MachineMachine /stream - search for evolution en-us LifePress <![CDATA[Judith Butler on the culture wars, JK Rowling and living in “anti-intellectual times”]]>

Thirty years ago, the philosopher Judith Butler*, now 64, published a book that revolutionised popular attitudes on gender. Gender Trouble, the work she is perhaps best known for, introduced ideas of gender as performance.

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:13:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Revolutionary archaeology reveals the deepest possible Anthropocene | Aeon Essays]]>

Humanity’s transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture is one of the most important developments in human and Earth history. Human societies, plant and animal populations, the makeup of the atmosphere, even the Earth’s surface – all were irreversibly transformed.

Fri, 02 Oct 2020 06:13:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Capitalist Catastrophism | ROAR Magazine]]>

Is Mark Fisher’s “capitalist realism” this generation’s “end of history thesis”? For nearly thirty years Francis Fukuyama’s contention that “Western liberal democracy” represents “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution” has measured the ebb and flow of history.

Sun, 09 Aug 2020 06:13:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Revolution or Ruin - Journal #110 June 2020 - e-flux]]>

We know how the first paragraph begins. We’ve read about the changing climate for over twenty years, infrequently at first and then daily until we couldn’t deny it any longer. The world is burning. The oceans are heating up and acidifying. Species are dying in the Sixth Great Extinction.

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:13:16 -0700
<![CDATA[The Black Anarchism Reader]]>

In the expansive terrain of anarchist history, few events loom as large as the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Countless books, films, songs, pamphlets, buttons, t-shirts, and more are rightfully devoted to this transformative struggle for social revolution by Spanish workers and peasants.

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 11:52:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Black Revolutionaries in the United States | communists in situ]]>

Communist Interventions  Vol. 2  (2016) Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction. No universal selfishness can bring social good to all.

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 09:59:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Humanity's Origin Story Just Got More Complicated | Gizmodo UK]]>

Human evolution was messy, with multiple human species living and interbreeding at the same time, in a convoluted process that eventually led to us. Such is the emerging narrative in anthropology, and it’s a theory now bolstered by three fascinating new studies.

Sun, 12 Apr 2020 07:18:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Coffee is the spirit of exploitation in brewed form | The Outline]]>

To the well-known political, economic, and cultural revolutions that inaugurated capitalist modernity, we ought to add a fourth: a pharmacological revolution, one that began innocently enough with a variety of foreign substances — coffee, tea, chocolate — and culminated in a multi-billion dollar

Fri, 10 Apr 2020 07:54:30 -0700
<![CDATA[What does it mean to be human? - Digg]]>

Gaia Vince discovers that analyzing the genetics of ancient humans means changing ideas about our evolution. The Rock of Gibraltar appears out of the plane window as an immense limestone monolith sharply rearing up from the base of Spain into the Mediterranean.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 18:57:10 -0800
<![CDATA[Peter Turchin A Feminist Perspective on Human Social Evolution - Peter Turchin]]>

Levels of inequality have changed dramatically during the course of human evolution: from the social hierarchies of our great ape ancestors to egalitarian small-scale societies of hunter-gatherers, and then to large-scale hierarchical societies with great inequities in the distribution of power, sta

Wed, 01 Jan 2020 06:16:24 -0800
<![CDATA[Daniel Dennett interview]]>

Daniel Dennett talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the evolution of the human brain.

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:35:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Jem Bendell on Deep Adaptation, Climate Change and Societal Collapse // Acceptance and evolution in the face of global meltdown - The Future Is Beautiful]]>

“Getting busy with action can be a distraction from full acceptance of our predicament, where our predicament is that we don’t know. We don’t know what the best things to do are anymore and we don’t know whether what we do with the best intentions will work.” – Jem Bendell E45 – JEM BENDELL ON DEEP ADAPTATION, CLIMATE CHANGE AND …

Sun, 10 Mar 2019 08:04:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Viewpoint: Why we still underestimate the Neanderthals - BBC News]]>

Prof Clive Finlayson, director of the Gibraltar Museum, explains why some old assumptions about the intellectual capabilities of our evolutionary relatives, the Neanderthals persist today. But a body of evidence is increasingly forcing us to re-visit these old ideas.

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:05 -0800
<![CDATA[A Manifesto for Revolutionary Demonology |NERO Editions]]>

The doctrine of the Right-Hand Path is a theory of self-deification encompassing the entirety of the western hermetic tradition.

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 18:56:14 -0800
<![CDATA[Chris Stringer and The Human Revolution]]>

This week Spencer and Razib discuss the Out of Africa theory, Neanderthal admixture, and The Human Revolution with Chris Stringer, Head of Human Origins Research at London's Natural History Museum.

Sun, 02 Dec 2018 00:10:23 -0800
<![CDATA[Revolutionary Monsters: the Suicide of Identity Politics]]>

In their discourse on the revolution, Negri and Hardt use the concept of a positive generative monster. Monstrosity arises as otherness, something contrary to the existing order. It is a freak child who differs from her mother. Monstrosity implies imbalance and terrifying excess.

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 20:36:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Ideology, Intelligence, and Capital]]>

Nick Land is a British philosopher living in Shanghai. Nick is one of the main figures in the school of thought known as accelerationism. He is currently writing a book about the philosophical implications of Bitcoin. We talked about accelerationism, cybernetics, ideology, the evolution of Nick’s perspective, Deleuze and Guattari, emancipation and dehumanization, artificial intelligence, capitalism, Moldbug, mathematics and the significance of zero, religion, blockchain/Bitcoin, Kantianism, synthetic time, and more.

We recorded this online, over two sessions. We did have some unavoidable connection problems, so you’ll notice some imperfections such as clicking sounds throughout. We did the best we could; big thanks to those who helped with the editing.

A full-text transcript with timestamps is now available at Vast Abrupt.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:28:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Utopian Topographies | Dr Caroline Edwards]]>

Utopian Topographies


on May 18, 2018 in Talks | 0 comments

I was recently invited to deliver a guest lecture at the City Literary Institute in London as part of their evening lecture programme, titled "Mapping Imaginary Topographies and Times: Literary Utopias from the Renaissance to the Present." Since I'm currently writing a chapter on “Utopia and Science Fiction" for the Palgrave Handbook of Utopian and Dystopian Literature (ed. Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, Fátima Vieira and Peter Marks, forthcoming 2018) I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce students to the literary utopia and sketch out key moments in its development, including: the genre's origins in Renaissance island-utopias, the subterranean worlds of late nineteenth-century hollow-earth utopias, euchronias (utopias set in the future) of evolutionary progress and scientific management, Martian utopias, critical utopias of the 1970s, and contemporary post-apocalyptic and disaster fictions (particularly flood fictions) that privilege the utopian impulse despite their narratives of catastrophe.

As part of my broader current research into science fiction and utopian narratives of what I'm calling "extreme environments" (such as Mars, Antarctica, the deep sea, the hollow earth), I focussed the lecture around the question of how particular locations and settings have inspired literary utopias; as well as the common political features of these ideal societies and how they critique the socio-political conditions of their own times.

Click here to listen to a recording of the talk: 

Below are the PowerPoint slides which accompanied the plenary, or click here to download:

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Fri, 18 May 2018 04:09:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Prince - Nothing Compares 2 U [OFFICIAL VIDEO]]]>

The following is previously unseen rehearsal footage of Prince & The Revolution from the summer of 1984.

It was in this very room at Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota that Prince created and committed to tape one of his most beloved and iconic compositions, which six years later would become a worldwide hit for Sinead O’Connor.

Prince’s original studio version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is presented here for the first time.

Video directed by Andrea Gelardin and Ruth Hogben.

Listen now on all streaming services:

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:01:43 -0700
<![CDATA[When man meets metal: rise of the transhumans | Technology | The Guardian]]>

Earlier this year I went to an event in Austin, Texas, billed as a sneak preview of the evolution of our species.

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:30:47 -0800