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Evil not so banal, says disturbing new probe
"The more we read and the more data we collect, the less evidence we find to support the banality of evil idea, the notion that participants are simply 'thoughtless' or 'mindless' zombies who don't know what they're doing and just go along for the sake of it,"
september 2014 by warrenellis
Homo Sacer | booktwo.org
"“Homo Sacer” is Latin for “the accursed man”, and a figure in Ancient Roman law, one who has been banned, or exiled, and may be killed by anyone, without penalty.?"
history  philosophy 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Toward a Drone Sexuality – Part 1: Knowledge and consent » Cyborgology
"We—the dronesexual, the recently defined, though we only call ourselves this name to ourselves and only ever with the deepest irony—we’re never sure whether the humming is pleasure or whether it’s a form of transmission, but we also don’t really care…There are no dronesexual support groups. We don’t have conferences. There is no established discourse around who we are and what we do. No one writes about us but us, not yet."
drones  writing  sex  philosophy 
december 2013 by warrenellis
Levitated Mass | Notes on Metamodernism
"In The Inhuman/ Reflections on Time, Lyotard asks us to think in geologic time, not the usual puny human time. He reminds us that to prevent the obliteration of human thought when the sun burns out in 5 billion years, such thought will need a new kind of carrier."
philosophy  metamodernism  longnow  time 
december 2013 by warrenellis
Symposium: "Speculations on Anonymous Materials" | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
"The symposium is based on the following hypothesis: The fundamental technological, scientific and socio-political changes at the beginning of the 21st century have caused sharp caesuras in both philosophy and art." 
philosophy  2014condition  speculative  realism 
december 2013 by warrenellis
The Ethics of Nostalgia | Notes on Metamodernism
."..as much as we may still love to superficially aestheticise history as a ‘style’ and a consumer ‘product’, we are also witnessing an engagement with nostalgia that is about ethics rather than simply style. Like postmodernism in the 1980s and 1990s, our current engagement with the past is consciously aware of what Fredric Jameson has termed its own “random cannibalization of all the styles of the past”, yet nevertheless seeks to say something beyond style in the process."
theory  philosophy  history 
november 2012 by warrenellis
The Internet Through a Postmodern Lens » Cyborgology
"The postmodern world is obscene since everything is made visible, broadcast, and so forth. The Internet is obscene because it is characterized by endless information and communication as well as never-ending social commentary..."
comms  social  net  philosophy 
november 2012 by warrenellis
Pages - The 4th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy
@justinpickard: Gutted to miss this. 'Computing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio-Machine Hybrids': http://t.co/xsiPon2K (July 2-6; Birmingham, UK) http://twitter.com/justinpickard/status/211546689146851328
ifttt  twitter  comp  philosophy  bio  bodymod 
june 2012 by warrenellis
Ian Bogost - Aliens, but definitely not as we know them
"Undermining positions understand reality as smaller bits, be they quarks, DNA or mathematics. Ordinary things such as sheep or battleships become fictions, tricks that deceive minds too naive to understand their depths. Overmining positions take objects to be less real than the processes and circumstances that produce them. Generally, the sciences tend to undermine, and the humanities to overmine."
philosophy  alien 
april 2012 by warrenellis
on panpsychism and OOO « Object-Oriented Philosophy
"But what OOO really says is as follows. Humans and animals do not confront reality directly, but only sensual caricatures of it. So far, that’s pretty much just basic Kant, and shouldn’t be too controversial. The controversial step is to say that the same is true of inanimate beings in confrontation with each other. However, keep in mind that this is not the same thing as ascribing “consciousness” to rocks."

Sent to me by Ian Bogost. Okay. More reading to do. Also, though, a thing Mr Bogost said to me on twitter (while being very kind to a slow mind like mine): "The smell of animism is there, but it's a calculated risk. At the end of the day, anthropocentrism is inescapable."
philosophy  newaesthetic 
april 2012 by warrenellis

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