60 Years of Essentially Contested Concepts – CALL for PAPERS

Call for Papers (60 Years of) Essentially Contested Concepts Workshop 12 December 2016 at The University of Edinburgh The University of Edinburgh’s Philosophy, History, and Literature, Languages and Culture schools, The Creation of Reality Group (CRAG), The Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict (CSMC), EIDYN, and the Institut Français UK celebrate the sixtieth anniversary […]

Networked: The New Social Operating System?

Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman, Networked: The New Social Operating System, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012, 358 pp., $29.95 (hardcover). Reviewed by Andrea Miconi IULM University Milan, Italy There is actually no evidence that we live in a small world and that networks act as a decisive player in our society. In his famous The […]

Your Brain is Not a Computer, by Robert Epstein

The empty brain Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer by Robert Epstein Image by Jinny Hyun courtesy of Aeon Journal No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the […]

Thinking Like a Programmer

Think Like a Programmer, by V. Anton Spraul No Starch Press, San Francisco 2012 A review by Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson V Anton Spraul’s “Think Like a Programmer” is, at its core, a guidebook for intelligent thought in the new digital age. Unlike most “how to program” manuals designed to instruct in the technicalities of programming, this […]

A Thousand Platoons: Belongingness and Co-Creation in the Age of Big Data

Image courtesy of Kunsthalle Budapest: ’No One Belongs Here More Than You’ | 2011 | curators: Petra Csizek, Gábor Döme | office: Újirány Group | authors: Árpád Kovács, Péter Pozsár, Gábor Szohr, Dominika Tihanyi On an overpopulated and panoptic planet, individualism as we know it and its form of solitary consciousness might not be viable […]

Conscious realism: Donald Hoffman on everyday life experience

Interview by Quanta Magazine image courtesy of David McNew / Quanta Hoffman: The formal theory of conscious agents I’ve been developing is computationally universal—in that sense, it’s a machine theory. And it’s because the theory is computationally universal that I can get all of cognitive science and neural networks back out of it. Nevertheless, for […]

Collective genius and communities of innovation

Linda Hill: How to manage for collective creativity What’s the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of “Collective Genius,” has studied some of the world’s most creative companies to come up with a set of tools and tactics to […]

Richard Sennett on craftsmanship | talk

Watch the video here: Notes from the talk: Atelier Richart Sennett (Cf Atelier with Bruno Latour) New kinds of craft being invented all the time, they don’t belong to a vanished world before the machine. Relationship between hand and head. Tactile knowledge essential to be able to think # to what Robert Reich calls symbolic […]