Dispersion; Personal and Cultural Identity in the Globalized World.

Dispersion (2002), is the name of a painting by Julie Mehretu. It is an amalgam of calligraphic swooshes and monochromatic geometric forms – that appear to swirl around as if caught in some mysterious vortex – but behind it lays an elaborate linear structure. It is as if a painting by Kandinsky has collided head-on … Continue reading Dispersion; Personal and Cultural Identity in the Globalized World.

Life is about adding value to your existence.

Intelligent behavior is sometimes defined as the behavior that is adaptable variable during the span of lifetime of an individual and has three fundamental characteristics; The capacity to react in an unusual way towards the stimulus-situation. The ability to remember learned lessons. Having the capacity for generalization. The individual can only develop itself by laying … Continue reading Life is about adding value to your existence.

The Artist as an Einzelgänger

In this post I would like to explore some artistically personality traits as inspired by the compositions of Giorgio Morode.  The album Einzelgänger was first produced in Germany in 1975 and contained some electronic experimental soundtracks that at the time of its release attracted almost zero attention. The Englishman Bellotte was in charge of the … Continue reading The Artist as an Einzelgänger

The Teacher’s Obligation to Entertain vs. the Entertainer’s Obligation to Teach.

Teachers and professors don't need to be clowns. However, they do need to engage their students. If you have more than 20 minutes of rigorous teaching, the student cannot anymore pay attention to the teacher. So the teacher has to change the adult mood to the child mood by humor, and that is why you … Continue reading The Teacher’s Obligation to Entertain vs. the Entertainer’s Obligation to Teach.

Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross Domestically Product

Throughout modern history, societal progress has been measured in terms of GDP. The higher the GDP, the more developed a country, so goes the general belief. There is, thus a mad rush for increasing GDP. Hence, over time, GDP came to be seen as a surrogate for societal wellbeing – something it was never designed … Continue reading Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross Domestically Product

Buddhism and the internet

What is it about this faith of smiling Buddha, orange robes and golden temples that I see thriving in the little corner of the internet where I dwell, while the rest of the world is thought to have become increasingly secular? Widespread musical and artistic experimentation; the emergence of 'youth culture' as a powerful economic … Continue reading Buddhism and the internet

Similarities between Art and Religion

Some people who exercise an artistically activity without being able to extract a living out of it, are often in doubt if they can call themselves an artist. Sometimes they’re even sneered at by friends or family members for investing so much time in their “hobby”. Now consider the case of people who’re carrying out … Continue reading Similarities between Art and Religion

Is the Great Green Dragon a powerful metaphysical creature or a secret cabal of people?

  Dragons are mythological creatures, both good and evil. Colossal beasts, they are symbols of immense power. Western symbolism emphasizes the negative side of their power and energy; the dragon-foe became synonymous with Satan and has come to symbolize evil. In western literature dragons symbolize intense passion and represent the battle knights must fight against … Continue reading Is the Great Green Dragon a powerful metaphysical creature or a secret cabal of people?

Knowledge and Power

  Since Plato dreamed of a republic ruled by philosophers, the idea rooted in human conscience that knowledge should equal power. One should disagree with this stance, because in this worldview, Einstein would not have been just some bystander at the Alamo-project that developed the first nuclear bombs. We are trained and educated to comprehend the … Continue reading Knowledge and Power

Science = Art

One of the most primitive innate needs of humans is to understand the world around us, and then share that understanding. Both science and art are human attempts to understand and describe the world around us. The subjects and methods have different traditions, and the intended audiences are different, but I think the motivations and … Continue reading Science = Art

The Seven Dimensions of Culture.

Seven is a returning number in the synthetic theory of the universe, humankind and religion. In analogy with the 7 dimensional structure of the reality and of the human psyche, there exists a model that proposes a set of 7 different axis along which cultures differentiate one from another. Trompenaars and Hampden-Turner concluded that what … Continue reading The Seven Dimensions of Culture.

Culture and religion in my writing

  Those familiar with my writing have probably remarked that the main protagonists in my novel stem from very different racial and cultural backgrounds and, by consequence, adhere to very different ways of approaching the daily life. Alec Bannon is an Irish Catholic who’s married to Millie Bloom, who’s on the lookout for her Jewish … Continue reading Culture and religion in my writing