Academic Abominations (Or: Poor Papers from College) #4: “The Face of Joan”

The Face of Joan: Balázs’s Theory in La Passion De Jeanne D’Arc Born in Hungary in 1884, Béla Balázs became one of the first filmmakers to delve into film theory, publishing works such as Visible Man, or Film Culture, The Spirit of Film, and Theory of Film. His work dissected the unique qualities of film, … Continue reading Academic Abominations (Or: Poor Papers from College) #4: “The Face of Joan”

Academic Abominations (Or: Poor Papers from College) #3: The (Re)birth of Cycles

The (Re)birth of Cycles: (Re)examining the quest of Transhumanism In recent years science has been put in the awkward position of explaining just how insignificant humanity is. Cosmology has revealed a vast, unknowable universe (and it’s quite possible there are others out of our reach) with Earth being nothing more than a speck of cosmic … Continue reading Academic Abominations (Or: Poor Papers from College) #3: The (Re)birth of Cycles

Academic Abominations (Or: Poor Papers from College) #2: “The Modern Monster”

The Modern Monster: Examining the Monstrous and the Unknown in Modern Literature Monsters, ghosts, zombies, aliens – humanity has long had an obsession with the fierce creatures of the night that haunt our imaginations. Ever since the first humans stumbled through dark nights of the wilderness we have continued to dream up new abominations to … Continue reading Academic Abominations (Or: Poor Papers from College) #2: “The Modern Monster”

Thinking Machines and Digital Narratives

 Writing for machines is monotonous - they are born fully formed, yet stupid; requiring precise instructions for specific contexts to control their actions. As machines become more intelligent and more flexible in their programing we find that this “machine writing” may be replaced with creative dialogues. Already machines in the field of games have mastered … Continue reading Thinking Machines and Digital Narratives

Confirmation by the Future: Dissecting a Fallacy

There's an argument, an argument that I've encountered numerous times on college campuses, and argument that bothers me very much. I was talking with one of my friends (a history major)about the nature of historical revisionism, specifically the way that individuals look at the past and then adjust certain cultural practices to be "good" or … Continue reading Confirmation by the Future: Dissecting a Fallacy