These past two weeks there has been a lot of discussion of “selfies” and I would think my divided self photographs are in that category. The background on these is that I was thinking about the theory of the divided self, that personal problems are related to the division between the real and the ideal self. The real self is our empirical self, who we really are, and the ideal self is the vision we have of an ideal self. Each person’s ability to deal with the differences between these is the measure of psychological health.
I made an image of myself, cut it in half separating the real self from the ideal self, threw away one self (one half), duplicated the remaining self. flopped it, joined the two pieces together. Now there is no division of real and ideal self, the image is made up of two halves of the same self, the real or the ideal.” The problem is I do not know which self I threw away and which self I joined to make a unified self.
And mostly its the symmetry of the design that interests me.
Tom Brown’s school days
The curves make this one interesting.
Issues and conflicting positions on issues
A 19th Century european man, or perhaps with the hint of red and green its a Scrooge yet to become a practitioner of Christmas.
As evening approaches I feel like a a medieval peasant in a thatched hut, with glasses?
I like the shapes of the sink and toilet contrasted to the shape of the reflection of the light in the glass. The gesture feels like I have to urinate and I am holding it in just to make the image.
If the universe began with a Big Bang and then massless particles were flying around, maybe when they hit each other the result was destroying each other. To remedy this they learned (or developed or created another particle) a technique which enabled them to avoid hitting each other. This technique or particle is the Higgs Boson.
Or maybe the massless particles that had the tendency to hit another particle were all destroyed and the ones that were left had the tendency not to hit another particle. Or the space was full of massless particles and they could not avoid hitting each other but once some critical number of the particles were destroyed, for the most part they stopped hitting each other .
Whatever, the massless particles figured out they could decrease their risk of being hit by another massless particle by joining together and forming particles with mass. This produced a force field enabling the particles to survive and this force is known to us as gravity. The Higgs Bosun interacting with particles is gravity.
This is probably not true or accurate but if when I imagine it this way it helps me to understand this a little better.
When we couldn’t talk,
But had learned to walk,
Someone thought. ”I’ll
Climb the stalk
and with the Giant
Have a converswayshun.
I wonder how different the information which I take in is from the information which others take in. Most information to which I never even get a chance to be privey. It makes no difference if its a strategy discussion with Jamie Dimon at JP Morgan, a high level security discussion at the White House, a planning meeting at the some gang, an Apple design session or the discussion between the family members of my next door neighbors.
In our society information is not distributed to a general population on a normal curve—that is characteristic of a society which is literate and uses words to communicate ideas which are not experiences or abstracted from experiences in the world.
In “primitive societies” information and language is more related to the common everyday experiences of people which is commonly shared not being based on a written language and the ability to read that language. Even words which are not real but abstractions in a “primitive society” are more directly related to the common experience.
When two “primitive peoples” are talking about a “cow” they share a more similar meaning than two, or hundreds of, “modern people” reading the word “cow” in books, even if it were the same book.
Do Chinese characters (not kana or korean) phonetic), which do not have a comprehensive phonetic component yet have a graphic element, communicate something more primitive, common and different that is lacking in the phonetic language such as English?
Most of us get our “daily news” about the world from common sources in albeit multiple levels from the event. Education is increasingly concerned with knowledge which is increasingly separated from the common experience.
Sometimes for me trying to trade the market is very difficult because the “institutional investors” have qualitatively more access to information which may influence variables influencing the price of a stock, or even more interesting, variables which do not influence the price of the stock but the “institutional investors” believe that they do, act on that belief and in doing so, influence the price of the stock and even other stocks.
I will never have access to that information in the first place, and I may, as an individual investor, have much more common sense than the average investment manager, and yet their poor decisions may have more negative impact on me than on them.
Maybe it makes little difference how information is distributed in a society as in our responses we just keep making the same mistakes over and over—in the end some get to eat, some get to eat well, some get barely enough and others just die from hunger. And the world goes on.
Does an M really matter any more than the other twenty five letters? It could easily, under stress, collapse into itself causing irreparable damage to any letter set next to it unless kerned properly. If not, its a mis. In this case the middle of the M could become too heavy causing the top of the legs to lean in on themselves and the bottom serif to move outwardly, rudely kicking the C. What happens might erupt into type rage, and if the C is violent and gets aggressive, then no one reads the words. What is real?
Below is a shadoscape infographic explaining how easy it is for me to have misconverswayshun with my dark side.