Is that you?

A photo appropriately taken by a whisky distillery worker on Loch Ness.


Gringo said...

Are you sure that wasn't the Abominable Snowman?

Grim said...

I wasn't there, but it is summer in Scotland.

Anonymous said...

I can just Imaging Grim at night, kneeling besides his bed, giving the sign of the cross, and saying, " Dear Lord, Please, oh please, " Let there be Dragons!

I'm pretty sure in your heart of hearts you want them to be real!

Did it ever cross your mind that Photoshopping logs or seals into Nessie could be fun?

Imaginations are wonderful things and can be very profitable for the local tourist trade too!.

Perhaps Carls Jung could be useful to explain what is going on..........

..............Collective unconscious (German: kollektives Unbewusstes), a term coined by Carl Jung, refers to structures of the unconscious mind which are shared among beings of the same species. According to Jung, the human collective unconscious is populated by instincts and by archetypes: universal symbols such as the Great Mother, the Wise Old Man, the Shadow, the Tower, Water, the Tree of Life, and many more.................

( Like maybe Lochness or Draggons, but lets continue with wikipedia )

.........Jung considered the collective unconscious to underpin and surround the unconscious mind, distinguishing it from the personal unconscious of Freudian psychoanalysis. He argued that the collective unconscious had profound influence on the lives of individuals, who lived out its symbols and clothed them in meaning through their experiences. The psychotherapeutic practice of analytical psychology revolves around examining the patient's relationship to the collective unconscious..............

more at

Now another example is to Look at this image fromg Dad29 blog of a "Harpy"

Dad29 really wants Harpies to exist, In a way, he probably prays for it as well, and he finally found an almost "real one" in Hillary Clinton....... screeching and exhibiting all sorts of harpy like behaviors......
She has all the character traits after all
Here is a test, do a sort of the term "Harpies" at dad29

when you get the results, search for the word "Harpies"

As you can see, the term "Harpies" comes back 13 different times.....
so Its a fixation, or its bubbling up from the unconscious in a way........

For you Lochness is sort of a dragon & Dragons are your thing

For Dad29, its screeching harpies

Grim said...

You misunderstand my metaphysical commitments. I think anything is real if we can (or could in principle) predicate a true statement about it. For example: "A unicorn has a single horn." That's true, right? Thus, there must be something that exists that makes the statement true.

What is that thing? Well, that's the interesting question.

Of course dragons are real. Tolkien wrote about the dragon of Beowulf in "The Monsters and the Critics" in a way that explains how powerful the dragon really is. It is real as a myth, but on any Neoplatonic model -- and the Church has absorbed and endorsed a lot of Neoplatonic ideas -- to be real as a myth is to be real as an idea in the mind of God.

(The pagan Neoplatonists would say it a little differently, but only a little: a myth is a kind of form, and all the forms are really Ideas in the Intellect that emerges from the One who is the real ground of reality.)

I have no fear that the world might be emptied of dragons. I'm just amused by the idea that it might also contain a few material ones.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

It could be three seals playing follow-the-leader. But it looks pretty good, doesn't it?

Gringo said...

Gringo: Are you sure that wasn't the Abominable Snowman?
Grim: I wasn't there, but it is summer in Scotland.

Average high for Loch Ness in June and July is 17 Degrees Centigrade. The average high for Houston in January, which on average is the coldest month in Houston, is 63 Degrees Farenheit, which translates to 17 Degrees Centigrade. As summer in Loch Ness has the same daily high temperature as winter in Houston, perhaps that could be an Abominable Snowman in the photo from Loch Ness. Though I admit the object in the photo has neither the color nor the shape of a classic Abominable Snowman.