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Walker Percy Wednesday 177

CULTURE AS A SUBJECT OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD What happens when the functional method of the sciences is applied to cultural phenomena? Does culture lend itself to such an understanding? If there are difficulties in the cultural sciences, are the difficulties due to the complexity of the material, as is often alleged, or are the…

What is a Nation in Nationalism?

The very excellent Efriam Podoksik has a timely paper published in The Journal of Political Philosophy: Volume 25, Number 3, 2017, pp. 303–323. Challenging this dichotomy I suggested a tripartite scheme where nation as a self-sufficient high-culture community is the centre, whereas civic community and ethnic group are its peripheral mutations. Contrary to the common…

Measuring the Evolution of Contemporary Western Popular Music

This study from a few years back confirms what genuine music lovers already know to be the general trend in the homogenization of music. Full report in Scientific Reports 2, Article number: 521 (2012). Check out Thoughty2’s popular and rightfully scathing overview below. It was reassuring though to see some under 35s at a recent Pokey LaFarge show, Pokey himself…