Wednesday April 11th 2012 Tim
Candler
To sum a
culture, a person has to be remarkably arrogant. And it is useful
to remember that mathematics is what I guess can be called, abstract.
Which is to say, mathematics has no experience of being mathematics and
is therefore the obvious answer. But I will say that most
decisions are made in spaces that are increasingly abstract, until
something infuriating happens and a mind is persuaded to think, "This is
nuts!" An opinion I voice rather too often.

In looking for words to describe the powerful, I suspect it's better to think of the powerful as  tending to be the
last to conclude, "This is nuts." Which is why last night's
patchy frost can too easily be handed over to the abstract of mathematics, a
calculation of air movement, the Kyoto Butterfly flapping it's wings
and the physics of radiational cooling. Me, I'm determined to think of
it as a demonic being plotting to kill off Asparagus, decimate the
Strawberry. This way I can at least pretend to belong to the earth.
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