Archive for August, 2011

minimalism + shapes + philosophy

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Relativism

Points of view have no absolute truth or validity, having only relative, subjective value according to differences in perception and consideration. Principles and ethics are regarded as applicable in only limited context.

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Absolutism

An absolute truth is always correct under any condition. An entity’s ability to discern these things is irrelevant to that state of truth. Universal facts can be discovered. It is opposed to relativism, which claims that there is not an unique truth.

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Positivism

The only authentic knowledge is that which is based on sense, experience and positive verification. Scientific method is the best process for uncovering the processes by which both physical and human events occur.

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Empiricism

Knowledge arises from evidence gathered via sense experience. Empiricism emphasizes the role of experience and evidence, especially sensory perception, in the formation of ideas, over the notion of innate ideas or tradition.

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Humanism

Human beings can lead happy and functional lives, and are capable of being ethical and moral without religion or dogma. Life stance emphasized the unique responsibility facing humanity and the ethical consequences of human decisions.

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Hedonism

Pleasure is the only intrinsic good. Actions can be evaluated in terms of how much pleasure they produce. In very simple terms, a hedonist strives to maximize the pleasure and minimize the pain.

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Solipsism

Knowledge of anything outside one’s own specific mind is unjustified. The external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist.

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Holism

The properties of a given system cannot be determined or explained by its parts alone. Instead, the system as a whole determines in an important way how the parts behave.

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Authoritarianism

Submission to authority and opposed to individualism and democracy. An authoritarian government is one in which political power is concentrated in a leader who possesses exclusive, unaccountable, and arbitrary power.

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Scepticism

True knowledge or certainty in a particular area is impossible. Sceptics have an attitude of doubt or a disposition of incredulity either in general or toward a particular object.

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Determinism

Events within a given paradigm are bound by causality in such a way that any state of an object or event is determined by prior states. Every type of event, including human cognition (behavior, decision, and action) is causally determined by previous events.

“Philographics” by Genie Carreras.  Series of posters respresenting a single philosophical ideology through simple geometric shapes

Beautiful & Powerful

 

http://www.geniscarreras.com/philographics.html

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/08/30/philographics/

the thin man

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William Powell and Myrna Loy in “The Thin Man”

damage report

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Thankfully damage in the upper west side was low. The worst I saw is this lamp post fallen on the red car. A few fallen trees here and there, but all in all everyone came out unscathed in my neighborhood.

(image by: vivien chin)

hurricane protection

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So I decided to walk around my neighborhood to see what kind of hurricane protection there was around. This was around 4pm Saturday before Irene was to make her appearance. Though I live in a “no evacuation” zone, we still have damage from wind and debris to worry about.

Several things i saw repeating around the neighborhood: There’s apparently the tape or plywood option being implemented to protect glass, but I’m not confident at how my the tape is going to save you. Better to be safe than sorry I suppose. Also saw lots of public trash cans flipped over with people just piling their trash on top with he occasional silly string (???). And grocery stores were still being decimated with people stocking up on food.

(images by: vivien chin)

graphical fashion

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Uniqlo has pop-up stores in various locations to promote the opening of their new one on 5th ave.
Here are the mannequins in the pop-up on West 87th St. & Broadway in Manhattan

(image by: vivien chin)

don’t just be a sheep…be a well dressed one

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Fun center window display in the soho Uniqlo. Sheep sheep sheep sheep sheep…

(image by: vivien chin)

hurricane of deals

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The chaos of Irene has hit New York grocery stores even before Irene is scheduled to make her appearance.  I can’t believe someone actually thought to make this sign.  Hilarious!

No one knows what to expect exactly, but they sure are all getting prepped. Bottled water was flying off the shelf like crazy. Went to Fairway today to get some food since NY transportation is supposed to be shut down tomorrow. Guess we are all sorta on house arrest when you think about it. Time to get productive! Crazy natural phenomenons in NY the last 2 weeks. Crazy apocalypse-like black skies of rain, thunder, and lightning and an earthquake just a few days ago. Let’s add hurricane to the list. Be safe everyone.

(image by: vivien chin)


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