The Automatic Society: Technics, Memory, and Capitalism

| S.C. Hickman | alien ecologies | In the past few years both the political Left and Right of the current global machine, the “Establishment” now dictates who will be included or excluded from their dominion. Whatever the hell that is? Ah, yes, it always comes down to this bugaboo… the “System” – a sort of Death Inc.,…

Humanity Has Just Bumped Upon the 5th Force of Nature

 Physicists Think They Might Have Just Detected a Fifth Force of Nature | Futurism | In Brief | Scientists have long known the four forces: Gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak and strong forces between atoms. But could there be a fifth force still waiting to be discovered? New evidence suggests there is. Physics can be pretty…

Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

Hannes Hummel for Quanta Magazine… Quantum particles may connect through wormholes in the fabric of space-time… A bold new idea aims to link two famously discordant descriptions of nature. In doing so, it may also reveal how space-time owes its existence to the spooky connections of quantum information. By K.C. Cole quantamagazine.org One hundred years…

Utopia is No Place: The Art and Politics of Impossible Futures

Video of a Lecture by Stephen Duncombe “A growing number of artists are abandoning truth-telling political art for a boldly utopian practice, recognizing that political problems can’t be solved by an atrophied collective imagination. With examples ranging from Thomas More’s 16th-century tome Utopia to the Yes Men’s recent “special edition” of the New York Times,…

To Live and Think Like Pigs

  The Incitement of Envy and Boredom in Market Democracies Urbanomic An uproarious portrait of the evils of the market and a technical manual for its innermost ideological workings, this is the story of how the perverted legacy of liberalism sought to knead Marx’s ‘free peasant’ into a statistical ‘average man’—pliant raw material for the…

The Decline of Human Intelligence

| S.C. Hickman| alien ecologies | Dr. Gerald Crabtree, a geneticist at Stanford, has published a study that he conducted to try and identify the progression of modern man’s intelligence. As it turns out, however, Dr. Crabtree’s research led him to believe that the collective mind of mankind has been on more or a less a downhill…

Neoliberalism Poisons Everything: How Free-Market Mania Threatens Education and Democracy

Reducing everything—including people—to markets makes democracy impossible, UC Berkeley’s Wendy Brown tells Salon… | Elias Isquith | Salon | Among lefties today, there may be no more toxic and discrediting a label than “neoliberal.” To be called a neoliberal is, generally, to be associated with the worst of capitalism’s excesses — Wall Street greed, union-busting, deregulation,…

Against the “Slow Cancellation of the Future”: RIP Mark Fisher

We were saddened to hear yesterday’s news of Mark Fisher’s unexpected death. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.  Fisher’s work on the notion of “capitalist realism” and interventions to the political imaginary of neoliberalism were critical to our intellectual formation as a collective. [1] What was integral to Fisher’s critique of the false…

Interview with Mark Fisher (Capitalist Realism)

Originally posted on Senselogi©:
Mark Fisher has been writing an acclaimed blog as k-punk for some years now. Focussing on culture, especially music and literature, and politics. His writing also appears in the New Statesman, Frieze, The Wire, Sight and Sound and FACT. A founder member of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit, he now teaches…

Jameson on Badiou: Ships Passing in the Night

Originally posted on Spirit is a Bone:
The American Marxist literary theorist Fredric Jameson’s latest article in the New Left Review, “Badiou and the French Tradition” (full PDF here) ends by noting the most important omissions Badiou makes throughout his oeuvre. I find Jameson’s reading of Badiou highly contradictory and sloppy at times. Jameson gives…