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Surprise can be viewed as a basic component of human existence[1]. Reality always has more properties than our knowledge about it predicts. Our knowledge can be viewed as consisting of limited sets of knowledge covering limited parts of reality (see Analytical Spaces). Each of these sets of knowledge is incomplete. Taken together they are always incomplete … Continue reading

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Dividing the Stream of Perceptions

Originally posted on Creativistic Philosophy:
Roughly speaking, we might think of the process of our perception as dividing our perceptions into several parts or “fractions”. Since the processing capacity of our brain is limited, some part of the information is overlooked or ignored because of information overload. Our perception applies knowledge to the perceptive stream.…

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Towards the Philosophy of Decay

Abandoned, decaying buildings are philosophically interesting, both in their aesthetics and in their ontology. I am going to write a few words about both aspects here, although by no means in an exhaustive way. Aesthetics The aesthetical aspect of such places is brought to us by an increasing number of photographers who explore such places in … Continue reading

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The “Growing Complexity Effect” in the History of Music

In both the classical music tradition and the jazz tradition there has been a trend towards increased complexity. In both cases, earlier pieces tend to follow a more regular “grammar”, with relatively regular harmonies and rhythmical patterns. In both traditions there is a trend towards more and more complex forms, complex rhythms and more complex … Continue reading

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Can there be a Science of Art?

My answer to this question is yes and no. And yes again, but with a twist. The normal scientific approach would be to look for a biological basis for art. We are all humans, aren’t we? We have essentially the same biological basis, so there should be a genetic basis to art, an art instinct … Continue reading