According to the Shulgi


According to the Shulgi of Ur (the number-cruncher) in his BOOK OF THE SIXTEEN PROPHETS the men of Ur cannot be trusted for ‘those from the city are, without exception, liars’.

My comment: if these words are true of all Urians then the Shulgis statement is true if, and only if, it is false.

— excerpted from Zarephath’s COMMENTARIES

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The Dream-child


The Dream-child


In the Dark Age before the Magnetic Monopole made its presence felt in the heavens, there was a child who dreamt the first dreams.

He did not know what to make of these awesome visions, so he let them run wild.

In later years they came to populate the Earth (for the dreams became the tribes and the tribes became the nations).


The Avoidance of Dreaming


An Excerpt from Children of the Mind


The avoidance of dreaming was an unfortunate consequence of the idea that ultimate reality had no existence outside the observing mind.

The Chronicles record that in the Dark Age before parallel thinking there were those who considered themselves professional dreamers by trade.

Considered dangerous by the authorities, these dreamers were first compelled to register their minds as weapons. Later, considered a threat to the general population, the dreamers were herded into pits and abandoned salt mines where they were subjected to a vigorous regimen of anti-mirage medication.

When this proved to no avail, a medical procedure was devised that would surgically excise the dreams from the mind of the individual dreamer. This too failed when it was discovered that “the dreams were lodged in the imagination, where it was deemed too deep to operate”. This all occurred during the “Year Without Tears”.

So state The Chronicles.

Disengaged from Reality

Disengaged from Reality


When the Dream-drive was finally constructed, it was assumed that all the miseries of humankind would be held permanently in abeyance since the dreams would be coming to populate all the land.

However, such was not the case for the Dream-drive apparently malfunctioned and spewed forth such spontaneously generated, unmitigated catastrophes as the ENDLESS WAR, a formula altering the normal aberration of light, and an obscure form of societal amnesia in which no one could quite recall how to disengage the Dream-drive from reality.

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The Dustbin of History

The Dustbin of History, or How the Infinity Symbol Came Into Existence


John Wallis (1616-1703) possessed no knowledge of the mathematical arts at the age of fifteen, yet he later went on to become the Savilian professor of Geometry at Oxford, the friend and teacher of Isaac Newton (he was the first to charge that Leibnitz had stolen his ideas for the calculus), and a charter member of the Royal Society. Yet his place in the history of mathematical thought is, perhaps not unjustly, obscure (and oftentimes, simply, ignored). A list of his major formulations would serve, merely, as an esoteric series of footnotes to the said compilation, which would interest, it should be stated, rather few.

For example, Wallis discovered that, in all such operations, it was mass times velocity (mv) that was conserved and not, as it was widely held, merely velocity (v). However, he fell short of unsecreting the laws of motion (which Newton would later publish). He also, at one time, theorized “that for the purposes of calculation, the earth and moon can be treated as a single body, concentrated at their center of gravity …” but stopped short far short of formulating the basis for the Laws of Universal Gravitation.

It can also be noted that Newton borrowed his system of fluxional notation (in which the fluent of  was represented by , and the fluent  by  and so on) yet this, too, was swept into the dustbin of history when it was later replaced by that system developed by Leibnitz. His significant work still owed a heavy debt to the Greeks and the most notable of these was Arithmatica Infinitorum sive Nova Methodus Inquirendi in Curvilineorum Quadraturam aliague difficilora Matheseosos Problemata (1673), which is more often recalled for its title rather than for the fact that it introduced to mathematics the idea of ‘limit’.

It is often opined that a man might fulfill the secret purpose of his existence in the doing of a seemingly trivial deed such as a word said in passing or, perhaps, an action not acted upon (the significance of which, more often than not, is forever hidden from the from the doer).  In the case of John Wallis it can be said that he, quite possibly, achieved his destiny with the few simple strokes of his quill with which he, in 1656, modified a Roman variation for 1000.

This was to serve him simply as the notation for a very small quantity, but, in centuries to come, was to serve the world as the symbol (and signature) of INFINITY:


A Day in the Life of the Philosopher


                 Time Spent                                        Activity

8  Hours   3 Minutes     05 Seconds:         Sleep (food for the mind).

6  Hours   37 Minutes   52 Seconds:         Keeping body and soul together.   Necessary toil.  (This may include but not necessarily be limited to any and all of the following: lecturing, writing, pondering, pandering, and/or posturing).

1  Hour     53 Minutes   35 Seconds:         Thinkings on the material world.

1  Hour     23 Minutes   21 Seconds:         Reading.

1  Hour     17 Minutes   34 Seconds:         Arguing with God.

1  Hour     25 Minutes   17 Seconds:         Pondering the interface between being and nothingness.

33 Minutes   34 Seconds:         Debating Ignoratio elenchi’s.

27 Minutes   26 Seconds:         Establishing dogma.

26 Minutes   33 Seconds:         Agonizing over axioms.

23 Minutes   54 Seconds:         Examining the boundary between meaning and meaninglessness

22 Minutes   21 Seconds:         Disestablishing dogma.

21 Minutes   41 Seconds:         Solving contradictions with paradoxes.

17 minutes   00 Seconds:         Avoiding absurdities.

11 Minutes   04 Seconds:         Deducing generalisations.

08 Minutes   00 Seconds:         Categorizing phenomena.

04 Minutes   16 Seconds          Ignoring Ignoratio elenchi’s.

03 Minutes   27 Seconds          Observing the mechanizations of fate.



The Eradication of Radicals

The Eradication of Radicals


This Mad Dictator embarked upon an evil plan to eradicate all radicals from the  nation.  His underlings misunderstood his intent and what were removed were:  (1) all radical signs denoting the extraction of mathematical roots, (2) those groups of atoms replaceable  by a single atom or capable of  remaining unchanged through a  series of reactions, and (3)  radishes.

This resulted in the  immediate disintegration of the society in which all normal activity ground to a halt.

The Mad Dictator’s lament:   “I should have never exposed my intellect!”



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