Archive for "Oct 2013"

How do we go about

I keep coming back to this thought, how do we go about finding a meaningful life, not just a happy one? This begins to suggest a theory for why it is we care so much about meaning. Perhaps the idea is to make happiness last. Happiness seems present-focused and fleeting, whereas meaning extends into the future and […]

A Day at The Park

A graphic philosophical diversion asking the question of questions, should you be collecting answers or questions? It seems that the answers to the questions most worth asking aren’t available. So then what is the value of questions without answers?  See the rest of the amazing webcomic…

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data

Big data sets are changing the way we approach the world around us and the culture of inquiry itself say Jacob Vanderplas, but even more problematic may be the unintended consequence that some of the most promising researchers find no place for themselves in the academic community: In 1960, the physicist Eugene Wigner published his […]

Morpheus, Dreamer, & Lucidity

  Morpheus, Dreamer, and Lucidity are a tryptic series of paintings all created live at “Dream Dance” a monthly gathering at Om Culture in Seattle, Washington by local artist and friend Miles Toland. Miles works with an eclectic set of themes gathered from the modern urban landscape all the way to deep spiritual traditions. The […]

Banality of Evil

You will be gladly excused if you have never heard of Hanna Arendt or Adolf Eichman, but you will not be excused if you are guilty of not thinking. Arendt’s book “Eichman in Israel” is a work that remains to be understood. Ardent brought forth the term, ‘banality of evil’, that has been co-opted to […]


This is it. Gregory Maqoma’s back is to the audience. If you’re going to dance with your back to the audience, you’re going to reveal something when you turn around. If you are going to dance history, you are going to lose something in translation. This could be a protest against language, but it is […]

Box within a Box

My skepticism for this concept was quickly displaced by engagement.  This dance with technology is impressive… Nearly everything you see is pre-programmed, controlled by a master script. The man experiences a role reversal, to interact naturally with the technology.

From this distant vantage point

“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here, that’s home, that’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our […]

Welcome to Common Observer

Common observers abound, but the uncommon observation is what intrigues. Welcome to Common Observer the new blog, online magazine, zine, aggregator, compendium of oddities, opinion platform, and all around host of raconteurs. It is surely going to be an evolution. This is where it begins.   Common Observer will be a place for science, philosophy, […]