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culture

Creativity and Innovation versus Institutional Intransigence

Radically divergent (or convergent) approaches face uphill battles against an entrenched intellectual intransigence and institutional conservatism.

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Philosophy

Emergent Complexity as Logical and Material Inevitability

The emergence of structured and patterned complexity may just be an inevitable consequence of a Cosmos in which the self-replicating, iterating logical process of self-replication itself represents the simplest, low-energy (and minimal algorithmic information complexity) state of any dynamical process.

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Philosophy physics

Consciousness as Emergent Quantum Phenomena ?

Is consciousness an emergent phenomena from the mysteriously unintelligible sub-microscopic world of quantum mechanics ? Yes, and no.

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Philosophy

Living through Language

Do we live through words or do words live through us ?

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culture

The Imitation Game: Information and Persuasion

This contemporary information and communications technology environment provides a rich and fertile testbed for observing, borrowing and repurposing concepts and methods of influence and persuasion-for-effect.

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communication

Out of Context

Taken out of context (or explicit authorial intent), anything can appear (or be construed as) false.

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politics

Ideological Entropy

Where intellectual or ethical bankruptcy is the pivot upon which any untenable political assertion or associated narrative rests, an overinvestment in faulty reasoning becomes something of an inevitability.

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culture

The Challenge of Communicating Complex Concepts

The influence of popular communications and media is an effect measured by the relative simplicity of the associated communication method.

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culture

Representational Relativity

Does the method encoded within the representational cultural artefacts of an era indicate a way in which that broader cultural moment can be interpreted or understood ?

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Philosophy

The Cosmological and Computational Ties that Bind

What is it that binds the Cosmos to unified principles and patterns of physical laws and constants ?

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Philosophy

A Computational Universe ?

Can the Universe be said to be computational ? Algorithmic ? Can distantly-connected parts of a unified physical totality really manifest computation as we currently understand it ?

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culture history Philosophy politics

On Stupid Ideas and Clever Solutions

Countering stupid ideas proves to be a matter of some subtlety and intelligence…