Monthly Archives: February 2013

Why everyone who disagrees with you is right

We often say that its a mistake to discuss politics and religion, but why? Aren’t these the things that are often most obvious to us, where our convictions run deepest? Isn’t the difference between right and wrong most apparent in … Continue reading

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The illusion of control

“Every once in a while, you’ll succeed. Most of the time you’ll fail, and most of the time the circumstances will be well beyond your control.” – Aaron Sorkin It makes sense that we aim for the important things, things … Continue reading

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Curious Gravity: The Astrophysics of Expertise

A while back Sam McNerney posted an essay asking the question of whether expertise in an art field is grounds for the existence of objective standards in aesthetics. He phrases it thusly: “Do objective standards in art exist? Are experts … Continue reading

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A belated Valentine’s Day post and story of True Love

“Often, stepping into another artists’ home is like a reassuring brush with the truth that we’re not the crazy ones; that it’s the rest of the aesthetically bankrupt world that’s got it wrong. I love that.”  – Scott Cooper reflecting … Continue reading

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“Get it? Got it. Good!” – Adventures through the Looking Glass….

You know the old Reese’s commercial where the guy stumbles with a bar of chocolate and plunges it into some dude’s bowl of peanut butter? Outraged, he declares “You’ve got peanut butter on my chocolate!”, while his nemesis cries out … Continue reading

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Your pot is an uncooked noodle

Art is experienced very differently depending on what side of the production one stands. An audience gets to see the finished product. What it doesn’t see is all the hard work and decision making that went into it. What it … Continue reading

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The creative art of forgetting and other irrationality

“An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional” – F. Scott Fitzgerald So last post was an attempt at using rational arguments to debunk the idea that rationality is always the best way … Continue reading

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Are you in the mood for art?

Ian David Moss had a great post late last year that caught my attention. He starts out with a quote describing a recent study by Dan M. Kahan at the Yale Law School on “Ideology, motivated reasoning, and cognitive reflection”: … Continue reading

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Does crazing drive you crazy?

I received an inquiry on etsy that demanded a full explanation. Perhaps its one you’ve had as well…. “Listing: Hello, Great looking mug. I have a few questions. Will it be done if different colors? Can it be made … Continue reading

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