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Een betere wereld begint op de maan - De Correspondent

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Lees er meer over op Latours website. dat in 2017 in première ging maakt filosoof Bruno Latour
Lees hier wat Jelmer Mommers schreef over Latour en zijn klimaatvisie. korte metten met die ‘blik van buitenaf’. Volgens hem is het zelfs schadelijk, dat gedweep met die blauwe knikker.

Het geeft een vals idee van de menselijke positie, zegt hij: we zijn geen goden die vanuit de hemel toezien, we zijn mensen die met elke beweging invloed hebben op hun omgeving. En precies zo moeten we ook naar onze aarde kijken: niet van buitenaf maar van binnenuit. Dat beeld van die schitterende planeet is niet vanuit de ruimte genomen, zegt hij. Het is genomen vanuit de benauwde, lawaaierige cabine van een raket, genomen vanaf een plek waar de mens niet kan overleven zonder kunstmatige ingrepen. We zijn niet daar, maar hier.

We zijn niet globaal, maar lokaal en niet samen, maar op duizenden manieren verdeeld. De aarde bekijken vanuit de ruimte is voor Latour een ongezond soort escapisme.

Uitzoomen om maar niet te hoeven inzoomen. Het zou een goede verklaring zijn voor het feit dat de foto’s van de aarde niet brachten wat ervan verwacht werd. Ontsnappen brengt ons nergens.
space  earth  philosophy  escapism 
16 days ago by WimLeers
Freedomain Radio -- #2474: You Can't Change Other People - Wednesday Call In Show September 4 2013 (MP3)
"Bodywork is important. If you look at body language you can really get a whole map of childhood. A bad childhood startles you out of your body. And then you're outside your body but still trapped in your body. And if you have a bad childhood, your body is your enemy because it is through the pain of your body that you experience the pain of your childhood. When infants experience chronic anxiety genes are turned on that will produce anxiety for the rest of their lives. At an emotional, biochemical, deep gut instinct level, our bodies are used against us. Without the body, what harm can be done? That's why the great dream of escaping abuse is heaven: Consciousness without body - I've escaped from the body! The body is my enemy. The body is my torturer. The body is used to cause me harm, to make me scared, to make me anxious, to make me blush, to make me shame, to be hungry and not fed, to be lonely with a yearning for contact – the body needs skin against it – if it wasn't for my body I'd be free of all this! The body is a tapestry of our history. Everything is written on our bodies and it's visible to everyone else. You have to reclaim, inch by inch, your nervous system from your abusers."
psychology  psychotherapy  body  abuse  neglect  trauma  escapism  fantasy  StefanMolyneux 
july 2018 by adamcrowe
Letters of Note: Ladies & Gentlemen of A.D. 2088
"The sort of leaders we need now are not those who promise ultimate victory over Nature through perseverance in living as we do right now, but those with the courage and intelligence to present to the world what appears to be Nature's stern but reasonable surrender terms:

1. Reduce and stabilize your population.
2. Stop poisoning the air, the water, and the topsoil.
3. Stop preparing for war and start dealing with your real problems.
4. Teach your kids, and yourselves, too, while you're at it, how to inhabit a small planet without helping to kill it.
5. Stop thinking science can fix anything if you give it a trillion dollars.
6. Stop thinking your grandchildren will be OK no matter how wasteful or destructive you may be, since they can go to a nice new planet on a spaceship. That is really mean, and stupid.
7. And so on. Or else."

[via http://www.openculture.com/2016/07/in-1988-kurt-vonnegut-gives-seven-pieces-advice-to-people-living-in-2088.html
via https://kottke.org/18/07/seven-bits-of-advice-from-kurt-vonnegut-to-people-living-100-years-in-the-future ]
vonnegut  advice  future  environment  sustainability  selfishness  goodancestors  1988  2088  nature  planetearth  spaceshipearth  ecosystems  war  small  slow  waste  wastefulness  escapism  technosolutionism 
july 2018 by robertogreco
How tech's richest plan to save themselves after the apocalypse | Technology | The Guardian
“This ‘out of sight, out of mind’ externalization of poverty and poison doesn’t go away just because we’ve covered our eyes with VR goggles and immersed ourselves in an alternate reality.”
Technology  Escapism  Inequality  Environment  Climate  Poverty 
july 2018 by Membranophonist
Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand | News | The Guardian
Another "Galt's Gulch" for billionaire preppers, I guess.
I guess if your expectations are to insulate yourself from reality, you need to ground the fantasy somewhere.
gmf  oligarchy  plutocracy  technology  escapism  new.zealand  elitism  commitment  preppers  accelerationism  capitalism  capital  capital.flight  offshoring 
february 2018 by po
The Great Clomping Foot: Worldbuilding and Art
M. John Harrison decried worldbuilding as "the great clomping foot of nerdism". He called on every science fiction story to represent "the triumph of writing over worldbuilding", calling it dull and technically unnecessary. "Worldbuilding literalises the urge to invent", he wrote. "Worldbuilding gives an unnecessary permission for acts of writing (indeed, for acts of reading). Worldbuilding numbs the reader's ability to fulfil their part of the bargain, because it believes that it has to do everything around here if anything is going to get done."... Harrison claims that once worldbuilding was a tool, a means, but now it has begun to function as an end in itself. In this trend, he sees a movement opposed to the anxieties and tensions central to literature and art itself. If fantasy is about alienating the reader from the current world, generating a kind of culture shock that will shake them up and leave them open to actually being affected - then this trend is diametrically opposed to that objective. This trend becomes an attempt to domesticate the fantasy world and the book and thus neutralize its transformative potential as art.
mJohnHarrison  scienceFiction  worldBuilding  art  fiction  fantasy  escapism 
february 2018 by jamesmnw
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october 2017 by wotek
Could a heroin vaccine cure the west’s drug epidemic? | Science | The Guardian
heroin has been described as “a warm blanket on the brain”. Within seconds of the drug entering the bloodstream, it hits receptor molecules in the brain’s neurons that induce a surge of euphoria, followed by a prolonged sense of tranquillity. Yes, it feels good – and that’s the problem. &! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/13/dont-blame-addicts-for-americas-opioid-crisis-real-culprits
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august 2017 by asterisk2a
The New Yorker -- The Ayahuasca Boom in the U.S.
'If cocaine expressed and amplified the speedy, greedy ethos of the nineteen-eighties, ayahuasca reflects our present moment—what we might call the Age of Kale. It is a time characterized by wellness cravings, when many Americans are eager for things like mindfulness, detoxification, and organic produce, and we are willing to suffer for our soulfulness. -- Ayahuasca, like kale, is no joy ride. The majority of users vomit—or, as they prefer to say, “purge.” And that’s the easy part. “Ayahuasca takes you to the swampland of your soul,” my friend Tony, a photographer in his late fifties, told me. Then he said that he wanted to do it again. -- “I came home reeking of vomit and sage and looking like I’d come from hell,” Vaughn Bergen, a twenty-seven-year-old who works at an art gallery in Chelsea, said of one ayahuasca trip. “Everyone was trying to talk me out of doing it again. My girlfriend at the time was, like, ‘Is this some kind of sick game?’ I was, like, ‘No. I’m growing.’ ” His next experience was blissful: “I got transported to a higher dimension, where I lived the whole ceremony as my higher self. Anything I thought came to be.” Bergen allows that, of the nine ceremonies he’s attended, eight have been “unpleasant experiences.” But he intends to continue using ayahuasca for the rest of his life. He believes that it will heal not only him but civilization at large. -- ... -- If the plant really is talking to the person, many people hear the same thing: we are all one. Some believe that the plants delivering this message are serving their own interests, because if humans think we are one with everything we might be less prone to trash the natural world. In this interpretation, B. caapi and chacruna are the spokesplants for the entire vegetable kingdom. -- But this sensation of harmony and interconnection with the universe—what Freud described as the “oceanic feeling”—is also a desirable high, as well as a goal of many spiritual practices. Since 2014, Draulio de Araujo, a researcher at the Brain Institute, in Natal, Brazil, has been investigating the effects of ayahuasca on a group of eighty people, half of whom suffer from severe depression. “If one word comes up, it is ‘tranquillity,’ ” he said. “A lot of our individuals, whether they are depressed or not, have a sense of peace after the experience.” -- Having studied fMRIs and EEGs of subjects on ayahuasca, Araujo thinks that the brain’s “default-mode network”—the system that burbles with thought, mulling the past and the future, while your mind isn’t focussed on a task—is temporarily relieved of its duties. Meanwhile, the thalamus, which is involved in awareness, is activated. The change in the brain, he notes, is similar to the one that results from years of meditation. -- Dennis McKenna told me, “In shamanism, the classic theme is death and rebirth—you are reborn in a new configuration. The neuroscientific interpretation is exactly the same: the default-mode network is disrupted, and maybe things that were mucking up the works are left behind when everything comes back together.”' -- Spiritual bypassing
hipsters  escapism  denial 
august 2017 by adamcrowe
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? - The Atlantic
Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones. [...] You might expect that teens spend so much time in these new spaces because it makes them happy, but most data suggest that it does not. [...] Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy, and those who spend more time than average on nonscreen activities are more likely to be happy. There’s not a single exception. All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness. // &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40840823 - Children consuming online time 'like junk food'
mental  health  addiction  self-medication  mobile  homescreen  Facebook  Twitter  coping  mechanism  chronic  stress  Depression  Millennials  instant  gratification  smartphone  attention  span  socioeconomic  Sociology  Soziologie  anxiety  escapism  Psychology  Gesellschaft  Generation  Generationy  Apple  Instagram  Snapchat  Kardashian  Celebrity  YouTube  childhood  parenting  screentime  screen-time  Happiness  self-help  self-awareness  self-regulation  Dopamine  Serotonin 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
YouTube -- Wisecrack Edition: The Walking Dead: Why Do We Love the Zombie Apocalypse?
"It's far easier to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine the end of our economic reality." -- "The problem we are faced with is not so much a lack of utopia, because this is really what dystopic dreams are: the enjoyment of a chance to restart in a more simplified world thinly veiled by the apparent horror of a dystopic collapse."
collapse  eschatology  escapism  casinogulag  america  manifestdestiny  utopia  dystopia 
june 2017 by adamcrowe
Escape to another world | 1843
As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the beginning of something big
videogames  lifestyle  escapism  gaming  work  taglater 
april 2017 by ohhappydayne

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