It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.
Absolutely amazing Ndunga mask similar to the one shown on this page:
Scientifically very out of date, often unclear and self-condradictory. Frequently descends into religio-metaphysical mumbo-jumbo. The autobiographical part completely superficial.
This book takes no prisoners in terms of having read previous books in the series - much will be very unclear if you haven't. If you have - well, we're still following Anton Gorodetsky's career. His daughter is a teenager and constantly being watched - but that doesn't prevent an attempt on her life and suddenly the apocalypse is impending yet again, secrets and history must be revealed and a prophecy must be fulfilled, leading to a bitter-sweet and surprisingly affecting ending.
Colour isn't a physical thing; electromagnetic waves are. Taste isn't a physical thing, chemicals are. Sound isn't a physical thing; compressional waves in solids and fluids are. We don't have a physical theory of "sense impressions" but all our information about what is real comes from them. This is the central mystery of the mind-body problem re-stated. Schrodinger doesn't even attempt to solve this problem.
We see medieval religious art objects on permanent display in museums but they would not have been originally used that way; reliquaries would have been kept locked up, triptyches closed, except on special occasions. African masks would not be seen in public except when being worn, also in religious performances. African status objects and symbols of secular power would similarly only be seen on special occassions.
Revenger turns up with a skull - now, where have I seen that before?
Also, the first murder of the play.
The modern Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche can be seen here (or at least, part of it):
No, not everybody's (or at least my) favourite white wavy tower, but the facade on the left. But, yeah, that tower:
And some more Kirche/white tower views. The Kirche rather cleverly manages to swap sides!
"Only one conciousness per mind." (NOT brain.) Possibly tautological; "Only one mind per mind." Possibly wrong; IIRC one theory of "voices" in schizophrenia is intrusion of normally subconcious sub-personalities into the main personality i.e. you're actually hearing someone else's thoughts!
A frequently quoted book, "Man on his Nature", Sherrington looks more valuable than this essay...because properly scientific.
The punning language is reminiscent of Shakespeare even if the poetry is not as good.
Junior Brother is in really deep trouble, now, thanks to the unintended consequences of his brothers' manouvres.
I haven't seen much African art; apart from this book's exhibition, the only other display I remember is in The Met in New York.
These Things Happen: Bradbury seems to have idolised certain authority figures as a child, particularly librarians and teachers.
Why should brains generate conciousness when they are made of the stuff as everything else? No answers - just a description of the problem. A not very clear one...