New research reveals that emotional states are universally associated with certain bodily sensations, regardless of individuals’ culture or language.
Gazing at a painting feels like an almost magical encounter with another mind but what real effects does art have on us?
If non-primates set their marks upon this world,
Their views, their memes, their sins.
Would they a lady’s slipper see,
Or different worlds within?
Perhaps instead, a feline grace,
A fleeting hippo muse,
A mantid’s dream,
A raptor’s edge-sharp hues.
But in their darkest dreams and fears,
In their most dismal hours,
I fear they see a primate face
And feel a primate’s power…
We can learn much about how a historical period viewed the abilities of its children by studying its children’s literature.
Worth a read…
For those with the occasional thoughtful bent as winter comes on, check out the description below from Open Culture. It’s work, but an occasional video makes for a great evening discussion with a group of good friends. Best of all, it’s free.
The Philosophy section of our big Free Online Courses collection just went through another update, and it now features 100 courses. Enough to give you a soup-to-nuts introduction to a timeless discipline. You can start with one of several introductory courses.
The Art of Living – Web Video – Stanford
The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps – Multiple Formats– Peter Adamson, King’s College London
Our worldviews form the basis for what our thinking preferences, emotional IQs, personalities and communications styles share with the world around us. That journey continues to challenge me…and yet it also frees me, when I let it.
Continuing today’s philosophical musings –
“Study reveals individual neurons in the human brain are triggered by the subject’s conscious perception, rather than by the visual stimulus.” (Redorbit).
Through the examination of morphed faces, researchers concluded that only in the act of recognition did neurons actually fire. Subjective perception rather than objective visual stimulus caused the firing.
Professor Rodrigo Quiroga at the University of Leicester then went on to say, “In a sense, the interpretation of this result goes way back to British Empiricism and even to Aristotle. As Aristotle put it, we create images of the external world and use these images rather than the sensory stimulus itself for our thoughts. These neurons encode exactly that.”
Subjective perception… and the power of worldview and our mental models of the world around us.
Ever so subtly the chains that bind
Wrap us in their siren embrace.
And though I see you,
I see you as I see you –
Not as you really are… and rarely your true face.
Interesting writing bringing a bit of emphasis on the importance of taking the liberal arts, particularly philosophy, out of the ivory tower…