Aesthetic Experience as Response to Stimuli (and Meaning) Rather Than to Mental Representations

Setting aside, for a moment, associative responses (e.g., cultural, nostalgic), I would like to briefly explore the question of whether our pure aesthetic experience is in response to mental representations per se or, rather, to the physical stimuli correlated with… Continue Reading

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Music and Emotion; Or: I’m Not Crying, My Eyes Are Just Very Sensitive to the Air, the Molecules of Which Have Been Even Further Stimulated by That Cello

This is an essay I wrote at a time when I was interested in the question of to what extent, if any, emotion as an inherent property of music contributes to our emotional experience of music as listeners. I first look at some… Continue Reading

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Update: Schoenberg, Let the Right One In, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pandora, Pareidolia and More…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I have more extensive posts in the works, but I figured I should at least do a little update for now. Where have I been? This summer has been very full. I… Continue Reading

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