Movements are always a distorted lens on the ideas they embody

Please don’t hate me for this one. I don’t think I’m better than other people. I’m just laying out in blunt terms what others have tiptoed around. The problem I want to spell something out in this post that I think many people know, but which goes underarticulated because it’s kind of mean. I apologise … Continue reading Movements are always a distorted lens on the ideas they embody

The Arcadian Cantos: a poem without an author

Note on content: This work contains content of a violent and sexual nature though nothing terribly graphic. It also contains reproductions of hate material for the purposes of critique/parody. Introduction [Feel free to skip the intro and go straight to the poem, if you would like] GPT-3 is a powerful neural network that has been … Continue reading The Arcadian Cantos: a poem without an author

The growing tide of support for government intervention by generation

I've just been looking at some Pew Research figures regarding generational attitudes towards the size of government. It would seem - on the basis of very preliminary evidence- that the electorate is going to get more supportive of big government over time. Each generation believes there is a greater scope for government intervention more than … Continue reading The growing tide of support for government intervention by generation

Conversations with Aleksandr Andreas Wansbrough on censorship in a digital age

Aleksandr Wansbrough is a cultural critic, social philosopher and has just published "Capitalism and the Enchanted Screen: Myths and Allegories in the Digital Age". I was recently privileged to have not one, but two multi-hour conversations with him about censorship online in our times. One of the recurring themes of our conversations was that regulation … Continue reading Conversations with Aleksandr Andreas Wansbrough on censorship in a digital age