• Interviewer: Some would say that the only kinds of good explanations are scientific ones.
  • David Deutsch: Yes, well I would say to those people that that theory is not part of science and therefore it rules itself out.

Niece update.

Your husband will attend the same dinner party as us. I hope that will be his last meal.
Ovid, Amores 1.4.1-2: uir tuus est epulas nobis aditurus easdem / ultima cena tuo sit precor illa uiro.


Woman with Shawl, 1896, Musée Rodin

Auguste Rodin

(Reblogged from lynnehoppe)


John Singer Sargent:   Staircase in Capri   (1878)

(Source: givemesomesoma)

(Reblogged from catherinewillis)

Bartolomeu Velho’s model of Ptolemaic geocentrism (1568)

Although composition has always been fundamental to painting, all modern painting has been distinguished by a new way of being concerned with it. In modern art, especially in Cubism, composition comes to the forefront and finally, in consequence, abstract-real painting expresses composition itself. While in the art of the past, composition becomes real only if we abstract the representation, in the abstract-real painting composition is directly visible because it has truly abstract plastic means.
Piet Mondrian (1917)

1906 Ernest Bieler, Girls braiding straw, 1906


1906 Ernest Bieler, Girls braiding straw, 1906

(Reblogged from tensemetaphors)

Sarah Britten, Red Onion, 2010, lipstick.

Never confuse the process of exposition with the process of discovery.
Jacob Bronowski

Barnett Newman, Achilles (1952)


Dancing Satyr of Mazara del Vallo, fourth-century  B.C., Greece. Images: mondomostre.it

(Reblogged from hurkilaspesnes)
Speaking in a general way, and within certain liberal and expansive limitations, it should appear that there is no evil under which the human species can labour, that man is not competent to cure.
William Godwin, On Population (6.9)

I’m reading Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue (2009) by R.P. Hanley, which is a study of Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments and its publication history. Hanley argues that having laid out a theory of market economics in The Wealth of Nations (1776), Smith became one its first serious critics as well in his revisions to The Theory of Moral Sentiments, first published in 1759. It went through six editions, and in the final edition in 1790, Smith added a chapter called “Of the corruption of our moral sentiments, which is occasioned by this disposition to admire the rich and the great, and to despite or neglect persons of poor and mean condition.”