Sep 112015

April 1919 “The ultimate goal of all art is the building! The ornamentation of the building was once the main purpose of the visual arts, and they were considered indispensable parts of the great building. Today, they exist in complacent isolation, from which they can only be salvaged by the purposeful and cooperative endeavours of […]

 September 11, 2015  information, quotes
Jul 022015

The Physical World 45 The universe is infinite because it has not been produced by a creator. The causes of what now exists had no beginning. 46 There is an infinite number of worlds of different sizes: some are larger than ours, some have no sun or moon, others have suns or moons that are […]

 July 2, 2015  information, quotes
May 262015

I miss the constant reminder that I am connected to you. You may be a thousand miles away, but your atoms and molecules and I”m atoms and molecules and the distance between us is really minute in comparison to our perception that we are so separate and we are so distant from one another. I […]

 May 26, 2015  quotes
Oct 102014

“We have also perspective houses, where we make demon- strations of all lights and radiations and of all colors; and out of things uncolored and transparent we can represent unto you all several colors, not in rainbows, as it is in gems and prisms, but of themselves single. We represent also all multiplications of light, […]

 October 10, 2014  quotes
Nov 032013

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell Study the past, if you would divine the future. Confucius Destiny has two ways of crushing us – by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them. Henri Frederic Amiel I don’t think the human mind can comprehend the past […]

 November 3, 2013  quotes
Oct 272013


 October 27, 2013  artist, quotes, reference
Oct 222013

There are three times: a present of things past; a present of things present; and a present of things future. –Augustine of Hippo Saint Augustine, The Confessions of Saint Augustine, trans. J. G. Pilkington. ancient Egyptian thinker Ptahhotep (c. 2650–2600 BC), who said, “Do not lessen the time of following desire, for the wasting of […]

 October 22, 2013  quotes
Dec 272012

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo […]

 December 27, 2012  all, quotes
Aug 192012

Video “It is curious that the rejection of the hereditary principle in politics has had almost no effect in the economic sphere in democratic countries. (In totalitarian states, economic power has been absorbed by political power) We still think it natural that a man should leave his property to his children; that is to say, […]

 August 19, 2012  all, quotes, video
Aug 192012

What, exactly, is meant by the word “category/* whether in Aristotle or in Kant and Hegel, I must confess that I have never been able to understand. I do not myself believe that the term “category” is in any way useful in philosophy, as representing any clear idea. There are, in Aristotle, ten categories: substance, […]

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Aug 192012

“French painters, he would continue, may have seen a rainbow. Nature may have given them some taste for nuance, some sense of color. But I have revealed to you the great and true principles of art. I say of art! of all the arts, gentlemen, and of all the sciences. The analysis of colors, the […]

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Robert Crease. The Prism and the Pendulum

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Aug 182012

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”-Einstein. quoted from prism and pendulum. (in Clifton Fadiman, ed.; Living Philosophies. New york; Doubleday, 1990, p.6. “The main problem, though is that experiment is a craft, like making an old violin. A violin isn’t a […]

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Jul 202012

Plato seeks to explain the difference between clear intellectual vision and the confused vision of sense-perception by an analogy from the sense of sight. Sight, he says, differs from the other senses, since it requires not only the eye and the object, hut also light. We see clearly objects on which the sun shines: in […]

 July 20, 2012  all, information, quotes
Jul 202012

“The void is a not-being, and no part of what is is a not-being; for what is in the strict sense of the term is an absolute plenum. This plenum, however, is not one; on the contrary, it is a many infinite in number and invisible owing to the minuteness of their bulk. The many […]

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Jun 062012

G.H. Hardy’s definition of beauty: Unexpectedness, inevitability, and economy– and also depth, or how fundamental it is. “Each of these three elements of beauty–depth, efficiency, and definitiveness–appears consistently in the more formal and systematic accounts of the beautiful that philosophers and artists have provided for centuries. Some, from Plato to Martin Heidegger, emphasize the way […]

 June 6, 2012  all, information, quotes
May 252012

The problem with art as entertainment is that it privileges the “Wow” factor over everything else. Standing inside many an Olafur Eliasson installation, you’re delighted, you’re impressed, you take a picture of yourself looking yellow (see my Hyperallergic author photo). But you don’t think about it all too much. Of course there’s a chance you might, […]

 May 25, 2012  all, information, quotes
Apr 182012

preserved in Aristotle’s Physics “ That which is in locomotion must arrive at the half-way stage before it arrives at the goal. ” —Aristotle, Physics VI:9, 239b10 “ If everything when it occupies an equal space is at rest, and if that which is in locomotion is always occupying such a space at any moment, the […]

 April 18, 2012  all, information, quotes
Apr 082012

transcribed notes: -The power of art is that it makes connections. -People are always looking for leaders. -Art tries to replicate a biological narrative. Mentions Kierkigards either or many times. -Remove anxiety to see world. Anxiety about being human not a personal anxiety. -If you don’t end up with self acceptance and trust then you […]

 April 8, 2012  all, quotes
Mar 302012

All experience is an arch to build upon. — Henry Brooks AdamsThe Education of Henry Adams (1907, 1918), 87. Chaos often breeds life when order breeds habit. — Henry Brooks AdamsThe Education of Henry Adams (1907, 1918), 249. Man has mounted science, and is now run away with. I firmly believe that before many centuries more, science […]

 March 30, 2012  all, information, quotes
Mar 292010

NATURE hath made men so equal in the faculties of body and mind as that, though there be found one man sometimes manifestly stronger in body or of quicker mind than another, yet when all is reckoned together the difference between man and man is not so considerable as that one man can thereupon claim […]

 March 29, 2010  all, information, quotes