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I am not one to make recommendations for places that you may or may not enjoy, however my philosophy is walking and wandering the streets will bring unknown treasures to you.

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Tom Sparks

Tom's Lisbon List (in progress)

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Toms List

 

I am not one to make recommendations for places that you may or may not enjoy, however my philosophy is walking and wandering the streets will bring unknown treasures to you. I have listed a series of viewpoints and parks that are found in interesting neighborhoods. Your mileage may vary but I enjoyed each and every listing.

 

Parks and View Points (Parç - Miradour)

Miradouro de Santa Catarina (Barrio Alto)

Arco da Rua Augusta (Baixa)

Castelo de São Jorge (Alfalma)

Miradouro das Portas do Sol (Alfalma)

Miradouro da Graça  (Graca)

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte  (Graça Neighborhood)

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara (Barrio Alto / Principal Real)

 

Parks or Buildings

Jardim Botto Machado Alfalma

Igreja de São Vicente de Fora Alfalma

Panteão Nacional  Alfalma

Jardim do Torel   Mártires da Pátria

Praça Das Flores  Principal Real

 

Tom Sparks

Bricolage of History

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In The Savage Mind (1962), the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss used the word bricolage to describe the characteristic patterns of mythological thought. Bricolage is the skill of using whatever is at hand and recombining them to create something new. [link]

After the earthquake of 1755 rubble from the destroyed building was used as infill, the engineers and architech's developed a technique they named Pamblaino after the ‘Marquês de Pombal’ [link]

Tom Sparks

Liberalism Unmasked

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Taken from   the review   The Sound of Cracking by Pankaj Mishra

Homo economicus, who seeks to replace all other human values and interests with cost-benefit calculations, rampages across the globe: in personal relations as well as the workplace, higher education and political institutions. Pulverising the welfarist state, and even a sense of community, and contemptuous of history and tradition, he sentences hundreds of millions to economic and psychological insecurity and isolation in an opaque and hostile world. This scorched-earth universalism incites, as Santayana warned, ‘a lava-wave of primitive blindness and violence’. Many putative Augie Marches, whether in India, Russia, Japan or Israel, seem keen to surrender their onerous individuality to demagogues and to be used by them. Elsewhere, those excluded from a degraded world of man, or condemned to join its burgeoning precariat, are prone to embrace the god of destruction rather than of inner peace. The thin sound of cracking is heard from many more parts of the world as exhausted authority surrenders to nihilism.

Tom Sparks

Panpsychism

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Via: Wikipedia

In philosophypanpsychism is the view that consciousness, mind or soul (psyche) is a universal feature of all things, and the primordial feature from which all others are derived. Panpsychists see themselves as minds in a world of minds.

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The term "panpsychism" has its origins with the Greek term πᾶν pan, meaning "throughout" or "everywhere", and ψυχή psyche, meaning "soul" as the unifying center of the mental life of us humans and other living creatures."

 

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In The Dust Of This Planet - Horror of Philosophy, vol. 1

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Listening to : NPR's Radio Lab podcast for September 08, 2014.


The episode discusses the book by Eugene Thacker, In The Dust of This Planet (2011). It is a pop philosophy book about the  impact of pessimism and nihilism on current culture. The show talks about  the HBO series True Detective, fashion and the Jay-Z and Beyonce tour plus more arcane things. They talk about why nihilism continues to have cultural appeal over the years and generations. And they attempt to answer the  question "is nihilism more prevalent today?" If so why.

More radio about the book at On The Media

I will read the book soon and write a review.



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Dissident Fun

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Heterodoxy in a religious sense means "any opinions or doctrines at variance with an official or orthodox position". Under this definition, heterodoxy is similar to unorthodoxy, while the adjective "heterodox" could be applied to a dissident. *

Camp - deliberately exaggerated and theatrical in style, typically for humorous effect. **

Halloween is a license to break with the orthodox and the everyday. Society opens up the public space to every manner of strange. Camp becomes a persona that is more than acceptable. Social rules evaporate  and it is   safe. 

 

Tom Sparks

The In-Between Places

Eight o'clock in the morning standing in the cold, waiting for a work associate in-between the busy street and a rough and wild spot, surrounded by poverty and un-developed land. It has a certain quality, not beauty, but a wild attractiveness. {location}

It was cold and wet but it felt good. I thought about the book, Where We Live Now: An Annotated Reader, by Matthew Stadler and its focus on amorphous urban/suburban planning and the spaces in between city and country. This was such a place. Because it is located in a depressed area, where the poor could afford to live, but was not attractive to developers or banks it has kept that wild feeling, there are dwellings nearby but they are run down and the surrounding area is a wasteland neglected and forgotten. Cars speed by on the adjacent road and the passengers never even see what is here. Oh yes I work almost next door.

Take some time explore the in-between places where you will discover a wildness and some kind of beauty.And look for Matthew Stadler's book.