MachineMachine /stream - tagged with philosophy en-us LifePress <![CDATA[The hard problem of consciousness is already beginning to dissolve | New Scientist]]>

THE nature of consciousness is truly one of the great mysteries of the universe because, for each of us, consciousness is all there is. Without it, there is no world, no self, no interior and no exterior. There is nothing at all.

Tue, 14 Sep 2021 03:51:22 -0700

‘One of their philosophers has lately discovered that “as the liver secretes bile, so does the brain secrete thought”; which astonishing discovery Dr Cabanis, more lately still, in his ‘Rapports du Physique et du Moral de l’Homme’, has pushed into its minutest developments.

Tue, 08 Jun 2021 11:55:05 -0700
<![CDATA[The Philosophy and Politics of Accelerationism — Course Out Now! – xenogothic]]>

Following our one-hour promo chat from the other day, I’m very excited to announce that The Philosophy and Politics of Accelerationism, a collaborative course written by James ‘@meta_nomad‘ Ellis and myself is now live at

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 12:59:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Dark deconstructions of children's TV shows/characters?]]>

I've read fantastic, dark - often very political analyses - of TV shows like Thomas the Tank Engine, Teletubbies, Mr.Blobby, and Sesame Street's Oscar the Grouch.... but I'd like to find some more. What other dystopian, playful, surreal, philosophical, deconstructive readings of kid's television shows/characters are out there? I am more interested in kid's TV shows, rather than movies, because there is more material to go with, but certain classic films, like Willy Wonka perhaps, would be appreciated too

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 08:47:29 -0700
<![CDATA[The ancient Greeks warned us about AI: Chips with Everything podcast | Technology | The Guardian]]>

Author Adrienne Mayor discusses the myths that contained the first blueprints for artificial intelligence

Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:42:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Help me find this quote about living in possible worlds/utopias]]>

I read a quote recently, and cannot find it again. It was in an article or interview about better worlds, about the possibility of utopia. And the person writing/being interviewed quoted another thinker's doctrine, something like: "A possible world is only worth considering if it is better regardless of who you are in that world." i.e. imagine that you don't know who you would be born as in a possible world, and build your utopia from there.

Sat, 28 Apr 2018 05:30:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds | The New Yorker]]>

In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other by a person who had subsequently taken his own life.

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:50:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Ultra-Black: Towards a Materialist Theory of Oil - Journal #84 September 2017 - e-flux]]>

People think that they sell oil, but in fact they are becoming oil. —Victor Pelevin

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:32:34 -0700
<![CDATA[How philosophy came to disdain the wisdom of oral cultures | Aeon Ideas]]>

A poet, somewhere in Siberia, or the Balkans, or West Africa, some time in the past 60,000 years, recites thousands of memorised lines in the course of an evening. The lines are packed with fixed epithets and clichés.

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:54:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers? | Education | The Guardian]]>

Outraged headlines erupted when students launched a campaign to challenge the great western philosophers. We went to the source of dissent – London’s School of Oriental and African Studies – to investigate

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:21:14 -0800
<![CDATA[Now it’s time to prepare for the Machinocene | Aeon Ideas]]>

Human-level intelligence is familiar in biological hardware – you’re using it now. Science and technology seem to be converging, from several directions, on the possibility of similar intelligence in non-biological systems.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:48:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Dark Posthumanism: the weird template]]>

Billions of years in the future, the Time Traveller stands before a dark ocean, beneath a bloated red sun. The beach is dappled with lichen and ice. The huge crabs and insects which menaced him on his visit millions of years in its past are gone.

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:00:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Let's Send Philosophers and Poets to Mars | Immodest proposal | OZY]]>

Leaving planet Earth isn’t easy. This year, NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Program received a record 18,000-plus applications from highly qualified scientists bent on discovering space’s deep abyss. It will choose a handful, if that.

Mon, 09 May 2016 01:16:37 -0700
<![CDATA[More than Human: From the Politics of Plastics to Shifting our Species Into the Unknown | ART21 Magazine]]>

The things we create define us, as a culture and as a species. Yet, so often, as we hurtle into the future, our creations seem to take on a life of their own.

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 06:13:55 -0700
<![CDATA[More than Human: From the Politics of Plastics to Shifting our Species Into the Unknown]]>

More than Human: From the Politics of Plastics to Shifting our Species Into the UnknownWilla Köerner edited an issue of ART21 Magazine on the subject of Renewal. She interviewed us about #Additivism, asking the right kind of questions about what comes next:The things we create define us, as a culture and as a species. Yet, so often, as we hurtle into the future, our creations seem to take on a life of their own. For just over a year, the artist Morehshin Allahyari has partnered with the writer Daniel Rourke on a project that grapples with this conundrum in such a mind-expanding way that, after speaking with the pair about their work, my brain was reeling. This is a story of two people who, while working to explore the nuances and politics of a new creative medium, have found themselves entangled with a philosophical conundrum: What does it mean to be more than human?↪ Read the entire article here

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:36:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Writing The Future From Science Fiction - OMNI Reboot]]>

Sometimes this failure of prediction is even science fiction's explicit subject. In Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation series, for instance, a brilliant mathematician devises a method of calculating historical probabilities.

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:17:53 -0800
<![CDATA[The Essence of Peopling]]>

Sarah Perry is a contributing editor of Ribbonfarm. Nouns for human beings – “people” or “person” – conjure in the mind a snapshot of the surface appearance of humans. Using nouns like “people” subtly encourages thinking about people as frozen in time, doing nothing in particular.

Sat, 09 Jan 2016 08:16:55 -0800
<![CDATA[In Defense of Grand Narratives | Jacobin]]>

Postmodernists oppose “grand narratives,” and perhaps the “grandest” of all “narratives” was authored by Karl Marx, that of the proletariat taking power and creating a society in which all individuals can develop their talents to their fullest.

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:03:53 -0800
<![CDATA[Julian Savulescu: The Philosopher Who Says We Should Play God]]>

Australian bioethicist Julian Savulescu has a knack for provocation. Take human cloning. He says most of us would readily accept it if it benefited us.

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:27:55 -0700
<![CDATA[The Footprint on Crusoe's Island & its use in critical theory]]>

The single appearance of the footprint in Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel, Robinson Crusoe, is perhaps one of the most famous events in all of literature. I am interested in who has referenced it, and for what ends, especially in critical theory. I also wonder whether Michel Foucault's famous closing lines to 'The Order of Things' is a subtle reference to the appearance of that footprint? Can other allusions to 'the figure of man' and marks in the sand be traced back to Defoe's novel?

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 08:03:02 -0700