CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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Found 20 posts tagged ‘truth’


January 25, 2021 (permalink)

Here's the sword of truth from Kladderadatsch, 1931.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #truth #sword #hydra #many headed
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October 8, 2020 (permalink)

"The House of Truth."  From The Singing Mouse Stories by Emerson Hough, 1910.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #truth #crystal ball
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December 8, 2019 (permalink)

"We are going to have to deal with propositions which are simultaneously both true and false; my corollary is that mutually contrary propositions may be equally true."
—Philip K. Dick, Exegesis
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#truth #philosophy #philip k. dick #contradiction
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November 26, 2019 (permalink)

Beauty, truth, art.  From Tulane's 1917 yearbook.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #truth #vintage yearbook #beauty
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September 21, 2019 (permalink)

The truth is that …

  • even granite changes over time.
  • if it were easy, everyone would do it.
  • life itself is music.
  • I was never that girl in the hallway.
  • learning to laugh at yourself can help you.
  • there is no "right" age for being who you are.
  • there are so few who know where Burma is.
  • a journey is an extension of the human personality.
  • our body is in many ways like a robot.
  • none of us has reached that exalted position of perfection.
  • mind and matter are complementary to each other.
  • sometimes what is supposed to be observable is lost in our focus on the flame.
  • there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else.
  • your death would be something to fear only if you could survive it.
  • teams often create negative synergy.
  • it is okay for one or a few people to pee in a river, as the river's ecosystem can cope with that amount of pollution quite easily.
  • the horse may be thirsty but not have the will to drink.
  • everyone who trusted Jesus in the first century A.D. died.
  • no one has a clue.
  • love is the greatest thing upon this earth.
  • there never is just one truth.

[Tidbits gathered during the course of our research.]

 

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April 15, 2019 (permalink)

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April 7, 2018 (permalink)

Truth is mortal and will be outlived by the tortoise and the crow.  This we learn from James Stephens (author of one of our very favorite books, The Crock of Gold), in Here are Ladies, 1913
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November 19, 2017 (permalink)

"Beauty arisses from chaos, order from discord, and truth may be gathered from the visions of fiction!"  From The Ghost of J. Robson, 1819.
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#chaos #truth #discord
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April 4, 2017 (permalink)

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#vintage illustration #art #truth #sentence diagram
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December 26, 2016 (permalink)

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#elf #truth #tell the truth
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December 15, 2016 (permalink)

"Time brings up truth," from Christian Similitudes by John Warner Barber, 1866.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #christianity #art #truth #father time
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November 2, 2016 (permalink)

Though it's been said that "Writing non-fiction doesn't offer the same creative kick that spinning a tale from whole cloth provides" (Charles Dougherty), a lack of cloth guarantees nudity.  From A Picture of Woonsocket or The Truth in Its Nudity by Thomas Man, 1835.
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#truth #nudity
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June 6, 2016 (permalink)

"Truth in meats"?  What does truth have to do with meat?  We find the answer in the Upanisads of the Veda: "Where has the truth its location?  In the heart."  Our photo depicts an exhibit sponsored by the Oregon Cattle & Horse Raisers Association, c. 1940.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#truth #vintage photo #meat #upinashads #veda #vintage oregon #beef #1940
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February 19, 2016 (permalink)

From Valentine Verses by Richard Cobbold, 1827.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #heaven #art #truth #stairway
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December 6, 2015 (permalink)

"Truth, crushed to earth, will rise again."  From A Practical Grammar by Stephen Watkins Clark, 1847.
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#vintage diagram #truth #sentence diagram #grammar
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July 14, 2015 (permalink)

We learn here that the exact truth can never be known while one is holding an umbrella.  From An American Girl in London by Sara Jeannette Duncan, 1891.  The caption reads, "Please hold my parasol, Mr. Mafferton, that I may get the exact truth for my penny."
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#vintage illustration #umbrella #art #truth
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May 16, 2015 (permalink)

"Truth prevails and virtue is triumphant," all eye-rolling aside!  From The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #dickens #eye rolling #truth
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December 8, 2014 (permalink)

The sublime absurdist playwright N. F. Simpson offers the best explanation we've encountered for how there are no rational grounds for rationalism and how belief in reason is pure superstition.  The following magnificence comes to us from If So, Then Yes:

The idolatry of reason indeed has a lot to answer for.  In the interests of reason, and pursuant on an enthusiastic and cocksure gullibility so fathomlessly idiotic that only the witlessly sophisticated can succumb to it, the world has been handed over irreversibly, lock, stock and barrel, to the sorcerer's apprentice.  For we belong, ladies and gentlemen, whether we like it or not, to a species so idiotically infatuated with itself as to act in perpetual disregard of its own fallibility.  In religion, in philosophy, in politics and now in science, together with its handmaiden, technology — which, both in themselves and in the ethos to which they give rise, combine all the fatuities of the other three with even grosser ones of their own — we luxuriate in abject folly.  A word for this folly already, as you must know, exists.  It is hubris.  But hubris is built into the human psyche, and there is no escape from it for any of us.  The fool, fixed in his folly, may think he can turn the wheel on which he turns, as it has been well expressed.  The best that in the light of this any of us can do is to turn aside from time to time as occasion offers from the brash and mindless pursuit of progress, and light a small candle to doubt and uncertainty, to mystery and awe and wonder and humility.  Or, if that should seem a wanton waste of good candle-grease, then to one or other of those more unassuming little certainties which, equally daft though they may be, are so much less stultifyingly dreary and destructive than the grandiose banalities behind which we all go marching, with bands playing and Professor Dawkins leading the way with boyish enthusiasm, faster and faster towards the abyss.

It was Wittgenstein, was it not, ladies and gentlemen, who remarked that to be religious is to know that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter.  There are, as John Cooper Powys among others so clearly saw, abysses of being and reality totally outside this "pinfold", in which, as Milton says, we are confined, adding that all the great urges of our spirit come nearest to the secret of the universe when they enjoy nature with the detachment of the pilgrim rather than analyse her with the curiosity of a scientist.  Any imaginative illusion, he goes on, by which a person half lives, any mythology in which a person half believes, is truer in the only sense in which truth matters, than the most authenticated scientific facts.  For scientific facts are the pabulum of the rational mind.  But the rational mind, ladies and gentlemen, is so irrational as to proceed with bland confidence on the basis of the unprovable, and therefore rationally untenable, assumption that the human brain is fully equipped to handle whatever the cosmos can throw at it.  The concept of unknowability, for which God has always been a convenient shorthand term, does not, even as a concept, begin to come within its remit.  But there are no rational grounds for the assumption that a consciousness which functions in such and such a way prevents a more valid picture of the universe than one which, functioning in some other, radically different, way, gives a correspondingly different picture.  Or that the brain of a man, though certainly larger and seemingly more complex than that of those other organisms, such as, let us say, the octopus, the slow-worm and the chimpanzee, with which he happens by chance to have become acquainted, vulnerable as it is to all manner of substances and other influences by which its functioning can be, and frequently is, radically altered, is necessarily presenting him at any given time with a uniquely definitive interpretation of the phenomena seemingly confronting it.  Or that what by virtue of it we perceive as the truth today is of more or less validity than what was perceived as the truth yesterday, or two thousand years ago; or than what will be perceived as the truth tomorrow, or in two thousand years' time.  The temporal parochialism in which we are all cribbed, cabined and confined blinds us to the fact that, as Kant has pointed out to us, space and time mark the limits of our human minds rather than those of the universe.  It is to the eminent biometrist, the late J.B.S. Haldane, that we are indebted for the observation that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but, in his own words, "queerer than we can suppose."  For, as we learn from Holy Writ, God is not merely unknown, but unknowable.  A concept expressed in a slightly different form by Nietzsche, whose contention it was that all we can know of the world is the world as it appears to us.  H.P.G. Wells, likewise, reminds us that neither the pig's snout nor the human brain have been evolved for the purpose of discerning the ultimate truth of things.  It is well that it be borne in mind, however, that the arguments I and they have so persuasively deployed, together with those of others who take a contrary view, have been arrived at by means of the very instrument we are showing to be an unreliable one.  There are, in short, no rational grounds for reliance on the rational.  Belief in the paramountcy of reason is purest superstition.

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December 4, 2014 (permalink)

Of truth in things false, from Proverbial Philosophy by Martin Farquhar Tupper, 1867.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #truth #alchemist #falsehood
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December 21, 2013 (permalink)

An illustration from The Mystery of June 13th by Melvin Linwood Severy (1905).  The caption reads: "Down on thy knees and speak the truth before I blast thee!"
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#truth #shadow #deity #confession #kneeling #fear of god
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