The AnkiDroid Collection (Part 33) – Vincent Van Gogh, Chicken or the Egg & Joseph Overton

Ankidroid additions related to Science, History and Philosophy. More information about Anki can be found in this article.

Vincent Van Gogh’s Fateful Night

Self-portrait with bandaged ear and pipe, 1889

Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter (1853 – 1890). He took up painting in 1881 and created 860 oil paintings mostly painted in the last 2 years of his life. He was commercially unsuccessful during his lifetime.

On the night of the 23rd of December 1888 in Aries (South France), the following occurred:

  • Fellow artist (but very successful unlike Van Gogh) Paul Gauguin left Van Gogh’s house and they feuded. Also, Van Gogh had just received a letter from his brother Theo (who had always financially supported him and his art) announced his engagement to a woman.
  • In response to these events, Van Gogh cut off his entire ear and handed it to a prostitute Rachel at a brothel. He said to her ‘take it in remembrance of me‘. He killed himself a year later by shooting himself in the stomach.

The Van Gogh Museum is in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Eggs which are female sex cells evolved more than a billion years ago. Whereas Chickens have been around for 10000 years

The Joseph Overton Window

American policy analyst – Joseph Overton frames a range of policies that a politician can recommend without appearing too extreme given the climate of political opinion. He opined that it is the responsibility of think-tanks to propose policies outside the window and shift the window.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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4 comments on “The AnkiDroid Collection (Part 33) – Vincent Van Gogh, Chicken or the Egg & Joseph Overton
  1. I always aim for the middle and avoid radical, far left or right thinking.

  2. Karen says:

    The search for truth, I think is the best aim, that may or may not find you within the Overton’s Window.

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