☆☆☆ Tanka ☆☆☆
Cherry blossom in bright spring
Peaceful dancing petals for pure elegant girl
Eternal dreamy mind smiles secretly
Vibrant spirit harmonizes with hopeful gentle heart
Gorgeous undying love shines by floral magic
As with their post (twice) on Hypatia the mystic and Neoplatonist, it is again to NASA’s credit that they put the above video on their website (also for a second time). I recommend the text below the video on that page, particularly the link ‘no one can know the future’ which leads to the abstract for the article ‘Searching the Internet for evidence of time travellers’.
No science website of the Australian government would dare to display, discuss and encourage such expressions of eagerness for intellectual creativity and the future. In Australia we march forward facing backwards, gagging on our ‘laid-back’, authoritarian, consumerist ‘decency’.
I post this on the day there has been yet another round of navel-gazing and spin in the media about why education in Australia continues to fall behind that in other developed nations.
When I first saw this I thought someone familiar with magnolias (one of my favourite flowers) had got creative and stuck pink material (a pink cabbage?) in the fork of a branch – but it’s real! Wikipedia states ‘Magnolia is an ancient genus. Appearing before bees did, the flowers are theorised to have evolved to encourage pollination by beetles. To avoid damage from pollinating beetles, the carpels of Magnolia flowers are extremely tough.’ Those beetles must’ve been big! Imagine how this plant will look when it flowers as a mature tree (if it lasts in this spot that long, which, given this is in Australia, I sincerely doubt…)!
Mr. “Fearless” Egbert taking his five year-old lion for a ride on the Wall of Death at Mitcham fair. (Source)
What was the lion thinking?
From the excellent blog of Miep von Sydow
‘…every mind…is a perfect and living image of the Infinite Art.’
Nicholas of Cusa, Idiota de Mente (‘The Layman on Mind’), 1450, in Nicholas of Cusa on Wisdom and Knowledge, Trans., Jasper Hopkins, The Arthur J. Banning Press, Minneapolis, 1996, 531-589, 13, 149
‘…art has the vocation of revealing the truth in the form of sensuous artistic shape, of representing the reconciled antithesis…’
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics, Trans., Bernard Bosanquet, Ed., Introduction and Commentary, Michael Inwood, Penguin, England, 2004, 61
The representation of reconciled antitheses is used to maintain dominant ideologies. It comforts and reassures.
The greatest art is that which represents antitheses unreconciled. The subject is left unresolved, uncertain, open – it entices with pathways in. The audience are either frustrated or forced to think.