Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Weekly Smörgåsbord #12

Posted by Darin Hayton on 05/30 at 09:46 AM

While many of the links this week fall into groups, these first few links are related only by not being related to each other:

Perhaps because Martin Gardner died this past week, I seemed to read a number of pieces on skepticism and denialism:

Revisiting, yet again, the relationship between science and religion:
Steve Benson’s recent comic on Craig Venter’s creation of synthetic life oddly relates to the links on art and science below—

Steve Benson combines the Sistine Chapel and Craig Venter(Source: The Steve Benson cartoon archive at The Arizona Republic)

This week seemed to be the week for interpretations of art:

  • Botticelli as drug pusher? — The Guardian’s article on Botticelli’s “Venus and Mars” and the identification of the fruit in the lower right as a hallucinogenic plant.

Botticelli’s “Venus and Mars”(Source: Venus and Mars at The National Gallery)

Detail from Botticelli’s “Venus and Mars” showing the purported Datura stramonium (Source: Venus and Mars at The National Gallery)

I have a hard time seeing this little green blob as much more than, well, a little green blob. I guess that’s why I’m not an art historian.

Tags: art, botticelli, martin gardner, michelangelo, science vs. religion, smörgåsbord, smorgasbord