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On Simplification – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

September 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on On Simplification – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James · Complexity, History, Ideology, Politics, Totalitarianism

Modern history had given us enough warning against treating simplifications as real. The totalitarian states, the great sponsors of mass atrocity against innocent human beings, had been propelled by ideologies, and what else was an ideology except a premature synthesis?

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Artistic Contradiction – “Anthills of the Savannah”. Chinua Achebe 

September 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on Artistic Contradiction – “Anthills of the Savannah”. Chinua Achebe  · Art, Colonialism, Complexity, Culture, Power

Do I contradict myself?” asked Walt Whitman. “Very well, I contradict myself,” he sang defiantly. “I am large, I contain multitudes.” Every artist contains multitudes. Graham Greene is a Roman Catholic, a partisan of Rome, if you like. Why then does he write so compulsively about bad, doubtful and doubting priests? Because a genuine artist, […]

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Simple Truth – “Cats Cradle” – Kurt Vonnegut

August 1st, 2011 · Comments Off on Simple Truth – “Cats Cradle” – Kurt Vonnegut · Complexity, Science

Dr. Hoenikker used to say that any scientist who couldn’t explain to an eight-year-old what he was doing was a charlatan.

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