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Die Winterreise [5]

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M'learned wag

Close shaves

Solar Impulse

Fidei defensor

Suspending disbelief

Die schöne Müllerin [4]

The month 11

Shaken, stirred and rusted


Language Lab

Tumbril for two

Engaging God

Enlightenment redux

Jigsaw grammar

Antisocial media

Highbrow cat-stroking

Myth Thwitzerland

Rousseau's NBFF

Mars speaks


Microsoft. How do I hate thee?

All Souls' Day

All Saints' Day

How to lose money

The month 10

Carbon dioxide

Transitioning to November

Fanatics: the good and the bad

The bad old days

Rousseau! Back in your box!

Troubling the living stream

Wittgenstein’s disease

Who are you calling a snob?

Red Burgundy

Nietzsche's birthday

Rousseau in Nature

Business Girls

Data despair

EU referendum: No thank you!

Rousseau staggers on

How to end an extremely long poem

Atlas Shrugged: 'Whatever'

Democracy and delegation


Jeannot in church

The good old days

The month 09

Bye bye, democracy. Hello, general will.

Tests of faith, the lunatic's friend

Schubert, you idiot!


You swine!

Greenwich Dump Time

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Quote and image of the month 09.2015

Quote of the month

Limited as we are in every faculty, our powers are to be found in the mean between two extremes. Our senses cannot perceive extremes: too much sound deafens us; too much light dazzles us; too great a distance or too close a proximity obstructs our view. Both too great a length or too great a brevity of discourse obscures meaning; too much truth shocks.

[Bornés en tout genre, cet état qui tient le milieu entre deux extrêmes se trouve en toutes nos puissances. Nos sens n’aperçoivent rien d’extrême, trop de bruit nous assourdit, trop de lumière éblouit, trop de distance et trop de proximité empêche la vue. Trop de longueur et trop de brièveté de discours l’obscurcit, trop de vérité nous étonne.]

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées sur la religion et sur quelques autres sujets, Transition XV, 199-72 H, Disproportion de l'homme, 9. - Voilà où nous mènent les connaissances naturelles. Les Pensées de Blaise Pascal

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Too great a distance or too close a proximity obstructs our view

'Too great a distance or too close a proximity obstructs our view'. The 'Pillars of Creation' a famous Hubble image of the Eagle Nebula. The pillars are about 5 light-years tall, bathed in the blistering ultraviolet light from a group of young, massive stars located off the top of the image. Stars are being born deep inside the pillars, which are made of cold hydrogen gas laced with dust.