I bought Murray Gell-Man’s “The Quark and the Jaguar” on a whim, and probably won’t seriously dive into it for some time. I did read the intro though, where I came across this bit:

“The philosopher F.W.J von Schelling introduced the distinction (made famous by Nietzche) between “Apollonians,” who favor logic, the analytical approach, and a dispassionate weighing of the evidence, and “Dionysians,” who lean more toward intuition, synthesis, and passion. These traits are sometimes described as correlating very roughly with emphasis on the use of the left and right brain respectively. But some of us seem to belong to another category: the “Odysseans,” who combine the two predilections in their quest for connections among ideas.”

Regular readers will recall references to “Apollonian” people in Yuri Slezkine’s “The Jewish Century”. I don’t remember if it referenced von Schelling. Slezkine gives short shrift to “Dionysians”, who he thinks are just Apollonians on holiday, but instead contrasts Apollonians to “Mercurians”. The individual he chooses to represent Mercurians is Odysseus. Especially perceptive readers will note my prejudice against Dionysians.

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