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The Best Medicine: Laughter in Jewish Thought

Laughter has endured a rather hostile reception in the history of philosophy. In his Republic, Plato famously sought to abolish laughter from his ideal state, claiming that laughter was an irrational and unstable human behaviour which negated self-control.   1,067 more words

Jewish Philosophy

Henri Bergson, Neoplatonist and the Cubist Aesthetic: Part Six

Bergson held that because the brain is a ‘biological instrument’ its capacity for intelligence is restricted to the taking of ‘snapshots’. Modern science likewise substitutes signs for the objects themselves. 918 more words


MIKU: Digital Diva - but can she take a Rist?

Hatsune Miku is UnReal.

Hatsune Miku emerged as a digital diva in 2011.  Miku’s representation is of a 16-year-old female pop star in the style of Japanese anime.   689 more words

Henri Bergson, Neoplatonist and the Cubist Aesthetic: Part Five

Bergson held that change is the essence of life, that states of being do not exist distinct from each other, but as an endless flow – ‘there is only one unique duration, which carries everything with it – a bottomless, bankless river’.1 But the change of which Bergson wrote takes place not in objective reality but in the duration of ‘mind’. 769 more words


[NB] Similarity and Contagion

So way back in the early twentieth century, James Frazer drew a distinction between two sorts of ‘spurious’ causality that animated magical thought. Interestingly, despite Frazer’s clear argument that these forms of causality are spurious, the concepts were broadly adopted by the mid-twentieth century revival of magic in Europe, inflecting the theory of magic. 1,541 more words


Henri Bergson, Neoplatonist and the Cubist Aesthetic: Part Four

Bergson equated consciousness with memory. Hence duration is essentially conscious memory. The preservation of the past and the interpenetration of which Bergson wrote is enabled by memory and belongs therefore to ‘the mind’ only and not the objective world. 552 more words


Rainer Splitt’s Farbgüsse / Colorpours

The Motion of Form and the Form of Motion

Rainer Splitt’s Farbgüsse / Colorpours


Duration is a case of a “transition,” of a “change,” a… 1,099 more words