Pandemic: a world under siege

The generalised abstractions of partisan-political, ideological and economic self-interest are able to thrive in dissonant disunity. It is an environment that these abstractions themselves generate and that manifests the context and medium through which they most efficiently and effectively self-replicate. This is, among other things, precisely why the world has ever and always been a…

Entropy Binds

To what extent does a procedural (i.e. temporal) experience of cognition, language, culture and technology bias us towards linear problem-solving and reductionist explanation? The aggregate sum of all (multithreaded) organisational heuristics may itself be a non-linear and adaptively dynamic system as a fact but from an individual thread of experience (within that gestalt), planning, problem-solving…

What is Entropy?

Well, among other things... Entropy is a measure of the "degrees of freedom" available to a system. Generally-speaking, the more components, sub-systems, artefacts, entities that compose a system - the more degrees of freedom that are available to that system. Because there are always more possible disordered system states than ordered ones (in the total…

The Storm is upon us all…

There is a deepening feeling of doom (and gloom) as coronavirus begins to take hold across our community. We see the numbers growing daily; accelerating, exponentiating. At some point this will no longer be "someone else's" illness, it will be upon us; a tidal surge of trillions of sinister nano-scale biological robots, wicked ribonucleic algorithms…

Crown of Thorns: this gathering storm

This nauseating fear and gathering storm, the manifestation of an unacknowledged, unknown horror: our bodies were never impermeable, our minds - never infallible. The juggling, shuffling and dancing patterns of information and entropy from which we emerged - these were never some distant Otherness and isolated (or tamed) danger and threat of difference, of distance.…

Worthless Chemistry and Orchid Dust

Fashion wears us more than we could ever be said to wear it; we only have these experiences and ideas in direct and reflexive proportion to the extent that they, in fact, have us. We do not search for meaning - it searches for us and there, finding us as so many yawning vacuums and…

Evolving Narratives and Cultural Behaviours to Negotiate a Global Pandemic

Sociality and interdependence is our species' strength but is simultaneously also our weakness. The complex networks and intangible feedback loops of behaviour, communication, material artefacts and technologies upon which we have built a Global civilisation, such as it is, are autonomously self-propagating information systems. Once such psychological, social and cultural systems have gained energy and…

Global Pandemic: Our Institutions have failed us

In our darkest hour, the breadth and depth of institutional insolvency unveils itself - as though we were not all already aware of the compound ethical, economic and intellectual bankruptcy of our era - and stands naked and useless like a balance sheet providing shelter from a storm.

Communication is not Consciousness

An interesting article: A Pattern Recognition Theory of Mind Mind is certainly built around nested hierarchies, but the general structures built here (in this article) are too dependent upon loosely unverified correlation and analogy; "X implies Y, so then Z", where X is unsubstantiated.The structural constraints of communication and narrative cognition derive from, are related…

COVID19 and Global Economic Devastation

Beyond the self-evident inadequacies of our integrated bureaucratic hierarchies, the labyrinth of systemic biases which have funneled wealth into corporate welfare and monopolistic hegemonies are now revealing their utter ineptitude at providing adequate socioeconomic resilience. You could ask why no one saw this coming. Many people did, they just did not know what shape or…