According to our everyday experience, the objects that surround us are coloured. Lemons are yellow, cucumbers are green, and our car is black. But according to physical science, lemons, cucumbers, and our car are composed of particles that are not attributed with colour whatsoever. These two pictures of the world seem not entirely compatible, but how come? Is philosophy able to provide us with an answer to this question?
Have you ever seen robots that communicate with nonhuman animals and plants, or heard of machines that are programmed to learn from their natural environments? Have you ever encountered technologies that collaborate with nonhuman species? It is not very likely that you have, considering how dominant modes of thinking in the West have a history of putting the human species at center stage – and in sharp contrast to some entity called ‘nature’ – when it comes to framing, designing, programming and using technologies.
Everything around us is part of an ecosystem: the earth, the forests, but also plants are part of the system that sustains life on earth. Plants make oxygen and are food for humans and animals. They are also one of the few living organisms that can make their own food from air and light. Leafy green granules are a crucial part of this and also cause the green color of leaves. With the help of microscopy and do-it-yourself coloring methods, we can expose the cell structures of plants.
Future Based #5 Long before Dick Swaab, both Plato and Descartes had already contended that we are our brains. They premised that thought is conducted within the head, and—since the head sits atop the body—stands in direct communication with the divine. Dangling from the head there is the body; passionate, surly, mechanical, and in need of domestication. Every single thought or action is ushered through the head, our
Text by Pieter Booij. In 1986, philosopher Harry Frankfurt wrote an essay about an increasingly common phenomenon both in society and in our daily lives: bullshit. Bullshit seems to be everywhere: in the news; in politics; in advertising; on social media; and even in art and science. Precisely in those areas where you would expect it the least, since it is there that we search for—and express—truth and
Future Based Podcast addresses issues ranging from the natural sciences and philosophy to art, technology and economics; a different subject will be highlighted in every podcast. We will engage in discussions with academics, field specialists and experiential experts. In this episode, we resume the conversation with Theo Ploeg, founder of studio Hyperspace. Instead of taking refuge in proven concept, studio Hyperspace seeks for new ideas and practices that
Future Based Podcast addresses issues ranging from the natural sciences and philosophy to art, technology and economics; a different subject will be highlighted in every podcast. We will engage in discussions with academics, field specialists and experiential experts. In this episode, we talk with Theo Ploeg, founder of studio Hyperspace. Instead of taking refuge in proven concept, Studio Hyperspace seeks for new ideas and practices that are in
Facing the challenge Mankind and technology are intricately interlaced; we simply cannot do without. Don’t want to do without, as a matter of fact. Nonetheless, our relationship to technology is laborious to say the least. There is a tendency to think in terms of ‘good’ and ‘bad.’ How do we move beyond this stalemate? If technology is the externalisation of being human — the computer as an external