Cosmos Café [2/12] -`"The Circle" by Ralph Waldo Emerson


(Douglas Duff) #1

In your time zone: 2019-02-12T19:00:00Z

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M.C. Escher -Concentric Rinds Colour

“Circles, like the soul, are neverending and turn round and round without a stop”

Spirals and spheres have appeared in contemporary three- and four-dimensional reflections and other thought. Though Emerson in his essay “The Circle” draws upon two-dimensional shapes as his choice metaphor, do not be fooled into flat thinking…this is an essay that spirals amongst itself and “around every circle another can be drawn.” The essay hoists a certain philosophical tone that our Cafe “circle” would likely weigh in on during one of our hefty discussions.

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Our moods do not believe in each other. To-day I am full of thoughts and can write what I please. I see no reason why I should not have the same thought, the same power of expression, to-morrow. What I write, whilst I write it, seems the most natural thing in the world: but yesterday I saw a dreary vacuity in this direction in which now I see so much; and a month hence, I doubt not, I shall wonder who he was that wrote so many continuous pages.”

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  • Introduction to the essay
  • Open Conversation

“I am only an experimenter. Do not set the least value on what I do, or the least discredit on what I do not, as if I pretended to settle any thing as true or false. I unsettle all things. No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker.”

(Eduardo Rocha) #2

This discussion is fine with me. I believe you @Douggins suggested February 12 as the date for that.

(Eduardo Rocha) #4

I’ll try to create a little script to remind myself of what to say. I really liked this essay. I see something more theological or even cosmological, but also someone who believes in science as a near-progress. A mixture of many things. The ending seemed a bit confusing.