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In A Novel About New Music, Do Re Mi Meets DNA

It’s no wonder that some composers of new music feel neglected. Not only do they have trouble finding an audience for their music, but they, unlike writers and detectives, are rarely portrayed in novels. One notable exception is the 2014 novel Orfeo, by Richard Powers, whose protagonist is a contemporary composer who inadvertently demonstrates how avant-garde music can reach “hundreds of thousands of listeners.” Just set up a home laboratory to insert musical patterns into the genome of a common...
Tags: Religion, America, Analysis, Steve Reich, Homeland Security, Darmstadt, Alex Ross, University Of Illinois, John Cage, Reich, Melville, Davenport, Olivier Messiaen, Mahler, Mann, Faust

Google Translate Is Actually Wittgenstein In Action

“Google employees have previously acknowledged that Wittgenstein’s theories gave them a breakthrough in making their translation services more effective, but somehow, this key connection between philosophy of language and artificial intelligence has long gone under-celebrated and overlooked.” Here’s an explanation. – Quartz
Tags: Google, Art, Words, Wittgenstein, 02.13.19

Lindsay Stern's Playlist for Her Novel "The Study of Animal Languages"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Lindsay Stern's novel The Study of Animal Languages is an exceptionally funny and thought-provoking debut. Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "Thought-provoking…A taut, brainy t...
Tags: Europe, Music, Andrew Bird, David, Iowa, Paris, Cambodia, States, Belle, Leonard Cohen, Central Park, Vega, Phnom Penh, Frank, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Endangered insects, ending robocalls, women who pioneered auto design and more Efforts Underway to Stop Robocalls With estimated robocalls at 167.3 million per day in the US, many Americans simply ignore unknown numbers or “Scam Likely” calls. This doesn’t assuage the anxiety of missing something important or the sense of violation. Two programs—STIR (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs)—aim …
Tags: Auto, Design, Animals, Environment, Cars, US, Tech, Nature, Insects, Google Translate, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Wittgenstein, Automotive Design, Language Theory

Google Translate Employs Decades-Old Language Theory

Google Translate uses complex neural and numeric systems to find equivalencies in speech and text across languages. The tool is seemingly simple—at least for users. But on the backend, developers worked tirelessly to get the application to where it is now. One fascinating breakthrough came when Google employees applied Wittgenstein’s language theory: a posthumously published theory that words hold no supreme meaning and that meaning …
Tags: Google, Design, Tech, Language, Linguistics, Philosophy, Ai, Google Translate, Wittgenstein, Language Theory

"If you could speak to animals, which animals would you want to talk to?"/"Deep-sea fish."

From "The Stylist Embracing Messy Hair/Meet Dylan Chavles." Just a New York Magazine set of questions for a person, this one happening to be a hair stylist who stole the idea that I had when I was 10. I became famous in my own fantasy as the designer of The Mess-Up, the brilliant new approach to hairstyling done by messing it up.And I'm also pretty sure that deep sea fish have nothing interesting to say. You know, they're under a lot of pressure, but they don't even notice.ADDED: There's always ...
Tags: Law, New York Magazine, Hairstyles, Wittgenstein, Ann Althouse, Young Althouse, Animals Are Jerks

The Stone: Knowledge, Ignorance and Climate Change

Philosophers have been talking about skepticism for a long time. Some of those insights can shed light on our public discourse regarding climate change.
Tags: News, Global Warming, Philosophy, Trump, Socrates, Rene, Ludwig, Descartes, Wittgenstein, Donald J

Trumpy Bear: 22-inch toy with US flag stuffed inside

Trumpy Bear [Amazon] is a thing this holiday season: an incredibly expensive teddy bear with a blond wig stapled on and a flag stuffed into a "hidden zipper". Wittgenstein's advice is recommended: "What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence." [via Snopes]
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The Stone: Wittgenstein’s Confession

Like Socrates, he knew that being honest with oneself is the most philosophical act of all.
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Thought for the day, Sept. 16, 2018

Ludwig Wittgenstein (Photo by Ben Richards, 1947/public domain) Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-British philosopher “Raisins may be the best part of a cake; but a bag of raisins is not better than a cake, and someone who is in a position to give us a bag full of raisins still cannot bake a cake with them, let alone do something better. I am thinking of Karl Kraus (an Austrian journalist and writer) and his aphorisms, but of myself too and my philosophical remarks. A cake is not as it were: ...
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Let's explore ADHD with owls.

David Sedaris has a book title, "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls." The book has nothing to do with diabetes, but there is a chapter titled "Understanding Understanding Owls," which is about a book called "Understanding Owls," which he owns because his partner Hugh (a painter) needed reference photographs of owls. Sedaris and Hugh found the book title so funny that they had a routine, something like...“You know,” I’ll say. “There’s something about nocturnal birds of prey that I just don’t get. I...
Tags: Eyes, Law, Brain, Birds, Bob Dylan, Npr, Bad Science, Baltimore, Gloves, Johns Hopkins, Paying Attention, Jones, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Dylan, David Sedaris, Hugh

Billy Goats, Trademark Twins, and the Descriptive Limits of Language

I’ve been thinking about the nature of language lately, ever since I listened to a podcast about various philosophers who devoted their study to language. For example, Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century, is famous for his work on the logic of language. A fundamental premise to his philosophy is that “the limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” In other words, language, although purposed on painting a picture of reality, is fundament...
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"How much apes really do resemble us in their emotional range and mental capacity will probably remain a mystery for longer than many of us will live."

"But when it comes to Koko, that may not really matter. Our response to a creature at once so like us and so different was to seek out the similarities — to experience empathy and to trust that Koko experienced it, too. It didn’t matter that she didn’t speak English the way we did, or even that she wasn’t human the way we were. What mattered was that somewhere in Koko’s eyes, we saw ourselves."From "How Koko the gorilla spoke to us" (WaPo). Koko died this week, at the age of 46.Here's something ...
Tags: Law, America, Language, Donald Trump, Apes, Nipples, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Koko, Mardi Gras, Wittgenstein, Ann Althouse, WaPo Koko

Thomas Kuhn and the T. S. Kuhn Archives at MIT

After I completed a book on Thomas Kuhn, the author of Structure of Scientific Revolutions, I thought I knew a lot about him. In my book, I argue that Kuhn’s recent, less frequently read work is key to understanding his views. Then I began to look in detail at Kuhn’s past and the influence his early work had in fields other than philosophy of science. I came across an intriguing and unexpected remark by Thomas Walker, a political scientist, in Perspectives on Politics. Walker reports that “while...
Tags: Books, Featured, Mit, Harvard, Cambridge, Philosophy, Archives, Princeton, Frank, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Walker, Popper, Kuhn, CC BY SA, Thomas Kuhn

Hear a 19-Hour Playlist of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Favorite Music: Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and… Yvette Guilbert

Among his many varied interests—which, in addition to philosophy, included aeronautical engineering and architecture—Ludwig Wittgenstein was also a great lover of music. Given his well-deserved reputation for intellectual austerity, we might assume his musical tastes would tend toward minimalist composers of the early 20th century like fellow Austrian Arnold Schoenberg. The “orderly serialism,” of Schoenberg’s atonal music “does seem an obvious complement to Wittgenstein’s philosophy,” w...
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Hear a 19-Hour Playlist of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Favorite Music: Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and… Yvette Guibert

Among his many varied interests—which, in addition to philosophy, included aeronautical engineering and architecture—Ludwig Wittgenstein was also a great lover of music. Given his well-deserved reputation for intellectual austerity, we might assume his musical tastes would tend toward minimalist composers of the early 20th century like fellow Austrian Arnold Schoenberg. The “orderly serialism,” of Schoenberg’s atonal music “does seem an obvious complement to Wittgenstein’s philosophy,” w...
Tags: Google, Music, Labor, College, Philosophy, Ludwig Wittgenstein, PAUL, Facebook Twitter, Wagner, Mahler, Haydn, Brahms, Georges Bizet, Josh Jones, Mendelssohn, Schoenberg

On our craving for generality

Ludwig Wittgenstein, in his Blue Book, chastised philosophers for what he called “our craving for generality.” Philosophers (including the earlier Wittgenstein of the Tractatus) certainly have exhibited this craving, and despite his admonishment, we continue to do so. Philosophers seek general accounts of the nature of propositions, properties, virtues, mental states–you name it. Wittgenstein portrays the craving for generality as a kind of philosophical sin, but it is not that. First, it is har...
Tags: Books, Featured, Philosophy, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hume, Mendel, Wittgenstein, Arts & Humanities, Blue Book, Craving For Generality, Humean puzzle, Logical Empiricism, Philosophical Sin, Principle Of Induction, Stuart Glennan, The New Mechanical Philosophy

Ask Dr. Time: Orality and Literacy from Homer to Twitter

Dr. Time is a nickname some friends gave me within the last couple of years. Its origin is silly, as nicknames’ often are: “Tim” autocorrects to “Time,” so hasty typing in a private Slack turns into a pseudo-persona. I also like that it’s a slant rhyme on Doctor Doom, my favorite supervillain. And in case you haven’t noticed, I have a pretty strong interest in time. When Jason and I started talking about different ways we could collaborate on the site, the wildest was his suggestion that I wr...
Tags: Time, Siri, Watson, Oscar Wilde, Jason, Alexa, Balkans, Wilson, Yugoslavia, Tim, Plato, Ong, Homer, Kottke, Marshall McLuhan, Parry

2018 Jeep Wrangler First Drive – Finally Modern, Still Not Soft

It’s always risky trying to soften up an object that’s known for being badass in order to better please the larger market. After all, who wants to see a movie in which Danny Trejo and Norman Reedus debate Wittgenstein over a game of backgammon while sipping on tea? That’s the challenge Jeep faced with the […] The post 2018 Jeep Wrangler First Drive – Finally Modern, Still Not Soft appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Norman Reedus, Autos, Car Reviews, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Danny Trejo, Wittgenstein, Wrangler, 2018 Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Wrangler JL

The plot thins

In The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark, the heroine teaches in Edinburgh in the 1930s. She has a special set of favourites amongst her pupils, loves one-armed Roman Catholic art teacher and WW1 veteran Teddy Lloyd, and sympathises with Mussolini. A member of her set, Sandy, eventually sleeps with Lloyd and then becomes a nun, writing a book called The Transfiguration of the Commonplace.    What else is true in this novel? Is Venezuela the world’s leading oil exporter? Is the Indian ...
Tags: Art, Books, Featured, Scotland, Fiction, Literature, Jane Austen, Philosophy, Venezuela, Edinburgh, Catholic, Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charlotte Brontë, Muriel Spark, Hitler

Information Over Insight? Is That what We’ve Become?

“Wittgenstein was hostile to modern philosophy as he found it. He thought it the product of a culture that had come to model everything that matters about our lives on scientific explanation. In its ever-extending observance of the idea that knowledge, not wisdom, is our goal, that what matters is information rather than insight, and […]
Tags: Art, Ideas, Wittgenstein, 10.10.17

One hand, one finger, one change

Once upon a time in Austria there was a young concert pianist, a man who had a father who did not believe that art in any form was suitable as a way to make a living. Unfortunately, that father lost three of his five sons to suicide because they did not want to follow in his footsteps. Of the two remaining, one chose to follow philosophy as a career. The last son became a concert pianist, well known but with no clue that he would become not only famous but an innovator one day. Fast forward to t...
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Numminen sings Wittgenstein

In order to maintain mental health, I try to watch this video at least once a month. [Author: Alex Ross]
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An Animated Introduction to Ludwig Wittgenstein & His Philosophical Insights on the Problems of Human Communication

In the recorded history of philosophy, there may be no sharper a mind than Ludwig Wittgenstein. A bête noire, enfant terrible, and all other such phrases used to describe affronts to order and decorum, Wittgenstein also represented an anarchic force that disturbed the staid discipline. His teacher Bertrand Russell recognized the existential threat Wittgenstein posed to his profession (though not right away). When Wittgenstein handed Russell the compact, cryptic Tractatus Logico-Philosoph...
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The Strange Tastes Of Bookstore Shoplifters (Kierkegaard And Wittgenstein?)

Sure, thieves make off with expensive coffee-table books and textbooks, but, says the manager of the London Review Bookshop, "Our most-stolen authors, in order, are Baudrillard, Freud, Nietzsche, Graham Greene, Lacan, Camus, and whoever puts together the Wisden [Cricketers'] Almanack." One booklifter who got caught said as he was escorted from the store, "I hope […]
Tags: Art, London, Words, Audience, Wittgenstein, 07.24.17

17 Dirty Jokes We TOTALLY Missed In Beloved Films From Our Youth

Illustrated by Madelyn Somers. As the urban legends go, Disney movies are riddled with subliminal reference to sex. It’s supposedly written in the stars in The Lion King. In Aladdin, Genie tells Rajah to “take off and go,” but he’s really saying, “Good teenagers take off their clothes.” And, let us not forget the minister’s erection during the wedding in The Little Mermaid.But, no matter how much speculation runs rampant, we'll probably never know if the Mouse House actually does have a hidd...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Dreamworks, Rex, Jonathan Cheban, Paramount Pictures, Josh, Susan, Rachel, Charlie, Dionne, Skinner, Gracie, Stu, Stoeger, Mouse House

More Robot Magic Silliness

Couldn't help myself. I encountered a tweet about a "robot lawyer" and took the bait. I'm a moron. It was an unwise decision. And silliness promptly followed. To preview, Robot Lawyer LISA is just another document assembly tool. For what it is—a consumer-facing doc assembly—the concept and content are fine relative to what else is available. The claims to be something more—an  AI robot lawyer—are absurd. The hyperbole, however, is effective (here I am writing about it like a sucker) and unsurpr...
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‘Fog’, where ‘Fog’ means Fog.

Via the Facebook feed of Squiffy-Marie von Bladet, I bring you Michael Frayn’s “Fog-like Sensations.” It begins: (According to some sympathisers, the reason why drivers on the motorways failed to slow down in thick fog recently, and so crashed into each other in multiple collisions of up to thirty vehicles, was simply because the authorities had failed to provide illuminated signs explaining that the fog was fog. This is a situation on which Wittgenstein made one or two helpful remarks in a pre...
Tags: Facebook, Uncategorized, Linguistics, Michael Frayn, Fodor, Oliver Twist, Steve Petersen, Frayn, Wittgenstein, Squiffy Marie von Bladet, Jerry Fodor

Discover the 1126 Books in John Cage’s Personal Library: Foucault, Joyce, Wittgenstein, Virginia Woolf, Buckminster Fuller & More

Image by or Rob Bogaerts/Fotocollectie Anefo To properly honor your cultural role models, don’t try to do what they did, or even to think what they thought, but to think how they thought. This goes at least double for John Cage, the experimental composer whose innovative works can be, and often are, re-staged (go on, have four minutes and 33 seconds of silence to yourself), but it takes a different kind of effort altogether to cultivate the kind of mind that would come up with them in the firs...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, Japan, College, Los Angeles, Marilyn Monroe, Literature, Philosophy, New York Public Library, Seoul, James Joyce, Cage, David Foster Wallace, Darwin, Ludwig Wittgenstein

WTF Is Conversation?

Two young salmon are swimming upstream. From a distance they see an older salmon swimming towards them, downstream. As the young salmon cross paths with the older salmon, the elder says “The water’s nice today, huh boys?” The young salmon say nothing. Then one of the younger salmon looks to the other and says, “What the fuck is water?” Based on more than 40 years of experience and a great deal of communication and behavioral research, we’ve concluded that in the knowledge economy, conversation ...
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