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Zandvoort aan zee, 360°, today. Perceive [ project ]

Above: Dutch socialism/neo-liberalism at work; cars, refrigerators and gated communities. Beach sign reads: 'Private Property. Entrance only for members and benefactors of K.V. [ camping association ] Helios'

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"When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. [...] Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time.

But he loves you. He loves you, and he needs money. He always needs money. He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money. Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit.

But I want you to know something, this is sincere, I want you to know, when it comes to believing in God, I really tried. I really, really tried. I tried to believe that there is a God, who created each of us in his own image and likeness, loves us very much, and keeps a close eye on things. I really tried to believe that, but I gotta tell you, the longer you live, the more you look around, the more you realize, something is fucked up.

Something is wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption, and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed. Results like these do not belong on the résumé of a Supreme Being. This is the kind of shit you'd expect from an office temp with a bad attitude. And just between you and me, in any decently-run universe, this guy would've been out on his all-powerful ass a long time ago. And by the way, I say "this guy", because I firmly believe, looking at these results, that if there is a God, it has to be a man.

No woman could or would ever fuck things up like this. So, if there is a God, I think most reasonable people might agree that he's at least incompetent, and maybe, just maybe, doesn't give a shit. Doesn't give a shit, which I admire in a person, and which would explain a lot of these bad results.

So rather than be just another mindless religious robot, mindlessly and aimlessly and blindly believing that all of this is in the hands of some spooky incompetent father figure who doesn't give a shit, I decided to look around for something else to worship. Something I could really count on."

George Carlin in 'You Are All Diseased', recorded February 6, 1999, Beacon Theater, New York City, New York, released May 14 1999 trough Eardrum, USA

"Why have the higher mental processes been so resistant to meaningful investigation? […] In accounting for the course of thought and action, there has been repeated reference to the subject's motives and action, and even to an "executive" that seems to have purpose of its own. [ In the book 'Cognitive Psychology' ] we have seen that this leads to no logical impasse. […] but it surely does raise a practical issue. If what the subject will remember depends in large part on what he is trying to accomplish, on his purposes, do not predictions become impossible and explanations ad hoc? If we give no further account of these purposes, how can we tell what [ the subject ] will think of next? [ T] he course of thinking or of "inner-directed" activity is determined at every moment by what the subject is trying to do. Although we cannot always see only what we want to see, we can generally think what we like. The classical procedures of experimental psychology attempt […] brutal force. In an ordinary learning experiment, the subject is supposed to have only a single motive: he must get on with the experimental task, learn what he is told to learn, and solve what he is told to solve. If he has any other desires -- to outwit the experimenter, or walk out, to ask what the answer is -- he must do his best to act as if they did not exist. In this respect, experimental situations are very different from those of daily life. [ S ]implicity of motivation and flexibility of response are characteristic of ordinary life, but they are absent -- or are assumed to be absent -- from experiments on the higher mental processes. […] The simplifications introduced by confining the subject to a single motive and a fixed set of alternative responses can be justified only if motivation and cognition are genuinely distinct. If […] they are inseparable where remembering and thinking are concerned, the common experimental paradigms may pay too high a price for simplicity. Thus, it is no accident that the cognitive approach gives us no way to know what the subject will think of next. We cannot possibly know this, unless we have a detailed understanding of what he is trying to do, and why. "

Ulric Neisser in 'Cognitive Psychology', page 304, 305, first published in 1967 by Pretice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Undercurrent

IJmuiden, 360° today. Structure [ team ]

Above: With Nico (the boss behind the desk) and mechanics Cees and Mike at TCY. Nico and his self-taught team are excellent car mechanics and pleasant people to deal with, located in the dunes, near the sea.

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"[C]hilderen all over the world acquire languages with the same basic characteristics, in about the same sequence, at about the same age, almost regardless of their intelligence and almost regardless of their environment. [ This ] suggest that the basic forms of language -- the duality between phonemic and morphemic levels, the organisation of utterances into phrases, the transformation of phrase structure -- are somehow genetically inevitable. They are a model which experience can clothe, but cannot reshape. Just this was also the nativism of the Gestalt psychologists. They never argued that experience had no effects, but only that its effects were organised and determined by the deeper requirements of structure."

Ulric Neisser in 'Cognitive Psychology', page 247, first published in 1967 by Pretice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

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Naturalness vs artificiality

Kennemer Dunes 360° today. Inside [ outside ]

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"It is very important that people are lit realistically from existing light sources. And if you cheat, you cheat with light sources that you do not see but feel that they could be there."

Vilmos Zsigmond as quoted by Ross Lowell in 'Matters of Light & Depth', page 45, first published in 1992 by Brodd Street Books, New York

"I believe that what is functional is beautiful, that functional light is beautiful light. I try to make sure my light is logical rather than aesthetic."

Nestor Almendros as quoted by Ross Lowell in 'Matters of Light & Depth', page 45, first published in 1992 by Brodd Street Books, New York

"[L]iving things react positively to what is life-supportive and negatively to what is not; this is a fundamental mechanism of survival. Inherent in all life forms is the capacity to detect change and react correctively -- thus, trees become smaller at higher elevations as the oxygen in the atmosphere becomes scarcer. Human protoplasm is far more sensitive than that of a tree."

David Hawkins in 'Power vs Force', page 45, first published in 1995 by Hay House UK Ltd

Flow

Bloemendaal aan Zee and Kennemer Dunes 360° today. Break the chain [ free the mind ]

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"Angst essen seele auf' ("Fear eats the soul.")

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945 - 1982)

"Everybody is looking for an out clause."

Téa Leoni as Jilli Hopper in director Daniel Algrant's 'People I know', written by Jon Robin Baitz, photographed by Peter Deming, first released in 2002 trough Miramax Films

"[F]ear comes from a lack of training. [Y]ou must have a confident mind; then you will not be in danger. If you learn [ to strengthen ] your sensation of vital energy, you will never make a misstep."

Miyamoto Musashi, in Kenji Tokitsu's 'Miyamoto Musashi. His Life and Writing', page 385, first published in 2000 by Editions Desiris in France

"To empty one's mind of all thought and refill the void with a spirit greater than oneself is to extend the mind into a realm not accessible by conventional processes of reason"

Edward Hill as quoted by Betty Edwards in 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain', page 88, first published in 1979 by Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, New York