Added notes: Shakespeare as Ozymandias

[ by Charles Cameron — how Bill Benzon and Will Shakespeare lead me to Angus Wilson and Ruth Ozeki ] . Comments are now closed on my fairly recent post, Triangulation: Hoboken, Ramesses II, Ozymandias, so I can’t add there to the strand of the discussion that dealt with Shakespeare‘s language becoming barnacle-encrusted with time […] Read more »

Firefights, breath, & meditation

[ by Charles Cameron — remembering my father, Capt Orford Gordon Cameron, DSC, RN ] . I came across two pieces with overlapping descriptions of what happens to the body, perceptions, and thought, in a firefight. As is my habit, I’ve picked some of the essential text and accompanying illustration in each case, and offer […] Read more »

Yesterday’s learnings in science and religion

[ by Charles Cameron — theo-ecology, with a side of spaghetti ] . First, a Nobel laureate makes a distinction that should be of interest to all who study war — as also to those who “ain’t gonna study war no more”. Lucy Hughes-Hallett begins a New Statesman book review titled Chernobyl and the ghosts […] Read more »

Zen in the Art of Future Warfare

[ by Charles Cameron — a highly interesting discussion, discussed ] . How to Write and Fight World War III: This is the video of a terrific discussion of the future of warfare — peacemaking, too, if you see them as two sides of a coin — from the Art of Future Warfare project, to […] Read more »

Guest posting at 3 Quarks Daily [et al]

[ by Charles Cameron — two guest posts posted, a forthcoming book chapter written, and more to come ] . I very much enjoy 3 Quarks Daily, it’s my aggregator of choice, and so I was particularly delighted and honored when my friend Bill Benzon of New Savanna invited me to guest blog on his […] Read more »

Koan 1 — Bibi, Walt, and the concept of buffer zones

[ by Charles Cameron -- with sympathy for the real, while holding compassion as the ideal ] . ** First, I want to requote two parts of the Times of Israel report titled Netanyahu finally speaks his mind that I quoted a short while ago in my post Israel / Palestine: some delicate balancing acts: [...] Read more »

Never bring a sword to a pen fight?

[ by Charles Cameron -- in which I suggest that reality may be more like a river, our understandings more like canals ] . ** I read a couple of things this morning that struck me. The first was in Zen’s post, Dealing with the China we Have Rather than the China we Wish to [...] Read more »

Warren McCulloch’s lifetime koan

[ by Charles Cameron -- from intuitive leap to confirmation in a celebrated paper by neurophysiologist and cybernetician Warren McCulloch ] . As I mentioned in my earlier post, Close reading, Synoptic- and Sembl-style, for parallels, patterns, there are times when my HipBone-influenced style of reading suggests the presence of a hidden piece of text [...] Read more »

R2P: Asserting Theory is not = Law

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] At The Bridge, Victor Allen pontificates on R2P (“Responsibility to Protect“) as if it were an established, cardinal point of international  law and not a pet theory of a few years vintage pushed by a small but politically connected clique of Western elite activists. Strong State, Weak State:The New Sovereignty [...] Read more »