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The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TDTCB Chapter 5
« on: May 20, 2018, 03:21:52 am »
Just quickly popping back into this thread to add the body count (I'm taking over with BFK's approval).

Chapter Five Body Count: None (unless you count those unfortunate sparrows).

Or the ten bulls being slaughtered by Arithmeas, the Imperial Auger.  ;)

Thanks, Thelli!

Philosophy & Science / Re: Roger Scruton
« on: May 19, 2018, 08:02:58 pm »
A lot of Roger Scruton's articles are reprinted (for free) by The Imaginative Conservative. Here's one:

Philosophy & Science / Re: Roger Scruton
« on: May 19, 2018, 07:58:38 pm »
Damn, damn, damn.....I overlooked that, Tao. I forgot that I was a subscriber to The New Criterion. Apologies to all.

This following article is from Philosophy Now, which allows four free articles per month. Let's see if this link will work for awhile.....

The No-God / Re: TNG- Your expectations and wants
« on: May 19, 2018, 01:57:11 am »
Quote from:  TLEILAXU
Judging by Bakker's writings outside of TSA, I find it save to assume that the No-God succeeds.

Not arguing here. TPB is above me, I barely understand much of what is debated over there. What makes you thinks is, im curious.

Though, I tend to not think the two will align tit for tat. I'm seriously of the opinion that humanity prevails. I also believe that Mimara is the key, and TJE, along with a chorae maybe will take it out.
I agree with MSJ. I think that it's important to remember that RSB is actually not very fond of the impending Semantic Apocalypse and that he thinks that somehow we need to circumvent the disasters coming down the pike. I hold out hope that Erwa will survive the Logos/Tekne and manage to defeat the No-God 2.0. Love, MSJ; love will conquer all! Take it to the bank. As for friend Tleilaxu, I'll just note that it's not safe to assume anything that Bakker may write, imho.

The Almanac: PON Edition / ARC: TDTCB, Chapter 7
« on: May 19, 2018, 01:36:14 am »
The world is a circle that possesses as many centres as it does men.
--Ajencis, The Third Analytic Of Men

Philosophy & Science / Re: The Imaginative Conservative
« on: May 19, 2018, 12:28:31 am »
Nice catch, Tao! Perhaps you're right about the preventative properties of fictional dystopias. I certainly hope so.

Philosophy & Science / Roger Scruton
« on: May 19, 2018, 12:22:37 am »

I can't believe that I never started a thread on Roger Scruton. So here's a good article of introduction from the pen of Sir Roger Scruton, philosopher atnd man of letters.

Edited: This link leads to a paywall. I forgot that I was a subscriber to The New Criterion. Many apologies. I'll make sure to post free articles in the future.


Wow! I just started reading this lengthy essay by Stanley Fish on Milton's "Paradise Lost" and decided that I'd better post it pronto. It's from 1996, and I've never read "Paradise Lost", but Fish gets into the beliefs and consciousness of Satan vs. Adam, among other things. This might interest the Three Pound Brain aficionados.

Edited to add: "Paradise Lost" is the author's jumping-off point. The essay is about the nature and intellectual status of our beliefs.

Philosophy & Science / Re: The Imaginative Conservative
« on: May 10, 2018, 12:55:45 pm »

I had the good fortune to see Gil Shaham play with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra a few years ago. I don't remember which concerto was being played, but it was an amazing experience. My seat was in the front row, just slightly stage left of the conductor, David Robertson, who happens to be Gil Shaham's brother-in-law. (Robertson is married to Orli Shaham, a noted concert pianist.)

The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TDTCB Chapter 4
« on: May 06, 2018, 03:26:29 am »
BFK's ARC: TDTCB, Chapter Four

Another fine chapter, this of only two scenes; first, we have Akka, Esmi and Inrau in Esmi's rooms; then, the first appearance of "Bird" and Inrau's death.

Esmi's reflections on her reconnection with Akka give this chapter its warmth. I found it interesting that the discussion following Inrau's arrival is narrated from Esmi's perspective.

One thing puzzles me: What is it that Inrau means here?
Monumental rage filled him. It didn't understand! It didn't understand.
What didn't Bird understand?

Chapter Four Body Count: One (Inrau) (it's not clear to me that the skin-spy Not-Mujonish dies....after all, Inrau sees him wiping his bloody hands on his surcoat after Inrau removed his heart!)

General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« on: May 06, 2018, 02:39:53 am »
Happy to oblige, Tao!

The Unholy Consult / Re: Serwa seen with the Judging Eye
« on: May 02, 2018, 01:38:08 pm »
I'm referring to this passage:

Quote from: TUC Chapter 17
Sees a slender Ciphrang hanging as high as the future, showering the earth with death-a witch, wet with the fires of damnation, burns heaped upon burns.

I still can't understand why Serwa (who is at most 17 years old at this point) would be so damned as to qualify as a potential Ciphrang. Sure, she is a witch, but Mimara looked at Nil'giccas, who had been using sorcery for thousands of years, with the Judging Eye and did not see him as a Ciphrang. Unlike characters such as Cnair or Kosoter, Serwa isn't responsible for decades of murder, rape, torture, destruction, etc. So what exactly is the factor (or factors) that make Serwa into a potential Ciphrang?
Perhaps it's her sheer ability with the Metagnosis that marks her as Ciphrang? The Metagnosis is a more reality-altering (and hence more damning) tool than other forms of sorcery.

General Misc. / Re: "City Journal": A compendium.
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:55:42 pm »

An interesting article on the history of recent American journalism.

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