11:47:30 – Doomsday Clock

In case you missed it,  a couple of days ago the Doomsday Clock was moved 30 seconds closer to Global Armageddon, catastrophe, destruction, devastation - pick your best adjective.  The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face that has been maintained since 1947 by the The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board. …

Alternate Facts: Fake Realities

Wow.  It didn't take long for that to escalate.  "Post-truth" has now found itself instantiated as "alternate fact" in popular media discourse.  Trump's press secretary did not (strictly speaking) lie, he expressed an "alternate fact".  Not only have we gone beyond an investment in the integrity of at least partial credibility or claim to verifiable…

Fragile World

We unwittingly construct the monsters of our world - the narratives and resonant fields of culture and information (or energy) flows which create by inversion and psychological projection those things we fear and which threaten us, psychologically or materially...

On the Uses of Myth

An ideological investment in heroic figures at least partially represents the externalisation or projection of an ideal self, tainted by the biased interpretations of enlightened self-interest or other potential narrative corruption...

On Writing, Rewriting and WordPress

I suspect it is a not so stealthy nor cryptic fact of the blogging culture that other than being among other things a long-form social media experience, this is where we may suspend our disbelief in the existential void we suspect to be lurking behind appearances...

Fear Factor: Damocles

The central problem in this professional mismatch of politicians with their roles is that playing the game of being elected or rising to positions of power is fundamentally not the same thing as actually playing the game of governing well...

Time

Time is fundamentally mysterious. In many ways it is the most intimate and omnipresent feature of our existence - what could be more readily apparent than duration, lived experience, memory or the ever-ticking memento of personal mortality which the clock represents ?

Is Mathematics Real ?

https://youtu.be/TbNymweHW4E On a purely pragmatic level: beyond philosophical complexities and existential insecurities, it does not actually matter whether mathematics is real and independent of us or if it is purely a procedurally self-consistent intellectual ecology of mysteriously effective principles, rules and axioms. Maths works for us. That is the crux. Personally, I think it has…

Dreams, Cultures, Identities

Dreams are narratives in which the clear logical and temporal boundaries required to function in the world dissolve, where the images are all the time already present in the mind and there intermingle and reconcatenate into new and potentially novel configurations and metamorphoses. Myths and archetypes are...

A Post-Truth Information Economy

At the heart of the cranks and gears which churn behind the pseudo-fact engines of collective post-truth confusion is a grand democratisation of self-expression (and self-promotion) which has itself been facilitated by the progressive ramping-up of the importance and influence of the internet and social media...

A Systems-Theoretical Self

A systems-theoretical self is the empty set, taken as an object and then reflexively, recursively, iteratively reflected back into itself. Like the basis for counting: a base set of emptiness, itself impermeable and mysterious, becomes refracted through some elemental logic into a duplicity of itself and that which it is not. That which something which is nothing is not is itself something and through the impossible...