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Some months ago everybody in Europe was praising the revolutionary and democratizing role social networks were playing in the Arab Nations. Facebook and Twitter were just marvelous. But this is different now. This is England. So according to Cameron, the ensuing measures are to be expected: 1. Police will be... Continue reading
I just finished the first draft of a paper on Daniel Dennett’s so-called heterophenomenology; actually against it. It bears the title “Phenomenological Skillful-Coping: Another Counter-Argument to Dennett’s Heterophenomenology” and I go on to explain the gist of Dennett’s heterophenomenology in order to criticize it from the point of view of... Continue reading
Spanish Philosophy Professors and 15M movement insiders Luis Sáez (Universidad de Granada), José Luis Moreno Pestaña (Universidad de Cádiz) and Germán Cano (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares) have written a Letter to Foreigners, in View of the Lack of Trustworthy Information denouncing mainstream media not reporting accurately on the events... Continue reading
There's a recent controversy caused by Garry Wills' reading of All Things Shining. Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly (saluted as good news by Susan Neiman in the NYT). I cannot take a personal stand on the issue... Continue reading
See also: Reading Marx's Capital with David Harvey A close reading of the text of Karl Marx's Capital Volume I in 13 video lectures by David Harvey. Harvey (cf. his CV) is Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY), Director of The Center for Place, Culture and... Continue reading
I just read a recent piece on The Guardian bearing the title “20 predictions for the next 25 years”. Amongst the usual vaticinies as to whether the US will hand over its super power seat to another nation or whether medicine will finally find a cure for cancer or AIDS, what struck me the most was David Eagleman’s overestimation of neuroscience: “We’ll be able to plug information streams directly into the cortex”. Of course, predictions are based on conjectures and speculations of all sorts but the vertiginous advance of science in the 20th century must have certainly surprised even the most skeptical minds. After all, no prediction can be refuted in advance, or not really, for the future can prove one very wrong, and this specially in terms of scientific discovery. No doubt, this beautiful piece of technological machinery which I’m using to write this piece, my beloved Macbook Pro, was simply unimaginable just a few decades ago, when the only real computer available was the massive and clumsy ENIAC. Continue reading
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