Saturday, June 28, 2008

Yee Haw

It has been a good couple of days.  I have been with friends and riding that wave of perpetual awareness of what I should be doing... you all know what I'm talking about.

If you feel like you're in the right place at the right time
Or if you have the option to do something, and you take it,
Or if you decide not to get on that airplane and it plummets out of the sky in a fiery blaze,
Or if you're walking through a crowd and you just feel right, and every move you make puts you in contact with another friend,
Or if you have the inkling to visit the childhood house of your friend (whom you haven't even thought about for a few months) and she happens to be visiting her folks for three hours before heading back to college (in another state).

What do you call these moments of 'synchronicity' in which everything is propelled along nicely, like you're surfing a wave of euphoria?  

I have it when I feel like I did something for someone else... and I like it. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

How to originate a "new" idea: Synthesizing Bruno's Mnemonics with Hegel's Dialectic Method

I've been reading various articles online to try and better understand what's been said in this book I'm reading.

The author painted an image, firstly, of Giordani Bruno (an italian philosopher from the 1500's). Bruno developed a mnemonic device to help him remember things. Good so far. The trick was to visualize a wheel. You simply think of the thing you want to memorize, affix it to your mental wheel, and leave it there. Then when you want to remember the thing (be it a name, factoid, date, or whatever) you could mentally rotate the wheel and...voila!

And here I'll stop until I re-read that section...