Our first day here, walking the beach, I read a text on my phone. Graham died. All day what ever happens is transitory to this truth.
Andrew Marr came to open Caroline Wiseman’s philosophy weekend Thursday evening in February. This moment and what he said is lost in time. Like many a person known from the TV or screen, he was shorter than I had imagined, but far more punchier. The stroke he had a few years ago has left him with an uncoordinated walk, and one arm lazy. His mind, shown in the intensity of his face, is curious and active. He was showing his paintings, inspired by Time, water colours, abstract, full of movement. Jeremy bought one and I like his spontaneous action (despite the lack of space to put it up).
Egg Time – cannot undo scrambled eggs
Known by both Michael (Edinburgh Festival) and myself, through Norma and Theo.
Judy Godwill and Steven Fogel – Rakia –
Early humans did not measure time, but in dreams, and they measurement of time locked up with stars. Sundials and water clocks
Moon measurements. The light we see in Betelgeuse began 724 light years ago
Hindu – wheel of samsaric time
Raika, is the Hebrew word referring ordinarily and primarily to a metallic plate, to metal beaten out thin or into sheet-like form.
Eileen’s film – Foucault Hetrotoia
From the French but Michael pointed out originally Greek hetro meaning different and topia place. Operos – involving effort.
Mark Featherweathers – Yeats –
2,000 year cycles western pattern. 2nd coming, Yeats – Things Fall Apart, written 1919 end of WW1 and eve of troubles in Ireland. Without proper balance, things do fall apart. ‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe.
Elliot and Henri Bergson
Bergson influenced Elliot. Rapsody on a Windy night (neither M and I had not heard of this work). On his tomb stone he’d hedged his bets, in my end is my begining and in my begining is my end. East Cocker.
William Blake – Yeat’s rough beast
One World Many Faiths – Run by Angela
Angela defied herself as Christian Pagan. Carrying the lolly pops, David the Buddhist, Holly the Christian Priest, Barry, Jewish, Barber Quaker, David village Anglian, Robin Pagan, John Quaker Martin Hindu, Silk from woman s view. It was a definite high light because we were invited to DO, to contribute, to exchange. (after all that
7th day Adventists celebrate – day of rest. I don’t like being told what to do, I don’t like perscribed structure.Lords day observance forbad shops opening.
How is Date of Easter calculated. Related to Passover and the moon calendar, a moveable feast, which some would like to fix. Linked to Passover in Jewish faith. 27 moon day, 7 time s 19 years 12 months to 13 months.
Sahmain – 31st October New year. Around the agricultural seasons. Celebration of the dead, all souls. Jewish New Year.
Muslim day of prayer, Friday, so no one here. When did the faith begin? 610. At the beginning of time, Abraham a Muslim profit, incorporating the bible. God spoke to Mohamed and dictated the Koran.
We each exchanged our own backgrounds. One – who had contributed the Italian custom – declared herself to be non christian, but because the church at Theberton was so freindsly, funky and fun, she went to it regularly. Community. Another loved church singing
Jenny Hall -Shakespears time
Delightful. First of all talked aobut time in the rhythm in iambic pentamieter, the heart beat, and those lines which deviated all the stronger.
Shakespear explored the unreality of time. Roslaind time is relative. Theif going to the gallows it goes very fast.
Dimentia time – is time memory?
“There is no present or future-only the past, happening over and over again-now.”― Eugene O’Neill, A Moon for the Misbegotten
Orlando – amble, gallop stays.
Elizabethans measurements of time, no clock, but sundials, water clocks, hours glasses which would alter as they aged because the sand would ware away the glass.
Juztaoposing time and this power, Obama Yes, you can. Why did she falther with apparant emotion as she read this? , because she believed in his words and it didn’t happen? It was a touching human moment.
John Snijders – Cage’s music
He began by saying what he was not going to talk about.
How time passes
John Cage Asleep – play it as slowly as possbile
Time – the time arrow, linear
Time – experience of time
Time – time and space, theory of relativity
Time and co-ordinates.
Can we slow time down to the speed of light
a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system’s thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system.
“the second law of thermodynamics says that entropy always increases with time”
lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.
“a marketplace where entropy reigns supreme”
Time experience and reality
Manyof our philosophical problems stem from elepants.
3rd day expanding universe
John Knox time ticking even if nothing happens
Atomic Clocks 9 billion times per second
An atomic clock is a clock that uses the resonance frequencies of atoms as its resonator. … If you take any atom of cesium and ask it to resonate, it will resonate at exactly the same frequency as any other atom of cesium. Cesium-133 oscillates at 9,192,631,770 cycles per second.
Mind and Body
How to measure subjective time?Does time slow down during a frightening event?
Elliot the road not taken
Larkin, loss of time
At night I walk the dogs
To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell
Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, Lady, were no crime.
We would sit down, and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love’s day.Thou by the Indian Ganges’ side
Shouldst rubies find: I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the flood:
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow.
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze.
Two hundred to adore each breast:
But thirty thousand to the rest.
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart:
For, Lady, you deserve this state;
Nor would I love at lower rate.
But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near:
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found;
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song: then worms shall try
That long-preserved virginity:
And your quaint honour turn to dust;
And into ashes all my lust.
The grave’s a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.