blaise pascal

blaise pascal

Blaise Pascal wrote about in the mid-17th century.

Sometimes, when I set to thinking about the various activities of men, the dangers and troubles which they face at Court, or in war, giving rise to so many quarrels and passions, daring and often wicked enterprises and so on, I have often said that

the sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to be quiet in his room.

pascal quiet law

quiet in room

feedback loop is broken

A man wealthy enough for life’s needs would never leave home to go to sea or besiege some fortress if he knew how to stay at home and enjoy it.  Men would never spend so much on a commission in the army if they could bear living in town all their lives, and they only seek after the company and diversion of gambling because they do not enjoy staying at home.  …

The only good thing for men therefore is to be diverted from thinking of what they are, either by some occupation which takes their mind off it, or by some novel and agreeable passion which keeps them busy, like gambling, hunting, some absorbing show, in short by what is called diversion.

found this passage in Ed post about real ness- http://edbrenegar.typepad.com/leading_questions/2013/05/the-spectacle-of-the-real.html

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more on Blaise:

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Blaise Pascal (French: [blɛz paskal]; 19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor,writer and Christian philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal’s earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defense of the scientific method.

Pascal was an important mathematician, helping create two major new areas of research: he wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of 16, and later corresponded with Pierre de Fermat on probability theory, strongly influencing the development of modern economics and social science. Following Galileo and Torricelli, in 1646 he refuted Aristotle’s followers who insisted that nature abhors a vacuum. Pascal’s results caused many disputes before being accepted.

.., he also wrote an important treatise on the arithmetical triangle. Between 1658 and 1659 he wrote on the cycloid and its use in calculating the volume of solid.

pascals triangle

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Cage ness

eu\daimon\ia ness

quiet enough ness

talk to self

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deleuze on silence

quiet enough to hear it ness – self-talk as data

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intro Hubert Dreyfuswhat computers can’t do

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the diff between the mathematical mind {esprit de geometrie) and the perceptive mind {esprit de finesse): the reason the mathematicians are not perceptive is that they do not see what is before them, and that, accustomed to the exact and plain principles of mathematics, and not reasoning till they have well inspected and arranged their principles, they are lost in matters of perception where the principles do not allow for such arrangement… these principles are so find and so numerous that a very delicate and very clear sense is needed to perceive them, and to judge rightly and justly when they are perceived, without for the most part being able to demonstrate them in order as in mathematics; because the principles are not known to us in the same way , and because it would be an endless matter to undertake it. we must see the matter at once, at one glance, and not by a process of reasoning, at least to a certain degree.. mathematicians wish to treat matters of perception mathematically, and make themselves ridiculous.. the mind.. does it tacitly, naturally, and without technical rules. – pascal pensees