Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Bell 222 Haiku

Throbs rising in pitch
Shifting aircraft leaves the Earth
Leaping into ascent

Landing gear retract smartly
Thundering  image

Streamline enclosure
Circumscribed by whirring lift
Flashing through the sky

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Hayabusa-2 Telemetry

The Japanese Hayabusa-2 spacecraft has been busy investigating 162173 Ryugu, an asteroid in near-Earth orbit. To view telemetry from the spacecraft, please click HERE.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mothra Haiku

Magic fairies sing
“Mothra, justify our cries!”
Shadow in the Moon

Day is born from night
A giant moth lays her egg
Promises are made

Tokyo Tower
Bracing the fibrous cocoon
Patient larva waits

Mothra will emerge
From a caterpillar dream
Cherry blossom time

Colors in the sky
Sweeping winds across the bay
Mothra’s curled wings spread

Monday, October 22, 2018

Dr. Serizawa Haiku

Godzilla must go
Dred oxygen destroyer
Serizawa weeps

Facts, data, a choice
Scientists humble themselves
Loss and departure

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Echoes at the WAH Center Permanent Collection III Opening

In an October 15 posting, I advised Highbrow readers that the "Permanent Collection III" show at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center was opening this weekend.  My International Authors colleague Bienvenido Bañez, Jr. has sent along the following images of my new novel Echoes, which made it to the floor of the exhibition.

 To purchase Echoes, please click HERE.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bienvenido Bañez, Jr. MMM Exhibit Video

As I reported in Highbrow on August 27, 2018, the work of painter Bienvenido Bañez, Jr. was featured this summer at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

The following video was part of that instillation.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Echoes in Paris

Today, Philip Murray-Lawson sent me this pic of his new copy of Echoes.

Several years ago, Philip interviewed me for his blog, Evolution's Everywhere.  Please click HERE.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Permanent Collection Exhibit Part III

A new show titled Permanent Collection Part 3 opens next weekend at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in New York City. The exhibition features over 160 works from 100 artists in the Permanent Collection of the Yuko Nii Foundation. In addition to works from the Collection, artists  will display recent work in order to highlight how their projects have evolved, both as expressions of the artists' techniques, and as expressions of changes in the cultural and historical context.

The opening reception will be held Saturday October 21, 4-6 pm.

To learn more about the show, The WAH Center and the Yuko Nii Foundation, please clock HERE.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Duotrope listing for Emanations


Duotrope provides a listing of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art markets. Please click HERE to view the Emanations listing.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Mil Mi-26 Haiku

First with eight blades
A rotary wing marvel
Soviet hero

Twin truboshaft might
Inviolable purpose
Dialectic fumes

We board with great plans
To Siberia we fly
The Commissar waves

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Piasecki H-16 Haiku

Blades in perspective
Reach out across an image
The photo reveals

Behind the windscreen
The craft has aspired to lift
Eyes into the sky

Saturday, October 6, 2018

The "theoretical basis" of Aristotle's Ethics: a correction to technocratic discourse in Ethics

Often in the contemporary conversation regarding Aristotle's ethics, there is a linguistic error made that suggests that Aristotle's moral philosophy is "theoretically based" on the teleological assumption that everything has an end-cause. The implication, embedded in such language, suggests Aristotle is being "scientific" when he says we are impelled toward the good, toward thriving, toward happiness. Actually, when Aristotle advances the teleological argument at the beginning of the Nichomachean Ethics, he is pretty tentative about it, and moreover he quickly walks away from it and treats the phenomenon and criterion of eudemonia as self-evident. In the Eudemian Ethics, he doesn't even bother to go through the motions of discussing teleology, and--after rapidly (though clearly and reasonably) saying that the goal and criterion of eudemonia is self-evident--he goes directly into his discussion of eudemonia.

Eudemonia is the Greek word for the good, thriving, happiness, and it is exactly what Jefferson and Locke are saying, respectively, when they are describing the "pursuit of life, liberty and happiness," and the "pursuit of life, liberty and property." Earlier, in all sorts of ways, Milton is saying the same thing; across his work, this fits into the figure he develops combining Christian charity, God's love, and the purpose--central to the nature of a marriage between a man and a woman--of shared Bible study, intellectual adventure and amorous intimacy.

Ethics is not a matter of theoretical speculation, nor is it an assessment of various theories, as if through an examination of these "theories" we can progress toward a normative or prescriptive moral theory that is legitimately authoritative.  Rather, moral philosophy is the consideration of what is good, and how to achieve it.   Rather than providing rules or guidelines, moral philosophy points the way to improving our ability to act in appropriate ways.

These are interesting matters. Please click the following links for additional highbrow analysis:

Aristotle and the Meaning of Eudaimonia
An Introduction to Modernity, or a few lines on Locke, Jefferson and Milton off the top of my Head

"Adam Inspired by Eve and Rosie Dawn"  Terrance  Lindall

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

On the Comet's Surface

Yes, that is the surface of a comet. Please click HERE for more.