Tag Archives: Rene Descartes

copernicus: suddenly the heavens were not perfect

The Copernican Revolution. Moving the earth away from the center of the universe had its consequences… …the heretical runaway monk and pantheistic philosopher Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake in 1600, though not for accepting Copernicanism. But his death … Continue reading

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tottering Aristotle: the web spinners

Great examples of the illustration of the new age of science. Francis Bacon’s The Great Instauration followed a century of immense activity in the sciences, after discoveries in astronomy by Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler and galileo; after Gilbert’s experiments with … Continue reading

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bacon: instauratio magna

” for we are not to imagine or suppose, but to discover, what nature does or may be able to do.” ¬†Francis bacon’s gist for condensation is so remarkable that it is easy , almost four centuries later, in a … Continue reading

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new atlantis: caves of custom

If one now asks why science arose as it did, it was Francis bacon which spread its doctrines. It is evident that the geographical dicoveries of his time, and the circumnavigation of the earth, had promoted an independent examination of … Continue reading

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imagine if you can: yes!

John Lennon’s message was fairly straightforward: don’t swallow wholesale what you’ve been told. Affirm your independence or it will be taken from you. Assert your individuality. Don’t let yourself be imprisoned by rules and regulations devised by others. All easier … Continue reading

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poussin: willing into the trap of fantasy

In short, Poussin’s reason got him trapped in fantasy. His striving for legibility backfired: the pious Madame du Housset , who owned the Vergilian Shepherds of Arcady, had placed it in her chapel thinking it was an altarpiece. …. Poussin … Continue reading

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born to be wild

The wild boy of Aveyron inspired the philosophers of the Enlightenment to seek answers to the question, what is the nature of man? To do so, they looked to a deaf mute child found running wild in the forest. In … 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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ZONE OF THEIR OWN : HOBGOBLINS WITH SWORDS

“At the very beginning of the long dialogue between thinkers that makes up western political theory there is Plato’s Republic, and at the very beginning of the Republic there is this strange and interesting exchange. Socrates asks an old man, … Continue reading

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CHAOS AND CREATION: ANTAGONIZING THE FIRST MOVERS

Joseph Mallord William Turner has been called a single genius; unique among England’s many painters of talent, intelligence and originality. A magician at creating absurd sensory perceptions that evoked deep mystery, and a sense of he fugitive, through a force … Continue reading

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