Michaelmas Poem: “Fellowship of the Setting Sun”

Please find a companion poem here. On starry fields of battleThe dragon draws a rattling breathAnd like a gutsy bellowsBelches forth a snaking riverOf yellow sulphur-flameA flame that scorches space’s sinewsScalding the hand that stitches timeAnd torching memory’s hallsSo the burning heavens, groanAnd slowly cease to turnAnd the stream of moments runs awryThe gods, agape,…

Poem: “Autumn’s sentinels”

Fire-fretted, a thousand listening facesTrace the ecliptic of the skyIntent to hear the choirs on highThat sound in tones of golden lightAnd body forth the season’s anthemThere, in noble file standingAt attention, no tone is ever lostFrom summer’s dog-daysTill their death by frostTo autumn’s sentinels.

Plato and the Poets

“Beauty is a manifestation of Nature’s secret laws, which would otherwise remain forever hidden.” —J. W. von Goethe [1] Plato notoriously argued for the expulsion of the poets from the Res publica on several occasions in his well known work. His decision might seem to suggest that art is of little value in the quest…

Is the Earth flat?

The Earth is flat in curved spacetime. It’s more interesting than it sounds since every point on the surface of the Earth is flat relative to everywhere in its vicinity. Otherwise a marble would roll towards the horizon. “The Earth is so big, you can’t see its curvature,” will be the obvious rejoinder. But who…

On “Conscience” and “Conscious”

“Conscience” and “conscious”: most people can use each of these words in a sentence. At the same time, I think they are frequently employed in a vague or imprecise manner and I hope the reflection to follow can contribute to achieve some clarity on their meanings. Etymologically, both words indicate “knowing with” or “knowing together”…