Category Archives: futurology

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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Machenome

I must admit, I’m not very convinced by Susan Blackmore’s notion of ‘temes’, third-level replicators as distinct from memes as are the latter are from genes. I think it would be more useful to see the emergence of memetic replicators … Continue reading

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Institutional Obsolescence

Nice talk from Clay Shirky on institutions as normative sutures – organizational systems that coordinate based on a plan, or a set of goals in which the first goal is the persistence of the system itself – and the challenge … Continue reading

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