How to Tell Bach from a Computer

By Fred Haight One of the difficulties in being able to tell Bach from a computer these days is that people often play Bach…as if he were a computer. The advocates of artificial intelligence, the people who wish to prove that a computer can compose like Bach have a huge problem, that is, there is…

Khazaria and the Forgotten Christian-Jewish-Muslim-Confucian Alliance

Today’s age of geopolitics has made it difficult for many people to appreciate the cooperative traditions in history that gave rise to the great discoveries and progress of humanity’s collective experience. From the ancient Silk Road uniting the east with the west in trade and cultural exchange for hundreds of years to the 7-9th century…

A Fresh Look at Raphael’s Stanza della Segnatura

Everyone knows about Raphael Sanzio’s immortal mural entitled the School of Athens featuring an array of philosophers across the ages centred around the epistemological divide between the founder of the School of Athens named Plato (in motion, holding his Timaeus while pointing to the eternal realm of ideas) in a debate with the chief sophist…

La Convivencia: A Time of Muslim, Christian, Jewish Coexistence

By Fred Haight This video on my visit to the southern part of Spain, known as Andalusia, is about 7 years old. I went there, because I was fascinated by the idea that Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together in the area peacefully, and, that under Muslim rule, Andalusia was way ahead of anywhere else…

Symposium: Cultural Optimism, Art and the New Silk Road

On Sunday April 28, 2019, a symposium hosted by the Rising Tide Foundation was held in Montreal, Canada dealing with the unified growth of cultural optimism, beautiful art and economic development as it is being manifested today with the New Silk Road in Asia, Africa and beyond. Presentations were given by a pianist, a dancer,…

Optical Biophysics, Galaxy Formation and You

Is the universe living or dead? Is living matter just an isolated cased of anti-entropy within an otherwise entropic universe, slowly dying a heat death? Is space empty or saturated with an animating principle? Are the laws of the macro domain truly separate from the atomic domain or are there unifying principles that unite both…