So an unlikely topic, in spite of skeptical glances from sane people, is Zeus, NASA, gravity waves. Amazing astrophysicists have missed this. Well. Just kidding, but not totally.
We know that in spite of all the wars and conflict, a lot went right, back in the Greek days. They gave us Heraclitus, Homer, the idea of theater in the round, theater for the people. The Greek chorus! –disembodied wisdom! And Athena! the voice of the gods in an oak beam; Odysseus; Perseus and Bellorophon.
Round table of the sky gods
In spite of these gifts, this bounty, somehow we inherited bad practices. We mock the wisdom of myths. We invoke Greek mythological narratives to parody them — as if to distort the mirror of our own imperfections and absurdities. It’s NASA vs bureaucracy. It’s not too long ago that we experienced gravity waves — a reminder that we are tiny little creatures on a vast pond the water of which is spacetime.
Perceiving, mathematics, geometry
And it’s not that data is bad, per se. Data is stretched over misconceived models and hence what value it has is distorted. With gravity waves, our constants are painted on water; they change, get elongated or compressed. The Halloween funny house in space. A lot like when the distance between mirrors sets changed. September, 2015, I think it was, when gravity waves showed the elasticity of what we think of as pretty static.
The National Geographic report on this event is fascinating…
And, we should mention perception. It has inherent mathematical and geometric dimensions, it is bound by conditions in that cosmic gravity pond — for instance: perception has a fractal dimension. And topology — something which is dynamic, bears self-similar shapes, and expresses on different scales.
One night stands and such
Also one night stands were okay in examples set for us by the father god, Zeus. He of course was the son god until he slew his own progenitor. No wonder we have these creepy guys in tall hats on our lawns this time of year. The picture at the top is something I snapped on one of my walks through the neighborhood…
As mentioned in another article, there is a YouTube video — educational, to be sure — called The Sad Stories of Zeus Lovers. You can see it here. Part of an educational series on Greek mythology, it has attracted a lot of views — 1.2 million since January of this year. I was entertained mostly by the viewer comments.
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In the meantime, I am looking at trekking poles to complement “the Mayan one” I got in Texas. Story for another time! Here is an article on trekking poles by a colleague here at wharf21.