Abstract Elemental Composition

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Elemental Composition

posted by Daniel Friedman alias Daniel Ari Friedman on Friday 21st of April 2017 12:06:27 PM

"A man's reach must exceed his grasp or what's a metaphor? – Marshall McLuhan, 'Understanding Media' (1964). "In these days the angel of topology and the devil of abstract algebra fight for the soul of each individual mathematical domain." – Hermann Weyl (1939). "I swear that what I went through, no animal would have gone through." This sentence, the noblest ever spoken, this sentence that defines man's place in the universe, that honors him, that re-establishes the true hierarchy, floated back into my thoughts. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 'Wind, Sand and Stars'. "The dog [in Pavlov's experiments] does not continue to salivate whenever it hears a bell unless sometimes at least an edible offering accompanies the bell. But there are innumerable instances in human life where a single association, never reinforced, results in the establishment of a life-long dynamic system. An experience associated only once with a bereavement, an accident, or a battle, may become the center of a permanent phobia or complex, not in the least dependent on a recurrence of the original shock." – Gordon Allport, 'A Psychological Interpretation' (1938), p. 199.


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