Antoni Tapies

Antoni Tapies

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Motion Paradox

"You cannot traverse an infinite number of points in a finite time. You must traverse half of the given distance before you traverse the whole, and half of that before you can traverse it. This goes on ad infinitum, so that (if space is made up of points) there are an infinite number in any given space; it cannot be traversed in a finite time. " Zeno of Elea 490-430 BC  The famous 'motion paradox' first formulated by Pythagoras. Zeno expounded on it and extended it to other phenomenon. But to me this sums it up. Take time for instance, for  second to pass 1/2 second must pass, for a 1/2 to pass 1/4, for 1/4 to pass 1/8... ad infinitum. I think time is more of an unfolding, like vegetation.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Thoughts on 9/11

The 9/11 attacks reminded me of the Kennedy assassination in that some sort of conspiracy obviously did take place and an attempt was made to cover it up, not only by the perpetrators but also by authorities trying to maintain civil order, almost like a conspiracy within a conspiracy. Another factor, which I even mentioned to Dylan Avery himself, was that in revealing the conspiracy could well be more destructive than the conspiracy itself, another factor for a coverup.

In Avery's documentary 'Loose Change' the claim is made that the airliners in question all landed elsewhere, Cleveland among other places. I thought, that means that all the passengers were eliminated? I have seen my share of documentaries about 9/11 and somehow I have never seen evidence of the passengers' deaths presented. I thought all you would need is some personal articles, bone fragments, or something to allay suspicions.

Another concern was how could ANY unauthorized airplane get to the Pentagon? Maybe in 1961, but surely not in 2001.

The question arose in my mind, if it was conspiratorial why were the World Trade Center buildings brought down? It must have had something to do with what was in the buildings. It has been said that 'Building 7' nearby was demolished for insurance purposes. But even there it was done so quickly, and it takes some time to place explosive charges, an obvious anomaly. It is said that the chemical thermite was detected at the sites, which is used for demolition purposes.

Yes, if you look closely at the events of 9/11 there are many mysteries. But there are also machinations that take place within governments generally unknown. The size of some governments makes this possible.


I've been reading about infinite regression for a time, thanks to Jorge Luis Borges and his fascination with philosophy, being the librarian of the Argentina National Library, and a quite able writer. I've read enough through Borges and Wikipedia to realize that Thomas Aquinas in his 'Summa Theologica' suggested that just by infinite regression consciousness itself 'proves' the existence of a supreme consciousness, a 'God' if you will. "As in the case of motion, nothing can cause itself, and an infinite chain of causation is impossible, so there must be a First Cause, called God." I'm not sure I entirely agree with that premise though. Something must have caused that consciousness, and something caused that also, ad infinitum.

Consciousness does seem necessary. I wonder if the Universe could exist without it? Did it arise out of nothing, or your basic elements? Aquinas suggests that consciousness is an element itself, and eternal. Another scientist of a sort, Carl Jung, suggested from evidence of his own and other's experience that consciousness permeates existence, the 'collective unconscious'. It seems to me this accounts for telepathy. Just having a word for thought transference is indicative. In my life I have had many instances where I would say the same thing as another at the same time, or be thinking precisely  something that I hear another say. It is unnerving when I think of someone and they appear momentarily. These things have happened to me so many times that I barely notice anymore. That said, I can easily see how a human would not like this idea, sharing consciousness, just for autonomy reasons. And the brain is structured in such a way as to allow this restriction. Taken to extremes some brains are shut off from all such thoughts and functions, finding them anathema, your skeptics so to speak.