A nightmare of how the power of modern envy makes it the deadliest of human emotions.
In re: "People care as much or more about their identity and having it validated as they care about material interests."
When we talk about the ugly asymmetries in modern politics -- one side is far less sane than the other, let's face it -- talk arises of whether or not said people are in fact out of their minds.
It's impossible to control what happens when people pay attention to you in numbers. Just respond as gracefully as you can.
When you are faced with a world this chaotic and nasty, is the only sane response to reject it wholesale?
"...the mind extends into the world and augments the capacities of the biological brain with outside-the-brain resources."
Stephen Downes and a few wise words on the idea of "character".
On the largely ineffectual ways we've grappled with the corruption of public morals.
Why spam scams are illiterate by design: to weed out the skeptical and keep the suckers.
On Stjepan G. Meštrović's notion of the "postemotional society".
"How come it is easier for us to imagine the end of the world than a modest change in our economic order?" Let me take a crack at this, including how it relates to SF.
And how we might be able to write about it.
Spiritual advice don't mean a thing if it don't come from within.
"The most destructive frivolity of all comes only from the incurably serious."
"...the wretched of the earth might not be wholly responsible for their wretchedness."
"...what we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument."
People who say "I'm a jerk and proud of it" are sending a signal they should be avoided. The problem is we aren't always in a position to enact that advice.
The number of things we need to have an opinion about right this second is not as large as it might seem.
"... from where I sit, freedom isn't choice. Freedom is agency. Indeed, choice - by limiting agency - is often the opposite of freedom."
People need a place to go that's just a place to gather.
On how we've outgrown outgrowing things.
How Ray Bradbury saw a cellphone-addicted future. No, not in that book about book-burning.
"Specialization is for insects", revisited.
I don't see any of this ending well, but I'd rather be on whatever side of history valued verifiable truths over comfortable lies.
"The very ordinariness of human life seemed a kind of original sin, the sin of not being extraordinary enough to recognize and resist evil."
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