other reason than Google's knowledge panel lists the thought leader with corresponding quotes. If there are no quotes listed in the knowledge panel or schema as often referred to, then the thought leader doesn't get an authorship page. This prevents me from using my personal bias to select philosophers and other intellectual giants in any other means that what is being served up to me from the Google oracle. You should correctly point out that philosophy or science for that matter works better from the outside looking and observing by way of systematic observation, and a combination of inductive and deductive reasoning. Peer support and historical pressure justify everything except believe and this is no exception. My approach is deterministic in nature and driven by the data that moves us.

For example, Thales of Miletus has a series of posts that have been tagged in his name, whereas Pythagoras, Heraclitus and Protagoras have individual author pages. It gives me great pleasure to stand (virtually) shoulder to shoulder in the expression of shared authorship, the section, "ENT-SPRECHEN", is German for, "une réponse à", which is French for, an answer/response to". Re-sponsion is a theme throughout the planksip® philosophy. What about the overarching narrative, the story outside the story? And how does a responsion relate? Contemporary apologist Jordan Peterson often refers to the overarching narrative and complicated structure of the Bible in relation to normative and ritualistic Christian ethics. Pivoting around the pre-Socratic philosophers in a dynamic model, such that I have created and offered for free under simple attribution to the planksip® brand or p.(x) philosophy is one of many humble contributions that I continue to develop and expand.

Deterministic Swirls of Grue

So how does this all relate back to Carl Saga's philosophy of wonder? I am here to empirically state, Science has surpassed Religion in ALL formes of wonder. This is self-evident to the world around us, however, for those of you  looking for a P.A.S.F. analysis of the thinkers and the deterministic data used in ongoing models of learning, the data is freely available for all.

Thales of Miletus is the first node of my neural network thought experiment.

{insert video of the twelve disciples of Greece or sages as they are more often referred to}

The disjunctive definition of grue is either green or blue but not cyan. Observation matters! Describing what we observe is the aesthetic of our time, in this case, and in the case of Cosmos and Sagan's theory of Wonder, the Universe as we know it provides all the wonder necessary to whatever shade of grue you experience.

Experiencing Grue and Cyan are NOT Self-Similar - Another planksip® Möbius

If you want to make intelligent predictions based on data, I recommend NeuralTools by Palisade. In fact, I give a full tutorial of the Excel base spreadsheet tool for philosophers and related thought leaders. Neural networks, or nets, is a relationship tool for regression. Towards the mean or average works well for our regressive, best fit interpretation of data-driven philosophy, especially when the teleological goal is objective data, (ie. the relationships are not limited to my subjective perspectives and bias)[1]. The dependent or target variable is the Newtonian Giant. Starting with Thales of Miletus, the independent (explanitory) variable is text (Thales of Miletus) and the relationship other 'people also search for' gives us upto twenty-five other giants. What overall relationship will we see in this dataset of presocratic philosophers? Will it be linear or nonlinear? For larger data sets I partition the data into three subsets:

  • Training
  • Testing
  • Predicting

However, for this example the dataset is rather small with ony twelve disciples, or sages (take your pick) multiplied by a maximum of twenty-four can give us no more than 288 variables. As it turns out, the total number is actually 278, which is a 96.5% fill rate (not that it matters). Next, I will step you through the process of training, testing and predicting all in one step. The concepts that you learn will help you with any neural or net analysis.

That's enough of a data dump for now, rest assured there is real data behind this publication and planksip® philosophy. For-me[2], is a watchword for abstract formulation. Watch for it, watch for it.


  1. This approach doesn't eliminate subjectivity but it does isolate the subjectivity and makes reproducability of analysis possible. ↩︎

  2. For-me or forme is an abstract subjective "formulation" of a concept, articulated in the form of a speech act or written expression and axiomatic to the function/forme philosophy within planksip® and throughout the p.(x). ↩︎

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Is that an Archaea, Bacterial or Eukaryote Comet? Another planksip® Möbius Meme

Back to Archaea, Bacteria and Eukaryote. At the end who will be the host with the most? Resources that is! "Domination" says the selfish gene. Over time that is! Diminishing returns nothing but the salvation of the void. In the meantime we wonder. Thanks to Carl, Neil and the entire Cosmos franchise. Hats off to you.

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John Steinbeck on Everything from Famine to Futures, from Theatre to Insults, and Weddings to Pollution (9)

Starting with future and ending with famine, John's perspective on the future was dismal, a nihilistic attempt to circumvent the bliss from his poetic genius. A genius at odds with what he knew to be better. An inner battle that surfaced in several instances including the persistence and maybe pestilence of mankind. Starved as it were, famine is discussed so as a matter of fact when viewed through the eyes of the average first-world citizen. Yah, I said first-world, you get my point know let's move on, the only race is survival.

This word cloud below was taken from The Oxford Dictionary of Thematic Quotations...

famine (4), greatness (7), pollution (13), theatre (13), human race (26), duty (10), insults (11), weddings (11), future (17)

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bellies of his children - famine (4)

"How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children? You can't scare him - he has known a fear beyond every other"
- John Steinbeck 1902-68: The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

Steinbeck talks about the ultimate fear of a father. How do you scare a father who fears for the starvation of his children?

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boys who wanted the moon - greatness (7)

"All the world's great have been little boys who wanted the moon."
- John Steinbeck 1902-68: Cup of Gold (1953)

Greatness is reaching for the moon according to Steinbeck, history also seams to agree but should it?

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deep in its own filth - pollution (13)

"I do wonder whether there will come a time when we can no longer afford our wastefulness - chemical wastes in the rivers, metal wastes everywhere, and atomic wastes buried deep in the earth or sunk in the sea. When an Indian village became too deep in its own filth, the inhabitants moved. And we have no place to which to move."  
- John Steinbeck 1902-68: Travels With Charley (1962)

In his Travels with Charlie, John Steinbeck's voice contains multitudes. No where to move on this Earth once we live in our own filth!

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dying for four thousand years - theatre (13)

"The theatre is the only institution in the world which has been dying for four thousand years and has never succumbed."  
- John Steinbeck 1902-68: Once There Was a War (1958)

In Once there was a War, John Steinbeck somewhat marvels at the fact that the theatre is still alive after four thousand years, dying I think was the adjective he used.

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grows beyond his work - human race (26)

"Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments."
- John Steinbeck 1902-68: The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

Beyond our work, beyond our usefulness I always ask? Inspired and partially in responsion to the observation from John Steinbeck of humanity growing out of work through technology. This transference of utility beyond our biology may be been the beginning of artificial intelligence, setting the foundations for it for sure.

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man got to do - duty (10)

"I know this - a man got to do what he got to do."
- John Steinbeck 1902-68: The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

The knowledge claim, "A man got to do what he got to do", spoken in the Grapes of Wrath is grounded in a virtue based ethical system, or is it?

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okie means you're scum - insults (11)

"Okie use' ta mean you was from Oklahoma. Now it means you're a dirty son-of-a-bitch. Okie means you're scum. Don't mean nothing itself, it's the way they say it."
- John Steinbeck 1902-68: The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

Okie, as in Oklahoma is a literary device used by George Steinbeck to transfer responsibility, essentially the purest psychological example that I know of for an us versus them statement.

Think  of the cultural studies examining the sexual relationships, I am thinking of the...

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purpose is to get them off - weddings (11)

"You can't imagine how many clothes you have to put on a girl when the sole purpose is to get them off."
- John Steinbeck 1902-68: The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

Amusingly, John Steinbeck wrote in a letter to Graham Watson, "You can't imagine how many clothes you have to put on a women when the sole purpose of them is to get them off." Do I even want to comment or should we leave it at wedding dresses.

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we want to see tomorrow - future (17)

It's what might happen that keeps us alive. Do algorithms take that into account when considering the outcomes for which the are programmed. Philosophy is needed more now than ever.

"I guess - what may happen is what keeps us alive. We want to see tomorrow."
- John Steinbeck 1902-68: Letter to Carlton Sheffield, 16 October 1952

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George Eliot on Friendship, the Other Side of Silence, Gratitude, the Happiest Women and More... (17)

Friendship from a female's perspective is unique to George Eliot. A women in the pains of labour, a man deranged from the furry of battle, both sides have their biological and historical differences. The passions are what unite us. Defining our passions, on the other hand, is a virtuous act with education as an edifice for edification, the only arch constructed with the keystone of random correlation.

friendship (12), familiar (4), greatness (1), mothers (3), marriage (13), elections (5), gossip (3), speech (6), happiness (4), imagination (5), cruelty (7), despair (4), insight (6), discontent (2), silence (3), taste (2), choice (7)

This word cloud above was taken from The Oxford Dictionary of Thematic Quotations...

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being with liking or gratitude - friendship (12)

"Friendship begins with liking or gratitude - roots that can be pulled up"
- George Eliot 1819-80: Daniel Deronda (1876)

The ontology of friendship begins with liking or gratitude according the George Eliot. Alexander and childhood friend, Hephaestion were in an ethically intimate relationship, making "proof" through abstraction materialize in the embodiment of they own bodies, as Aristotle had taught Alexander. A virtue based on a future narrative.

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born i' the rotten cheese - familiar (4)

"A maggot must be born i' the rotten cheese to like it."
- George Eliot 1819-80: Adam Bede (1859)

Do you ever feel like rotten cheese, when there are no takers for your ideas? George Eliot wrote, "A maggot must be born i' the rotten cheese". Sometimes I feel like asking, are you my maggot?

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cannot love a woman so well - greatness (1)

"A man is seldom ashamed of feeling that he cannot love a women so well when he sees a certain greatness in her: nature having intended greatness for men."
- George Eliot 1819-80: Middlemarch (1871-72)

Women are viewed in a possessive tense, this is deeply engrained as is the giving of one's self in response. I think of George Eliot when he wrote, "A man is seldom ashamed of feeling that he cannot love a women so well when he sees a certain greatness in her: nature having intended greatness for men." This is an obvious acknowledgement of obtaining greatness through the possession of a mate, perhaps even biological. Would that give a women a deep biological driver to be possessed? Possessed in the material sense and not the heretical sense.

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essence of real human love - mothers (3)

"The mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man."
- George Eliot 1819-80: Adam Bede (1859)

So say the purest human love is maternal. The quote from George Eliot didn't come from a man. If the gender reversal was not a surprise then how about placing maternal love as the essence of real human love? Do you agree?

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exploring a closed basin - marriage (13)

"Having once embraced upon your marital voyage, it is impossible not to be aware that you make no way and that the sea is not within sight - that in fact, you are exploring a closed basin."
- George Eliot 1819-80: Middlemarch (1871-72)

George Elliot compares marriage to a closed basin that is impossible to see. How is this different than an "Anecdote of the Jar"  in Harmonium? Both define consciousness, yet a basis is pretty dark. Just say'in.

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foxes have a sincere interest - elections (5)

"An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry."
- George Eliot 1819-80: Felix the Holt (1876)

Every time I hear a politician say they put the people's interest first, I think of Elliot's fox, Fox news and how they change while on the campaign trail of their prey.

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gossip is a sort of smoke - gossip (3)

"Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco - pipes of those who diffuse it: it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker."
- George Eliot 1819-80: Daniel Deronda (1876)

George Elliot described gossip like the foul odour of tobacco smoke.

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half the sorrows of women - speech (6)

I would love to know empathize with the world of a women's regret, I would tell her to wash them away with the words of George Elliot...

"Half the sorrows of women would be averted if they could repress the speech they know to be useless; nay, the speech they have resolved not to make.
- George Elliot 1819-80: Felix Holt (1866)

... And then we would talk about the speech they resolved not to make.

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happiest women - happiness (4)

"The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history."
- George Eliot 1819-80: The Mill on the Floss (1860)

According to George Elliot, "The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history." I wonder what Hagel would have to say about the misery that emerges out of his History?

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know the sources of the Nile - imagination (5)

"He said he should prefer not to know the sources of the Nile, and that these should be some unknown regions preserved as hunting-grounds for the poetic imagination."
- George Eliot 1819-80: Middlemarch (1871-72)

Some things are best left to the imagination. I want to move the Nile to the cloud and increase George Elliot's, "hunting ground for the poetic imagination".

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like every other vice - cruelty (7)

"Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside itself - it only requires opportunity."
- George Eliot 1819-80: Scenes of Clerical Life (1858)

When I think of animal cruelty, I can imagine cruelty sans motive thanks to George Elliot. The philosophical advantage is deterministic and the solution is virtue based and begins with a conversation and lots of data.

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no despair so absolute - despair (4)

"There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and to have recovered hope."
- George Eliot 1819-80: Adam Bede (1859)

No despair so absolute as the one that leads to hope. I have an aversion to hope. Information trumps hope. George Eliot didn't see it that way, she was more hopeful.

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other side of silence - insight (6)

"If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence."
- George Eliot 1819-80: Middlemarch (1871-72)

Silence interrupted is music to my ears yet to George Eliot she could only hear the roar that brought us to our senses.

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small hungry shivering self - discontent (2)

Is there a better state of learnedness? For those of you who feel lost, timid or afraid with the knowledge of your knowledge the following quote is from George Eliot.

"It is an uneasy lot at best, to be what we call highly taught and yet not to enjoy: to be present at the great spectacle of life and never to be liberated from a small hungry shivering self."
- George Eliot 1819-80: Middlemarch (1871-2)
Existential Intellectual Crisis - A planksip® Courtesy of a George Eliot 

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speech is often barren - silence (3)

Are you ready for a mind journey about a bird-god illusion? Hold on to something comfortable, this quote from George Elliot...

"Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brook over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on the addled egg; and when it takes to crackling will have nothing to announce but that it addled delusion."
- George Elliot 1819-80: Felix Holt (1866)

If birds had Gods I bet they would be eggs. Ask a physicist and she will tell you that abstract forme a physicist is spherical, including cows. More than likely, the word "addled" is the something we both had to look up, so now you get the reference to The God Delusion, convenient for those in control, not so good for the unborn lucky ones.  

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strain on the affections - taste (2)

The calm before the storm and the appeasing nature of the observant observer is how I view this experiment from George Eliot...

"A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections."
- George Elliot 1819-80: Daniel Deronda (1876)

She should have been a psychologist. How does she onion skin against Freud, Googol, and say Diogenes? This is relatively easy to do with the planksip® praxis.

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women can hardly ever choose - choice (7)

All the more reason to give all women the right to choose.

"A women can hardly ever choose... she is dependent on what happens to her. She must take meaner things, because only meaner things are within her reach".
- George Elliot 1819-80: Felix Holt (1866)

And like George, stand on the shoulders of giants.

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Samuel Beckett on Statistics, Waiting for goDot and How Nothing Comes From Boredom (12)

What do I say about Samuel Beckett that he doesn't say better for himself? In multiple languages! A polyglot artist I would have to submit.

habit (2), human nature (3), thinking (2), money (4), failure (1), death (2), statistics (3), words (3), boredom (1), futility (3), rain (2), death (3), time (2), waiting (1), nationality (1)

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air is full of our cries - habit (2)

"The air is full of our cries. (He listens) But habit is a great deadener."  
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: Waiting for GoDot (1955).

Order awakens the great deadener. The power of the habit is habitual. When used for social good it's humanitarian, when used for consumerism, habit is the an earth deadener.

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blaming on ones boots -  human nature (3)

"There is a man all over you blaming on his boots the faults of his feet."
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: Waiting for GoDot (1955).
Don't Blame it on the Boots!

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can't think without his hat - thinking (2)

"He can't think without his hat."
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: Waiting for GoDot (1955).

He can't think without his hat" makes me think of waiting for my oldest son and Godat and not wearing a hat! In that particular order. Odd.

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could have saved sixpense - money (4)

"We could have saved sixpense. We have save fivepense. (Pause) But at what cost?"
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: All That Fall (1957).

Something in trade always has a cost. Pure value, unlike a perpetual motion machine, does exist. It's called education, built for it's own edification.

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fail again. fail better - failure (1)

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: Worstward Ho (1983).

Trying increasing your probability of success. Try, try again. Failure is inevitable, just ask Samuel Becket.

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i would like my love to die - death (2)

"I would like my love to die
and the rain to be falling on the
   graveyard
and on me walking the streets
mourning she who sought to love me."
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: attributed

Death is anything but peaceful in mourning, no longer conscious, no longer there. Samuel Becket confesses, "... i would like my love to die".  An odd emotional predicament he finds himself in. His love sought his love, meaning he can't fully give his love, out of a twisted sense of fairness he wants her dead so he can take all the pain. A masochistic fatalist is deviant indeed!

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it's a reasonable percentage - statistics (3)

"One of the thieves was saved. (Pause) It's a reasonable percentage."
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: Waiting for GoDot (1955).

Either/Or is the order of the day and a book by Søren Kierkegaard

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no use indicating words - words (3)

Consider the following quote from Samuel Beckett.

"There is no use indicating words, they are no shoddier than what they peddle."
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: Malone Dies (1958).

As a language philosopher integrating with data, I beg to differ, the time for language is much shoddier than what the peddle, echo chambers of ego, soon to be defeated by big data determinism and the p.(x).

p.()

nothing happens - boredom (1)

Are you bored or just waiting for a taxi?

"Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it's awful!
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: Waiting for GoDot (1955).

The taxi reference is about eight Jesuses showing up to a party and saying, "We ate already, and what's with all the crosses?" What a phenomenal fiction in the Kingdom of Boredom! In philosophy we call this a thought experiment. If we stop thinking, whatever it is ceases to exist in our minds. That's why there is no new, confirmed miracles. Religion is only a partial orientation towards harmony. The opposite of fear is order, Religion is the middle man.

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nothing to be done - futility (3)

"Nothing to be done."
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: Waiting for GoDot (1955).

"Nothing to be done", but wait on Godot.

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rather desolate uniformity - rain (2)

"The rain fell in a uniform untroubled manner. It fell upon the bay, the littoral, the mountains and the plains, and notably upon the Central Bog it fell with a rather desolate uniformity."
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: 'A Wet Night' (1934).

From A Wet Night, "rather desolate uniformity" left a lasting impression on the planksip® blog. Stormy Weathers and Tobe Determined, Pensées on Big Data Determinism is another möbius moment worthy of mentioning. #Googleplanksip

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some ghastly hallucination - death (3)

"Even death is unreliable: instead of zero it may be some ghastly hallucination, such as the square root of minus one."
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: attributed

Samuel Beckett though death might be the square root of negative one instead of zero. But chances are zero is the surest hallucination.

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that passed the time - time (2)

Kettle Conversations...

VLADIMIR: That passed the time.
ESTRAGON: It would have passed in any case.
VLADIMIR: Yes but not so rapidly
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: Waiting for GoDot (1955).

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we're waiting for Godot - waiting (1)

If you have everything you need, what are you waiting for?

ESTRAGON: Charming spot. Inspiring projects. Let's go.
VLADIMIR: We can't.
ESTRAGON: Why not?
VLADIMIR: We're waiting for GoDot.
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: Waiting for GoDot (1955).

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you are English, Mr. Beckett - nationality (1)

Samuel Beckett attributing a muffin to a croissant in an Irish stew.

INTERVIEWER: You are English, Mr. Beckett
BECKETT: Au contraire
- Samuel Beckett 1906-89: attributed

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Omar Khayyam translated and Adored for More Than a Millennium (1)

Omar is a King of a though and rhythm, a cultural icon throughout the world. I can not summarize this man without sounding like a Wikipedia article.I have the utmost admiration for Wikipedia and the information it serves, however, if you wanted to read a Wikipedia article you would go directly to Wikipedia and not planksip®. Let me instead pose a series of questions and areas of thought worthy of further exploration.

How does the Khayyam's proof and conic connection to Euclid's 5th postulate change with the introduction of dimensionality (duality in two dimensions) to the point? Can you visualize and describe this proof in a coordinate space?

How does Lebensraum correlate to the romanticizing thought and Art movement of Orientalism in the fin de siècle?

How was Omar Khayyam influenced by Avicenna, also a polymath? Better yet, use Aristotle as the baseline and let the analysis begin, pedagogically speaking of course.

Bringing back the data-driven structure of the preSocratic thinkers, how does Pythagoras influence the slow moving "ephemorality" of traditions past and Universals revealed? As a Persian mathematician, poet and cultural icon, Omar Khayyam was a Giant, let's have a look through the lens of an ancient Greek hegemony.

The planksip® p(x) philosophy is pluralistic yet deterministic. Objective, yet structured. Reflections of current understanding are valuable from the mean and protection of the bell curve. I say this only to give you perspective into the brand and Praxis that is planksip®. Quaternion Correlations is medium for the message. Oh, and yes we have published a complete version on Medium.

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Thomas Hobbes on Making the Last Words of Your Life Humorous? (3)

From a Hobbesian Leviathan to the life of an artist, if, "words are the money of fools", my life would be, "nasty, brutish and short", for I can not survive without the humour, humility and cathartic nature of the written (and spoken) word. That's not entirely true, but I don't want to explore that particular pathway to prosperity. My "action" potential is axiomatic to every conscious thought, as it is yours.

Describing the Leviathan's lair and the depths of despair within the human mind is beyond the scope of this life, mine that is. I am a miner, a product of consumerism and in some twisted way have Thomas Hobbes to partially thank.

I believe materialism, in the consumer sense, functions like an economic exaggerator, spreading an ephemeral version of wealth. No class is immune to the temptations of the market economies, not even the offspring of our cherished liberal democracies. Remember consumerism means one dollar equals one vote. So where are all these dollars?

Hobbes and Locke: A Confused Capitalist and His "Counterpoint"

by Darick J. Biondi

The Value of all things contracted for, is measured by the Appetite of the Contractors: and therefore the just value, is that which they be contented to give.
– Thomas Hobbes

           John Locke (1632-1704) is the modern philosopher regularly associated with economic thought and capitalism because of the Second Treatise of Government emphasizes minimal rights and private property.  However, most critics do not even realize Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) has a vague economic theory.  Instead, Hobbes is viewed as the philosopher that sees government as a living entity, a Leviathan. Although Leviathan is political philosophy (and an early political science), it alludes to an economic theory that is actually quite similar to Locke’s theory expressed in the Second Treatise of Government.  Even though Leviathan has premises and conclusions that are ludicrous, by comparing and contrasting the political philosophies and economic implications of Leviathan and the Second Treatise of Government, we will see why Locke’s economic theory is not a true counterpoint to Hobbes.

           Both philosophers were English and Oxford educated, but other than these two similarities, their lives were quite different.  Thomas Hobbes was the son of a poor vicar who died when Thomas was young.  His wealthy uncle took responsibility for Thomas’ upbringing, but by his early teens, he was already off to Oxford.  After receiving his B.A. he landed a job as a tutor for the son of an earl.  He grew to love Euclid’s Geometry, adopted Francis Bacon’s respect for science, and was inspired by Galileo’s theory of motion.  Between 1642-1648 he observed the turmoil of the English Civil War.  As we will later see, all these factors resulted in the Leviathan’s pessimistic outlook towards the Nature of Man, need for stability, and the method used to make his argument (one similar to the method used for geometric proofs).

           John Locke was the son of bourgeois Puritan parents.  His father was a captain in the Parliamentary army in the English Civil War.  Also, his education was pivotal in influencing his philosophy.  He went to the Westminster school where he was one of the few students to receive a stipend; after Westminster, he went to Christ Church, Oxford.  Like Hobbes he did not embrace the Aristotelian philosophy at Oxford.  His middle class lifestyle, father’s allegiance in the English Civil War, and his education are evident in his Second Treatise of Government.

Two Differing Views on the State of Nature

In both Leviathan and the Second Treatise of Government the State of Nature is used to illustrate why a social contract and government are preferable to the State of Nature.  The State of Nature is a hypothetical illustration of how man would function without a state; it is hypothetical for both writers because there is obviously a functioning state in both of their lifetimes.  Hobbes originally used the State of Nature approach in Leviathan, and Locke borrows this method but redoes the entire premise and outcome. This method of illustration became common to explain how man functions inherently, outside the boundaries of law.  Each philosopher’s depiction of the State of Nature is completely different from the other, and this leads to completely different forms of governance.

           Hobbes depicts the State of Nature as a state of pure violence.  Selfishness leads to a violent conclusion when people kill one another in order to gain what they want.  Everyone is equal in Hobbes’ State of Nature because each has the ability to kill one another on a whim.  There is no moral code in Hobbes’ State of Nature; the law of nature is: anything goes.  Hobbes explains that even the toughest and strongest are inherently equal in the State of Nature because they are vulnerable when they sleep.  Hobbes then explains that man is selfish but also reasonable, and this selfishness will lead to a desire to live, since all men want that.  This desire to live, paired with reason, is the basis for the social contract that will soon produce the Leviathan.  

           Locke does not see the State of Nature as such a horrible place.  He depicts the State of Nature as a place where family units (man, wife, and children) survive with the help of one another.  In the State of Nature, people can use their labor to gain property, and it is only limited by the ability to use what is produced by the land before any goes to waste.  The State of Nature has a moral law, implied negative rights, which people generally do not violate.  When someone violates this moral code, the innocent have the right to punish the offender, but this can lead to a State of War.  The State of War is similar to Hobbes’ State of Nature in that fighting continues until the originally innocent are compensated.  Locke points out that the State is better at negotiating exits to the State of War than the State of Nature.  Locke also explains that the state of Nature’s moral code can often be violated since there is no specific law to punish offenders without entering a State of War.  With both Hobbes and Locke, this desire for stability, although less violent with Locke, is the primary motivation for establishing of the State.

The Role of the State

           For Locke, the State’s primary purpose is to protect the citizen’s rights to life, liberty, and property of all those that agreed to the social contract.  Given his upbringing, Locke highly disliked the idea of the state being ruled by a King; his First Treatise on Government was devoted to disproving Sir Robert Filmer’s argument for the Divine Right of Kings.  Locke explains that there can be a variety of governments, from democracy, to oligarchy, to monarchy, but it is up to the majority to choose which is best for ruling.  He stresses the importance of the legislature in governing the state.  He addresses the separation of power and its importance in continuing the protection of the citizen’s rights to life, liberty, and property.  Locke is commonly viewed as a great capitalist in his stress for negative rights and the importance of protecting a person’s earnings.  We will return to Locke’s economic theory after thoroughly digging through Hobbes’ Leviathan to find his vague economic theory.

           Hobbes’ Leviathan is much vaguer than Locke’s state, but considering Hobbes’ outlook on the State of Nature and Nature of Man, he needs something to control the bloodshed.  So the citizens choose to make a social contract to ensure some stability and peace.  Given the selfish nature of the citizens, they would be unable to maintain a peaceful social contract with one another.  So the citizens willingly enter a social contract where they submit to the will of a separate ruling entity, the sovereign, the ruling force, the Leviathan.  This sovereign is trusted to make positive laws that will ensure stability and peace of the people that entered the contract.  The sovereign can make any law it deems fit; there are no moral boundaries in the state of nature, nor is there any natural law.  The sovereign seems to have an abundance of power, with nothing to keep it in check.

           Hobbes argues that the Leviathan would not overuse its power to make positive laws because it would fear losing the power it was entrusted.  Throughout the Leviathan there is a definite fear of civil war.  Hobbes’ State of Nature was purely civil war, so as far fetched as blind faith in the Leviathan may seem, the sovereign understands that abuse of power will result in a return to State of Nature and loss of lives (primarily those that were part of the sovereign).  For Hobbes, the people that enter the social contract, or commonwealth, have the power to overthrow their government.  This is an idea that we do not fully grasp today due to the overwhelming power of the military, but in 17th century England, civil war could destroy the existing government.  So the sovereign’s abuse of power had definite repercussions for the people that make up the sovereign; therefore, the Leviathan has a definite reason not to overuse its power.

           The Leviathan is not as specific as Locke’s government.  The Leviathan has the ability to make and enforce any law it sees fit to ensure the protection of the commonwealth.  The Leviathan can be one man or a body of men; this shows that Hobbes, unlike Locke, did not take a particular side in the battle between the king and the parliament.  Although the Leviathan wishes to ensure its continued dominance, if the sovereign consists of men, and men do not have the ability to establish peace without the Leviathan, it seems like the Leviathan would eventually cave in on itself, since it is made from these same selfish men.  Because Hobbes used a technique similar to a geometric proof to write Leviathan, his end government is derived from the Nature of Man.  So by understanding Hobbes’ Nature of Man, we will better understand why he distrusts man but, somehow, trusts the Leviathan.

The Economics in Hobbes’ Nature of Man

           Hobbes had a very simple attitude towards the Nature of Man.  Influenced by Galileo, Hobbes only saw man as an organism in motion and mechanism.  He expands this by explaining that the senses, speech, and reason are used to satisfy the impulses or appetites and aversions.  He explains that these appetites and aversions are what lead to the destructive Nature of Man, and this is why man uses reason to form a stable political system, the Leviathan.  

           To Hobbes, these appetites and aversions are not just part of man’s personality, they are the driving force for all action.  These include required appetites and aversions, like eating and sleep, but these are only a small part of the appetite.  Appetites are continually changing things in each man that drive them do pursue goals, and each man has different appetites (each of differing strength).  Hobbes transitions from appetites to man’s desire in power (has an appetite for it).  Man seeks to have as much as those around him or more power than he already has.  This is not power of force, but rather power from riches, reputation, etc.  

           He then explains that power resists and hinders the effects of others and that this power can command the power of other men.  Man continually desires more and more power, and he will only cease striving for it when he dies.  Throughout life, man desires to gain more power without losing any of his.  Considering Hobbes definition of power (riches and reputation), he really is describing a free market economy.  Hobbes even explains a working value theory: “the value of all things contracted for, is measured by the Appetite of the Contractors: and therefore the just value, is that which they be contented to give.”  A free market economy is the only thing that would support man’s pursuit of power.  This is the only evidence for an economic system throughout all of Leviathan.

           Given this premise that man acts and his actions are towards gaining power, it is no wonder why man fears Hobbes’ State of Nature.  To Hobbes everyone has selfish tendencies, but the chaos of the State of Nature allows these tendencies to result in violence.  This is why man tries to establish a social contract, so he no longer has to fear loss of power to a person using force.  The Leviathan is actually created in order to prevent force, since Hobbes views this as the problem with the Nature of Man without political restriction.

           Hobbes goes into little detail explaining the actual role of the Leviathan.  The commonwealth transfers authority to the Leviathan in order to maintain peace.  So the sole responsibility of the Leviathan is to make any law necessary to ensure peace.  Hobbes’ lack of detail regarding the specifics of the Leviathan alludes to a minimal state (since it has no role other than establishing peace).  It is still difficult to understand how a political body can ensure peace when man has no sense of peace in the State of Nature.  Regardless of the huge holes in the Leviathan, we can now see why Hobbes does not neglect the importance of economic theory in his work; he just implies it more than he actually addresses it.

Locke’s Up Front Approach to Economics

           Unlike Hobbes, who only alludes to his economic theory, Locke spells out the importance of his economic theory in life.  He starts by explaining how man possesses his body and the work that the body does.  He expands the possession of work to the property he cultivates.  Through working land and cultivating it, he gains it as property.  Locke then limits it by not allowing man to waste.  If he cultivates so much that it goes to waste, he only has the right to posses what he can use without wasting.  Money, since it is non-perishable, then becomes the way for people to accumulate wealth.  He explains that morals exist and can be violated, but just punishment can be given for breaking this moral code.  These violations of the moral code can lead to a State of War, which would be long and bloody (like Hobbes State of Nature); so Locke explains the parliamentary approach to protecting these natural rights.

           Rather than leaving the details of government vague in hopes that only a minimal government, Locke spells out the details of his government.  The legislative body, that creates the laws, is made up of those who own land (since they wish to protect their right to property).  There is a supreme executive to enforce the law, but it does not have the ability to enact law.  The executive branch is a very watered down version of a king; Locke realizes the stability of a single executive but does not like how the executive can issue laws favoring himself.  There must also be an objective judicial system to try the cases of violation of these rights and laws.  This system is almost second nature to Americans since it is the system our forefathers chose to adopt.  However, it is obvious that we are only a shadow of what was initially intended.  

Hobbes V. Locke

           Although most critics view each as a completely different philosopher, their goals were very similar; it was the method that was altogether different.  Hobbes took one of the first stabs at political science, but his extremely negative view towards man leaves few in agreement with any form of positive government that method produces.  Locke on the other hand was adopted by our forefathers, but as time went on, even the most detailed instructions on how to maintain rights began to crumble.  So after understanding the two separately, we can now bring them into comparison with one another.

           Passing over Hobbes’ pure movement motive, man desired power, but soon violently took it from one another.  Locke’s view on the eventual State of War is very similar to this.  Locke understands that the State of Nature has no proper way to punish the offenders of the moral code.  So the reason for establishing government is very similar, both philosophers want stability and want to limit the amount of violence that tends to occur without a political system.

           The established governments that result are altogether different, but that is mainly because Locke detested the idea of kings while Hobbes did not care who prevented the violence, as long as it was prevented.  As different as these social contracts were enacted, each government has a check against abuse of power: Locke divides the power into branches and Hobbes recognizes that the Leviathan will be attacked by its own commonwealth if the Leviathan abuses its power.  Despite of how they each appear, both forms of government are very minimal.

           Regarding economic thought, it is hard to establish direct similarities with one another.  Locke explained a method for how labor results in private property, and how the later introduction of money ensures that cultivated goods will not spoil and go to waste.  Hobbes sees that desire for riches is inherent in man’s grasp for power.  Hobbes is very vague, but he does demonstrate that he has an understanding of a theory of value and an economic system that needs stability and peace to work.

           After analyzing the two philosophers, they appear to be two completely different routes to the same goal.  Hobbes depicts man as a horribly violent and selfish man.  There is no doubt that man is selfish and violent, but Hobbes over exaggerates these attributes in the Nature of Man when formulating his political philosophy.  Locke used the State of Nature to depict how moral law cannot fully function without a minimal political system.  So he crafts a very detailed and intricate system in order to best protect the rights of the citizens who are willing to sacrifice authority for peace and stability.

           Both philosophers understand the violent Nature of Man and build a philosophy around the idea that violence must be stopped by the political system.  Locke preferred the parliamentary approach and Hobbes just wanted whatever worked.  Locke defined the economic system he wished to defend while Hobbes only alludes to a system that is being saved by his Leviathan.  Although Locke is referred to as Hobbes’ counterpoint, their goals are almost identical.

last words (8), life (14), humour (8)

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great leap in the dark - last words (8)

(A). Thomas Hobbes is reported to have said on his death-bed, “Now am I about to take my last voyage- a great leap in the dark.” Rabelais, in his last moments, said, “I am going to the Great Perhaps.” Lord Derby, in 1868, applied the words, “We are about to take a leap in the dark,” to the Reform Bill. "I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap into the dark."
- Thomas Hobbes 1588-1679: John Watkins Anecdotes of Men of Learning (1808)

Last word before death's voyage aboard the SS Hobbes...

"Jung voyage sans anima and animus", I can do better.

"Your ship of Theseus will sail no more, politically speaking of course.".

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nasty brutish and short - life (14)

"No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."
- Thomas Hobbes 1588-1679: Leviathan (1651)

Thinking about the Hobbesian view on life being nasty, brutish and short. For the lucky few of the lucky few, few will survive and prove you wrong. That's life, that's history! But there is always room for improvement, sounds like an ethical claim. If not it should be!

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nothing else but sudden glory - humour (8)

"Laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly."
- Thomas Hobbes 1588-1679: Human Nature (1650)

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Cicero on the Silence of Laws and the Self Interest of Unlimited Money Warfare (6)

For-me, my magnum opus is the p.(x). For others, it is a Leviathan, an authority embodied in the ego, your ultimate authority on your self. The regulating factor, be it Hobbesian, Darwinian, Machiavellian, Malthusian, should also be also Orwellian. You see, I also contain contradiction and multitudes of Walt Witman! Romulus was the eponymous founder of Rome and an infringement without attribution. History associates Romulus as the namesake for Rome, and a swastika with Hiz Strəgəl. Shoah(s) the way out of Darkness is a singularity in history says George Steiner, lead us away from ourselves, turn-away my dear canary, fly far from this miner. Mine, mine, mine we all Sing-Sing the Song of Self, like a blade of grass blowing in the breeze, I fall to my knees and beg, not prey, I survive better in this captivity of the self! Others not so much and this should not disturb you. Indifference, according to Dante is the opposite of hate, not love. Evil exists in the world, indifference to evil is god-like and there is a problem with that. From the time of Leibniz, Rationalists and Empiricists alike battle over functional fixedness and their applied definitions thereof. So what does surviving better have to do with indifference and is not the contradiction obvious? The answer persists, poking through our natural tendency to move towards betterment, noticing others on the same pathway to prosperity is not indifference, it is a counterpoint in social harmony. The Praxis should be pedagogical, thought-provoking and always educational. Going back to Hobbes, his Leviathan Theory is one of armed authority and as Cognitive Scientist and Harvard Linguist, Steven Pinker points out in the Better Angels of our Nature (pg.52), this particular paradigm was a process of pacification. Pacification Process is a term that Pinker coined to represent two dimes or a paradigm as it were, the shift towards a more peaceful peace. In a January 4th, 2019 email to Steven Pinker, I defined the Pacification Process as Darwinian and asked Steven whether or not he agreed with my reasoning. The response was interesting... I am still waiting for Steve to share it with me. In the meantime, Consider the following quote from Cicero;  

"Laws are silent in time of war." - Cicero 106-43 BC: Pro Milone

Disregarding the laws of the land is an act of war. Enemies of the state are justified in belief, but not in action or Logos. Today, if Big Brother is watching, are you listening to the silence? What does it mean to be silently silenced, is information overload our new overlord? The political theory of Leviathan, as it applies to Big Data is only testable and therefore falsifiable if there is some form of dominance hierarchy. Who is the authority of the word? There is a regulating body of selection pressures and it is natural, it is Darwinian, not purely academic. Social selection pressures press the point home in Aristotelean fashion and reveal pockets of dominance, revealed by positions of power and the influencers that influence.

Later, I briefly came to realize that the difference isn't in the descriptive nature of the concept or the origins of the behaviour but the first time at which Leviathan was theorized about. This explanation is also on shaky terra firma, because the pacification effects that order has on society would have been well understood by, for example, ancient Rome. Any armed presence would have theorized about pacification. Hobbes just happened to be the first that theorized about the process in what we would now call Political Science. Since I am making the claim that written law is the defining marker for a theory of pacification, it logically follows that the first laws would signify the first examples of a Pacification Process, making the label [un]necessarily redundant!

laws (3), warfare (6), behaviour (6), philosophy (4), self-interest (5), warfare (7)

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good of the people - laws (3)

"Salus populi suprema est lex."
The good of the people is the law is the chief law.
- Cicero 106-43 BC: De Legibus

If the good of the people is the highest priority, how would Cicero reconcile the Liberal from the Democrat without knocking down lady liberty and still maintain a functioning, pluralistic bipartisanship? He may need a little help from the two pillars and ethics and a keystone to join the two.

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laws are silent - warfare (6)

Laws are silent in time of war.
- Cicero 106-43 BC: Pro Milone

Disregarding the laws of the land is an act of war. Enemies of the state are justified in belief, action and Logos. If Big Brother is watching, are you listening to the silence?

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o temora, o mores - behaviour (6)

"O tempora, O mores!"
Oh, the times! Oh, the manners!
- Cicero 106-43 BC: In Catilinam

Mind your manners for Cicero said two thousand years ago, o temora, o mores.

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some philosopher has said it - philosophy (4)

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher said it.
- Cicero 106-43 BC: De Divinatione

Philosophers imagine the unimaginable, so what value, what utility, what function can emerge from the absurd? Let the philosophizing begin from the absurd and move into the heard. Who's heard of a herd of turtles?

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to whose profit - self-interest (5)

"Cui bono?"
To whose profit?
- Cicero 106-43 BC: Pro Roscio Amerinor, the quoting I. Cassius Longinus Ravilla

Follow the money and ask, to who's prophet; Cui bono?

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unlimited money - warfare (7)

The sinews of war, unlimited money.
- Cicero 106-43 BC: Fifth Philippic

Is Cicero in "sinew" u8-ing a möbius ex nihilo? Cannon fodder is the canon of the expendables as passed down through the ranks to the front lines of conflict. The derogatory term, "cannon fodder" is fascinating in its etymology, meaning that I am reenforcing the importance of the meaning of meaning, essentially the ends justify the means. As a last resort, using combatants as target practice and is inexcusable. Considered necessary for a unilateral way of survival, the hierarchical Aristotelian knowledge structures should be reduced in times of war and viewed through the John Rawls's Veil of Ignorance. "Ethical claims aside", is itself a non sequitur, a premise with a different conscious conclusion that I do not support and defend in greater detail on my Free Will argument. Based in ethics, the edifice of consciousness is as Daniel Dennett asserts, rooted in morality (at least for now). In fact, the consensus is rather similar amongst contemporaries, philosophers and thought leaders. "As if" is a power qualifier. Consider the following Twitter poll that I posted for Jordan Peterson.

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Gottfried Leibniz on Mathematics and the Infinite Divide (1)

In can not think of Leibniz without thinking of Newton, calculus, the denounced Dutch philosopher; Baruch Spinoza and a mnemonic variation of The Odyssey (Theodicy).  Homer's variant is still a classic, Leibniz is fading into the obscurity of our collective historical adolescence, reconciling the problem of good and evil, if there is a god, is easily solved thanks to Friedrich Nietzsche's exclamation; God is Dead! Beginnings run counterpoint to all things contemporary, we may choice to hear the rhythm or have no ability to respond (responsibility). The lack of choice sounds like the free will position at the open of this publication as articulated by, and through, Christopher Hitchens and Isaac Bashevis Singer, "We have to believe in free-will. We've got no choice.".

Free Will is an If-Then statement. If you mind your p's and q's, logic quickly follows. When p and q are one and the same there is no question. Difference dictates the degree of determinism. In a world where statistic models are becoming more reliably predictive, we are becoming a more deterministic in our abilities to respond. Liberty is looking in the wrong direction. What does my data tell you when the sample size is increased by an order of magnitude? I already realize that I contain multitudes, but the multitudes I contain pale in comparison to the multitudes of the masses. Walt Witman was the inspiration for the word choice of multitudes and the complexity of the self. One of my projects for 2019 is going to take his poem, A Song of Myself and go through each of the 52 sections one week at a time for an entire year. I will record the journey of exploration and artistic discovery through a shared lens of an American icon and humble student.

I realize that I have to say more about Leibniz so let's leave the trivialness of the DoGmatic goD delusion out of the conversation and focus on the mathematics. What actually makes mathematics pure?

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Marcel Proust on the Horror of a Sunset, the Paradise We Have Lost and the Directness of the Muse and the Greatness Potential of Neurotics (6)

You can not, in some way, not mention John Ruskin while appreciating the power of Proust, the  

Waldinger, A. (2009). Proust as Translator of Ruskin. Meta, 54 (1), 22–31. https://doi.org/10.7202/029791ar

greatness (5), creativity (9), evening (3), memory (20), heaven (2), happiness (14)

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come to us from neurotics - greatness (5)

Everything we think of as great has come to us from neurotics. It is they and they alone who found religions and create great works of art. The world will never realize how much it owes to them and what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it.
- Marcel Proust 1871-1922: Guermantes Way (1921)  

According to Hippocrates, the neurosis was a created from within the person, to much black bile to be exact, without it we can not process fat. Proust viewed Religion as a neurosis, claiming that all great Art has come out of eschewing this fat. My neurosis is better that your neurosis! Notice the absurdity of this statement?  Science has plenty to offer in terms of aesthetics, beauty and art, if not you ought to start! Play your part.

p.art

express his thought directly - creativity (9)

An artist has no need to express his thought directly in his work for the latter to reflect its quality; it has even been said that the highest praise of God consists in the denial of Him by the atheist who finds creation so perfect that it can dispense with a creator.
- Marcel Proust 1871-1922: Guermantes Way (1921)

Compare this Spinoza's doG.

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horror of sunsets - evening (3)

I have a horror of sunsets, they're so romantic, so operatic.
- Marcel Proust 1871-1922: Cities of the Plain (1922)

Proust had an intense fear of the romantic, the theatric and the over dramatic. This is how he rationalized his fear of sunsets, embodied through the son of darkness on the set of life and death. Bent earthward we are heliocentric shifting to the rhythm of the paradigm and beating to the sounds of Homer and the beat of an Ancient Greek hegemony. Dominant culture and a deterministic paradigm play the part of narrator in this narrative. Now act as if it were so!

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memory revealed itself - memory (20)

And suddenly the memory revealed itself. The taste was that of the little piece of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray... my aunt Léonie used to give me, dipping it first in her own cup of tea or tisane.
- Marcel Proust 1871-1922: Swann's Way (1913, Volume I of Rembrance of Things Past)

Discuss how memories surface. Refer to Sapolski, Pinker and Robinson.

p.memory

paradises that we have lost - heaven (2)

John Milton's 1667 poem, Paradise Lost may have been alluded to by Marcel Proust 256 years later in fond remembrance...

The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost
- Marcel Proust 1871-1922: Time Regained (1926)

Paradise on earth, once forgotten, found too late.

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salutary to the body - happiness (14)

The mind/body split is obvious in the ethics of Proust.

For if unhappiness develops the forces of the mind, happiness alone is salutary to the body.
- Marcel Proust 1871-1922: Time Regained (1926)

p.mindfullness

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George Bernard Shaw on Love and Poverty and Everything Towards the Mean (66)

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progress (18), parents (18), army (20), cowardice (5), fame (22), swearing (8), music (20), democracy (9), teetotalism (6), imagination (10), careers (12), Britain (9), Shakespeare (8), titles (5), languages (11), likes and dislikes (10), revenge (13), grammar (8), indifference (8), men (19), censorship (16), the generation gap (12), women's rights (19), likes (9), achievement (17), England (19), future (16), teaching (13), hope (12), home (9), dance (11), sickness (11), ideas (12), violence (14), beauty (22), patriotism (20), critics (18), art and society (5), liberty (31), field sports (3), character (19), marriage (28), morality (15), revolution (20), happiness (18), faith (11), men/women (20), determination (9), reality (6), death (32), insults (9), photography (7), happiness (17), government (25), sacrifice (12), discontent (8), self-esteem and assertiveness (16), duty (9), medicine (15), politicians (20), employment (14), parents (19), luxury (5), holidays (4), poverty (19), courtship (14)

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adapt the world to himself - progress (18)

Biochemically, the creative person lies just outside the protection of the bell curve. Teleb's Trampoline attempts to make societies more resilient through relativism. Backwards never felt so wrong. Validation is in the air!

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

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affection of the human animal - parents (18)

Researchers are now saying that the young brain doesn't fully mature until 25 or 30. George Bernard Shaw capped affection off at six years. This is a societal question. What do you think? How do we transition our youth into adulthood?

"The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Heartbreak House (1903)

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always tell and old soldier - army (20)

Survival sustains. George Bernard Shaw refers to an old soldier carrying, "grub" in his holster and how this is a mark of experience. Nothing of tremendous value here. Stating the obvious is sometime an art, in Shaw's case a fad or trend.

"You can always tell and old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, grub."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

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as universal as sea sickness - cowardice (5)

Getting on with the job is the order of the day for a soldier, seaman or citizen of the Republic. We live on the stage of life and the show must go on despite the fright of the stage and the faces staring back at you. Killing the other is the death of consciousness itself. The Shoah showed us this! Sea sickness and cowardice matter, not so much in the experience itself, George Bernard Shaw pointed out this sailing ship, but in the causes of the coward itself. Oppressive and effective.

"As an old soldier I can admit the cowardice: it's as universal as sea sickness, and matters just as little."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

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become famous without ability - fame (22)

George Bernard Shaw offers a rather cheeky view of Martyrdom[^N], eminence in any other form is an exercise in ego.

"Martyrdom... the only way in which man can become famous without ability."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: The Devil's Disciple (1901)

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blasted to eternal damnation - swearing (8)

There seams to be an overdoes of virtue signalling and overzealous religiosity with the exorcism of foul language from the lexicon of the layman.

"If I utter an oath again may my soul be blasted to eternal damnation!"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Saint Joan (1924)

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brandy of the damned - music (20)

Music means different things to different people, to some it's, "the brandy of the damned", trading one drug for another, "religion... is the opiate of the masses.". This sidestep maneuver away from music is virtue signalling of religious variety.

"Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

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by the incompetent many - democracy (9)

Is that what you want? Do you want to be part of the useless class? Corruption is part of politics. The key would be to mitigate the incompetencies with skill acquisition and life-long learning. Liberal democracies must adapt to improve on its own inefficiencies or fade into history.

"Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Democracy'

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champagne teetotaller - teetotalism (6)

The hypocrisy over what to consume is teetotal, when it comes to alcohol.  

"I am only a beer teetotaller, not a champagne teetotaller."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Candida (1898)

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Christ perish in torment - imagination (10)

... let it perish without torment. Imagination is the salvation without the embodiment. Says whom? {pause} Says me!

"Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination?"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Saint Joan (1924)

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conspiracies against the laity - careers (12)

Much Ado About Noting is a more accurate title, if by, "nothing", you are not referring to the female body part from Virginia. Live is filled with laity, professions, business and randomness and cruelty. That's life!

"All professions are conspiracies against the laity."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: The Doctor's Dilemma (1911)

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customs of his tribe - Britain (9)

One nation imposing its will on another nation is tribal and barbaric.

"He [the Briton] is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Caesar and Cleopatra (1901)

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despise so entirely  - Shakespeare (8)

Without descending into the obvious Shakespearian rabbit hole, George Bernard Shaw playfully pair-bonds the eminence of Shakespeare, and to some degree Sir Walter Scott, into a statement of intellectual virtue signalling. Three parts ego, one-part self deprecation, this ratio is arbitrary with the salient quality being self eminence. Declarations of eminence are post humorous if not made posthumously. Eminence is a limitation.      

"With a single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entire as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: In Sunday Review 26 September (1896)

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distinguish the mediocre - titles (5)

"Titles distinguish the mediocre, embarrass the superior, and are disgraced by the inferior."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

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divided by a common language - languages (11)

our group unites us in our plurality of thought

"England and America are two countries divided by a common language."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: attributed in this and other forms, but not found in Shaw's published writings

p.languages

do not do unto others - likes and dislikes (10)

I like the ethical elucidation here

"Do not do unto others as you would that they do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims for Revolutionists: The Golden Rule'

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does not return your blow - revenge (13)

touché (add to TextExpander accents)

"Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

p.revenge

don't want to talk grammar - grammar (8)

Grammars of Creation - let's leave this to another Quaternion

"I don't want to talk grammar, I want to talk like a lady."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Pygmalion (1916)

essence of inhumanity - indifference (8)

DANTE! - Cheryl pointed me to the Empyrean. Must use it!

"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

p.grammar

every man over forty - men (19)

"Every man over forty is a scoundrel"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Stray Sayings'

I guess I am a scoundrel (according to GBS).

p.men

extreme form of censorship - censorship (16)

"Assassination is the extreme form of censorship."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: The Showing-up of Blanco Posnet (1911)

Sometimes it back fires and mortar fire makes the martyr; an extreme form of reverse-censorship.

p.censorship

forgives itself nothing - the generation gap (12)

"Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

p.gap

furious secret rebellion - women's rights (19)

"The one point on which all women are in furious secret rebellion against the existing law is the saddling of the right to a child with the obligation to become the servant of a man."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Getting Married (1911)

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get what you like - likes and dislikes (9)

"Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Stray Sayings'

p.like

get your hearts desire - achievement (17)

"There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

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government and public opinion - England (19)

"Englishmen will never be slaves; they are free to do whatever the Government and public opinion allow them to do."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

p.England

great and blessed invention - future (16)

"Make me a beautiful word for doing things tomorrow; for sure that is a great and blessed invention"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Back to Methuselah (1921)

p.future

he who can, does - teaching (13)

"He who can, does. He who can not, teaches."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

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he who has never hoped - hope (12)

"He who has never hoped can never despair."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Caesar and Cleopatra (1903)

p.hope

home is the girls prison - home (9)

"Home is the girl's prison and the women's workhouse"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Women in the Home'

p.home

horizontal desire - dance (11)

opening to Will Freeman

"[Dancing is] a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: in New Statesman 23 March 1962

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i enjoy convalescence - sickness (11)

"I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes illness worth while."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Back to Methuselah (1921)

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i say, "Why not?" - ideas (12)

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were and I say, 'Why not?"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Back to Methuselah (1921)

A "doing" philosopher asks why but ends on negation? Doing is implied, axiomatic to living a life worthy of being lived! The future is less tense if your verbalize it so.

p.whynot

if you strike a child - violence (14)

"If you strike a child take care that you strike in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: How to Beat Children'

p.cabuse

in the house three days - beauty (22)

"Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house for three day?"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Sounds like a partnership.

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knock the patriotism out - patriotism (20)

"You will never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: O'Flaherty V.C. (1919)

Still undecided. Ask me why.

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know what to say - critics (18)

"You don't expect me to know what to say about a play when I don't know who the author is, do you?"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Fanny's First Play (1914)

Who's steering the authorship? I am determined to find out for myself.

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let his wife starve - art and society (5)

"The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but is art."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Caliph Art and the Veil of Ignorance Smell of Indignation

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liberty means responsibility - liberty (31)

"Liberty mean responsibility. That is why most men dread it"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Liberty and Equality'

p.responsibility

man wants to murder a tiger - field sports (3)

"When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

man without originality - character (19)

"A man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Notes to Caesar and Cleopatra (1901) 'Julius Caesar'

p.originality

maximum of temptation - marriage (28)

"Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Marriage'

Everything in moderation, don't get married maybe?

p.marriage

morals are like its teeth - morality (15)

"The nations morals are like its teeth: the more decayed they are the more it hurts to touch them."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet (1911)

Google Blanco Posnet

never lighten the burden - revolution (20)

"Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted to another shoulder."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'The Revolutionist's Handbook' foreword

This is why I want to promoted passive pluralism and power through information

no man alive could bear it - happiness (18)

"But a lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

p.happiness

not a fraud, but a miracle - faith (11)

"A miracle, my friend, is an event which creates faith. That is the purpose of nature of miracles... Frauds deceive. An event which creates faith does not deceive; therefore it is not a fraud, but a miracle."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Saint Jone (1924)

I am just not making the connection but let me try...

p.faith

of all human struggles - men/women (20)

"Of all human struggles there is none so treacherous and remorseless as the struggle between the artist man and the mother woman"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Mother woman, make up my mind.

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one man that has a mind - determination (9)

"One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: The Apple Cart (1930)

Mind you...

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only things that are true - reality (6)

"Do you think that the things people make fools of themselves are about are any less real and true than the things they behave sensibly about? They are more true: They are the only things that are true."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Candida (1898)

What does Hitch think of GBS

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outdoes nature herself - death (32)

"In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence and famine"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

The dichotomies are deathening

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perfect expression of scorn - insults (9)

"Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Back to Methuselah (1921)

Shh!

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photographer like the cod - photography (7)

"The photographer is like the cod which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: introduction to the catalogue for an exhibition at the royal Photographic Society, 1906

Let's increase the chances of you being seen. Social media should be this medium.

p.cod

right to consume happiness - happiness (17)

"We have no right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Candida (1898)

The trap is considering happiness as something to be consumed. Consumption of this sort is a blanket term for sometime malignant, like consumptive happiness spreads quickly with the taste of wealth, one of the most addictive forms of happiness we know.

d.happiness  

robs Peter to pay Paul - government (25)

"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Political What's What (1944)

p.government

sacrifice other people - sacrifice (12)

"Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Self:Sacrifice'

p.sacrifice

satisfaction is death - discontent (8)

"As long as I have want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Overruled (1916)

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shake a man's faith in himself - self-esteem and assertiveness (16)

"It is easy - terribly easy - to shake a man's faith in himself. To take advantage of that to bret a man's spirit in devil's work."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Candida (1898)

p.shake

something he is ashamed of - duty (9)

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Caesar and Cleopatra (1901)

p.shame

stimulate the phagocytes - medicine (15)

"There is a bottom only one genuinely scientific treatent for all diseases, and that is to stimulate the phagocytes"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: The Doctor's Dilemma (1911)

p.medicine

thinks he knows everything - politicians (20)

"He knows nothing: and he thinks knows everything. That points very clearly to a political career"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Major Barbara (1907)

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treated as human beings - employment (14)

"When domestic servants are treated as human beings it is not worth while to keep them"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

p.employment

very important profession - parents (19)

"Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Everybody's What's What? (1944)

p.parents

walk! not bloody likely - luxury (5)

"Walk! Not bloody likely I am going to take a taxi."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Pygmalion (1916)

p.luxury

working definition of hell – holidays (4)

"A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Parents and Children (1914)

p.holidays

worst of crimes is poverty - poverty (19)

"The greatest of all evils and the worst of all crimes is poverty."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Major Barbara (1907)

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you who are the pursued - courtship (14)

"You think that you are Anne's suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued... Fool: it is you who are the pursued, the marked down quarry, the destined prey."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

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André Malraux on the Neither Nor of War and the Art of Revolt (3)

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warefare (23), art (22)

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neither revolution nor war - warfare (23)

"There are not fifty ways of fighting, there's only one, and that's to win. Neither revolution nor war consists in doing what one pleases."
- André Malraux 1901-76: L'Espoir (1937)

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revolt against fate - art (22)

"Art is a revolt against fait."
- André Malraux 1901-76: Les Voix du silence (1951)

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Andre Gide and the QFT Horizon Principle.

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Oscar Wilde on Everything os epi to poly (49)

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honesty (12), wordplay (12), country (11), food and drink (30), men/women (27), parents (22), goodness (22), exile (6), enemies (14), work (24), emotions (20), medicine (19), ignorance (15), bible (7), saints (5), poets (19), hunting (9), health (9), fiction (15), temptation (13), parties (11), biography (15), cynicism (9), art (30), idealism (10), writers (17), books (23), experience (17), gossip (12), moderation (8), education (18), genius (11), taste (9), style (15), advice (12), hypocrisy (9), lifestyles (19), reality (11), truth (23), debt (9), diaries (10), duty (11), family (16), women (40), marriage (35), mistakes (12), aging (12), smoking (11), love (57)

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absolutely fatal - honesty (12)

"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Intentions (1891)

p.honesty

all existence in an epigram - wordplay (12)

"I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Intentions (1891)

p.wordplay

anybody can be good - country (11)

"Anybody can be good in the country."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

p.country

ask for a watercress sandwich - food and drink (30)

to a waiter:
"When I ask for a watercress sandwich.
I do not mean a loaf with a field in the
middle of it."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Max Beerbohm, letter to Reggie Turner, 15 April 1893

p.watercress

become like their mothers - men/women (27)

"All women become like their mothers.
That is their tragedy. No man does.
That's his."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

p.mothers

begin by loving their parents - parents (22)

"Children begin by loving their
parents; after a time they judge them;
rarely, if ever, do they forgive them."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: A Woman of No Importance (1893)

p.begin

better to be beautiful - goodness (22)

"It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

p.beauty

captivity was to the Jews - exile (6)

"What captivity was to the Jews, exile has been to the Irish. America and American influence has educated them."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: in Paul Mall Gazette 13 April 1889

p.exile

choice of his enemies - enemies (14)

"A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

p.enemies

curse of the drinking classes - work (24)

"Work is the curse of the drinking classes."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: H. Pearson 'Life of Oscar Wilde' (1946)

p.work

death of Little Nell - emotions (20)

"One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Neil without laughing."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Ada Leverson 'Letters to the Sphinx' (1930)

p.emotions

die beyond my means - medicine (19)

"Ah, well, then, I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means."
at the mention of a huge fee for a surgical operation
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: R.H. Sherard Life of Oscar Wilde (1906)

p.medicine

education produces no effect - ignorance (15)

"Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately, in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever"
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

p.ignorance

ends with Revelations - bible (7)

LORD ILLINGWORTH: The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden.
MRS ALLONBY: It ends with Revelations.
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: A Women of No Importance (1893)

p.bible

every sinner has future - saints (5)

"The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: A Woman of No Importance (1893)

p.saints

flashing of lightning - poets (19)

"Chaos, illumined by flashes of lightning.
on Robert Brownings's 'style"
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Ada Leverson Letters to the Sphinx (1930)

p.poets

galloping after a fox - hunting (9)

"The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: A Women of No Particular Importance (1893)

p.hunting

get back my youth - health (9)

"To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

p.health

good ended happiness - fiction (15)

"The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is hat fiction means." - Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

p.fiction

i can resist everything - temptation (13)

"I can resist everything except temptation."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892)

"I can resist everything, butt temptation on the other, I can not turn the other cheek." - Shit for brains  

An End in Itself - Another planksip® Möbius

"We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth."
- Pablo Picasso 1881-1973: Dore Ashton 'Picasso on Art' (1972)

p.bum

if one plays good music - parties (11)

"If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

p.parties

Judas writes the biography - biography (15)

... Judas the priest of everything

"Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Intentions (1891) 'The Critic as Artist'

p.biography

knows the price of everything - cynicism (9)

... but the value of nothing

"A man who  know the price of everything and the value of nothing."
definition of a cynic
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892)

p.cynicism

life imitates Art far more - art (30)

"All that I desire to pint out is the general principle that Life imitates art far more than Art imitates Life."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Intentions (1891)

Mimesis Course or images

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looking at the stars - idealism (10)

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Intentions (1891)
Now One (Wonder) - Another planksip® Möbius

p.idealism

Meredith's a prose Browning - writers (17)

"Meredith's a prose Browning, and so is Browning."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: 'The Critic as Artist'

p.writers

moral or an immoral book - books (23)

"There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

Now if I were to make the claim that Das Capital by Karl Marx was an immoral book, for reason that I will not get into, could I correctively refer to the above quote from Oscar Wilde and say that Marxism was badly written? The obvious answer is no, as the two are related in contrast only and not in meaning. A theory of mind like the morality free will that Daniel Dennett promotes (as do I), is one of ethics. Where am I going with this? I am setting up a deontological if then statement.

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If you mind your p's and q's, then your ethics will be deontological - A planksip® Maxim

If I make an if statement, then the conditional would be conditional on the algorithm I write and not the if statement alone. We are the feedback loop, the authors of our own creation. The arch of Ethics is foundational to the p.(x) philosophy.

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p.keystone

name everyone gives - experience (17)

"Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Intentions (1891)

p.experience

not being talked about - gossip (12)

"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

p.gossip

nothing succeeds like excess - moderation (8)

"Moderation is a fatal thing, Lady Hunstanton. Nothing succeeds like excess."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: A Women of No Importance (1893)

p.moderation

nothing that is worth knowing - education (18)

"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Intentions (1891)

Self learning is the exceptional rule.

p.education

nothing to declare - genius (11)

"I have nothing to declare except my genius."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Intentions (1891)

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one of us must go - taste (9)

of the wallpaper in the room where he was dying.
"One of us must go."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: attributed, probably apocryphal

Apocryphal meaning he probably didn't say this but he was attributed as saying this. Sound familiar? Was the Jesus myth apocryphal or pseudepigraphal? False in history, false in fact, this narrative is Apocrypha, with deuterocanonical texts being no more than disputable footnotes. Pseudepigraphal make Jesus a false prophet, non-existent in fact. One of us must go.

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one's style is one's signature - style (15)

... and my style is rather messy!

"I don't wish to sign my name, though I am afraid everybody will know who the writer is: one's style is one's signature always."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Intentions (1891)

p.style

pass on good advice - advice (12)

"I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing I get to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: An Ideal Husband (1895)

p.advice

pretending to be wicked - hypocrisy (9)

"I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be a hypocrisy."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Intentions (1891)

Identify the social contradictions or hypocrisies. Internal contradictions are manifest courtesy of Walt Wittman, social contradictions are hypothetical hypocrisy made manifest. Behaviour aside, the self would remain but the self can not exist without the social and so the möbius continues. Limiting or "governing" the metaphysics is the moral thing to do and the transmittance of cultural norms to our future generations. What do we want to say? A complicated self is the norm, magical thinkings is creative as long as you are conscious of the illusion, the illusion that is the self and performance life. The stage is existential. Jaggi Vasudev, also known as Sadhguru, is right but only partially so. Information structures based on falsifiable truths is structured pluralism. Not all ideas matter, some matter a little, others are axiomatic to human consciousness, anything else would be a hypocrisy.

There is a difference between anything else and everything else. The latter is fascist, while the former sets the a standard. That's the law, it's up to us to set the precedent and socially enforce the former state of being. So where do we begin? We have 2,000 years of Greek Hegemony and religious hetronomepigraphal to contend with. A pluralistic perspective under evaluation is hierarchical in nature and so goes the dissent of man. Objectify meaning is the answer-key to the test, the narration will tell the rest. Of us, that is the question of shared existence and what it means to exist is Being. Shakespeare asked the question, Martin made Dasein. Philosophy must "do", anything else would be a hypocrisy.

Contradictions in terms span paragraphs and epitaphs. A trope and Figure of Speech, the giants of our past are Newtonian, Einsteinian and planksipian. Can this information be viewed in the same direction as humility? Anything but dull, the piercing perspective is nothing other than functional fixedness. To the rescue comes silence and contemplation. The rational self, for no other reason than Reason, itself a rather recent invention. Instrumental and sui generis with technology. Technocrats advance!

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put my genius into my life - lifestyles (19)

"Do you know the great drama of my life? It's that I have put my genius into my life; all I've put into my works is my talent."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: André Gide 'Oscar Wilde' (1910)

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Andre Gide and the QFT Horizon Principle.

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rage of Caliban - reality (11)

"The nineteenth century of dislike of Realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in the glass." - Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
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The Caliban lives within the wellspring of the Mentalese, implying more than movement, the Logos of creativity, the poetry of thought, the Quaternion Correlations.

p.caliban

rarely pure, and never simple - truth (23)

"The truth is rarely pure, and never simple." - Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

Simply so! (implied truth).

p.truth

some sort of occupation - debt (9)

"One must have some sort of occupation nowadays. If I hadn't my debts I shouldn't have anything to think about." - Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: Intentions (1891)
I owe you! Happiness through the non-self is a useful heuristic from time to time. Tic Toc! 

p.debt

something sensational to read - diaries (10)

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Importance of Bring Earnest (1895)

p.diaries

speak one's mind - duty (11)

"On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

p.duty

tedious pack of people - family (16)

"Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who have't go the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

p.family

tells one her real age - women (40)

"One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: A Women of No Importance (1891)

p.women

three is company and two none - marriage (35)

... come and knock on my door.

"In married life three is company and two none."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

p.3'sCompany

to lose one's parent - mistakes (12)

"To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

p.mistakes

tragedy of old age - aging (12)

"The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young."
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

p.aging

type of a perfect pleasure - smoking (11)

"A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?"
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)

p.smoking

yet each man kills - love (57)

"Yet each man kills the thing he loves
By each let this be head,
Some do it with a better look,
Some with a flattering word.
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!"
- Oscar Wilde 1854-1900: The Ballad of Reading Gaol  (1898)

p.love

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Dylan Thomas on Death, Aging, Starless Nights and the Fuse of Youth (11)

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death (38), aging (10), books (20), power (21), life (33), drunken (10), housework (7), wales (5), poetry (30), night (5), youth (20)

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death shall have no dominion - death (38)

"Though lovers be lost shall not;
And death shall have no dominion." - Dylan Thomas 1914-1953: 'And death shall have no dominion' (1936)

p.death

dying of the light - aging (10)

"And death shall have no dominion.
Dead man naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan't crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion."

- Dylan Thomas 1914-1953: 'And death shall have no dominion' (1936)

p.aging

everything about the wasp - books (20)

"" - Dylan Thomas 1914-1953: 'And death shall have no dominion' (1936)

p.books

hand that signed the paper - power (21)

"" - Dylan Thomas 1914-1953: 'And death shall have no dominion' (1936)

p.power

isn't life a terrible thing - life (33)

"" - Dylan Thomas 1914-1953: 'And death shall have no dominion' (1936)

p.life

man you don't like - drunken (10)

"" - Dylan Thomas 1914-1953: 'And death shall have no dominion' (1936)

p.drunken

mind it wipes its shoes - housework (7)

"" - Dylan Thomas 1914-1953: 'And death shall have no dominion' (1936)

p.housework

my fathers can have it - wales (5)

"" - Dylan Thomas 1914-1953: 'And death shall have no dominion' (1936)

p.wales

rather lie in a hot bath - poetry (30)

"" - Dylan Thomas 1914-1953: 'And death shall have no dominion' (1936)

p.poetry

starless and bible-black - night (5)

"" - Dylan Thomas 1914-1953: 'And death shall have no dominion' (1936)

p.night

through the green fuse - youth (20)

"" - Dylan Thomas 1914-1953: 'And death shall have no dominion' (1936)

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Carl Gustav Hempel on Deductive-Nomological Models and His Very Own Raven Paradox (3)

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raven paradox

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Philip Sidney on Charity, Silence and Faithfulness (3)

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faithfulness (14), silence (6), charity (9)

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my true love hath my heart - faithfulness (4)

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shallow brooks murmur most - silence (6)

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they need is greater than mine - charity (9)

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James Anthony Froude on Living, Dying and Defining Through Dualities (3)

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Paul Dirac on the Eros of Math and the Son of Chaos (1)

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beauty in one's equations - math (5)

I would like to change this to "beauty in ones equation".

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Jack Kerouac on Buddhism, Poetry and Illustrations ???(3)

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  1. Buddism?

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2. Poetry?

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3. Illustrations?

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John Locke on Errors of Truth and the Battle of Ideas (3)

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mistakes (6), truth (18), ideas (8)

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positive in error as in truth - mistakes (6)

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show a man that he is in error - truth (18)

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suspected, and usually opposed - ideas (8)

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Max Planck on the Death of Your Opponent (1)

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The only true pseudo-truth is partially true today, and all true tomorrow. Consider Max Planck and the future currents of tomorrow's truth.

"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because it's opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." - Max Planck 1858-1947: A Scientific Autobiography (1949)

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Alfred Tennyson on Statistics, Determination, Knowledge, Universities and Suicide (39)

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kissing (12), goodness (16), love (54) sea (14), day (5), weapons (11), supernatural (15), trees (14), statistics (11), perfection (7), determination (11), change (23), rivers (10), faithfulness (15), idleness (11), corruption (9), forgiveness (12), greatness (8), universities (15), enemies (13), men/women (23), love (53), suicide (9), doubt (8), aristocracy (11), prayer (15), nature (10), trust (11), change (24), celebrations (7), exploration (9), death (37), future (18), mistakes (9), sorrow (18), army (21), birds (10), trees (13), knowledge (21), women (36)

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as sunlight drinketh dew - kissing (12)

"O Love, O fire! once he drew
With one long kiss my whole soul
through
My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Fatima' (1832)

I would like to do a timeline that shows after Albert and before Albert.

This quote is interesting for an inspiration of art.

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as the strength of ten - goodness (16)

"My strength is as the strength of ten,
Because my heart is pure."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Sir Galahad' (1842)

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better to have loved and lost - love (54)

"Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'In Memoriam A.H.H.' (1850)

p.love

break, break, break - sea (14)

KitKat

"Break, break, break,
On thy cold grey stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could
utter
The thoughts that arise in me."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Break, Break, Break' (1842)

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breaks the blank day - day (5)

blankedy, blank, blank

"And ghastly through the drizzling
rain
On the bald street breaks the blank
day."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'In Memoriam A.H.H.' (1850)

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canon to the right of them - weapons (11)

"Cannon to the right of them,
Cannon to the left of them,
Cannon to the front of them
Volleyed and thundered."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' (1854)

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curse is come upon me - supernatural (15)

"Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror cracked from side to side
'The curse is some upon me', cried
The Lady of Shalott."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'The Lay of Shalott (1832, revised 1842)

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dropping-wells of fire - trees (14)

"Laburnums, dropping-wells of fire."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'In Memoriam A.H.H.' (1850)

laburnum top ted hughes and sylvia plath

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every moment one is born - statistics (11)

"Even movement dies a man,
Every moment 1-1/16 is born."
- Charles Babbage 1792-1871: parody of Tennyson's 'Vision of Sin' in an unpublished letter to the poet; in new Scientist 4 December 1958; see below.
"Even movement dies a man,
Every moment one is born."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'The Vision of Sin' (1842): see above

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faultily faultless, icy regular - perfection (7)

"Faultily faultless, icily regular,
splendidly null,
Dead perfection, no more." - Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: Maud (1855)

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find, and not to yield - determination (11)

" That which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but
strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find and not to
yield."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Ulysses' (1842)

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forward let us range - change (23)

" Forward, forward let us range,
Let the great world spin for ever down
the ringing grooves of change"
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Locksley Hall' (1842)

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haunts of coot and hern - rivers (10)

"I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley"
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'In Memoriam A.H.H.' (1850)

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honour rooted in dishonour - faithfulness (15)

"His honour rooted in dishonour
stood,
And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: Idylls of the King 'Lancelot and Elaine' (1859)

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how dull it is to pause - idleness (11)

"How dull it is to pause, to make an
end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in
use!
As though to breathe were life."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Ulysses' (1842)

p.idleness

jingling of the guinea - corruption (9)

"But the jingling of the guinea helps
the hurt that Honour feels."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Locksley Hall' (1842)

p.corruption

kiss again with tears - forgiveness (12)

"And blessings of the falling out
That all the more endears,
When we fall out with those we love
And kiss again with tears!"
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: The Princess (1847), song (added 1850)

p.foregiveness

know when I am not great - greatness (8)

The beginning of a speech

" In me there dwells
No greatness, save it be some far-off
touch
Of greatness to know well I am not great."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: Idylls of the King 'Lancelot and Elaine' (1859)

p.greatness

lecture, rich in sentiment - universities (15)

"A classic lecture, rich in sentiment,
With scraps of thundrous epic lilted
out
By violet-hooded Doctors, elegies
And quoted odes, and jewels five-words-long,
That on the stretched forefinger of all
Time
Sparkle for ever."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: The Princess (1847)

This is some very interesting allusions. I would really like to understand this reference(s).

p.universities

makes no friend - enemies (13)

"He makes no friend who never made a foe."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: Idylls of the King 'Lancelot and Elaine' (1859)

p.enemies

man is the hunter - men/women (23)

"Man is the hunter; women is his game."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: The Princess (1847)

p.hunter

man's fancy lightly turns - love (53)

"In the spring a young man's fancy
lightly turns to thoughts of love."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Locksley Hall' (1842)

p.turns

may not quit the post - suicide (9)

" Not at all can tell
Whether I means this day to end
myself,
Or lend an ear to Plato where he says,
That men like soldier may not quit
the post
Allotted by the Gods."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Lucretius' (1868)

p.suicide

more faith is honest doubt - doubt (8)

"There lives more faith in honest
doubt,
Believe me, than in half the creeds."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'In Memoriam A.H.H.' (1850)

p.doubt

more than coronets - aristocracy (11)

"Kind hearts are ore than coronets,
And simple faith and Norman blood."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Lady Clara Vere de Vere' (1842)

p.aristocracy

more things are wrought - prayer (15)

" More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Idylls of the King 'The Passing of Arthur' (1869)

p.prayer

nature, red in tooth and claw - nature (10)

"Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation's final law -
Though Nautre, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shrieked against his
creed."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92 'In Memoriam A.H.H.' (1850)

p.nature

not at all or all in all - trust (11)

"And trust me not at all or all in all."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: Idylls of the King 'Merlin and Vivien' (1859)

p.trust

old order changeth - change (24)

"The old order changeth, yielding
place to new,
And God fulfils himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt
the world."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: Idylls of the King 'The Passing of Arthur' (1869)

p.change

ring out the old - celebrations (7)

"Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'In Memoriam A.H.H.' (1850)

p.celebration

roaming with hungry heart - exploration (9)

" I am beccome a name;
For always roaming with a hungry
heart"
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92 'Ulysses' (1842)

p.exploration

see my pilot face-to-face - death (37)

If I am going to a higher plane when I die, it's as Alfred Tennyson said, to, "see my pilot face-to-face".

"For though from out of our bourne of
    time and place
The Flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Crossing the Bar'

p.pilot

so many worlds, so much to do - future (18)

"So many worlds, so much to do,
So little done, such things to be."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'In Memoriam A.H.H.' (1850)

Published posthumously by the Elder son (this is the name given by Alfred L.T. to Hallam: Remains in Verse and Prose of Arthur Henry Hallam (1834)

p.future

someone had blundered - mistakes (9)

"Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
Some one had blundered."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' (1854)

p.mistakes

tears, idle tears - sorrow (18)

"Tears, idle tears, I know not what they
    mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine
    despair."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'The Princess' (1850 ed.)

p.sorrow

theirs not to reason why - army (21)

"Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'

p.army

warming his five wits - birds (10)

"Alone and warming his five wits,
The white owl in the belfry sits."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Song - The Owl' (1830)

Do you  hear the bells of Belfry. I hear the Bonnie Bell.

Write about the Belfry Theatre in Victoria.

p.belfry

willows whiten, aspens quiver - trees (13)

"Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: The Lady of the Shalott (1832, revised 1842)

p.trees

wisdom lingers - knowledge (21)

"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: 'Locksley Hall' (1842)

p.knowledge

women is so hard - women (36)

"          The Woman is so hard
Upon the woman."
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92: The Princess (1847)

p.women

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Edgar Allan Poe's Carbon Footprint and the Places No Person Should Have to Go (3)

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The power of poetry and Poe
The place no poet should have to go.

Edgar was a wretched beauty, a tormented self.

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Jacques Derrida on Keeping Your Critique Inside the Text (3)

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What can I say about JD?

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Leonard Cohen on Vessels of Pessimism (3)

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unreliable ally - body (5)

"A women watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love."
- Leonard Cohen 1934-2016: The Favourite Game (1963)

waiting for it to rain - pessimism (3)

"I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin."
- Leonard Cohen 1934-2016: in Observer 2 May 1993

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p.pessimism

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