August 29, 2015 by Dr. Geyser
I follow everyone so that I do not have to lead. Based upon the popularity of social media, I assume that this must be a universal truth. Perhaps even a new law of physics: “Follow the leader.”
The distinction between gravity and gravitas is surely worth exploring. May the reader/writer/fellow plagiarizer be inspired to link to the source of their inspiration – ME.
In past ages, it was unpopular to be popular. It is difficult to determine whether the converse was also true. When it becomes popular to be unpopular, the tyranny of the majority becomes manifesto-ish in its contradictions. The Tea Party is a major minority, and the buzz was only ever about the dysfunctional polarities supported by our deepest of reds.
Popularity is always a touchy subject, primarily because in breaching the aural façade of democratic gossips, one always risks landing on all fours in the confessional of a present or future pope.
On time. Time travel is what you make of it. In the soft hands of every bishop, cardinal, and lowly priest, the future pope awaits the turning of the animus ultramundi. Perhaps the time travel is only possible in the hyperadaptive states of the human imagination, and then only in those manifestly deranged individuals who elevate themselves out of the ordinary elements of space and time which so perversely impinge upon our normative 40-hour work weeks.
I am no economist, but it would seem that other human beings are the greatest drag upon our economy. To argue otherwise requires a profound belief in the absence of slavery, one which I can neither entertain nor desire abstractly. Some people wish to serve, and some wish to lead. More to the point, nearly everyone wishes to serve at some point in their life, while at some later time, they will undoubtedly wish to lead. Those who mould themselves into the cardboard cutouts used to determine the precise shape of future leaders are missing the essential meaning of this common institutional practice. Real leaders serve as the prototype for those who are uncomfortable with the existing shape of things.
George Kubler’s The Shape of Time. A superficially literal reading of this work might suggest that its implications are limited to the realms of art and art history. Most people assume that art and science can be separated by the mathematical rigor of the latter, and the crapulent paint-sloshing of the former. Yet physicists must represent before others the same sort of surreal, cubist and chromodynamic phenomena stuck in their imagination as any Kandinsky or Picasso. Furthermore, it seems that Heisenberg had a taste for cubist art.
Physicists in a box. Schödinger’s cat. Inertial reference frames. Einstein’s visually intuitive appreciation of mathematics. By freeing up space, the painterly tradition allowed time to advance for physicists. The next wave of discovery in physics will demand space within existing equations for the artist, the culture, and all of the errors which non-scientific paradigms so graciously permit.