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Eternal, wild, and infinite

Sunday, 15 March 2020 at 20:32

Beatrice on Dr John Dunn. The chance encounter connects our physical, sensible Erotic love with a cosmic love that is eternal Logos. In awakened passion, the eternal and the present truly find a meeting place. The first touch is sacred.

One of Rossetti’s paintings of Beatrice. Jane Morris as a goddess-like figure worthy of worship

Desire for Beatrice led Dante from the dark wood of Chaos to a conscious state of being. Before the chance encounter there was only the state of pre-being, i.e. the Chaos from which Eros burst free. Dante’s journey was one of Eros and first Creation.

It was in a brief meeting of eyes with Beatrice, a specific woman with her own peculiar existence, that the arrow hit. She was the particular creature through whom the divine revealed itself. Chaos, Eros, passion and new life was the Creation that resulted from the chance encounter.

Love is not abstract. Love is a specific person, living at a specific time, inhabiting a life of his own. Love is the passion and pain before new life. This was Dante’s journey as he was led by desire for Beatrice through the heavenly spheres, each of which perfected Eros

In the first canto of Paradiso, re-imagining the arrow of Eros as something received, Beatrice describes love as an arrow shot to heaven. Awakened to Eros, the true essence of Love escapes the human imagination. Love is eternal, wild, and infinite. God is Love.

© John Dunn.

Primordial God of Creation & Life

Thursday, 27 February 2020 at 20:35

Eros on Dr John Dunn. Eros, primordial God of Creation and Life - symbol of the divine likeness of man, who is endowed with the capacity for creating technologies by which we exist on this planet in numbers far greater than the virgin resources of the Earth would otherwise permit. Eros is symbolic of the infinite nature of the human being and our boundless basis for growth and expansion. For out of a Chaos of equilibrium and entropic atrophy emerged the developmental potential of mankind that is without limits. This must be understood, or what appears to be love is but blind emotional enthusiasm. Global warming alarmism is one such blind enthusiasm that would lead us back to pre-Eros, pre-Love and pre-Being Chaos.

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AI genocide

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 at 17:23

Windmills on Dr John Dunn. Decisions and deductions derived from artificial intelligence can be no more than a logical deductions, however clever and complicated they may be, from theset of rules and axioms of the initial programming. This leaves no possibility for the discovery of a new universal principle of science, together with the new higher-power technologies that could be derived from this.

The possibility of discovering new universal principles has been eliminated, because they are not discoverable through either logical deduction or induction, but only through the uniquely human act of creativity and fundamental discovery.

It has been creativity and discovery, followed by the integration of new universal principles, that have enabled mankind to continue to grow in population and increase living standards. Ever more efficient and power-intense technologies, such as nuclear power, with the corresponding increase in production potential, have used newly defined resource bases, such as uranium to supersede wind, water, coal and oil. This was a forward progression in energy.

Utilising oil or uranium as a resource base offers man the only chance of escaping the Earth’s orbit and breaking out into the Solar System and beyond. It won’t be done with wind power and batteries.

Given that increasingly energy-dense resource bases have allowed populations to increase, then the reversion back down the scale to medieval technologies such as wind is tantamount to promoting genocide, whilst logic-driven AI cuts off all means of escape.

© John Dunn.

The Human Use of Human Beings

Monday, 24 February 2020 at 16:46

The Human Use of Human Beings on Dr John Dunn. Norbert Wiener wrote in The Human Use of Human Beings:

Sooner or later we shall die, and it is highly probable that the whole universe around us will die the heat-death, in which the world will be reduced to one vast temperature equilibrium in which nothing really new ever happens. There will be nothing left but a drab uniformity out of which we can expect only minor and insignificant local fluctuations.

What is expounded here is a Spinozist an anti-creative description of a universe that follows a closed and fixed logical consistency.

It is a kabbalistic belief in a universe on a path of return to originary Substance (Norbert’s ‘drab uniformity’), with its subsuming purposeless,and bestial view of man. In Spinoza’s rendition of Lurianic Kaballism, man is but a mode of existence of the originary Substance, an aberrationin a temporary state of exile, but on a journey of ultimate return.

It is in this Spinozist worldview, one which understands freedom to be the submission to necessity, that the true threat to mankind’s continued existence lies. Entropy as expressed in the Second Law of Thermodynamics, heir to the Enlightenment, or Counter-Renaissance, ‘doom-monger’ science that followed Spinoza, has been built into the dominant worldview that is guiding mankind to an inevitable ‘doom’.

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Eros - Eris

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 at 17:39

Eris on Dr John Dunn. Interesting that in The Timaeus, Ananke (Necessity) is the irrational element, which is opposed by Nous (Reason), i.e. reason seeks to impose order on a chaotic necessity.

This goes against the Spinozist principle that reason is the recognition of necessity, i.e. Spinozism is for CHAOS.

Yet necessity could also be seen as equililibrium, which needs the discordant intervention of Eris/Discordia.

Yet an equilibrium could also be disrupted by irresistible, i.e. necessary, Eros.

Eros, is the Hellenic deity associated with sensual love and desire. Eris (known to the Romans as Discordia), is the goddess of strife and discord. So we have Love and Chaos. Would it be too simplistic an explanation to conclude that the two are always close to one another - only a vowel apart?

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Eros the pearl

Monday, 17 February 2020 at 17:59

Orphic Egg on Dr John Dunn. The Orphic myth/metaphor suggested that Ananke (force, constraint, necessity in Orphic cosmogony) came first, fully formed with her consort Chronos (not to be confused with Cronus), and together they brought about the universe from an egg, and it is from this egg that Eros hatched.

Hatched from the cosmic egg, Eros, or Love, was the golden winged primordial being who was the source of the universe and the seed of gods and men.

Eros was also known as Phanes, which means ‘manifestor’ or ‘revealer’, and is related to the Greek words ‘light’ and ‘to shine forth’ as well as the Latin ‘Lucifer’.

Eros was also conflated by the Greeks with the great god Pan, meaning everything.

Love was everything.

But before Love was hatched, why the coupling of Ananke and Chronos? There was no irresistible irritant to form the pearl (to introduce my metaphor).

This was why Plato in The Timaeus modified the Orphic myth and paired Ananke with Nous (reason, intellect).

Nous was the irritant but never overcame Ananke.

And the pearl? For me, this was Eros.

© John Dunn.

Being introduced

Thursday, 13 February 2020 at 17:59

Ananke on Dr John Dunn. Being introduced

Ananke by Gilbert Bayes 1918

Ananke, goddess, indestructible force, bestower of love and life, upholder of the law of fate and ultimate destruction, giver and destroyer. Mother Earth, our courage in love and war is powerless and transient before the constancy of your steely gaze. Femme fatale, Zeus and the Olympian Gods fall before you.

And yet - the subjugation of Necessity to wise persuasion was the initial formation of the universe.

CHAOS was harmony, equilibrium and darkness upon the waters.

Eros, the disruptor of harmony, introduced being.

© John Dunn.

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