threeoverten:

A fallen blossom
          returning to the bough, I thought—
But no, a butterfly.


Untitled - Arakida Moritake (1472-1549)

slaughterhouse90210:

“They were all in their early thirties. An age at which it is sometimes hard to admit that what you are living is your life.” ― Alice Munro, The Moons of Jupiter

slaughterhouse90210:

“They were all in their early thirties. An age at which it is sometimes hard to admit that what you are living is your life.”
― Alice Munro, The Moons of Jupiter

I have a friend who’s an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don’t agree with very well. He’ll hold up a flower and say “look how beautiful it is,” and I’ll agree. Then he says “I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing,” and I think that he’s kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe. Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is … I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there’s also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don’t understand how it subtracts.
He gave a hollow laugh. ‘What does it matter? Science has achieved some wonderful things, of course, but I’d far rather be happy than right any day.’
‘And are you?’
‘No. That’s where it all falls down, of course.’
‘Pity,’ said Arthur with sympathy. ‘It sounded like quite a good lifestyle otherwise.’
hpgross:

mathhombre:

Math emotions.
appliedmathemagics:

Spotted in the Stanford Math Department (photo cred: Jessica Su)


No attractive as in fixed points? =(

hpgross:

mathhombre:

Math emotions.

appliedmathemagics:

Spotted in the Stanford Math Department (photo cred: Jessica Su)

No attractive as in fixed points? =(

The Scientific Power of Thought (AsapSCIENCE)

psychogenics:

Hyalophora Cecropia Moth
Ballpoint, Conte Crayon, Ink, Graphite
8.5” x 11”

psychogenics:

Hyalophora Cecropia Moth

Ballpoint, Conte Crayon, Ink, Graphite

8.5” x 11”

This introduces a second and controversial subject. Everyone struggles through life with some unfortunate disability. Mine is to be unable to appreciate either alcohol or tobacco.
If I could only bring myself to disapprove of these essential products my self-respect would be saved. But, on the
contrary, I look with envy at self-possessed women flipping cigarette ash here, there and everywhere and I creep miserably round the room at cocktail parties, finding a place to hide my untasted glass.
Perseverance has not availed. For six months I religiously smoked a cigarette after lunch and after dinner, choking a little, biting fragments of tobacco, and blinking as the ascending smoke pricked my eyelids. Soon, I told myself, I should learn to like smoking. I did not learn to like it, and my performance was criticized severely as being inartistic and painful to watch. I accepted defeat.
When I married Max we enjoyed the pleasures of the table in perfect harmony, eating wisely but much too well.
He was distressed to find that my appreciation of good drink - or indeed of any drink - was nil. He set to work to educate me, trying me perseveringly with clarets, burgundies, sauternes, graves and, more desperately, with tokay, vodka and absinthe! In the end he acknowledged defeat. My only reaction was that some tasted worse than others! With a weary sigh, Max contemplated a life in which he should be forever condemned to the battle of obtaining water for me in a restaurant! It has added, he says, years to his age.
"This systematic overview categorizes the most common text genres - as usually distinguished in travel writing criticism - according to four basic writing modes." - by Bernhard Wenzl

"This systematic overview categorizes the most common text genres - as usually distinguished in travel writing criticism - according to four basic writing modes." - by Bernhard Wenzl