Disruptions of Roundness in Language, Poetry and Culture

Humans are strangely obsessed with the perceptual and conceptual disruption of round things, especially eyes. Evidence for this is available in art, idiomatic language, fictional literature, the poetry of Medium and elsewhere. Other animals feel the same way.

Thermoaesthetics
10 min readFeb 23, 2022

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Wassily Kandinsky’s “Several Circles.” In this painting there are about 40 circles of different sizes and colors, some of them overlapping and some not. The background is black. Photo from WikiArt. Public domain.
Wassily Kandinsky’s “Several Circles.” Photo from WikiArt. Public domain.

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Thermoaesthetics

A concept of aesthetic complexity based on universal animal preferences for mixtures of simple, more and less exciting physical and psychological opposites.