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My Goedel Is Killing Me

My Goedel Is Killing Me

Archetypes, Art, awareness, Challenge, Chaos Theory, Christianity, Christianity/Catholicism, contemplation, Cosmology, Creation, Creativity, critical judgment, culture, curiosity, Epiphany, Four Quartets, Goedel's Theorem, Literature, mathematics, mind, movement, Mystery, Neo-Platonism, paradox, Philosophy, physics, Science, Scripture, Uncategorized, Universe
Have you ever had the experience of noticing a certain pattern in a wild variety of contexts, a pattern that occurs so consistently that you feel it simply has to mean something … but you have no idea what? I say “in a wild variety of contexts” to rule out cases of patterns that occur within the same context, even though, at the time, you may have no idea of the cause. I remember back in the early 1960s, when I was in junior-high school, I went on a “geology jag”. I spent several months reading books on geology, geophysics, and volcanology that noted with perplexity the mysterious – in the early '60s – pattern whereby volcanic activity tended to be concentrated around the circumference of, e.g., the Pacific Basin, what we today call the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” and similar places. G
Rivals To “Arrival”

Rivals To “Arrival”

Astronomy, birth, Cosmology, Creation, Creator, curiosity, epistemology, extraterrestrial intelligences, Imagination, monotheism, Mystery, Neo-Platonism, paradox, Philosophy, Plato, postmodernism, quantum physics, Randomness, Rationality, Science, SETI, Statistics, The Divine, Theology, Uncategorized, Universe
If you have not yet seen the science-fiction movie Arrival, stop reading right now, and run – don’t walk – to the nearest theater where it is being shown. SPOILER ALERT:  if you intend to see Arrival, read no farther than this first paragraph. Be assured that the movie is far more provocative than the following comments, which do not profess to do it justice. Specifically, Arrival (1) harks back almost 1500 years to a text, The Consolation of Philosophy, by the early-Christian philosopher Boethius; and (2) at the same time leverages some of the implications of the quantum “measurement problem”:  the relationship between (what we once were pleased to call) “objective” reality and the consciousness of the observer. A lot has been written about both the latter, but Arrival’s twist is to r