Demonstrations

Demonstrations 11: Wright and Nott

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That Wright is Wright and Nott is Nott
Logicians must concede.
That Nott is right and Wright is not
Four judges have decreed.
That Nott is right, and Wright is not,
We all must now agree;
Then Nott is right and Wright is Nott–
The same thing, to a t.
If Nott is Nott and Wright is Nott,
It comes without a wrench
That we have not, if not two Notts,
Five judges on the bench.
If only four, as shown before,
And three agree with Nott,
The judgment is unanimous,
And Wright’s dissent is naught.
The knot is not, is Nott not Nott?
But is Wright right, or Nott?
Is Nott not right? What right has Wright
To write that Nott is not?
He concluded, “Do I do right to write to Wright
This most unrighteous rot?”

Demonstrations 10: Litreview

Posted in Demonstrations on September 6th, 2010 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

-The combined ages of Mary and Ann are 44 years, and Mary is twice as old as Ann was when Mary was half as old as Ann will be when Ann is three times as old as Mary was when Mary was three times as old as Ann. How old is Mary?

-”yields falsehood when appended to its quotation.” yields falsehood when appended to its quotation.

Demonstrations 9

Posted in Demonstrations on July 26th, 2010 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

possible summer2

Demonstrations 8

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As a thought experiment, consider:
You have a 97 story building
at your disposal.
You have the power to conjure
any writer into your presence
and the physical power
to overmaster them.
Who would you throw
and from which floor?

Demonstrations 7

Posted in Demonstrations on May 3rd, 2010 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

dreaming/waking/reading

In a dream, I awake to read.
The story read,
I slept and dreamt the story.
Review:
Formerly dreaming, waking, reading;
then, waking, dreaming, reading.
I must at some point:
reading, dreaming, waking.
So I found another story;
book, < > (J Higgle)
in which a man dreamed
himself awake,
or the suspicion of awake.
With five left, I quit.
You’re tired. I’m tired.
I read my own story,
and fell asleep,
or the suspicion of asleep.

Demonstrations 6: Litreview

Posted in Demonstrations on March 22nd, 2010 by buzzing wire – 1 Comment

>I Heard It Said
I heard it said there was
a stone in the water and a circle,
and above the water a word
that lays the circle around the stone.

>Again Spasms
eternal, de-eternalized are you
eternalized, uneternal you

>Sonnet XVI (TB)
Into the closed air of the slow
Warmth comes, a slow going down of the Morning Land
She is warm. Into the vast closed air of the slow
Going down of the Morning Land

>Image-Nation 14 (the face
the field of the square inch of the
house of the square foot
the house of the square foot is the
face
the field of the square inch is the
face alive
in the middle of the square inch
the splendour moves
a footstep in the furnace
little box 1little box 2

Demonstrations 5

Posted in Demonstrations on February 8th, 2010 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

Contrive a knapsack filled,
carried to the top of a mountain.
Inside is an apple opened
which contains in its core
a knapsack holding a mountain.
Now this is confusing.
There’s an apple below,
a mountain above,
and a core and a knapsack
flanking either side.
Open the knapsack—
this time there’s nothing.
You’re sitting
on top of a mountain
no knapsack, no apple.

Demonstrations 4

Posted in Demonstrations on December 28th, 2009 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

Consider a bird.
A real Keatsian fowl.
Something that can warble
from dusk to dawn,
a constant warbler.
Now what I’m going to do
is take the bird
and touch the tip of my pinky
to its anus,
apply a little pressure.
What we want to observe
is the effect of this pressure
on the warble:
does the pitch drop?
does it do so continuously?
or does it stay constant till a break point?
Warbling and the pressure could be
completly independent.
Maybe the pressure has no effect?
But, we want answers to these questions.
That is why we perform these tests.

Demonstrations 3

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heart of poetry

Demonstrations 2

Posted in Demonstrations on September 28th, 2009 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

Consider an orchard.
An orchard, right?
So that’s like love.
And I’m going to take
one single tree
in that orchard
and I’m going to take
the heel of my hand,
ignoring the constraints
of the hand,
and I’m going to push down
on the top of the tree,
splitting the limbs
all the way down
to the root of the trunk.

Demonstrations 1

Posted in Demonstrations on July 20th, 2009 by buzzing wire – Be the first to comment

1. Assume the perspective of natural selection.
2. Consider the human.
3. Observe the almost constant infighting for most of the species’ history.
4. Observe the escalating capacity to inflict damage.
5. Extrapolate from these facts to the extinction of the species. Presume this.
6. The human species fails to adapt to its environment (internal or external).

Q: Does the species suffer from an excess of intelligence or a deficiency?