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A Special Place for Blog Lovers with a Touch of Science!

Blog of Social Sciences & Arts SSA blog gives you the opportunity to participate in discussions concerning the human spirit in all of its aspects and applications. The discourse crosses the imaginary border between Science and Art in order to obtain a new level of understanding the cultural phenomena. From Political Sciences, Economics and...

Blog of Social Sciences & Arts SSA blog gives you the opportunity to participate in discussions concerning the human spirit in all of its aspects and applications. The discourse crosses the imaginary border between Science and Art in order to obtain a new level of understanding the cultural phenomena. From Political Sciences, Economics and Psychology to Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Philosophy, Literature and Visual Art, here is the place to extend the scope of your own knowledge or to share your expert opinion.

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Conversations with an AI

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Artificial Intelligence and Psychology

Today, we ask our AI friend one fundamental psychological question to see what he has to say. It's impressive how we can have an adequate answer in seconds, produced by an algorithm. Of course, we cannot change our therapist or psychoanalyst with an AI, or not yet, but the progress in language-generating AI systems is still amazing.

Below you can read what has GPT-3 answered to our inquiry.

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‘South Pole: The Markers & 150,000-Year Journey’ exhibition

Credit: Xavier Cortada, "The Markers," (South Pole), 2007

Xavier Cortada's "The Markers: South Pole" and "150,000-year journey" on exhibit at Hibiscus Gallery

In 2007, Xavier Cortada used the ice sheet that blankets the South Pole as an instrument to mark time. On October 26, 2022, Cortada will be exhibiting the work that he created 15 years prior in Antarctica, "The Markers: South Pole" and "150,000-year Journey" in Pinecrest Gardens' Hibiscus Gallery.

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Thoughts to reflect on: Ingmar Bergman

Credits: Swedish Director Ingmar Bergman (Photo by Li Erben/Sygma via Getty Images)

8 quotes by the great Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman on the nature of the artist

1. The demons are innumerable, appear at the most inconvenient times, and create panic and terror. But I have learned that if I can master the negative forces and harness them to my chariot, then they can work to my advantage.

2. I throw a spear into the darkness. That is intuition. Then I must send an army into the darkness to find the spear. That is intellect.

3. Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.

4. The smallest wound or pain of the ego is examined under a microscope as if it were of eternal importance. The artist considers his isolation, his subjectivity, his individualism almost holy.

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Pyotr Kropotkin: The Idealist

Credit: Peter Kropotkin by Félix Nadar

Of Anarchy, Revolution, and Mutual Aid

1. "Prisons are universities of crime, maintained by the state."
― In Russian and French Prisons

2. "It is only those who do nothing who makes no mistake."
Anarchism: A Collection of Revolutionary Writings

3. "Men passionately desire to live after death, but they often pass away without noticing the fact that the memory of a really good person always lives. It is impressed upon the next generation, and is transmitted again to the children. Is that not an immortality worth striving for? "
― Memoirs of a Revolutionist
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An Introduction to Roland Barthes' Mythologies

Credit: French Philosopher Roland Barthes, 24th June 1975 (Photo by Sophie Bassouls/Sygma via Getty Images)

How to read capitalist mythology?

In the modern-day world, we are surrounded by images, symbols, brands, and advertisements of all sorts. We face them every day and everywhere. On the street, at home, in the shop, while surfing the web, literally, there is no place without ads and the meta-information hidden behind them. So how can we decipher what our new clothes, gadgets, books, or even thoughts represent? Roland Barthes, one of the most distinguished philosophers of the 20th century, concerned himself with such questions in his notable work Mythologies (1957). He develops an understanding of the mechanism that works behind the creation of symbols and myths in contemporary capitalist society.

Below you can watch a short video with an introduction to Roland Barthes' theory

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