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Alien Anthropology

The Strange Game of Self-Deception

The strange game of active measures is one in which the practise of deception invokes the erasure of facts in ways that can only ever offset, displace of delay their eventual broad acknowledgement and discovery by that long-suffering internal audience for whom misdirection and compliant fear under autocracy is normative to the point of cliché. […]

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Alien Anthropology

War as Atavism

The fault and flaw that at times percolates to catastrophic ascendance likely runs deep within our nature as the biological entities we are; conditioned by, through and as reflexively competitive complex information and energy-processing systems biased towards a primitive archetype of individuation and survival. If the intelligence and sophistication measured by technological civilisation to any […]

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Alien Anthropology

A terrible sickening feeling…

…Year of the Tiger and not being the first time in history that an unrepentant tyrant has marched upon the brutalised bodies of the innocent and certainly not the first time that imperialistic misanthropes have enthusiastically misled their own people into a monumental catastrophe, it is the potentially global nature of this disaster that so […]

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When the Music’s Over

When it is all said and done, this current and potentially Globally catastrophic war, I wonder what will remain? A broken landscape of human suffering as sown seeds for generations of hatred and retribution yet to come? A barren and scarred planetary desert of radioactive futility? A humbled humanity that yet again sailed far too […]

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World Peace

If it were not so utterly catastrophic, this situation would be as fascinating now as it might be to some future generation of historians. The combinatorial entropy as intractable complexity of conflict being what it is, and the perennial failure of institutional language (or individual cognition) to adequately represent (or assert control upon) it, what […]

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Flames and Darkness: Ukraine

It has been the better part of a century since the world was authentically held to ransom by the megalomaniacal will of one man but make no mistake, Vladimir Putin possesses all the spite, brutality and power-hungry greed of Adolf Hitler. He is not a Hitler, I know, but he is potentially just as much […]

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Percolating Fools

It may be an inevitable consequence of the ways in which our social, political and technological progress is (perhaps intractably) built upon and around difference and conflict but I am still left flabbergasted by the endless stream of selfish morons into positions of power. Why is it that such brutally unrepentant misanthropes perennially percolate to […]

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Ukraine: The Absurdity of Invasion

The absurdity of the current Russia/Ukraine situation is quite utterly profound. Granted, civilisation has never quite managed to get beyond the neurotic atavistic hangover of reckless imperialist expansionism that is currently on display, but the sheer complexity of our contemporary international system indicates that accelerated dissolution of military governance and control in such a conflict […]

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Alien Anthropology

E.T. ?

In a Universe of potentially 2 trillion galaxies, by some models of cosmological inflation necessarily infinite in extent, we should be much less surprised that we have not found our own very specific and plausibly transient technologies staring back at us from this abyss. For perhaps no other reason than relative developmental and logical self-consistency, […]

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Alien Anthropology technology

Technological Competition

That our failures and our successes are intimately entangled applies as much at nascent planetary technological civilisation level as at any other. Interesting, also, to conjecture that our greatest failures (in microcosm and at scale) are generally in and of a partisan adversarialism that as reflexive psychological and existential compulsion cycles and oscillates through this […]

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Alien Anthropology history Philosophy politics Psychology

Making Monsters

As an authoritarian regime always and implicitly depends for self-validation upon the presence of external and internal threats, where it does not find them it will manufacture them. This is a narcissistic pathology, writ large. The essential and interior psychological surface as self-definition of an individual (or organisational system as political abstraction of nation) is […]

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Metaverse Mortgages: The Absurdity of (Virtual) Value

Oh yes, mortgages are now a thing in the Metaverse. There is something really interesting here, from a speculative philosophical and psychotherapeutic perspective. Some people are quite willing and enthusiastic to jump on the bandwagon of perceived or projected value in and as virtual artefacts, entities and systems. This is plausibly because at a reflexive […]