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In favour of complexity

It is part of the human condition to think in binaries.  It simplifies matters and allows us to convert our (sometimes nonsensical) lives into ordered narratives. 325 more words

Literature

Brainstorming. Creativos profesionales. Pensamiento divergente. Cibernética.

Out of the wickedness of war have come two new developments that may well be
of major importance in helping science to solve these complex twentieth-century problems. 5,933 more words

Alex Osborn

Thoughts on Edward Said's "Orientalism" and Robert Louis Stevenson

In his 1978 book Orientalism Edward Said argues that Western academics have constructed a range of representations of the Oriental “Other” in order to facilitate imperialist domination over the region and its inhabitants. 1,505 more words

Random Thoughts

Lois Weinberger - The Three Ecologies

There is a photograph by Lois Weinberger of a typical run-down area of urban space – an abandoned parking lot perhaps – in which the rectangular concrete slabs that were once employed to flatten and ‘subdue’ the earth have been split apart and bisected by a long line of wild plants, vigorous and healthy-looking, in full flower. 4,127 more words

Writings

Ruoka ja uskonto

Olen keskustellut paljonkin aikoinaan tataari-anoppini kanssa näistä uskontoihin liittyvistä tavoista. Hänen ajatuksensa oli, että suurin osa ohjeista onkin terveyteen ja hyvinvointiin liittyviä ohjeita menneiltä ajoilta, kun hygienia ja ruokien säilyvyys lämpimissä maissa oli huonoa. 609 more words

Claude Levi-Strauss

Bricolage and the working writer

Yesterday, I posted an extended passage from Claude Lévi-Strauss on the concept of bricolage, or the art of using whatever happens to be at hand. 1,003 more words

Writing

The way of the bricoleur

The “bricoleur” is adept at performing a large number of diverse tasks; but, unlike the engineer, he does not subordinate each of them to the availability of raw materials and tools conceived and procured for the purpose of the project.

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