July 22, 2014

The Time of the Game “was an exercise of my inner Yoko Ono.”

“It is basically about finding ways to make the public space intimate, and yet to do it without going directly to Kumbaya. Under the guise of football, we actually testify to each other’s existence.


Teju Cole quoted in an article by Robinson Meyer in The Atlantic. When the World Watches the World Cup, What Does That Look Like?

A writer and a designer make art to find out, with the help of 2,000 friends.

July 22, 2014
"[H]uman beings seem capable of moving imaginatively, backwards and forwards, of pushing out of the body. I think of it really as an out-of-the-body experience — that’s not something that only shamans and New Age hippies have. It’s something that we all have quite often in our lives. And I wanted to bring that into fiction because it seems to me to be a more honest reality than the rather dull reality of the clock."

Jeanette Winterson via BrainpickingsJeanette Winterson on Time, Language, Reading, and How Art Creates a Sanctified Space for the Human Spirit

More Writers & Company: New Conversations with CBC Radio’s Eleanor Wachtel by Eleanor Wachtel

April 29, 2014
"The giants of 19th century thermodynamics viewed this process as a gradual dispersal of energy that increases the overall entropy, or disorder, of the universe. Today, Lloyd, Popescu and others in their field see the arrow of time differently. In their view, information becomes increasingly diffuse, but it never disappears completely. So, they assert, although entropy increases locally, the overall entropy of the universe stays constant at zero."

Natalie Wolchover at Quanta MagazineTime’s Arrow Traced to Quantum Source

May 30, 2013
"But whether they foreground a symmetrical (synchronic) or asymmetrical (diachronic) matrix, anthropologists of the gift saw the prohibition against hoarding valuables and the obligation to enter into debt/credit relations as vital to the creation of self-reflexive folds that make social and cultural worlds possible. If people were allowed to hoard their valuables, no social matrix could be fabricated out of the reflexive networks of giving and receiving. Social space would not bend back on itself and form pockets of communication and inhabitation. Instead, space would remain empty, negating any place for humans to dwell. We can think of these reflexive movements as a kind of embagination of space—the creation of a flexible receptacle closed in all places except where it can be tied and untied. But, again, this fold, or embagination, fabricates a world in which individuals, and competing worlds, attempt to dwell—to their advantage or disadvantage."

Elizabeth A. Povinelli at e-fluxRoutes/Worlds

May 30, 2013
"A favorite professor in architecture school – Prangnell – gave a favorite lecture on gifts. He told us how making a building is like giving a gift, and how the motivations behind giving gifts closely parallel how we design for the public realm."


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May 30, 2013
"Physics is predisposed to lose time because its mathematical gaze freezes change. Tensed time, the difference between a remembered or regretted past and an anticipated or feared future, is particularly elusive. This worried Einstein: in a famous conversation, he mourned the fact that the present tense, “now”, lay “just outside of the realm of science”."

Raymond Tallis in The GuardianPhilosophy isn’t dead yet

Far from having replaced metaphysics, science is in a mess and needs help. Einstein saw it coming

May 26, 2013
"It’s hard to threaten someone with a crisis that’s already arrived, and harder still to rouse enthusiasm for a great leap forward when every attempt to make it ends in a messy slide backward."

John Michael Greer in The Archdruid ReportThe Politics of Time’s Shape

May 8, 2013
"The ideas that play the largest part in shaping our experience of the world and of ourselves are so deeply woven into the act of perception itself that we rarely if ever notice them until we run face first into their limits."

John Michael Greer at The Archdruid ReportThe Shape of Time

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March 20, 2013
Black Time

Keguro Macharia writes brilliantly. This post delighted me.

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February 22, 2013
"The physical world is not in itself a linear chain of causes and effects: it is a broad unfolding of densely interwoven processes from which particular chains of causes and effects are picked out, according to our interests."

Raymond Tallis at iaiTime’s arrow

An exclusive excerpt from Raymond Tallis' forthcoming book, inspired by his appearance in the 2012 IAI debate 'Time’s Arrow’.

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