Monthly Archives: March 2011

2011-03-25—ENABLING THE ‘ARTISTICALLY’ INEPT

The idea that technology can augment creativity is met with outrage from diehard Luddites.  The evidence, however, is that the Luddites are wrong, and the overall effect of science and technology on the arts is a positive one.  Technology enables … Continue reading

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2011-03-18—FOOD AS ART

My wife makes a curried meat and lima bean dish that looks disturbingly like dog vomit. It is delicious, and a family favourite, but this is a learned response to its other redeeming features.  It is completely understandable that a … Continue reading

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2011-03-11—DELUSIONAL THINKING

It is certainly true that some people are just plain nuts, or extremely naïve, or very ignorant, or incapable of abstract reasoning. But there are many people (maybe all of us) who, while rational most of the time, hold some … Continue reading

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2011-03-04—MESSY MATH SHAPES THE WORLD

We want things neat and orderly and predictable. For most of the ancient Greek philosophers, mathematics was the ultimate embodiment of this well-ordered ideal.  The purity of Math was so worshipped by the Pythagoreans that they even shunned the idea … Continue reading

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