The Journey: Cavafy’s Ithaka
What does this poem mean? The question is rhetorical. Journey, Odyssey: The journey as destination is a cliche that says nothing. The question is rhetorical, because an answer is death. … Continue reading
Om Kalthoum “The Lady”: What is it about the Blues?
This post is off topic to ask a (quasi-rhetorical) question. Umm Kulthum (or Om Kalthoum) was an Egyptian singer, notoriously popular during the middle of the 20th century. Her funeral … Continue reading
Plato, Calculus, Law, Alice in Wonderland, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty, & Mind
What is a “point?” Geometry, like Calculus, begins with the seemingly simple ideas of “point” and “line.” Surprisingly, this is where “non-mathy” people begin to get lost–not for the math … Continue reading
Tolerance: A Few Words for a Dirty Word
A more playful title could be “Doing words dirty: de-riddling Derridian derisions.” “Tolerance,” first clichéd, was then dirtied by philosophers of wordplay, philosophers who would hold it only in the … Continue reading
What does Plato have to do with anything?
What does “Idealism” mean to you? I am referring to philosophical Idealism not the psychological variety–the kind that would call someone naive or unrealistic. Idealism in philosophy (and likewise just … Continue reading