50. Can Anything Be New?
Atonality, Theseus' Boat, & a Proper Sense of Historic Proportion
How much does something need to change before it is deemed new? This episode explores the philosophical nature of change and newness.
Short version, new is not random because everything is a continuation of what came before it - from the atomic structure of humans, the nature of compost, and Arnold Schoenberg's compositions of atonality.
This means we should have a proper sense of proportion to the totality of history and recognize our human agency is how the universe will continue.