Memetic Crystal Ball: a peek into the future of Pablo Iglesias

Narrative is made of tropes, storytelling devices that are recognizable within a specific culture. Thus, a trope is a type of meme; specifically a meme put in the service of a story. Archetypal characters, locations, and situations, such as the Big Bad Wolf , Arcadia, or the Mexican Standoff are all examples of tropes. By the tropes used, one can usually tell when a story … Continue reading Memetic Crystal Ball: a peek into the future of Pablo Iglesias

Linkstorm II

Some Notes on Narrative, from our good friend Sonya Mann: (…) narrative is about drawing a salience line. You could say that narrative is a way to relate connections, but given that for each of us, our perception is the reality that we occupy — perhaps narrative creates the connections. (…) From Real Life Mag, on Google Earth and “the World’s best selfie”: “(…) The smooth, … Continue reading Linkstorm II

The Peloponnesian Paradigm, and why Central Asia matters

The Spartan-Athenian rivalry is a useful memetic framework for the discussion of biopolitics, as we have seen in the past few weeks. The archetypal attitudes towards women and feminity found in both Greek cities are a fantastic tool for exploring deeper questions in regards to contemporary politics. The polarization generated by issues related to sex and race, biological traits as they, demonstrates that the 21st … Continue reading The Peloponnesian Paradigm, and why Central Asia matters

Linkstorm I

From Outsider Theories, a three-part essay (1, 2, 3) on Cynical Theories, by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay: (…) Just as autoimmune responses cause the immune system to attack the body’s own organs as if they were invaders, postmodern “skepticism” attacks the core convictions of the liberalism out of which it emerged (…) From type studies, reflections on the qualities Being: (…) in attempt to … Continue reading Linkstorm I

Ginsburg v. Goebbels and the search for New Sparta

It is impossible to write a misogynist manifesto without a minimal historiographical review, particularly relating to the Ancient world. The author of such a manifesto can count on a very favorable fact for his political project: the aesthetic interest that Sparta and its culture arouse in the general public. Through the simple fact of being a doctrinaire of the New Right, the misogynist will no … Continue reading Ginsburg v. Goebbels and the search for New Sparta

The fortress and the gyneceum

Athenian society venerated Athena, virginal goddess of wisdom and martial virtue: a female deity doted with attributes the Greeks ascribed to masculinity and rationality, as embodied by the soldier-citizen. This archetype is in stark contrast with gods from other cultures; notably, Egyptian fertility god Osiris. Posthumous father of god-king Horus, Osiris was murdered and castrated by Seth, and then revived by his wife and sister … Continue reading The fortress and the gyneceum

The Female Monster and the Misogynist Revolution

During the turbulent decades that preceded and followed the French Revolution, classical mythology was subject to extensive cross-pollination with Enlightenment and revolutionary literature. Many narratives were reinterpreted through the scope of Progressive ideals, and the question of women’s role in society and the differences between the sexes was no exception. Women’s issues were an important topic for many revolutionary schools of thought previously discussed in … Continue reading The Female Monster and the Misogynist Revolution

Prometheus the Fire-Bringer and Pandora the extraterrestrial sex doll

We don’t usually go out looking for myths: myth finds its way to manifest itself to us, an operating force that sheds light on the structure of the collective mind. Myths make understandable many elements of culture that would otherwise go unnoticed. This is why we believe myths are eternal, sacrosanct works. Their nature provides a security net for exploring the depths of shared attitudes … Continue reading Prometheus the Fire-Bringer and Pandora the extraterrestrial sex doll

Emergence and abiogenesis: do computers dream of death?

A computer is a device that can perform certain operations, logical or arithmetic, in an automatic way. For this, it requires programming, that is, a set of algorithms which it follows strictly. Computers are physical processors of information: they receive inputs and produce a response according to their programming. In the end, though, they are just physical objects, bound to physical rules; complex systems of … Continue reading Emergence and abiogenesis: do computers dream of death?

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Bible study for NPCs: idols, ideology, and the violence within

The word “idea” has the Greek root εἴδω (“image”, “form”); a root it shares with other words, such us idol. An icon, from Greek εἰκών, is also an image, but in the sense of “portrait”, “semblance”. An idol is an image in itself, an object which offers an aesthetic experience. An icon is a different thing altogether: it is a representation of something real, different … Continue reading Bible study for NPCs: idols, ideology, and the violence within