The Content of My Site is Not Fit for Advertisers: So I Paid to Remove the Ads.

Dear readers, you will no longer endure ugly ads on the bottom of my posts! Essentially, Automattic has cut off my funding through ads because they find my content objectionable. Ultimately it’s a good thing for me. My thinking on the matter unfolds thus: I can admit that my content is probably a bit heavy…

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Are We Avatars Or Players?

[This is another of my “runaway rants”, but I couldn’t squeeze that in the headline and keep it punchy. When I call something a “rant” I just mean it’s more or less stream of consciousness, as opposed to me sitting down and making a structured outline. I’m just getting some thoughts out there that I’ve…

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Runaway Rant: A Personal Attack is Not an Argument

I get these personal attacks all the time, and fear not, I’ll share some juicy examples. In philosophy, or debate, it’s known as the ad-hominem fallacy. You may have heard of it, and it’s very simple and easy to avoid in your own discussions and debates. It just means to attack the person rather than…

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Runaway Rant: A Problem with Morality and Art

I just wanted to get out one thought here, folks, which is percolating in my mind over my morning coffee. In general, morality is defined by others, and art makes its own definitions, hence they work at cross purposes. How much are we, as individuals, self-defined, and how much defined by everything outside of ourselves?…

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Runaway Rant: Believing Beliefs, Mass Shootings, & Art.

Turning and turning in the widening gyre    The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere    The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst    Are full of passionate intensity. … Excerpt…

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Runaway Rant: Can you Separate the Art from the Artist?

The question has come up a lot recently about whether or not we can separate the artist from the art, and it’s usually in the bad sense. The conclusion comes first, and it’s that a bad person can’t be a good artist. We then work on our arguments, which have to be correct, because we’ve…

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Runaway Rant: the Danger of Opinion

I wrote this days ago, and then just sat on it, because, an opinion piece about why opinion is inherently an insufficient projection upon reality is self-cancelling. On second thought, that was the point. Reality is boundless and unfathomable, hence any opinions, beliefs, and conclusions about it are mere projections upon it, something to tether…

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Runaway Rant: That’s Not Reality

What makes my runaway rants rants is that I write them in one go, initially without editing. I will go back and fix my more egregious typos, misspellings, and so on, but not change the flow. The ideas come one after the other, without an outline. It’s a way to keep it simple, but also…

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Runaway Rant: Why is the Art World So Toxic?

My last article was an attempt (I like to think a successful one) at disentangling the verbose “theory” of Roland Barthes that “The Author is Dead”. I shared my article in a couple Reddit forums, one being “philosophy” and the other “art theory”. There were a lot of responses, most the initial ones fairly reasonable,…

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“The Death of the Author” Debunked.

The belief that “the author is dead” is one of the unquestioned bad ideas that has become gospel in the art world. It’s usually just asserted — along with its companion notions that originality is impossible, and the artist’s intent is irrelevant — as if to deny it is as hopelessly naive as denying evolution.…

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Runaway Rant: Is Reality the Enemy?

[One way to interpret the image above is that the mechanical yellow creature is seeking truth, clamors around a blind corner, and discovers a mysterious mask, snake, worms… The extended mouth is the hunger for knowledge and discovery, but the creature seems frightened by what he found. Note that I find interpretations a useful tool,…

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Runaway Rant: The Problem with “White Privilege”

I like to stick to talking mostly about matters of art, but politics has so infiltrated the art world that you can’t be an artist without being clobbered over the head with certain ideas; and your work and career are evaluated, bolstered, or derailed in accordance with them. One of the biggest, most contentious and…

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Runaway Rant: Social Engineering and the Suppression of Thought.

I’m doing these rants – and by rant I mean getting down my thoughts in one go without much editing – because I will have ideas I’m mulling over and want to share, but don’t have time to do one of my more thorough blog posts. Social engineering is huge these days, especially once you…

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Runaway Rant: How I Conceive of People Vs. Identity Politics

You are not a thing. You are a phenomenon. And here are several things I’m mulling over because even if we have firm conclusions about anything, how much those conclusions resonate, and how we relate to them is in perpetual flux. This is why I find myself reexamining the same questions on an almost daily…

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Is Immoral Art Bad Art?

When I started chipping away at this topic I didn’t realize how enormous it was. I’ve written about censorship and highly political cases made against certain artists, but those issues are mere TIE fighters – morality is the Star Destroyer. You can vote in the poll before I have a chance to influence you one…

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New Page for “Thought”

I’ve been blogging for over 5 years, have more than 500 posts, and more than 500,000 views (on average a post gets 1,000 views over  time). Most my views come from Google searches, and some of my articles are in constant circulation. There was much on my site now that there was no efficient way…

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Bad Luck, or Bad Actors and Unimaginative Drones, etc.

  A long meditation on a very difficult period in my life, which ain’t over yet. It will be divided into 7 parts. 1) Bad Luck 2) Bad Actors and Unimaginative Drones 3) The Bitter Pill 4) My Original Sin 5) When I Decided I Needed to Make Art 6) How to Survive 7) A…

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Missile Attack – Last Post – Purpose of Life

Recently I did a post about bad luck. Things can always get worse. Today I was on one of my long early morning walks and a car pulled up along side me. The driver yelled something. I wondered what the hell he could be upset about. I’m just some guy walking and most the people…

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Bad Luck & Rupturing the Protective Bubble of Complacency…

  Bad Luck: I haven’t been able to complete any new art this month [see samples of my art above], nor write articles. It’s because I had the opportunity to move back to the U.S. and stay somewhere where I could devote myself to art for about a year, and thus I moved. This was…

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Rant: Modernism’s shortcomings, debate, being censored, insulted, blocked and banned.

A few things are annoying me today. Top on the list is people banning me, insulting me, and blocking me when I challenge one of their ideas and they can’t hold their own in an argument. Now, I’m not talking about just some jokers, but people who publish fairly serious articles. Apparently, you can write…

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The Argument for Free Speech & Against Censorship

You can have free speech without violence or oppression, but censorship requires force, which means at least oppression, and violence if necessary to enforce it. [Note: Here I am talking about ideas or arguments as free speech, not slander, malicious gossip, or plans to commit a crime, and not actual crimes such as snuff films,…

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How Postmodernism Has Worked Against Us.

Postmodernism made one powerful insight, and one terrible mistake. The former has been forgotten, and the latter accepted as an unassailable truism, especially in the art institution. It identified the underlying fictional “narratives” of Modernism and Western civilization, saw through “narrativity” itself, but denied any objective reality, and ended up as just another “narrative” limiting…

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Consciousness, Free Will, and Art

“I want to be a machine.” ~ Andy Warhol What does consciousness and free will have to do with art making? If we want to address the nature of reality and the human condition in our art, we can’t very well harbor delusional beliefs or live in fantasy worlds disconnected from real life (though that…

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What Is Consciousness?

This is the most fundamental question of our era, because everything else rests on the answer to it. You can’t discuss free will, for example, if you can’t basically establish what consciousness is and isn’t. Centuries past the focus was on whether God exists or not, but now we are questioning our own nature. Are…

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Say so long to Solipsism

Hard Solipsism is an even easier target than determinism to refute, and I think it’s worthwhile to trim the fat off of relevant philosophical inquiry. Solipsism is the philosophical argument that you can’t know that you aren’t the only thing in existence, and that you aren’t just imagining everyone and everything else. The strongest argument…

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Argument against no free will (determinism)

This morning I told a friend my home-brewed arguments for free will, and after patiently listening to my impromptu lecture, she asked, “Do people still question this?” Yes they do. The question of whether or not we have free will is as alive and well as the question of whether or not there is an…

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Bad Osho Quotes

Bad Osho Quotes Why do I detest India’s one time best-selling author with over 2,000 publications translated into 44 languages? Because he was an imposter, in a long list of imposters, pretending to be an enlightened guru. Many are reluctant to denounce him because if they do, they lose faith, hope, and may become despondent.…

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Born free into slavery

I know, we’re all sick of graphics with one-liners, but I was listening to a philosophy lecture and Rousseau’s words struck a chord. Here is a quote with some grit. It’s the type of statement we’ve heard so many times that it has become meaningless, like a song we’ve heard since we were children and…

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