Thomas Nagel's seminal essay about the limits of understanding consciousness from an objective perspective.
Consciousness is what makes the mind-body problem really intractable. Perhaps that is why current discussions of the problem give it little attention or get it obviously wrong. The recent wave of reductionist euphoria has produced several analyses of mental phenomena and mental concepts designed to explain the possibility of some variety of materialism, psychophysical identification, or reduction.
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What quality fascinates and entrances me in the photographs I love? I believe it is this: for me, photography in some way captures the Last Judgment; it represents the world as it appears on the last day, the Day of Wrath. Continue reading “Judgment Day”
An Interpretation of the The Storyteller: Reflections on the Works of Nikolai Leskóv Walter Benjamin begins The Storyteller: Reflections on the Works of Nikolai Leskóv with a pang of nostalgia for the extinct practice of storytelling: “the storyteller in his living immediacy is by no means a present force. He has already become something remote … Continue reading The Storyteller: Reflections on the Works of Nikolai Leskóv
Introduction to ‘By The Fireside’ Walter Benjamin’s review of The Old Wives’ Tale (1908) by Arnold Bennett was written in Ibiza in April–May 1933. Benjamin had left Berlin for good three weeks after the Reichstag fire, travelling via Paris and Barcelona. ‘The German atmosphere in which you look first at people’s lapels, and after that usually do … Continue reading By The Fireside – Walter Benjamin
The Polish composer Henryk Górecki used to be a leader of the Eastern European avant-guard, but in the early 1960s he began a slide into obscurity from which he is just now emerging. Górecki was born in 1933, which makes him the same age as his vastly more famous countryman Krzysztof Penderecki. Górecki and Penderecki entered the international scene via the … Continue reading Górecki & Holy Minimalism
The Cinema of Transgression Manifesto We who have violated the laws, commands and duties of the avant-garde; i.e. to bore, tranquilize and obfuscate through a fluke process dictated by practical convenience stand guilty as charged. We openly renounce and reject the entrenched academic snobbery which erected a monument to laziness known as structuralism and … Continue reading The Cinema of Transgression