Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s term for a society based on humility towards what can be known. It is the sort of utopian idea that causes one to reconsider one’s own mental processes rather than draw up a blueprint for how others ought to behave. He has also inspired me to read some Montaigne. Odd that I … More Epistemocracy

Word of the Day: Benignant

adjective 1. kind, especially to inferiors; gracious: a benignant sovereign. 2. exerting a good influence; beneficial: the benignant authority of the new president. 3. Pathology. benign. Definition: Dictionary.com Where I found it: The Orphic Hymn to Ares To lovely Venus [Kypris], and to Bacchus [Lyaios] yield, to Ceres [Deo] give the weapons of the field; Encourage peace, to gentle works inclin’d, and give abundance, with benignant mind.

Hermeneutics of Suspicion and the Problem with Film Critics

The Sunrise Motel makes note of the same Film School Rejects article that I did, and pulls a good description of the puritanical urge to sieve any piece of art for wrongthink, “hermeneutics of suspicion”. I might go a step farther than this, and say that a great deal of criticism is done not for … More Hermeneutics of Suspicion and the Problem with Film Critics