Etymology Of Culture: Cultivation To Encapsulation

In a 1771 letter to Robert Skipwith, Thomas Jefferson included a list of books, recommended for a general private library. Amongst them, Cicero's Tusculan Questions (Tusculanae Disputationes), a series of texts concerning Greek stoicism. Of particular importance to contemporary semantics is Cicero's use of cultura animi (cultivation of souls), similar to the German bildung (personal… Continue reading Etymology Of Culture: Cultivation To Encapsulation

The Ghost & The Darkness (1996) | Review

R | 1h 50min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Creature-feature | 11 October 1996 (USA) Direction: Stephen Hopkins | Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond | Music: Jerry Goldsmith Script: William Goldman | Inspired by: The Man-eaters of Tsavo by John Henry Patterson Starring: Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Tom Wilkinson, John Kani, Bernard Hill, Henry Cele, Brian McCardie, Om Puri Summary: Tasked with overseeing the construction of a East… Continue reading The Ghost & The Darkness (1996) | Review

The Silence & The Howl | Part 9

§.09 When Harmon finally made his way back to his house the car belonging to the woman was there once more as well as Lyla's car. Sprawls car was gone. He quickly dashed inside the house and discovered Lyla sitting on his chair in the living room, bent over his desk, his sketchbook open upon… Continue reading The Silence & The Howl | Part 9

The Silence & The Howl | Part 8

§.08 Harmon rang up Bluebird at noon. No answer. Tried again. No answer. He tried a third time and finally she answered through text, writing only: "Can't talk rn. Busy." Harmon cursed under his breath and slammed the small, black plastic flip-phone shut and slid it into the pocket of his jeans and straightened and… Continue reading The Silence & The Howl | Part 8

The Silence & The Howl | Part 7

§.07 When Sprawls came in from work he found Harmon hunched over a notepad, furrow-browed and furiously scribbling with great energy and concentration. "Sup." "Welcome back," Harmon turned in his seat and proffered the notebook to his friend; upon the leftern page was an elaborate portrait illustration of a young, round-faced woman with pronounced cheekbones,… Continue reading The Silence & The Howl | Part 7

The Silence & The Howl | Part 6

§.06 Harmon stood still. Paralyzing terror the whole of his form. The room was dark. A light visible in the distance. White and beckoning. The walls dripped viscously as if composed of oil or some like substance. A figure, human-like and yet not human, stood silhouetted by the albescent radiance surrounding. The man reached out… Continue reading The Silence & The Howl | Part 6

The Silence & The Howl | Part 5

§.05 When Harmon returned to his house he found Sprawl's car in the small, circular concrete drive before the rickety porch of the two-story ramshackle and another, unfamiliar vehicle next to it. Company. He parked behind Sprawl's car, got out and ambled to the intrusive machine and looked in the window. A purse lay in… Continue reading The Silence & The Howl | Part 5

Commentary On The AI Now Institute 2018 Report

The interdisciplinary New York-based AI Now Institute has released their sizable and informative 2018 report on artificial intelligence. The paper, authored by the leaders of the institute in conjunction with a team of researchers, puts forth 10 policy recommendations in relation to artificial intelligences (AI Now policy suggestions in bold-face, our commentary in standard-type). Governments… Continue reading Commentary On The AI Now Institute 2018 Report