Justin Timberlake or Sex Pistols?

sex pistols

Empathizers & Systemizers

Tell me what kind of music you listen and I'll tell you who you are. Or rather, I'll tell you if you're the type of person that fits easily in tune with the emotions of others or if you are a methodical person, so the format and rules are everything in life. From Norah Jones to Slayer, the music in the playlists of our devices is indicative of the way our brain works. To support this thesis is a group of researchers at the University of Cambridge: their study, entitled "The musical preferences are linked to cognitive styles", is nothing more than a long analysis accompanied by graphs and tables by which we arrive at conclusion that the Queen fans are more empathetic than the Sex Pistols ones. "Empathizers" is the term used in the search to define the subjects that fail to focus and better respond to the emotions of others. By contrast, the "Systemizers" are those who can not make a decision until after a careful study of the rules governing the life of every day. And the musical tastes determine the position of each individual in this scale at whose extremes are the people more empathetic and analytical ones.

The study, published in the contributory research journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge in England, led by PhD student David Greenberg from the Department of Psychology.

“Although people's music choices fluctuate over time, we've discovered a person's empathy levels and thinking style predicts what kind of music they like. In fact, their cognitive style - whether they're strong on empathy or strong on systems - can be a better predictor of what music they like than their personality.” Greenberg said in a press release.


araki slingshot

“Photography is about a single point of a moment. It’s like stopping time. As everything gets condensed in that forced instant. But if you keep creating these points, they form a line which reflects your life.” – Nobuyoshi Araki

An emotional state

In 1968, a magazine with the programmatic title Provoke was published in Tokyo by the photographer and writer Takuma Nakahira, the art critic Koji Taki and other members. Investigating the relation between photography and text, the magazine was an artistic and philosophical manifesto, responding to the upheavals of the late sixties. The participating photographers, among them Daido Moriyama (who joined Provoke with the second issue) searched for a radical photographic language.
Practically unknown in the West, Provoke magazine is now recognized as a turning point in post-war Japanese photography. It significantly influenced many young photographers of the time. Nobuyoshi Araki later recalled that "I was jealous of Provoke, especially Moriyama's nudes in the second issue. (...) I wanted to join them but I wasn't allowed (...) So I worked alone." Provoke's radical quest to break with established forms of photography can be traced through the subsequent history of Japanese photography.

This Flickr group is a tribute to the singular style of Post WWII Japanese photography.

Friday Thoughts

anarchy post

The consistency of thoughts

Oh my mental illness

loving to be cured

curing is a working progress, a progress of substances

substances of joy orally injected and swallowed.

Am I making progress?

Taking care is my proactive mission

me myself and I will be better soon

soon enough for dropping nectar of code.

For the joy of the zombies I will cure myself

witnesses of my shadows they will be.

To be for them is not to be enough

and being so good on that… killing their useless time…

A time of an era of loss and mental regression

wrapped and filled with golden dominion
the economy diktat era opinion.
Break in and infringe with spanks of joy

really is the only reason why

to keep myself alive

instead of

All the rest can fucking die.

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