Monday, September 12, 2011

Circling the Square...WT*?

Honestly this was just one of the first things I thought of, when we were talking about the blogs in class.  It seemed to fit with a lot of ideas in and around the major themes. It's kindof a fun idea:

Circling the Square...sustainable communities...
Thinking outside the box?
A rectification through retrofitting?
Rounding-out economics with ecology?
Circling the methods of math with the meanings of mind?

 Sure. All of the above. And then some.

Specifically, though it calls two things to mind:
(1) In the Tom Hanks movie Apollo 13 (and also real life, I suppose...) the astronauts run into an air-filtration problem, the resolution of which ends-up involving the mechanical awkwardness of fitting a square peg into a round hole.  Some would argue that we're on the way to our own, global, air-filtration problem...and that integrating sustainable solutions with our current political-economic incentive structure is, well, like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
(2) Human reason can too often rely on linear understandings of cause-&-effect, logic, static equilibrium...yet, the world we live in is characterized by chaotic conditions and deep complexity.  ....obviously I'm not quite promoting circular logic...but, rather, mean to evoke the sense of limitless, elegant, completeness that circles often represent in great art -- "It's the circle of life...and it moves us all"..."Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin' "..."Sors immanis (Fate - monstrous), et inanis (and empty), rota tu volubilis, (you whirling wheel)."

So, that's what that is.  Nothing meant to be esoteric or artful.  Just smatterings. Like that which is to come.

***I also hope it's clear that neither this nor the preceding entry are meant to be evaluated with respect to synthetic integration and discussion of our readings...I'll mark those specifically as "V515xN, N={1,2,3...+inf.)"***

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