It means more than a happy coincidence. And it’s under threat from the internet
For the first time in a long time, the internet surprised me. I searched for one thing and found something unrelated. Here is the story...
Reading "The Double" by Dostoevsky, I came across the french term "sans facons". It means informal. When I think of something informal, I think of something which doesn't have a very specific protocol laid out for it. Expectations are loose, and one can look forward with interest rather than feed our pathetic attraction to certainty. When I perform a search on google, I find precisely what I expect to find, along with a sidebar filled with stories that claim to be news, but in truth are mild variations of past stories. Of course, the journalists and the headline writers (I have a hunch that that's an actual job. Kind of like SEO.) try their best to explain why this time the news represents something truly unique.
I digress. I bumped into this website http://www.sansfacon.org/ which led me to a guy named Eric Laurier who write papers about really dumb things which require a lot of smartness to write. His academic papers have an honesty to them. They don't claim that their revelations are important. Because let's face it, some of us are really tired of proving to ourselves and justifying that what we do matters.
On September 12, 2013, the eminent Austrian-American sociologist Peter Berger visited The Center for Faith and Inquiry at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. The following is a partial transcript of an interview conducted by Gordon College’s Gregor Thuswaldner.
by Quentin Ruyant One of the main tasks of philosophy is to clarify conceptual problems and sketch the landscape of possible solutions to these problems. Of course, individual philosophers often tend to defend specific positions, but what emerges at the level of the community is, generally, a landscape of possibilities. Take, for example, the question…
I've been looking for an article that covers these ideas for a really long time. I definitely feel like I'm becoming a better googler.
Hip Hop’s culture has long been immersed in what seems like a masquerade of rappers parading around making outlandish claims about their swagger, money, or general ability to make things happen in the world. Most people that don’t listen to rap/hip-hop name this the number one suspect for the reason they dislike the genre and/or art, and stick religiously by the claim. They most times forget to mention the Eminem songs in their libraries, but that’s another story.
The article states that the internet becomes accessible to an additional 9% of the worlds population every year. If the rate of growth stays steady, it will (only) take 13 years for the whole world to have internet. It will be interesting to watch how these numbers change with and without Zuckerberg's help.
Of course, I have no idea how likely it is that the rate of growth will stay constant.
Often economic growth in rich countries perpetuate exploitation in poorer ones. Conversely - and often simultaneously - growth has a trickle down effect, which creates an economic structure that directly feeds poorer countries. Charity (most of the time) doesn't create a structure, it just fixes specific problems one time. Mass produced culture, although it is appalling to most with the sensibilities that are potentially moved by this sort of argument, is a large percentage of GDP. In truth any art that has economic value, creates a trickle down effect through it's (modest) contributions to the GDP. This doesn't constitute a defense to any artist who has "artistic integrity" which usually means reducing his ability to contribute to Charity or to the GDP.
The arguments in the linked articles equally apply to enviromental impact.
A caricature of bourgeois charity: Sometimes the contributions to the activist's/volunteer's facebook wall is ≥ the cause in question.
The Tetris effect (also known as Tetris Syndrome) occurs when people devote so much time and attention to an activity that it begins to pattern their thoughts, mental images, and dreams. It is named after the video game .
The Pinocchio paradox arises when Pinocchio says "My nose grows now" and is a version of the liar paradox. The liar paradox is defined in philosophy and logic as the statement "This sentence is false." Any attempts to assign a classical binary truth value to this statement leads to a contradiction, or paradox.
The Experience Machine or Pleasure Machine is a thought experiment put forward by philosopher Robert Nozick in his 1974 book Anarchy, State, and Utopia . It is one of the best known attempts to refute ethical hedonism, and does so by imagining a choice between everyday reality and an apparently preferable simulated reality.
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