Evolution: Entrance or Exit?

The image above features an octopod hovering in front of the gates of evolution, watched over by a malevolent shoggoth. A scientific paper claims that octopods are actually aliens brought to Earth by frozen meteors. Why the octopus in particular? “Its large brain and sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies, instantaneous camouflage via the … Continue reading Evolution: Entrance or Exit?

Crossroads

In folklore, crossroads may represent a location "between the worlds" and, as such, a site where supernatural spirits can be contacted and paranormal events can take place. In Greek mythology, crossroads were associated with both Hermes and Hecate, with shrines and ceremonies for both taking place there. The herm pillar associated with Hermes frequently marked … Continue reading Crossroads

Demons

Most authors who wrote theological dissertations on the subject either truly believed in the existence of infernal spirits or wrote as a philosophical guide to understanding an ancient perspective of behavior and morality in folklore and religious themes. I leave it in the middle if demons exist as independent beings who walk our reality but … Continue reading Demons

The Complexity of Simplicity

“Being simple is the most complicated thing nowadays.” -Ramana Pemmaraju The principle of simplicity or parsimony—broadly, is the idea that simpler explanations of observations should be preferred to more complex ones—is conventionally attributed to William of Occam, after whom it is traditionally referred to as Occam's razor. This does not mean that there will be … Continue reading The Complexity of Simplicity

Balancing individual freedom, privacy and social responsibility

I’ve been long time staying out of the public debate concerning the pandemic, but lately a large group of people are starting to irritate me. Those who stubbornly refuse the vaccine and simultaneously protest the consequences of that choice. When actually 95 % of those being hospitalized in Western countries because of Covid 19 are … Continue reading Balancing individual freedom, privacy and social responsibility

Analogies and differences between my art and that of Gustav Holst (1874 – 1934).

Holst drawn by William Rothenstein, 1920 It was inevitable that, during the research for my own artistical activities, I would stumble upon the works of British composer Gustav Holst. Just as I do, he found inspiration for his work into the planetary system and in the Mahabharata.The Planets, a seven-movement orchestral suite written by Holst … Continue reading Analogies and differences between my art and that of Gustav Holst (1874 – 1934).

Can you really have a virtual presence without Facebook and Instagram?

Again I had a week where I had to restrain myself not to snap at people on Facebook, posting stuff like: "What about could I write a book?" or the 20 years old college student that wants to write an autobiography that would mainly center around some grievances she perceived during her freshman's year. Or … Continue reading Can you really have a virtual presence without Facebook and Instagram?

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." This spy was Virginia Hall, a young American woman--rejected from the foreign service because of her gender and her prosthetic leg--who talked her way into … Continue reading A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell

Create the art you like, or create art that is likable?

Most people have an innate desire to be liked by other people.  While the desire to be liked is normal, feeling that it’s necessary that everyone likes you and experiencing anxiety and stress when they don’t isn’t. The prevalence of social media in today’s society only exacerbates these struggles. People on social media literally compete … Continue reading Create the art you like, or create art that is likable?