"A poet's understanding of reality comes to him together with his verse, which always contains some element of anticipation of the future." -- N. Mandelstam
Last week I presented a paper "Nominal Realities and the Subversion of Intelligence" at the Southern Comparative Literature Association's annual meeting in Las Vegas. It was a strange turn of events that led me (a mathematician by training) to such an event, but well worth it. The ideas were influenced by my work in complex systems and assessment as well (not unrelated).