Requiem for homo economicus

Homo economicus rests on the silent premises that human communication today is no different than it was in Adam Smith’s day and therefore human beings relate to each other and to themselves no differently than 225 years ago. In essence, the development of the telegraph followed by the telephone, radio, television, fax, email, and internet […]

Social construction of the landscape

Le paysage, entre art et nature Thursday 4 December 18:30-20:00 What is a landscape? Is it the touch of Nature or is it the work of Mankind ? Is it space or the representation of space? Is it something we live in or something we look at? Professor Jacques Leenhardt, Directeur d’Etudes at the Ecole […]

Entropic Creation by Helge S. Kragh

Entropic Creation Religious Contexts of Thermodynamics and Cosmology Helge S. Kragh, University of Aarhus, DenmarkSeries : Science, Technology and Culture, 1700–1945 Entropic Creation is the first English-language book to consider the cultural and religious responses to the second law of thermodynamics, from around 1860 to 1920. According to the second law of thermodynamics, as formulated […]

Nietzsche on reality creation and the contemplative man

‘He thinks he is placed as a spectator and auditor before the great pantomime and concert of life; he calls his nature a contemplative nature, and thereby overlooks the fact that he himself is also a real creator, and continuous poet of life, – that he no doubt differs greatly from the actor in this […]

Poetic innovation and creative reader engagement

26 November 2014 1:00pm – 2:00pm, The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, 2 Hope Park Square. Lila Matsumoto: Bookworks: The book as a site of poetic innovation and creative reader engagement [Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities ]

The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things

The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things is an online collection and discussion of art, objects, ideas and history which are deeply, genuinely, thoroughly, RIDICULOUSLY interesting. It is un Musée imaginaire; a cabinet of curiosities for the digital age; an anthology of marvelous, bizarre, exciting, and intriguing things, paired with conversation around contemporary art and its […]

Social phenomena are not of the same nature as natural phenomena

Culturomics meets random fractal theory: Insights into long-range correlations of social and natural phenomena over the past two centuries Gao, Jianbo Hu, Jing Mao, Xiang Perc, Matjaz Culturomics was recently introduced as the application of high-throughput data collection and analysis to the study of human culture. Here we make use of this data by investigating […]