What's the business with Xeno's paradox anyway I mean they taught it to me in philosophy 101 and I got up and walked around the room and said OKAY I THINK THAT IS SETTLED LET'S GO TO LUNCH.
Empiricism spoils everything.
"Empiricism spoils everything” pouted haughty princess Descartes as she flounced out of the room.
Ugh, you really wanna leave the answer up to a guy who thought his Five Proofs were logical and adequate justification for God's existence?
I’m far from even slightly knowledgable, but I’d be more cynical about him and most of the scholastics, looking at the context they operated in. It’s not about proving gods. It’s about trying to get the best proofs of god they can which are in line with scripture and all that. Subtextually, it’s God exists, and here’s why rather than here’s why god exists.
(I’m reading Betrand Russell’s history at the mo, and this is really me playing with his take.)
In the approach, they always come across like comic fanboys to me. Or, perhaps even more cynically, WFH writers. You have a status quo and have to do your best to try and work out some justification for it.
This is right about the scholastics, I think. They had this whole canon of texts which had to be correct - the Bible, obviously, but also the early church fathers, Aristotle, and, after Aquinas wrote, Aquinas’s texts themselves. So they had to deal with new circumstances or apparent contradictions in a way which didn’t involve disagreeing with their predecessors. That’s why the classic argumentative move of the scholastics is to distinguish (“Tertullian says that angels have legs, while Ambrose says that angels have no limbs, but I distinguish between two senses of ‘legs’…”).
In other words, the Summa Theologica is the longest no-prize entry in history.
Posting this in case people are unaware of how charming The Carrie Diaries is. The producers seem to have decided that because the show is set in the 80s, it should reproduce some of the earnestness of 80s TV shows like Grange Hill (or probably Degrassi, though I’m less familiar with that show). Also, there’s an episode where Carrie has to transport a package across Manhattan to a secret underground club and she assumes it’s drugs but then she looks and finds out it’s Andy Warhol’s whig and then she gets attacked by a woman dressed as Valerie Solanas.
more from popjustice interviewing will.i.am about working on britney jean:
What is Britney Spears doing 25 years from now?
TWENTY FIVE YEARS? Do you know what the world is doing 25 years from now?
Well you should know, you’ve been on the cover of Wired!
Well 25 years from now, first off (points at plug socket on wall) those plugs are gone. Everything is a computer. Your jacket: that’s a computer in 25 years. I mean, 25 years ago, there were no smartphones. There was no Google. There was no iTunes. There was no iPod or iPhone, no touchscreens. 25 years ago, there were only landlines. 25 years ago, only some hotels had the Internet. So 25 years from now, you don’t have the Internet. You have THE MESH.
Yes but is Britney still singing in 25 years?
Are HUMANS singing in 25 years? I mean come on man! The world is crazy.
Do you think Britney would like to still be singing in 25 years?
(Epic pause) Yeah. YES. She’s going to be singing. I’ll be almost 60, dude. [He’ll be 63.]
like i don’t really “enjoy” most of will.i.am’s “music” but damned if this isn’t just about the most magical fucking thing.
I’ve been a bit sad about not liking many of will.i.am’s records, because interviews with him and with people who’ve worked with him suggest he’s a decent guy, whose incredibly boring and generic tracks result from hard work, attention to detail, and a seriously thought through commitment to boring and generic tracks. It’s pleasing that working with Britney seems to have inspired him to produce work way above his usual quality.
Britney Spears - It Should Be Easy (feat. will.i.am)
When I first heard reports that Britney Jean was going to be “more personal” I was worried, because the music industry seems to think that “personal” means “awful over-emoting X Factor ballads.” I should, of course, have had more faith in Britney, because it turns out that the deepest expression of her innermost subjectivity is EDM bangers. And, you know, if you find over-emoting X Factor ballads genuinely affecting, that’s fine, but I certainly don’t; most of the songs that mean the most to me are pop or dance records that hide their emotion cautiously in little details of production or performance. It’s great that Britney seems to understand, and perhaps share, that emotional makeup.
Britney Jean is great. Admittedly by the standards of Britney records its not at the absolute top, but that’s a very high bar. I don’t like it as much as Femme Fatale (though I think I like Femme Fatale more than most people), but it’s better than Circus (which is probably her weakest album, especially if you don’t include the bonus tracks, but it’s obviously not bad).
The CW has totally stolen my Game-of-Thrones-as-Gossip-Girl idea.
I guess what took the CW so long was that they needed to wait until Lumineers/Mumfords feudal pop allowed them to to make a period show and still sort out the tie-in soundtrack merchandising.