-NISA NEXT MEETING-
Northwest Independent Scholars Association
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
at Margaret DeLacy's house
Call 503-774-7017 for
David Ritchie will speak on
"The Mortar and the Sword: Weapons
in Fantasy and Reality"
writes, "The last talk I gave at ICOHTEC was about changes in the
display aspect of weapons and their relationship to Modernism.
Chapter Two, if I can call it that, is about changes to the reality
of weapons themselves and their status in our moral imagination.
designed to harm people, so an alien from space might be forgiven
the assumption that we humans love or hate weapons equally. But in
fact we hate I.E.D.ís and love tanks, hate gas, love suits of
armor. Some have suggested that there are gender or even sexual
elements to this division. Roman soldiers made crude jokes about
swords and scabbards, perhaps because the Latin for scabbard is
vagina. Helen Caldecott wrote of Missile Envy.
thesis is that closing with the enemy is understood to be heroic
because itís a dangerous thing to do, but for other reasons too."
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