Thursday, December 21, 2006


Lubos has tagged me. Here are the rules:

Grab the book closest to you.
Open to page 123, go down to the fifth sentence.
Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog.
Name the book and the author.
Tag three people.

Here it is:

"We traversed the ideological line into the theater of physical causes governed by natural law where you and I are subject only to the mindless action of matter instead of being engaged in a conscious dialogue with it. The Earth-centered universe is inward-directed, which we usually characterize as closed and negative, while the heliocentric universe is outward-directed, open, and, therefore, positive. Having lived under its domain for so long, we cannot imagine what it must have been like to exist in a cosmos like Dante's - in a world that permits the human voice to penetrate to all levels of existence."

from Behind the Crystal Ball: Magic, Science, and the Occult From Antiquity Through the New Age by Anthony Aveni

I haven't read this entire book, but it does have a chapter about Richard Feynman.

I'll tag CIP, Guy the Savage Farmer, and DHammett (because he'll do it even without his own blog).

Come on, guys, you've got to play along. Even Lubos did this one!


DHammett said...

I feel soooo taken for granted. ;-)

OK, since I'm sure you all don't want something from Title 18 of the federal criminal code, here's a little something from Catchfire by Peter McLaughlin. This is a book that is intended to ignite energy, defuse stress and power boost one's performance.

"But again, the right amount of time depends heavily on your exercise goals and your schedule. If you are lifting weights in an attempt to build muscle, then you will obviously spend more time on that activity. If your schedule won't permit a 40-minute workout today,go for 20 minutes."

I know...pretty boring. But it sure beats, "The language of Rule 26 has been amended as part of the general restyling of the Criminal Rules to make them more easily understood and to make style and terminology consistent throughout the rules..."

Rae Ann said...

dh, thanks for playing! Don't feel taken for granted. Feel reliable! :-) Actually, I think the second quote is pretty interesting. lol

DHammett said...

My favorite parts of the code start, "Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud..." and end "...shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both." Now that's interesting reading. But you didn't say we could choose our favourite bits. :-)

Reliable? You mean always there, like that favorite, comfortable pair of blue jeans? *he asked hopefully*