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Phalaris’s Bull: Solving the Riddle of the Great Big World
What do Søren Kierkegaard, an ancient torture device, and the solution to all of the world’s pain have in common? Absolutely everything. That’s according to Harvard-educated molecular biologist and self-proclaimed “underground philosopher” Steven Friedman, who presents a theatrical treatise on the nature of the world through poetry, art, science, and stories from his extraordinary life.
At the center of it all is the Bull of Phalaris, a.k.a. the brazen bull. According to Greek historians, Phalaris—a ruthless despot of a Sicilian town in the 6th century B.C.—put his enemies to death inside the terrible bronze statue, but he had it designed such that any screams of agony would be transformed into the pleasant, sonorous roar of a bull. This notion of wringing beauty out of pain fascinated Kierkegaard, leading Friedman to suggest that, similarly, today’s many social and philosophical ills might yet lead to a better society, or at least one that doesn’t let candy bars get jammed in vending machines anymore.
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