Weak<>Strong LO30450

From: AM de Lange (amdelange@postino.up.ac.za)
Date: 08/07/03

Replying to LO30439 --

Dear Organlearners,

Andrew Campbell < ACampnona@aol.com > wrote:

>Well, what I wrote works on many levels, one quite banal
>level might be summarised by the common knowledge
>statement that, 'familiarity breeds contempt.' in the IBM paper
>there is the suggestion that "weak = infrequency" and that
>people are willing to trust the authority of people with whom
>they have ''infrequent + weak'' contacts. ...i am uncertain
>about the ''fallibility'' of that ''assertion''...

Greetings dear Andrew,

OK, now i understand. I laughed when reading this. The weakest bond known
in chemistry is the hydogen bond. Yet each of all the millions of base
pairs in DNA is kept together by such a bond. Imagine it, hereditary using
the weakest bond! Whoever designed genetics must have been a fool ;-)

>Polanyi's variegated understanding of reality:
>(7) Personal knowledge of the real is characterized by universal intent.
>No.7 is beautiful to me. Many experiences of a personal nature
>in nature speak of this. I had such a conversation with a dove
>just a few days ago - which follows on that which we shared
>concerning your daughter Ilse-Marie's artistry, of angels captured
>in UNISON ;-), and synchronicities which by definition are
>unfalsifiable..are they knot?

Is it not intrigueing that Max Planck had the same idea -- the propensity
of reality he called it. There is something in the future calling us and
we cannot ignore it. That is why we are forever searching. Leibniz called
it the shining jewel in a dark cave. Or as you have quoted it:

>" ...The poet and artist, born as we all are with a capacity
>for delighted self discovery in certain symbols, finds amongst
>them a few which outlive his or her childhood because they
>nourish the centre of his creative being." Sir Kenneth Clark,
>Moments of Vision.

A short while ago i mailed the joke "The addoption". It makes me still
thinking. The past cannot accomodate the future, but vice versa it is

>There is some deal of truth in all this 'science' but there is
>a good deal more ''fabrication'', ''lying'' and ''deception''
>and it begins and ends for me in the minds of the men who
>practice its art.

I think that those minds want to accomodate the future with the past. This
is what was so thrilling for me when i was still a student at university
-- that true scientists were willing to explore the unknown for its own
sake and not to validate the past.

>Will that do for an opener At?

It did. You wrote about many things, but the one thing which struck me is
that we cannot consecrate the past. When we put all the broken things of
the past together, we get a whole more than the sum. This is the spirit of

I am thinking of all the regions in the world where conflict abounds. When
i read about such a conflict, it strikes me how much attention is given to
the past, but how little wholeness is honoured there.

What is learning without holism? Parrotry!

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <amdelange@postino.up.ac.za> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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