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Living with Gaps And Cracks

Originally posted on The Asifoscope:
The basic and, in my opinion, defining property of the human mind is creativity: the ability to break out of any scheme, any fixed pattern or law of thinking. This results in our world to be “open”, in contrast to the closed, defined worlds of animals. We are able to…

Centrism / Cosmopolitanism / Culture / Philosophy


„Centrism“ (as in Euro-Centrism) can be viewed as a mistake in the representation of knowledge. Subjects that should be on the same level of a classification are put on different levels. For example, the Wikipedia article on musical notation, in its present form ( has a subsection about “Modern Staf Notation” and on the same … Continue reading

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Is Music the “Universal Language of Mankind”?

Sometimes you can hear or read that “music is the universal language of mankind”. While this may sound plausible, I think it is wrong. My wanderings through different musical traditions of different times and parts of the world have taught me that there actually many different musical languages. If you hear music from a totally … Continue reading

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Strange Concepts and Terms 1: “Tribe“ and “Tribal”

The age of colonialism and the age of racism have left some strange concepts to us. While scholars are now increasingly avoiding them (to a differing degree) due to a paradigm shift that happened in disciplines like cultural anthropology during the 1970s and 1980s, many of these concepts are still floating around in the heads … Continue reading

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Being cross-cultural

To sharpen your “as-if-o-scope”, it certainly helps to be cross-cultural. In every culture, some things go without saying and grown-ups will normally not notice them or think of them, they become part of the background (but children often see them, take notice). Confronting yourself with other cultures and confronting people from other cultures with your … Continue reading