ACADEMIA

Essays in academic subjects comprising art, history, literature, biology, physics, language, philosophy, and science –

THIS IS THE ONLY ARCHIVE FOR A NUMBER OF ACADEMIC PAPERS PUBLISHED OVER THE COURSE OF BRANDON’S CAREER IN ACADEMIC RESEARCH. This page contains essays on art, literature, psychology, physics, biology, and of culturally relevant issues addressed at such a time when the topic appeared most pressing. 

ART AND LITERATURE

Historical Fiction & Cultural Identity

A Rose By Another Name

Sherlock Holmes and Telling the Truth Through Fiction

Shakespeare: Choice & Fate, Fathers & Sons

The Problem With Criticism

Why Art Matters 

On the Interpretation of Art

Real Fake Doors! & the Authenticity of Fiction

Religion, the Cult of Personality, and Liberation in Art (George Orwell and Eastern Philosophy)

The Conspiracy of History – Jacopo della Quercia and his Magic Pocket Watch

On Villainy

Hawthorne’s Letter to the Cult of Judgment (The Scarlet Letter & the Crucible) 

Visually Speaking: An American Look at The Killing Fields (1984)

The Edifice of Poetic Structures

Poetry: its Forms and Traditions

The Ever-Haunted House: Art in Life and History 

Proust’s Way – Life and Romance in a Search For Lost Time

Lo-lee-ta: The Exorcism of Vladimir Nabokov

Dreampool: The Immortality of Meaning

The Doctor is Sick: Dissecting Dostoevsky

Wait, This Is no Cigar – Allegory, Irony, and Metaphor

The Artist’s Eye and the Poetic Sensibility

A Critical Study of Tupac’s Changes

Marco Polio! The Word Virus

Subjectivity in Art and Literary Criticism

The Evolving Window: the Past Through Different Eyes

The Eukaryotic Idea: Memetic Ancestry

PHYSICS & BIOLOGY; ITS IMPACT ON PHILOSOPHY

Human Progress: A Brief History of History

A Moment’s Notice: Entropy and Eternity

Your Place in History: Probability and Chance

Regress: The Omnisphere and Universe as Mass

Birth and Rebirth: The Universe Recycles

The Element’s Surprise: The Private Life of Particles

Reweaving The Double Helix

The Structure of Living Systems

What is Called Thinking?

Children of the Mind

The Geometry of Thought

A Nervous System

L’homme Neuronal

Individual and Individuation

ASSORTED; 

The Contrarian 

How Something Comes From Nothing 

On Atheism

Hypothetical Heroes & the Totem of Fear

Nostalgia and the Romance of Memory

Fame & the Idoru Complex 

Capital Punishment: the Death Penalty in Western Democracies

Political Correctness

Feminism & Humanism, David Hume & Antigone

Theatre and Culture

Anxiety and Inaction 

Subjectivity and Sensationalism in the Media

 The Haunting of the Human Animal: Loss & Regret

The Prodigy Problem: How to Sacrifice a Child for their Own Good

Scholarship and Understanding

The Ugly Side of Beauty

Censorship

A Note on Writing

Identity & Identification

Skepticism

Inspiration & the Muses

Happiness

Philosophers and Other Miserable Idiots

 Remorse & Why Psychopaths are the Future

Tragedy: why Tim the Gerbil’s Death is in God’s Plan 


 

 [RETURN HOME]

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ART AND LITERATURE

 

Historical Fiction & Cultural Identity

A Rose By Another Name

Sherlock Holmes and Telling the Truth Through Fiction

Shakespeare: Choice & Fate, Fathers & Sons

The Problem With Criticism

Why Art Matters – 10 May 2016

On the Interpretation of Art

Real Fake Doors! & the Authenticity of Fiction

Religion, the Cult of Personality, and Liberation in Art (George Orwell and Eastern Philosophy)

The Conspiracy of History – Jacopo della Quercia and his Magic Pocket Watch

On Villainy

Hawthorne’s Letter to the Cult of Judgment (The Scarlet Letter & the Crucible) 

Visually Speaking: An American Look at The Killing Fields (1984)

The Edifice of Poetic Structures

Poetry: its Forms and Traditions

The Ever-Haunted House: Art in Life and History 

Proust’s Way – Life and Romance in a Search For Lost Time

Lo-lee-ta: The Exorcism of Vladimir Nabokov

Dreampool: The Immortality of Meaning

The Doctor is Sick: Dissecting Dostoevsky

Wait, This Is no Cigar – Allegory, Irony, and Metaphor

The Artist’s Eye and the Poetic Sensibility

A Critical Study of Tupac’s Changes

Marco Polio! The Word Virus

Subjectivity in Art and Literary Criticism

The Evolving Window: the Past Through Different Eyes

The Eukaryotic Idea: Memetic Ancestry

 

Please check back for more later – BN

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