Sunday, May 21, 2006
Here Comes Another One
I have in my possession two curious documents given me not ten minutes ago by F.M. DeeMeglio. In one, he attempts to draw from an intuitive understanding of the ratios between the densities of the Earth and Sun and their sizes a deductive argument about the origins of the solar system and whether it was rationally designed.
In the other, Mr. DeeMeglio attempts to describe autism as a malfunction of the artifical Self betrayed by its own abandonment of intuitive understanding and retreat into a manufactured Ego. "You know about this stuff. You read along these lines," he said. "You're into the psychology and the philosophy." I was taken aback by this as the only reading material in evidence on the Desk were a history of socialism and a copy of Harper's.
Mr. DeeMeglio graduated Towson University in 1987 with a BS in Geography. He told me he hated school at the time, but reads a lot now on his own. He quoted passages from Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Fichte, and Newton in his regular-Joe straightforwardly earnest manner. He looks to me like a middle-school gym teacher with his thick physique and running shoes and shorts. "I don't know a damn thing about physics," he said, but proceded to discuss Theodor Kaluza's attempted unification of Einstein's gravitational theories with Maxwell's electromagnetic theory.
Mr. DeeMeglio requested assistance in finding peer-reviewed journals to which he hopes to submit his abstracts about autism and solar system evolution. I was vastly entertained by his visit, and was glad to help.
"We've created a toxic environment for ourselves," he told me. "I think we spend a third of our lives unconscious because of the lower third of our bodies and the effect of gravitation. The consciousness of the heart and that of the head need to be rectified. Vision is the most thoughtful or conscious of the senses because the feeling of thought and vision is so similar."
UPDATE: He returned (I've said it before--they always come back) to ask if I'd ever read any Nietzsche. I said I had, in graduate school, and Mr. DeeMeglio said "sometimes I think he exhibits a razor insight, but other times I think he was just nuts!" I told him about Jung postulating that Nietzsche had awakened his dark kundalini serpent too soon to assimilate it, resulting in his final catatonia. "I've fallen into the abyss myself," DeeMeglio replied. "But you and I can have an intellectual conversation."