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Ceci N'Est Pas Une Sculpture De Barbara Hepworth by aegiandyad
Ceci N'Est Pas Une Sculpture De Barbara Hepworth
No, it really isn't even a 3-D poster of one made for cross eyed stereoscopic viewing. It was carved as recently as 2014 by an artist we'd never heard of. Hepworth would have made something more subtly asymmetrical, with the hole off centre and 'ribbing' probably absent.
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John Corcoran

"The incontrovertible truth is beyond the reach of the human intellect. Ideologies that claim to be in the possession of the ultimate truth are bound to be false.Therefore, they can be imposed on society, only by repressive methods’.  Karl Popper


aegiandyad,
Thanks for quoting from the George Soros article on how Popper and Hayek influenced him. It is an insightful sentence from Popper, that master of the philosophy of science. Soros says

"This led me to Popper’s theory of scientific method. Popper claimed that scientific theories can never be verified — they can only be falsified. So their validity is provisional — they must forever remain open to falsification by testing. This avoids all the problems of needing to prove scientific theories beyond any doubt and establishes the importance of testing. Only theories that can be falsified qualify as scientific.

While I was admiring the elegance of Popper’s theory, I was also studying elementary economics. I was struck by a contradiction between the theory of perfect competition, which postulated perfect knowledge, with Popper’s theory, which asserted that perfect knowledge was unattainable. The contradiction could be resolved by recognizing that economic theory cannot meet the standards of Newtonian physics." www.politico.com/news/stories/…

This brings up the topic of religion, which famously cannot be proven scientifically. People feel religion deep inside them. Yet religion also requires organising in order for the benefits of communal faith to be felt. The larger the group of people who love God above all and wish to do whatever is best to make a new creation on earth, the more social success religion will have.

The problem comes because the truly religious are not anxious to impose themselves on anyone. People today hate Saint Paul and one must ask why he was chosen to represent Christianity after all the Christians he had stoned to death while he stood and held the coats of the stoners. The answer might be that he was a citizen of Rome and so could spread the new religion there. He was also a good organiser and he had a real passion to spread the gospel. He was willing to go on dangerous journeys and was willing to be imprisoned. He also wrote well and knew Greek philosophy. He was a real man of his time and so became very useful to God.

The problem is that men like him tend not to be democratic or liberal. Personally I think he has been misrepresented but it is always the people like Saint Paul rather than the philosophical  Saint John who spread religion far and wide. They place their own stamp on the religion and that usually tends to be conservative, paternalistic, ascetic and repressive. Add to this men like Constantine who was not really a Christian but who seeing how inspired by Christianity his people were, took it up as a rallying call.

Thus of necessity Popper is correct, though some religious groups are more repressive than others.

www.ft.com/cms/s/0/67e1c1aa-9c…


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aegiandyad
Writes as 'aegian' in FT online
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We are passionate artists and art lovers with wide ranging tastes and interests. Our long range project is the creation of 'aegian' as an aesthetic hermaphrodite, trying to express the many facets of their being. It has since emerged that we are a couple with four grown up children each of whom has contributed to this joint enterprise

While his better half prefers to remain mysterious and spends most of her time writing our journal entries, Mr A admits to having a London degree in Botany & Zoology and owning a succession of film and digital cameras. I am the man behind the lens, so there may not be many images of me submitted. We love beauty and I search for it amongst the mundane backgrounds of everyday reality as well as at fabulous gardens like the ones seen in some gallery pictures. We correspond with the Guardian as well as the Financial Times.

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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the Llama!!!

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knight-of-sand Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the watch, my dear friend :hug::heart:!!
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Thanks for the watch!
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Thank you for the Llama...an important part of life  Hug
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Thank you for the Llama:happybounce: 
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Thank You Stamp by StampMakerLKJ
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Thank you so much for all your kind support! :hug:
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thanx for the fave :)
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Thank you very much! :icongiveflowerplz:
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
I've left another dA portal open at your work with a comment that has now failed to post several times. I like abstract expressionism but can't paint or draw very well and so 'treating' photographs is my way of trying to emulate some of the masters. Your painting does for me what the notes indicated you were trying to make it do, remind me of what weathering and patination can do to industrial materials, which is something I find interesting,and how much naturul beauty there is to be found in these effects.
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