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29 JANUARY 2016

Why Man Creates: the great (Western) progress narrative

"How unlikely that one of the least definable films from the last half-century would also be one of the most beloved. A favorite of classroom AV diversions, and an abridged presentation on the very first episode of '60 Minutes' helped make it the most viewed educational film of all time. 'I don't know what it all means,' Saul Bass himself admitted, and his 'Why Man Creates' (1968) is far more loose and playful than the rigid thesis its title might imply. In fact, it is the searching and open-ended nature of the various vignettes that perhaps makes the film resonate so strongly with viewers. Though an Oscar®-winner for Documentary Short Subject, the film is almost entirely invented, apart from recollections of old masters like Edison, Hemingway and Einstein, and brief encounters with scientists striving to innovate for the betterment of mankind. Creators invariably encounter problems, and have no choice but to persevere in the face of discouragement. If the film argues anything, it is that the unbridled pursuit of new ideas makes us uniquely human."

(Sean Savage)



1968Albert Einstein • Alfred Nobel • American Revolution • Ancient Greeceanimated filmArab • birth of civilization • cancer research • cave painting • cavemen • celebrating human achievement • creative inspirationcreativitydark ages • development of writing • dynamite • early humans • Ernest Hemingway • Euclid • Great Pyramids at Giza • Greek achievements • hand-drawn animationhistory of ideashuman civilizationinvention of the wheelinventiveness • James Bonner • Jesse Greenstein • Leonardo da VincilibertyLouis PasteurLudwig van Beethovenman • mathematical discovery • Mayo Simon • Michelangelo • nature of creativity • nature of justice • organised labour • origin of the universe • Paul Saltman • pioneering mathematicsprogress narratives • pursuit of happiness • religion • Renato Dulbecco • Saul Bassscience historyscientific progressThomas EdisonvignetteWestern culture • Why Man Creates (1968) • zero


Simon Perkins
14 NOVEMBER 2009

Kantian Euclidean Space and Husserlian Material Ontologies

"When considering the relevance of Kant's transcendental position on Euclidean space, one widespread complaint goes something like this: In what concerns the transcendental validity of mathematics in experience, Kant failed to distinguish between pure and applied geometry the way we do today. Pure geometry, as Hilbert showed, is a mere mathematical multiplicity, an axiomatic system interwoven by means of formal relationships where a priori intuition plays no role at all. Its claims have no empirical content whatsoever. Applied geometry, on the other hand, as exemplified by the use of non–Euclidean geometries by Einstein, has to do with the application of a formal geometrical structure as a means of depicting the empirical world. This application is done under certain theoretical assumptions and the postulation of an empirical spatial congruence. Once the coordination of the geometrical structure with the empirical phenomena is established, it can be empirically tested. There is no place for the idea that Euclidean geometry is a priori and synthetic, a transcendental constitutive of experience. Euclidean geometry is just a possible 'mathematical multiplicity', a formal structure whose correspondence with the physical world is not imposed. Thus, the transcendental a priori validity of geometry for all possible experience as implicitly ascertained in the mathematical principles of the pure understanding appears to have been refuted."

(José Ruiz Fernández, 2003)

Essays in Celebration of the Founding of the Organization of Phenomenological Organizations. Ed. CHEUNG, Chan–Fai, Ivan Chvatik, Ion Copoeru, Lester Embree, Julia Iribarne, & Hans Rainer Sepp. Web– Published at www.o–p–, 2003


20032D3DAlbert Einstein • angles • applied geometry • conceptualisationdeductionEdmund HusserlEuclidEuclidean space • formal geometrical structure • geometryImmanuel Kantlinesmathematical model • mathematical multiplicity • mathematicsphysical world • points • pure geometry • representation • solids • space • surfaces • transcendental • visualisation


Simon Perkins
29 OCTOBER 2009

Art and Culture Destination

"The aim of Culture.Info is to be the first port–of–call for users seeking cultural information on a particular topic. Each Culture.Info sub–portal will provide a carefully researched set of listings of links to information that is more focused and useful than can usually be obtained from the vast majority of existing listings or search engines.

Cultural areas will be added in due course in the following key areas:

* Heritage–including archaeology, archives, conservation, history, heritage, museums

* Media–including advertising, broadcasting, digital & new media, film, games, publishing, radio, television

* Performing–including circus, comedy, dance, festivals, music, opera, puppetry, theatre

* Pursuits–including antiques & collecting, hobbies & pastimes, outdoor activities

* Sport–individual and team, and also sports involving animals

* Visual–including architecture, crafts, design, exhibitions, galleries, painting, photography, sculpture

* Words–including books & literature, languages, libraries, reading, writing

* A place could be a country, a region or even a city."



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