The spot on the Earth where it is every hour of the day, and a few other things to read

A few things worth a few minutes of your time.

Up first, Eddie Stern sends you to a spot on the Earth that embraces all time:

In Vedanta, the singularity of consciousness is represented by the bindu, the dimensionless, timeless, spaceless point of infinite potential and possibility from which the entire manifest universe springs out from. Steven Strogatz, in his 2012 six-part series on math in the NYT, comments:

“Nature abounds with singularities. At the eye of a hurricane the wind doesn’t blow at all, yet the wind nearby blows in any direction and every direction. Something equally paradoxical happens at the North Pole. If you ask, in the style of Lewis Carroll, what time it is at the North Pole, the only sensible answer sounds like a joke: it’s all times. All the time zones converge at the North Pole, so by stepping away from that singularity along different lines of longitude you can put yourself into any time zone you like.”

Here’s the NY Times series to which Eddie refers.

Up second, and a total piece of self-promotion, the Columbia Journalism Review included us on a list of “must skim” yoga blogs:

The Confluence Countdown: This is an ashtanga-specific blog, run by Californian practitioners Steve Cahn and Bobbie Allen. A lot of the content is pretty esoteric, but Cahn and Allen, both lovely writers, have done comprehensive work covering broader issues like the yoga-in-schools lawsuit in Encinitas.

I’ve been reading and following CJR since my journalism days (although I’m a Mizzou grad, for those who care about such insider-ish details), so it was a nice surprise.

Less nice is the on-going flow of stories about the rape and abuse of women in India. The NY Times has a blog post detailing how those accused of these crimes can be treated differently:

You’d think an accusation of sexual assault would be career-ending for your hard-working professional saint, but Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu has nothing to fear. At a time when people want the harshest punishment for the five slum dwellers, four of them reportedly Muslim, accused of raping a young working woman in Mumbai, the charges of sexual abuse against the guru have led to an outpouring of sympathy and support. While it’s neither the first time a religious leader is suspected of sexual exploitation, nor the only occasion when concessions are made for him or her, the difference in the political and public response to the two parallel cases reveals uncomfortable truths about our system.

And a little more from the NYT, this one on why ACL injuries take so long to heal:

The more puzzling aspect of the A.C.L., though, is that it doesn’t get better. Other ligaments in the knee, including the medial collateral ligament, which is often torn along with the A.C.L., reknit after an injury. But the A.C.L. does not, and so past attempts at what doctors call “primary repair,” or fixing the torn ligament by stitching it back together, have generally failed.

We’ve been there.

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