A Portrait of Disease, An Experience at Kalafong Hospital
DAVID GOLDBLATT, 2000
The physician, Miguel Ribeiro, has dared to find beauty where other practitioners have been concerned only to objectify the subjects of their clinical and forensic studies, and where ordinary folk are wont to avert their eyes from fear or even disgust.
He has done this without fudging but indeed by precisely applying the understanding afforded him by his profession.Nor has he falsely dramatised or indulged in sentimentality. In the result he has produced photographs of pathologies of the human condition which are remarkable for the depth of the paradoxes they pose.Somehow the scientific is not obscured by or sacrificed to the aesthetic, yet the clarity of both, seemingly, is heightened.And far from beauty concealing or minimising what is suffered, it seems to make the condition suffered both real and immediate.Science and art, the beautiful and the terrible are here brought into rare and moving contiguity
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Author Miguel Ribeiro
Chance cannot generate complexity" is the core premise of this book. The universe as information – as a computer, hologram, or simulation – thus comes forth as a plausible explanation for our complex universe. Its mathematical structure, and the finely tuned laws of physics and constants of nature cease to be a phenomenal string of coincidences to become set parameters of the proposed program. Highlighting the need of a program, the brain converts the true universe of patterns of atoms and radiation into the illusionary universe of our perception (that of shapes, colours, sounds, etc.) — like a computer program converts patterns of “zeroes and ones” into an audiovisual animation. Further supporting that thesis is the demonstration that the multiverse does not explain the laws of physics nor do the laws of physics explain the emergence and evolution of the universe and life.
The author seeks to present a model of the emergence and evolution of life consistent with an information view of the universe – accordingly, adaptive mutation, a functional junk DNA, sentience, and life as algorithms uphold the notion of the genome as software.
The program hypothesis stands out as an alternative to Darwinism and religion.