The Internet makes words mean different things. If you used the word, aesthetics, pre-Instagram, then that word could have meant, “The study of the beautiful and to a lesser extent, the ugly.” Post-Instagram, the word can mean, “The results of one’s ‘gains’ from doing things to get swoll,” or to use less idiom, “the physical […]
Here are 42 answers to the *question* of the meaning of life. 1. To ascend the ladder of desire to see the beauty of the forms. (Plato) 2. To skillfully and willfully achieve happiness in accordance with excellence through virtue. (Aristotle) 3. To crush my enemies, to see them flee before me in a field […]
We live in a world of irony. Our information society with its plethora of social networks has enabled us to say anything to anyone. Open-ness should foster more friendship, yet technology dilutes the word ‘friend,’ as someone merely linked to on a social network. There are less demands placed on friendship, yet technology raises the […]
How did the snail get on this leaf? The sprig that holds the leaf is so narrow .
How does networked computing alter how we use the concept of “being?”
How do you see? For example, what goes on when you look at something like this: Here’s a picture of an eye: How do you see?
While doing laundry at Central Coffee, I ran into a passage in “The Origin of the Work of Art” by Heidegger. He compared peasant shoes with a well-known painting by Van Gogh of peasant shoes. He wrote of the shoes (and not the painting), “Everyone is acquainted with them.” (p. 32, “The Origin of the […]