A note on nostalgia. The part emotions play in creating identity and meaning.

Listening to the music of The Advisory Circle has been a fascinating experience for me. It’s a style of music which produces, quite deliberately, a profound sense of nostalgia. But what is nostalgia all about? I strongly believe that emotions are much more than merely feelings. An emotional experience, I believe, contains a set of…… Continue reading A note on nostalgia. The part emotions play in creating identity and meaning.

Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception

A review and exploration. The brain, Aldous Huxley asserts, is like a reducing valve, filtering out great masses of unnecessary experiences, creating a unified, simple experience of the world. Although Huxley’s Doors of Perception is based around his experience of the consumption of the psychedelic drug mescaline, the wealth of wisdom within the book stretches…… Continue reading Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception

What Plato’s forms tell us about our identity and its relationship with our culture and music

What is it about music exactly which seems to be so profoundly meaningful to each and every one of us? It’s a question which, with a little exploration, will teach us a lot about ourselves and the eternal metaphysical reality we live in. Watching the BBC show Rhythms of India recently, Richard Widdless interviews an…… Continue reading What Plato’s forms tell us about our identity and its relationship with our culture and music

What you enjoy, your emotions, and who you are: why some emotions persist and others don’t

Why is it that when you listen to a piece of music, you feel a deep emotional connection to that piece of music, but as soon as the next piece of music comes on, your previous emotions are all but forgotten, replaced with the feelings the new piece of music induces? This may seem like…… Continue reading What you enjoy, your emotions, and who you are: why some emotions persist and others don’t

The ethical problems we must face as consumers

It has been argued by many that one of the great crimes of our times isn’t the product of action, but of passivity. It is undeniable that every waking moment of our lives we are constantly making decisions to do or not do things. Most of these decisions are so small and inconsequential that we…… Continue reading The ethical problems we must face as consumers

Capitalism deflates your consciousness- Mark Fisher’s ‘all of this is temporary’

In our current times, we are unable to see a future or alternative reality beyond capitalism because it has become so ingrained in us. Indeed, as Slavoj Zizek famously said, it is easier to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine the end of capitalism. This is what Mark Fisher calls…… Continue reading Capitalism deflates your consciousness- Mark Fisher’s ‘all of this is temporary’

Sociology and psychology in John Steinbeck’s The Pearl

Today I’m discussing a prescient novel which analyses the subtleties of social order and stability, and the place we each accept within it. John Steinbeck’s The Pearl is a brilliantly insightful work about a pearl diver named Kino, who lived in a poor area of Mexico in 1940. He acquires the most valuable pearl he,…… Continue reading Sociology and psychology in John Steinbeck’s The Pearl

The Nature and Ethics of Enjoyment in Modern Society

Recently there has been a lot of controversy in the UK over The Jeremy Kyle Show, after the sad news of a reported suicide of the of a guest who took part in its recording. Discussions of this show should function as a metonym from which we can extrapolate discourse to all shows of this…… Continue reading The Nature and Ethics of Enjoyment in Modern Society

A few thoughts on eternal recurrence

The idea of eternal recurrence, as read in Nietzsche, has fascinated me for a long while. The first time I came in contact with the idea was in fact in reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being, where the author writes “If every second of our lives recurs an infinite number of times, we are nailed…… Continue reading A few thoughts on eternal recurrence

Is your consciousness a product of marketing?

In our everyday life, we are brought into a world of ‘otherness’ through the induction of language other than that of our own. In particular, here, I mean the language of the product; food and drink, clothes, anything which can be marketed. Our own life contains its self within a field of language, I.E. that…… Continue reading Is your consciousness a product of marketing?