Tag Archives: B.F. Skinner

at the speed of a mouse: ease of epiphany

Battle of the prophets? Back a thousand years ago, the Jewish sage Maimonides had no illusions about an Islamic Golden Age. For a Jew it was a precarious existence and he thought and witnessed the particular animus of Muslim culture … Continue reading

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the future looks bright

Rube Goldberg.A fantasy world. And a fantasy not always in harmony with reality. W.C. Fields used to say “blame it on inertia” The inertia, the near fear and terror is technology in conflict with the established aesthetic rules of the … Continue reading

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shafia: pet rats in a skinner box touch his lever

and so it is. Like Freud’s Totem and Taboo, we have an ape man living in groups dominated by an all powerful father who kept all women for his own exclusive sexual use and abuse. Unlimited, buffet style access to … Continue reading

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when the abyss stares back

You have to question one of the basic axioms of Western life, a foundational myth of the enlightenment that “civilized” society values human life. That a life is precious. Sanctified. Or rather,  an eye for an eye. A tooth for … Continue reading

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mad man

it would be a reasonable proposition to have characterized him as the proto-typical mad scientist. In the 1960′s Dr. Jose Delgado made himself the messiah of the New Jerusalem to be achieved through electrical control of the brain. In the … Continue reading

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ideology: ready to drive the car

Anders Behring Breivik deemed his act as “atrocious” but necessary in his statement to police. It begs to ask the question if the current propaganda war between Democrat and Republican is not part of some far reaching new variations of … Continue reading

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the ghost in the machine

Immortality through science? Can our ethical and emotional intelligence keep up with technology? Its a highly ambiguous issue. We seem to be on the cusp of a major, and final break from the industrial age; a potential for vastly increased … Continue reading

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from babylon to berlin: endless summer

The universal stream of forms flows on. What Hannah Arendt called the pulse of life, an interminable grinding of contradictions amidst a violent clash of the irreconcilable. How to find meaning in those unpredictable flashes in the space between. A … Continue reading

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shaggy dog stories: the dog peeling the banana…

Sometimes the bark is worse than the bite. Sometimes its not…In the tradition of Greek mythology, Cerebrus, a triple headed canine, guarded the entrance of the gate of the dead, and served as a protector for those crossing over.Generally, the … Continue reading

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An Oscar for the “male gaze”

Since the first biblical patriarchs wandered out of Babylonia to the Egyptian Pharoahs and through the Greek theatre of Aristophanes to modern Hollywood, the male hero has been the center of the universe. Copernicus proved “man” was not the center … Continue reading

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