ART/ARCHITECTURE – Edward Hopper

ART/ARCHITECTURE – Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper is a painter of gloomy paintings that don’t make us feel gloomy. Instead, they help us to recognize the loneliness that so often lies, at the heart of sadness. In his Automat women sits alone drinking a cup…

Why Arts Graduates Are Under-Employed

Why Arts Graduates Are Under-Employed

Arts graduates across the developed world, often complain bitterly about the difficulties they face finding good employment. They spent long and costly years studying such subjects as history, art, philosophy, poetry and drama, then they reach the jobs market and…

Art is Advertising for What We Really Need

Art is Advertising for What We Really Need

At the centre of our societies is a hugely inventive force dedicated to nudging us towards a heightened appreciation of certain aspects of the world. With enormous skill, it throws into relief the very best sides of particular places and…

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Art

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Art

Art has a very high status in modern societies: People flock to museums and art works fetch record prices. But our age is also oddly reluctant to say in clear terms what art might actually be for. An odd mystique…

PHILOSOPHY – René Descartes

PHILOSOPHY – René Descartes

René Descartes was a French 17th century philosopher, famous above all for saying ‘I think therefore I am’, but worthy of our attention for many reasons beyond this. What makes him stand out is that he was a fierce rationalist.…

PHILOSOPHY – Plato

Athens, 2400 years ago. It’s a compact place: only about a quarter of a million people live here. There are fine baths, theatres, temples, shopping arcades and gymnasiums It’s warm for more than half the year. This is also home…

How to Make an Attractive City

How to Make an Attractive City

Cities are a big deal: we pretty much all have to live in them; We should try hard to get them right. So few cities are nice; very, very few out of many thousands are really beautiful. Embarrassingly, the more…

What Is Your Phone Doing to Your Relationships?

What Is Your Phone Doing to Your Relationships?

It would be most of our first choices to haverelationships in the real world; but for many of us, it is a great deal more plausible topursue them with, and via, our phones. Phones provide exemplary compensation for the frustrationsof…

The Problem With Our Phones

The Problem With Our Phones

أن الحقيقة الغامضة في وقتنا الحالي أنه أصبح من الصعب جداً العثور على أي شخص وبالتأكيد أي شيء أكثر تشويقًا من الهاتف الذكي نحن نُحب هواتفنا و لن نريد ابدًاالتخلي عنها، ولكننا جميعنا على الأغلب وبشكل بسيط نعلم أن هذه…