Posts tagged with the category Art and Existentialism
Connected for Life
The other day I was having a conversation with a friend about the recent film, “The Ides Of March”. We talked about the cutthroat business of politics and the all too realistic portrayal in the story line. Loss of innocence, ego jousting and primal survival tactics were all at play. Later on in the day however, I began to see something...
I am a computer, therefore I ... laugh?
A new book is promoting a new, mechanistic, theory of why we laugh.
According to the authors of Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind Human being have a sense of humor because the mind is a computer (“our brains are Chevy engines running Maserati software”) dedicated to constantly making sense of the...
To know hope, one must know hopelessness. The deeper the experience of hopelessness, the greater the possibility of a stronger, more significant hope. The fullness and power of joy and optimism are rooted in one’s willingness to embrace his or her shadow. Until we confront the nature and reality of our existence, the less...
My Last Poem
This will be the last poem I write
(please restrain your cheering)
until I‘m presented with
neurophysiological outcome research evidence
that they make a positive difference.
So far, writing them has wasted my time
and reading them has kept better men
from dong the world’s work.
This is unethical, unscientific,
and grounds for...
The “willing suspension of disbelief,” is a phrase I have always associated with movie going. And I have been a moviegoer and a movie watcher, since I can barely remember. Like Binx Bolling, the protagonist in Walker Percy’s novel The Moviegoer, I found re-enforcement by identifying with movie characters. In fact, they...
Trauma and the Blues
“The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning.” -- John Lee Hooker
Very true Mr. Hooker, very true.
The blues are songs of the soul in pain, but its' own singing the pain flows out easing up the spirit that is within.
A recent article, “Blues and Emotional Trauma” by Dr. Robert Stolorow, author and...
An Existential Poem: "A Single Case Study"
A SINGLE CASE STUDY
I am an anomalous surge,
a bioelectromagnetic burst.
Study me with EEG topographic mapping
(a great advance over phrenology),
ferret out my subtle energies,
record the markers of my emotion,
sift my positive and negative ions
for signs of virtue,
and measure the build-up and collapse
of my electric dipoles
while I indulge my...
The link between Creativity and Authenticity
I have been interested in Existentialism for as long as I can remember. As a college freshman I took a course on Walt Whitman and wrote a paper on the existential ideas presented in Whitman’s poem, Song of Myself. Before I knew it, I was knee deep in existential concepts such as authenticity, existence precedes essence, freedom,...
Amy Winehouse, Addiction, and the search for meaning in life
She had a brilliant, lovely and desperately sad life – but that could be said about so many others who don’t live the life of a star.
There is really no real way of knowing what was going on in Amy Winehouse’s heart. There is no real way of knowing what is going on in the hearts and minds of those caught in the cycle of addiction...
Psychology Needs Poetry - Part II
In an extraordinary article in Poetry Magazine, poet Joshua Mehigan examines the popular link between “poetry” and “madness.” After all, aren’t poets visionaries and eccentrics? Aren’t they taken over by the muse and privy to the depths of the human experience?
Well, maybe those last two. But...
First chess, now music: just how creative can computers get?
"Nobody’s original," says composer David Cope.
Here’s what he means: there’s no such thing as "creativity," only endless copying, theme, and variation. "Everybody copies from everybody. The skill is in how large a fragment you choose to copy and how elegantly you can put them together."
Shakespeare in ... lust?
It’s a headline guaranteed to make any romantic smile: “Love, but not lust, inspires creativity.”
That’s the conclusion of a new study reported in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
In it, researchers asked 60 university students to imagine either casual sex with someone they were attracted to but...