This film confirms a long-standing suspicion of mine that a “Cormac” is in fact the metric by which bleakness and the narrative representation of evil is measured. Cormac McCarthy’s script sparkles with philosophical rumination and psychological observation while weaving a … Continue reading The Counselor: a Perfectly Flawed Diamond-Script.
The notion that life just naturally “falls out” of physics as a more or less inevitable consequence of the symmetries and physical parameters of nature is quite beautiful. It also implies a Universe absolutely overflowing with unimaginably many expressions of … Continue reading Why Life Exists
The Pentagon doesn’t see the future as being a particularly bright or happy place. It’s not the most pleasant thing to consider what is likely to go wrong but as the expression goes: “forewarned is forearmed”. Find out more after … Continue reading The Pentagon’s Dystopian Predictions
From postcard Kardashian to podcast Kardashev: a veritable smorgasbord of digital choice unfurls itself before us. From the ridiculous to the sublime (and back again), so much noise, so much emptiness, so much colour and so many hues of bland … Continue reading Digital Gluttony: from Kardashian to Kardashev
Sentience is clearly a magnificent experience, infinitely more to be preferred than the antagonistic conditions of unconsciousness or death, but for all its grandeur and richness it carries within itself a bitter seed: foreknowledge of personal death. The grave awareness … Continue reading Ego Extinction in Zen
I wonder sometimes if all this digital media and virtual space we share is really something other than what it seems. We perceive a rich tapestry of choice and self-expression, a veritable cornucopia of tittilation, education and ideological assertion. It … Continue reading Go with the Flow: the Illusion of Choice ?
One of the most annoying things I have come across online is the tendency for some scientific and academic journals to percolate their content through paywalls. When this is done with journalistic news content, it is usually not difficult to … Continue reading The Perils of Paywalls