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  • brains for dummies | a dancing star!
    the neurotransmitters is called serotonin it acts as a catalyst for a number of functions 1 It is implicated in a variety of physiological tasks including learning and memory in the central nervous system see here 2 in addition serotonin is also known to modulate mood emotion sleep and appetite see here Read more about serotonin in this excellent research paper One way to contextualize this is to visualise the following spectrum On the left is pure normality there is no such thing of course but it helps for the present exposition At the other extreme there is serious mental illness schizophrenia with psychotic tendencies for example Around the centre left is Bipolar disorder previously termed manic depressive of which a milder version is called Cyclothymic Disorder or simply Cyclothymia It is a form of illness that affects about one percent of us Here s the full ICD 10 Diagnostic Criteria for Cyclothymic Disorder A persistent instability of mood involving numerous periods of mild depression and mild elation This instability usually develops early in adult life and pursues a chronic course although at times the mood may be normal and stable for months at a time The mood swings are usually perceived by the individual as being unrelated to life events The diagnosis is difficult to establish without a prolonged period of observation or an unusually good account of the individual s past behaviour Read more about Cyclothymia according to DSM IV criteria Learning writing There is some truth in this the relation between depression in general and the so called Creative impulse Low periods call forth a disposition which involves inter alia a questioning of the existant Doubt over the veracity of the extant cannot be maintained indefinately What we call the creative process is in one sense the joining of dots in a new way The falling out from despair involves a concordant shift in the meaning constructing subject This subject builds himself or herself anew as she re builds the surrounding terrain These are adventures in interior life Funnily enough this is the Hegelian concept of the concept This is not to impute creativity to darkness romance to the tears merely that the primary reason why things are jotted down is for the sake of one s well being and stability of self perception as well as the sanity of relations But beyond these subjective conditions can one really function the same as a person as anything without learning and writing Writing forms thought and vice versa Is it diabolical to state that what cannot be articulated is not thought Or would we rather be thoughtless creatures silent and unengaging He walks beside me the only thing I know Recent comments Samsia on Kevin Ariken tom on A work of hard love marq on A work of hard love Suryani Said Piracci on Kevin Ariken Nancy Ariken on Kevin Ariken My Library Tags architecture arendt artistic friends book cover books bookshops bookshops in asia c j arthur

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  • the other half | a dancing star!
    remains a bearer of virtue Destined to grow old trapped in loveless wedlock popping tranquillizers Often mistaken for Bardus puella q v it s a fine line between cunning and stupidity For example Her song Celine Dion s My heart will go on Heh Connubialis crepundia Definition Of necessity found in every metropolitan area and Bali Requires minimal amounts of TLC but nevertheless motivated The key here is quality read fun not quantity read long drawn out BS Also known as a fuck buddy in the movie Vanilla Sky Not to be confused with Bardus puella q v For example Bardus puella Definition Harmless when silent there is a tendency to punch above her weight as she chimes on and on with nuggets of opinion Previously treatable by a University degree this breed has flourished as the efficacy of the vaccine has waned Text speak encoded as part of genetic make up For example Look out your window Important closing remarks This attempt to compile an encyclopedic typology of womankind is an attempt to answer the fundamental question What are the conditions for the possibility of a relationship between equals Lest it appear that thisway of framing the question pre judges the outcome I accept that it may well be the case such a relationship is indeedimpossible On another level doubt maybe cast on the rightful basis of this inquiry this wholly scientific attempt atharnessing and re directing mental energies to the realm of the irrational without shirking from confronting otherness in its purest most evil manifestation Should you feel unable to subscribe to this stance consider the alternatives and consequences Granted you may prefer to leave love to the heart justice to the just piety to the pious However as you foist analysis to the couch you have thereby also made love unaccountable for its charms and misdeeds That surely is to act in as loveless a manner as is divinely conceivable Equally Important closing remarks Perhaps you are not into this kind of psycho pop peeling away of the psyche pooh Disturbed to find someone even more disturbed than you Uncertain whether to take this bilious rant seriously As a postscript Milo has also raised the distinct possibility that all this quite clearly shows how f ked up I am He is probably right Either that or its some form of retribution where karma seeks equivalence Anyway you people go ahead and love one other I quit Incidentally in the interests of full disclosure the real reason why I m single is threefold Timing Trust Taste Final concluding conclusions For long this has been in an unkempt state But now the quest recommences and with it this compendium grows ever larger more errmm compendious soon to reach finality and completion The author dutifully pursues the highest ideals and maintains the purest form of objectivity As captured by the essayist Randolph Bourne It cannot be emphasised too much that the function of the ironist is not to make fun

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  • what if | a dancing star!
    addition to the childhood event then I had the friendship of people books and thoughts that made sense of the world and its injustices It is this making sense of the world that spurred me to University Such a vocation is as entwined with my value system as it is to my life narrative I have always placed value on the written Word aside from its basic communicative function for a more fundamental reason it captures the totality of hard reality in all its self reflective contradictory complexity Research properly understood and writing are moments of repose when the quietness of thought can silence the loudest Authoritarian Voice Teaching is the natural extension of thought s research the exposition of that same hard reality to view it anew from alternative perspectives and against received wisdoms Writing the necessary transposition of thought into its final Key is the most difficult and most natural of pursuits To capture a thought in lifeless form is simplicity itself the pure recital of facts the expression of thought in life giving form is truly writing It is also a way through which I can expound on and participate in the history of ideas whether this concerns St Augustine s and St Francis s relation to the History of the Church the impact of modernity and the misreading of Machiavelli or some other seemingly archaic topic Finally to return to the PhD is to complete my task and thereby make good a promise and repay a debt Recent comments Samsia on Kevin Ariken tom on A work of hard love marq on A work of hard love Suryani Said Piracci on Kevin Ariken Nancy Ariken on Kevin Ariken My Library Tags architecture arendt artistic friends book cover books bookshops bookshops in asia c j arthur church

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  • faq | a dancing star!
    such as I remember my mother when she was dying she was all shrunk up and grey I asked her if she was afraid she shook her head no I was afraid to touch the death I seen in her I couldn t find nothing beautiful or uplifting about her going back to God I wondered what it d be like when I died to know that this was the last breath you was ever going to draw I just hoped I could meet it with the same calm she did Cause that s where it s hidden The immortality I hadn t seen or Who were you that I lived with walked with The brother the friend Strife and love darkness and light are they the workings of one mind features of the same face Oh my soul Let me be in you now Look out through my eyes Look out at the things you made All things shining if your house was burning down or caught in a hurricane or other Natural disaster which book would you take with you This is erroneous question is oft posed erroneously For one reproduction and reproducibility culls this inquisitiveness before its asking every single book is replaceable The contemporary bibliophile s world knows of no loss that is what we come to expect in the age of commodity reproduction The book as thing Such a duplicitous question does not occur in the pre history of the modern No Renaissance writer would thus be provoked The temerity of modern logic lies in the very posing of this question despite knowing its omnipresence its role in disseminating the Thing everywhere and always it attempts to salvage a trace of tangible immediacy of feigned authenticity all by asking the question It is as if the question wishes to convince us of the value of the Thing But if this is its goal are we not correct to treat the question with the seriousness it deserves Thus the question is dishonest in that it is designed to solicit an answer not to the question What is your favourite book but What book would you risk you life to save from fire Thus posed the question turns on the meaningfulness of the book in question as opposed to the literary merits of the text itself The thing for us not the thing in itself so to speak It becomes purely a manner of dissecting the subject s personal trajectory as opposed to the literary merits of the book itself or its historical trajectory This however begs the question as the meaningfulness of the thing is therefore imbued by the interviewee so the question s and answer s universal applicability is curtailed if your house was burning down or caught in a hurricane or other Natural disaster which book would you take with you My copy of Love s Work signed and inscribed by Gillian Rose Recent comments Samsia on Kevin Ariken tom on A work of

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  • wonderful | a dancing star!
    presents and is a condition for sanity The glut of publishing and the decay of reading are entwined the former chokes and strangles the other while diminished readers fuel infantile information This entry was posted in books and tagged books reading Bookmark the permalink Post a comment or leave a trackback Trackback URL Public Service Announcement Post a Comment Your email is never published nor shared Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Please leave these two fields as is Recent comments Samsia on Kevin Ariken tom on A work of hard love marq on A work of hard love Suryani Said Piracci on Kevin Ariken Nancy Ariken on Kevin Ariken My Library Tags architecture arendt artistic friends book cover books bookshops bookshops in asia c j arthur church creative writing creativity cuba dubyah film films football gillian rose harry eyres hegel honeymoon howard caygill jay bernstein macedonia michael n forster nazi girl norman geras obituary online learning open learning paul westerberg philosophy reading SIFF simon critchley Singapore taskent tehran the old left the slow lane travels warwick university writing writing prize zizekstudies org Žižek Archives Archives Select Month April 2010 1 March 2009 10 February 2009 10 January 2009 1 October 2008 1 April 2008 5 January 2008 1 August 2007 1 June 2007 1 March 2007 3 September 2006 2 August 2006 1 July 2006 1 June 2006 8 May 2006 1 April 2006 4 March 2006 2 February 2006 6 January 2006 6 December 2005 7 November 2005 9 October 2005 17 September 2005 12 August 2005 6 June 2005 1 May 2005 3 April 2005 3 March 2005 3 February 2005 3 January 2005 3 December 2004 9 November 2004 5 October 2004 17 September 2004 2 August 2004 1 June 2004 1 May 2004

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  • a dancing star! | tom
    in blogging reduces brain size Leave a comment Stanley Cavell David Harvey By tom March 25 2009 Berkeley has a site which profiles Stanley Cavell A philosopher goes to the movies conversation with Stanley Cavell located here it is one of the stronger parts of an uneven series entitled Conversations with History Stimulating and equally engaging is David Harvey s video lecture series Reading Marx s Capital 13 classes lectures each approximating Posted in books Tagged David Harvey lectures marx s capital online learning open learning Stanley Cavell Leave a comment That thing s blocking my view By tom March 24 2009 It is going to be big bold and beautiful It will be big standing at a towering height of 178 metres bold in concept designed by renowned architect Dr Kisho Kurokawa and a beautiful architectural piece That s what a Very Important Man VIM once said Aforementioned VIM then proceeds to draw parallels between this beautiful Posted in urbanscape Tagged Singapore singapore flyer Leave a comment a day in Munich By tom March 20 2009 The old adage holds that the journey home is the best sweetest shortest slowest swiftest Tonight s journey via München and Amsterdam will be all that of course After a week away from home the past 2 days have been different There is a sense of heightened awareness of what is going on Posted in hegira Leave a comment four days in Brussels By tom March 16 2009 A walk down the deserted Boulevard Adolphe Max pass ill fitting now out of place hotels leads to the local Waterstone s populated exclusively by English language titles but manned by multilingual staff keen to impress their knowledge upon we Sunday strays The entrance recalls one of the masses of remainder stocked clearance stores around Tottenham Court Road but Posted in books hegira Tagged bookshops brussels Sterling Books Leave a comment The Boy in the striped pyjamas By tom March 13 2009 My wife and I saw The Boy in the striped pyjamas last night We left in silence at the film s end But we carried different kinds of silences Her s was a silence waiting to be broken once her grappling of her emotional response found its expression Mine was a silence borne out of something else Posted in sights writing Tagged film Mark Herman The Boy in the striped pyjamas Leave a comment MIT OCW By tom March 11 2009 Tell me how amazing is MIT s Open CourseWare initiative Amazing Their Literature section is quite impressive And these are some of the courses which include audio and or video elements Posted in blogging reduces brain size sights Tagged mitocw online learning open learning Leave a comment Older posts Recent comments Samsia on Kevin Ariken tom on A work of hard love marq on A work of hard love Suryani Said Piracci on Kevin Ariken Nancy Ariken on Kevin Ariken My Library Tags architecture arendt artistic friends book cover books bookshops bookshops

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  • books | a dancing star!
    The complex problems of judging the Warwick prize The Guardian There is one passage Also posted in writing Tagged creative writing naomi klein the shock doctrine warwick university writing writing prize Leave a comment The Warwick Prize for Writing By tom February 19 2009 It seems my alma mater has found a new source of funds The Warwick Prize for Writing launched by the University of Warwick is an international cross disciplinary award which will be given biennially for an excellent and substantial piece of writing in the English language in any genre or form on a theme that will Also posted in writing Tagged creative writing warwick university writing writing prize 1 Comment He can read By tom February 14 2009 This is somewhat dated by blog standards such as they are but it struck me as an opportunity not to be missed Karl Rove writing in the The Wall Street Journal reminisces about his friendly contest with the then incumbent President of the United States of America For the final three years of the Dubyah administration Also posted in critique music writing Tagged books dubyah Leave a comment How to browse By tom April 25 2008 Jonathan Glancey writes passionately about Selexyz Dominicanen in The Guardian s very own ShopTalk section The bookshop is integrated within the architectural frame of a 13th century Dominican Church with its enormous bookcase a commanding presence and counter point to its now secularised altar Seldom have the twin pursuits truthfulness and faith come face to Posted in books Tagged architecture books bookshops bookshops in asia church Singapore Leave a comment on reading By tom April 10 2008 If reading is an exploration of uncharted lands then books as gifts are beacons that illuminate and guide Also posted in writing Tagged books reading Leave a comment captured portrayed By tom April 8 2008 Quite a coincidence I was flying out to Surabaya the other week and picked up a book by Eric A Johnson Karl Heinz Reuband Not the usual airport fare I agree but pickings were slim Do compare the cover of their book What We Knew Terror Mass Murder and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany with Posted in books Tagged book cover nazi girl Leave a comment Returns By tom August 17 2007 You know how it is sometimes You see her she catches your eye Sometimes it s hard to keep your resolve Soon enough you ve taken her home and do what comes naturally Then you realise that you ve done this before Years ago And it wasn t even that great the first time around So you bring her Posted in books Tagged books bookshops in asia Leave a comment Older posts Recent comments Samsia on Kevin Ariken tom on A work of hard love marq on A work of hard love Suryani Said Piracci on Kevin Ariken Nancy Ariken on Kevin Ariken My Library Tags architecture arendt artistic friends book cover books bookshops bookshops in asia c

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  • books | a dancing star!
    architecture bookshops bookshops in asia church Singapore Leave a comment on reading By tom April 10 2008 If reading is an exploration of uncharted lands then books as gifts are beacons that illuminate and guide Posted in books writing Also tagged reading Leave a comment Returns By tom August 17 2007 You know how it is sometimes You see her she catches your eye Sometimes it s hard to keep your resolve Soon enough you ve taken her home and do what comes naturally Then you realise that you ve done this before Years ago And it wasn t even that great the first time around So you bring her Posted in books Also tagged bookshops in asia Leave a comment despair By tom August 7 2006 For two successive days this weekend I wandered around Kinokuniya determined and a little anxious to make a purchase not just any purchase of course but a something that will restore some semblance of balance between the forces of light and darkness wisdom and ignorance A tall order and no doubt a reflection of recent Posted in bookology Singapore Also tagged bookshops in asia Comments closed what a joke By tom July 14 2003 A customer walks into a bookshop and asks Can you tell me where the self help section is To which the bookseller replies If I told you where it is that would defeat the purpose The reason why I relate this unfunny tale is that I stumbled upon a model Self Help section while in London and Posted in books hegira Also tagged bookshops travels Leave a comment Recent comments Samsia on Kevin Ariken tom on A work of hard love marq on A work of hard love Suryani Said Piracci on Kevin Ariken Nancy Ariken on Kevin Ariken

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