A playful series on serious topics. Any resemblance to current politics is wholly intentional.
“Color,” says Albers, who chaired the Department of Design at Yale, “deceives continually.” So does Photoshop. Translating perceptions into words and images— or print protocols— is no slam dunk.
Physicists, mathematicians, and philosophers have long marveled at the brain’s ability to fool itself. Some of them— Sir Isaac Newton, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein— make appearances here.
Using all kinds of language —visual, symbolic, numeric— they tried to show how we orient ourselves within a sea of random data. And how we signal our position to others.
Their results were not always encouraging.
Newton once wrote "I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people."