Tag Archives: The Enlightenment

“Any-Medium-Whatever” – Art of the Human Condition

Artist Tamara Kvesitadze represented the Republic of Georgia at the 54th International Exposition of Art in Venice, Italy (The Biennale) this summer. Trained as an architect yet concentrating primarily on sculptures that use intricate mechanical workings to articulate pliable surfaces, … Continue reading

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“Carpet Bombing” Again Threatens Cities

…and Suburbs are now also targets of opportunity, sometimes merely for existing despite the self-proclaimed “greater wisdom” of the urban planning gurus.  The “Carpet Bombing” I am addressing is a particularly invasive form of “redevelopment” or “urban renewal” or “economic … Continue reading

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Pluralism vs. Relativism and Opportunism vs. Sacrifice

“Pluralism marks the moment in history when despair and private obsession replace culture.”             Leon Krier The other day on Facebook (December 16, 2010), Nassem Nicholas Taleb catalyzed a revealing and depressing discussion (as I am confident was his intent … Continue reading

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Cynicism versus Realism

Previous posts in this series addressed “True Tales of the Legendary Past” (linked at http://wp.me/pVUDj-7E ), followed by “Legendary Tales of the True Past” ( http://wp.me/pVUDj-CU ), and then “Smoke and Mirrors” (at http://wp.me/pVUDj-Dt ).  This post will challenge you to search for the truth, a challenge that will involve normal … Continue reading

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Legendary Tales of the True Past

RenaissanceRules looked into “True Tales of the Legendary Past” in the last post.  You are invited to link to and read that post at http://wp.me/pVUDj-7E .  Now, a look into a corollary, or even inverse, phenomena, “Legendary Tales of the True Past”.  As those … Continue reading

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True Tales of the Legendary Past

The hypotheses and opinions of contemporary historians, scientists, mathematicians, politicians and “prognosticators” are too often accepted as fact without further inquiry.  “Your presence in the blind acceptance pool is required” is the message of the day.  Popular pundits make prediction … Continue reading

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Crooked Timber and The Enlightenment

“From the crooked timber of humanity, nothing exactly straight can be built.” Immanuel Kant A sobering pronouncement from a renowned philosopher (renowned: famously lauded by some, famously reviled by others).  Humanity is wracked and warped.  Its basic material is wracked and warped.  … Continue reading

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Look Back to Learn, Not Blame

When something does not go “according to plan” or just flat goes awry, looking back is necessary in order to better learn how to look ahead.  Beneficial looking back is not done to “name names”, not to put on the “we … Continue reading

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