‘Something to tease, something to please, something to test, something …..'

Wonderful project to illustrate the life of Van Gogh using real paintings based on his style and their content provided by a host of current artists.


H/T; Kaspars Kazemaks

“The position between optimism and pessimism which I am trying to establish may be briefly described as follows.
I agree with the pessimists that there is no justification for the claim of any particular theory or assertion to be true. Thus there is no justification of any claim to know, including the claims of scientific knowledge. But this merely means that all knowledge, including scientific knowledge, is hypothetical or conjectural: it is uncertain, fallible. This certainly does not mean that every assertion is as good as any other, competing, assertion. For we can discuss our various competing assertions, our conjectures, critically; and the result of the critical discussion is that we find out why some among the competing conjectures are better than others.
Accordingly, I agree with the optimists that our knowledge can grow, and can progress; for we can sometimes justify the verdict of our critical discussions when it ranks certain conjectures higher than others.
A verdict of this kind always appraises our conjectures or theories from the point of view of their approach to truth: although we cannot justify any claim that a theory is true, we can sometimes give good reasons for asserting that one theory is better than another, or even than all its competitors. In this way our knowledge can grow, and science can progress.”
Karl Popper, ‘After The Open Society’.




In honour of St Paddy’s Day this week.
The Book of Kells (Irish: Leabhar Cheanannais), Incipit to John. In principio erat verbum (In the beginning was the word). c. 800 AD. Illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, created by Celtic monks. Book contains 340 folios. Colored ink on vellum (prepared calfskin), now measuring approximately 33 x 25.5 cm, they were severely trimmed, and their edges gilded, in the course of rebinding in the 19th century. Trinity College Library, MS A. I. (58), Dublin, Ireland.



Jackson Pollock (American; Abstract Expressionism, New York School; 1912-1956): Convergence, 1952. Oil on canvas, 93-1/2 x 155 inches (237.5 x 393.7 cm). Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA. © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image: Albright-Knox Art Gallery ©

Following up on the terrific reporting by Private Eye magazine on land and buildings registered ownership overseas, the magazine has an update in the current issue. Read it here;

Bob Gorrell at the week.com


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