The Rise of the Machines: Brandom, Negarestani, and Bakker

Dr. Rinaldi's Horror Cabinet

Modern technological society constitutes a vast, species-wide attempt to become more mechanical, more efficiently integrated in nested levels of superordinate machinery.

– R. Scott Bakker, The Blind Mechanic

Ants that encounter in their path a dead philosopher may make good use of him.

– Stanislaw Lem, His Master’s Voice 

We can imagine in some near future my friend R. Scott Bakker will be brought to trial before a tribunal of philosophers he has for so long sung his jeremiads of ignorance and blindness. One need only remember that old nabi of the desert Jeremiah and God’s prognostications: Attack you they will, overcome you they can’t… And, like Jeremiah, these philosophers will attack him from every philosophical angle but will be unable to overcome his scientific tenacity.

In another brilliant critique of a particularly intelligent philosopher, Reza Negarestani, whose latest work (here and here) brings the enlightenment project up to date with an influx…

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