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The Psychopath Inside
I finished reading the book The Psychopath
Inside by James
Fallon, which I started reading on June 21. I bought the book on April 15. It is an autobiographic book about psychopathy. I found it an
interesting read. It also made me think about myself. It would not surprise me
if my dorsal prefrontal cortex is more active than my orbital/ventromedical
prefrontal cortex. For a long time, I had this idea that I do not have an
average brain. I am bit jealous that the author did get his brain imagide
through a PET scan and an EEG. I wonder if there is a place where you can
enlist as yourself as a test person for scientific research.
Visiting all MUPIs
From 9:59 till 12:02, I biked around the city to visit all the MUPIs that had
a poster on it made by one of the graduates of the
AKI. Because this time the MUPIs were more around the center, the biking
route was a bit shorter than previous years. I found the works of the following
students noteworthy (in some random order):
Today, Conny and I, traveled to The Hague. Around three in the afternoon, we arrived at our hotel. After
having checked in, we left again, and visited some bookshops: Paagman,
Mayflower Bookshop, and (just briefly) The American Book Center. Next we
walked to Pamir Uyghur Restaurant to check it out, but it was closed. From
there we walked back to the parking and drove to Scheveningen to walk along the beach and have a dinner at Naturel. When we arrived at the beach, there was a sign saying that there
was a private meeting at Naturel. Nevertheless, we decided to walk in that
direction. The wind was blowing at our backs. (I estimate that the wind was
blowing between 40 and 50 Km/h.) There were also some kite surfers in the sea.
At 17:55 we stopped at a bench, such that I could put on my swimming truncks in
order to walk in the sea. The waves were coming in strong. I did not walk that
far into the sea and had to brace myself for the oncoming waves. I also sensed
a strong under current after a wave retracted. The water temperature was about
the same as the air temperature, about 18° Celcius. Conny took some
pictures of me, one of them is
shown below. After I came out of the sea, I spend some time letting myself dry
by the wind. I changed into my clothes and we walked over to the beach bar
Het Puntje were we
arrived around 18:19. We ordered some drinks and food. Conny order lasagne and
I ordered a Thai green curry. The food tasted good, better than I had expected
for such a remote location and also looking rather simple. He had to battle
the wind while walking back to the parking lot. We walked close to the
waterline to avoid all the drifting sand that was blown up by the wind. We
found a shell with a width of 9 cm. On the way back to the hotel, we had some
icecream from The Gelato District.
I went to Graduation show
2022 exhibition at
Academy of Art. I found the works of the following graduates noteworthy:
We had a dinner at Indonesian Restaurant
Instana where we shared the fish and meat menu with the following dishes:
Daging Rendang, Ayam Cashew, Pisang Goreng, Ikan pepesan, Sayur Lodeh,
Saté Kambing, Udang Kerrie, Ikan Asam, Gado Gado, Sambal Goreng
Boontjes, Sambal Goreng Telor, Atjar Ketimoen, Emping, Kroepoek, Seroendeng,
Sambal Goreng, Kentang and Tempé. Conny had Lontong (rice) and I had
Nasi Goreng. Afterwards we walked around a bit and had some ice cream at
Escher - Other World
In the moring, the Netherlands was hit by the strongest summer storm on record.
The storm was named Poly. The storm caused massive dammage in certain parts of
the country, including the provinces North Holland, Flevoland and Friesland.
The strongest measured wind gust was 146 Km/h. In The Hague the wind force just
reached 7 on the Beaufort scale. Around noon Conny
and I arrived at the Kunstmuseum. We first went to see the exhibtion Escher - Other World with works by M. C. Escher and Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, which is a cooperation of the two Belgian artists
Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh. They created some new art works to
decorate the exhibtion rooms. The works in the order I saw them, all by Escher
except when attributed differently, grouped by room:
- Inverse Landscape, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2023.
Blocks of Basalt Along the Sea, 1921.
Pieter Jan Zutphen, Texel, 1920.
Palm Tree, 1923.
Palizzi, Calabria, 1930.
Old Olive Tree, Corsica, 1934.
Scilla, Calabria, 1931.
The Sixth day of the Creation, 1926.
The Fourth day of the Creation, 1926.
The Third day of the Creation, 1926.
Caltavuturo in the Madonie Mountains, Sicily, 1933.
House in the Lave near Nunziata, Scily, 1936 (2×).
Cattalica of Stilo, Calabria, 1930.
Castrovaiva, Abruzzi, 1930.
Coast of Amalfi, 1931.
- Possible Architecture, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2023.
Roccoimperiale, Calabria, 1931.
Farmhouse, Ravello, 1932.
Calvi, the Fishing Town Seen from the Citadel, Corsica, 1933.
Randazzo and Mount Etna, Sicily, 1933.
Citadel of Calvi, Corsica, 1928.
Noctural Rome: Colonnade of St Peter's (Portico of Bernili), 1934.
Covered Alley in Atrani, 1931.
Dusk (Rome), 1946.
Delft: Town Hall, 1939.
Delft: (Seen from the Tower of the) Oude Kerk, 1939.
Delft: Oostpoort, 1939.
Procession in Crypt, 1937.
Tower of Babel, 1928.
La Cathédrale Engloutie, 1929.
- Two Curved Mirrows, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2023.
Self-Portrait in Spherical Mirror, 1950.
Self-Portrait in a Chair, 1920.
Interior of Saint Bavo's Church, 1920.
Three Spheres II, 1946.
Hand with Reflecting Sphere (Self-Portrait in Spherical Mirror), 1935.
Still Life with Spherical Mirror, 1934.
Study for Eye, 1946.
Drop (Dewdrop), 1948.
Three Worlds, 1955.
Rippled Surface, 1950.
Still Life with Mirror, 1934.
- Endless Line, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2023.
Concentric Rinds (Concentric Space Filling / Regular Sphere Division), 1953.
Cubic Space Division (Cubic Space FIlling), 1952.
Flatworms (proof), 1959.
Möbius Strip I, 1961.
Magic Mirror, 1946.
Fish II, 1941.
Rind (proof), 1955.
Band (proof), 1956.
Sphere Spirals (proof), 1958.
Study for Stars, 1948.
- Tesselation Maze, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2023.
Eight Heads, 1922.
Circle Limit I, 1958.
Sqaure Limit, 1964.
Metamorphosis II, 1939-1940.
Regilar Division of the Plane with Lizards no. 35, 1941/1963.
Plane Filling I (proof), 1951.
Circle Limit IV (Heaven and Hell), 1960.
Circle Limit II (proof), 1959.
Bird and Fish, 1950.
Tile panel, 1964.
Regular Division of the Plane with Fish no. 46, 1942.
Sky and Water I, 1938.
Swans (White Swans, Black Swans), 1956.
Design for Gerzon wrapping paper, 1933.
Refular Division of the Plane with Salamanders no 75., 1949.
- Impossible Architecture, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2023.
Study for Waterfall, 1942.
Study for Waterfall, 1961.
Print Gallery, 1956.
Up and Down, 1947.
Sphere Spirals, 1958.
Other World, 1947.
Three Spheres I, 1945.
Drawing Hands, 1948.
Balcony (proof), 1945.
Study for Balcony, 1945.
Convex and Concave, 1955.
- Bas_Relief V (Day and NIght), Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2023.
Day and Night, 1938 (2×).
- Line Drawing; Grotto, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2023.
Cane Dwellings near Sperlinga, Sicily, 1933.
- Sphere with Fish, 1950.
- Endless Staircase (model 1/10), Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2023.
House of Stairs, 1951.
- Torgued Steel Cage, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2016.
Study for Snakes, 1969 (6×).
- Notebook. 'Regular Division of the Plane in Assymmetrical Congruent Polygons', 1941-1942.
- Portrait of a Village, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2023.
Old Houses in Positano, 1934.
Delft: Nieuwe Kerk, 1939.
- Bas-Relief IV (Rain), Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2023.
Noctural Rome: Trajan's Column, 1934.
- Woodblock for Balcony, ca.1936-1945.
- Visualisation of Music in Two Dimensions, 1936.
- Wandering Garden (model 1/20), Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2023.
Study for banknote of 100 guilders, 1951.
Study for banknote of 50 guilers, 1953 (3×).
Next we saw the exhibition with works by Marlene Dumas. I found the following works noteworthy:
- Snow white + the broken Arm, 1988.
- Martha - My Ouma, 1984.
- 'Father + baby', 1989.
- 'Mother + baby', 1989.
- Suggesting Murder, 1989.
- 'Mother + baby', 1989.
- (A kinder) Fear of Babies, 1985.
- 'Hidden causes', 1989.
Next we saw the exhibition Breaking Boundaries. Art of the 1960s. I only
found a few works worth noting. These are:
- Variable composition, Hans Arp, 1964 (2×).
- Map of the Amsterdam with the area between the Olympische Station, RAI and Koningsplein removed, 1976.
- New Babylon - Amsterdam, Constant, 1963.
- Little Labyr, Constant, 1959.
- White Surface No. 30, Enrico Castellani, 1966.
- Descending, Bridget Riley, 1965.
- Variation on cicles No.II, Ad Dekkers, 1965.
- Cercle dish relief, Jan Schoonhoven, 1966.
- Random objectivation, Herman de Vries, 1968.
- R69-16, Jan Schoonhoven, 1969.
Next we saw the exhibition Flemish Expressionism. I found the following works noteworthy:
- Morning in June, Emile Claus, 1908.
- Pink Harmony, Léon De Smet, 1912.
- On the Balcony, Léon De Smet, 1905.
- Little Girl in the Garden, Frits Van der Berghe, 1909.
- Woman near Rosebush, Gustave De Smet, 1912.
- Flowers in the Garden, Anna de Weert, 1912.
- Summer, Gustave De Smet, 1913.
- Woman, Gustave De Smet, 1919.
- Obsession, Frits Van den Berghe, 1919.
- Portrait of Norine Van Hecke, Léon De Smet, 1920.
- The Merry-go-round, Frits Van den Berghe, 1934.
We walked also to the rest of the museum. I found the following works
- Farm near Duivendrecht, Mondriaan, 1916.
- Porcelain Blues, Olivier van Herpt.
- Study for 'The Day', Ferdinand Hodler, 1899.
- Fishing boat on the beach, Anton Manve, 1882.
- Polder landscape, Paul Gabriël, 1880-1882.
- Shell cart, Hendrik Johannes Weissenbruch, ca.1890.
- Fishing nets at Pourville, Claude Monet, 1902.
- Self-portrait, Vincent van Gogh, 1887.
- Labour (the woodcutter), Jan Toorop, 1905.
- Czardas dancers, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1908-1920.
- Series of 6 colored planes, Constant, 1953.
- Large Yellow Sector, Constant, 1958.
- Mobile Ladder Labyrinth, Constant, 1967.
- View of New Babylonian Sectors, Constant, 1971.
- Dreamflight and angel, Maaike Schoorel, 2017.
- Three Light Boxes for One Wall, Daniel Buren, 1989.
- Self-Portrait with Palettes, Charley Toorop, 1952.
- Bertha of Antwerp, Pyke Koch, 1931.
- Wisteria, Claude Monet, 1917-1920.
- Two dead rooks, Floris Vester, 1907.
At 15:14, I received the book Alphonse Mucha written by Sarah Mucha and
Ronald F. Lipp translated from the English into Dutch and published by Waanders
Uitgevers on Thursday, February 3, 2022,
On the way back to the hotel, we ordered some Chicken Dürüm (Wrap) at
Layali Al Sham. After
some stay in our hotel room, I went to visit some bookshops. I first went to
bookshop Paagman to check some book that I had seen before only to conclude
that I already own a copy of the book. Next I went to the American Book Center,
where at 17:41, I bought the book The Left Hand of
Darkness written by Ursula K. Le Guin in English and published by Berkley in 2019,
ISBN:9780441478125, for € 12.99. Next, I went to bookshop De Vries
Van Stockum, only to discover that someone was giving a talk and that it was
not possible to visit the bookshop. A spend a short time at The English
Bookstore before it closed. From there I walked to Pamir Uyghur Restaurant
where I ordered Kao Rou Chuan and Gan Bian Chao Miam (rather spicy) and took
this back to the hotel.
I went to Rijksmuseum Twenthe to see
AKI Exhibtion. I found the following works
- Evolved, Sanne Licht. 2023.
- Man Goldin, Sophie Dubyna. 2021.
- Martha, Kyiv, Sophie Dubyna. 2021.
- Digging my own Grave, Andra Stoica. 2022.
- The Boy Launduromat, Andra Stoica. 2021-2022.
- Bára, Lóa Sunnodóttir. 2023.
- Shifting Faces, Eline Melissen. 2021.
- Klimaatstrijd, Eline Melissen. 2023.
- The Garden, Puck Verras. 2023.
- In the Eyes of a Group, Stijn Bolhuis. 2023.
I also went to the small movie theater Sickhoes in Los Hoes, where I saw part of the video L'Autre Monstre by Alix Desaubliaux that is part of Sickhoes #2 Through the Eyes of the Digital Animal. In the entrance hall,
I met with two people from Sickhouse.
Sickhouse is going to move from Stationplein to a new locations, possibly to the old
fire station in Enschede.
I biked to the city where at Fotogalerie Objektief I saw the exhibition
'The Great Unknown' with works by the AKI first year crossmedia design
At bookshop Broekhuis they were helding a
summer sale. I spend more than an hour going through the books on sale but did
not buy anything.
The temperature at Twenthe Airport has gone up to
32.8° Celsius, which breaks the previous record of 32.9° on this date
in 1959. It is also the first that the temperature reach this high this year.
Yesterday, But also in the world temperature records are broken. Last Thursday,
the Daily 2-meter Air
Temperature reached 17.23° Celsius. Yesterday, the Sea Surface Temperature of North Atlantic (0-60N, 0-80W) reached
23.9° Celsius. For the past four months it has been higher than ever on
record. The same is true for the (60S-60N) sea water temperature. Also the
Sea Ice Anomalies has been larger than ever on record.
At the end of the afternoon, the temperature at Twenthe Airport reached
33.1° Celsius. When I went outside, it felt tropical due to high humidity,
almost like I was in a glasshouse of a hortus botanicus. I noticed some flowers
in out magnolia. I took some pictures of the
turbulent clouds overhead, one of
which is shown below. Around 17:40 it started to rain and there was some
lightning and thunder, not very close. There were some gusts of wind shaking
the trees. The temperature quickly dropped below 20° Celsius.
Watanabe Ito Soma 12-fold
On June 29, I came accros the tilling pattern Watanabe Ito Soma 12-fold, which consists of squares, triangles and
diamonds. The area of the diamonds are half the area of the squares. This made
me think about irregular grids of squares and
equilateral triangles. I wondered if adding diamonds leads to a richer
structure or that they are somehow equivalent. After some thinking, I realized
that a triangle and a square can be replaced by a triangle and two diamonds.
And that there is a constelation of square, two triangles and a diamonds,
which can rotate around its center in steps over 120° and that there is
another such constelation of these elements that can be rotated over 180°.
It looks like that in the 'Watanabe Ito Soma 12-fold' tilling pattern, all the
diamonds can be removed by using combinations of these three replacements. On
either side of each diamond, there is either another diamong, with which this
diamong could be eliminated or one of the two constelations, such that is can
be moved closer to some other diamond. I have not yet found a complete proof
for this. The animation below shows the three replacements.
The Rachel Papers
I finished reading the novel The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis, which I started reading on July 5. I bought the book on April 15. It is the kind of book where you only understand that start of
the story when you have read it till the end. At times, I found it hard to
follow because it jumps forward and backwards in time. It feels like a strong
autobiographic book. At least Amis studied at Oxford, The book is rather
egocentric, from the point of the main character.
Book from summer sale
At 11:52:33, I bought the book You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone: The
Biography of Nico written by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike in English and published by Faber & Faber
Limited in 2021, ISBN:9780571350018, from bookshop Broekhuis
for € 15.00 with 50% off from the summer sale.
At 09:29, I bought the book De schilders van Drenthe written by Annemiek
Rens in Dutch and published by WBOOKS in 2017,
ISBN:9789462582279, from charity shop Het Goed
for € 4.60.
The Left Hand of Darkness
In the evening, I finished reading the book
The Left Hand
of Darkness by Ursula L. Le Guin, which I started reading of July 16 after I bought it on
July 5. Although the story is presented in linear fashion, I
guess a second reading is required to fully graps the story. Luckily the
introduction by David Mitchell and the afterword by Charlie Jane Anders (which I both only read after finishing the book)
helped grasp some aspects that I had missed. I found the Chapters 15 to 19 a
bit tedious and not really adding much to the story. I guess that Harth must
have gone into kemmer at least a second time during their long trip, but
nothing is written about it. I somehow was expecting that something sexual
might have happened between them. Although the book deals about the subject of
gender and sexuality, it is very sexless book. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading
This evening, I went weeding at the Herenboeren
Usseler Es. This was the second time that I helped take care of the
vegetables. The first time was last week Tuesday, when I just did a bit of
weeding. This time, I used a very simple weeding tool, a weeder with a straight
blade, that is known in the Netherlands as a 'schoffel'. Weeding with this
kind of tool is called 'schoffelen'. I guess, I was a bit enthusiastic as I got
two blisters on my fingers. I found it very relaxing, almost meditative, to
perform the weeding. The weather was nice and the sun was slowly setting.
Afterwards, I took a bit longer route through the fields to bike home.
We see only 0.0035% of reality
Today, I read a tweet (in Dutch) by the Dutch professor of social psychology
Roos Vonk with a quote
from an article with the title (translated to English): 'We see only 0,0035% of
reality' by Marian Donner in the news magazine De Groene Amsterdammer. In the quote it states that the visible (with our
human eyes) part is 0.0035% of the full electromagnetic spectrum. I replied to
this (in Dutch, translated to English): 'That light statement is a bit
nonsense. If you look at the energy of the entire spectrum, what we can see is
about 30% of the energy. Organic life cannot be observed much higher and lower
either.' I based the 30% on a rough estimate of the visible part of the spectrum of solar radiation. There are some insects that can also see
part of the ultra violet spectrum, but I do not know of any animals who can
see part of the infrared spectrum. The most important reason for this, is that
the temperature of most living organisms is such that they radiate infrared
light and a sensor cannot detect light at a frequency that it emits itself or
is transparent to. The latter is the reason why we cannot see X-rays. Humans
are almost transparent at X-rays and higher energies and shining at the
infrared spectrum. The reason we observe ourselves as solid (not transparent
and not shining) is because of our eyes, that in order to be able to sense
light need to non-transparent and non-emitting at the frequency range. There
are some transparent sea animals, but the sensing part of there eyes, are
never transparent. An interesting example is the Barreleys fish. To sense anything below infrared range you would need some
(metal) conductors and complex resonance systems with amplifiers. There are no
natural sources of signals in that range that convey interesting information.
In a reply to my tweet professor Vonk tweeted (translated to English) 'Man sees
30% of what matters, according to man. We from toilet duck.' (The expression
'We from toilet duck' referes to a TV commercial by Toilet
Duck in which they advice their own product.) In a reply to a reply by
someone else she wrote (translated to English): 'You can only say something
about it if you know what you don't see. And you don't know that, do you? What
is the world like when you see ultraviolet? When you feel the Earth's magnetic
fields? Communicate with sonar, feel the muscle tension of peers with
echolocation? Do you know what you're missing?' I struggled a lot with giving
a sensible reply to this, as the questions she is raising here and that is why
I decided to write this. It is true that there is a lot we cannot perceive
directly, but in the past centuries we have developed instruments with which
we can perceive these with. There is some indication that birds and also humans
can sense the Earth's magnetic field. I once heard about a man who wore a belt
with vibrating elements that would indicate the direction of the magnetic
North and how it affected his preception of the world. I also have to think
about how many insects are sensitive to the polarisation direction of light,
something we cannot percieve at all. And also how our eyes, for those with
normal colour preception, translate the visible spectrum to just three colour
channels. And more interestingly how our colour perception is adjusted by
lightning conditions and we barely have an absolute colour sense. And that
brings us to the fact that our brain is the most important sense organ. I have
heard that some sheperds after some time can distinguish between all the sounds
of their sheep and even recognize individual sheeps and know when something is
wrong with them. Our brains work such that if we are long enough exposed to
some signals, that we start to differenciate them more and more. But at the
same time a lot of perception is also unconsious. The paper Multisensory integration across exteroceptive and interoceptive domains
modulates self-experience in the rubber-hand illusion seems to indicate
that we can sense our own heart beat and that we can percieve very tiny changes
in the colour of our hands due to our heart beat. Both things we normaly cannot
consciously percieve. It seems that the reality as we percieve it is something
that is produced by the unconscious part of our brain. Of course, you do not
know what you do not know, but you can realize that there are a lot of things
that you do not know. Through my life, I have realized that any area, even as
simple as making clay pots, is always far more complex than you at first sight
would have thought. This gives me some sense of how limited my knowledge is and
that there are subjects that I know nothing about. I have become more and more
careful with expressing certainty about facts. I have become a sceptic. I also think that a bigger problem of not knowing what you
know is that many people seem not to be able to recognize that others might
percieve 'reality' in a different way. Many neurodivergent persons have come to the understanding that others percieve
reality different, but also that many neurotypicals have a hard time to even
imagine that neurodivergency exists. One reason why I reacted to the
original tweet is because I felt that a cetain scientific fact was taken out of
context to support something unrelated. It is something I see happen more often
and that irritates me. I do not claim to be an expert in all fields, but many
people are not aware that they are not an expert in a certain field.
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