Quotable Quotes!

James Watson in Time magazine:

“We used to think our fate was in the stars.  Now we know, in large measure, our fate is in our genes”

“it is failure that guides evolution, perfection offers no incentive for improvement” Colson Whitehead (1999)

“You could call it ‘schmience’, i suppose”

Biological Anthropologist Jonathan Marks on the coporate and commercial engines behind the Human Genomic Project.  He postulates that these are part of the reason for molecular racism.

“psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals. This collective unconscious does not develop individually but is inherited.”

Carl Jung, on the collective unconscious and its hereditary, some people have used this to define the ‘soul’.

“The intricate distortions of the mind may be transmitted by the arts in fine detail, but they are constructed as though human nature never had an evolutionary history. Their powerful metaphors have brought us no closer to solving the riddle than did the dramas and literature of ancient Greece.”

E.O. Wilson on the failure of art as a source of insight for the human condition.

E.O. Wilson “Consilience”

“Complexity is what interests scientists in the end, not simplicity.  Reductionism is the way to understand it.  The love of complexity without reductionism makes art; the love of complexity with reductionism makes science” (p59)

“Behind the mere smashing of aggregates into smaller pieces lies a deeper agenda that also takes the names of reductionism: to fold the laws and principles of each level of organization into those at more general, hence more fundamental levels.  Its strong form is total consilience, which holds that nature is organized by simple universal laws of physics to which all other laws and principles can eventually be reduced”.  (p60)

“In a self-forming system, perception of the environment is always also a
perception of the self (although the opposite is not always true-that the perception of the
self is always a perception of the environment)”

Valdes, Claudia and Thurtle, Phillip “Biofeedback and the Arts: Listening as Experimental Practice”.  They descirbe David Rosenboom’s “On becoming Invisible” as a way of self-experimentation revealing the internal systems of neural circuitry.

Question: we’ve proceeded quite a bit from holistic EEG data harvesting to more specifics, how can we exploit this for art?  Time Perception/expectation for music, sound art and neurobiology.

accessed from http://www.mediaarthistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Valdes_Thurtle.pdf October 21 2013 815pm

“by suggesting certain kinds of experiments the analogs between intelligent machines and the human constructs the human in terms of the machine”


“Modern technology has become a phantom limb”

“Always on, and always on us” Sherry Turkle


knowledge is power Francis bbacon there is superstition in avoiding superstitionfrancis bbacon

Jean Piaget “the most developed science remains ealm mains a continual becoming”

“Nature is just yesterday’s technology”

there is an opera under the world” joe Davis when describing the sounds  made by the audio microscope – sonifying the behaviours of unicellular pond critters

Voltaire “Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.  The most original writers borrowed one from another”

(expressing data significance – as a way of contradicting authorship)

“If the sculptor is again to lead us to the heights, he must be broadly human.  He must not limit himself to the providing of caviar for the epicure, or black bread for the starving peasant”.

Brenda Putnam “The Sculptor’s Way” 1939

“we first turn everything into an image”

Friedrich Nietzsche, “The Gay Science”

“From the point of view of art in itself, its convergence with science happens to be a mere accident, and neither art nor science really gives or assures the other of anything more than it ever did. What their convergence does show, however, is the profound degree to which Modernist art belongs to the same specific cultural tendency as modern science, and this is of the highest significance as a historical fact.”


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