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April 06, 2010


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Derik Andreoli

This is a great post. I can't agree more about the role that arts *should* play in society. We are one of the only great societies to not emphasize the visual-performing-audio arts.

This post made me search back through sent emails to find this:

"We are a wasteful society. Hugely wasteful. And we work too much, and expect too much from work. Even for those of us lucky enough to enjoy our work, this enjoyment should only be a small piece of our happiness pie. Every hour at work is an hour taken from family, friends, and community. It is an hour not made available for pursuing self expression throught the arts or an hour taken from the enjoyment of the arts. It's an hour not donated to improving the general wellbeing of one's community. It leads to separation of people from interactions with neighbors and critical engagement with important local, national, and world events. It is an hour taken from personal intellectual development and physical exercise. We can certainly as a society do MUCH better. We can work less, bike/walk more, eat less processed industrialized food, relax and reconnect with family, take more time reading and teaching our kids and executing our civic duties. We can start giving a sh*t about huge and growing inequities. We can want less and love more. For that matter, we can make love more. We can lower healthcare costs by changing our diets and lifestyles. And we can start substituting experiences - especially the enjoyment of art (even when it makes you feel uncomfortable) - for material consumption. This would do wonders for the world, and for our psyches."

Thanks for a great post. And, BTW, my wife listened to the Prairie Home Companion show that you apparently attended. She, like you, was enamored by Brandi Carlile. Thanks for reminding us of her name... Nicole was so disappointed that she had not written it down!

Robin Datta

In a longer perspective, say five or ten millennia the languages derived from English may be as different from today's English as is today's language from the Old English of two to three millennia ago. Their recent music may be as different from today's as tofay's is from that of fifty or a hundred years ago.

And the lyrics of today, in a sapient future society might be comparable to the musings of their children.

If we are to consider what might survive many millinnia, we could start by looking at what has survived a few centuries.

Tiité  Baquero

Thank you George for your kind acknowledgment. Your insight into the dynamics that art and science can harness in order to shed light into the confusion and noise associated with our current state of the species is also extremely valuable. I'm persuaded to think that the eusapience that you have outlined will emerge first as a filter through which the conscious noice can be separated from the effective signal. I think that the first thing humanity is going to have to admit is that there are answers regarding the future of the world with us in it that are elegant in their aesthetic and accessible by science in a common discourse with Nature or the Ecos as you prefer.
Our job is to make consciousness available to the senses through beauty and balance as we strive to translate those qualities from science and the world.

George Mobus


"She, like you, was enamored by Brandi Carlile."

To tell the truth, I'm not merely enamored by her, I am now addicted to her voice and music!!!! I've ordered a couple of her albums and I have lately been listening to her on her web site whilst I write (for inspiration). If I were in charge of things I would have given her the Grammy awards for best female singles for any number of songs!

But, yes, the world could be a whole lot more pleasant if we remembered our humanity.


George Mobus


"If we are to consider what might survive many millinnia, we could start by looking at what has survived a few centuries."

Wonderful insight. Many hard choices are probably going to have to be made. Noah had it easy by comparison!

But much of what has survived did so because someone loved it. Someone fought to preserve it.


George Mobus


Believe me. It is I who thank you.

Humble regards


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