08 October 2007

lately i've been thinking

about what Niels Bohr said, reportedly in reponse to questions on the nature of language in 1920:

"We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images and establishing mental connections."

though it seems his point here is as much about our perception of materiality/corporeal/"deep reality" as [about] language - no there there until measured (interpreted/communicated) et cetera.

anyway, this goofy Borgesian notion crossed my mind - wouldn't it be a gas if my entire history, as i assume it, has been a direct result of or response to this statement.

"i'm not sure i know what i'm talking about" she sd. again.

**photo taken by one of my parents. both take credit. i once remembered but now i don't.

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