MachineMachine /stream en-us LifePress <![CDATA[Collapse of Civilization reading list]]>

This is a list of books on and related to collapse broken down by various categories.

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 05:59:41 -0700

How can we imagine communities that are not shaped by the human superiority? Who are we in the light of eco-critical imaginaries? What constitutes us? Who are the others that are to be included in our community?

This two-day online symposium seeks to address the aforementioned questions by engaging the dialogue between philosophy, neuroscience, anthropology and art. It will take place on 17 & 18 September 2020. The symposium will be held in English, fully streamed online, participation is free.


17 SEPTEMBER, Thursday

11:00—11:15 Opening & Welcome Speeches: Rimvydas Petrauskas (Rector of Vilnius University); Jonas Dagys (Director of the Institute of Philosophy, Vilnius University), Kristupas Sabolius (organizer, Institute of Philosophy, Vilnius University).

MORNING SESSION Moderated by Daina Habdankaitė

11:15 —12:00 Catherine Malabou (Kingston University / University of California Irvine) Not Mandatory: When Addiction Replaces Law

12:00 —12:45 Vittorio Gallese (University of Parma / Columbia University / Humboldt Universität) The Empathic Body. Embodied Simulation and Experimental Aesthetics

12:45—13:00 Break

13:00—13:45 Kristupas Sabolius (Vilnius University / MIT) We Are Milieus

13:45—14:30 Panel discussion: Catherine Malabou, Vittorio Gallese, Kristupas Sabolius, Scott F. Gilbert, moderated by Elizabeth A. Povinelli

14:30 —15.30 Break

AFTERNOON SESSION Moderated by Ignas Šatkauskas

15:30 —16:15 Rita Šerpytytė (Vilnius University) The Challenge of the Subject in the Face of the Real

16:15 —17:00 Ruslanas Baranovas (Vilnius University) Grammatology and the Sadness of Being Human

17:00—17:45 Chiara Bottici (The New School for Social Research) Rethinking the Human Through the Philosophy of Transindividuality

17:45 —18:30 Panel discussion: Rita Šerpytytė, Ruslanas Baranovas, Chiara Bottici moderated by Catherine Malabou

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:08:12 -0700
<![CDATA[In Search Of A Flat Earth]]>

Clickbait Title: The Twist at 37 Minutes Will Make You Believe We Live In Hell

This has taken a long time to make, and it was a very winding road, but I'm glad I did it. Hiking out to the north shore of Minnewanka, a 19km round trip, is one of the worst decisions I've ever made but I'm glad I did it. I'm not sure what else to say. I'm so tired. So very, very, very tired.

Flat Earth OR Why Do People Reject Science? - Philosophy Tube

Flat Earth: A Measured Response - hbomberguy

I Read The Most Hateful Book Ever Written - Thought Slime

Maybe We Should Be Concerned About Qanon? - SOME MORE NEWS

If you want to stay up to date on QAnon, The QAnon Anonymous Podcast, YouTube channel Some More News, and the work of journalists Will Sommer and Alex Kaplan will give you a place to start.

Music: Isolated by Kevin MacLeod (prologue) Oxygen Mask by Andy G. Cohen (title/credits) Sunset by Kai Engel (across a curved lake) Fastest Man on Earth by Jahzzer (they're all going to Q) Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License

Written and performed by Dan Olson

Crowdfunding: Twitter:

00:00 Prologue 03:21 Intro 05:01 Part 1 37:39 Part 2

Fri, 11 Sep 2020 13:04:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Critical Designer, Activist Engineer: Making Things and Making Things Happen]]>

What happens when design and engineering research results in activism, human rights work, politics, or matters of equity and justice? Engineers and designers are often thought of as “problem-solvers” in mostly technical, practical, and formal senses. But this class explores the equally compelling history of engineering and design projects that raise difficult questions, aid marginalized communities, address urgent social issues, or create new social conditions.We’ll talk to designers, artists, and engineers who work on issues of sustainability, power, health, education, and more. And we’ll run our own experiments in creative design work for the public good. The class includes significant reading, field trip(s) and guest lectures, short experiments, and a culminating project.We want you to witness and be inspired by the exciting, expansive fields of what are variously called social design, engineering for the public good, socially engaged art practices, and many other names. However, we also want you to be well versed in the many, many pitfalls of so-called “activist” work with technology—when it’s under-informed, poorly researched, focused on form and not on substance, it risks not only being ineffective, but can lead to actual harm. We take this risk seriously, so this course will have you mostly listening, learning, listening and learning some more, and, finally proposing—not carrying out fully-fledged projects in one semester. Trust us on this: We can have fun and be at play with ideas while also operating with due diligence as socially-minded engineers and designers. Humility and questions are your trusty companions here, your true north. We want to help you to lay a foundation; you will have many, many future opportunities to build the house.

Wed, 09 Sep 2020 03:59:27 -0700
<![CDATA[Ask MeFi: Weird Western recommendations]]>

Please recommend me some stories in the Weird West genre. Mild specifications below the cut

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 15:49:48 -0700
<![CDATA[1,204,986 Votes Decided: What Is The Best Thing?]]>

Sometimes, you regret asking a question. • Win your Ultimate Tech Bundle by entering Fasthosts’ Techie Test here:

Thanks to Graham Haerther for the main audio mix, and for recovering the terrible sound in my echo-filled flat!

(For the folks asking: I'm not planning to release the ranked list -- partly because "ranked list of major world religions" sounds like the sort of thing that'll cause trouble, and partly because I can't guarantee there aren't some other nasty things still in the list. Apologies!)

00:00 Introduction 00:38 Every Thing 04:35 How To Rank Everything 05:45 What Is The Best Thing?

I'm at on Twitter at on Facebook at and on Instagram as tomscottgo

Mon, 07 Sep 2020 08:00:02 -0700
<![CDATA[When The World Isn’t Designed for Our Bodies | The New Yorker]]>

“What Can a Body Do? How We Meet the Built World,” a new book by the artist and design researcher Sara Hendren, opens with a challenge. A curator named Amanda has come to Hendren’s classroom at the Olin College of Engineering, where the author teaches courses on technology and disability.

Sat, 05 Sep 2020 08:13:14 -0700
<![CDATA[The Making of an Incel | The Walrus]]>

Mass violence motivated by misogyny is repeatedly attributed to mental illness, framed as the act of a lone man driven to snap by his disordered neurology. That’s what happened in Montreal when a gunman killed fourteen women in 1989.

Fri, 04 Sep 2020 08:13:22 -0700
<![CDATA[‘Queer Eye’, Jordan Peterson and the battle for depressed men | openDemocracy]]>

While I was undercover at a far Right conference in Italy last year, it was easy to hide how I really felt about the people I was ‘befriending’. I’d been feigning enthusiasm for years. Just before I went on that trip, I’d finally gone to see my GP.

Thu, 03 Sep 2020 23:13:14 -0700
<![CDATA[God Is Dead. So Is the Office. These People Want to Save Both - The New York Times]]>

In the beginning there was Covid-19, and the tribe of the white collars rent their garments, for their workdays were a formless void, and all their rituals were gone.

Thu, 03 Sep 2020 23:13:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Ask MeFi: Good middle age group graphic novels for a woke 9 year old girl]]>

As above! I saw her reading Nnedi Okorafor's Ikenga. Shippable to US on not amazon would be great. Very social justice orientated family. Thank you!

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 06:34:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Understanding Interactive Media: Critical Questions & Concepts]]>

This seminar course is an introduction to the concepts, questions, and components that encompass interactive media as it relates to creative expression and critical engagement. Students will learn to analyze interactive media’s constituent parts, engage in readings that critically examine both the impact that interactive media and technology have on culture and societies as well as the ways in which social contexts shape the development and application of these technologies, and apply these concepts in a series of creative exercises. The contexts become apparent by examining interactive media and interactivity through the lenses of relevant critical perspectives including politics, economics, ethics, race, gender, psychology, and the environment. Throughout the semester students will learn and apply critical texts to analyze interactive media and build a vocabulary for making sense of our increasingly mediated world. The course thus serves to introduce a conceptual foundation for students to inform and direct their own creative practice by establishing a lexicon of basic operating definitions and reinforcing a culture of makers capable of critical reflection and awareness. Readings, discussions, research, creative exercises and writing constitute the body of this course.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 22:59:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Zuboff is a PSYOP]]>

Cold open: Agent Zuboff receives her mission.

Main show: We politically cancel Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, for advancing / mainstreaming a reactionary critique. Surveillance capitalism is not a “rogue mutation” of a normal capitalism. Surveillance is not the scapegoat that needs to be sacrificed so we can maintain a good version of consumption and commodification. We let you in on a little secret—one that Zuboff’s work is designed to obscure—the real horrors have been coming from inside capitalism all along.

Morozov’s article on Zuboff’s bad analysis of surveillance capitalism:

Monthly Review article with good analysis of surveillance capitalism:

Hosted by Jathan Sadowski ( and Edward Ongweso Jr. ( Production / Music by Jereme Brown ( Thanks to Laura for voice work on the cold open.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2020 16:40:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Do Cyborgs Have Politics? — Pax Solaria]]>

Image by Jamy van Zyl In 1986, Science and Technology Studies scholar Langdon Winner launched a debate about the power of technologies to shape human politics when he asked “do artefacts have politics?” A technology like the Robert Moses-designed overpasses that arc above the roads from New Yor

Thu, 20 Aug 2020 06:13:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Collective Turn-off – Sophie Lewis – Mal]]>

I think human beings are turned off right now. Of course it is tempting to rationalise our turned-off-ness with reference to Covid-19. But it is not – it can never be – the teeming, vaporous, germinating nature of one another’s bodies that shuts down our erotic appetites.

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 23:13:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Horse eyeballs and bone hammers: surprising lives of the Neanderthals]]>

A quarter of the way through Kindred, I was longing to meet a Neanderthal. By the end, I realized that we had met. She is in me — or at least, in my genes.

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:13:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates - The Verge]]>

There are tens of thousands of genes in the human genome: minuscule twists of DNA and RNA that combine to express all of the traits and characteristics that make each of us unique. Each gene is given a name and alphanumeric code, known as a symbol, which scientists use to coordinate research.

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 06:13:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Neofeudalism: The End of Capitalism? - Los Angeles Review of Books]]>

IN CAPITAL IS DEAD, McKenzie Wark asks: What if we’re not in capitalism anymore but something worse? The question is provocative, sacrilegious, unsettling as it forces anti-capitalists to confront an unacknowledged attachment to capitalism.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:13:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Capitalist Catastrophism | ROAR Magazine]]>

Is Mark Fisher’s “capitalist realism” this generation’s “end of history thesis”? For nearly thirty years Francis Fukuyama’s contention that “Western liberal democracy” represents “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution” has measured the ebb and flow of history.

Sun, 09 Aug 2020 06:13:11 -0700
<![CDATA[The sun will not die in my bed. Nor will the stars.]]> ]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2020 20:30:17 -0700