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Philosophy

Pattern Recognition and Conspiracy Theory

One thing that human minds as intelligent entities maintain particular fluency in is the recognition and conceptual or material reproduction of patterns. It allows us to generalise by analogy and to draw inferences across multiple facts to derive underlying symmetries and principles. This lateral pattern-matching across domains is a uniquely powerful mental facility but may […]

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Alien Anthropology

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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Alien Anthropology

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 […]

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Philosophy

Believe what you want but never think you are beyond fault or self-deception…

…in a world awash in noise as unintelligible complexity, many people are seeking for something, anything at all to believe in. The evidence that credibility is quite clearly less important than narrative continuity and simplicity highlights the extent to which belief has always been something of a leap of faith, untethered from facts and reality. […]

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Philosophy

A Rudderless Vessel

Beyond a very limited range of skill or intuition, no one really knows what they are doing or how best to organise our world. Systems of belief asserting closure and certainty emerge as an inverse function of a growing doubt and uncertainty that they mask with spectacles of bravado or deception. Stupidity as simplistic systems […]

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Philosophy

Meaning

We should not be surprised that our collective and individual search for meaning in life is difficult to resolve. The tools of language by which we attempt to plumb the depths of life and existence are unfit for defining or comprehending ultimate meanings in either ourselves or the worlds we inhabit. The language and logic […]

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Philosophy

Bitcoin, Value, Belief

Context: VIRTUAL LAND WITHIN METAVERSE SELLS FOR RECORD $2.43 MILLION Value is much less concrete or certain than the artefacts and entities we anchor it on and, consequently as a function not dissimilar to the ways in which systems of belief require no basis in fact, this means that perceived or asserted value need have […]

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communication

Political Dissonance in Social Media

Long before media and/or technology companies inadvertently harvested this endemic bias towards dissociative subjectivity construction by way of social media confessional as functional neuroses, it has been a core feature of organisational systems and – before them – as the breaking symmetries and phase transitions of emergent novelty as difference or entropy in complex dynamical […]

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Philosophy

Rhetorical Vacuum

The great “I believe…” has quite inadvertently come to imply that any inarticulate caricature and catastrophically irrational utterance might quite easily take the cognitive or public and theatrical (or often enough geopolitical) center of gravity and there draw the gullible like moths to its naked flame. Belief, thus and there abstracted from fact, reminds us […]

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Alien Anthropology

Disinformation Disco

Why won’t people leave communities of poorly informed dissatisfaction? It is a curious and potentially intractable aspect of human psychology that the more untenable an ideological position, belief system or existential context, the harder it becomes to leave. Doubling down on a bad bet takes less energy than the potential effort required to extract one’s […]

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Psychology

Healthy Psychological Growth

Healthy psychological growth is quite likely a function of the degree to which a person, or indeed – a civilisation, can successfully negotiate the persistent presence of irreconcilable absence that difference and logical dissonance invokes. In this sense, (both) neurotic obsession and territorial expansionism represent an orientation towards the world that constitutes, in varying degrees, […]

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Philosophy

On the topic of not casting stones…

Beyond the most broad brushstrokes of inductive intuition, we should never assume anything about others’ thoughts or intentions and yet find ourselves quite naturally predisposed by endemically limited information to do precisely this. A corollary assumption being that not only are the assumptions we make as essentially and irreducibly metaphysical assertions regarding others most likely […]