terça-feira, maio 10, 2016

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Genre is central to the self’s authenticity. The self can only be parsed as “authentic” in relation to a legible set of conventions. “It is the perception of repetitions that makes a work of art intelligible,” Sontag writes in “On Style.” When I am trying to be true to myself, I turn “myself” into a genre, with readily recognizable and repeatable tropes. I can never be authentic, only authentically generic. I can create and meet a set of established stereotypes of myself. Being oneself always means being a self-parody, and being a parody of oneself is the process of self-discovery. Self-parody precedes selfhood.

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"Both relativity and quantum mechanics illustrate that you perceive yourself as being “local” even if..."

“Both relativity and quantum mechanics illustrate that you perceive yourself as being “local” even if you aren’t. Although in the external reality of general relativity, you’re an extended braidlike pattern in a static four-dimensional spacetime, you nonetheless perceive yourself as localized at a particular place and time in a three-dimensional world where things happen.”

- Tegmark, Max. Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality. London: Penguin Books, 2014. (via carvalhais)
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terça-feira, maio 03, 2016

THE HUMAN FACTOR (G.R.E.C., 2011)In 1914, an engineer sent away...


In 1914, an engineer sent away to reorganize a factory exchanges letters with his wife. As he tells her about his experiments in taylorism, she picks up bits and pieces of this method and applies it to her daily tasks at home. While he gets disappointed by the Taylor system, she becomes a true domestic engineer.

Mingling images of American institutional movies to extracts of handbooks on management from the 1900s and 1910s The Human Factor aims at showing the genesis of Taylorism and its main effects upon industrial societies. It is also a love story.

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