May 30, 2013
"But whether they foreground a symmetrical (synchronic) or asymmetrical (diachronic) matrix, anthropologists of the gift saw the prohibition against hoarding valuables and the obligation to enter into debt/credit relations as vital to the creation of self-reflexive folds that make social and cultural worlds possible. If people were allowed to hoard their valuables, no social matrix could be fabricated out of the reflexive networks of giving and receiving. Social space would not bend back on itself and form pockets of communication and inhabitation. Instead, space would remain empty, negating any place for humans to dwell. We can think of these reflexive movements as a kind of embagination of space—the creation of a flexible receptacle closed in all places except where it can be tied and untied. But, again, this fold, or embagination, fabricates a world in which individuals, and competing worlds, attempt to dwell—to their advantage or disadvantage."

Elizabeth A. Povinelli at e-fluxRoutes/Worlds

May 30, 2013
"A favorite professor in architecture school – Prangnell – gave a favorite lecture on gifts. He told us how making a building is like giving a gift, and how the motivations behind giving gifts closely parallel how we design for the public realm."

Peter Rudd at CoromandalFEEDBACK AND FAILURE: SOLUTIONISM

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May 30, 2013
"Physics is predisposed to lose time because its mathematical gaze freezes change. Tensed time, the difference between a remembered or regretted past and an anticipated or feared future, is particularly elusive. This worried Einstein: in a famous conversation, he mourned the fact that the present tense, “now”, lay “just outside of the realm of science”."

Raymond Tallis in The GuardianPhilosophy isn’t dead yet

Far from having replaced metaphysics, science is in a mess and needs help. Einstein saw it coming

May 26, 2013
"It’s hard to threaten someone with a crisis that’s already arrived, and harder still to rouse enthusiasm for a great leap forward when every attempt to make it ends in a messy slide backward."

John Michael Greer in The Archdruid ReportThe Politics of Time’s Shape

May 8, 2013
"The ideas that play the largest part in shaping our experience of the world and of ourselves are so deeply woven into the act of perception itself that we rarely if ever notice them until we run face first into their limits."

John Michael Greer at The Archdruid ReportThe Shape of Time

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March 20, 2013
Black Time

Keguro Macharia writes brilliantly. This post delighted me.

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February 22, 2013
"The physical world is not in itself a linear chain of causes and effects: it is a broad unfolding of densely interwoven processes from which particular chains of causes and effects are picked out, according to our interests."

Raymond Tallis at iaiTime’s arrow

An exclusive excerpt from Raymond Tallis' forthcoming book, inspired by his appearance in the 2012 IAI debate 'Time’s Arrow’.

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January 9, 2013
"In the turbulent times ahead our familiar ways of acting, thinking, and being will no longer make sense. We won’t know what is happening, what it all means, and, sometimes, even what is real. Some people have entered that time already."

Charles Eisenstein at Reality Sandwich2013: The Space Between Stories

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December 4, 2012
"If you believe in an alternative that would involve genuine provision for need, it is impossible to turn off the desire to make that a reality in the present, against those who would callously and knowingly permit harm to occur in the name of future profit."

Nina Power in Overland Literary Journal. THE PESSIMISM OF TIME: The paradoxes facing the Left

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September 24, 2012
"Take a moment out of the beautiful fall day to mourn the passing of the biosphere. It seems to have barely registered on the global hive mind that the Arctic sea ice melted this year to an extent never seen before. In a matter of years, not decades, there will be no ice in the Arctic in summer. A world without a North Pole. A biosphere that no longer plays out according to its own rhythm and time but has become a by-product of the capitalist profit/loss cycle."

Nick Mirzoeff at Occupy 2012. The Extinction of Natural Time

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