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FEED THE MACHINE

2018-06-17T17:06:54+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Categories: News, Truth, Uncategorized|

Newsweek and the race to fill Google with suicide news www.theverge.com/2018/6/12/17448816/newsweek-anthony-bourdain-seo-headlines-suicide-contagion

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Truth, Lies, and Literature

2018-06-18T04:09:39+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Categories: As-If, Book, Culture|

Cultural Comment Truth, Lies, and Literature By Salman Rushdie May 31, 2018 The breakdown in the old agreements about reality is now the most significant reality, and the world can perhaps best be explained in terms of conflicting and often incompatible narratives. “What, art thou mad? Art thou mad?” Falstaff demands of Prince Hal, in Shakespeare’s “Henry

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Do Our Questions Create the World?

2018-06-10T03:56:15+00:00 June 9th, 2018|Categories: As-If, Uncategorized|

Quantum theorist John Wheeler’s “it from bit” hypothesis anticipated ongoing speculation that consciousness is fundamental to reality -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Source: Do Our Questions Create the World?

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What Advertising History Says About the Future of Fake News

2018-05-27T08:15:07+00:00 May 27th, 2018|Categories: A Category, As-If, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Fake news and microtargeting can be combined to create a kind of advertising that’s like an evil version of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and we are being exposed to more of these pernicious morsels every year. But two lessons from the history of advertising suggest that the fake news phenomenon is likely to change significantly

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Distinguishing Reality from Vacuum

2018-05-28T09:13:26+00:00 May 27th, 2018|Categories: As-If, News, Truth, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Throughout the twentieth century, writers and thinkers who faced reality-destroying regimes kept producing similar recipes. “Live not by lies,” the Russian dissident novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote. The Czech dissident playwright and future President Václav Havel pondered the predicament of living, unquestioningly, “inside the lie”—and the uncanny power of stepping outside of it. In our case, stepping

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Our brains rapidly and automatically process opinions we agree with as if they are facts

2018-05-28T05:00:05+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Categories: As-If, Uncategorized|

The researchers said their findings "may help explain people's remarkable ability to remain entrenched in their convictions". By Christian Jarrett — Read on digest.bps.org.uk/2018/04/20/our-brains-rapidly-and-automatically-process-opinions-we-agree-with-as-if-they-are-facts/

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Talking about post-truth

2018-05-28T05:02:07+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Categories: As-If, Uncategorized|

As I write this and as you read it, and indeed for several million years into the future, there will be a dummy named Starman in a red Tesla cruising through outer space, playing an infinite loop of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. This achievement of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket carries multiple mean... Source: What we

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Memory as Narrative

2018-06-18T04:04:39+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Categories: As-If, Book, Uncategorized|

Every work of literature has both a situation and a story. The situation is the context or circumstance, sometimes the plot; the story is the emotional experience that preoccupies the writer: the insight, the wisdom, the thing one has come to say. The facts of the situation don’t much matter, so long as the underlying

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History does not consist of a single grand narrative

2018-06-18T04:07:07+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Book, Narrative, Truth, Uncategorized|

The notion that history consists of a single grand narrative is almost universally regarded as a comforting myth. But not to Marcel Gauchet Source: The notion that history consists of a single grand narrative is almost universally regarded as a comforting myth. But not to Marcel Gauchet

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