December 31, 2012

Fenomenul povestitului: Ion Nechiti din Feldru

Ion Nechiti, Fenomenul povestitului (partea I, partea II).
Descrierea: "Ion Nechiti din Feldru este trecut de 80 de ani dar a reusit sa isi pastreze verva, umorul, buna dispozitie si creativitatea. Povestitul este la el un adevarat fenomen cu o stilistica proprie."
Intr-adevar, impresionant!


December 30, 2012

În vizită la o expoziție Manet - 29 Decembrie

Astăzi am vizitat expoziția "Manet: Portraying Life"  (Toledo Museum of Art). 

Portrait of Lise Campinéanu 
1878, Oil on canvas
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
(source: wiki)

December 29, 2012

Chesterton on the distinctiveness of “the fad of birth prevention”

“It is a curious feature of this fad of birth prevention, as distinct from all other fads, that every man professing it ought really to apologize for being alive.” (G. K. Chesterton: "New York American", May 13, 1933)

December 25, 2012

Feast of Nativity - Sărbătoarea Naşterii Domnului

"Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, And the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. Angels and shepherds glorify Him, And wise men journey with a star. For a young Child is born for us, Who is the eternal God." (The Kontakion hymn of the Feast)

Pentru noi, oamenii, şi pentru a noastră mântuire
(pastorala Patriarhului Bisericii Ortodoxe Române)

Crăciun fericit!  Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2012

December 22, 2012

Viață și algoritm

Un interesant semnal de schimbare de paradigmă în științele vieții, marcat de crescânda recunoaștere a algoritmului ca un component esențial al arhitecturii cauzale. Un prim pas dincolo de "vechiul reducționism" (ceea ce nu înseamnă că nu ne-ar paște pericolul unuia nou):
"Explaining the chemical substrate of life and claiming it as a solution to life's origin is like pointing to silicon and copper as an explanation for the goings-on inside a computer." 
Sara Imari Walker and Paul C. W. Davies, The algorithmic origins of life , J R Soc Interface 2012 10: 20120869

December 16, 2012

Sminteala scientismului ("The Folly of Scientism", The New Atlantis - Fall 2012)

The Folly of Scientism 
Austin L. Hughes  (The New Atlantis, Fall 2012)
Of all the fads and foibles in the long history of human credulity, scientism in all its varied guises — from fanciful cosmology to evolutionary epistemology and ethics — seems among the more dangerous, both because it pretends to be something very different from what it really is and because it has been accorded widespread and uncritical adherence. Continued insistence on the universal competence of science will serve only to undermine the credibility of science as a whole. The ultimate outcome will be an increase of radical skepticism that questions the ability of science to address even the questions legitimately within its sphere of competence. One longs for a new Enlightenment to puncture the pretensions of this latest superstition.
- via Victor Reppert - dangerous idea

December 13, 2012

La steaua.... Furthest back in time yet - the galaxy UDFj-39546284

Hubble captures most distant view of space
 (The Telegraph - UK, December 13)

UDFj-39546284 - observed "when the universe was only about 380 million years old"... (image source: Wikipedia )

Icoana stelei ce-a murit
Incet pe bolta suie:
Era pe cand nu s-a zarit,
Azi o vedem, si nu e.

(M. Eminescu - La steaua)

December 11, 2012

Pity and joy...

"Pity was meant to be a spur that drives joy to help misery. But it can be used the wrong way round. It can be used for a kind of blackmailing. Those who choose misery can hold joy up to ransom, by pity." (C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce)

December 10, 2012

passions and memory (or better yet, lack of...)

"Our standard of life is that of the governing class, which is eternally turning luxuries into necessities as fast as pork is turned into sausages; and which cannot remember the beginning of its needs and cannot get to the end of its novelties." (Gilbert Keith Chesterton: 'Alarms and Discursions')