Enlaces 26//2//2017

Teoría :: Wark sobre la teoría crítica y radical de la información de Tiziana Terranova (PublicSeminar) // Sobre la cognisfera: tecnología y educación (PublicSeminar) // Archivo de seminarios pasados del New Centre for Research & Practice // Sobre el grupo de intelectuales Bloomsbury set (Wikipedia) // Conferencias sobre qué le pasa a nuestros cerebros, con Franco Berardi y Yuk Hui (Rietveld) // Reseña del libro To be a Machine de Martin Dillion (sobre el trans-humanismo) (4columns) //

Política :: Deep State en Estados Unidos (Wikipedia) // Sobre los mitos del capitalismo neoliberal: “Gore Vidal, the American writer, once famously said that the American economic system is “free enterprise for the poor and socialism for the rich”.I think this statement very well sums up what has passed for ‘free-market capitalism’ in the last few decades, especially but not only in the US.” (TruthOut) // Trump-Putin-ExxonMobil como eje del mal (ThinkProgress) // Mapa de la desglobalización del mundo financiero (Bloomberg) // Navegando el neoliberalismo, por Srnicek (AfterUs) //

Video :: Cómo vemos, de Harun Farocki (Youtube) // Timelapse del planeta via GoogleMaps: ciudades que crecen, lagos y glaciares que desaparecen (TheGuardian) //

Computación :: SPIN UNIT: arte y data para hacer metamorfología de la ciudad // reaparecen datos zombies de Dropbox (ArsTechnica) // entrenamiento de imágenes para generar diagnósticos por computadoras (ArsTechnica) // futuros robots abogados (WorldEconomyForum) // Manifiesto sobre la innovación en Google, Facebook y Genentech (InnovationLeader) //

Urbanismo :: puente circular en Uruguay para evitar altas velocidades y accidentes (Insider) // Libertad total: entrevista a Patrik Schumacher, director de Zaha Hadid Architects, sobre la politización de la arquitectura (AfterUs) //  Los estratos geológicos como esencial al pasaje a la vida urbana (PlacesJournal)

Tecnología :: la tecnología de sostener agua como central a ciertas luchas políticas (referentes a la justicia reproductiva, la especie, la solidaridad en la migración, la soberanía indígena) (TheNewInquiry) // realidad virtual y voyeurismo (TheNewInquiry) // los robots como modelos a seguir para los niños (TechnologyReview) // sobre el colisionador de hadrones y la existencia de los fantasmas (ScienceAlert) // Changying Precision Technology Company: productividad, efectividad, calidad, de la mano de la eliminación de la mano de obra humana (WEForum) // Descubren un material que se vuelve más resistente mientras mayor sea la radiación, resolviendo muchos problemas de los reactores nucleares (Futurism) //

Educación :: 11 buscadores de tesis doctorales (EducaciónYCulturaAZ) // habilidades del futuro (WEForum)

Leonor Silvestri :: Es como lo que dice Ted Kaczynski, mejor conocido como el Unabomber. (…) Él tiene un texto que nosotras vamos a analizar más adelante que se llama “El truco más ingenioso del Sistema” (…) el Sistema genera una frustración que no es un excedente, no es algo que no debería ocurrir sino que lo espera y después lo recicla en una forma de política ciudadana aceptable. El gran truco es ese reciclado porque produce frustración y la vida es una mierda pero lo que hacemos con esa mierda no es salir a hacer el cuadro de Goya o escribir “Frankenstein” sino que nos volvemos activistas. Esto del activista no es un chiste, nos volvemos activistas primero porque vivimos en una sociedad del espectáculo donde todas carecemos de talento, ya nadie sabe bailar o pintar, tocar el piano, arar la tierra ni cultivar, nadie sabe nada. (…) “En la sociedad del espectáculo la protesta es una forma de diversión”, forma parte del ocio recreativo protestar. (…) la función activista es convertir toda actividad política en algo aceptable. La primera norma de etiqueta para que sea aceptable es la corrección política, que no ofenda porque si ofende no es aceptable. Por eso no hay más debate de ideas, es “yo te respeto” o te dicen “esta es mi opinión”, ambas frases que anulan el debate y game over. Lo aceptable es la cancelación del todo, no se puede modificar nada si no se ofende. Esta idea que tiene este libro de la ciudadanía va de la mano con Kaczynski. Lo que él dice es que el ciudadanismo donde todas somos activistas mejora la gestión del Sistema.


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15:23 03/12/2016

The Anti-Puritan:

The normie brain says, “how can I use this to impress my friends?” Knowledge has no value in its own right to these people. It is currency for looking good, and if it cannot be used to posture it is forgettable. They will never learn. They can never learn anything they cannot use. All other knowledge is memorized only for the test. Let that sink in. Normies don’t ever learn information purely for the sake of knowing it beyond Trivial Pursuit levels of factoid memorization for small talk. Their heads actually don’t store complex, rich, and detailed knowledge. Everything they know must have a purpose; to impress friends, to have a career, to make small talk, to virtue signal. It is never for its own sake. They don’t do that. They forget everything they cannot use for personal gain. And they only believe what they are told. Arguments that make the normie look good by agreeing with them will be accepted over those that don’t. Arguments that sound good will be accepted over other, better ones. Arguments that feel good will be accepted over reality. In a way they are all children / Gnostics who believe whatever they want. What them to agree?

10:53 01/12/2016
Sobre los profesores de filosofía en listas negras en EEUU (via NYT)

To be “philosophically adjusted” is to belie what I see as one major aim of philosophy — to speak to the multiple ways in which we suffer, to be a voice through which suffering might speak and be heard, and to offer a gift to my students that will leave them maladjusted and profoundly unhappy with the world as it is. Bringing them to that state is what I call doing “high stakes philosophy.” It is a form of practicing philosophy that refuses to ignore the horrible realities of people who suffer and that rejects ideal theory, which functions to obfuscate such realities. It is a form of philosophizing that refuses to be seduced by what Friedrich Nietzsche called “conceptual mummies.” Nietzsche notes that for many philosophers, “nothing actual has escaped from their hands alive.”
In my courses, which the watchlist would like to flag as “un-American” and as “leftist propaganda,” I refuse to entertain my students with mummified ideas and abstract forms of philosophical self-stimulation. What leaves their hands is always philosophically alive, vibrant and filled with urgency. I want them to engage in the process of freeing ideas, freeing their philosophical imaginations. I want them to lose sleep over the pain and suffering of so many lives that many of us deem disposable. I want them to become conceptually unhinged, to leave my classes discontented and maladjusted.

I also recall the words Plato attributed to Socrates during his trial: “As long as I draw breath and am able, I shall not cease to practice philosophy.” By that Socrates meant that he would not cease to exhort Athenians to care more for justice than they did for wealth or reputation.

UNA FILOSOFÍA QUE CAUSE EL MALESTAR, QUE NOS RECUERDE EL VALOR DE LAS COSAS QUE DESTRUIMOS. Se parece a la figura del “santo” como aquel que informa afectivamente, el que cambia los valores.

16:35 20/11/2016
Practica_educación_antifascismo_comunidad_thimoty morton

Demand that Your School or University Make a Statement such as: “During this time of heightened political tension in the public sphere, I’d like to remind all of us that we must adhere to basic protocols of public speech and action. There is a reason why some forms of these (such as the nazi salute) are illegal in Germany, for example. They are too inflaming to be allowed in public space.”
If you see or hear something, photograph or record it. The send it to your Head or President’s office or, if you’re worried about doing that, to me and I’ll forward it. Let me know whether yo want your name included or not.
A very mild version of why this is important goes like this. What concerns me is what concerns me about how England and Japan address bullying in school. The general approach seems to be “we don’t have any bullying, because we don’t talk about it.” Then someone commits suicide and the issue is in the news for a bit. Then they go back to not having any bullying, aka not talking about it.
Elias Canetti, Crowds and Power
Robert Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect


0:09 19/11/2016
Sobre la distinción entre culturas de ciencias y humanidades:

Esos arbitrarios mínimos culturales han sido impuestos por un defectuoso sistema educativo en el que se llama élite a lo que apenas forma parte de él. La presencia de las ciencias en la educación obligatoria es anecdótica. La de las artes también.

23:38 18/11/2016
El ‘peer review’ y los viejos modos de validar una teoría:

From the Restoration in 1660, to the end of World War II, the Royal society enforced the scientific method. If you wanted respect and esteem as a scientist, you had to tell us new and interesting things, and you had to show everyone how you knew these new and interesting things from what you saw with your eyes and touched with your hands. […] After World War II, Harvard got the upper hand over the Royal Society, and you no longer have to show your work. Instead, your work must be approved by the most holy synod of mother church – in other words, must pass peer review behind closed doors. Peer Review is new. Attempts to root it in the past of science before World War II are artificial and contrived. Somehow we obtained almost all of science that matters before we had peer review, and since we have had peer review, things have started to go terribly wrong with science. Peer Review is science by social consensus, and Galileo told us that that does not work.