reading day…


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The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). Teilhard visualizes the universe as a single spiral galaxy, whose nucleus is self-reflective (turned in upon itself) and plays the role of a conscious observer.

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at…” said Oscar Wilde (in his 1891 essay ‘The Soul of Man Under Socialism’)

This is from Lewis Mumford’s first book…The Story of Utopias ( 1922 )

Friend J. has a new interest in Lewis Mumford…wonder why?  Could it be that Friend J. is outside of a “comfort zone” or the known country of birth?

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‘Utopia’ is a Greek neologism invented by the author of the eponymous satire, Thomas More, and can be translated as ‘Nowhere’. Its perfect (but fictitious) society was meant to contrast with, and consequently be a criticism of, contemporary society in early 16th century Europe.

Utopia, in other words, is the secret destination of the invisible, all-embracing megamachine: the same destination that Teilhard de Chardin pictured in cosmic terms, and a strangely euphoric mood, as the Omega point…..”  Lewis Mumford

Mr. Mumford starts with a survey of the major utopias, some well-known, others less so.  The content of the book leads one from Plato’s Republic, More’s Utopia, Andreæ’s Christanopolis, Bacon’s New Atlantis, Campanella’s City of the Sun, Fourier’s Phalanxes, Cabet’s Icaria, Bellamy’s Looking Backward, Morris’ News from Nowhere, and finally H.G. Wells’ utopian fiction.  In the final portion of the book Mr. Mumford explores the prospects for Utopia and relates it to the realities of urban design & planning.

BTW,

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An elephant clock in a manuscript by Al-Jazari (1206 AD) from The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices.

There is an important second part to Mr. Wilde’s quotation from above : “a map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail.

Let’s always continue searching…Today’s post is just a reminder, to find what is surrounding everyone all the time.

Utopia has long been another name for the unreal and the impossible. We have set utopia over against the world. As a matter of fact, it is our utopias that make this world tolerable to us; the cities and mansions that people dream of are those in which they finally live.”  Lewis Mumford

One of the better-known studies of Mumford is of the way the mechanical clock was developed by monks in the Middle Ages and subsequently adopted by the rest of society. 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