Saturday, January 23, 2021

The Copenhagen School

     "But everything that Bohr and his circle [(the Copenhagen School so imperiously)] believed about these matters turns out to have been wrong.  Everything that they declared to be impossible has actually been accomplished."

     David Z. Albert, Frederick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, "Quantum's leaping lizards," a review of What is real?  The unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physics, by Adam Becker, The New York review of books 65, no. 7 (April 19, 2018):  56 (55-57).  See this article, on file under Quantum physics, for the implications, among them that "Each of ['a number of promising theories of what things are "actually like" in the interiors of atoms'] entails that the world is very different from anything that we had imagined before, but what's important for our purposes is that each of them offers us some realistic and comprehensive account of how nature actually is, whether anybody happens to be looking at it or not.  None of these theories requires that we draw any line or make any distinctions, between whatever is being measured and whatever is doing the measuring" (56), etc.  "One of the upshots of the story that Becker tells [(namely, the story that Einstein was 'flawed', 'proud and stubborn', unprepared 'to followed where that new science led', unprepared 'to believe that nature might refuse to accomodate itself to his intutions')] is that this is all nonsense.  Einstein was out of step with his fellow physicists for the simple reason that he thought more clearly and spoke more honestly than they did" (57).

Scipio "did not consider that republic flourishing whose walls stand, but whose morals are in ruins."

"Neque enim censebat ille felicem esse rem publicam stantibus moenibus, ruentibus moribus."

     St. Augustine, City of God I.33, trans. Dodds.  CSEL 40.1, p. 56 ll. 13-14.  Scipio did not consider that republic happy with standing walls, ruined morals.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

'The appointment of a woman to office is an innovation for which the public is not prepared, nor am I.'

     President Thomas Jefferson to Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin, 13 January 180 (Founders Online).  "when Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin noticed a shortage of individuals qualified to hold office during the second Jefferson administration, he suggested that the president consider hiring women.  President Jefferson, taking his role as the symbol of the nation to heart, replied," (Annette Gordon-Reed, "Female trouble," The New York review of books 65, no. 2 (February 8, 2018):  12 (12-14).

Monday, January 18, 2021

"the body is not an extraneous ornament or aid, but a part of man's very nature."

"Haec enim non ad ornamentum uel adiutorium, quod adhibetur extrinsecus, sed ad ipsam naturam hominis pertinent."

     St. Augustine, City of God I.13 =CSEL 40.1, p. 25, ll. 19-21.

"Do but listen to me, O Israel, and I will give you a land flowing with milk and honey."

℟. Hear, O Israel, the precepts of the Lord, and write them on your hearts as in a book, and I will give you a land flowing with milk and honey.

℣. O my people, heed my warning.  Do but listen to me, O Israel, and I will give you a land flowing with milk and honey.

℟. Audi, Israel, praecepta Domini, et ea in corde tuo quasi in libro scribe; Et dabo tibi terram fluentem lac et mel.

℣. Audi, populus meus et contestabor te; Israel, utinam audias me.  Et dabo tibi terram fluentem lac et mel.

     Response to the first reading (from Dt 4:1-8, 32-40), Office of Readings for Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time, Liturgy of the hours.  Cited:  Dt 4:1; cf. 6:6, 31:20; Ps 81:8.  But to that Et dabo tibi clause Lev 20:24 Vulgate seems closer to me.  Etc. (I haven't analyzed this in full).