Not halfway through the week. A minute, an hour, no more, a day, a moonrising-setting, half a minute I’m sitting alone at this bar and an uncomplicated sage interjects to split my order. Across the room his face was cubed through the bubbles in my wine. He wants a friend with soapy skin and a […]
I write music sometimes too.
This came out in the print edition last month and was unpaywalled this week. Data, biopolitics, Eugene Thacker, Henrietta Lacks, genomic science, technocapitalist domination, deathlessness, the usual: https://thenewinquiry.com/immortal-techniques/
Retooling “The Human:” A Review of Ashley’s Shew’s Animal Constructions and Technological Knowledge. Link here: https://social-epistemology.com/2018/01/18/retooling-the-human-emma-stamm/
Don’t forget, remember. Remember, remember, remember.
For a long time I thought the term “nuclear family” had something to do with nuclear energy, a phrase of Atomic Age vintage, and Wikipedia says I’m not alone in this misunderstanding. The metaphor of molecular nuclei to describe family units has got to be a stretch for a lot of us. Nothing I’ve ever […]
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche called psychedelics “plastic flowers for the mind,” meaning that they’re false prophets, insufficient for self-realization. Meanwhile, Anaïs Nin (a psychonaut if there ever was one) described her LSD experience beautifully in her diary, but came to a similar conclusion — its meaning is diminished because it’s fake. “Fake.” Of course acid trips are “unnatural.” They […]
It’ll always be in progress, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlbdGIdtNv1jrYEu2TpSYP1OdbwGOvU-Y
On the “theory/data” problem, the notion that more data diminishes the need for theorization. Let’s assume this is true for a second: now, instead of developing hypotheses and testing them à la the scientific method, we simply subject our curiosities to computational operations. Feeding more data into better algorithms equals better living (through science!). This vision […]
 Fact: writing is made of words, not ideas.  “Nothing is like an idea so much as an idea” — Bishop Berkeley  Fact: writing and ideas and content all refer to ontologically separate entities.  “I myself prefer an Argentine fantasy. God did not create a Book of Nature of the old sorts Europeans […]