Discourse Dies in Deafness
When did it become not-okay to question how we got to this point?
I try not to be bothered by things. Not that I’m never bothered, but that it’s not about things, like the weather or my health or that fool on the road slicing between cars who’s gonna get himself killed like that.
I try to be bothered by important questions. Morality, right and wrong, truth and lies, and (because I’m a writer) civil discourse.
You remember civil discourse, right? About a…
Love your planet – organic cotton T-shirt
This is our first “Love your planet” design based around a Teemill base image. It’s all about this limited planet we live on and what we are doing to it. Most individuals seem unaware of the collective effects of so many humans. Humanity has done incredible amounts of damage during this interglacial period ever since the species stopped, in the main, being hunter gatherers and started…
if i could just read and listen to music and decipher art and talk to brilliant people for eternity without having to stop to eat or drink or sleep - that sounds like the dream. just thinking of everything i would learn, everything i would experience through all that art just- wow.
Fernando Pessoa, Selected Poems
Silent Spring cover – organic cotton T-shirt for children – no logo or title
This is the cover to my book Busy Bee and the Silent Spring printed onto a T-shirt but with no Scientist and Philosopher logo or story title and just for children.
We use the Teemill printing platform and therefore this is an organic cotton low environmental impact T-shirt from our Teemill shop, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/product/silent-spring-cover-no-logo-no-titles-v1/. There are a…
Mine’s a pint – design 2 organic cotton T-shirt
We created the Scientist and Philosopher range around this old question about whether the glass is half full or half empty. This is the second design about the conversation between a philosopher and a scientist in a pub with the philosopher asking, “Is the glass half full or half empty?”. The scientist doesn’t know but makes a suggestion. It is meant to be an amusing take on how people look at a…
Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it. You can’t create experience, you undergo it.
Albert Camus, The Fall.
“Salt is born of the purest parents…, the sun and the sea.” - Pythagoras
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Of all my life, I never wished but compromised.
…what is pretty cannot be beautiful.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Reflections On Reality In It’s Various Manifestations.
On February 22nd 1816, Adam Ferguson, the Scottish historian and philosopher died
Adam Ferguson was a student at St Andrews, later Professor of Natural Philosophy and in time, Moral Philosophy and Pneumatics at the University of Edinburgh.In 1767, Ferguson published his acclaimed masterpiece, the Essay on Civil Society. It was a natural history of the progress of mankind, of the kind that had been pursued by many Enlightenment philosophers. David Hume once claimed that Ferguson had “more genius than the rest”, but he disliked Ferguson’s essay, regarding it as superficial.
This was during the period called the Scottish Enlightenment and it was in Ferguson’s house Sciennes Hill House in Edinburgh, (a famous meeting place of the local literati) that Robert Burns and Walter Scott are thought to have met for the first and only time, when Scott was an adolescent. Can you imagine how the young Walter Scott must have felt being in the company of all these giants of The Enlightenment?
The story goes goes, as Scott recalled it later in 1827:
“I was a lad of fifteen in 1786-7, when he came first to Edinburgh, but had sense and feeling enough to be much interested in his poetry, and would have given the world to know him; but I had very little acquaintance with any literary people, and still less with the gentry of the west country, the two sets that he most frequented.“ Mr Thomas Grierson was at that time a clerk of my father’s. He knew Burns, and promised to ask him to his lodgings to dinner, but had no opportunity to keep his word, otherwise I might have seen more of this distinguished man.“ As it was, I saw him one day at the late venerable Professor Fergusson’s, where there were several gentlemen of literary reputation, among whom I remember the celebrated Mr Dugald Stewart. Of course we youngsters sate silent, looked and listened. “The only thing I remember which was remarkable in Burns’ manner, was the effect produced upon him by a print of Bunbury’s, representing a soldier lying dead in the snow, his dog sitting in misery on the one side, on the other his widow with a child in her arms. These lines were written beneath, – ‘Cold on Canadian hills, or Mindens’ plain, Perhaps that parent wept her soldiers slain: Bent o’er her babe, her eye dissolved in dew, The big drops, mingling with the milk he drew, Gave the sad presage of his future years, The child of misery baptized in tears.’ “Burns seemed much affected by the print, or rather the ideas which it suggested to his mind. He actually shed tears.“ He asked whose the lines were, and it chanced that nobody but myself remembered that they occur in a half-forgotten poem of Langhorne’s, called by the uncompromising title of The Justice Of The Piece. “I whispered my information to a friend present, who mentioned it to Burns, who rewarded me with a look and a word, which, though of mere civility, I then received and still recollect, with very great pleasure.”
Ferguson retired to St Andrews (his house, with sundial over the door, can still be seen on South Street) and died in St Andrews in 1816. He is buried in the grounds of St. Andrews Cathedral.
22 февраля 1788 года родился Артур Шопенгауэр — немецкий философ. Один из самых известных мыслителей иррационализма, мизантроп.
History of the World: Part I (1981), Mel Brooks.