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Philosophy

Semantic Ambiguity

The dynamism and flexibility of language is simultaneously its strength and its weakness. This is a corollary of the abstract/logical and concrete/material extensibility that haunts technology as cyber (in)security but is by no means limited there. It is an irreducibly discontinuous symmetry of uncertainty that plagues all organisations and institutional contexts. The incessant invention of […]

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Philosophy

Meaning is just a game we play with words…

Meaning is just a game we play with words; a mere symbolic manipulation of the intrinsic curvature and self-inflected logical spaces of language, information and complexity that we inhabit and that – equally, if not more so – inhabit us. If we were for even a moment able to cast aside the base psychological narcissism […]

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Alien Anthropology

We’re on the Road to Nowhere

The kind of puzzle indicated here are commonly associated with a genre of social media clickbait that often leads down a steep rabbit-hole of commercial datapoint acquisition. Cambridge Analytica’s artful gullbility-harvesting tests were a case in point and emphasise a significant correlation between (personal) online identity-construction and the production of an implicit informational value around […]

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culture narrative Psychology

The Psychological Vacuum of Games

I am for my own reasons holding out against complete personal digital metamorphosis and still receive a large percentage of my news media through television, regardless that the electromagnetic signal itself is digitally-encoded. An advantage that I derive from television news is that, unlike the overtly digital communications channels of social media and YouTube, the […]

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communication Complexity culture

These Logical Games also Play Themselves, Through Us

There exists an endemic and intransigent adherence to the self-evident necessity of linear or causal teleology and reductive explicability in human experience that misleads us as to the underlying organisational or logical principles of our shared reality.  The many and diverse games we play are, for instance, evidence of core principles of systemic (and systematic) […]

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Alien Anthropology Philosophy

Endless Games

The purpose of this game (of life, of experience, of order and human intelligence) becomes the self-perpetuation of the game itself.

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culture

Rage 2.0: Leveling Up

We may, culturally and symbolically, be collectively imprisoned by an adherence to a narrative of conflict, difference and aggressive conquest…

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culture

Doom Eternal

My review: 3 and a half dismembered demons out of 5 for a visually impressive remake of pretty much every single (simple) gaming idiom since the original Quake, Doom and Castle Wolfenstein games.

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culture

The Blame Game: Guns and Culture

The conditions which exist within a culture which might allow, indicate or in some sense cultivate the psychological and behavioural possibility of and preponderance to mass shootings is complex and not attributable to any single cause…

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Philosophy

Topology, Boundary, Possibility

It is a mathematical and logical fact that there is always at least one way to extend a sufficiently sophisticated axiomatic system into new (and potentially useful) reconfigurations…

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culture

In passing…

I remember when I was first introduced to en passant and after the initial shock, denial and eventual aquiescence to the expanded rule-set and spectrum of possibility of that great game of Chess, I could never quite dispel that lingering paranoia that at any moment…