Category: Blog

  • PART 3: My COVID Reading List from March/April 2020

    The Necropolitics of Care My main interest in the aforementioned work of Scoones is in exploring how ‘uncertainty’ is dealt with through modelling. An epic industry that stretches far beyond academia into insurance giants and risk management in all sectors of life. A recent book by Frederic Keck explores the question of uncertainty in disease […]

    PART 3: My COVID Reading List from March/April 2020
  • PART 2: My COVID Reading List from March/April 2020

    Where Care Meets Social Context Starting with Adia Benton’s webinar that initiates thinking about ‘ (i) What kind of powers are granted in any kind of emergency; (ii) Needing to reimagine our international institutions; (iii) Needing to consider epidemiological and clinical concerns in the context of different social and economic realities; (iv) COVID-19 has revealed […]

    PART 2: My COVID Reading List from March/April 2020
  • PART 1: My COVID Reading List from March/April 2020

    Some weeks ago I listened to Eben Kirksey’s webinar in relation to COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). It was a tad of fresh air in comparision to the dogmatic perspectives on biological phenomenon so many of us are schooled in. For me however, the webinar was very light going having studied genetics and being an anthropologist foucssed on […]

    PART 1: My COVID Reading List from March/April 2020
  • Without considering the scale and context of UBS/UBI they will fail or go colonial. It’s possible to avoid this.

    If you spend your time exploring the possible implications of ideas if they were played out in a potential non-alienable but anticipatable future one of many observations that emerges is as follows, or as Gramsci’s put it you assess ‘the whole field of action’: UBS or Universal Basic Services (and UBI’s to a lesser degree) […]

    Without considering the scale and context of UBS/UBI they will fail or go colonial. It’s possible to avoid this.
  • Should we not all be dreaming of a world without more police?

    Last year in light of the ‘London Bridge’ attack and a General Election, the Labour Party argued for more and better-equipped police.  There was talk of the police having been spread thin and having ‘lost control of the streets’. There was talk of increasing the number of police jobs and putting more money into centralised […]

    Should we not all be dreaming of a world without more police?
  • Definition: To Waste

    …practices that do not attempt to understand the technical, social and ecological dimensions of what they are engaging in. …’To waste’ is a colloquialism that means to kill, seriously injure or manufacture ‘dead matter/bodies/waste products, as a method of demonstrating ‘social’ control over a space. It is an assertion of legitimacy over the lives of […]

    Definition: To Waste
  • The Defining Myth of Food Systems, Agriculture and Land use

    In my experience the defining narrative that creates problems in understanding the environmental impact of food production is that of scarcity and the idea that humans need to grow more food. The narrative is we need more efficient ways of extracting more food from land. As most land use scientists will tell you then, the […]

    The Defining Myth of Food Systems, Agriculture and Land use
  • The Beginnings of a Hypothesis on How to Build Better Robots

    The industry of developing computer intelligence, machine learning and artificial intelligence is largely embedded in a particular version of cognitive science. This computing-industry often takes it ideas for memory, learning and development from the brand of evolutionary theory from a particular version of cognfitive science. This brand of evolutionary theory has at its heart an […]

    The Beginnings of a Hypothesis on How to Build Better Robots
  • Life ≠ Quarantine

    Hypothesis: Source of zoonotic pandemics is ongoing. More global pandemics are on horizon. Focus on quarantine/distancing normalises what our reaction are instead of addressing the cause. Like 9/11 normalisation of invasive securitisation and loss of liberties but no real fix. — Avi (Dr KBH) (@avi_khalil) May 6, 2020 The social shock of a global pandemic […]

    Life ≠ Quarantine
  • Economic Growth Is About Categorical Continuity and Technologies of Representation – Not Irrationality

    It is irrational to insist that *all* sectors of the economy must grow, all the time. We can decide to grow some (renewable energy, health, education etc) while degrowing others (fossil fuels, arms, air travel etc). For some reason orthodox economists consider this to be radical. — Jason Hickel (@jasonhickel) April 22, 2020 Hickel risks […]

    Economic Growth Is About Categorical Continuity and Technologies of Representation – Not Irrationality
  • Preparing the people: Machiavelli on ‘the populous’ and ‘environmental crisis’

    The idea of people as an organized force with conscious will in political life is so familiar to modern people that we take it for granted, Gramsci argued that in the Mediterranean and European context it was not always so and therefore it has an origin: “Gramsci recognized that Machiavelli was the first theorist to […]

    Preparing the people: Machiavelli on ‘the populous’ and ‘environmental crisis’
  • Be the Black Swan: After Corbyn&Sanders

    Having lived in 21st century UK I have participated in mass demonstrations, then mass occupations and demonstrations, then mass grassroots movements, then participation in national political parties and trade unions, alongside some climate direct actions. And not too far away there is Rojava. This is a great start. These avenues all need to be maintained […]

    Be the Black Swan: After Corbyn&Sanders
  • COVID-19 testing is the bottleneck in managing the pandemic. Can we open-source testing?

    People in East Asia learnt from SARS, that open knowledge networks across society are the best way to enable people to contextually coordinate and adapt to a pandemic. Opaque decisions informing a command-and-control attitude cost lives and increase the dangers associated with broad interventions from above. I have indicated here and here why this is […]

    COVID-19 testing is the bottleneck in managing the pandemic. Can we open-source testing?
  • What culling corvids tells me about the UK government response to COVID-19

    I spent five years of my life trying to work out why people around me were shooting so many corvids (crows and magpies). They told me the corvids were stealing their partridges and rabbits. What I saw was that it was fun to spend the day with some friends out roaming the countryside. I saw […]

    What culling corvids tells me about the UK government response to COVID-19
  • Scenarios for C19 in the UK

    WHAT IS THIS? These are pen portraits of possible scenarios for viral contagion and government response in the UK. They give some broad indication of what the status of contagion will be dependent on accompanying government measures. I am trying to give myself a starting point for thinking how to plan for the next two […]

    Scenarios for C19 in the UK