Particles and State-of-Being: A Clarifying Response to Shaun Terry

    In approaching identity, I like the visualization of "approaching" identity in a way similar to evaluating the 'limit' as x approaches a value, where x is a representation of a "space-time" dependent reality, and where identity, as f(x), is a function of space-time. As observers, we are likely only able to estimate an expected identity …

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Infinity and Identity (First Draft)

Draft 2 here Let’s suppose that one means of approaching identity, considered here as an expression of place among existing possible places, is informed by a combination of elements: past and present experience, moment-to-moment decision-making, motives and deliberations, and the ways by which outcomes affect us, among other things. Perhaps this conception of identity can …

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Layers of Reality: Exploring the Mental Landscape via the Voices of Lincoln, Dickinson, Poole, and Melville

  For millennia, language has served humanity as a bridge from one great mind to another. The channel opened by such meaningful discourse surpasses the faculties of all other animals and grants endowment of the title, homo-sapiens-sapiens -- man who thinks about thinking. It is within this capacity that the human species operates, building a …

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Trail to Transcendence: The Journeys of the Pious Taylor and Industrious Equiano

 There is a human quality that seeks to examine the condition of the self within one’s constraints -- be those literal or perceived -- and hungers for inclusion in a higher society. For the African born former slave Olaudah Equiano, as described in his “Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavas Vassa, …

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Weeding the Contagious Garden: Hamlet and Othello

  In the budding humanistic climate of 16th Century Europe, men are sovereign and fortune is a strumpet. Against this backdrop, the immortal works of Shakespeare take form, commentating on tragic lessons grounded in the laws of nature and the supernatural. Of Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet and Othello highlight the heart-wrenching story of a righteous man’s …

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  Breaking Through (I felt a Funeral, in my Brain)

The passage from one state of being to another is an intrinsic function catalyzing the cycle of life. Emily Dickinson successfully illustrates this movement between states of being in her poem, "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain”, taking the concepts of death, life and being beyond the limits of physicality (955). A first person …

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Bringing Miss Brill Out of the Box

Identities are not only shaped by the world, they inspire the way in which that world is seen. Painted with the language of surreal imagery and metaphor by short story author Katherine Mansfield, “Miss Brill” explores a figurative world that is becoming furtively colder- one that pushes some souls into isolation while exploiting others, all for the purposes of the show.