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Cylinder Seals

Cylinder seals were invented in Mesopotamia around 3500 BC. They are small cylinders, often made from stone, about one inch in length, engraved with figurative scenes or written characters, or both. They were used to roll an impression on a surface, typically clay. When the seal is rolled over a clay surface, an impression is … Continue reading

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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…

Philosophy / Writing

Translating in the Dark

Originally posted on Diotima's Ladder:
I’m working on a project with Andreas (you may know him as “Nannus”) to translate Frege’s “On the Scientific Justification of a Concept Script,” which is funny since I don’t know much about Frege—close to nothing—and I don’t speak German. Nannus, however, is a native German speaker with a…