Birthday Wishes to a Dear Relative: May You Have Your Chocolate Box and (Secular) Buddha Too

Cher —-,

Wishing you the best of what we hoped for during our irregular childhood “Cat Stevens Power Hours” together, Continue reading Birthday Wishes to a Dear Relative: May You Have Your Chocolate Box and (Secular) Buddha Too

Sapiosexual Intelligence Requires a Theory of Cognitive Motivation

Earlier today, I responded to Julia Galef’s post about cognitive laziness. My upcoming book, Discontinuities: Love, Art, Mind will explore other themes related this: sapiosexuality in general and sapiosexual intelligence in particular. Continue reading Sapiosexual Intelligence Requires a Theory of Cognitive Motivation

Betroffenheit: The Show and the Emotions

“Betroffenheit” is a German emotion word. Max Wyman compared it to being gobsmacked. I might add nonplussed. But English and French words only capture part of the meaning of betroffenheit. Crystal Pite, a brilliant Canadian choreographer (Kidd Pivot productions), created an entire dance show that translates betroffenheit in several of the brain’s (verbal and non-verbal) languages.[1] Since seeing this very powerful show a couple of weeks ago, it has frequently come to my mind (a light perturbance); and I’ve discussed it with many people. I had been resisting the urge to blog about it, for lack of time. But reading Brett Terpstra’s blog post, “How’s it going?”, about the grief he is experiencing from losing his dog, Emma[2], led me to reply to his post with the following.
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What Inspired Mrs. Robinson and Other Songs in The Graduate?

There must be a thesis on this somewhere: How did Simon & Garfunkle’s soundtrack to The Graduate come to be what it became? I don’t mean the administrative part. I mean: what was the specific assignment S&G received? What were the constraints? And more interestingly, how did S&G translate this assignment into the masterpiece they created? Continue reading What Inspired Mrs. Robinson and Other Songs in The Graduate?