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Lance Rumsted Sends Quantonics
Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote

 Subject:  Re: Abstraction
 Date:  Sun, 16 May 1999 08:43:48 -0500
 From:  Doug Renselle <NOFLAMEqtx{at}earthlink{dot}netNOSPAM>
 Organization:  Quantonics

Lance Rumsted sent us an Oliver Wendell Holmes quote: wrote:

"I was just going to say, when I was interrupted, that one of the
many ways of classifying minds is under the heads of arithmetical and
algebraical intellects. All economical and practical wisdom is an extension
of the following arithmetical formula: 2 + 2 = 4. Every philosophical
proposition has the more general character of the expression a + b = c. We
are mere operatives, empirics, and egotists until we learn to think in
letters instead of figures.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

We responded:

Hi Lance!

Were he alive today, Holmes might add a third category: quantum intellect. J And his
last line might read, "We are mere operatives, empirics, and egotists until we learn to think
quantons instead of letters and figures.
" Perhaps our Quantonics site needs a new
section: Quantum Holmes?

I do not know poet Holmes well. Just figured out there are two celebrities with identical
names: Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935), and poet/essayist/physician Oliver
Wendell Holmes (1809-94). Are his the Breakfast Table, available in

You apparently read our Quantum Connection under our Buridan review, right?

Once one grasps quantum reality's great epiphany, a + b = c looks sort of inane, would
you agree? And to think our Western culture stands on formal, closed, predicate logic
as appears in Holmes' quote. And so few realize SOM logic's innate inanity...(whose
subject(s) and predicate(s) point to classical object supposition-substance, i.e., local,
observable, isolable, separable, stable-unchanging, etc.)

Of course, I am referring this graphic, from our Quantum Connection:


Did this prompt your Holmes quote? Or, perhaps I am missing your point?

Good to hear from you, Lance,


Doug Renselle
In Quantonics
"Socrates himself says it is an analogy...Everything is an analogy. But the dialecticians don't
know that." Robert M. Pirsig in Lila
(18Feb2000 rev - Add link to quantons above allow readers access to our Quanton Primer.)
(16Aug2002 rev - Reformat title.

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