A true belief is the best belief we human beings could come to—a belief that would really account for the reasons and evidence were we to inquire as far as we fruitfully could. Here it is with the Ramseyan inflection: A belief is a habit with which we meet the world and true beliefs are the best habits we could have.
Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Cheryl Misak.
Looking at Favelli’s work and these images of some foreign and some familiar products painted on the walls, I began to interrogate the relationship between the objects kept and objects discarded not only in his life or his mothers, but my own. It is always strange to acknowledge that memories, particularly of cultural events, are both private and shared.
By Allison Grimaldi-Donahue.
One of the things that entertained me the most in the writing of this book was the way in which these contradictions reared up at every turn. I think, in fact, it’s hard to define what Epping Forest is all about without talking about contradiction, and the involvement of the Corporation is a great example of this. If you think of Crass’s role in Stop the City during the early ’80s, the nucleus of activists at Claremont Road who formed Reclaim the Streets in the mid-90s and then the Corporation’s role in evicting the Occupy protestors from St Pauls, you kind of have the flawed dynamic of the book pretty much encapsulated.
Andrew Stevens gets lost in a Strange Labyrinth with Will Ashon.
Though Chew-Bose manages to make even watching a stranger’s window from a street corner sound like part of the glamour of the city, the aspect of New York that she presents as the most alluring is as a place that has provided fertile ground for the growth of her friendships with the women she’s met here.
Rebecca Schuh reviews Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose.
Yet at the threshold of what Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee have recently called ‘The Second Machine Age’, an age in which ‘smart devices’, ‘the big data revolution’ and ‘networked and artificial intelligence’ are reconfiguring all aspects of the consumerist societies in which they proliferate, the trickery of Prometheus opens us to ways of thinking about technology that resist the intellectually and comfortable position of mobilizing a false opposition between ‘humanity’ and ‘technology’ when looking ahead into our digital future.
An extract from Christopher John Müller‘s new book, Prometheanism: Technology, Digital Culture and Human Obsolescence.
created m ore than
not for notness
New visual poetry by Raif Mansell.
In the long history of nuns there are, of course, extremes, exceptions, firebrands, types, and examples of straight-laced female independence beloved of upper-middle-class girls, for whom nuns function as supplements for those fond daft nannies the rich used to have and remember with kindness – that is, harmless and socially inferior spinsters given to scolding and giggling. There is also Abelard’s Heloise; there is Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, and Mother Theresa. There is “The Land of Spices.” There are the cat-eyed nuns of our convent retreats in adolescence, when we were obliged to spend the day with Sister and a two-bar fire in some scorched-dust-smelling parlour discussing what Jesus meant to us; or, rather, what God meant, since nuns seem to prefer the main event.
By Niamh Campbell.
To illustrate the latter, we have this tired old trope: “Voters swing back and forth not because the parties are so different, but because it’s barely possible to tell them apart”. I worry for the eyesight and political sensibility of anyone who cannot distinguish Corbyn’s Labour from May’s Conservatives, or Clinton’s Democrats from Trump’s Republicans.
John P. Houghton reviews two very different manifestos for the future.
i was really happy with it
well i did get the win
it’s been a loudmouth of work
i was in teasels about it
still there’s no need to get emotional
i got everything i could
a big congratulations to this tearaway
it’s not that easy to go straight
New poetry by Paul Hawkins.
The reason we can’t attain the highest level of knowledge while incarnate is that we can’t then wholly escape the influence of the body (and so of perception and of certain desires that take us away from thinking properly); and that prevents us from understanding fully what forms are, which one must do in order to have the highest level of knowledge, which in the Phaedo he calls phronesis (wisdom). However, we can train ourselves, while incarnate, to distance ourselves from the body enough to be able to acquire some knowledge.
Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Gail Judith Fine.