Euclid's Outline of Sex
by Wilbur D Birdwood (9781406704037)

Euclid's Outline of Sex
Wilbur D Birdwood
Release Date: 01 March 2007
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 92
Category: Literature & Literary Studies
ISBN: 9781406704037
ISBN-10: 1406704032

EUCLIDS OUTLINE OF SEX A FREUDIAN STUDY BY WILBUR D. BIRDWOOD Illustrations by Herb Roth NEW YORK HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY EUCLIDS FATHER BEARING His MOTHER ASHORE ON His BACK COPYRIGHT, 1922, BY HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY First printing, October, 1922 PREFACE. The present book has been written because it simply had to be written. It is little short of amazing that earlier students of psycho analysis should have so completely overlooked the extraordi nary wealth of sex-material contained in the pages of Euclid, the Father of Geometry. It cannot be lack of interest, be cause nothing in life fails to interest the true Freudian. As the Roman poet has said, Nihil humani a me alienum There is nothing human that cannot be explained from the standpoint of the alienist. It cannot be lack of diligence, because it may be said of the true Freudian that he almost works overtime. It cannot be lack of information on the subject, because that has never been an insuperable obstacle. Under the circumstances, I can only describe the Freudian neglect of Euclid as one of the most remarkable cases of inhibition on record. And yet there is the fact. Euclid, to put it bluntly, reeks with sex. In no writer of ancient or modern times, with the possible exception of Legendre Elements of Geometry, Paris, 1794, and Wentworth and Smith Plane Geometry, for the Use of High Schools, does the theme of the Eternal Triangle run so persistently as in Euclid. Even the modern French drama succeeds in getting away from the triangle now and then but Euclid, almost never. Not that the Father of Geometry did not try. He took refuge in parallel lines, for example. But no sooner would he draw his parallel lines than Fate, or moreproperly, the Unconscious, compelled him to draw a third line cutting the IV PREFACE parallels and so bring into existence triangles with their vertical angles equal. He resorted to quadrilaterals. And again the Unconscious would intervene and make him draw a diagonal, dividing the quadrilateral into two triangles. Whimsically he once referred to this sex diagonal as the bar sinister. And so with circles, to which Euclid devoted himself in his later books. He was continually circumscribing the circle of life around the triangle of sex See Figure 1, or inscrib ing the circle of life within the triangle of sex See Figure 2. There was no conscious purpose in that. He would start off with his circle of life having its center at A See Figure 3 . He would move cheerfully along the radii of his circle to the circumference at B and C. And then, before he was aware of it, he had drawn a chord, EC, connecting the two radii and producing ABC a triangle FIG. 1 FIG. 2 Fia. 3 I believe I have said enough to justify the present modest little volume, if modest is the right word. Profounder scholars and bolder thinkers are sure to follow where I have humbly shown the way. In due time, I have no doubt, the virtually inexhaustible sex-content of Euclid will have been made available for all students, with special emphasis on the Elementary and Kindergarten Grades. W. P. B. CONTENTS PAGE PREFACE ... iii PART I GRANDMOTHER CHAPTER I. WHO WAS EUCLID 3 II. WHO WAS EUCLID continued 4 III. His ORIGINS 5 IV. INFANCY AND CHILDHOOD 7 V. DARK DAYS 9 VI. THE GRANDMOTHER COMPLEX 11 VII. WISH-FULFILMENTS 12 VIII. THE GRANDMOTHER TRIANGLE 13 IX. DOUBTS 15 X. THE REAL SOLUTION 16 XI. PROBLEMS INVOLVING THE GRANDMOTHERCOMPLEX . . 18 PART II OEDIPUS XII. WHO WAS OEDIPUS 23 XIII. THE OEDIPUS IN ALL OF Us 24 XIV. THE ANTI-OEDIPUS DIE HARDS 26 XV. THE RIDDLE OF THE UNIVERSE 27 PART III BALAAM XVI. THE Ass AT THE BRIDGE 31 XVII. BRIDGES 33 XVIII. EQUUS ASINUS CYPRIENSIS 35 XIX. BALAAM 36 XX. THE Ass AND THE UNCONSCIOUS 38 XXI. SUBLIMINAL 39 XXII. SPEECH 41 XXIII. SUMMARY 44 XXIV. PARENTHESIS 46 v vi CONTENTS CHAPTER PAGE PART IV BURIDAN XXV. OLD FRIENDS 49 XXVI. SELF-DETERMINATION 51 PART V THE NEW ENGLAND ELEMENT IN EUCLID XXVII. THE EUCLIDEAN STYLE 57 XXVIII...

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