Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 20.34.19Illustrations from Philip Pullman’s books

Source: Philip Pullman – Illustrations

The Enormous Turnip part two.

 

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Illustrating our human rights with cartoons, some of them very funny indeed, might seem a frivolous response to the abuses going on in the world today.

But not according to Syria’s foremost political cartoonist Ali Ferzat, whose eye-catching illustration is on the cover of Amnesty’s and Waterstones’ new booklet Know Your Rights. Ferzat, whose wordless cartoons poke fun remorselessly, was assaulted and his hands broken in 2011 in the effort to repress him.

It didn’t work.

He left Syria and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine last year.  It’s really interesting to look up Ferzat’s work: you’ll see that the vast majority of his cartoons deal with the right to freedom of expression. And that’s coming from the bloodbath that is Syria.

‘When I draw, it is like a voice is shouting inside of me.’

Ali Ferzat

Know your rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in cartoons | Blogs | Amnesty International UK.

 

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The diverse answers come from a number of Brain Pickings favorites. Neuroscientist David Eagleman, author of the excellent Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explores the concept of “the umwelt” coined by biologist Jakob von Uexküll in 1909 — the idea that different animals in the same ecosystem pick up on different elements of their environment and thus live in different micro-realities based on the subset of the world they’re able to detect. Eagleman stresses the importance of recognizing our own umwelt — our unawareness of the limits of our awareness:

I think it would be useful if the concept of the umwelt were embedded in the public lexicon. It neatly captures the idea of limited knowledge, of unobtainable information, and of unimagined possibilities. Consider the criticisms of policy, the assertions of dogma, the declarations of fact that you hear every day — and just imagine if all of these could be infused with the proper intellectual humility that comes from appreciating the amount unseen.”

This Will Make You Smarter: 151 Big Thinkers Each Pick a Concept to Enhance Your Cognitive Toolkit | Brain Pickings.

 

Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects | Brain Pickings.