1620: History of Rainbows

Bacon's Works

The 1620 edition of Francis Bacon’s Novum Organum contains a plan for a collective work containing all world knowledge “made to the scale of the universe”:

For the world is not to be circumscribed within the narrow confines of the understanding (as is now the case), the understanding is rather to be expanded and widened to receive the image of the universe as it is found to be.

Here are the volumes he envisioned:

1. History of the Heavenly Bodies; or Astronomical History.

2. History of the Configuration of the Heavens and the parts thereof towards the Earth and the parts thereof; or Cosmographical History.

3. History of Comets.

4. History of Fiery Meteors.

5. History of Lightnings, Thunderbolts, Thunders, and Coruscations.

6. History of Winds and Sudden Blasts and Undulations of the Air.

7. History of Rainbows.

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1970: Knots

R. D. Laing - Knots (1970)

A selection from R. D. Laing’s Knots (1970). Here is another:

Mother loves me
     because she is good
I am bad, to think she is bad
     therefore if I am good
          she is good
               and loves me
     because I am good
     to know she is good.

I am bad
     to doubt she punishes me for doubting
          she loves me by punishing me
     for doubting she loves me.

She says
     it must be her fault
     if I doubt she loves me.

She feels bad because
     I don't think she loves me because
          she feels bad when I don't think she loves me.

She feels
     it is her fault
     that I can be so cruel
     as to doubt she loves me
     when she makes me feel cruel,
     to think she tries to make me feel cruel.

Laing was a radical Scottish psychiatrist influenced by existential philosophy and the anti-psychiatry movement of the 1960’s. Not immune himself to mental illness, he suffered from depression and alcoholism.

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1932: Sunset

Charles Ernest Butler - Sunset at Low Tide, Westcliff on Sea (1932)

Charles Ernest Butler: Sunset at Low Tide, Westcliff on Sea (1932)

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1973: Literature

From Beyond the Unknown Vol. 1 No. 23 (aug 1973)

Nick Cardy: From Beyond the Unknown Vol. 1 #23 (August, 1973)

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1931: Seascape

Patrick von Kalckreuth - Seascape

Patrick von Kalckreuth: Seascape

The painting is undated. Von Kalckreuth (1892–1970) was born Patrick Dunbar, but changed his name after his father died and his mother married Richard von Kalckreuth in 1931. The signature on the panting thus indicates a date after that year.

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1913: St. Bride

NG 2043

John Duncan: St. Bride (1913)

St. Brigid of Kildare (c. 451 – 525) is said to have been carried by angels from Iona, a small island in the Hebrides, to Bethlehem (and back in time) to serve as a midwife to Mary at the birth of Jesus. She is one of the patron saints of Ireland.

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2010: We Chast Butterflys

Found in a park, 2010:

found notebook 1

GUY

found notebook 2

CLUES

1. has gray hair
2. wears glasses
3. looks like mr. schultz
4. construction man
day 2 very dusty [?]
suny bisx [?]
mayla aolo [?]
must erestmangone [?]
mushengone [?]
blanck nin [?]
[?]ay3 6/13/2010
must eereeesmiusit [?]
mushehonieetskuvatr [?]
mustereeestmarn onie [?]
wrkr

found notebook 3

we chast butterflys / the butterflys are litning fast

a desk
is a
forest
table top
paper
is like
cut-up
trees
pencils
are like
trees
scattered
along the
forest floor

found notebook 4

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