I Think therefore I am: Descartes

I Think therefore I am: Descartes

I Think therefore I am

Human Intelligence

On this occasion I want to focus on a perspective of something fundamental that always accompanies me and dictates the forms of the various actions and different activities I undertake.

I need to clarify that what I am going to entrust to you is of the utmost importance to me and I hope that I will not be judged lightly.

In my youth I realized that both poetry, music and painting are the greatest manifestations of Intelligence that the human being possesses.

Some will tell me: “Pedro ! Architecture, engineering, ancient astronomy, mathematics, and so on …”

In fact, I appreciate them very much, but to carry out any of these disciplines it is necessary to have a poetic framework, a harmonious structure and a creative vision of appreciating the world.

Having said that, I start this section dedicated to these arts.

About poetry I have not read as much as I would like but for little that I know it has always left me in a contemplative state, possessed by the image shapped from words and how it was expressed.

Of the music, I will say that it is a pleasure to relive moments that marked times with this or that song.

I can not stop marveling about its different aspects in it’s most sublime expression, and not only I speak of Mozart, Beethoven or people who understand them with such greatness as Herbert von Karajan.

I also include contemporary groups such as Queen of whom I declare myself fan from my youth, of which I will tell you more about in another occasion.

And speaking of painting, I understood that it takes a different vision, a unique temperament and a passion that triggers an expression, a unique artistic manisfestation.

A different way of understanding life, and that gives way to the works of art or simply to incredible versions of the artist’s mind that can generate a dimension of different planes of existence.

Little by little I will be passing on information that I hope will please you to understand about what has marked me in these three areas and how they have influenced me so that a part of me is what I am today.

Cogito ergo sum.

The Doomsday Clock: 23:57:30

The Doomsday Clock: 23:57:30

It turns out that to all the daily stress produced by so many pressing activities that we have, and we have imposed ourselves as humanity, we must add fuel to the fire: this is the final count of the famous Doomsday Clock.

I will briefly explain what is this symbolic icon of destruction for those who do not know much about the subject.

1945 the year that changed the vision of what is known as terror. The great blow that humanity needed to fall into the lowest as a species and discredit the intelligence in all its splendor and radiance. The consequences of a nuclear explosion that we didn’t directly suffered, but we just need to fill our minds with the images in books or documentaries on the Internet: To get a grasp of the atomic mushroom, the moments after that deadly impact or the aftermath. This is to try to size up the idea of ​​a massacre, desolation and devastation without antecedents that we are able to inflict on our fellow men and the environment of this poor planet in which we live.

During this fatal year of 1945, the same researchers who worked on the Manhattan Project with its headquarters in Chicago, created “The Bulletin of Atomic Scientifics”, a publication that still runs today, to warn about the dangers of nuclear energy and the weapons of destruction that have been created with this energy.

Today, this bulletin has evolved and has added a more a faster pulse to its content, such as raising issues about international politics and their possible war effects, on companies that have an impact over different countries’ economies in a way that destabilize the world through different scenarios of multinational interests and technologies coming in the near future.

As a parenthesis I leave the link of this bulletin: http://thebulletin.org/ for those who like to investigate.

It is in this publication, in 1947 that for the first time appears the so-called Doomsday Clock. It was made as a simple conceptual cover of the time remaining till midnight, at that moment it would reach “The End Day of all Times”, “The Apocalypse”, the illustration had the hands pointing at 7 minutes before 12.

In 1949 the idea was resumed but now more like an icon where the protocols and circumstances were designed to stablish when the clocks hands should be modified and placed prior to reaching the “Day of Judgment”.

Since that date important movements have been made where you can appreciate how close we have been for the hands to reach the clocks’ last tic, tac.

For example, when the President Truman announces in 1949, that the USSR (now Russia again) has made its first nuclear tests. Although the Soviets denied this fact, the nuclear arms race in the world had officially begun. The clock hands were placed at 23:57.

The worst scenario was in 1953 with the creation of Bomb H or Hydrogen Bomb where, in the test of such an artefact, an island called Eniwetok was erased from the map, 9 months later the USSR performed its tests with a similar bomb. The clock was located at 23:58.

There have been occasions where the cuckoo wanted to poke its head, and others like in 1991 where it seemed calmer with the clock showing 17 minutes before giving the catastrophic news, thanks to the nuclear arms reduction agreements between the United States and the Soviet Union.

The last time the thin needles were officially moved was in 2017 with the arrival of Trump to the presidency of the United States, the North Korean missile provocations, the conflict with Russia and on the other hand with China against the Americans and climate change have left us as a result at 23:57:30. In summary and in theory the same governments that should protect us, have us against the ropes. What a paradox!

Of course we have to be less naive to let ourselves get carried away by this clock.

We know well or at least we can imagine that the level of real possibilities of mass destruction is more complex, broad and devastating and less showy, but also more measured and cautious because if they decided to destroy this world for whatever reason, the question is: Whom they could manipulate and impose their control if we do not exist?

This writing Sunday comes to an end and I do not want to be late. I am still here alive and present … tic, tac.

William Onyeabor, the fantastic man

William Onyeabor, the fantastic man

Innovative, controversial, avant-garde and mysterious, so was the late William Onyeabor.

I met him by chance because at one point I heard him in “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, he appeared side by side with David Byrne whom I admire for being a true genius in several artistic fields, especially in the musical area. That same thing led me to think, “This Willy cannot be just any one when Byrne agrees to participate with him …”, so I gave it a shot and it turned out to be a sticky and funny song that got me a good smile that night. I already asked that this 2015 presentation be attached to this writing.

Jimmy Fallon commented on several interesting things about this man, at that time I read a bit about him and that is what I want to briefly comment on regarding why he is very interesting: Nigerian, always mysterious refusing to give interviews or commenting on his personal life, it is said to have studied in the old Soviet Union, that he was a lawyer, that he was crowned Grand Chief of the Enugu City in Nigeria. It is said that he has a brother who is a fugitive from justice in Barcelona. ​​Personally I think it is idiotic to say that he is a fugitive and to know where he is but that is the rumor that makes this character more curious.

The important thing is that he started to create music around the 70’s, and from 77 to 85, he released a series of albums with a Funk influence but integrating synthesizers, so he created the funk-synth, and it’s incredible that he achieved it being that the synthesizers were only occupied at that time by a few musicians worldwide, and to have access to that tendency in that remote country and to make it known was practically unthinkable. But not for him and I identify with him by that attitude of not stopping with obstacles. What is even more outstanding is that he himself composed, recorded and printed his albums, and thanks to some of his lyrics in his songs that were known internationally, which spoke of social and political problems, helped Nigeria to emerge on the world stage, generating profound social changes.

Shortly thereafter he converted to Christianity and stopped making music until Byrne in 2013 “rescued him” from ostracism and formed an exclusive group to interpret the music of William, called Atomic Bomb, produced at the record company Luaka Bop. I mention this because Onyeabor’s condition to edit his material was that he would never be asked to give an interview nor will he be asked anything about his past life, which made him even more mysterious.

I requested to publish this post because he died at the beginning of this 2017. So rest in peace another great visionary of music.