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Language : Japanese (Everything is written in Japanese.)
The "Professor" and the "Hakase" - the first life essay by two longtime friends.
Ryuichi Sakamoto, aka "The Professor," took techno music by storm in the 1980s.
Since then, he has always been at the forefront of his field, but in recent years he has released a series of sounds that incorporate natural "noise," which contrasts with electronic music.
On the other hand, Shinichi Fukuoka, also known as "Hakase," has been pursuing elemental reductionist science symbolized by DNA analysis as a molecular biologist, but he has questioned this methodology and established his own philosophy of life, dynamic equilibrium theory, which views life phenomena as a single "flow.
The two, who have known each other for 20 years, discuss their paths to the present while experiencing various setbacks.
In this time of dramatic change in our view of life and death since the Corona pandemic, we would like to turn our attention to making our lives brighter.
The two men, who are well versed in many fields such as music, art, philosophy, and science, have arrived at what they have come to after repeated dialogues.
From the text
If you don't take the first step, you don't know where the goal is. One day, I had a moment when I realized, "Ah, this is the goal," and I could see the next mountain, which I had not been able to see before. I thought, "This is not the end, I have to go there next.
The finite nature of individual life is the motivation for all cultural, artistic, and academic activities. Life shines because it is finite. This is how the whole life system has continued and can continue.
Table of Contents
How to Describe the World - On the Occasion of Publication
PART 1: Born from Breaking - Commonalities between Music and Science
PART2 Circulating Music, Circulating Life
Extra Edition What the Pandemic Asks Us
Part 1 and Part 2 are a collection of conversations that were broadcast on NHK E-TV's "SWITCH Interview Tatsujin Tatsujin" (June 3, 2017), including unbroadcast portions, with significant additions and corrections.
Musician, born in Tokyo in 1952.YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA (YMO) in 1978. In 2021, he announced that he had rectal cancer. In 2021, he announced that he had rectal cancer and released the album "12" in January 2023, which contains songs he sketched as if he were writing a diary during his battle with the disease.
Biologist and writer, born in Tokyo in 1959. He received his B.A. from Kyoto University and his Ph. After working as a trainee at Harvard University and an assistant professor at Kyoto University, he is currently a professor at Aoyama Gakuin University and a visiting professor at Rockefeller University in the United States. He is the author of many books that question the nature of life from the viewpoint of dynamic equilibrium, including the bestseller "Between Organism and Inanimate Object," which won the Suntory Prize for Arts and Letters, and the "Dynamic Equilibrium" series.
About the Author
Ryuichi Sakamoto : Musician, born in Tokyo in 1952, made his solo debut in 1978 with "Thousand Knives". He formed YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA (YMO) in the same year. Winner of the British Academy Award for Best Composition for the film "Merry Christmas at the Battlefield", the Academy Award for Best Original Music Composition for the film "The Last Emperor", and a Grammy Award, among others. He founded the forest conservation organization "more trees" and has expressed his support for nuclear power phase-out through activities such as "stop rokkasho" and "NO NUKES. In 2014, he announced that he had been diagnosed with mid-pharyngeal cancer, but in 2015, he made his comeback by producing the music for Yoji Yamada's "Mother and I" and Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "The Revenant: The Return". In 2017, he released his first solo album in eight years, "async. Then in 2021, he announced that he had rectal cancer. In January 2023, he will release "12," an album of songs he sketched as if he were writing a diary during his battle with the disease.
Shinichi Fukuoka : Biologist and writer, born in Tokyo in 1959. Graduated from Kyoto University and completed the doctoral course at the same university. After serving as a trainee at Harvard University and an assistant professor at Kyoto University, he is currently a professor at Aoyama Gakuin University and a visiting professor at Rockefeller University in the United States. He has published many books that question what life is from the viewpoint of dynamic equilibrium, including the bestseller "Between Organisms and Inanimate Objects," which won the Suntory Prize for Arts and Sciences, and the "Dynamic Equilibrium" series.