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history

The Oscillating Horrors of History

Context: Jonathan P. Baird: Nazi Germany and the fall of law It is a curious property of the dissociative logic and intractable pathology of any extreme ideological position, not just to sweep along compliant and unwitting collaborators who see in the asserted “strength” of their hollow belief system a reflexive framework upon which to hang […]

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Psychology

Partisan Pathology

There is quite a lot to be said for the psychological dynamics of a partisan pathology (on all sides of any conflict or adversarial competition) that can only ever define itself reflexively in opposition to and by difference from a fictionalised, idealised and almost entirely abstract fantasy of Other. It is an infantile symmetry that […]

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Psychology

Human Beings Being Human: Anger

It is a simple truth. Fear drives most of our irrational decisions and our inability to admit it is in fact the greatest fallacy of all. Violence, war, hatred, discrimination, cruelty – it is all at base and in essence just fear under another name. People fear the truth of their own essential vulnerability more […]

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Alien Anthropology

We lonely atoms…

…and these, all of these bodies, these artefacts and inscriptions that were once dust will once again be dust. These that were once lonely atoms drifting in all of cosmic space and time will once again be set free to wander. Many, many trillions of years from now even atoms will devolve into a slowly-dissasembling […]

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Alien Anthropology Philosophy

Fascism Oscillates

Extreme ideologies manifest in patterns of ebb and flow like everything else…

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culture ideology ignorance systems

Disentangling Hate

Who benefits from stoking the fires of fear, insecurity and hatred?

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Philosophy Psychology

A Fascination with Broken Things

Broken things and imperfect people are often far more interesting than are complete and whole ones…

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culture

Genocide: Facebook’s Inability to Manage it’s own Effect

Facebook has a genocide problem.

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culture

A World at War with Itself

At the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, it is a good time to reflect upon where we are all going as a civilisation and what we might plausibly achieve to inhibit, interdict or halt the possibility of any similar global catastrophes from ever occurring again.

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Alien Anthropology

Fear of the Dark

Afraid of the Darkness that the Other and the Unknown represent, we inscribe this upon ourselves, into ourselves.

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Alien Anthropology

Anger

Anger. It’s really very simple.

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media politics Psychology

Hate Speech: Caveat Emptor

Context: Hate on the Rise After Trump’s Election. It is no surprise, really, that hate crime has surged.  As a far-flung observer of these events it has always been apparent (because it has always been the case) that politicians who do not cautiously vet their own words and public statements can let loose all manner […]