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On Apophenia and Beauty

I’ve been having a really interesting conversation with some friends lately about OOO, meaning, Latour’s ANT & Zizek.

The video above is notable because even though the audience is laughing, this is an extremely serious bit of apophenia happening. Reggie’s bit is ostensibly comedy, but his routine is aimed at the absurd. People are laughing because at some level they know this. They know that Reggie is breaking down all of the structures that propel them forward in their lives.

He’s doing it in such a gentle and entertaining way that I’m sure for a large majority of them the point is lost.

Either way, I highly recommend watching this with Youtube’s “audio-transcript” captions on.

The Flyer

from The Public Domain Review:

In 1585 the Englishman John White, governor of one of the very first North American colonies, made a series of exquisite watercolour sketches of the native Algonkin people alongside whom the settlers would try to live. Benjamin Breen explores the significance of the sketches and their link to the mystery of what became known as the “Lost Colony”.