The Search for Posthumanism
thenewinquiry: Notes from the 2011 Singularity Summit by Mike Thomsen The idea that we can run out of time is peculiar. It’s a product of how we organize our memories. Human consciousness is a kind of romance with the idea that time is finite and consumable. This assumption of finitude means that time can also become digested and metabolized urge, energizing the desire to imagine what is...
SPIEGEL Interview with Umberto Eco 'We Like Lists...
“The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order — not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists, through catalogs, through collections in museums and through...
jamesurbaniak: “A funny woman, no matter how conventionally lovely, generally has to accept that she’ll also be perceived as a little bit funny looking. When she gets a laugh, she risks subliminally conveying the message that she’s making up for some hidden deficiency, that she’s sad or irreparably broken.” -Meghan Daum, Christopher Hitchens Gets the Last Laugh, L.A. Times Totally,...
People just get things wrong. They read them wrong, or remember them wrong or...– What Is Good Fact-Checking? | Mother Jones (via rubenfeld)
Louis CK's Shameful Dirty Comedy
viafrank: I’ve been thinking about Louis CK lately. I’m a fan of his show on FX, and I’m so happy his recent adventure in distributing his newest comedy special himself has been a rousing success. But my thoughts are going elsewhere to wonder why he has blown up in popularity in the past couple years, and why his comedy seems to resonate with these times. It always feels like there’s a...
Words are for Nerds.: Island Universes →
wordsarefornerds: “We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain….
ocelott: forever reblog.