Monthly Archives: August 2009

“And for the first time they begin to feel real ‘reality.'”

The words ‘down’ and ‘up’, according to Fuller, are awkward in that they refer to a planar concept of direction inconsistent with human experience. The words ‘in’ and ‘out’ should be used instead, he argued, because they better describe an … Continue reading

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Bricoblog – Experiments in Cultural Pastiche

Hong Hao, My Things No. 2, 2001 My friend Abe Adams, my girlfriend Madeline Carlock, and I have started a new weblog that readers might be interested in: Bricoblog. It’s a collection of strange and curious fragments found around the … Continue reading

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Impatient Messianism

Messianic politics is often derided for its passivity, resignation, and ineffectuality. Yet these are not inherent vices, which I’ll attempt to demonstrate here by defending a very different sense of messianism. God’s Waiting Room Messianism is a matter of redemption. … Continue reading

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The Fantasy of a Complete Science

Malcolm Gladwell, responding to criticism of Duncan Watts: In the end, though, I suppose that I feel the same ways about his insights as I do about Steve Levitt’s disagreements with me over the causes of the decline in violent … Continue reading

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Does Speculative Realism Exist?

Does Speculative Realism exist? Many would answer in the negative. The (anti)party line today is that the term is one of convenience, marking a shared opposition to ‘correlationism’ and its philosophical avatars. Yet the commonalities end there, or so we … Continue reading

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Utopian Schemes: King Gillette and Frederick Engels

Man Coporate. He absorbs, enfolds, encompasses, and makes the world his own. He will do more; he will penetrate the confines of space, and make it deliver up its secrets and power, for Mind, the Child of the great Oversoul … Continue reading

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Raising the Dead

Yesterday I suggested that the emergence of memetic replication transforms genetics into one species of meme among others. Genes are naturally limited in their replication strategy, in that they depend on the continuity of transmission. In other words, they must … Continue reading

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