Pollock was doing math

Why are Jackson Pollock’s spatter paintings so intriguing? Couldn’t a kindergarten student do the same thing? Actually, a mathematician has analyzed his paintings and found that his seemingly random drip paintings exhibit patterns that are self-similar in the same way as fractals.

Here’s the link to the article:


notes from 1/10

Pertaining to the idea that there is a brain cell for everything, some of them we just don’t know yet: a man with a zillion empty boxes, trying to fill them. Trying to decide what goes where and whether or not he needs to fill them all. What happens when he runs out of boxes. What is he putting in the boxes? Is it important, meaningful things, or trivial nonsense that he’s just trying to fill boxes? Is it more important for him to have the empty, potential boxes or is it more important to find things, anything, to fill the boxes with?

The image of a clock with exposed gears, but that’s in the poster and everything…

one of these gears is not the right size
it sticks out funny and doesn’t mesh right
i tried to wind the watch, but the screws wont turn
i threw it on the table and stormed out of the room
a friend walked in behind me, and picked it off the floor
and questioned me for asking this music box the time

transforming memories,  how they change and morph with time and influence/suggestion

JD’s idea of blindness: instead of just one person, what if it was an entire community suffering from one of these blindnesses, how would that change the dynamic. Or if there was only one person who wasn’t blind in that sense.

Pertaining to the idea that one major purpose of the brain is movement, sea squirts digest their brain when they don’t have to move anymore, related to the common occurrence of some form of wanderlust in writers and artists in general. Is the brain for movement, or does movement keep the brain alive?

A riff off of Rebecca’s idea, a series of scenes that all start differently and then all end with the same moment, action or image and how the different scenes give different context for that same moment.

musings on free will

From In Search of Memory,

“…the laws of physics and chemistry can explain even some aspects of how mind functions – the signalling of the nervous system and therefore the control of behaviour” (Kandel 83).

What is the meaning of free will if everything we do is determined by the laws of physics and chemistry?

So the choices and decisions that we make are based on how the brain is set up, how it is wired at the time of the decision. The way that the brain is wired is dependent on the person’s experiences and memories.

So we say that people make decisions based on who they are, on their own priorities, which come from their personal experience. But in the end, this is just particular wiring in the brain, and its just following rules of physics and chemistry.

So you could create an experience that is designed to create a certain pathway in the brain that would lead to a particular decision later on. Also, you could do this the other way: if you know enough about someone and their past experiences, you can manipulate them into making choices by framing their priorities in the right light.

So do we have free will?