The Conflict of Need
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Conflict of Need
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Now, courtesy of Google, you can explore many of the art museums around the world from the comfort from your own home.
Personally, I think this is cool as hell and I wonder how long it will be before I can do this in a 3-D virtual setting.
Link to the site is here: Google Art Project.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Do Complexes Dream of Conceptual Sheep?
Picture a unicorn.
Got it? Good. I imagine that it looks something like this; though what your imagined unicorn looks like, or the form that it takes, will be in some part dependent upon the constellation of your four functions—an interesting topic in its own right, but not for today.
Now, imagine a three. Got it? Okay. I imagine that you probably came up with something that looks like—3.
If I were to ask most people if unicorns were real, the majority would reply in the negative. Similarly, if I asked if “three” was real they’d say yes.
Are you so sure…about the three I mean?
Show me a three, anywhere. You can’t. You can show me a number of things that represent three or other things in groups of threes but you cannot show me a three. It does not exist anywhere in the material world. Even this 3, is merely a symbol, a representation. If you type “three” into Google’s image search you get these results. A similar search for “3” provides even more confusing results.
Three is a concept, as are all numbers, letters, and words and it exists no where in the real world. Yet three exists and has very real influence, meaning, and implication—type or write
$3,000.00 instead of $6,000.00 on your tax return and see what happens.
So, three/3 is not real, in the sense of the material world, yet it exists and has a reality independent of the physical world of our five senses. As has been said, the map is not the reality. An odd state of affairs, no?
We define “real” and “existence” only in Newtonian terms. Quantum physics has shown this for the error in thinking it is but has not yet shifted the predominate and commonly held perceptual paradigm, which is still almost solely Newtonian. We, as a species, are still matter/form orientated/based in our definition of existence, even though we are increasingly moving into the information/energy age where the primary unit is no longer the physical (view of the) atom but sub-atomic particles with no matter (physicalness) that exist only as energy, probability, and/or information—The Matrix. It’s not the specific atoms which make me unique but the manner is which they are arranged and interconnected to create the energetic/informational entity of me, the relation between them—it is the non-physical informational/relational reality that makes me and defines my physical form.
Along those lines, I stumbled across a couple of things this weekend that draw into question what I believe are the typically held views/beliefs on who…or what…and artist is. The lines between what is “real” and what “exists” are starting to blur and it’s not hard to imagine that they may eventually disappear altogether. What will our reality look like when we interact with information, possibly to include the forces/contents of our psyches, as entities, either in the realm of our senses or in some other one?
Robot Actress Geminoid F Debuts in Japan
The acting debut of a life like robot in Japan has received terrific reviews from the audience, but not so much from it’s co-star. The Geminoid F is a copy of a woman around the age of twenty, with long brown hair, and brown eyes. It can smile or frown, and played the part in a stage show featuring the story of a woman who was suffering from an illness which would kill her.
The robot actress was said to have had a calm voice that was a bit mechanical. The show, ‘Sayonara’, or ‘Goodbye’ was directed by Oriza Hirata, a Japanese director, at the Tokyo Art Festival, and featured the robot actress alongside a human actress, American Bryerly Long. She didn’t seem really thrilled by the experience, and stated, “I kind of feel like I’m alone on stage. There’s a bit of distance … [and not] a human presence.”
The director stated, “It won’t be that a robot replaces human beings on a drama stage, it’s more as if a new type of actor has emerged in the theatrical world.”
The android actually plays the part of…an android. Ms Long’s character is suffering from the illness, and the robot recites poetry to the dying girl, after being hired by her parents to be her caregiver. The parents then abandon the girl, leaving her to the android’s care.
“…I deem it to be a remarkable fact that man, as long as he regarded himself as a creature, interpreted his existence in the image of God, his creator; but as soon as he started considering himself a creator, began to interpret his existence merely in the image of his own creation, the machine.”
 Viktor E. Frankl, The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy, p. 16