Present New Year

Søren Kierkegaard (May 5, 1813–November 11, 1855), considered the first true existentialist philosopher, remains a source of enduring wisdom on everything from the psychology of bullying to the vital role of boredom to why we conform. In a chapter of the altogether indispensable 1843 treatise Either/Or: A Fragment of Life (public library), thirty-year-old Kierkegaard writes: „Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work.“ In a latter chapter, titled “The Unhappiest Man,” he considers how we grow unhappy by fleeing from presence and busying ourselves with the constant pursuit of some as-yet unattained external goal: „The unhappy person is one who has his ideal, the content of his life, the fullness of his consciousness, the essence of his being, in some manner outside of himself. The unhappy man is always absent from himself, never present to himself. But one can be absent, obviously, either in the past or in the future. This adequately circumscribes the entire territory of the unhappy consciousness.
[…] The unhappy one is absent… It is only the person who is present to himself that is happy.“ Via Brainpickings

Does the human brain resemble the Universe?

„An astrophysicist of the University of Bologna and a neurosurgeon of the University of Verona compared the network of neuronal cells in the human brain with the cosmic network of galaxies, and surprising similarities emerged. […]“ The human brain functions thanks to its wide neuronal network that is deemed to contain approximately 69 billion neurons. On the other hand, the observable universe can count upon a cosmic web of at least 100 billion galaxies. Within both systems, only 30% of their masses are composed of galaxies and neurons. Within both systems, galaxies and neurons arrange themselves in long filaments or nodes between the filaments. Finally, within both system, 70% of the distribution of mass or energy is composed of components playing an apparently passive role: water in the brain and dark energy in the observable Universe. […] Probably, the connectivity within the two networks evolves following similar physical principles, despite the striking and obvious difference between the physical powers regulating galaxies and neurons.“ Via Heike Sperling (via Università di Bologna)

2021, das Jahr des Naturtheaters von Oklahoma?!

„With each new project, we attempt to set an impossible challenge for ourselves, the audience, and our collaborators — working from inside the codes and confines of established genres and exploding them. No two projects are formally the same, but the work is always full of humor, earnestness, rigor, and the audience plays an essential role — whether as spectators or – just as often – as participants in the work.“ Via oktheatre

Pause ist Pause, oder?

Aus den Untiefen des Homeofficeuniversums: Schon mal von Jeffrey Toobin gehört? Der CNN-Rechtsanalytiker und Autor für den New Yorker nahm über Zoom zusammen mit anderen Mitarbeiter*innen des Magazins an einer kreativen „Wahlsimulation“ teil. Eine New Yorker-Mitarbeiterin spielte dabei Donald Trump; Toobin spielte „die Gerichte“. In einer Arbeitspause wechselte Toobin ins sehr Private, zu einem zweiten, telefonsexartigen Videocall. Er entblößte sich und wurde autosexuell aktiv – Pause ist Pause –, allerdings gut sicht- und hörbar für die Teilnehmer seines ersten Videocalls. Er hatte geglaubt, seinen Video-Feed aus- und sein Audio auf „stumm“ geschaltet zu haben, wie er später so kleinlaut wie glaubwürdig erklärte. Zügig nach dieser Aktion wurde Toobin von seiner Position beim New Yorker und von seiner Rolle als Nachrichtenanalyst bei CNN suspendiert (inappropriate behaviour). Das und Schlimmeres kann passieren, wenn Wohnungen zu Arbeitgeberbüros werden, ständiges Überwachtsein der Normalfall ist – und akute Zoom-Drömeligkeit dazu kommt. Via TabletMag

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