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  • Berger_HERO-F

    Why Do So Many Scientists Want to be Filmmakers?

    The problem with C.P. Snow’s famous two-cultures hypothesis.
  • Nakazawa_HERO

    Waiting For the Robot Rembrandt

    What needs to happen for artificial intelligence to make fine art.
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    Why Beauty Is Not Universal

    We’re all human—so despite the vagaries of cultural context, might there exist a universal beauty that overrides the where and when? Might there be unchanging features of human nature that condition our creative choices, a timeless melody that guides the improvisations of the everyday? There has been a perpetual quest for such universals, because of […]
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    Video Games Do Guilt Better Than Any Other Art

    The idea that motion pictures can be works of art has been around since the 1920s, and it hasn’t really been disputed since. It’s easy to see why—cinema shares characteristics with theater in terms of acting, direction, music, set design, narrative, and so on. Now we have whole academic departments dedicated to film appreciation, to […]
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    The World’s Most Inspirational Iceberg Isn’t What It Seems

    The professional photographer who created a popular poster image takes it apart.