Consciousness & Free Will – They Are Just Illusions

Just when we think we know why we are superior to monkeys – the larger size of our prefrontal cortex: that ‘thinking’ or executive brain – now neuro-biologists are telling us we don’t really

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Who’s the Real Artist – Leonardo or Michelangelo?

Who is the greater novelist, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky? The writer Kevin Hartnett, writing in The Millions admitted to his preference for “Tolstoy’s ability to see the angles of everyday life to Dostoevsky’s taste for the manic edges of experience.

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Richard Feynman 1918-1988 – The Value of Art

On this day,  February 15, Richard Feynman died in Los Angeles,  in 1988.  He was of course the Nobel physicist (1965) who was well known for his idiosyncrasies. One of them was that he played the Bongo drum (professionally), and furthermore, from repairing  radios to  picking locks… to painting and poetry he did it all. So on this day, I will print a poem from one of his lectures, The Value of Science

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Too Much Science Is Bad For Art? Gabriel Orozco Thinks So

 

 

Gabriel Orozco’s installation in the de la Cruz collection, Miami, Florida

Although he keeps up on the latest science, the Mexican artist  Gabriel Orozco is careful to keep a distance. 

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Monet’s Eyesight – And Our Blind Faith?

The Japanese Bridge at Giverny, 1918 - 1926 - Claude Monet ...

 

Claude Monet

The  Japanese Bridge at Giverny (1918-1926, Image from Wikiart)

In his late seventies, and nearly blind with severe cataracts, was Monet ‘experimenting’, painting ‘modernist abstractions’? Many have long claimed just that from his late broad brushstrokes,  lack of detail and highlights, and dark, muddy colors. Others see a darkened vision of advancing age, which is true; except it was quite real, not entirely psychological.

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