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Geese Playing Chicken: V-formation collision
Peter Y. Chou
|Preface: I've been collecting images of Platonic Lambda Λ for over a dozen years, because Plato wrote in Timaeus 35b that God used this shape to create the "Soul of the Universe" whose sum adds to 55. I wrote a paper "Dante's 55 & the Platonic Lambda" after Professor Freccero's Stanford class on "Dante's Paradiso", showing how Dante was familiar with this sacred number. Plato's "Soul of the Universe" remained somewhat abstract until I realized that this Λ-shape manifests itself when we're alive walking and breathing. It is also in the V-formation of flying geese. When I saw Bob Thaves' "Frank & Ernest" October 2, 2012 comics, with its caption "How about that? Geese playing chicken!", I knew Professor Dupuy would love it. He talked to his Stanford class about "The Chicken Game" that's quite memorable. Because the geese were flying in the Λ-formation, symbolizing the "World Soul", and Plato links our souls to stars (Plato's Timaeus 41c), I wondered what's the outcome when World Souls come in collision. I just became aware that there's an impending collision 3.75 billion years from now between our Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies. Recent data from the Hubble Space Telescope show a surprising result that I was not aware when starting this poem.|
Commentary on Poem "Geese Playing Chicken: V-formation collision":
"How about that? Geese playing chicken!"
Readers comments at gocomics.com|
This could lead to some scrambled eggs and
that special Moroccan dish: goose-goose.
Dead geese on road feathers, feathers everywhere!
Professor Dupuy would love this comics|
of "geese playing chicken" when he lectured
on "MAD Mutual Assured Destruction"
in missiles buildup during the Cold War.
He dramatized this in his Stanford class|
showing a film clip Rebel Without A Cause
in car-racing toward a cliff between gang leader
and James Dean first to jump out is a chicken!
Enough about playing this chicken game|
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali
said he'd run from a thug with a knife instead
of landing his knockout punch that's courage.
If geese are flying in Λ-formation|
and the Platonic Lambda symbolizes
Soul of the Universe what happens
when two World Souls come in collision?
Mountain View, 10-11-2012
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