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Outsider philosopher, game designer and author
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I’m a featured guest in Episode 2 of the Game is a 4 Letter Word podcast, entitled “What”. Check it out! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Only a Game
I’m a featured guest in Episode 2 of the Game is a 4 Letter Word podcast, entitled “What”. Check it out! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at ihobo
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The following Press Release has just been issued by University of Bolton, where I currently teach. Cross-posted from ihobo.com. This week, University of Bolton Senior Lecturer in Game Design Dr. Chris Bateman starts teaching... 5,285 miles away in Laguna Beach,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Only a Game
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The following Press Release has just been issued by University of Bolton, where I currently teach. This week, University of Bolton Senior Lecturer in Game Design Dr. Chris Bateman starts teaching... 5,285 miles away in Laguna Beach, California. ‘Laguna College... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ihobo
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This is a copy of the email I just sent to the Official Charts Company, whose contact details can be found here. Cross-posted from ihobo.com. Dear Chris and Lucy at the Official Charts Company, It has come to my attention... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Only a Game
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This is a copy of the email I just sent to the Official Charts Company, whose contact details can be found here. Dear Chris and Lucy at the Official Charts Company, It has come to my attention that Jessica Curry's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ihobo
Hi Peter, Many thanks for your comment (great to hear from you!) and your challenge here. My claim here is not a demand for unlimited altruism, which I think is as misguided a moral ideal as unlimited self-interest. It is merely a practical assessment of the process of reasoning and moral reasoning. 'Reasoning' asks that we weigh reasons, evidence, logical connections etc. in order to make a justifiable judgement. If we only ever reason alone, we will inevitably make mistakes where we have failed to remove the bias that comes from having an individual perspective. This is the one kernel of value at the core of the (hopelessly compromised) practice of blind peer review. In the case of moral reasoning, the situation is even more removed from 'thinking for yourself' being viable. Although the methodology of the moral psychologists is abysmally inadequate for some of their conclusions, they are correct to observe that our moral reasoning requires interaction with others to maintain. In the absence of this, we will all too often follow our impulses, and then provide a post hoc justification (see Jonathan Haidt on this e.g. http://www3.nd.edu/~wcarbona/Haidt%202001.pdf He gets a lot wrong - ironically because he fails to check his own bias! - but his core observation is correct). So yes... 'thinking for yourself' is inadequate, both for reasoning and moral reasoning. I would make one exception to the latter claim: those who have chosen self-interest as their moral ideal (the 'minimally ethical') might be able to maintain this ethical stance alone. Such a person would be largely unable to make moral demands on others, though, and their reasoning would still be unreliable in many situations. Hope this clarifies! All the best, Chris.
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2015 on Think for Yourself? at Only a Game
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I wonder how this perception spread? I presume we can blame the internet... ;)
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2015 on Man of Straw at Only a Game
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An extremely common demand made by non-religious folks is that you ought to ‘think for yourself’. On the surface, this seems like a reasonable request – certainly, the people who make this claim believe it is morally exemplary to do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Only a Game
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The most frequent ad hoc rebuttal levelled against me, both on my blogs and in blind peer review, is that the argument that I have advanced is a ‘straw man’. What the respondent means is that I am not arguing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Only a Game
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The other week, I had a great chat with the new head of Zero Books, Doug Lain, and the podcast is now available for your listening amusement. You can find it over on the Zero Books blog, entitled Zero Squared... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Only a Game
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The other week, I had a great chat with the new head of Zero Books, Doug Lain, and the podcast is now available for your listening amusement. You can find it over on the Zero Books blog, entitled Zero Squared... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at ihobo
Hey duckerman, Many thanks for this thoughtful, well argued comment! I don't disagree with any of your observations. I'm a huge fan of Campbell's work, but when I was reading one of his books in 2009 I was struck by a slight misrepresentation of his theological positions in work referring to him, and a few inconsistencies within his own observations - often rooted in the general frustration that people in the US who are not rooted in any particular theology experience facing the great many citizens who are. So I wrote this piece, which is about as negative a criticism of Campbell as I can manage. But I still teach Campbell's work, and the criticisms in this piece are, at best, niggles. Many thanks for taking an interest! Chris.
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2015 on What Did Joseph Campbell Believe? at Only a Game
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Player Practices was one half of a special double serial in four parts running here at ihobo.com for the tin anniversary (celebrating ten years of my blogging). It ran in parallel with another serial, Foucault’s Archaeology, at Only a Game,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at ihobo
Foucault’s Archaeology was one half of a special double serial in four parts running here at Only a Game for the tin anniversary (celebrating ten years). It ran in parallel with another serial, Player Practices, at ihobo.com, from June 9th... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Only a Game
Despite the prevailing trends in games over the previous century producing a massive diversification of player practices, the discourses on games identified last week have insisted on asserting the artificial unity of the videogame or digital game, as opposed to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at ihobo
Today is the tenth anniversary of my first ever blog post here on Only a Game, and the double-serial is perfectly timed to conclude upon this day, over on ihobo. This final part is perhaps my first public explanation of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Only a Game
By examining contradictions (as discussed last week), Foucault’s archaeological method distinguishes between one discursive practice and another, each being networks of relations between statements with their own regularities and constraints. Foucault is particularly intrigued by the ways that discursive formations... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Only a Game
Hi Rickard, This is an interesting question! When we talk about 'emergence' we are attempting to explain a phenomena by denying an appeal solely to smaller constituents i.e. to deny simple reductionism. But Foucault's interest here is only in analysing discourse as a phenomena; there is probably a way to express this in terms of emergence, but the term was not in use when Foucault was writing and I don't think it is necessary to invoke it. The concept to grasp here is that there are systems of connectivity between statements that regulate their composition. It is a subtle point, but it is one that becomes interesting as you start to examine discourses and see how they do not always fit the stories we like to tell about them. I think perhaps the remaining parts of the serial might help clarify this (hopefully!). Thanks for commenting! Chris.
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2015 on Foucault's Archaeology (2): Discourse at Only a Game
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Over on ihobo today, part three of the Player Practices serial, looking at the three discourses on games: game design, game studies, and game criticism. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Only a Game
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When game studies was asserting itself as a new field in the late 1990s, it did so against a background where the primary discourse surrounding games at the time was not in any significant sense academic. The first discourse on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at ihobo
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Discursive practices are networks of interrelated statements that display both regularity and constraints – this is the basis of Foucault’s method of archaeology traced in the analysis of discourse last week. Because networks of discursive practice cannot simply be traced... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Only a Game
Note: the original of the blog-letter in the comment above appears here: http://docsurge.com/blog/2015/validation-conviction-and-doubt/ Dear Chris, Many thanks for your blog-letter! I may respond in full, depending on my workload for July (which is not looking hopeful!) but two quick remarks straight away. "I think that this demonstrates a lack of acknowledgement of knowledge’s emotional aspect." This interests me, and doesn't undercut the concept of 'knowledge as a practice', it only enriches it by showing that there is an emotional content to all practices. I shall mull this, as I think I have much to say on this front! "...noble doubt..." Any Buddhist - and we both qualify! - recognises the nobility of doubt. I'd like to say that doubt, in itself, is a knowledge-practice - and a very difficult one to master! Would like to reply in more depth, if my time allows. With love and respect, Chris.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2015 on Why the Wikipedia Knows Nothing at Only a Game
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Over on ihobo today, part two of the Player Practices parallel serial, entitled Caillois’ Paradigms of Play. This presents a totally different perspective on Roger Caillois’ work on play, quite distinct from how I have used it in the past,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Only a Game
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Much has been written on Caillois’ groundbreaking book, Les Jeux et Les Hommes (translated as Man, Play, and Games) – very little of it insightful. Indeed, within game studies, the majority of responses to Caillois do not obviously go beyond... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at ihobo