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Theory and Practice of Contrast
Integrating Science, Art and Philosophy




ISBN 9780367770020
Published June 10, 2021 by CRC Press
224 Pages 9 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

The book Theory and Practice of Contrast completes, corrects and integrates the foundations of science and humanities, which include: theory of art, philosophy (aesthetics, epistemology, ontology, axiology), cognitive science, theory of information, theory of complexity and physics. Through the integration of these distant disciplines, many unresolved issues in contemporary science have been clarified or better understood, among others: defining impact (contrast) and using this definition in different fields of knowledge; understanding what beauty/art is and what our aesthetic preferences depend on; deeper understanding of what complexity and information are in essence, and providing their general definitions. Complexity means integration, value and goodness - concepts that seem to be neglected today. 

The book also has a high degree of integration/complexity, although each chapter introduces a new issue. The last chapter: "Binary Model of the Universe" draws attention to the need for including in physics the analysis of our mind and the resulting new possibilities, which include the mentioned (digital) model of the universe. Despite the difficult issues raised here, this study is written in accessible language and may be interesting not only for scientists and academics.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword....................................................................................................................ix

About the Author.......................................................................................................xi

Introduction............................................................................................................. xiii

Chapter 1 Beauty—Existing Views.......................................................................1

Chapter 2 The Concept’s Origin............................................................................5

Chapter 3 Analysis of Contrast..............................................................................7

Chapter 4 Analyses of Contrasts in Abstract Visual Structures.......................... 11

Chapter 5 Contrast as Complexity....................................................................... 21

Chapter 6 Contrast as Compression of Information............................................ 31

Chapter 7 Contrast as Development..................................................................... 35

Chapter 8 Contrast as Value................................................................................. 37

Chapter 9 Examples of Contrasts in Artworks.................................................... 39

Chapter 10 Interpretations of Existing Aesthetic Views........................................83

Chapter 11 Contrast and Colour............................................................................97

Chapter 12 Emergence as Contrast...................................................................... 113

Chapter 13 Contrast and Subjectivity.................................................................. 119

Chapter 14 Contrast as Cognition........................................................................ 121

Chapter 15 Mind-Body Problem.......................................................................... 131

Chapter 16 Artificial Intelligence, Self-awareness and Creativity...................... 139

Chapter 17 Contrast as Being.............................................................................. 151

Chapter 18 Contrast and Perception of Reality................................................... 159

Chapter 19 Definition of Information.................................................................. 163

Chapter 20 Binary Model of Universe................................................................. 169

Chapter 21 Conclusions....................................................................................... 195

Index....................................................................................................................... 201

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Author(s)

Biography

Mariusz Stanowski graduated from Warsaw University of Technology (1974), and Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw (1979), where he worked later as an academic teacher and designer. Currently he is a visual artist and an independent researcher. His scientific research is situated on the borderline between humanities and natural sciences, including: philosophy, art theory, cognitive science, theory of information/complexity and physics. As an artist, through paintings, defined as deconstructed, he tries to express the idea of creativity. He has exhibited in Poland and abroad, including Vikingsberg Museum of Modern Art, (Helsingborg, Sweden), Charlottenborg Palace (Kobenhavn, Danmark), and the Visual Art Museum - School of Visual Arts (New York, USA).

Reviews

The book "Theory and Practice of Contrast" shows that investigating the
foundations of our knowledge is not idle and that it is possible to
consider fundamental issues in a constructive way, providing concrete
solutions and benefits. The lack of such research today is the cause of
stagnation in many fields. I believe that this book will help to draw
attention to that problem and unleash our intellectual potential, which
is blocked and cannot be realized in the current (superficial) paradigms.

Professor Zofia Rosińska-Zielińska (Warsaw University,□ Department of Philosopy)