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Postmodernism and “post-truth”

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:42:37 +0000

I’ve noticed a revival in a minor but persistent trope of late, namely the habit of blaming postmodernist philosophy for somehow creating the current breakdown of societal consensus (a.k.a. “post-truth politics”). Here’s an example from someone who’s definitely big enough to know better, Daniel Dennett: Dennett: Philosophy has not covered itself in glory in the … Continue reading Postmodernism and “post-truth”

Roadtrips and brickbats

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 18:05:45 +0000

It’s high time I collected up mentions of and responses to the manifold things I’ve been up to over the last year or more, having fallen rather out of the habit; the decline of G**gle Alerts meant I stopped paying attention, basically. I can’t even do vanity right! Anyway, let’s start with fiction. I’ve not published … Continue reading Roadtrips and brickbats

Cool your head

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:22:06 +0000

Another day, another minor mention of immortalism in the mainstream media; this one’s rare in that it mentions the really important element of the business model of Alcor and other such cryogenics “service providers”: The majority of patients choose to take out life insurance policies naming Alcor or the Cryonics Institute as their beneficiary. Read that again. Let the implications … Continue reading Cool your head

Neither good nor bad, and never neutral

Sun, 20 Sep 2015 14:59:02 +0000

The network is neither good, nor bad, and never neutral; instead, the repetition of national politics in virtual space reminds us that our digital lives take place in the context of history and society, subject to the same powers and pressures as our physical lives. The network can be occupied, controlled, forbidden and attacked in … Continue reading Neither good nor bad, and never neutral

Our lives are linked to land and water

Sat, 12 Sep 2015 16:18:20 +0000

Last weekend I was a guest at Brown University, Providence, appearing as a panelist at Jo Guldi’s Land & Water conference, a conclave of academics and activists with a mutual interest in the historical forces mediating our access to the environment and its resources. There should be more material to come at the link above, including session … Continue reading Our lives are linked to land and water