92 years young, the delightful Raymond Smullyan
is a mathematician, logician, magician, concert pianist
, and Taoist philosopher
- who also pioneered retrograde chess problems
Fate, Absolute Life and Death, the Aleph, the Zeitgeist, the sinking of the Atlantis, the World Trade Center
, the formation of the universe...what more could you want from art? There's probably already been a been a post on this guy, Paul Laffoley, but I should hope more people could get a glance at some of this man's work
. Crazy or brilliant, you make your decision. A video
from his website.
The Meaning of Life
according to various rather famous people (Dennett, Fukuyama, etc). I'm watching the Dennett video at the moment and it starts rather weakly, but, by midway through, is rolling along nicely. With topics like "being good without god" and "the anthropic principle" it struck me as relevant to a couple of recent askmefi threads
Dennett: [pause] i guess i'll say it again, more slowly...
(oh, and the player interface is rather delicate - give it time to load and click play a few times...)
Coincidence or contortion? Ivan Panin
deciphered a numeric code in the Bible. Known as Gematria
, the 'code
' implies the Bible could not have been written without Holy assistance
. Panin offered an open challenge
for someone to create text using a similar pattern, yet no one was able to create one(nor tried).
However many people doubt the authenticity
of the code though. The code is found in the same verses using different translations
. It is also claimed that Panin manufactured his own translations
to create this mathematical phenomenon.
Whether or not you believe, you can determine how good or evil any text or website is
Another unified theory!
And this time it's not just about physics, but the eternity domain, diallel lines, sunspots, egg resonance, planetary alignment, plant dehydration and the Book of Mormon too.