Radically divergent (or convergent) approaches face uphill battles against an entrenched intellectual intransigence and institutional conservatism.
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.
Is consciousness an emergent phenomena from the mysteriously unintelligible sub-microscopic world of quantum mechanics ? Yes, and no.
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.
Taken out of context (or explicit authorial intent), anything can appear (or be construed as) false.
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.
The influence of popular communications and media is an effect measured by the relative simplicity of the associated communication method.
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 ?
What is it that binds the Cosmos to unified principles and patterns of physical laws and constants ?
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 ?
Countering stupid ideas proves to be a matter of some subtlety and intelligence…