Ashley Mackenzie: The Philosophical Illustrations

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Ashley Mackenzie tackles complex questions about the relationship between mind and body, creating conceptual, illustrative works that stand at the cross-section of the philosophy of the mind and neuroscience. “As our knowledge of the brain becomes more comprehensive, it seems like the idea of the soul exists only in the gaps of our understanding,” Mackenzie writes on her website. Bodies melt like pools of liquid in these placid, sparsely-detailed illustrations as they visualize the inner workings of the mind.



Last Night in Ferguson (9.28-9.29): Last night’s protest was one of the in Ferguson this month, proving once again that the residents of Ferguson/STL County are some of the most resilient and inspiring in all the land. The police were literally holding peaceful protesters hostage late into the night (folks who were complying with all police requests) so they could negotiate with the remaining folks to leave, but the protesters didn’t back down. Eventually all arrestees were released, and many plan to be back out there tonight.

Injustice in Ferguson continues, but despite it, community now thrives too. This is still happening. Are you still paying attention? #staywoke #farfromover






Tumblr Teaches History

I reblog this for the anon who once sent me an ask telling me there was no such thing as a history fandom on tumblr.

I can’t decide which is the funniest, the Austrian army fighting itself, or the Irish joke.  And before you hate me, I will tell you that the Irish portion of my family was the most recent portion of my family to come to this country, in 1860, so we know from no potatoes.

And the Scots portion came over in 1745 knowing one day they would get another bite at the English, and they did.  And the Pennsylvania Dutch came over around that time, for bigger farms and religious freedom.  I’m glad they can’t tune in to television and radio now.

And our Onondaga portion met the boats, not happily.

History: you either laugh or you cry.