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One Million of These…

One million of these, they say…

Would fit into one of these…

The first photograph of the atomic structure of a single molecule. There is much to wax poetic on here…

4 responses to “One Million of These…

  1. Mark Crosby August 30, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Cannot wax poetic as I like
    with so much burried in attic/basement boxes.
    And a candle burnt-out into stalagmites which,
    even fully searchable, return only a torrent of radiation!
    This can condense only a bit of the soup
    in the stew of things cooked in human rationales:

    * “Man-Made DNA Makes Counting as easy as 1, 2, 3”
    monitoring toxins and reporting to central control.

    * “Chancy Climate Inspires Song”
    “sexual selection on measures of intelligence”

    * Chimpanzee tool-kit found to be trichotomic:
    3 categories of implements: pounders, enlargers, collectors.

    * “Europium Shows Its Superpowers:
    Rare earth is 53rd element to conduct with no resistance”

    * “No Brainer Behavior”: “This motion-free, intent-free
    concept of behavior [embraces] an activity at which plants excel: releasing chemical bursts”.

    * Why is there this note in the margin here?
    (cannabilistic indica vs bodhi sativa ; )

    Sorry for the broken symmetry… Mark

    * All this from one issue of SCIENCE NEWS (June 20, 2009, almost lost in this mounting ring of unfinished articles (where is something comparable for philosophy & art ?(

    • kvond August 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm

      wonderful mark.

      I suspect that art and philosophy well have to make due with the fact that neither is recognized in its day…or, that science is both an art and a philosophy, and that these are all of a family.

      I seem to see art and philosophy everywhere, rather than nowhere. But I do see your point.

      • Mark Crosby August 30, 2009 at 8:01 pm

        No, philosophy is both an art and science!
        No, art is both a science and philosophy!
        . . .
        Ah, recovered from the unconscious network,
        the references from the margin for cannibalistic indica & bodhi sativa:

        “As for the prisoners, their fate, once brought back to the Iroquois homeland, could be either surprisingly benign or utterly horrendous. All prisoners were formally adopted into the local family that had suffered a recent loss. It was up to family members whether they would then be tortured to death or kept as a replacement for the deceased. European observers saw the choice as a matter of whim, almost entirely unpredictable. Those to be killed were first feasted, then tied to a stake where they were systematically cut, gouged, and most of all, burned with firebrands and red-hot metal, often over the course of an entire night before dying – ceremonies that, apparently sometimes did end with a communal feast on parts of the body of the dead … [but] The vast majority of women and children captured on raids, and a very good proportion – probably the majority – of the men were not, however, killed but permanently adopted”.

        (David Graeber, “Wampum and Social Creativity among the Iroquois”, TOWARD AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY OF VALUE, p123).

        Not quite sure how wonderful this is; but, it helps to put it in a place far away, long ago, right? … Mark (adjusting? to the alien ethos of Nihilism of Being without Thought..)

  2. kvond August 30, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Ah, glad you are reading the Graeber book. An imperfect work (I really want to condense and sharpen it!), but I hope you get good things out of it like I have. Not only are the anthropological evidences memorable and evocative(as you point out), but I really liked the treatment of Fetish (if I recall that it is in that book), to which I have returned often.

    On your quoted above. It certainly gives a different meaning to “exchange value”…

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