mindful cyborgs’ post-nihilistic whispers

On this episode of Mindful Cyborgs Sara Watson, Chris Dancy and Klint Finley interview Arran James and Michael Pyska of the “post-nihilist” website Synthetic Zero. Topics drifted between Nietzsche, the future of technology, nihilism, time, post-ideology, and Buddhism.

Tune in next week for the second half!

we knew them when…

4 responses to “mindful cyborgs’ post-nihilistic whispers

  1. I think that in the comments to his first posting here Edmund has provided us with a useful way to shift into talking/thinking about “post” sorts of practices/experiments:
    ““The strategy is warding off generalizations, which I think is the big crime of critical theory in general (and something I find myself falling into quite often), because the meshworld is so big, so complex, so full of incalculable variables (which systems dynamics tries to tame) that we must stress the uniqueness and occasions and regional agencies and vectors”

    • YES. This strategy is at the core of what I call the principle of onto-specificity. If only we had the capacity…

      Imagine a world where cognitive agents have access to (wired into) a vast enough information network that they can reference, cross-reference and be provided immensely detailed information on everything they chose to look at and analyze in an instant – via infomatic overlay in their visual field? There would be no need for generalizations. There would be no need of half-baked suppositions. There would be no application for kludged ideology. Such specificity in encountering would render these cognitive agents powerfully and intellectually sensitive to the richness of things. Add a super-agumentation of the senses and the potency of such sapience would be astounding.

  2. “Just as you grow into the world, the world grows into you. Not only do you occupy a certain place, but that place in turn occupies you. It’s culture shapes the way you see the world, its language informs the way you think, its customs structure you as a social being.” – Costica Bradatan

    • “to find ways to think about the nature of causality, origin, relationality and change without taking these distinctions to be foundational or holding them in place” (Barad, 2011: 124).

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