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21 Mar 2017 at 12:02 pm #8920
Wasn’t sure where to post this. Please feel free to move to the appropriate forum.
The science magazine Nautilus will apparently be featuring something by McCarthy. Could be interesting!
catlordQuote21 Mar 2017 at 12:20 pm #8921
Very, very exciting.
Here’s an article they put out awhile back that uses Cormac and Henry James to explore uncertainty:
mother_heQuote21 Mar 2017 at 12:40 pm #8923
Exciting indeed. I’ve written to the editor of Nautilus to see if there’s anything else he can tell us about the piece so I can arrange for our illustrious webmaster to put a larger
announcement about it on our homepage.
Many thanks for the heads-up, catlord. This article may have to tide us over until the quantum universe finally disgorges The Passenger.
26 Mar 2017 at 6:39 pm #8931
Coda: although I’m disappointed they didn’t respond to my request for more information about the forthcoming McCarthy article, I want to plug Nautilus a bit anyway. I subscribed to it last week, originally to be sure to have a hard copy of McCarthy’s piece in my file, but I’ve been reading the online edition while I wait for my print issue and I must tell you that this is a consistently well-written, fascinating periodical with a couple of quirky takes on matters scientific. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s interested in science from any angle.
28 Mar 2017 at 6:42 pm #893928 Mar 2017 at 8:05 pm #8940
I heard from Michael Segal, editor of Nautilus today. McCarthy’s essay is entitled “The Invasion of Language” and will be about the reciprocal effects of language and consciousness. The issue will be available within the next week or so. Here’s a URL for purchasing yourselves a copy and I would modestly advise you not to waste any time doing so: http://shop.nautil.us/march-april-2017/
I don’t need to tell you how excited I am about this.
28 Mar 2017 at 8:42 pm #8941
This is really exciting news. I’m beside myself! I’m giddy…and have ordered a copy too!
Candy MinxQuote28 Mar 2017 at 9:24 pm #8942
I remember him saying in his conversation with Oprah that he thought consciousness had images before it had language, and so our most primeval thoughts were most likely dramas of the imaginary. He went on to posit that if that were the case, then language has to be seen as a new imposition on consciousness, and not its original state. Maybe this is the sort of “invasion of language” he’s referring to.
28 Mar 2017 at 9:46 pm #8945
- This reply was modified 3 weeks, 4 days ago by puremultiple.
A quick clarification: the title of the essay is in fact “The Kekulé Problem.” Turns out “The Invasion of Language” is the editor’s description of the essay’s content but not its title per se.
August Kekule was a pioneering nineteenth century chemist who proposed a contemporaneously dominant theory of chemical structure and believed he had solved the problem of carbon bonds in the structure of benzene (the stuff that breaks down from incinerated fat, rises back and coats your steaks on the grill, causing a variety of alimentary cancers).
I’m intrigued about what McCarthy is going to do with all this. I’m looking forward to being caught off guard.
29 Mar 2017 at 7:50 am #8946
If it has anything to do with Kekule’s dream (which may be more myth than history [claim] [dispute]) that inspired the carbon ring structure of benzene, then OUROBOROS! and we can relate it to the usual suspects: Hermetism, Gnosticism, death/rebirth, ….
Guess: Maybe the essay deals with the nonlinguistic nature of knowledge which led to the solution of the carbon ring structure (geometric) vs. knowledge confined by the linearity of language (algebraic). We shall see….
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