Tag: anthropology

  • David Graeber: The Uncertainty of Being Human

    Published in Gods & Radicals Press. A couple of weeks ago I was wondering: is there anyone outside of family and friends I would really miss if they died? In the sense that I would feel painfully adrift. Like finding a void where a guiding star had been. The first person I thought of was […]

    David Graeber: The Uncertainty of Being Human
  • 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
  • Post-Truth and why its not all Bollocks

    I am speaking to an acquaintance in the crumbling posterior of a pub when it occurs to me that the post-truth monologue coming at me is an attempt at grasping what is beyond their realm of ‘the known’. Instead of post-truth being some sort of contemporary phenomenon of talking political shit, the ‘post’ in post-truth […]

    Post-Truth and why its not all Bollocks
  • 2040 FilmReview

    This flash documentary attracted my attention as it explicitly describes itself as focussing on regeneration rather than conservation, protection, sustainability etc. That is it overcomes the two main principles of dominant environmental narratives; assuming people are by default exploitative and that the living environment or ‘resources’ are zero-sum and finite. Regenerative agriculture and agroforestry have […]

    2040 FilmReview
  • Its not playing god when its done so stupidly: the case of mosquito population control by genetic modification

    A recent study shows that the introduction of genetically modified mosquitos to control the population of free mosquitos in south america has at best not worked, at worst made the situation a lot worse. The story goes that with the spread of the Zika virus, amongst other viruses lethal to humans, the idea to try […]

    Its not playing god when its done so stupidly: the case of mosquito population control by genetic modification
  • How Hunters Make Sense

    It had been a long winter’s hunting season with only a few partridge shot. We had spent it strenuously combing the countryside in the day whilst sleeping restlessly with anticipation at night. Waking well before any cocks had crowed or signs of day had risen, we trudged for hours through bracken and bushes, and over […]

    How Hunters Make Sense