Friday, June 05, 2009

Notes and Links

* Ralph Hitchins in a comment at Cliopatria that Douglas MacArthur used the "Only the dead have seen the end of war" line in a famous speech at West Point, but attributed it to Plato. It definitely is Santayana's (Soliloquy #25, "Tipperary," Soliloquies in England). MacArthur (who seems to have read a lot of Plato, among other things, and so might well have just mixed up where he had read the quote originally) appears to be the source of the misattribution; I'd be interested, though, if anyone can find a source prior to MacArthur that attributes it to Plato.

* Lama Tenzin Osel Rinpoche seems to be having a little difficulty reconciling Buddhist life with life in modern society. But, as usual, things are a bit more complex than the media lets on.

* Two posts on Quetelet: Will Thomas at Ether Wave Propaganda and John Wilkins at Evolving Thoughts.

* Some recent online reading:
Centola and Macy, Complex Contagions and the Weakness of Long Ties (PDF)

Elsberry and Shallit, Information Theory, Evolutionary Computation, and Dembski's "Complex Specified Information" (PDF)

Gendler, Alief in Action (And Reaction) (PDF) (Gendler's papers are always a delight to read, and this one is no exception. Creative, informative, and wide-ranging: this is how contemporary philosophy should be done but too often isn't.)

* Henry Karlson at "Vox Nova" discusses Nicholas of Cusa and Interreligious Dialogue

* Sherry has the first few hymns up on her Hundred Hymns List:
#101 Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted
#100 O God Our Help in Ages Past
#99 Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
#98 Our God Reigns
#97 Nothing But Blood

* This is a note mostly as a reminder to myself: I need to get a hold of this article by Anne Jaap Jacobson in Philosophical Psychology. The abstract:

This paper argues for two major revisions in the way philosophers standardly think of vision science and vision theories more generally. The first concerns mental representations and the second supervenience. The central result is that the way is cleared for an externalist theory of perception. The framework for such a theory has what are called Aristotelian representations as elements in processes the well-functioning of which is the principal object of a theory of vision.


I've liked what I've read of Anne Jaap Jacobson's work on representations before, and this sounds particularly interesting.

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