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Creon and Oedipus, an historian's murders (Book) - 12/14/2007 2:02:24 AM
Dear David I am reading your ‘Creon and Oedipus’, but I am having a hard time.‎ I know Oedipus (“Swell Foot” – I have the same ailment) was the king of ‎Thebes and that murder and suicide seemed to follow him wherever he went. ‎After blinding himself, he went into exile and his brother-in-law Creon took ‎over as regent from him.‎ I also know that in a certain sense, alchemy represents attempts to discover ‎the relationship of man to the cosmos and to exploit that relationship to his ‎benefit. It will therefore yield the key to the Creator’s intentions and will ‎hopefully make man happy.‎ I share your idea of problems with ‘language though, e.g. the language of the ‎history profession. Science is so compartmentalised into different disciplines ‎within science itself that it has become impossible, for example, for a ‎geologist to have an intelligent conversation with a geneticist on biology or ‎physics. A cardiologist might even have trouble in understanding, for example, ‎an orthopaedic surgeon. They speak ‘different’ languages. Today one get ‎Physics for medical students, for different kinds of engineers, for ‎mathematicians, etc.‎ The problem with science is the language barrier between various sub-‎specialists. They never can understand one another and will not even sit ‎together to talk. This reminds me of the story in Genesis 11:1-9, where the ‎people of Babel wanted to build a tower to reach heaven. ‎ God, in His wisdom, stopped this project by giving different people different ‎languages. Since they could not communicate, the tower could not be built! In ‎science this is the reason why they are not able to get things right. ‎ Specialisation and reductionism has killed the real progress there. David ‎Ewing Duncan of the San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday, 19 December 2004) ‎calls this the ‘bio-Babel’. There is a law that says that ‘anything that divides ‎eventually disappears’. Today science has divided so much that in medical ‎science we have ‘right ear specialists’ and the ‘left ear ones’ that do not seem ‎to see eye to eye on any ear! ‎ Your simile of the train, or railway, crops up all over your writing. I wonder if ‎this is somehow a means to the past, a way to freedom?‎ Then there is WW11 and its concomitant value system, which was as far as I ‎know very Victorian still.‎ What distinguishes the pattern of values called Victorian from the culture of ‎today? Is it that the Victorians were the last people to believe that patterns of ‎intellect are subordinate to patters of society? In fact, what held the Victorian ‎pattern together was a social code, not an intellectual code. The one ‎dominating question of ‘the post World War I period’ by contrast is, are the ‎social patterns of our world going to run our intellectual life or is our ‎intellectual life going to run the social patterns? Cultures are unique historical ‎patterns that contain their own values; they could hardly be judged in terms of ‎values of other cultures. This is a very serious complicating factor in our ‎struggle to survive! ‎ I will have to read the book to have any hope to see how you brought all this ‎together in a coherent whole. It all sounds very intriguing though.‎ Best wishes Willie

Jelly Everywhere! (Short Story) - 12/9/2007 4:03:37 AM
What a wonderful world - full of nice and soft jelly monsters. Willie

Intelligent Design (Short Story) - 11/16/2007 5:01:22 AM
Hi David. I think me might have much more in common than both of us might a priori have thought. Best wishes. Willie

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