May 12, 2014
"I think we need ways to catch glimpses of each others’ lives, locally and around the world, that somehow balance the power of serendipitous connection and protection from the creepiness of voyeurism."

Ethan Zuckerman at My Heart’s in Accra. Brief glimpses of other lives

April 26, 2013
"The thing that really mattered in the long run about Charles Darwin wasn’t the impact of “we are descended from monkeys” on reactionaries; it was the impact of “we are a meaningless accident” on progressives. Think of the tone in Max Weber, Sigmund Freud, and Theodor Adorno, the stoic willingness to face up to irredeemable loss and make the best of it. Think of the ferocious absolutism of twentieth century totalitarian regimes. These represent opposing but characteristic moods, and both were responses to a condition of utter abandonment and a consequent shift of the burden of responsibility for human practices to human beings."

Thomas de Zengotita in The Hedgehog Review

Ethics and the Limits of Evolutionary Psychology

March 4, 2013
"Journeying into our own narratives and seeing how they inform our current understandings of others around us can be invaluable in times of challenge. There are many tools for this; one in which I find very effective is Psychological Astrology; as it invites us to explore, whether we believe in Astrology or not, what our motivations are, what we need to feel emotionally satisfied, the root of our personality conflicts with others, and how we express our aggression. This exploration can help us recognize an area of difference that is predicated on the ways in which we psychologically experience the world around us, a recognition that can help us understand and hear each other better in conflict situations."

Yolo Akili in The Crunk Feminist CollectiveThe Immediate Need For Emotional Justice

Via L.E. Long at Sunday Reading.

May 18, 2011
"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture."

-This is a stupid quote, and I have always loathed it.  The solitary province of mankind is to attempt to describe that which is experiential in whatever mode is most evocative.  Just as music is sometimes the best way of describing a phenomenon- phenomenon in this case used in the philosophical sense, although certainly it can be true in the purely scientific sense- so, too, can writing sometimes be the best mode of conveying ideas about music that are not immediately available to the human perceptual and critical apparatuses upon intake of the thing in itself.  Writing about music is like dancing about architecture insofar as both circumstances involve an attempt at communication beyond purely conventional experiential modes, but, were we to extrapolate this logic, we could contend that music ABOUT anything is invalid as it is viewed as conventionally ineffective at conveying the plurality of the perceptual intake of a thing, and we aren’t contending that music ABOUT things is invalid, are we?  And, furthermore, what’s wrong with dancing about architecture?  Ask a smart dancer: I bet they’d find a way to do it.  This idea that the thing in and of itself, as experienced by purely momentary perceptual actions, is the only valid experience from which to draw upon in the critical appraisal of a thing, invalidates lifetimes of painstaking work to afford meaningful thought behind these objects presented for critical appraisal.  Things not immediately available to perception are often of paramount importance to delivering an effective portrayal of the information contained in a thing.  Does knowing the ideas behind a thing’s creation, behind its intention, behind its creator not ENHANCE the clarity of this picture? (via zombielectroniq)

Yes, I that’s why an illustration, for example a painting of a bird, can be so much more informative than a photograph.

(Source: charlieolvera)

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