Roy Scranton has written an article for the New York Times‘s “smart thinking” section The Stone, ‘Learnig how to die in the Anthropocene


I’m not sure the objective nihilism of our age has been expressed in a more open fashion in the mainstream media before here. Scranton even concludes by calling for attention to turn to developing what those of us involved with the syntheticzero project are calling a post-nihilist praxis.


The biggest problem climate change poses isn’t how the Department of Defense should plan for resource wars, or how we should put up sea walls to protect Alphabet City, or when we should evacuate Hoboken. It won’t be addressed by buying a Prius, signing a treaty, or turning off the air-conditioning. The biggest problem we face is a philosophical one: understanding that this civilization is already dead. The sooner we confront this problem, and the sooner we realize there’s nothing we can do to save ourselves, the sooner we can get down to the hard work of adapting, with mortal humility, to our new reality.


To my mind debates about the meaning of the Anthropocene are bunk if they don’t enter into this particular topic. Like it or not The Age of Man, even if it went under a different name, is a name for the Earth for us, it just happens that it is also attached to an Earth that is increasingly unable to sustain us. The Earth-for-us and the Earth-without-us run ever closer to one another, the geological record we leave compressed into the crust like a hidden track on a potentially unplayed music disc. The differential actualisations of crisis bespeak of a spatio-temporal regime in which Eugene Thacker terms of Earth-for-us and Earth-without-us begin to coexist- first of all in thought, but soon enough in the all too real.

With a background in nursing, when I look at things from this perspective it’s all too clear that it’s far to late to stop the damage and that the damage is far too advanced for the possibility of a cure. I don’t want to stretch the metaphor beyond its effective use a heuristic device, but I have previously and continue to phrase the challenge to species as one of harm reduction and/or palliative care. If this sounds pessimistic or grim then go and re-read the article (if you haven’t already), and remember that the minimisation of harm is, at it’s most expansive, about attaining recovery. As far as I can see there is nothing about our grim reality that calls for a dire hopelessness. The call is, as always, to build the new world in the shell of the old.


First came across Fuchs during nursing research into schizophrenia as a disorder of embodiment. People often ask what alternatives there might be to contemporary psychiatry and psychotherapy, and I feel that the under-researched field that Fuchs (and others) are pursuing and have pursued may be able to offer candidate answers to that question.Body-oriented therapies remain marginalised in part for political reasons and in part because they attach themselves or are associated with scientifically ungrounded traditions. Although this is beginning to change it remains unlikely that therapies of embodiment are going to become popular soon. For instance, despite having been designed in the 1970s I can’t find a single trial of effectiveness/efficacy/etc. of Roberto Friere’s Soma Therapy.This despite the advances of the various forms of embodied cognitive science and neurophenomenology. It forces the question of whether this is down to a delay in application of these fields or invested power and capital interests?

The audio above comes from the ResonanceFM radio show of philosopher and founder member of Defend The Right to Protest Nina Power from the March 24th 2013. For this particular broadcast Nina, author of the brilliant work of Marxian feminism One-Dimensional Woman, is joined by writer and artist Linda Stupart.

During this broadcast the affective composition of labour is discussed in relation to capitalism, psychiatry and pharmacology, with a specific eye on the ideology of happiness in tension with the invariant human cultural expression of a desire for eudaimonia. The discussion turns to a discussion of the negative passions. It also features some good music and some not very good music. There are also readings of the opening of Schopenhauer’s On the suffering of the world and Spinoza on the geometric approach to the emotions, and is worth a listen for that alone (surely).

 and ought to be listened to on that basis if no other.

A near-to-full archive of Nina’s ‘Hour of Power’ show is accessible via the invaluable Libcom resource website.


Two years on from the riots that put London on the racka documentary about the troubles, Riot From Wrong has been premiered as an online exclusive by Dailymotion   Riot from Wrong tells the unreported story of the 2011 London Riots from the perspective of the young people affected.

Presented by Future Artists and produced by Fully Focused Productions, it follows the lives of 14 passionate Londoners, involved in the riots, as they voice frustration at the way young people were represented by police and the media during the riots


.Found at Communisation.