Jul 022013
 

Goethe once said that during eighty years of life he had known eleven happy days. I imagine that everyone, in the course of their life, must have seen many hundreds of sunrises and sunsets; they must have seen rain, rainbows, lakes, seas, and meadows. But of these hundreds of scenes only two or three enter a person’s soul with a miraculous power and become for them what those eleven happy days were for Goethe.

One person may never forget a little cloud lit by a quiet sunset, even though he entirely forgets hundreds of more splendid sunsets. Someone else will never forget a moment of summer rain or a young moon reflected in the pockmarked surface of a forest stream in April.

For a particular scene to enter into a person and become part of their soul, it is evidently not enough that the scene be beautiful. The person also has to have something clear and beautiful present inside them. It is like a moment of shared love, of communion, of true meeting between a human being and the outer world.

– from An Armenian Sketchbook

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Apr 132013
 
  1. All beliefs in whatever realm are theories at some level. -Stephen Schneider
  2. Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong. -Dandemis
  3. Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. -Francis Bacon
  4. Never fall in love with your hypothesis. -Peter Medawar
  5. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts. -Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. A theory should not attempt to explain all the facts, because some of the facts are wrong. -Francis Crick
  7. The thing that doesn’t fit is the thing that is most interesting. -Richard Feynman
  8. To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact. -Charles Darwin
  9. It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. -Mark Twain
  10. Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong. -Thomas Jefferson
  11. All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second, it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Peter Surrock,  AKA Shakespeare: A Scientific Approach to the Authorship Question

 

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Nov 202010
 

Fascism was triumphantly anti-liberal. It also provided the proof that man can, without difficulty, combine crack-brained beliefs about the world with a confident mastery of contemporary high technology. … Nevertheless, the combination of conservative values, the techniques of mass democracy, and an innovative ideology of irrationalist savagery, essentially centered in nationalism, must be explained.

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Nov 202010
 

Janko, R. “The Derveni Papyrus: an Interim Text.” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 141 (2002) 1-62.

Janko, R. “The Derveni Papyrus (Diagoras of Melos, Apopyrgizontes Logoi?): a new translation”, Classical Philology 96 (2001), 1-32.

Betegh, Gabor. The Derveni Papyrus. Cosmology, Theology and Interpretation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Pp. xii, 441. ISBN 0-521-80108-7. $110.00.

André Laks and Glenn Most (edd.), Studies on the Derveni Papyrus, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Nov 202010
 

Deneck, Marguerite-Marie. Indian Sculpture: Masterpieces of Indian, Khmer and Cham Art. London [1970], Hamlyn.

Forman, Werner. Indian sculpture: masterpieces of Indian, Khmer and Cham art.

Guillon, Emmanuel. Cham Art. Thames and Hudson. April 2001.

Heffley, Carl. The Arts of Champa: From the Cham Museum, Danang, Vietnam. Danang [1972, U. S. Information Service]

Parmentier, Henri. Cham Sculpture of the Tourane Museum, Da Nang, Vietnam: Religious Ceremonies and Superstitions of Champa.

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