Christopher Wylie: The Man Who Was Deleted From the Internet

December 4, 2018
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When I went public with revelations that Cambridge Analytica had harvested 87 million profiles using an app that Facebook had authorized, Facebook’s first reaction was to immediately ban me — not only from Facebook but also from all the other companies that Facebook owns. That means I couldn’t even go on Instagram. All the apps […]

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Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe

December 3, 2018
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As the UN sits down for its annual climate conference this week, many experts believe we have passed the point of no return LINK: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/02/world-verge-climate-catastophe

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BURROUGHS ON HOW TO ESCAPE THE SOCIETY OF CONTROL

April 21, 2017
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  In “Electronic Revolution,” whence Gilles Deleuze got his idea of the “control society,” William S. Burroughs writes about how we can scramble the control society grammatically (see Ubuweb for the essay in full): The aim of this project is to build up a language in which certain falsifications inherit in all existing western languages will be […]

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NIHILISM AS THE DEEPEST PROBLEM; ART AS THE BEST RESPONSE Iain Thomson

April 20, 2017
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  How can art and poetry encourage existential trajectories that move beyond the nihilism of late-modernity? American philosopher Iain Thomson turns towards the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, in order to illustrate nihilism as our deepest historical problem and art as our best response, while establishing Heidegger’s insights into postmodernity and technology. Heidegger, Art, and Postmodernity […]

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10 MINUTES WITH RAYMOND GEUSS ON NIHILISM

April 19, 2017
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in conversation with Raymond Geuss Is nihilism the most important philosophical problem of our present? Philosopher Raymond Geuss talks to four by three about our misconception of nihilism, outlining three ways of questioning it, while asking whether nihilism is a philosophical or a historical problem and whether we are truly nihilists or might simply be […]

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12 FRAGMENTS ON NIHILISM

April 18, 2017
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12 FRAGMENTS ON NIHILISM Eugene Thacker Are you a nihilist and should you be one? Philosopher Eugene Thacker turns to Friedrich Nietzsche to break down nihilism into fragments of insights, questions, possible contradictions and thought provoking ruminations, while asking whether nihilism can fulfill itself or always ends up undermining itself? † 1. What follows came […]

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Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist review – why the human race is heading for the fire

April 17, 2017
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Paul Kingsnorth, a former green activist, thinks the environmental movement has gone wrong. He argues for ‘uncivilisation’ The future for humanity and many other life forms is grim. The crisis gathers force. Melting ice caps, rising seas, vanishing topsoil, felled rainforests, dwindling animal and plant species, a human population forever growing and gobbling and using […]

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In Love with the Monstrous: Why the Hell Am I Attracted to Such Horrible Things?

April 16, 2017
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My otherwise-quite-suitable life-partner and I seem to address this topic quite often, still, even after more than twenty-three years together: Why the hell do I like such horrible things?  (In case you’re wondering, this oft-visited discussion is rarely instigated by me.) I’m not just talking about music, though of course music is one of the […]

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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

April 15, 2017
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No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem. Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn’t look different from other autonomous cars, but it […]

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Serial Killers With Greg Polcyn & Vanessa Richardson

April 14, 2017
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  About Serial Killers Every Monday, Serial Killers takes a psychological and entertaining approach to provide a rare glimpse into the mind, methods and madness of the most notorious serial killers with the hopes of better understanding their psychological profile. With the help of real recordings and voice actors, we delve deep into their lives and stories. […]

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