Tag Archives: Manipulation

Moving the Overton Window

We all look through it, but like glass, we don’t see it. We don’t even see the width of the frame or how it is centred, but it constrains what we see and how we see it just as surely … Continue reading

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Resolving Uncertainty

What if I told you that the only thing that holds you back from being more creative, living a better life and inhabiting a much better world is uncertainty? What if I also told you that resolving those uncertainties is … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of Armageddon

A cursory study of rudimentary neuroscience makes uncomfortable reading. It suggests, with strong evidence, that the way we think makes us ill-suited to thrive in the modern world. In fact, our thought patterns and mental blind spots imperil us all. … Continue reading

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Is Mood Manipulation Ethical?

It’s a bit like hijacking somebody’s brain, really.  If, through your art, you invade somebody’s emotional state and change it, so that they feel something about your art, instead of about their current real-life circumstances, you’re manipulating them.  It’s unarguable.  … Continue reading

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In Praise of Things You Don’t Like

Artists, as aesthetes, tend to surround themselves with things they like.  Part of their aesthetic is about what they select and what they discard.  Ordinary people do this in their everyday lives, too.  The totality of their comfortable existence is … Continue reading

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How Fragile We Are

Most people persist in believing two utterly discredited falsehoods.  The first is that punishment is necessary; ultimately good for the people punished and that it works effectively.  Further, we believe that people that “need” punishment, the application of various sorts … Continue reading

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Changing the World through the Emotional Influence of Art

I read something massively depressing, recently, so I thought I would share it with you (you’ll thank me later).  http://www.alternet.org/media/most-depressing-discovery-about-brain-ever?sc=fb What the article says is that decisions are not made on the basis of facts, but on emotions.  Decisions are … Continue reading

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