"Given the absence of high-quality metrics of our performance as teachers, we should all assume a certain level of humility, and believing oneself to be successful at all seems hubristic, let alone believing oneself to be successful while engaging in a practice that there are so many reasons to suspect will only work for exceptional people."
- Harry Brighouse (via englishprof)
"This is just a starting point, an ante: to proceed as a philosopher today demands the rejection of correlationism. To be a speculative realist, one must abandon the belief that human access sits at the center of being, organizing and regulating it like an ontological watchmaker. In both a figurative and literal sense, speculative realism is an event rather than a philosophical position: it names a moment when the epistemological tide ebbed, revealing the iridescent shells of realism they had so long occluded. Like the Big Bang in cosmological theory, the philosophical event known as speculative realism inaugurates a condition of new opportunities that demonstrate the quaintness of philosophies of access."
- Ian Bogost - Alien Phenomenology (via dropouthangoutspaceout)
"There’s a balance to be sought in artwork between planning and spontaneity. Because of the difficulty in undoing or covering the unexpected in watercolor, when the unexpected occurs — and it always occurs — watercolor forces improvisation into the work. Often it’s at this moment that a painting becomes truly interesting for me. If I can just keep the thing on this side of another color study — if I can just stay on the tightrope — then the difficulties and challenges of watercolor (incidentally, the things about painting I was hoping to avoid when I took up the medium) will end up giving me the best parts of the painting, and often end up giving the painting its life."
- Brian Floca (via abcofreading)