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Queen of the Night: The Burney Relief.
Mesopotamian terracotta plaque, 1800 B.C.  
The mix of styles and symbols suggests a hybrid divinity, a link between ancient archetypes and more recent devolutions. According to Baring and Cashford (The Myth of the Goddess, 1991) it is probable that the plaque represents “Innana in her role as the goddess of sky, earth and underworld, Queen of the Great Above and the Great Below.” via
Queen of the Night: The Burney Relief.
Mesopotamian terracotta plaque, 1800 B.C.  

The mix of styles and symbols suggests a hybrid divinity, a link between ancient archetypes and more recent devolutions. According to Baring and Cashford (The Myth of the Goddess, 1991) it is probable that the plaque represents “Innana in her role as the goddess of sky, earth and underworld, Queen of the Great Above and the Great Below.” via

11:22 pm, by jamreilly3 notes Comments

I am a living, breathing organism signified by the words ‘human being’. I am a material or physical being fairly recognisable over time to me and to others: I am a body. Through my body, I can move, touch, see, hear, taste and smell. The array of physical sensations available to me also includes pain, hunger, thirst, tiredness, injury, sickness, fear, apprehension and pleasure. In this way I experience myself, others and the world around me. However, there is another aspect of me not directly visible or definable. This is the aspect of me which thinks and feels, reflects and judges, remembers and anticipates. Words used to describe this aspect include ‘mind’, ‘spirit’, ‘heart’, ‘soul’, ‘awareness’ and ‘consciousness’. This part of me is aware that I can never be fully known or understood by myself or by others; it notices that although there may be some unchanging essence which is ‘me’, this same ‘me’ is also constantly changing and evolving.

Kathleen O’Dwyer

via Philosophy Now: Question of the Month: Who Or What Am I?

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As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889)

via


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This image appears to be a procession of elephants but is, in fact, a much-magnified small detail of one of the Mandelbrot set.
via 50 Visions Of Mathematics

This image appears to be a procession of elephants but is, in fact, a much-magnified small detail of one of the Mandelbrot set.

via 50 Visions Of Mathematics

10:36 pm, by jamreilly9 notes Comments



gerda-kay:

Florence Henri, Carrousel (Le cygne), 1928.

gerda-kay:

Florence Henri, Carrousel (Le cygne), 1928.

10:49 am, reblogged from VIVRE ! by jamreilly24 notes Comments

The violence of the early universe was so extreme that it would leave space-time itself ringing like a bell.

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The availability heuristic helps explain why some issues are highly salient in the public’s mind while others are neglected. People tend to assess the relative importance of issues by the ease with which they are retrieved from memory - and this is largely determined by the extent of coverage in the media.
Daniel Kahneman: Thinking Fast And Slow (2011)

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Men would never be superstitious, if they could govern all their circumstances by set rules, or if they were always favoured by fortune: but being frequently driven into straits where rules are useless, and being often kept fluctuating pitiably between hope and fear by the uncertainty of fortune’s greedily coveted favours, they are consequently, for the most part, very prone to credulity. The human mind is readily swayed this way or that in times of doubt, especially when hope and fear are struggling for the mastery, though usually it is boastful, over-confident, and vain.

Baruch Spinoza

Preface to Theologico-Political Treatise (1670).


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Zacuto’s Almanach perpetuum helped immediately revolutionize ocean navigation.

Zacuto developed a new type of astrolabe, specialized for practical determination of latitude while at sea, in contrast to earlier multipurpose devices intended for use ashore. Abraham Zacuto’s principal claim to fame is the great astronomical treatise, written while he was in Salamanca, in Hebrew, with the title Ha-ḥibbur ha-gadol (“The Great Book”), begun around 1470 and completed in 1478.

 

Zacuto’s Almanach perpetuum helped immediately revolutionize ocean navigation.

Zacuto developed a new type of astrolabe, specialized for practical determination of latitude while at sea, in contrast to earlier multipurpose devices intended for use ashore. Abraham Zacuto’s principal claim to fame is the great astronomical treatise, written while he was in Salamanca, in Hebrew, with the title Ha-ḥibbur ha-gadol (“The Great Book”), begun around 1470 and completed in 1478.

 

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Hiroshige : Fireworks at Ryōgoku

 

Hiroshige : Fireworks at Ryōgoku

 


There is not often much success for the things you do through the eyes of others.

Livy

via the Adages of Erasmus.

edited by Margaret Mann Phillips (1967).


01:34 pm, by jamreilly6 notes Comments



Figure of the heavenly bodies — An illustration of the Ptolemaic geocentric system by Portuguese cosmographer and cartographer Bartolomeu Velho, 1568 (Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris)
via

Figure of the heavenly bodies — An illustration of the Ptolemaic geocentric system by Portuguese cosmographer and cartographer Bartolomeu Velho, 1568 (Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris)

via

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endilletante:

sans titre [Polish record sleeve] by pantuniestal on Flickr.

endilletante:

sans titre [Polish record sleeve] by pantuniestal on Flickr.


The Joyless Economy suggested that our freely chosen ends may be
the very source of our unhappiness. Scitovsky (1976) wrote:

We gradually dismantled the Laws of God and came to believe in man as the final arbiter of what is best for him. That was a bold idea and a proud assumption, but it set back for generations all scientific inquiry into consumer behavior, for it seemed to rule out—as a logical impossibility—any conflict between what man chooses to get and what will best satisfy him.

Preferences Or Happiness? Tibor Scitovsky’s Psychology Of Human Needs

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