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Welcome to the Asifoscope!

A complete definition of what this blog is about is not possible. Creativity is the defining feature of human beings and to be creative means that we are able to leave any defined scheme of thinking, resulting in any such scheme to be incomplete. On one hand, these connected topics of creativity and incompleteness are among the main topics of this blog, on the other hand the blog – with its unbounded range of topics – is in itself an example of this. There are some recurring threads of thought but I am trying to keep it interesting and surprising as well.

Topics I am interested in which can be found on this blog include different intertwining threads of philosophy, including thoughts about creativity and about aesthetics, about what I call as-if-constructions (this gives the blog its name), as well as some other topics. You may also find occasional articles on political and economic/ecological issues, on ethics and other questions.

Some articles are more personal, e.g. I am sometimes writing poems, I am interested in arts (especially abstract art) and music. There are also some instances of science fiction, of a meta-fiction kind, and related to the other topics of this blog.

There are some spin-offs of this blog, see My Other Blogs.

My old About-Page can be found here. After I had been blogging here for some time, it appeared necessary to me to replace it with a slightly more informative – although maybe a little bit less personal – one.

(The picture, which is also the background-image of this blog, is from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:GGB_reflection_in_raindrops.jpg. It symbolizes for me the multi-faceted and always incomplete single views of the world. The complete picture is blurred and we only have incomplete partial and partially distorted views. However, by “viewing the world through a different lens” in each of these views – as the motto of this blog is saying – we are getting fresh insights each time.)

17 thoughts on “About

  1. Interesting. I have always struggled witht he idea of the polymath versus the paragon; the specialist versus the ‘jack of all trades’. The internet seems to want to define specialists, and yet I find myself not fitting that mould at all. I cannot limit my interests on the basis of this curated reality we call the web.

  2. I just wanted to let you know I’ve listed you among my nominees for The Dragon’s Loyalty Award for excellence. I’m not sure what dragons have to do with anything, but I love dragons, so I figured I’d pass it along. I understand that you’re passing on awards, but I’ve been so impressed by your blog (and I only found it a little while ago, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do) that I couldn’t resist.

    You can check out the nomination here: http://storiesandsoliloquies.com/2015/02/11/the-dragons-loyalty-award/

  3. Thanks for all your comments and visits to my blog. I think you write very incisive comments and of great importance for us today as citizens of the earth. Will we make it? I particularly like your thoughts on what states could do with their art. Thanks for giving us your insights.

    • Thank you.
      Unfortunately, I don’t have much time for blogging at the moment, but it will increase again in the future.

  4. Hi nannus – just a quick note to say you that I’ll have an exhibition set up in Berlin from June 6 to July 14 (maybe you already know that).
    Keep in touch – Marco

    • Thank you. I am not sure if I can make it to Berlin, but if possible, I will go, probably in July.

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