abba's way, twitter

Three Analytical Mel Gibson Posts and a Note on His Current Film

Mel Gibson delivers melancholy performance in ‘The Beaver’: “Mel Gibson’s private life hangs like a specter over the early scenes in ‘The Beaver.’
But rather quickly, the story of a deeply depressed husband, father and businessman tips the scales, and you begin seeing troubled Walter Black instead of troubled Mel Gibson.”
Finally a Serious Take on Mel Gibson

It is hard to feel sympathy, but everyone deserves a chance to start over. Table Talk. Short Form.
Is this guy cruising for a mega-fall or does he have an excuse or should we care?
Web’s Prurient Pursuit of Mel Gibson

This Quadpome finds the Web’s interest in Mel Gibson and other celebs beyond prurient
abba's way

Are You Looking For Quatrains?

During the last six months I have written more than 500 quatrains. Here is a menu of Quatrains by Stephen C. Rose. Here is a menu of just a few of my quatrains.

What is a quatrain. In my book it can be anything that has a poetic aspect and is four lines long. More generally it is four lines in some understandable meter and rhyme.

I do not write quatrains merely to create poetry. I write them because I am a believer in the short form. If I can say what I want in four lines, why write a blog like this?

I see no reason.

I also believe that quatrains can summarize a key point – usually an opinion – just as well as a paragraph or several paragraphs of prose.

I sometimes compose quatrains to a tune because I have been a songwriter for most of my life. If the subject reminds me  of McArthur Park I will write to the meter.

I was never writing to be read/ I wrote to ease my head

And so forth.

Yesterday I wrote a quatrain to express a fairly fine point in philosophy relating to semiotics and Derrida’s declension of Peirce. It raises my own solution to the question under discussion:

It is called “Mind Over Sign”.

I say to the sign man Sir please say
Could the mind not start and stop a sign
And if a sign might simply be a word
Could not a word transcend all time

I do not punctuate my quatrains. I write them on news. On philosophy. On theology. And so forth.

If you would like a slant on the day, I would invite you to bookmark my Associated Content profile page for a daily selection of short form writing, mostly quatrains and brief topical slideshows featuring my own art.

Better yet, if you have a desire to write and earn a tiny amount or somewhat more in relationship as you desire with other writers, then join Associated Content as my affiliate and I will try to be of assistance.

pattern language, theology

Consilience: Arts, Humanities, Sciences

The longer title would be:

consilience between the arts, humanities, and sciences

It comes from this Edge post, an excerpt of which is pasted below:

And now he is changing the direction of aesthetics. Many people believe that this consilience between the arts, humanities, and sciences represents the future of the humanities, revitalizing them with a progressive research agenda after the disillusionments of postmodernism. Dutton has written the first draft of this agenda. He has defended a universal definition of art—something that many theorists assumed was simply impossible. And he has advanced a theory that aesthetics have a universal basis in human psychology, ultimately to be illuminated by the processes of evolution. His ideas in in this area are not meant to be definitive, but they lay out testable hypotheses, and point to many fields that can be brought to bear on our understanding of art.

The “he” is Denis Dutton who is the person behind Arts and Letters Daily, another of my current sidebar sources.


Now the one thing I will do to flesh this out is to find out what consilience means. It’s used by Stephen Pinker twice in his introduction to what Dutton is thinking about:

Here’s what Wikipedia says:

Consilience, or the unity of knowledge (literally a “jumping together” of knowledge), has its roots in the ancient Greek concept of an intrinsic orderliness that governs our cosmos, inherently comprehensible by logical process, a vision at odds with mystical views in many cultures that surrounded the Hellenes. The rational view was recovered during the high Middle Ages, separated from theology during the Renaissance and found its apogee in the Age of Enlightenment. Then, with the rise of the modern sciences, the sense of unity gradually was lost in the increasing fragmentation and specialization of knowledge in the last two centuries. The converse of consilience in this way is Reductionism.

It’s nice that reductionism is considered an antonym and not a synonym.

pattern language

Obama Pattern Language Primer — 10

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Psychosynthesis — A Personal Statement

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