Just a quick note, to provide some juicy food for thought:
What is the relationship between "truth" and "freedom"? (And for later thought, when we want to get more emotional, their relationship with "happiness"?) After watching this video by Donald Hoffman titled "Do we see reality as it is?" (https://youtu.be/oYp5XuGYqqY), I realized why Evolutionary Theory has always given me such a feeling of uneasiness. His lecture also gives you a feeling of immense excitement that we might actually be going in the direction of truth in our search for reality as it is (also for later thought: the meaning of the verb 'to be', as it applies to different phenomena) and thus towards ultimate freedom (from...existence? Our ego? The illusions that comprise our consciousness? After which, where are we? What are we?)
The most exciting statements of the entire lecture were, "What is true about perception may not be true about math and logic"; and also, that space and time are perceptual symbols "designed by evolution to keep us alive".
Why does Evolution want us to stay alive? (Note: every single word in that question makes so many presuppositions that need to be questioned lol)
Next up, I am reading Hoffman's article on Conscious Realism (find it here as a pdf:
And as a little dessert, here's another thought: if space and time are perceptual "symbols", aren't words the quintessential man-made symbol? Are those perhaps our key to unlock this perceptual cage that evolution has locked us in???
Just thought I'd put this up--this is the most current work in progress. It is based on a photograph I took on a bike ride near Point Mugu on the Pacific Crest Highway a couple months earlier. I was really happily surprised to see it got some favorable reactions from the First Friday open studio event at my studio at Bell Arts Factory last Friday. I took some more photos yesterday and will play around with this idea more, especially since I almost never paint (representational) landscapes.
The other thing I wanted to mention is Human Rights Watch, a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to informing the public about global human rights abuses. Check out their website, sign some petitions, and spread the word: www.hrw.org.