“Pascal’s Cat” – A lost fragment from the Pensees


An artist’s rendition of Pascal and his cat.

A cache of documents, dating from the 1600’s, was recently discovered in England, near Pembroke College, Oxford. Scholars have conclusively determined that at least one fragment has been attributed to Blaise Pascal, the 16th century French genius. Continue reading

Blaise Pascal’s “Night of Fire”



In the Year of Grace 1654,

Monday, the 23rd of November

Feast of St. Clement, Pope and Martyr,

and others in the Martyrology.

Vigil of St. Chrysogonus, Martyr, and others.

From about half past ten in the evening

until about half past twelve,

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The Super Bowl or “The Stupor Bowl?” – A question for sports lovers and haters, and innocent bystanders


“The simplest truth about man is that he is a very strange being…” G.K. Chesterton

a few definitions:

Very good or pleasant; excellent: “Julie was a super girl”.
Especially; particularly.

A state of near-unconsciousness or insensibility: “a drunken stupor”.
stupefaction – torpor – numbness – torpidity Continue reading

Bruce Cockburn’s “Burden of the Angel/Beast” & Blaise Pascal’s “Monster”

Burden of

In this post I present some thoughts on a great song from Bruce Cockburn, a favorite musical artist of mine since the late 1970’s. The song is called “Burden of the Angel/Beast.”

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The Anthropological Argument of Blaise Pascal or…”Who Are You?”

pascal pensees

Excerpts from Pascal’s “Pensees” that were the impetus for “Manifest Propensity…thoughts for deposed royalty”:

430 The greatness and the wretchedness of man are so evident that the true religion must necessarily teach us both that there is in man some great source of greatness, and a great source of wretchedness. It must then give us a reason for these astonishing contradictions. Continue reading

Andrew Bird’s Noble Beast, Part 5: “Natural Disaster”

This is part 5 in my series of considering the theme of the album Noble Beast by Andrew Bird. I have already considered the songs Oh No, Nomenclature, and Fitz and the Dizzyspells. These three songs all dealt in one way or another with the theme of liberation Continue reading

Andrew Bird’s Noble Beast, Part 2: “Oh No”

In Andrew Bird’s Noble Beast, Part 1, I raised the question whether in “Noble Beast,”Andrew Bird was “presenting” the biblical anthropology of Blaise Pascal, or the evolutionary scientism of H.G. Wells, or if he was espousing something in-between these philosophies. I should probably begin by explaining what I mean by Andrew Bird “presenting” these views or something in-between. I obviously have no way of knowing of Andrew Bird’s relationship to these philosophies Continue reading