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A kind of asynchronic overlay

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:02:00 +0000

I try to undo the distinction that’s usually made between “fiction” and “reality,” as though “fiction” were synonymous with fakery. I don’t think that’s the right layout to work with; I think there’s something else going on. […] I try to argue that “fiction” is best understood in terms of a gap or interim, a delay … Continue reading A kind of asynchronic overlay

Seven billion spiders

Sat, 20 May 2017 10:50:43 +0000

Here, then, is what makes all members of the species Homo sapiens cultural animals. They come into the world quite incomplete, and pick up what they need to know, and more, by learning from life, and in very large part from one another. As at the same time social animals (and for them the social … Continue reading Seven billion spiders

Fell on black days

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:08:00 +0000

Rest easy, man.

The designer’s prestidigitation

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:46:42 +0000

As Apple’s chief designer Jony Ive recalls, when he and his team sat down to redesign the iPhone operating system in 2012, it did away with many of the classic skeuomorphic elements: “We understood that people had already become comfortable with touching glass, they didn’t need physical buttons, they understood the benefits. So there was … Continue reading The designer’s prestidigitation

No organism can be reduced to its own action

Tue, 09 May 2017 13:03:40 +0000

… the obsession with ‘selfish genes’, that is, the neoliberal theory of action parading as biology, makes it impossible to follow Lovelock’s reductionist call. When you really believe that externalities — to locate this philosophy of biology where it belongs: namely economics — cannot be internalized by selfish individual agents, how could you possibly understand what … Continue reading No organism can be reduced to its own action