Thursday, 21 January 2016

ON PLANET NINE

With John Keats
L. S. Vygotskii and András Pető

Midst all the fuss about Planet Nine I have been reminded* of John Keats' feelings upon first looking into Chapman's Homer:

Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow’d Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star’d at the Pacific—and all his men
Look’d at each other with a wild surmise—
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.
That's exactly how I felt in the early nineteen-seventies when I first came across L.S. Vygotskii and some of the ideas and practice that followed (largely though not exclusively in his native land)

And rather later, in a smaller way, when I came across András Pető and what was manifest of what he had done.

I just thought that I would share this with those who have felt the same...

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*    Andersen, R. (2016) Planet Nine may help us slingshot our way to interstellar space. Or, it may not. The Atlantic, 21 January

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