Archive for November, 2010

When a Human Tree Falls in the Forest

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Nobel Prize winner, author V. S. Naipaul, during his journey to Africa, is told by an initiate into the Pygmies rites, that “Here when an old person dies we say a library has burnt down.” 

Trees-on-wheels*, we (humans) come to an arresting stop amidst the forest of life.  And as we fall, we expose our age-rings of life’s wisdom. 

But when a human tree falls alone in the forest does it make a sound?

Visit an elder sometime.

Source:

The Nobelist and the Pygmies by Eliza Griswold (The New York Times Book Review, Nov. 7, 2010)

Trees-on-Wheels* – title of a book I am working on.


Euphonious Apophenia

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

1.
Unsolicited, reality streams.
If your ear’s already trained to the sound of reality, you hear nothing but random noise.
If, however, your ear is epistemologically* still new, you hear marvelous melodies of meaning.
2.
We all start out as equal.
But then we get preferred, selected, chosen.
In: the beautiful (as the mind’s eye sees it)! Out: the ugly!
3.
We keep trying to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio**.
We seek more signal, we seek less noise.
We find more discrimination, we find less harmony.


 
Select books by Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.:
Mindful Emotional Eating Reinventing the Meal
Present Perfect
Eating the Moment


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