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Malcolm Bull reviews ‘Age of Anger’ by Pankaj Mishra · LRB 2 August 2018
This is surely the true nature of the injustice experienced by the declining classes of the rich world who no longer have anything to trade, and it is not necessarily a trivial one.
society  emotion  anger 
8 days ago by soobrosa
“Psalm 82 Is a Good Start” | Bono & David Taylor: Beyond the Psalms
Bono, the lead singer of U2, and David Taylor, assistant professor of theology and culture, reflect on "unlocking" artists of faith, the relationship between...
video  bono  psalm_82  ★★★★☆  justice  emotion 
9 days ago by thespacedoctor
How feelings took over the world | Culture | The Guardian
I would quibble slightly and say that bodily feeling is a good guide to *action*, but the trends he is talking about mostly refer to things you can do sitting on your arse in which case it is much less helpful. Also, the Farage photo is interesting because of the weak-ass demo; there's only one British politician who turns out real crowds and it's not him
emotion  politics  twitter  pragmatism  farage  populistpapers 
10 days ago by yorksranter
How feelings took over the world | Culture | The Guardian
Recently this spirit of warfare has been fed into civilian life as the emphasis on “real time” knowledge has become a feature of the business world, of the financial sector and the big Silicon Valley companies. The speed of knowledge and decision making becomes crucial, and public agreement is sidelined in the process. Rather than trusting experts, on the basis that they are neutral and outside the fray, we have come to rely on services that are fast, but whose public status is unclear.
ptsd  emotion  life  philosophy 
11 days ago by edmittance
How feelings took over the world | Culture | The Guardian
These two distinctions – between mind and body, and war and peace – now appear to have lost credibility altogether, with the result that we experience conflict intruding into everyday life with increasing regularity. Since the 1990s, rapid advances in neuroscience have elevated the brain over the mind as the main way by which we understand ourselves, demonstrating the importance of emotion and physiology to all decision making. Meanwhile, new forms of violence have emerged, in which states are attacked by non-state groups (such as Islamic State), interstate conflicts are fought using nonmilitary means (such as cyberwarfare), and the distinction between policing and military intervention becomes blurred. Our condition is one of nervous states, with individuals and governments existing in a state of constant and heightened alertness, relying increasingly on feeling rather than fact.

When reason itself is in peril, there is an understandable instinct to try to revive or rescue something from the past. It has become a cliche to celebrate the rugged individualism, cold rationality and truth-seeking courage of the scientific pioneers. But in our current age, when intelligence and calculation are performed faster and more accurately by machines than by people, an alternative ideal is needed. Perhaps the great virtue of the scientific method is not that it is smart (which is now an attribute of phones, cities and fridges) but that it is slow and careful. Maybe it is not more intelligence that we need right now, but less speed and more care, both in our thinking and our feeling. After all, emotions (including anger) can be eminently reasonable, if they are granted the time to be articulated and heard. Conversely, advanced intelligence can be entirely unreasonable, when it moves at such speed as to defy any possibility of dialogue.
emotion  rationality  OxfordCircus  panic  misinformation  socialMedia  fear  instinct  rumours  virality  Germany  refugees  Facebook  populism  psychology  violence  policing  militarisation  terrorism  experts  trust  elites  resentment  inequality  exclusion  disenfranchisement  dctagged  dc:creator=DaviesWill 
11 days ago by petej
Volvo’s 360c concept has softened my cynicism about autonomous cars - The Verge
"all around the car is a 360-degree strip of LED lights that are used to communicate the car’s intent to pedestrians and human-driven cars." Culture drone-style aura fields are totally going to happen.
volvo  aura  intent  emotion  signalling  communication  autonomous  car  drone 
14 days ago by danhon
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
The Book - Coming Soon from Simon & Schuster! We don't have a release date yet, but I'll update this page as soon as I know. In the meantime, feel free to write me directly and describe an emotion you...
word  language  dictionary  emotion 
16 days ago by dyab
Your Inner Mind Is a Work of Imagination
Nick Chater argues our brain is a storyteller, not a reporter from an inner world.
brain  psychology  emotion  story  unconscious 
20 days ago by soobrosa

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