Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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"Why is it not possible for me to doubt that I have never been on the moon? And how could I try to doubt it?" (Wittgenstein, On Certainty §117)
Friday, May 29, 2020
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Saturday, May 16, 2020
|Animal Avataars with Deep Blue/ Night Sky Background|
Vitasta Raina is working on a series of paintings that compare the Dashavataar (the ten avataars of Vishnu) with the Darwinian theory of human evolution. She writes:
Though one might be taken a bit aback with this association at first glance, when thought over, it quickly becomes apparent as to why this idea is not as dramatic or absurd as it first may have seemed. In fact, this is a very popular discourse and several people have already theorized on this sufficiently.
Please click HERE to view the paintings and to learn more about the project.
Friday, May 15, 2020
I am reading submissions and sending responses to writers and artists.
I hope to have the file for the book put together and formatted by the end of the month, and then it will take two weeks of editing and finalizing graphics, and then five or six weeks to go through the process of finalizing the cover and producing the book. With a bit of luck, the project could be completed by the beginning of July.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is rather a philosophical inquiry into the character of empathy and its place in our understanding of human nature. Bladerunner, the film based on this novel, integrates Dick's theme of high-tech billionaires, but in the novel the technocrats are secondary to the philosophical theme.
|Dr. Eldon Tyrell in Bladerunner|
It is one of Dick's most important novels but in regard to the theme of monolithic technocracy, these two novels come to mind first:
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
In the novel, drugs are the tools used by two rival technocrats to control the shape of human identity and human history. The drugs are so powerful that they can be compared to possible future virtual-reality technologies that are supported by artificial intelligence.
The Penultimate Truth
There are two themes in this novel that could compare to our contemporary situation: 1) In the novel, ecological devastation following a nuclear war requires isolating human beings below ground in subterranean cities (called "ant tanks"). The environmental threat, however, is exaggerated to control the population, which brings us to the second point of possible comparison: 2) The elitist control of news and media is total. The super-rich manipulate their propaganda to keep the Earth's population underground.
Artist's statement: "Nicholas St. James emerges from his ant tank, the 'Tom Mix'; he is immediately spotted by two leadies, which are coming to get him."