Monday, May 06, 2024

The Blind Spot: Why Science Cannot Ignore Human Experience

 We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, born in 1882

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The Blind Spot: Why Science Cannot Ignore Human Experience by Adam Frank, Marcelo Gleiser, and Evan Thompson is reviewed by Robert P. Crease at The Los Angeles Review of Books.

       Paul Auster (1947-2024)

       American author Paul Auster has passed away; see, for example, Paul Auster, American author of The New York Trilogy, dies aged 77 in The Guardian and Paul Auster, the Patron Saint of Literary Brooklyn, Dies at 77 in The New York Times (presumably paywalled)
       I've enjoyed some of his work, but haven't read any of his mroe recent work; none of his books are under review at the complete review.

       Peter Demetz (1922-2024)

       Czech-born author Peter Demetz has passed away; see, for example, Benjamin Ivry on How a Jewish son of Prague became a 101-year-old historian of human ideals in Forwardand Andreas Platthaus on this Jahrhundertfigur der Literaturwissenschaft in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung .
       A longtime professor at Yale, Demetz was also a judge for the annual Franz Kafka Prize, which had a very nice run for a while. The only one of his works I've read is his useful look at (then-) 'Recent Writing in the Germanies, Austria, and Switzerland', After the Fires; get your copy at or

A round-up of things from here and there

Thor, begone! / the story of Impressionism / The Cure, Live in Sydney, 1981 / the LA of Curb your Enthusiasm / but how was it trained? Suno’s music-generating AImakes everyone a musician in seconds. What are the musical equivalents of ‘AI fingers’? / meanwhile, back in the real world, here’s how you protect your Cybertruck from Electro-Magnetic Pulses / a celebration of the package holiday / histories of movie stunt performers / win a highly desirable guitar / In the Mind of Marie: A Haunting Encounter in the Gardens of Versailles (1913)(via MeF) / the Folio Society on the life and work of illustrator and wood carver Harry Brockway / explore Google’s AI-driven Instrument Playground / an obituary for the late Richard Serra / an animated graph of email providers, 1997 to 2004.


London’s Abandoned/Ghost station infographic by Penny Design / Model Houses, small, medium and large / art by Carol Adlam / a guide to time travel in the movies / cinematic battles before CGI / Electric NightmaresRPSon the role of generative AI in gaming / new McMansion Hell / Brick Index and Magic Papers, two of many great book projects by designer and art director Patrick Fry / a beautiful but highly Fascist machine / a collection of things that don’t work / ‘Domestic Science’, a photo series by Julian Burgin / a short history of London’s Funland arcade / Drawing for Nothing (via b3ta) / visit the Museum of Portable Sound / sketches by Evelyn Dunbar.


“Who knew that I would earn more money from a short guitar riff that I wrote one evening on a sofa in front of the telly in 1978 than I ever earned in the entire 50 years as a member of Roxy Music?”