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If you can’t rant where can you cant? What kind of cant is a rant? Or can a cant become a rant with a slight change in emphasis? Or is a rant already a cant? I cant believe I wrote this rant! :shock:

(Where’s Frank Zappa when you need him?)

Spooky Red Book by Carl Jung appears at fall equinox. The changing juxtaposition of heavenly bodies coincides with the eruption of the unconscious out of Jung, in his own words and pictures.

Mind and body now subsumed by the struggles of soul in the psychic depths of the deep, dark unconscious underworld. Forget your universes upon universes, your ultimate multiverse transcending space and time.

The Jungian underworld takes center stage now as the equinox crosses our horizon. The physic depths upon depths and transfiguration of souls erupt into consciousness, and we see the tips of this ultimate underworld in this great newly translated tome, the Red Book of Jung’s unconscious by Carl Jung himself!

Here’s a couple pages to give a tiny flavor of what’s inside:

Of course it’s all BS but it’s phantasmagorical fun BS anyway.

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I had a mad crush on Sylvia Plath at one time. This fascination I’m sure arose in part from the fact of her suicide: a beautiful and brilliant young woman of 30 sticks her head in an oven while her infant children sleep in an adjoining room. I tried memorizing several of her poems, e.g. Daddy and Lady Lazarus, and I’ve listened to her reciting — in what I felt was a slightly affected sophisticated tone — her own poetry.

The new tragic irony now is that one-year old, Nicholas Hughes, asleep in the next room while his mother had her head in the oven has now committed suicide himself by hanging at the age of 47. He was a successful fisheries biologist, apparently suffering from depression for many years. Read about it here.

Another curious, and tragic, irony is that Assia Wevill, the woman who motivated Sylvia’s suicide by having an affair with Sylvia’s husband, Ted Hughes, also committed suicide at the age of 30, along with her 4-year old daughter even!, by using a gas oven, similar to Sylvia.

What can one say? It runs in the families?

Here’s Ted and Sylvia on the left and Ted and Assia on the right.
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Wow, I’m not going to take THAT again . There I was around 3am last Saturday morning, sitting peacefully on the toilet when suddenly I felt violently ill, and the next thing I knew my cheek was hit by a cold bathroom tile. A few seconds later I realized I had passed out. My wife helped me up off the bathroom floor and guided me back to bed.

It seems I had taken a 2mg dosage of the Doxazosin Mesylate (brand name innocuous enough: Cardura) around 10:30pm Friday evening. This was my first time with the stuff and I thought I’d give it a whirl. After all, I had a great time at the Halloween Open Mic Friday evening and particularly enjoyed singing my favorite song, with Heather Pierson’s great piano accompaniment, When the Night Wind Howls out of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore. But it turned out it was Cardura that gave me the whirl!

This medication was prescribed for me by a urologist because of its effectiveness in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). But also it’s a blood pressure medicine, a so-called alpha blocker, and I’m already taking a beta blocker for my hypertension. How many blockers can one tolerate? Too many blockers and blood pressure could in principle go to zero! Not good.

The info sheet on the medication, which I hadn’t read, warns about the dizziness it could produce, due to blood pressure and heart rate drop, so the advice is to take the pill at bedtime. Of course, a person with that benign prostatic hyperplasia, like me, might want to get up to go to the bathroom. End of story.

My fall on the cold bathroom floor caused quite a bruise on the side of the head and also my back and side muscles were badly bruised, so that when I got back in bed I found I couldn’t move without experiencing severe pain. So, off to the emergency room I went on a stretcher. My first ambulance ride. The Doc on call over the weekend has rearranged my hypertension and other meds, and the day after tomorrow I’ll go to my primary care provider and reevaluate the meds.

Maybe I should go off my meds entirely!!! YIPPPEEEEE! Off my meds!! Well, only for a day as a celebration if Obama wins tomorrow! If he doesn’t, maybe I’ll just double up on them and go poof.

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Hey, wha happened? This place has been inaccessible since last Sunday night. Why? Well, my host, simplehost, finally informed me that it was my .htaccess file. Of course, I hadn’t changed that file for at least six months. But that doesn’t matter. So, I took some stuff out of it and now all is fine. Perhaps soon this place will be back to its 10 or 20 unique visitors it gets per day. Wow!
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Discovered him again. I’ve always known about the man, the master theoretical physicist calculator who worked with Hans Bethe, an even more profound mathematical theorist of modern physics. But last night when I couldn’t sleep — yet again — I decided to read Dyson’s article in The New York Review of Books on Questions About Global Warming. Aileni had already certainly cautioned me about accepting Al Gore’s views on Global Warming, so I thought I’d tackle this article before hitting the others Aileni links to in Nexus, especially since I’ve been so in awe of Dyson over the years.

In this NYRB article Dyson reviews two books on global warming and provides his own prologue to the piece. In this prologue he shows that there is a rapid (twelve years) exchange of carbon between the atmosphere and vegetation which is very important for the long range future of global warming. Neither of the two books he reviews mentions it, he says. But he devotes considerable space to the book by Nordhaus who concludes that a “low-cost backstop” might provide the best climate policy. However, Nordhaus is reluctant to discuss this in any detail, partly because, as an economist and not a scientist, he does not wish to question the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which considers the science of climate change to be settled.

Dyson shows that the “low-cost backstop” option of Nordhaus has considerable potential in view of the evidence for rapid exchange of carbon between the atmosphere and plants. He considers it likely that genetically engineered carbon-eating trees could be developed within twenty years. These carbon-eating trees would convert the carbon from the atmosphere into root systems which are then buried underground so that the carbon is not returned to the atmosphere. Here is a great potential solution to the problem of reducing the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

He spends less time on the book by Zedillo which covers a wider range of topics than the Nordhaus book. This book provides the minority opinions of Richard Lindzner of MIT who answers the question of whether the alarm of global warming is founded on fact with a resounding no. The majority opinions, most dogmatically presented by Howard Dalton of Great Britain, state that urgent action is needed now across the world to avert a major threat to the environment and human society. Dyson clearly questions this view.

After reading the NYRB article, I found an even more fascinating article by Dyson on the subject of climate change in which he goes deeper into his views on the subject. It reads very well and I strongly recommend it to any interested parties.

Finally, I was fortunate this morning to find a wonderful interview with Freeman Dyson by Robert Wright. It’s interesting what he says about religion. To him, religion is a way of life and not a matter of belief. He claims he is a Christian without the theology. What is left of Christianity when you take the theology away?, he is asked. Well almost the whole thing, he says, it’s a community of people in a church who are taking care of each other, and also there’s a great deal of beautiful language and there’s a great deal of music; it’s an art form much more than a philosophy. (Sounds a lot like humanistic UUism!) But he does believe there is some instinct of a mind at work in the universe. Not only that, but quantum physics shows that matter at the micro level is clearly not anything we can have experience of. The mathematical theory works just fine, but the reality of it is quite literally out of our world. He has much to say about the macro level as well. His bottom line is that the universe is filled with enormous mysteries of which we know very little indeed. One such mystery is the almost daily bursts of extremely intense gamma rays from completely unknown origins. But there are countless others. The universe is unimaginably amazing and mysterious.

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Here’s Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, Harvard-trained neuroanatomist, giving a recent TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk on her experience with half a brain. Her left brain was erased in a stroke, which she eventually recovered from. (Minds Erased, take note!) What’s amazing is her out-of-body experience of Nirvana when her left brain is shut down and her right brain alone experiences the world. Great and profound talk.
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The New York Times has an article on her by Leslie Kaufman, the most popular article today, called A Superhighway to Bliss.

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Well, I failed to make a post yesterday mentioning it was the birthday of my grandfather, Homer M. Seavey. He would have been 146 years old yesterday, November 19, 2007. If you remember (ha ha?) last year there was this funny coincidence on his birthday. See here. I lit a candle in church for his 145th birthday, and then, lo and behold, the next hymn happened to be on page 145. That was last year. This year his bday was on a Monday and there was no hymn on page 146 sung on Sunday. Who cares? you might ask?
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Kilts

There are some that don’t like kilts and some that do. Here’s a site that doesn’t and they feature this picture there:

In fact they even say it’s sinful for men to wear kilts. Gad, what party poopers! Any comments??
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ps. I found the link on the MadPriest‘s blog.

Oliver Sacks has been writing great stuff for popular consumption on the many peculiarities and mysteries of behavior caused by (coming from?) the brain. The latest New Yorker magazine has a fascinating article by him on musicophilia (a suddenly arising musical passion), and also apparently new mysteries of Near Death Experiences. The article is not online but an audio conversation with Oliver Sacks on musicophilia is available here.

These types of things highlight even more profoundly the dichotomy between the physical state of the brain and consciousness. Are we seeing dualism here?? Naw, we must eschew supernaturalism, say the sensible ones, like the Churchlands and many, née most, others in the scientific communities.

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