Featured Challenges of the Anthropocene

Year: 2012

Banksy

The New Activist is a truth seeker: someone who has left the introvert schisms of the old world behind. The new activist is like a sniffer dog detecting power strategies and corruption, without hesitation. Banksy is the prototype.

/ December 16, 2012

Time and Consciousness?

We live in a world where everything seems to speed up. Everybody is pressed for time; the pressures to perform, to consume, to “manage” time effectively, or to “have fun,” overwhelm our need for rest and contemplation. Will the future...

/ November 22, 2012

Possibility and Reality in Robert Musil

One of the key passages in Musil’s novel “Man without Qualities” (1930) explains why Ulrich, the main character, has no qualities. He lives as much in the realm of the possible as  he lives grounded in a sense of reality....

/ November 18, 2012

The Education of Henry Adams

A solitary man of sixty-five years or more, alone in a Gothic cathedral or a Paris apartment, need fret himself little about a few illusions more or less. He should have learned his lesson fifty years earlier, the times had...

/ September 6, 2012

What is a Subject?

Throughout the 20th century, this question has been a focal point for psychologists, philosophers, and social scientists. Depending on one’s answer, very different philosophical paradigms emerge. After a century of dialogue and reflection, we begin to realize how difficult it...

/ September 5, 2012

Nature by Numbers

Below there is  an interesting video inspired by numbers, geometry and nature, created by Cristóbal Vila. Nature looks complex, but the underlying principles are simple, for instance the Fibonacci Series of numbers.  The natural beauty and complexity we see all...

/ March 3, 2012

Mathematical Infinity

"There are two approaches to mathematical infinity. It can be seen as defining limiting cases that can never be realized or as existing in some philosophical sense. These mathematical approaches parallel approaches to meaning and value that I call absolutist...

/ February 12, 2012

Rock-Art in Berkeley, California

I went for a walk today in Berkeley, at a place near the ocean.It’s a wild place, full of rocks, bushes, and trash. Sometimes, some artists are visiting. They come here and turn the wilderness into something beautiful. Suddenly, stones...

/ January 30, 2012