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Looking for Profundity (in All the Wrong Places)

It does not happen very often that one short paper opens an entire new subfield of a philosophical discipline. But this is exactly what Peter Kivy’s 1990 paper “The Profundity of Music” achieved. In a couple of years after Kivy’s paper appeared, all philosophers of music, who previously, lik...
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From Visions of Technological Progress to Technological Ruins: The Swedish Millennium Monument and the Challenges of Preservation of Digital Public Art

On December 20, 1999, the Swedish national monument, celebrating the turn of the millennium, was inaugurated by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf (Fig. 1).1 The monument was a collaboration between artists, architects, and engineers, and it was erected on behalf of the Millennium Committee set up by ...
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How Museums Make Us Feel: Affective Niche Construction and the Museum of Non-Objective Painting

Art museums are built to elicit a wide variety of feelings, emotions, and moods from their visitors. While these effects are primarily achieved through the artworks on display, museums commonly deploy numerous other affect-inducing resources as well, including architectural solutions, audio guides...
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Metabolic alkalosis and mortality in COVID-19

Abstract Background As a new infectious disease affecting the world, COVID-19 has caused a huge impact on countries around the world. At present, its specific pathophysiological mechanism has not been fully clarified. We found in the analysis of the arterial blood gas data of critically ill patien...
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Elucidation of ‘Cosmic Coincidence’

In the standard cosmological model the dark energy (DE) and nonrelativistic (NR) matter densities are determined to be comparable at the present time, in spite of their greatly different evolution histories. This ‘cosmic coincidence’ enigma could be explained as a non-anthropic observational se...
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On gravitational preheating

We consider dark matter production during the inflation oscillation epoch. It is conceivable that renormalizable interactions between dark matter and inflation may be negligible. In this case, the leading role is played by higher dimensional operators generated by gravity and thus suppressed by the ...
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Fictional Creations

Many people assume that fictional entities are encapsulated in the world of fiction. I show that this cannot be right. Some works of fiction tell us about pieces of poetry, music, or theatre written by fictional characters. Such creations are fictional creations, as I call them. Their authors do not...
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Hell’s Kitchen Paintings

I take photos on my phone. I use the photos as an atmospheric reference to go back to. Impressed with the empty streets of Hell’s Kitchen, my home for the last twenty years, I started taking photos as I walked my dog. Hell’s Kitchen had recently been overrun by Times Square and luxury apartments...
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On ludic photography

This article explores “the play element in photography”, to adapt a key phrase from Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens (1938). The context for this exploration is the melancholic paradigm that dominates much of contemporary writing and thinking about vernacular or popular photography, a paradigm tha...
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1651 The Last Coronation in Scotland — An Anomaly?

The last Scottish coronation occurred at Scone in 1651. Charles II’s Scottish coronation has either been completely forgotten or become the subject of distorted interpretations. It has long been suggested that this coronation was a hastily arranged affair, lacking sacredness without an anointing a...
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