Archive for October, 2003


October 26, 2003

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Now that I have started reading the book I am I am really drawn to this site – fascinating stuff!


References to Online sources in essays.

October 16, 2003


For writers creating in-text citations and Works Cited lists for online sources, the MLA Handbook provides the following general recommendations

The page goes on to list some useful ideas.

October 13, 2003 A comprehensive site – found this image of Hunt.

An online book on William Holman Hunt

October 13, 2003


William Holman Hunt attempted to create an art that could marry realism and elaborate iconography, fact and feeling, matter and spirit.

I have never heard of Hunt but have been looking at a lot of Pre-Raphaelites and this bit of his philosophy stands out as to why it is of interest to me and how it ties in with some of my thoughts on cyberspace – though I do not know exactly how.

The Awakening Conscience – William Holman Hunt – 1853


October 11, 2003

Dan Randow has renamed his weblog and is amalgamating them under the name sociocorpus. Nice idea Dan! GroupSense:

sociocorpus notes on the evolving life of the socius online
transition alert: sociocorpus is emerging in the place of the ‘Knowledge Management’, ‘eLearning’ and ‘Online Groups’ blogs on this site

The name sociocorpus reflects Dan’s idea that there is a living thing here, that groups are alive. Well, I think like that anyway… a relationship is born, it lives, it has its personality and ups and downs and then dies like any living entity. It is an idea that is not so common in the social spehere, not as common as in the biosphere where to think of a forest as having a life is no longer so unusual.

Archetypes and Strange Attractors

October 11, 2003

Another paragraph about archetypes from Archetypes, Archons and Egregores:

In my experience, when an archetype is constellated, it creates a perceptible field of psychological energy, analogous to a magnetic field in the physical sphere. I have long maintained that a field of this sort might ‘attract’ psychological and physical occurrences belonging to a particular pattern, much as a magnet attracts iron filings that make its field visible. As a matter of fact, contemporary mathematicians and physicists seem to be speaking from a similar intuition when they use the word ‘attractor,’ describing the fact that a particular motion always settles into a specific pattern; and when chaos theory employs the term ‘strange attractors’ for uniquely individual patterns that are complex and unpredictatable, but nonetheless orderly.

Janet O. Dallett, from The Not-Yet-Transformed God

My hypothesis is that “Hermes” is a good name for a cluster of patterns that recurr around communication – everything from the alphabet to the Internet has similatr stories hanging around it.

The Pre-Raphaelite Dream

October 11, 2003

proserpine Dunedin Art Gallery:

The Pre-Raphaelites are renowned for their rejection of the everyday, often rather sentimental subject matter of much 19th century British painting. They favoured subjects derived from literary sources and medieval romance, and used vivid colour and lyrical forms for dramatic and emotional effect.

I am interested in this as it has a resonence with my own psychological bent. I imagine those words dont really reflect how the Pre-Raphaelites would
have described themselves.

I will be going to the exhibition I imagine, and have enriolled in the course here at the Uni:

(5 evening sessions and an optional weekend gallery visit)

Course Code: QPR01

This five-evening course looks at the fascinating 19th-century British art movement that is showcased in the exhibition showing at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery this spring. The widely recognised Pre-Raphaelite style will be examined and explained, with both its familiar and its lesser-known concerns and aspects such as the Gothic revival, Italian poetry, the Arts and Crafts and the heroines of literature coming in for special attention.


October 10, 2003

Some links here: “Readings of interest in Depth and Archetypal Psychology”

Some interesting items collected by Michael Staples, who is an advocate for depth psychology in California.


October 10, 2003

Archetypes, Archons and Egregores This includes a very useful list of definitions of archetypes – with references, for example:

“Archetypes resemble the beds of rivers: dried up because the water has deserted them, though it may return at any time. An archetype is something like an old watercourse along which the water of life flowed for a time, digging a deep channel for itself. The longer it flowed the deeper the channel, and the more likely it is that sooner or later the water will return.” Carl G. Jung, from Psychological Reflections

Email groups rule

October 10, 2003

In this otherwise as expected item about Arnie: Schwarzenegger Wants Davis to Stop Filling Posts and Signing Bills, there is this snippet: “The group will do most of its work by e-mail and conference call, a Schwarzenegger aide said.” A virtual group like this can do its work more efficiently than any debating chamber I imagine. Does not mean they will have better policy though. Maybe just more efficiently do what nasty stuff they are brewing up.

Nice Weblog

October 6, 2003

GearBits I like the style, the palm stuff and the movies – all in categories!