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Aesthetics

Religion As A Plurality Of Poets: The Great American Philosopher Richard Rorty's Vision Of Spiritual Life

Mark Schmanko | Posted 11.21.2016 | Religion
Mark Schmanko

The question of the nature and meaning of religion, in many ways, is directly related to larger questions orbiting around the meaning of life and the ...

Making Art In The Internet Age (4)

F. Scott Hess | Posted 11.04.2016 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

There is much skepticism amongst older generations of artists as to whether the presentation of one's works online brings anything worthwhile to an art career, and a special disdain is reserved for the idea that art can be sold through Instagram.

How To Build "Top Of Mind Impressions" And Stand Out With Your Brand

Ursula Nwobu | Posted 10.25.2016 | Business
Ursula Nwobu

PhotoCredit Top-of-mind impressions, or awareness, is a basic concept, however with major implications. Simply put, any brand or product that comes t...

"Alabaster": Exploring the Beauty of God in the Modern Age

Taylor Whittemore | Posted 09.29.2016 | Religion
Taylor Whittemore

Who is God? This is a question that every generation struggles with, and there are a multitude of answers. God is true. God is real. God is good. Bri...

Beyond Words Alone: Poets as Artists of the Intentional

Harold Lloyd | Posted 09.25.2016 | Books
Harold Lloyd

In his wonderful The New Book of Forms, Lewis Turco tells us that poets "focus on mode, on language itself." Focusing on language, a poet in Turco's ...

Why We Should View Aging As An Art Form

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 03.27.2016 | Fifty
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

Physical prowess and aesthetics are constantly shifting from the day one is born until the day one dies. Children often bemoan waiting to grow up, and at some point adults begin to dig in their heels and attempt to freeze the process.

Cocktail Philosophy: Interview With Matthew Piacentini of New York City's The Up & Up

Skye Cleary | Posted 03.24.2016 | New York
Skye Cleary

Matthew Piacentini has just returned from the Reykjavic Bar Summit, a global cocktail bar competition. He is the owner of The Up & Up, a cocktail lounge in New York City's Greenwich Village. I interviewed Matthew about his cocktail philosophy.

Untranslatable Words: Mono No Aware, and the Aesthetics of Impermanence

Tim Lomas | Posted 02.22.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Tim Lomas

Of all the intriguing concepts in my gathering of "untranslatable words," few are stranger or more alluring to me than those hailing from Japan. Okay,...

Rise of the New Sustainability

Carrie Norton | Posted 01.06.2017 | Business
Carrie Norton

What do you think of when someone says "sustainability"? The latest green product? A company trying to greenwash bad behavior (or justify higher price...

The Seven Types of Poetry

Robert Peake | Posted 10.26.2016 | Books
Robert Peake

The simplest but least useful way to think of poetry is as two types: good or bad. Yet for those willing to look deeper, there is much to be gained from attempting to understand and appreciate the wide and varied landscape of contemporary poetry.

The Rectangle Is Still Golden

Lance Hosey | Posted 10.19.2016 | Arts
Lance Hosey

"It's bullshit." That's how Fast Company summed up the golden ratio in April. According to writer John Brownlee, that mainstay of art appreciation classes and junior-high geometry is "total nonsense," "an urban legend, a myth, a design unicorn."

The Predicament of Beauty

Maria X. Liu | Posted 09.08.2016 | Women
Maria X. Liu

the most beautiful person is often the most fragile, because their sense of self worth is dependent on a fleeting notion requiring constant affirmation. Someone must judge the beautiful person to be beautiful and other people must agree, otherwise there exists no basis to determine that beauty.

Existential Fashion Philosophy

Skye Cleary | Posted 09.04.2016 | Style
Skye Cleary

While we don't know what was in Søren or Regine's bag, below are a few suggestions regarding what your bag might reveal about your existential lifestyle.

Think Design Think

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 07.31.2016 | Science
Jens Martin Skibsted

Design negotiates between technology, policy, systems and users. It has become a universal medium for expressing ideas, raising fundamental questions and addressing social challenges.

An Artist's Perspective on Inspiration and Making Art

Anna Agoston | Posted 07.21.2016 | Arts
Anna Agoston

My art is of my soul. It is a fabrication of my internal machine, an organic engine powered by my conscious and unconscious minds. It is, however, more visceral than intellectual.

The Aesthetics of Environmental Equity

Lance Hosey | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
Lance Hosey

Coal kills, and alternative energy can help save lives. But only if ethics can overcome aesthetics.

Classroom Aesthetics: Not the "Art of Teaching" - Teaching As Art

Rick Ayers | Posted 06.18.2016 | Education
Rick Ayers

Sometimes the magic and beauty of the classroom, the soaring beyond simple skills and content, happens in the most unexpected ways. At these moments, we are experiencing a kind of performance art in the classroom.

After Postmodernism: Michael Pearce Writes About 'Art in the Age of Emergence'

John Seed | Posted 05.09.2016 | Arts
John Seed

Emergence, a cross-disciplinary theory which deals with the way that higher-order complexity can arise out of chaos, presents a powerful new model for aesthetics. For Pearce, emergence opened a dynamic alternative to what he feels have been the reductive and culturally erosive tendencies of Postmodernism in art.

Why Works Of Art Can Shake Us To Our Core (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts

“Art and love are the same thing," the writer Chuck Klosterman wrote in Killing Yourself to Live. "It’s the process of seeing yourself in things t...

Good Luxury: In Search of Style + Compassion

Miriam Ava | Posted 11.07.2014 | Style
Miriam Ava

It recently struck me that the marriage of ethics and aesthetics in the premium segment of consumer goods seems to be considered a luxury too extravagant to indulge in by the fashion industry.

The Perception of Design Performance is a Crapshoot

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.07.2014 | Style
Soren Petersen

Do some just have a gift for judging design and are design experts superior at judging a product's performance as compared with lay people? Inviting ...

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Frederic Rzewski

Daniel Asia | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Frederic Rzewski's The People United Will Never be Defeated is one of those pieces that seems to have popped or plopped out whole and near perfect.

Handel's Messiah: See No Evil, Hear No Evil?

Michael Marissen | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Michael Marissen

Rejoicing against Judaism is -- thank God -- neither the whole nor the primary story of Messiah; it is, however, I'm suggesting, a significant forgotten secondary aspect.

Music and Trauma

John Mauceri | Posted 04.05.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

He played jazz during the war and, fifteen years after it was officially over, he wrote at least one beautiful melody that the world sang in 1962.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.16.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

The music world is a tough one for composers, leaving very few standing at the end. That is just the way it is, as sustained genius doesn't come around all that often. I should also add that sometimes great pieces happen at a very young age.