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Postnihilistic Speculations on That Which Is Not: A Thought-World According to an Ontology of Non-Being

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When everything appears similar, nothing really is… ~ Alain Badiou Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away…  ~ Philip K. Dick “Why is it easier for some people to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine the end of capitalism?” ~…

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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 […]

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Three Modalities of the Immanent Infinitude: Life, Matter and Thought in Henry, Deleuze and Badiou

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Abstract In this essay I attempt to explicate the sense in which Michel Henry’s reductive phenomenology rendering Life as affectivity resonates with Alain Badiou’s subtractive ontology rendering the subject as eternity in time. I claim that these two modes of subjectivity are the two modalities of the Real manifesting itself as…

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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, […]

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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 sausage-machine […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Dark Sayings Among the Dead

 New Trends In Philosophy by S.C. Hickman Hard is it in the world, great whoredom, an axe age, a sword age, shields will be cloven, a wind age, a wolf age, ere the world sinks. —Song of the Volüspa Rereading various versions of the ancient Edda’s of the Norse cultures, both the poetic and the later prose […]

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Alien Manifesto: The Interrogation of the Real – Speculations on Realism and Materialism by S.C. Hickman

Alien Manifesto  The Interrogation of the Real: Speculations on Realism and Materialism by S.C. Hickman “What we witness in this time is Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World turning into Rave New World.  A world in which the well known and the so called lines between mind and body, fantasy and reality, nature and culture, organic […]

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Seeing Earth from Space Is the Key to Saving Our Species from Itself

Becky Ferreira Oct 12, 2016 When Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth in April 1961, he carried centuries of hopes and dreams into space with him. Visionaries had long struggled to picture the expanse beyond Earth’s skies, with its mind-boggling scale and promise of a new frontier for human exploration. But when Gagarin arrived […]

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Art and Utopia (Galloway on Laruelle)

  Leyla Murr – ‘Utopia’  by ALEXANDER R. GALLOWAY ​In the early 1990s Laruelle wrote an essay on the artist James Turrell titled “A Light Odyssey: The Discovery of Light as a Theoretical and Aesthetic Problem“. Although it briefly mentions Turrell’s Roden Crater and is cognizant of his other work, the essay focuses on a […]

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‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention… Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The company’s famous ‘likes’ feature has been described by its creator as ‘bright dings of pseudo-pleasure’. Photograph: […]

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Catharsis Is Counter-Revolutionary

“Catharsis politics isn’t just unhelpful. It’s actively destructive.” Political critique from Sophia Burns This summer, my lover and I sat under a tree at Gay Pride. Behind us, we heard a speaker from the Dyke March stage. She talked about privilege – how the experience of having cisgender privilege, white privilege, and abled privilege gives […]

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