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Anthropic principle

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"In astrophysics and cosmology, the anthropic principle is the philosophical consideration that observations of the physical Universe must be compatible with the conscious life that observes it. Some proponents of the anthropic principle reason that it explains why the Universe has the age and the fundamental physical constants necessary to accommodate conscious life. As a result, they believe it is unremarkable the universe's fundamental constants happen to fall within the narrow range thought to be compatible with life. [1]

The strong anthropic principle (SAP) as explained by Barrow and Tipler (see variants) states that this is all the case because the Universe is compelled, in some sense, for conscious life to eventually emerge. English writer Douglas Adams, who wrote The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, used the metaphor of a living puddle examining its own shape, since, to those living creatures, the universe may appear to fit them perfectly (while in fact, they simp…

Common Concepts of the Mind

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"All of our knowledge has it's origins in our perceptions (sensibilities)"


The Common concepts of the mind are the following:

· Things which are equal to the same thing are also equal to one another. (first) · If equal things are added to equal things, the wholes are equal. (Second) · If equals are subtracted from equals, the remainders are equal. (Third) · If equals are subtracted from unequals, the remainders are unequal. (Forth) · And if equals are added to unequals, the wholes are unequal. (Fifth) · If two things are equal to another thing, they will be equal to one another. (Sixth) · If two things are both a half of the same thing, they will also be equal to one another (Seventh) · If a thing is placed near another, superposing it, and there is no excess between them, they will be equal to one another. (Eighth) · Every whole is greater than the part. (Ninth)

Isleworth Mona Lisa - Analyzed

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This is the “Isleworth Mona Lisa” It was supposedly painted by Leonardo da Vinci 10 years before the “Mona Lisa.” This would mean that the Mona Lisa herself - and other copies/ versions were based off of this earlier painting and not necessarily the original sitter (if there was one ((Lisa G)) )  Notice that although the background is different from the actual Mona Lisa it is also misaligned - meaning that the perspective goes “off” behind the sitter.Notice the green cloud/ ? is mirrored - a common Leonardo technique. There are pillars on either side of the sitter - something that the real Mona Lisa doesn’t have. Although there are still remnants of pillars that were either painted on, or were cut off at a later time. 


 This image shows the Isleworth Mona and the Mona Lisa superimposed for comparison.


Note the road in the background to the left of her shoulder - shaped in a letter S. Note the lack of a bridge to the right. Note the same use of red going to green in both - but the Islew…

The Isleworth Mona Lisa?

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Leonardo painted a prequel to Mona Lisa 10 years earlier?LINK

Italian renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci may have painted a prequel to his master piece Mona Lisa, ten years earlier to the famous work which now hangs in the Louvre in Paris, experts claim.Known as 'Isleworth Mona Lisa', the earlier version is slightly larger in size than Mona Lisa and has been a subject of debate over its authenticity for long, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

Is There Another Mona Lisa?link

The Mona Lisa is one of, if not the most famous piece of art in the world. Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece has inspired numerous forgeries and impersonators but none of them can compare to the original, which hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
None of them, that is, except for the true original Mona Lisa that was painted by da Vinci roughly 10 years earlier. That’s right, the Mona Lisa might have an older sister.

The Isleworth Mona Lisa Could Be An E…

Warrior

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"You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself."  Leonardo da Vinci Note worthy are the inclusion of flowers on warrior armor and the lion on the chest. Also the distinctive nose would allude to this being based off of a specific person and not an imaginary character.
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"Truth alone was the daughter of time." Leonardo da Vinci

'Foot

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"The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art." - Leonardo da Vinci

Contact Lens

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I was having a random conversation about why our eyes get blurry sometimes - and other times they are not. Also why glasses make things sharper? Is the blurriness caused by the eyes themselves or by the mind/brain? After discussing it for quite a while I realized something that I hadn't before - that our eyes are separate organs that are really only connected by some blood vessels and the optic nerve. That the blurriness must be caused by the eyes being tired in the same way that other separate (but connected) organs are. The longer you use them - the more worn out they become and need to rest to recover.

 I also considered what it would be like if you had an "eye transplant" and that all eyes are not necessarily the same. What if you had your eyes replaced with someone else who had better vision? What if some eyes are more or less evolved and everyone see's things differently?

The conversation soon turned to glaucoma - but we didn't really know what glaucoma wa…

Psychology 101

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“That figure is most admirable which by its actions best expresses the passion that animates it.”

“Words which do not satisfy the ear of the hearer weary him or vex him, and the symptoms of this you will often see in such hearers in their frequent yawns; you therefore, who speak before men whose good will you desire, when you see such an excess of fatigue, abridge your speech, or change your discourse.

And if you would see in what a man takes pleasure, without hearing him speak, change the subject of your discourse and when you presently see him intent, without yawning or wrinkling his brow, you may be certain that the matter of which you are speaking is such as is agreeable to him.”


Notice in this sketch that the center of the composition is around the main characters’ ear. The other characters are all showing various reactions and seem to be circling him. Leo’s ability to capture human emotions in his art was unprecedented. He was able create emotion from both the viewer and the charac…

Mapping Geography

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"I perceive that the surface of the earth was from of old entirely filled up and coverd over in its level plains by the salt waters, and that the mountains, the bones of the hearth, with their wide bases, penetrated and towered up amid the air, covered over and clad with much high-lying soil.
Subsequently the incessant rains have caused the rivers to increase and by repeated washing have stripped bare part of the lofty summits of these mountains, leaving the site of the earth, so that the rock finds itself exposed to the air, and the earth had departed from these places. And the earth from off the slopes and the lofty summits of the mountains has already descended to their bases, and has raided the floors of the seas which encircle these bases, and caused the plain be uncovered and in some parts has driven away the seas from there over a great distance."
Leo made dozens of aerial maps that look like the satellite images of today. During his studies of Geography he also became…

Uneducation

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“I have so many words in my mother -tongue that I ought rather complain of the lack of a right understanding of things, than of a lack of words with which fully to express the conception that is in my mind.”—
Due to Leonardo’s illegitimacy he wasn’t able to attend proper schools of the time. So he didn’t receive a “proper” or traditional education. He was taught by his grandfather and family and eventually was accepted into an “art college” as we would call it now, but was essentially an apprentice to a very prestigious painter. It’s likely that the lack of a standardizing education contributed to his non-traditional thinking and “thinking outside of the box.”  He couldn’t have learned what HE invented in a class room. That is not to say the Leo wasn’t educated or illiterate - he had a significant personal library of books and was influenced by authors of the past. He realized that what was taught - even if it was the same lesson from hundreds if not thousands of years - could be false.…

Dear, Ser Piero

Dearest father,
On the last of the past month I had the letter you wrote to me which in a brief space caused me pleasure and also sorrow. I was pleased at learning from it that you were in good health, for which God be praised. I was filled with sorrow at hearing of your discomfort.”
This is a letter from Leonardo to his father Ser Piero. Leo wasn’t able to use his father’s last name since his parents didn’t marry. Da Vinci in Italian means “From the city of Vinci” so he technically doesn’t have a last name. It’s also interesting to note that Leo was treated almost as a legitimate son despite the aversion to illegitimate children at the time.

A significant reason for this was that his father’s first wife was unable to become pregnant which made little Leo an only child (at least on his father’s side) for many years. Eventually Ser Piero remarried and da Vinci has over 10 step brothers and sisters.

After his father’s death there was a legal battle between Leo and his “legitimate” brot…
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Contact lens"Contacts" redirects here. For the OS X software application, see Contacts (application).A pair of contact lenses, positioned with the concave side facing upward.One-day disposable contact lenses with blue handling tint in blister-pack packaging
A contact lens, or simply contact, is a lens placed on the eye. Contact lenses are considered medical devices and can be worn to correct vision, for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons. In 2004, it was estimated that 125 million people (2%) use contact lenses worldwide, including 28 to 38 million in the United States.[1] In 2010, worldwide contact lens market was estimated at $6.1 billion, while the U.S. soft lens market is estimated at $2.1 billion.[2] Some have estimated that the global market will reach $11.7 billion by 2015.[2] As of 2010, the average age of contact lens wearers globally was 31 years old and two thirds of wearers were fem…
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Contact lens"Contacts" redirects here. For the OS X software application, see Contacts (application).A pair of contact lenses, positioned with the concave side facing upward.One-day disposable contact lenses with blue handling tint in blister-pack packaging
A contact lens, or simply contact, is a lens placed on the eye. Contact lenses are considered medical devices and can be worn to correct vision, for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons. In 2004, it was estimated that 125 million people (2%) use contact lenses worldwide, including 28 to 38 million in the United States.[1] In 2010, worldwide contact lens market was estimated at $6.1 billion, while the U.S. soft lens market is estimated at $2.1 billion.[2] Some have estimated that the global market will reach $11.7 billion by 2015.[2] As of 2010, the average age of contact lens wearers globally was 31 years old and two thirds of wearers were fem…

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Window to the Soul - The i, that is

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Various Sketches of the function and structure of the Eye from Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks. 
Leonardo spent a lot of time not only dissecting eyes (literally) but also disassembling the various aspects of vision into their various parts and as a whole. 
How does the eye work? How is it connected to the brain? How do they communicate?
He tried to answer why the pupil dilates with light - why images are seen in reverse - how light was focused by the eye itself and projected to the back of it. Not only did he study the eye itself but how it affected a person's perception. 
There is no doubt that he studied the structure of the eye and vision more thoroughly than anyone before him and anyone else for hundreds of years. The knowledge he gained with his study of anatomy and perception are implemented in his art. This is an example of the intermingling of art and science at it's finest. 
These are only a few of his sketches and quotes on the subject(s.) There are literally hund…

American Beauty

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Ricky Fitts: It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. Right? And this bag was just dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. That's the day I realized that there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is just going to cave in.

William Blake: To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a plastic bag, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.

Leonardo da Vinci’s: Annunciation

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Leonardo da Vinci’s: Annunciation*Enhanced and Sharpened* 
Painted around 1472 -1475 via Oil & Tempera on panel & measures 39in x 85in
It depicts the Moment an Angel told Mary she would give birth to a son. The flower in it’s hand’s represents virginity. 
Noteworthy are the mystical/ fantasy like background and the colors and shapes of the clothing’s drapery. Also the angel’s wings were extended by another painter.

Karate Kid-ing-around

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I want one, no no, I want that one!

f the Cruelty of Man

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Of the Cruelty of Man
"Animals will be seen on the earth who will always be fighting against each other with the greatest loss and frequent deaths on each side. And there will be no end to their malignity; by their strong limbs we shall see a great portion of the trees of the vast forests laid low throughout the universe; and, when they are filled with food the satisfaction of their desires will be to deal death and grief and labour and wars and fury to every living thing; and from their immoderate pride they will desire to rise towards heaven, but the too great weight of their limbs will keep them down. Nothing will remain on earth, or under the earth or in the waters which will not be persecuted, disturbed and spoiled, and those of one country removed into another. And their bodies will become the sepulture and means of transit of all they have killed.
O Earth! why dost thou not open and engulf them in the fissures of thy vast abyss and caverns, and no longer display in the sig…

Derek Hess - Forced Perspective

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"Currently in post production on a feature length documentary titled "Forced Perspective". Projected to release in 2015.
Inspired by our short film titled Derek Hess - "Forced Perspective" this film will dive deeper into Derek's life.

"Forced Perspective" is an intimate portrait of iconic Cleveland artist Derek Hess by filmmaker Nick Cavalier. The film is a journey through Derek's struggle with alcoholism and bipolar and how these demons effect the artwork, presenting a voyeur into Derek's personal life, revealing his process and philosophy.
This film showcases the evolution of a celebrated artist, his effect on music and culture while highlighting the link between creativity and mental illness.
Stay tuned for additional screening dates & cities"




"Derek Hess is one of my favorite artists (that are still alive)"