Seeming

Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.

Mar 032015
 

The hard sciences killed God, natural selection buried Him, variance drove a silver stake through His heart, and yet He will not die.

Feb 092015
 

Data and science have become our garlic and wolfsbane.

Jan 222015
 

Good art does not ennoble, it merely refines; and bad art does not degrade, it merely coarsens.

Jan 072015
 

The artist-provocateur does more damage than he knows: he immunizes his audience against shock, and who cannot be shocked cannot be moved.

Jan 022015
 

You call a man a cynic when you can’t call him wrong, and an idealist when you don’t want to.

Dec 192014
 

If you wish to change a man’s beliefs, you have to give him something to replace them.

Nov 272014
 

Any sufficiently naive use of the word “science” is indistinguishable from the word “magic.”

Nov 062014
 

Beauty that does not in some way modify your standards for beauty is kitsch.

Oct 132014
 

Sometimes it is the work of art that looks at you and finds you wanting.

Sep 292014
 

Whether joy and suffering are regarded as immoral depends on which comes first.