Bergson at the University of Edinburgh 100 years ago

In 1914, the Scottish universities arranged for Bergson to give the famous Gifford Lectures, planning one course for the spring and another for the autumn. Bergson delivered the first course, consisting of eleven lectures, under the title of The Problem of Personality, at the University of Edinburgh in the spring of that year.​ The War […]

On the ‘making’ of ‘circumstances’, by Shaw

From George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession: VIVIE [sitting down with a shrug, no longer confident; for her replies, which have sounded sensible and strong to her so far, now begin to ring rather woodenly and even priggishly against the new tone of her mother] Don’t think for a moment I set myself above you […]

Churchill on the creation of reality

from My Early Life (London: Thornton Butterworth, 1930), pp. 130-31. Winston Churchill: ‘Some of my cousins who had the great advantage of University education used to tease me with arguments to prove that nothing has any existence except what we think of it. The whole creation is but a dream; all phenomena are imaginary. You […]

The Science of Interconnectedness

watch birds short movie British scientist Rupert Sheldrake has been speaking about the cutting edge of the new cell biology since 1981, when he published his groundbreaking book, A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation. Despite hostile, ad hominem attacks of his ideas that cell growth is directed by more than mere […]

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 […]

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 […]