Some Little Night Musings: 137 HyC Adventures

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Author House, 2010 - Philosophy - 324 pages
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Critical Praise for Hyatt Carter's previous book" Thinking Is the Best Way to Travel" Hyatt Carter has now shared stations along the way of his intellectual experiences in his "Thinking is the Best Way to Travel: Essays along the Journey." Carter is that rare creature, an independent polymath, the scarcity of which in the epoch of specialization has severely scarred contemporary life. There are dabblers aplenty, but the polymath in full flow is an exciting phenomenon. David Spooner, author of "The Metaphysics of Insects and Other Essays" " Thinking Is the Best Way to Travel" was not just any journey, it was the best kind of vacation, a vacation from myself and the usual ways I see and know myself and the world around me. I am intrigued by life-development transitions and how they facilitate new structures of reasoning and the freedom to find new mutualities of self-other knowing. This book is a wonderful way of making that journey without purposefully intending to do any of this. Dr. William Kent Larkin, author of "Growing The Positive Mind" and Director of The Applied Neuroscience Institute The best thing about the book is that it is enjoyable to read. It proceeds at a measured pace, without tight, convoluted thinking that one has to fight his way through. I like the cadence; it has a nice pace and rhythm. This is an interesting book that gives one the sense of a life spent in thoughtful reading and reflection. W. K. Maples, mathematician, Marshall Space Flight Center Hyatt Carter has a skillful way of making philosophical concepts easy to comprehend. I find myself taking notes while reading, looking up some of cited authors on the Internet, and ordering their books. Ramon Barayon, author of "A Planetary Sojourn" and "A Death in Zamora"
 

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Contents

Every Day Is a Good Day
6
Kiss Me Kate
16
Does God Have a Future?
22
Bacteria as Genetic Engineers
28
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
34
Make It
41
Moondrops in Dewlight
44
Goethe as Process Thinker
59
Are You a MAD Scientist?
180
Something from Nothing?
191
Eucharistic Watercolor poem
198
Is Life Worth Leaving?
204
Learning How to
210
Integral Spirituality
217
Playing Around with Chinese
224
The First Mystic
230

Misplaced Transcendence
65
AEIOU
70
Chiasmus
101
A Process Quote to Rival Heraclitus
140
A Prophet Puts Chi on the
236
Variations on Dust of Snow
300
A Quartet of Quantum Numbers
308
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Hyatt Carter is a writer/editor, a licensed counselor, and a scholar with a wide spectrum of interests. He is the author ofThinking Is the Best Way to Travel, published in 2008, and co-editor, along with philosopher Randall Auxier, of Charles Hartshorne'sThe Unity of Being, a new book that will be published by Open Court.His fields of expertise include process philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and contemplative spirituality. He is now working on a new book that will explore the concept of "chiasmus" not only as a figure of speech but also, and more importantly, as afigure of thought. The book will show how the concept can be generalized beyond its literary meaning and that chiasmus, and the way itturns things around, is a powerful conceptual tool that enhances the poetics of perception.After living for more than twenty years in southern California, he and his wife Linda moved in 2010 to southwest Missouri, where they now live in a house high on a hill overlooking Table Rock Lake.Chiasmus (ky-AZ-mus) means "a crossing," from the Greek letter chi, X, a cross. You "cross" the terms of one clause by reversing their order in the next. - Sheridan Baker,The Complete Stylist, p. 326."Ask not what your country can do for you,ask what you can do for your country.

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