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  1. I have been invited to say a few things about the Baha'i Faith in this theology forum. To save me reinventing the wheel, so to speak, I'll post a few words from Wikipedia which provides a good start for readers. The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion which emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind. Three core principles establish a basis for Bahá'í teachings and doctrine: the unity of God, that there is only one God who is the source of all creation; the unity of religion, that all major religions have the same spiritual source and come from the same God; and the unity of humanity,
  2. I wrote the following about this great modern historical fiction writer and place my post in this sub-section, FYI.-Ron Price, Australia ---------------------------------------- THANKING E.L. DOCTOROW Part 1: The acclaimed American novelist and playwright E. L. Doctorow has given writers like myself many writing tips. He died two weeks ago, on 21 July 2015, in Manhattan at the age of 84 due to complications from lung cancer. I write the following out of appreciation for a writer who, for the most part, remained for out on the periphery of my reading experience in the last 60 years. I have f
  3. Music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Its common elements are pitch which governs melody and harmony, rhythm and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. The word derives from a Greek word which, when translated, means "art of the Muses." Although this sub-section of my website is part of popular culture, I deal on this webpage with music in its totality: all forms, all cultures and the history of music. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music all vary according to cul
  4. CARPE DIEM This Latin expression, carpe diem, applies to many a facet of life-some of which I write about in the following prose-poem, a prose-poem which arose after watching the film: Hawking. I leave it to readers with an interest in this subject of the evolution of the Big-Bang theory to comment on how the theory came to be and whether they find any other theory that gives the Big-Bang an argument. Apologies for the slightly blog-oriented nature of my post.-Ron Price, Australia ----------------------------------------- Preamble: This prose-poem is a revised edition of an earlier work, a
  5. I began collecting items on Wittgenstein when teaching English literature at matriculation level and philosophy in the early 1990s at what is now a polytechnic in Western Australia. I had come across him before, but never as frequently. I opened a file which now contains the results of the first 23 years(1991-2014) of my collecting, a periodic and largely serendipitous exercise. As a TLS article in 2005 put it, in introducing the subject of Wittgenstein: “Why are artists so fascinated by Ludwig Wittgenstein? Frege is a philosopher’s philosopher, and Bertrand Russell was every shopkeeper’s i
  6. ONE'S OWN TIME AND PLACE Part 1: One of Shakespeare’s defining knacks, so it’s said, is and was his ability to render his own time and place more or less irrelevant to the appreciation of his art.1 In the late 1980s and early 1990s, as I was settling into the last college in which I would spend my teaching career, there was a theoretically informed return to history in Renaissance/early modern studies and, therefore, the study of the works of Shakespeare. Part of that return to history was the result of Stephen Greenblatt who is regarded as, arguably, the major founder of New Historicism
  7. MOTOWN Back-up Music Part 1: Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a 2002 documentary film directed by Paul Justman.1 It recounts the story of The Funk Brothers, the un-credited and largely unheralded studio musicians who were the hand-picked house band by Berry Gordy in 1959. They were the band who recorded and performed on Motowns' recordings from 1959 to 1972. The film was inspired by the 1989 book Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson, a bass guitar instruction book by Allan Slutsky, which features the bass lines of James Jamerson
  8. GETTING KNOWLEDGE Part 1: Reflecting as I now do on my 65 year reading life from 1949 to 2014, I found Darwin’s way of reading a book of interest. He “often annotated heavily, prepared his own index of interesting passages, broke a book in half at the binding if it was too heavy and stopped to write about it in his notebooks.” He showed, as Howard Gruber puts it: “a man at work using books as tools for getting knowledge, not as exhibitions of knowledge already crystallised”.1 Gillian Beer characterizes Darwin’s reading style, as “full of questions and exclamations, enthusiastic rebutta
  9. HANNIBAL I write below, in this somewhat lengthy series of 3 prose-poems, brief sketches of three Hannibals. They are Hannibals whom I came to know about in some detail in the last two decades, 1994 to 2014, from the age of 50 to 70. This 20 year period involved the last 5 years of my working life as a teacher-lecturer and extensive commitments in Baha'i administration, as well as the first 15 years of my retirement from FT, PT and most volunteer-work, after a 50 year student-and-employment life: 1949 to 1999. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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