as if / Layers / Philosophy

Packing

I am packing. The book shelves have been dismantled. While normally, they function without being thought about, being part of a complex of actions and interactions, now, after removing the books and taking them apart, the layer below that normal function has become visible. Pieces of wood and metal. They are no longer functional, they … Continue reading

Civilization / Creativity / Culture / Incompleteness / Layers / Philosophy

Culture and Information

1. Culture as Information The history of cultures may be written in terms of information, information that arises (or is incorporated), information that is deleted or lost, information that is transformed and integrated as well as information that is active in controlling our perceptions, thoughts and actions. A culture may thus be viewed as a … Continue reading

Aesthetic Theory / Aesthetics / as if / Incompleteness / Layers / Philosophy / Thoughts

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