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October 03 2011

Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion

“Colour itself is a degree of darkness.”

Color is an essential part of how we experience the world, both biologically and culturally. One of the earliest formal explorations of color theory came from an unlikely source — the German poet, artist, and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who in 1810 published Theory of Colours (public library; public domain), his treatise on the nature, function, and psychology of colors. Though the work was dismissed by a large portion of the scientific community, it remained of intense interest to a cohort of prominent philosophers and physicists, including Arthur Schopenhauer, Kurt Gödel, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

One of Goethe’s most radical points was a refutation of Newton’s ideas about the color spectrum, suggesting instead that darkness is an active ingredient rather than the mere passive absence of light.

(source: brainpickings)
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September 13 2011


LaVeyan Satanism
The most well known branch of Satanism is the form created by Anton LaVey in the 1960s. He created the Satanic Bible, which remains the most available text on Satanic religion. He also formed the Church of Satan, which is by far the most well known and most public Satanic organization.

LaVeyan Satanism is atheistic. According to LaVey, neither God not Satan are actual beings. Instead, Satan is a symbol representing the qualities embraced by Satanists. Invoking the name of Satan and other infernal names is a practical tool in Satanic ritual, focusing one’s focus and will upon certain concepts.

The only “god” in LaVeyan Satanism is the Satanist himself. Satanism is a celebration of the self. It encourages people to seek their own truths, indulge in desires without fear of societal taboos, and perfect the self.

Theistic Satanism
Theistic Satanism, also known as Spiritual Satanism, recognizes the existence of supernatural beings. Oftentimes this being is called Satan, but sometimes other names are used. The Temple of Set is one of the most well known groups of theistic Satanists, although they no longer identify themselves as Satanic, seeing their movement as something new and distinct.

Regardless of the being or beings in charge, none of them resemble the Christian Satan. Instead, they are beings that represent the same general qualities as the atheistic Satanists associate with their symbolic Satan: sexuality, pleasure, strength, rebellion, etc.

Many see Luciferianism as another branch of Satanism (and generally a theistic branch, although there are some who see Lucifer as symbolic rather than an actual being). However, Luciferians see themselves as a separate religion.

Luciferians use the term “Lucifer” in its literal sense: “lightbringer” in Latin. Rather than being a figure of challenge, rebellion, and sensuality, Lucifer is a creature of enlightenment, the one who brings light out of the darkness.

He does not, however, present his gifts to everyone. Luciferians embrace the seeking of knowledge, delving into the darkness of mystery and coming out better for it.

Luciferians also stress the balance of light and dark and that each depends upon the other. Park of that light and dark pairing is spirituality and physicality. While Satanists revel in physical existence, and Christianity focuses more and spirituality, Luciferianism is a religion that seeks a balance of both, recognizing that human existence is an intersection of the two.

September 03 2011

These Are The Flaws Google Looks For When It Wants To Fire People

Google chairman Eric Schmidt and former svp/product management Jonathan Rosenberg were in London recently to promote their new book “How Google Works.” We attended a conversation about the book and told you what they look for when hiring new people at the company.

But sometimes Google needs to get rid of people too, especially when a staffer isn’t a good fit with the company. In a chat about Google’s internal management techniques, Rosenberg said that the company was constantly on the lookout for “knaves.” Knaves are employees that are so annoying or ill-willed that they drive away the good employees. Too many knaves can cripple a company, Rosenberg says, so preventing high levels of “knave density” — the level of bad employees concentrated in any one team — is crucial. “If you get more than a few of these knaves, people don’t want to come to work in the morning”, he said.

So what does a knave look like?

Knaves “lie, cheat, steal, and take credit for other people’s work”, Rosenberg said. He also said that knaves “leak, cheat, lie and steal”.


July 26 2011

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