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How animals make us think Stuffed Animals, Sheep, Pokemon, Architecture, Dogs, How To Make, Pictures, Painting, Arquitetura

How animals make us think

Dog, cat, sheep, fox, hen, Pokémon -- we don't only classify animals and their surrogates, but animals are a primary means by which we develop the very idea of categories -- and their denial. That's the main thesis of Paul Shepard's fascinating book: The Others: How Animals Made Us Human. Classification Shepard argues that animals are "unusual parts of our…

  Pantheism, Spirit, How To Get, Architecture, Nature, Plants, Arquitetura, Flora, Architecture Design

Animating spirits

A wander through the woods and fields is an excellent way to get in touch with the divine -- if you are a pantheist. Pantheism affirms "the animating spirit of nature" (193), and that "God is the unified totality of all things." Pantheism is one of several systems of thought and belief that aligns with a sublime respect for and…

  Pantheism, Wander, Spirit, Architecture, Nature, Pictures, Santiago De Compostela, Arquitetura, Photos

Animating spirits

A wander through the woods and fields is an excellent way to get in touch with the divine -- if you are a pantheist. Pantheism affirms "the animating spirit of nature" (193), and that "God is the unified totality of all things." Pantheism is one of several systems of thought and belief that aligns with a sublime respect for and…

  David Altmejd, Louisiana Museum, Museum Of Modern Art, Denmark, Architecture, Nature, Pictures, Arquitetura, Photos

Thinking naturally

Does nature make you think, or at least help it along? Consider first work environments. The world of work is filled with tools that help us think through and solve problems: notepads, pens, networked smartphones, and computers. Effective thought relies on such cognitive prosthetics. Expert professionals are so dependent on tools to aid their thinking that it’s difficult to…

Trauma and fauna Spiritual Power, Trauma, Spirituality, Architecture, Pets, Arquitetura, Spiritual, Architecture Design, Architects

Trauma and fauna

Once upon a time prior to urban settlement, domestication and commerce, nature harboured enchantments lost to us now. Animals roamed as sacred, conscious, and individually unique beings. Some even attached themselves to spiritual powers. This is the first act in (deep) ecologist and academic Paul Shepard's 1996 account of how we came to keep some animals as pets. Why do pets…

The wisdom of animals Copenhagen, Lion Sculpture, Wisdom, Statue, Architecture, Cats, Pictures, Animals, Arquitetura

The wisdom of animals

Cats never smile. This is what makes Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat so uncanny. Animals are expressionless, contributing further to their capacity to present to us humans as other -- both familiar and alien according to Paul Shepard. "Deeply committed to the play of facial features and the power of expression, we find the immobile faces…

Is cyberspace real? Lancaster, This Or That Questions, Architecture, Pictures, Painting, Art, Arquitetura, Photos, Art Background

Is cyberspace real?

Cyberspace has been hijacked by cybercriminals, cyberterrorists, cyberwarriors and cybervigilantes. But is it a real place? Sometimes artless questions like "Is cyberspace real?" turn out to reveal more than the interrogator bargained for. Not only is it real, but surreal. Eventually, any cultural theorist investigating the problems of reality alights on the work of Jacques Lacan (1901-1981), the psychoanalyst and philosopher whose…

  Despicable Me 2, Acting, Shit Happens, Architecture, Arquitetura, Architecture Design, Architects

Unnatural acts

Wanting to punch someone is a "perfectly natural urge" for a male under certain circumstances said broadcaster Jeremy Paxman (Telegraph). As it happens, I've just caught up with Despicable Me 2 (2013), with it's camped-up super villain El Macho who boasts, woos and wants to take over the world -- repeating yet again through exaggeration and humour a common male…

What’s wrong with the force Movie Releases, Whats Wrong, For Stars, Dark Side, The Darkest, Religion, Merry, Star Wars, Architecture

What’s wrong with the force

It's nearly Christmas, so it's time for stars, and movie releases timed for the Christmas season. But I've always had trouble with Star Wars and religion. Apparently the ubiquitous and omnipotent force has a good side and a dark side. Yoda: Remember, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are…

  Cover Up, Architecture, Blog, Arquitetura, Architecture Design, Architects

Cover up

The cover is out. The book follows in January 2016. The cover indicates the starting point of the book, which is travel. What we do with our mobile devices reproduces what by now are common, ubiquitous, and habitual practices. To immerse yourself in sound and screen-based digital devices makes the journey go faster, provides opportunities to catch…

Buy Mood and Mobility by Richard Coyne at Mighty Ape NZ. An argument that as we engage with social media on our digital devices we receive, modify, intensify, and transmit moods. We are active with our mobi. Experimental Psychology, Social Networks, Social Media, Penguin Random House, Digital Technology, Listening To Music, Audiobooks, This Book, Author

Cover up

The cover is out. The book follows in January 2016. The cover indicates the starting point of the book, which is travel. What we do with our mobile devices reproduces what by now are common, ubiquitous, and habitual practices. To immerse yourself in sound and screen-based digital devices makes the journey go faster, provides opportunities to catch…

  Case Study, Author, Student, How To Get, This Or That Questions, Architecture, Books, Arquitetura, Libros

Testing ethical acuity

Ethical sensitivity is best cultivated through examples. To test this proposition I ran a class in which ethical matters were addressed through a series of contemporary case studies. There were 50 masters students in the class. Before the students broke into their groups to discuss the case studies I asked them all some simple binary questions,…

The hermeneutical intractability of Asimov’s three laws of robotics Three Laws Of Robotics, Rule Of Three, Isaac Asimov, Mystery, Architecture, Arquitetura, Architecture Design, Architects

The hermeneutical intractability of Asimov’s three laws of robotics

In his sci-fi detective mystery, I, Robot, Isaac Asimov writes: "Powell’s radio voice was tense in Donovan’s ear: 'Now, look, let’s start with the three fundamental Rules of Robotics -- the three rules that are built most deeply into a robot’s positronic brain.' The rules follow. A robot may not injure a human being or,…

How to make a case out of a post Make A Case, How To Make, Architecture, Google, Pictures, Arquitetura, Photos, Architecture Design, Drawings

How to make a case out of a post

"A case presents an experience or situation that makes at least one point or teaches one lesson," said Janet Kolodner in a book on automated case-based reasoning during the ascendancy of artificial intelligence in 1993 (554). Cases abound online in news reports and blogs ready to be mined by big data analytic algorithms. In the mean time here's…

Stupidities (Why cartoons have animals Sense Of Entitlement, Stupid, Horses, Cartoon, Architecture, Pictures, Painting, Animals, Arquitetura

Stupidities (Why cartoons have animals 3)

We don't just consume animals for nutrition, but consume them culturally. They are "painted, written, construed, arranged, stuffed, chained, trained, dissected, imagined," according to cultural theorist Randy Malamud, and this happens "with an iron-fisted sense of entitlement and control on the part of the cultural hegemons, that is, us" (2). Malamud outlines evidence of the "digital approximation of taxidermy"…