View Full Version : Weird stuff I think about sometimes

Charles Keeble
12-20-2014, 05:08 PM
Symbolism and other weird crap I think about for no apparent reason.

Think of a drum major's mace. A stick with two chains entwined around it and a ball on top. It's like a caduceus without the wings. So the ball is the mind. I guess that's mens in Latin and manas in Sanskrit. Really what the mind does is measure stuff, quantitatively or qualitatively - whatever. "mensuration" Mens and manas seem to be related to moon. Some measure time with it. Think of the ball on a mace as the moon. Now put an eagle on top. Now it has wings. "The Eagle has landed"

David Guyatt
12-21-2014, 09:04 AM
I would say Charles, that the human mind is far more than a piece of measuring equipment. It is the function by which time and space may be travelled.

Interesting btw, your thought that the Mace is a caduseus. I'm sure you have it right on this, as it makes perfect sense to me.

Charles Keeble
12-21-2014, 02:39 PM
Yes, there just might be a horde of ancient irregular travelers out and about, speculum in hand, grabbing the BULL by the tail, and looking the situation right in the eye.

Magda Hassan
12-21-2014, 10:52 PM

David Guyatt
12-22-2014, 11:09 AM
If looking up a horse's arse is a measure of human inquiry, then it's little wonder why we’re in such a mess as we are today.

On the other hand, others see things differently; Einstein saw imagination as absolutely vital:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein.

And I would further add, "all there ever was to know and understand."


Perhaps Mark Twain put it best though: "You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."

Michael Barwell
12-22-2014, 05:22 PM
"The Eagle has landed"

What I'm thinking is that on 20Dec, I listened to that tune by 'Saxon', the spandex wearing, permeated strutters.

Tracy Riddle
12-25-2014, 01:48 PM
Humans are creatures who live most of their lives in a mental world full of symbols and icons. As far as we can tell, no other animal does that.

Happy Holidays, everyone! A time when we are surrounded by symbols and icons. :cheers: