J.D. McClatchy on the Contrast and Complementarity of Desire and Love

“Love is the quality of attention we pay to things.” BY MARIA POPOVA We are creatures of such staggering psychoemotional complexity that we are often opaque to ourselves, purblind to the constellation of our own thoughts, our own feelings, our chaotic and often contradictory desires — nowhere more so than in the realm of the heart. “The alternations between love and its denial,”philosopher Martha Nussbaum wrote in contemplating the difficulty of knowing ourselves, “constitute the most essential and ubiquitous structural feature of the human heart.” Perhaps the most disorienting aspect of that interior opacity is that of distinguishing between love and desire, both … Continue reading J.D. McClatchy on the Contrast and Complementarity of Desire and Love

Twitter Ablaze After Most of French Museum Collection Found to Be Fake

CC0 SOCIETY The social media platform quickly responded to news of fakes spotted in a landmark French museum, with a lion’s share of users pegging it ’embarrassing’ and questioning the level of expertise of those who originally accepted the works into the museum’s collection. State-owned Étienne Terrus museum in the southern French city of Elne, near the Spanish border, has discovered that 82 of the 140 works originally thought to have been painted by the renowned artist are in fact fakes, French media reported. An alarm was raised by an art historian after taking note that some of the buildings depicted in the paintings were erected after Étienne Terrus, a close … Continue reading Twitter Ablaze After Most of French Museum Collection Found to Be Fake

The Era of Fake Video Begins

Edmon de Haro The digital manipulation of video may make the current era of “fake news” seem quaint. by FRANKLIN FOER In a dank corner of the internet, it is possible to find actresses from Game of Thrones or Harry Potter engaged in all manner of sex acts. Or at least to the world the carnal figures look like those actresses, and the faces in the videos are indeed their own. Everything south of the neck, however, belongs to different women. An artificial intelligence has almost seamlessly stitched the familiar visages into pornographic scenes, one face swapped for another. The genre is one of the … Continue reading The Era of Fake Video Begins

Communist robot dreams

Detail from the cover of Nikola Kesarovski’s 1983 book The Fifth Law of Robotics. Illustration by Hristo Braykov Tech flourished in communist Bulgaria and so did a body of science fiction asking vital philosophical questions by Victor Petrov is a postdoctoral student on the Max Weber programme at the European University Institute near Florence in Italy. Edited by Sam Haselby The police report would have baffled the most grizzled detective. A famous writer murdered in a South Dakota restaurant full of diners; the murder weapon – a simple hug. A murderer with no motive, and one who seemed genuinely distraught at what he had … Continue reading Communist robot dreams

Punjabi Men Are Struggling with Mental Health Because They Lack the Words to Describe It

by Hussein Kesvani Sukhi, a 28-year-old graduate student from Birmingham, England, was officially diagnosed with depression last year. He was forced to see a doctor after he started to lack the emotional energy necessary to do basic things: get out of bed, make food, hold a basic conversation with his flatmates, and most of all, take his final year exams for his master’s degree in economics. For years, Sukhi had dealt with smaller bouts of depression. He had days where, he tells me, he felt a “heavy, overbearing sadness” without any root cause. Other days, he found himself sitting in the … Continue reading Punjabi Men Are Struggling with Mental Health Because They Lack the Words to Describe It