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MATHEMATICIANS PLEASE GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER

I am fascinated by interesting numbers, like the “Golden Proportion”, or ratio.  However, in researching the number phi φ, or Phi Φ, I have found the usage of these Greek characters, in mathematics, to be completely confused and inconsistent.  Sometimes they are BOTH used to represent the number 1.618…, the Golden Mean, Golden ratio, Golden Proportion, Golden Egg (popped out by the Golden Goose).  Sometimes one (OR the other) is used to represent the “golden ratio conjugate”, or 0.618…  Please, mathematicians, get your act together, and settle on one usage or another, but please be consistent!

Lenny (Leonardo Fibonacci) is probably rollin’ in his grave over this! (purely conjecture on my part – don’t ask me for a “proof”).

I propose that it is logical for (capital) Phi, Φ, to symbolize the Golden Proportion, 1.618…, and (small) phi, φ, to symbolize 0.618… That makes perfect sense in mathematical terms, doesn’t it?  Since 0.618… is the smaller number (and geometrically the smaller portion, 0.618…, usually added to 1 to get the larger golden proportion, 1.618…)?  Quit confusing young, budding mathematicians with inconsistent usage.  On some sites, I have seen the usage confused on the SAME website, and sometimes in the same sentence (or maybe I just imagined that last one).

Don’t ask me for references, I don’t have the energy right now.  Just “Google” it and you will quickly see what I am talking about.

“Rant for the day”.

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DAY THREE OF THE 3 DAYS, 3 QUOTES CHALLENGE

This is the last quote in the challenge, so I decided to include a quote from a well-loved source………..ME!  Now, you may think that is cheating, but I don’t see any rules against it.  In fact, I may just throw in a bonus quote from me as well.  If you don’t like it, well, it’s my blog and I’ll write whatever the F*** I want!  So there!

Here it is:

“Never leave Fate in Destiny’s hands.” – Mark Kagy

It’s not very hard to figure out.  Those who live life without goals or direction are at the whims of their circumstances, always reacting to external forces.  They never assert their will to make something specific of their life, or to make an impact on the people and planet around them.  This may actually turn out fine for many folks, but when they die, what is there to remember about them?  What did they do with their life?  For others, because they used no initiative to help themselves, they end up blown here and there by the winds of circumstance, always in a crisis, never able to get ahead, always reacting to change rather than causing their own change to happen.

Revelation 3:15-16, NIV:

15‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.16‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”

We are all meant to live with passion, whatever we choose to do, be it good, or bad.  The only way to impact your life, and the world around you is to live with passion, and exert your will.  Act, rather than react.

I don’t mean for everyone to win the Nobel prize, or become an astronaut, or be a celebrity.  I just mean to take steps to control and direct your own life towards goals you set for yourself – whatever you want your life to be, based on your deepest desires.  Don’t repress those desires of your heart, act on them!  I certainly have not become famous, or won any great awards.  But I have purpose and direction.  This blog was started as a tool to accomplish a very personal goal – learning to get my ideas into a more organized form, and learning how to better express those ideas.  In practicing this, I am also becoming more sensitive to that small voice of intuition which provides Wisdom to all those who have ears to hear.  I am developing my inner senses to be more in tune with a higher spiritual purpose.  In order to know what that is, I need to listen carefully to my intuition, and my greatest desires.  This is not an easy process.  Try figuring out just what it is that you truly want or desire.  No, it is not easy, but in the end, I believe it will be worth it to all who take control of their own “vessel” and steer it in a specific direction, towards a specific destination.

So, I will include another quote of mine, which might just twist your mind a tiny bit.  Some will understand right away, and others may never get it.

“It is both at the same time – for all time, and in One place – everywhere.” – Mark Kagy

Have a great day!

DAY TWO OF THE 3 DAYS, 3 QUOTES CHALLENGE

This will be a shorter post….I promise (I think, maybe, or not)!

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The quote for today:

“Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The “Holographic Universe” theory is a (not so) recent scientific and mathematical theory which may actually apply literally to our Universe.  Basically, that every piece of the whole carries within it, an image or shadow of the whole itself.  Now obviously a leaf from a maple tree cannot possibly contain the entire universe, BUT it can contain a fuzzy or hazy view of the whole.  The idea is that if you take bigger and bigger pieces, the pattern of the whole contained within a bigger piece (like a solar system) becomes a clearer and more accurate picture of the whole.  Finally, if you take the entire Universe as the piece you are considering, then it certainly contains a perfect picture of the whole Universe!  Each small part of the Universe carries within it a portion of the perfection of God.  See how I just snuck (sneaked?) God into the discussion?

My view of God, as I have written in other posts, is a pseudo-pantheistic view.  In other words, I believe that the Universe IS a part of, and made from the very substance of, God.  God’s actual body, or the perfect “reflection” of God, made FROM God’s own substance.  But in addition, I also believe that part of God exists outside of the Universe as well.  Basically (ya, I like this word and use it a lot), God is everything that exists, AND everything else that does not.  The Unity of Everything and No-thing (Nothing).  Reminds me of the “Something, Everything” album by Todd Rundgren.

So yes, I definitely resonate with Ralph’s idea that “Every particular in nature…is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole”.  Just substitute “God” for “the whole”, and you have a fair statement of what I personally believe.

If you want to know God better, one avenue to take is to look inside yourself.  Indeed, we are a direct reflection of God (made in the image of God, literally, Genesis 1:27).  We carry God within ourselves, and we are made of God’s substance. God lives within us, and we exist within God.

  1. That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing
  2. And as all things have been & arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes, Newton’s translation, Wikipedia.

Another method of approaching the understanding of God, is to meditate upon small objects, seeking to find what EACH reveals about God.  As you meditate on more and more objects, a picture of God is built up in your mind, and progressively becomes clearer and more complete.  Of course, this is a lifetime (or multiple lifetime’s) occupation, but no one said it was easy (insert huge smiley face).

That’s all folks, for day two of the challenge.

Day One of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge

Thanks to Brighton Bipolar for the nomination!

I have the distinct honor (nice word, distinct, neither positive or negative, but it sounds good) of being nominated for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge.  The rules I am using is that for 3 days, I am to post a quote and express what that quote means to me.  In addition, I am to nominate 3 other poor souls to take the challenge as well.  This is to be done on the first day (it is supposed to be done all 3 days, but I am cheating).  Other than that, I guess it is just a free-for-all.

Here I am, asked to do this challenge by a loving friend, who I think more of than of myself.  So, I do this out of love for her.  Please go look at her site.  It is very worthwhile, entertaining, and most of all helpful to society by shedding light on bipolar disorder, and the stigmas society continues to hold toward the mentally challenged, through misinformation, ignorance, and bigotry.

First day, first quote:

“The planet is fine. The people are fucked.” – George Carlin

This has recently become more important to me in the light of the “global warming” controversy.  It certainly true that Mother Nature, Earth, Gaia, will outlast most any catastrophe wich sends all humans to their graves (or any large chunk of us). However it is disturbing that certain politicians and right-wing religious sects are promoting (willfully, or ignorantly) the likely fallacy that the climate changes are a natural occurrence of a cycle repeating itself once again, that our use of fossil fuels and other industrial processes have no part to play in this event, and that humanity is in no danger and will be fine without any changes.  I do agree that there IS a cyclical event involving climate change which regularly asserts itself on the planet.  I may very well be wrong, but wasn’t it during one of these cycles that the dinosaurs went extinct?  Scientific studies exist, which certain politicians, the religious groups which go along with them, and industrial concerns, desperately want to ignore, stifle, throttle, bury, control, and silence, which absolutely link our use of fossil fuels to effects on the ozone layer, and various other environmental conditions.  At a MINIMUM, these human actions will at least aggravate the natural cycle of climate change, which could end up killing us.  It is possible that the cycle itself alone could kill us all, and aggravating it seems a very foolish thing for us to do.  In addition, there are studies which show the dying off of the ocean’s algae, from which MOST of our oxygen is produced. This is also scientifically linked to industrial pollutants being dumped into the oceans.  Now, don’t ask me for references, I know I have seen these things, but did not bother to remember where or write them down.  This controversy has been raging for years, and even today there are posts about it.  My blog is mainly for me, if you read it, it is at your own peril.  My point here is NOT to prove it to anyone else, but simply for me to say WHY “I” am concerned about Gaia, and what this quote means to “me”. So there you have it, my quote for day one.

Now, the dirty task of passively-aggressively manipulating others by nominating them for this “challenge”.  I think I will pick bloggers who have material I like, but who I do not know very well.  That way, they will not feel as obligated, and not as bad refusing or ignoring the challenge.  I don’t want to make any body’s life more stressful than it already is!

Here they are:

Kate’s blog “Carrots in My Carryon” –  Her courage in sharing her deepest struggles and wounds, and her determination to find solutions and healing, is inspiring.

Annie’s blogs “Gentle Kindness”  and “Annie’s Poetry”  – I really appreciate her kind and loving spirit, and her supportive and inspiring encouragement to all.  She seems to me to write very prolifically (or I read slowly) because I have to struggle to keep up with her posts!

painkills2’s blog “All Things Chronic”  – Wow, there is just a whole lot of good stuff to look at here!

There ya go, day one.