December 19, 2011

Václav Havel - observers vs. beings

R.I.P. Václav Havel (5 October 1936 – 18 December 2011). A memorable quote, excerpt from “The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World” (Liberty Medal acceptance speech, Philadelphia - July 4, 1994), via wikiquote:
The relationship to the world that the modern science fostered and shaped now appears to have exhausted its potential. It is increasingly clear that, strangely, the relationship is missing something. It fails to connect with the most intrinsic nature of reality and with natural human experience. It is now more of a source of disintegration and doubt than a source of integration and meaning. It produces what amounts to a state of schizophrenia: Man as an observer is becoming completely alienated from himself as a being.

Maria Yudina plays Bach / Liszt Prelude & Fugue, BWV 543
Music and photos, straight to the heart...

November 15, 2011

El Cóndor Pasa
That's the kind of interpretation of El Cóndor Pasa that I like most (no big orchestra, no hi-tech processing, just pure, traditional, 'organic' sound going straight to the heart).

Superbe nostalgii
Realizatori Ghena Pricop si Gabriel Stoica (Muzeul Brailei)

Solzhenitsyn on art

"Not everything assumes a name. Some things lead beyond words. Art inflames even a frozen, darkened soul to a high spiritual experience. Through art we are sometimes visited — dimly, briefly — by revelations such as cannot be produced by rational thinking. Like that little looking-glass from the fairy-tales: look into it and you will see — not yourself — but for one second, the Inaccessible, whither no man can ride, no man fly. And only the soul gives a groan..." --Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Nobel lecture, 1970 - via wikiquote)

November 13, 2011

Waymore Blues și problema operei de artă

Către sfârșit, în argumentul dintre Waylon și Jessi se atinge de fapt problema spinoasă a operei de artă.
Waylon Jennings . Waymore Blues solo acoustic

September 13, 2011

My review of David Berlinski's "One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics" in JACMS

My review of David Berlinski's "One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics" appeared in the Journal of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (September 2011) - click here to read it.

September 4, 2011

Roşia Montană - sau ce poate (des-)face o corporaţie dacă plăteşte $12 pe an pentru fiecare român

Din articolul Una este aurul din pământ şi alta cel de la Banca Naţională de Prof. Dr. Mihaela Fîrşirotu (Montreal, Canada) aflu, printre altele, că românilor li se cere să accepte potenţiale efecte distructive asupra mediului, sănătăţii, tradiţiilor şi patrimoniului pentru suma de $12 pe an pentru fiecare...
Tot pe tema Roşia Montană:

August 25, 2011

Jorge Luis Borges and the „given for a purpose”

„A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.” (Jorge Luis Borges - via wikiquote)