Nous Award

Galileo was an Italian physicist and astronomer credited with building the first effective telescope. He used this telescope to prove that the earth moves around the sun, confirming a theory originally put forward by the Polish astronomer Nicholas Copernicus.

Alas, this notion went directly against the teachings of the church at that time. The church held that the earth was the centre of the universe and that the Sun revolved around the earth.

Needless to say this conflict ended in tears and Galileo appeared before the Inquisition under the charge of ‘grave suspicion of heresy’.

Some might say that Galileo should have used his nous and kept his controversial views to himself. He was compelled to abjure and was sentenced to life imprisonment for his trouble.

A.A. Milne wrote that “The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”

Happily Galileo had a first-rate mind, his spirit was never broken and he went on using his nous, went on thinking up until his death at 78, and went on publishing discourses that changed our thinking.

How will you use your nous today?

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6 responses to “Nous Award”

  1. Pelican1 says :

    I am so glad the muse used your nous to get you going again! In answer to your question, I used my nous to look up what nous means. 🙂 I have been in a slough lately and this just haul me out of that muck.

    • Heather Blakey says :

      Thanks Lori! I am overjoyed! It feels like I have found my voice and have the direction that I have been searching for. Clearly the long silence really was necessary!

      And I do approve of your use of your nous 🙂

  2. traveller2006 says :

    nous, now that’s not exactly a word in common parlance! I’m so glad too that you are re-surfacing. We’ve all missed you so much

    • Heather Blakey says :

      🙂 Along with gumption and a host of other words that were once more commonly used. My mother rarely tolerated fools and was rather partial to telling one of us to use our gumption or nous.

  3. Pelican1 says :

    Here is the burning question for me at the moment: Does the word “nous” rhyme with “Seuss” or with “house” or with “nose” or all three depending on the part the world one comes from?

  4. pearlz says :

    What a fantastic blog Heather, and good to hear your voice of reason and wisdom again.

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