Sin, tea, ent + being = reason?

In 1900 there were only some 200 miles of hard surfaced road outside of cities in the United States.

Package for retail sales of the film Green Tea over Rice Director; Yasajiu Ozu © Shochiku Company Limited

Setoguro tea bowl—

I think it was Hideyoshi who when served tea in a black bowl felt so insulted that he ordered the tea master to seppuku.

Alameda Creek

The word “binary” has become common ,computers operate on binary communication where technological advancement is when every task is continually being split into two smaller and smaller levels of decision making operating faster and faster. Communication between digital machines is when information— 0s & 1s—are moved exactly from one machine to another.

Everything in the universe is “binary ’ in the sense a “class of a thing ”is “identified”, given a name and as it becomes increasingly accepted people “know and experience” it more and more and later it is “discovered” that the “thing” is actually made up of diverse smaller things, or bigger things, which ever is the direction you are going.

Things are never made of “equal things” as then it would be the same thing and not a different thing, While things are constantly changing including people, different things change at different rates and having words for our individual anecdotal experiences creates both ingorance and social solidartiy

How humans interact with things is our experience—seeing, hearing smelling, touching and tasting. This is how we experience the universe . . . of which we are not apart.

Humans are biological, they have life, and they have entropy— individually things come into existence and go out of existence while socially generations continue . . .or a society become extinct. If we become extinct we will not know it.

In addition to our biological senses we have a biological mind—Reason is only the begotten child of our five senses.

Perhaps we are fortunate, living is experiencing, by default being human is to experience and is coincidentally our methodology for knowing,

While we cannot experience what we cannot sense, the mind seems to give humans a biological ability for Reason which has enabled humans to discover things in and about the universe beyond the capabilities of the five senses. Most of these “discovery methods” are extentions of the five senses.

Words enable us to know “things,” it give us a common sounds and written symbols. While the “things” we speak or write about are in constant change, the words we use to speak or write about them stay the same. When you write “crane” on a piece of paper, next week it still has the same sound and meaning but the crane has grown older, its still a crane but not exactly the same crane

Words by their very nature make us experience and know the universe as binary, we think in black and white . . .

a but live in a world of constantly changing “gray matter” only known to us by common bunch of abstract sounds and markings on paper which we call reality.because we cannot know anything else.

This is what makes the word “thing” so functional. We can use it to talk about a thing for which we do not share the same meaning but the pressing topic of conversation is about something else which is relate, we speak or think, the general term thing and evade a discussion/argument.

In graphic design (printing offset) we used the term “art” to refer to anything that was meant to be printed on the paper, not quite what you would expect to see if you visited a museum but a more specifically defined term for a commercial situation where the purpose of the “art” is to specifically communicate the message of the payor as different in Art which is to communicate the message of the payee ( the artist).

Being able to write and make visual/audio images alters the quality of communication—perhaps this is one reason “photo/video journalism” is the “highest form” of—it is supposed to visually communicate some kind truth, a “reality” which we can all naturally see. Perhaps sometimes the reality is too much and its better that photojournalists design (censor?) their images to communicate a reality.

It was as if print, uniform and repeatable commodity that it was, had the power of creating a new hypnotic superstition of the book as independent of and uncontaminated by human agency. Nobody who had read manuscripts could achieve this state of mind concerning the nature of the printed word. But the assumption of homogeneous repeatibility derived from the printed page, when extended to all other concerns of life, led gradually to all those forms of production and social organization from which the Western worlds derives many satisfactions and nearly all of its characteristic traits. 

The Gutenberg Galaxy Marshall McLuhan

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There are so many more answers than questions, The front window of a bar where you cold order eight takayuki handstand outside in the street waiting. Had just finished dinner, and it would be my second serving of takoyaki that day, but could not resist. fourteen yearslater I am still the same weight, but glad for the memory of a delicious treat.

Shiokara—salted squid— is more of a “learned” taste, goes good with sake looks just right a Munehiko Murata ekaratsu plate.

Fore fun poster from late 1960s, thinking Alfred Jarry and Daddy Ubu . . .

Only thank God men have done learned how to forget quick what they ain’t brave enough to try to cure.”

The Hamlet William Faulkner

The young man who was to become Bodhidharma aka The Twenty-eighth Patrarch of India, the First Patriarch of Chan, Daruma brought Dhyana to China creating Chan.

When I visit San Francisco I feel I miss the excitement of living in a city, buts its like seeing photographs of snow, it looks so inviting.

,This was a piece of Art in a gallery, a mirrored staircase on which I walked up a few steps and made the photograph before I saw the Please Do No Stand On sign but I could not resist.

Feats threw history, ketch the wind

The Duke of Zhou

The Duke of Zhou, 周公, Zhōu Gōng (early Zhou dynasty, around 1000 BCE) is known in China as the benchmark of Confucian integrity.

Zhōu Gōng (Duke of Zhou), a member of the royal family of the early Zhou dynasty played a major role in consolidating the kingdom established by his elder brother King Wu who died young leaving a minor son with him as regent. Amid both internal and external attacks including challenges for power from family and scattered local warlords of the Shang Dynasty,  he solidified the dynasty and established formal procedures for social order. At the nephew’s majority he turned the whole thing over to him. He is also know for establishing the principle of The Mandate of Heaven — Heaven “allows a person to rule ” when they meet the standards of Heaven which was later developed by in more depth by Confucius..

Calligraphy gives you a “graphic feeling” about how the artist feels about what they are drawing. Artistic appreciationy does not require one have to know what the characters mean. You my have your own emotional response such as you might have to an oil painting.or pencil drawing and compare to the “literal meaning” to see if they are similar or different.

周公之禮— Calligraphy for The Rites of Zhou by Janney—calligraphy of words-“周公之禮or 周禮”(Zhou Gong Zhi Li or Zhou Li)

The Rites of Zhou are a formal set of written rules for behavior established, organized and enforced. which dealt with most aspects of behavour in society. .One of the Rites stated people refrain from sex until married. The influence of this rite can still be seen in contemporary times when a couple is married their parents and grandparents congratulate them saying :”you will have ‘周公之禮‘ tonight”. On other hand, parents will tell all who attend the marriage, the couple were virgins and they set a good example for the community.

The Rites of Zhou were known in Japan and Korea, below a cover of a very old Korean copy of the book.

Alameda Creek

A news television broadcast presented a documentary which included  a woman from a “third world country”  excluded from the economic benefits of a society  which was destroying the traditional way of life for her village as it increased the quality of life for the increasingly encroaching urban neighbors.

She could not read or write and probably did not have an “educated vocabulary” to express herself. Yet, she owned and could use a camera phone and had photographs which she used to show the history of her village and her family.  

The photographs were “snapshots” by which I mean they were made spur of the moment with little regard for professional considerations. Without being able to read or write she presented a documented history acceptable  as more accurate than many “written histories” from Greek or Roman times or even from much of the history of the United States or the world in general —all histories which even from “primary sources” have undergone diverse interpretations. 

The nagging element, for me, concerning electronic world ,is that makes civilization dependent on electricity which at this time has to be produced by people..

Most of us can see written letters and marks in daylight.We do not have to create the light its here naturally. A note, early forms of of written human expression such as most cave paintings were made in cave, where there is no natural light.Maybe the intention was to keep them hidden.

The light bulb enabled people to read and write without the sun but still its not enough, electricity still needs to be generated to run the light bulb while the sun is there everyday, no on/off switch, no electrical bill—we just have to make it through the night.

Engineered energy, produced by humans, generates electricity in a usable form but its not always there. It requires mechanization such as a dam, windmill, etc. that will interact with nature, such as wind or water, when nature is behaving appropriately,

.Donovon sang about love, “Ah but I may as well try to catch the wind.”

Natural forms of energy, such as the sun, water and wind are always there unless a major catastrophe occurs but they are not always accessible to people when needed. At this time electricity is not accessible in nature to human beings like air, water or wind.

Humans have biologically evolved to natural forms of energy such as air, water or wind. In electricity have we created a dependence on a form of energy to which we may not be able to evolve to in a “natural relationship?” such as we have with air, water or wind. Maybe AI will have a better chance to make this evolution.

We can use “natural energy” to do most everything but not always when we need it and a much as we need.If we have access to electricity we can use it whenever we need it, as long its being produced by people. Still the more people use electricity the more timely it needs to be generated closer and closer to the time of use. Rolling black outs in times of heat are such a disconnect between electricity generation and human use.

We do not have the capability to store electricity for durations later needed for human use.

With a gasoline powered car, you can buy $32.58 worth of gas, you can drive home, park the car over night and when you use it tomorrow its got the same amount of gas in it as when you turned the engine off. I can buy some batteries, store them in a closet and when I got o use one it has less power than when I bought it. When you do not use an automobile for an extended period of time, the battery may not start the car. Is human dependency on electricity

The global economy may well answer that question. Through history access to energy has been a foremost driver of the best and worst of human behavour. With electricity becoming the common form of energy the world is increasingly becoming the same. On TV you can get news with images from all over the world— floods in Japan, earthquakes in Iran—and with each video coverage we see overweight people on the street, everywhere traffic signs in English, Toyota trucks and white plastic lawn chairs. As people’s lives become increasingly organized around electricity their behavour increasingly approaches similar and same.


Is there such thing as a “Real History?” and does it have meaning for the present ? Do past effect the present regardless of what people think? Or does it only matter what people “believe” what happened.

The previously mentioned woman who could not read or write and probably did not have an “educated vocabulary” to express herself.had , her photographs which she used to show the history of her village and her family.  

Without being able to read or write she presented a documented history acceptable  as more accurate than many “written histories” from Greek or Roman times or or even from much of the history of the United States. or the world. Call it “The Civil War” or “The Southern Insurrection” tells us even with something that happened 1 1/2 centuries ago there are contrary and contradictory stories taught as“ Real History,” much less the stories about January 6, 2021, only six months ago—still interesting in the case of the latter one side refuses to accept the “the reality of the visual images.” which are accepted as “reality” by courts of law.

Is there a “Real History” a set of facts which describes the events? If so does “Real History” determine or influence the present or is the present only determined by what people“ believe” it is regardless of what “really happened?” Can we look at today and understand what happen in the past without knowing a “written history?”

We all have different life experiences, though most differences are of quantity and not quality.

After all every person’s experience, not just in the present but even through history, is unique. How is it that we even come to speak the same language?

Our life is experiencing the world through our biological senses and through Reason. Its easy to understand our sensual experiences; we see, hear, touch, smell and taste and we all share the same basic biological capabilities.

But Reason is another thing— it can only activate after our senses experience. We do not “know by Reason ” until after we experience.

if we experience the same set of things resulting in more common experiences of life for more individuals the more likely people are to have a common view of “reality” and the electronical world is spreading a commonness around the Globe merging us into one culture with no place to hide.

Look all over the world, television and DVDs, tall buildings, automobiles, clothing styles, FaceBook and Amazon, drugs, suits, —these were not common experiences of peoples of the world in the past No matter how fast society moves, increasingly the world becomes more of the same things and people want more of the same things— style unites with supply and demand.? Is it a natural condition of humans that they want what others have? Or maybe people just naturally want things and its just coincidence that the things they want are the things other people have.

A monk asked, “What is the proper way?”
Fay-en answered; “The first thing is to practice. The second thing is to practice.”

The Mind of Chinese Ch’an The Chan School Masters and Their Kung-Ans Yi Wu

If you need help just look for one of these . . .

Weigh, ting, fore gadough

Portrait of Li-Qin-Zhao, 李清照, Chinese poet

Li-Qin-Zhao, famous Chinese poet, 1084- 1155. She was born in a family of scholars-government officials received a comprehensive education. Along with her husband, both were poets,, they collected art, calligraphy and epigraphy and were famous for love poems. and essays about bronze artifacts of the Shang and Zhao dynasties. She is known as establishing the first detailed critique of the metrics of Chinese poetry and master of wǎnyuē pài (婉约派) “the delicate restraint”.

Usually remembered the sunset at a kiosk by a creek,
Didn’t know the way to get back as drunkenness,
Too happy to back to a boat so late,
Entered to the depths of lotus by mistake .
Rowing,rowing urgently,
Let egrets feel surprised to fly.

Painting, calligraphy and translation by Janney

Alameda Creek

Through history philosophers have asked —Are people naturally good, naturally bad? If one or the other, is every person good? or every  person  bad? or are there mostly  good with a few bad or mostly bad with a few good? Perhaps some good, some bad an most people in between on a continuum? A graded playing field so to say, a view conceptually metaphored by the bell-shaped or “normal” curve . . .

ie, , most people are more or less good (or bad), with a few real bad or good on the ends, kind of a middle of the road approach.

For me the thing is that if there is a “natural” human behavior then everyone should have it, and those that do not are people who are “unnatural.” That is too confusing, “they” are always the “other people.”

One story through history is some people (group 1) have something, other people (group 2) want it, so group 2 attacks group 1 , maybe loses, but if they win, they steal the desired property and then pass a law against stealing — i.e. stealing it back from them of course.

Is this a natural behaviour ? Is the cycle of humans on earth producing, killing and stealing?

Some see that all people have the same set of natural— basic human— qualities , but in different quantities, ranging more to less . . .

where one difference between people is the ability of the individual to control the negative aspects of the “natural human qualities”—which by the way always happens to be the “self controlled” behaviour of an elite ruling class of people, i.e. the ones who make the laws others are supposed to follow.

This cyclically comes to a climax when the people want back their stuff stolen from them or another group of people militarily stronger attacks, kills and plunders and then , and again, passes laws that killing and plundering are illegal.

Its a non-ending cycle??

Basically every white person in the USA who owns a house owns property on land which was not only stolen from the original owners but stolen by genicide—over 80% of the human beings who occupied this land were systematically murdered to steal this land.

Yet if any of these “descendants of the original people” were to make an armed effort to get their property back the “law and order” would not hesitate to prevent them from doing this or if they did it, would not hesitate to use armed force to get the property back for the descendants of the people who stole it in the first place Where is justice? does it matter, everywhere indigenous peoples have been not successful in recovering their property from those who murdered and stole it from them.

This is why order is more about sending the status quo than is about justice. Just imaging what would happen if in a specific case the US Supreme Court would find in the favor of the original people here and order the return of the land to them.. There would be civil chaos and violence to prevent it. In other words, in the cycle of producing, killing and stealing there is no end, or perhaps just no end that human beings can attain because of their “natural conditions,” —that’s life , what’s life, five cent magazine, I don”’t have five cents, that’s life.

San Francisco

The Earth is finite, people are everywhere in large populations, there are no “undiscovered places” to hide or restart life.You can r2un away from this cycle of violence and if its “human nature” it will always be.

Throughout history civilizations have risen and fallen by violence between those who have and those who do not. During that time political units have grown in size from family-clan to city-states and todays geo-political entities with tax payer funded weapons of mass destruction and professional armies to defend the sovereign tights of countires

Where does it end? When one last band of armed gangsters steals everything from everyone else and creates a “global order” ? Or perhaps better, people learn to get along with other and stop the cycle of killing, stealing property and justifying this inhumane behaviour with a political and/or religious idealogy.

Can we look at the unjust and genocidal path we had to get to the present, sort out the good things and find a way to mold justice with order? Do people who are born on this big rock winding its way through the universe have any natural rights as an individual?

Its unlikely we will ever know who we really are, who is our “natural self,” its a moot question. We seem to be always changing, and science instead of giving us answers to everything in the universe finds that the process of knowing results in more questions, not less.

New Deal style mural at Coit Tower.


Looking down the Sumida river from a bridge to Asakusa. You are basically safe where ever you walk around Tokyo, AND its clean AND there are convenient clean public bathrooms. Just having respect in the public space prevents a lot of crime while making being in public space more enjoyable.

At the stoplight, just a second to make the image, diagonals among perpendiculars framed by complimentary colors

If you had just a minute to breathe
And they granted you one final wish
Would you ask for something like another chance

Lyrics from The Spark of High Heeled Boys written by Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi

the Wayst land

(Belated) Father’s Day greetings

Life is longest as mountains,
Happiness is much as seas

Calligraphy and poem by Janney.

Alameda Creek

Walking the same path most every day reminds me of the blues line—I’m Leaving’ town runnin’ ’cause walkin’s mos” too slow . . .

What does it mean to “Know Something,” or “Know Some Thing?”  How many things are there in the Universe? Is there a finite number of things? Will humans ever complete an inventory of every thing in the Universe? i.e. will they ever deferentiate every thing from all other things and give them all names?

Human beings  were not always on Earth. The Earth is over 4 1/2 billion years old, life  is 3.7-4.5 billion years old.Human  1-2 million years ago—chose your own  estimate, for this post the difference is not important. Homo Sapeins are about 300,000 years ago, a very, very, short period on earth represents a very very tiny part of the history of Earth, yet it the history of Earth knowing itself. 

In the beginning  there was no book  of instructions, no knowledge.   People were born, survived  and evolved —we are here today— beginning from matter which was not people and which behaved in a way resulting in survival.

We use words to represent these thing in speech,  writing, and now as  electronical impulses. Still the spoken word, the written word or the electronic word are not the thing itself, they are an abstraction  separate from the thing  that we use to represent the thing in communication with others.WordsWords

When we use a word such as “See the tree”, we see a tree, not because the Universe made a tree, but because people have agreed this is what atree is. Its a tree because we call it a tree.

All of these words, whether spoken or written were made up by people who were not intending to go around making up words but developed from the   behaviour of people  in the process of survival creating a tool for communication in differentiating a thing and giving it a name.

But having a name for a thing and “knowing it” are not necessarily the same thing. In the history of survival people had to adjust to changes in their experiences and just how many different sounding grunts can you make? Still, figure it took humans a long time, in human time, to create language, but its a very short time in Earth time.

Words, spoken,  written or electronic, are a discrete thing, some thing we have a common agreement on  the meaning, yet when we look at each situation in using the word the “thing” a quality, may have varying quantitative differences—houses are not all the same size, skies are not always the same blue but no matter what the differences, in human communication  and because its the communication which is important, we  “naturally”  submit to the shared meaning . .Its one reason we survived. .

Unless, of course, there is a specific reason not to, which is unusual and may even be considered eccentric or deviant. We all have different experiences, no matter how small and its the suppression of our different individual experiences to the commonality of our society which effects a social structure of behaviour,

Through all of this evolution no two human beings are exactly the same, have exactly the same experiences , but generally their experiences are close enough that the words of the language have a Real Meaning.

Human biological capabilities to know through experience are the five senses . . .
and then there is Reason—to know some thing without the sensual experience. of that thing

Giving a thing a name, a definition, is using Reason.And both are part of being human.

Cannot count the cows unless you “know” what is a cow and what is not a cow.

The Universe is a bunch of small particles moving around, joining together here, parting there, and joining together with different particles somewhere else , and over and over. It is humans who define the cow as separate from the air and the ground—to the Universe its all one thing, itself, the universe. Without humans the Universe does not know itself and perhaps does not care —or maybe there was a moment when it did care which is when human beings came into existence.


Imitation Kasuri in the clothes store, Kasuri is an old Japanese fabric generally dyed with indigo and related to Indonesian Ikat which is generally many different colors. At one time in Japan there were laws concerning which “classes of people” could wear what fabrics and farmers were assigned kasuri. Even today you may see women working in the fields wearing mompei

An old piece of kasuri which has been hanging somewhere in our house for over 35 years. The cotton thread is dyed and then the fabric is made, traditionally on a hand loom but today probably on a machine.

Driving in the country in Japan you may see women working in the fields wearing mompei—pants made of kasuri.

Sky in Amherst, Massachusetts

Table and windows in Salem, Maine

What is the meaning we look so hard to fail to find? Would you know if you wakened the Buddha inside of yourself.

all dharmas are marked with emptiness;
they do not appear or disappear,
are not tainted or pure,
do not increase or decrease.
Therefore, in emptiness no form, no feelings,
perceptions, impulses, consciousness.
No eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind;
no color, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch,
no object of mind;
no realm of eyes
and so forth until no realm of mind consciousness.

Heart Sutra

Know knead too no


Dragon Boat Festival

Danwu, Dragon Boat Festival, is on the fifth day of the fifth month in the Chinese calendar and has been observed for over 2000 years.
Chinese Dragon Boat by Janney

There are different stories concerning its origin, One more commonly known concerns the death of the poet and government minister Qu Yuan (e.340-278 BC) , ancient state of Chu during the Zhou dynasty. When the Zhou, in its decline, made alliance with the state of Qin, Qu was against it and banished him. Twenty-eight years later the Qin conquered that area and Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the river. He was popular and local citizens rushed out to their boats and tried to save him.There exist writings from the Zhou Dynasty, we have Iching, said to be written by King Wen while in prisoned during the last breaths of Shang, before establishing the Zhou.

Writing was an interesting invention. In English we have an alphabet of 26 letters use to make words we speak and sometimes we make up words using the letters which we do not speak, such as many drug names advertised on tv. .Using English the calligrapher has to control form to maintain a visual designed consistency from letter to letter—as if they were one typeface—to make a spoken word. Basically letters by themselves do not have a meaning-reference to “things” but to a sound which has has a defined meanng.If we do not know the word we can look it up in a dictionary.

HanziChinese characters—have a different situation. Its not just the sound, the character is an illustration, a graphic representation, of the meaning and refers to “things” and when writing, each character may both illustrate a thing and expose the feeling’s of the calligrapher about that thing.

Calligraphy poem for Chinese Dragon Boat Festival by Janney

Alameda Creek

Individuals experience the world through their five senses, most ( but not all) people have these common functioning senses with capabilities which may differ quantitatively but qualitatively we share these common experiences, it gives us a “common sense, ” a shared Reality that works with having a language.

I see some thing, you see some thing and we find our experience is similar enough to differentiate the “thing” from other “things,” and give it a name so in the future we can use the word to represent the thing without first checking with each other to see if we had a common experience about this thing, do we share the same meaning.

Meaningful communication with others— Its a survival tool of human beings.

Meaningful communication is not that we feel good about sharing with others, rather as individuals we are experiencing the universe and finding it to be a common experience—it enables us to function as a society and as a society we can successfully survive.

View culture , not as a ting, but as a process . People do things—behave— and they survive. Those things that they did, —the behaviour they did— enabled survival and they do them again, and survive and do them again and they become the way.

Human behaviour in a social setting i.e. a society, generates a culture field, and, like from gravity emerges a field which results in a structure of behaviour for big and small particles in the universe, out of the behavior of individuals emerges a structure of behaviour, a social structure,

The expression of this structure of behavior is the culture. Behaviours which worked are repeated because they work and its repetition which creates a social structure.

One thing about human behaviour in a social setting is that repeated behavours result in some individuals becoming more skilled in that behaviour.

None of these behavours were before “the start of humanity,” humans evolved, probably as science says, and those that got the survival behaviour right survived—Is this edible? Is it safe to sleep here? Once these survival behaviors are repeated (because they worked) they become common behaviours, i.e. part of culture. Once a society can survive the behaviors are commonly accepted and people in the culture find meaning in the behaviours.

Once a society can survive a structure of human behavour is formed,. If nothing were to change this structure might last for infinity. Culture is conservative in that it establishes a structure of behaviour based on past behaviour, not future behaviour.

But things change, weather and climate, pandemics, big rocks in the universe collide, these can all create new situations be1cpming the natural conditions for survival, and requiring behaviour changes. As mentioned before, when people do things repeatedly they get better at it.

A successful society may have developed tools for producing food and a structure of society is formed which includes a set of behaviours for distributing the food. As people get better at food producing, maybe tools get better, they have a food surplus in the present, but the cultural set of behaviours appropriate for distributing the food are based on the conditions of food scarcity in the past.This generates a conflict between the established behaviour based on scarcity and the new realty of surplus.

Some basic questions about knowing—People can sense (see) there is a food surplus but mentally they are socialized in the culture and will feel more comfortable behaving in the accepted traditional way. but some hungry people and some others, not hungry but with compassion, may want to change the traditional behaviour for their benefit while others may feel the traditional behavior is the should-do behavour—conflict may emerge naturally as society evolves.

You can sense this model in very early humans where it was day to day survival with very slow technical changes in food production and compare it to the present — in my life time of 75 years there are thousands of new words for new things and 30%-40% of eatable food is thrown out daily while about 815 milion people on earth are starving and many more surviving from malnutrition.

Hearts left at home

On the one hand we can only  experience the universe  through our senses, on the the other hand, if there are things outside of our senses how can we ever know them—through Reason? Can we use reason to discover truths about the nature of the world? 

San Francisco will open this week

This was part of a discucssion between empircists and rationalists in philosphy. Descarte thought he could prove the existence of God and the immortality of the soul  through reason, the  rationalists, such as Hume thought  we canonly discover (know) the universe  through experience.

Cable car riding will be free for about a month, at Powell Street.

Kant suggest the Copernicus experience—For humans on Earth it looks like the sun revolves around the earth,  but once we understand gravity, by reason we know the earth revolves around the sun, but it looks different to our visual experience.

The corner at Powell and California St with steep slopes on all four corners, blinking red lights , cable cars go up and down both streets, and may turn the corner leaving oad vehicles and pedestrians to figure out the correct protocol for getting through the intersection. Its not uncommon to see visitors to SanFrancisco just stand there for 10 minutes until they figure out they are the only person who decides .

Empiricism can never experience (know) any part of the universe independent of our  biological senses  yet our brain is part of our biology  and it enables us to reason out reality. What is the “best practices” approach to using our senses and reason for knowing. Perhaps this is a question  to which we will never have an answer but it is the scientific method which has been the most practical tool to combine experience and reason 

Late afternoon a few blocks west of Stockton, slope down.

People are the universe looking at itself. Does the universe make judgements about itself, perhaps the is what evolution is? Are changes determined by what happened in the past?

If I could write a story like Dashiell Hammett something would happen at the yellow window of the grey house, maybe starring Ned Beaumont.


Is there a finite number of particles in the universe? Or no matter how micro or macro we get, will there always be more to discover? Could it be that people are not discovering these new particles but creating them inter process called discovery— a chicken & egg. process.

Destruction & Creation—Shiva’s role in the Universe was to destroy things to create new things. What kind of world is it that has more answers than questions?

Heart Sutra in my workroom and a painting by my grandfather Ray Naegele. For many years m grandfather worked at a bus manufacturing company, he ha a patent for designing a seat, In the 1940s his four sons joined the US Army, he lost his job, I know my father left school — Case Institute of Technology) for one year to help him financially. (The other sons might have done the same, or probably did something else to help also, I do not know.)

Gate Gate Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhisvaha
Heart Sutra brushed by Janney.