"Hestia, in the lofty homes of all immortal gods and humans who walk the ground, you won the eternal seat, the most ancient honor. . ." (Homeric Hymn to Hestia and Hermes 29, Trans. Diane Rayor) For the ancients, the first great virgin Hestia (her nieces Athene and Artemis were also virgins) was a goddess of enormous importance. Many students of legend fail to recognize the extreme importance of this goddess because there are few known statues or altars dedicated to her on the surface level. Yet, the ancients we call Greeks believed every single home contained a shrine to Hestia in the form of the hearth, and most cities had a prytaneium, or public hearth and home within which burned a perpetual flame in honor of the goddess.
I did not learn anything until I began to pose questions. So many years I spent in school including all the levels trying to absorb enough trivia to pass the next test. Then once I completed a course I forgot almost everything immediately. The rest dissolved into the ether over the next few years. I remember almost nothing from all the years I spent in school. Not only did I learn almost nothing in school, I didn't start learning until I realized that my own questions would provide my best education. When I learned to develop questions from my own thinking and reading I began to learn. I began to learn from doubt. My doubts became questions. My questions led to knowledge.
Not long ago a gentleman indicated to me that he wanted to join a Think Tank, but alas he had no PhD. We got to talking and he lamented the challenges with learned knowledge and interpretation of the data, research or events. Remember Think Tanks are there to solve problems and come to viable solutions that make sense and fix whatever plagues mankind. Indeed, the interpretation of events is paramount to finding the best possible solution. Interpretation is also vital when creating a system to insure no problems occur in the future. Of course, interpretation of events is studying the past, as those "events" (by accepted standard definition) have already occurred, which one could say is only 1/3 of the reality - since there is a past, present and future to deal with.
Semiotics is the study of how meaning is socially created with signs, created by whom, and for whom. The topic has scope that encompasses between a scientific discipline and a world-view. The term is derived from the Greek word seemeiootikee, meaning the study of signs, what they represent or signify, and how we act and think in their universe. Semiotics is categorized among the humanities because it deals with a phenomenon of which we are a part, and which we affect and develops by being a part of it. Urban semiotics is concerned with signs of and related to the city, and thus with the meaning of urban areas. Urban semiotics is preoccupied with the visions and the cultural dynamics of signs, objects and its signification in urban areas.
During my studies with Mr. Jaffrey I was reminded on many an occasion that one's practice (how one acts) is determined by one's philosophy. In matters of health; - If you choose to believe that disease is the result of some 'microscopic life form' invading your organism then you will quite likely search for a saviour in the form of the latest medico/pharmaceutical weapon. - On the other hand, you also could choose to accept the philosophy that the condition of your own body is a direct result of the lifestyle you choose to live. If the condition is one of disease, you can change the condition by changing your lifestyle. This little essay developed from readings taken from Cosmos, Man and Society by Prof.
"Hestia, in the lofty homes of all immortal gods and humans who walk the ground, you won the eternal seat, the most ancient honor. . ." (Homeric Hymn to Hestia and Hermes 29, Trans. Diane Rayor) For the ancients, the first great virgin Hestia (her nieces Athene and Artemis were also virgins) was a goddess of enormous importance. Many students of legend fail to recognize the extreme importance of this goddess because there are few known statues or altars dedicated to her on the surface level. Yet, the ancients we call Greeks believed every single home contained a shrine to Hestia in the form of the hearth, and most cities had a prytaneium, or public hearth and home, within which burned a perpetual flame in honor of the goddess.
A witty quote given on a perfect occasion can turn the worse of situation into a bearable one. Great wisdom is always conveyed even in a simple quotation. Whether it is a famous quote or saying or a historical quote, one written by a famous person or with an author unknown, a quote can really stimulate the mind. Words are indeed powerful. It speaks to you in certain way that touches the heart and strums an emotional chord within you. Quotes are good to collect and keeping a list of your favorite famous, funny and witty quotes, you can be sure to be able to share a piece of wisdom for just about any occasion. Here are some of my treasured collections of famous quotes.
Sometimes we gaze into the dark night above and watch the millions of twinkling lights that seem to very slowly move across from horizon to horizon. Even the most unimaginative mind must sometimes wonder that somewhere in that quagmire of light life may exist. It becomes hard to believe that in the never-ending distances of space with billions of suns and planetary systems only we exist. Could another Earth type planet be lurking out there? Like our planet it would have to have an electro-magnetic defence shield around its atmosphere to protect us from solar flares and be approximately 93 million miles from its sun. The chances that many type Earth planets are out there are good.
Possible Worlds is a philosophical theory that all worlds that could possibly exist do in fact exist. This is an interesting and difficult to prove (or disprove, for that matter) theory. The philosopher and mathematician (he and Isaac Newton independently invented Calculus) Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) is famous for his saying that we live in the best of all possible worlds. Does this imply that there are other worlds coexisting with our own? Perhaps, but not necessarily. Leibniz believed that God created this best possible world, so why should the Creator have also created a bunch of lesser, presumably uninhabited worlds? It is unlikely that Leibniz was putting forth anything that resembles the modern theory of possible worlds.
I just went on the best vacation I have been on in ten years, if not my whole life. Dare I divulge the name of my top-secret destination? Sure. It is Barstow, CA. But there is a reason this destination created my perfect vacation; it is one of my "rabbit holes." I am a train artist. I have drawn over 1000 of America's trains, and my highs and lows come from blaring locomotives and heart pounding freight cars. Barstow is located on one of America's busiest rail-lines. I live in Davis, about 400 miles to the north of Barstow. I was feeling the need of the muse, so I called a hotel down there, and made a getaway package for about $90 a night and $40 each way in gas for my little car.