The marvel of human intelligence and the creation of culture

“We are all children of Africa. As members of the hominin species Homo Sapiens, you and I are the product of millions of years of shared evolutionary history of life on earth”. So begins an article by Patrick Randolph-Quinney in the I paper (UK 8/2/18). Although there has always been an interest in Anthropology, in…… Continue reading The marvel of human intelligence and the creation of culture

What wine tasting teaches us about memory and identity

There is a lot to be understood about the nature of identity when we talk about activities which involve refined discernment. This can be wine, cheese, or whiskey tasting, listening to music critically, reviewing or analysing art, or cooking for enjoyment for example. When we perceive the values of an object, we must, to a…… Continue reading What wine tasting teaches us about memory and identity

Can modern art bridge the gap of the subject/object divide?

One issue which has puzzled philosophers for hundreds of years is that of ‘other minds’.  Thomas Nagel made this puzzle iconic in modern philosophy with his essay ‘what is it like to be a bat?’. In this paper, he points out the problem of the subject/object divide. I, the experiencer, am the subject; my experiences are…… Continue reading Can modern art bridge the gap of the subject/object divide?