The Practical Idealist

In the Beginning

Comprehending CreationThe purpose of this blog is to provide a platform for the transient observations, opinions, and leftover scraps from a number of books and plays I’ve written.  I will occasionally point the reader towards books I’ve decided to write, edit, or publish, or books I find worthy of mention.  Most of my books can be found at my publishing / editing web site Nonagram Publications.

The original title was to be “The Eclectic Engineer”, but that had been taken.  “The Practical Idealist” is a better, more general, and more personal title. It is a oxymoronic reference  to a school of philosophy whose name I coined.   The school started with the work of the American President Rev. Dr. Samuel Johnson.  It was based in the merger of William Wollaston’s Natural Religion with Latitudinarian Anglican and New England Puritan religions, put into the framework of George Berkeley’s idealism.  Historians of Philosophy have also called it “the Pursuit of Happiness” moral philosophy. It was developed by this American Dr. Johnson from 1714 to 1772, and its tenants were picked up most famously in The Declaration of Independence.  In some sense it is still the dominate philosophy in America today.

The sky image here was taken by the Hubble Telescope.  Its title is “Crucible of Creation: Panoramic Image of Center of the Orion Nebula“.  Superimposed over the picture is a vector graphic of a nonagram− a nine sided regular polygon.  The image is used as the logo for my book publishing company, Nonagram Publications.  The nonagon or nonagram also known as an enneagon or enneagram, has importance in art, spiritualism, psychology, religion, and geometry: thus it is a multi-path way of knowing or modeling the universe.  Perhaps its most appealing attribute is that it is not constructible with compass and straightedge. You can only produce very close approximations.  Just like the way we understand God, Nature, Mankind, and other complex systems.

[singlepic id=33 w=320 h=240 float=right]The nonagram is essentially a triple of triple triangles:3 x 3 = 9.  A rare use of it in churches may be found on the stained glass window of Trinity Episcopal Church, New Haven.  The great rose West Window contains a Nonagram comprised of 3,6, and 9 sided images.  Among other things, I am the Church Dramatist and Historian there.   The Church is famous for its art, architecture, drama, and music, as well as history.


Note:  Images in the blog are either the author’s, or in the public domain: many are found in Wiki Commons.  Large images will be scaled to 642px wide.



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