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Anxiety and the Invention of Classes

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One implication of the neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky’s work is that human social and political systems that are highly fluid and dynamic generate more anxiety than systems that are static. Sapolsky points out that “for 99 percent of human history” society was “most probably strikingly unhierarchical” and therefore probably less psychologically stressful than in the modern era. For hundreds of thousands of years, the standard form of human social organization was the hunter-gatherer tribe—and such tribes were, judging from what we know of the bands of hunter-gatherers that still exist today, “remarkably egalitarian.” Sapolsky goes so far as to say that the invention of agriculture, a relatively recent development in the scope of human history, “was one of the great stupid moves of all times” because it allowed for the stockpiling of food and, for the first time in history, “the stratification of society and the invention of classes.

 

--My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind, Scott Stossel

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Weltschmerz

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[World-Sadness]


A word that acknowledges that we are sometimes sad not about this or that thing,  but about the whole basis of existence. The presence of the word indicates a culture that isn’t falsely cheerful  but takes tragedy as a given. It is immensely reassuring to be able to tell a friend that one is presently lying under the duvet, suffering from Weltschmertz.

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Finished Paranoia Agent

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So, yeah, I finally finished Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent (Môsô dairinin, 2004) and I'm still confused whether it's made by a genius or just mediocre weirdness. But I'm leaning to the first. It's certainly complex -- and utterly strange. It's one of those series you finish watching but which also keeps your head occupied for a long time afterwards. In my case I just had to read up on it, read the IMDB forums and try to get a grip on the storyline and what the heck it's all about. It's got the surreal quality of a dream and I tend to like that. So... I guess I liked it?

Overthinking Anime: Kawaii Culture, Superflat, and the Bomb in Paranoia Agent

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Tardigrade

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Ray Bradbury's FBI file

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"The general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria"

After noting that science fiction "may be lucrative field for the introduction of Communist ideology," Berkeley goes on to declare the entire field of science fiction writers as a veritable fifth column, intent on crippling America before her enemies


Muckrock: "Definitely slanted against the United States" Ray Bradbury's FBI file

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Angel Olsen

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Lyssnar på Angel Olsen och jag förvånas inte över att det visar sig att hon tidigare haft samarbeten med Will Oldham ("Bonnie Prince Billy"). Lonely Universe är en lågmäld, sorgsen dödsruna över en plötsligt förlorad mamma -- och den samtidiga förlusten av barnets oskuldsfullhet inför livet; att få tryggheten hos "Moder jord" utbytt mot att kastas ut i ett ensamt universum. Den kan hålla hand med Bonnie "Prince" Billys I See a Darkness och melankolins alldeles egna kosmos är skapat.

Angel Olsen: Half Way Home

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Breaking the restrictions -- Angolans find a good use for Facebook

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Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their websites, but not to the rest of the internet. So, naturally, Angolans have started hiding pirated movies and music in Wikipedia articles and linking to them on closed Facebook groups, creating a totally free and clandestine file sharing network in a country where mobile internet data is extremely expensive.

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Legal questions aside (Angola has more lax copyright laws than much of the world), Angola’s pirates are furthering Wikipedia’s mission of spreading information in a real and substantial way.

Vice: Angola’s Wikipedia Pirates Are Exposing the Problems With Digital Colonialism

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Good morning... hell no.

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Yes, it does resonate with me.

I wake up at 6:00 AM and hate myself and my life.

There is no way around this. Almost every morning, almost every day of the week, the first thing that drifts into my mind when my alarm goes off is how much I hate everything. How much I hate being awake, and hate work, and hate getting up, and hate showering, and hate writing, and hate building things.

This is largely unavoidable. I know, because I’ve tried everything. Setting myself motivational messages, getting more sleep, modifying my diet, doing yoga etc. Doesn’t help.

Medium: This Is What I Do Before 8 AM.

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Bruce Schneier on "the coming disaster"

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"The world-sized web will change everything," he said. "It will cause more real-world consequences, has fewer off switches, and gives more power to the powerful. It's less being designed than created and it's coming with no forethought or planning. And most people are unaware that it's coming."

The Register: We're Sleepwalking Towards Digital Disaster and are Too Dumb to Stop