A Thought for the Day
Only in the past century or so, which is to say for no more, and perhaps for less, than for one year out of every thousand or so of human existence, have the arts and crafts of our kind created the capacity actually to replace or substitute for bodily parts that have so worn or suffered from grievous injury as no longer to operate or function as necessary for a body’s strength and productivity; such a miraculous context might call forth one of two sorts of responses from observers and participants in our ‘divine comedy’ now, especially in the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave,’ the first an evocation of highest irony, inasmuch as so few people have access to these healing modalities, the second an expression of outrage that our social relationships are so primitive as to forestall people’s capability of attaining these amazing expressions of technical acuity, since, after all, depriving individuals’ of their ability to retain and deploy their vitality and skill must ever impoverish the entire species, a social phalanx in which interdependence and mutuality form the foundation for continuing human existence.
This Day in History
Today, the third day of Spring this year, is World Meteorological Day; in England four and three quarters century ago, plus one year, the last monastery to give in to Henry VIII’s rule, at Waltham Abbey, culminated the rise of the Church of England vis-à-vis Roman Catholicism; two hundred nine years thereafter, in 1749, a male infant came into the world who would grow up as statistical innovator and astronomer by the name of Pierre La Place; eight years hence, in 1757, English naval and army forces captured the city of Chandannagar from the French in West Bengal, laying the basis for the commercial ascendancy of Calcutta and the general consolidation of British rule of the Subcontinent; MORE HERE
We want a better America, an America that will give its citizens, first of all, a higher and higher standard of living so that no child will cry for food in the midst of plenty. We want to have an America where the inventions of science will be at the disposal of every American family, not merely for the few that can afford them. An America that will have no sense of insecurity and which will make it possible for all groups, regardless of race, creed, or color to live in friendship, to be real neighbors; an an America that will carry its great mission of helping other countries to help themselves, thinking not in terms of exploitation, but of creating plenty abroad so we can all enjoy it here in America.
4. Orlando Letelier, 1976.
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Nearly Naked Links
From Wednesday’s Files
A Chilean Drama’s Current Relevance – http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Chilean-Play-Dramatizes-Remaining-Traces-of-Pinochet-Dictatorship-20170325-0007.html
Addiction in Historical Perspective
What Math Can and Can’t Teach – https://aeon.co/essays/it-s-time-for-science-to-abandon-the-term-statistically-significant