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Magic Words & The Tribe

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Arguments with strangers on the Internet are a popular pastime these days. I’ve never been fond of them. Why argue with a stranger? Arguments can be life changing — you never know when someone will...

Confronting Hubris in Tech

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You are probably aware, if you have read my previous pieces for this magazine, that I am fixated on the differences between what I call mechanistic and phenomenological worldviews. The terms did not originate...

Surviving the Information Wars

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I recently read this tweet, from @XA_Alexander: Almost everyone agrees we’re in an Information War, yet almost no one discusses what that actually means at the practical day-to-day level of our lives.@XA_Alexander The “Information Wars” have...
To Hear Unspoken Words

To Hear Unspoken Words

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What does this sound like to you? I am not referring to the words themselves or the syntactic make-up of the sentence but the sounds as an experience when you read. The phenomenology of...
The Lapdog

For England, James?

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Amid a protracted take in Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, Daniel Craig plays a pensive James Bond sat tied to a chair waiting for a lift to descend on a remote island. Flanked by henchmen and...
The Zoomers Are Coming

The Zoomers Are Coming

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I was born in 1980, too young to be gen X, too old to be a millennial. Labels elude me. However, I do have the privilege of raising three kids that sit firmly in...
Throw Away Your Map

Throw Away Your Map

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In the last article I introduced the idea that the commonplace, generally accepted and promoted scientific way of apprehending the world as a machine causes problems for people. The premise of this is our...
The Fool

Tricksters and Fools

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2020 has been one hell of a year.  It doesn’t matter who or where you are, I’m sure you’ve felt what I have. A weird, wild, pervasive energy we’ve been steeping in for what feels...
Survivalism

Survivalism 2.0

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As I write this the US election results are sort-of coming along in a way that matches the rest of 2020; unpredictable and with a certain sense of reality being not-quite-what-they’re-telling-you-it-is. If there’s one...
Compassion

Compassion

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Left versus right, white versus black, dumb versus smart, young versus old. You’re too fat. You’re too skinny. You’re not rich enough. You’re too materialistic. Hmm, now what about “you don’t work hard enough!”,...