I’ve often heard Howl and The Wasteland paired before, in the smokeless midnight air of alt-coffee urban popups, listening for free as a mumbling hipster reads them aloud, back-to-back, in the same reverent cadence and double bass rhythm and nobody listening to the words…
On 12th December 2019 the United Kingdom goes to the polls in the most divisive, fucked up election in living memory. Whether the voters know it or not, the stakes are enormous. Similarly high stakes play out in the United States in November 2020.
Will the UK (and the USA, in 2020) have woken up to the existential threats to their long-term future or has big capital already conditioned the people of these great nations into turkeys voting for Christmas?
As human beings we know that FREE WILL matters. It’s one of our most prized possessions. It’s the basis of our concepts of freedom and individuality and self-identity. But what is FREE WILL if we are conditioned to only make choices that suit conventional agenda? What use is FREE WILL unless it’s exercising FREE CHOICE out of the whole TRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH?
I don’t like it when English is used badly (or lazily) in ways that – for whatever reason – get accepted into normal everyday usage. It’s good when language grows but too often it’s a case of importing one word, at the price of losing others.
For us human beings, born primate, bred storyteller, we are terribly mismatched with our technological future. Here’s a 60 second definition of the fundamental science versus story contradiction.
For us human beings, born primate, bred storyteller, we are terribly mismatched with our technological future. Philosophy is the poetry and metaphor; Socio-economics is the play in which we all have our parts; but reality – its fundamental nuts and bolts to which science aspires to understand – must be sold by iambic pentameter soliloquy while in practice it’s relentless, practical lingua franca prose.
Four weeks away from the defining UK general election (December 12th), the positions of the main political parties are crystallising. Here are some impressions of the party leaders at the end of a first public questioning week.