The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy

by Alexander Bevilacqua Aeon Jan 15, 2019 Recently discovered prisoner writings on the wall of Lyon’s notorious Montluc prison from which résistant and historian Marc Bloch was taken and executed by the Nazis on the night of the 16 June 1944. A noted historian, Bloch wrote: ‘The task of the historian is understanding, not judging.’ Photo by … Continue reading The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy

The Wall (Echochamber Friday)

It's ah... Echochamber Monday because we forgot to do it Friday. So we don't become frogs in a well, let's see how the other half lives by intentionally reading some stuff we wouldn't ordinarily read. Everyone is talking about the wall and the accompanying government shutdown these days. What are they saying? First Law of … Continue reading The Wall (Echochamber Friday)

The End of the Cold War and Macbeth

by Vladimir Golstein Off-Guardian   It would be naïve to think Shakespeare's Macbeth is only about some “vaulting” and murderous ambition. Macbeth does not acquire the throne with the intention of controlling his subjects. In fact, in his quest to secure his rule, he strives to control the very idea of time and change. It is … Continue reading The End of the Cold War and Macbeth

Can Government Spending Really Increase Happiness?

Research suggests it can—but the real answer is more complicated. by Emily Moon Pacific Standard Jan 7, 2019   A new study suggests public goods like libraries make people happier. In November, new research suggested the possibility of an Eden for urban planning: Appeasing citizens could be as simple as providing safe access to a public … Continue reading Can Government Spending Really Increase Happiness?

The sea was never blue

The Greek colour experience was made of movement and shimmer. Can we ever glimpse what they saw when gazing out to sea? by Maria Michela Sassi  Aeon Homer used two adjectives to describe aspects of the colour blue: kuaneos, to denote a dark shade of blue merging into black; and glaukos, to describe a sort of ‘blue-grey’, notably … Continue reading The sea was never blue

Donald Trump’s “chaos magick”

Author Gary Lachman on the far right's links to occult philosophy: Onetime Blondie bass player and culture critic on Trump, Putin, Pepe the Frog, and right-wing magical thinking. by CHAUNCEY DEVEGA  Salon Two years after Donald Trump's once-unthinkable election victory, social scientists and other researchers have reached some clear conclusions about how and why it happened. Racism, sexism, … Continue reading Donald Trump’s “chaos magick”

MADtv’s violent Rankin/Bass Christmas spoofs

by RUSTY BLAZENHOFF BoingBoing Dec 22, 2018 Some of you may be old enough to remember these most excellent MADtv parodies of Rankin/Bass stop-motion kids' movies, and some of you need a pop culture elder like myself to point you to them. Either way, I think they're brilliant and hope they'll make you laugh as hard as … Continue reading MADtv’s violent Rankin/Bass Christmas spoofs