After six months of writing privately, I'm going to restart my blog. The current idea is to go for volume, but I'm also going to curate anything worthwhile into a newsletter.
Current interest is origins of the conscious self and origins of complexity, but there will be lots of other film/philosophy/literature stuff. Newsletter link if you're interested 🙂 https://bryankam.substack.com/p/coming-soon?r=447n8&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web&utm_source=mastodon
I'm writing about step changes in complexity, here trying to establish some definitions https://bit.ly/2BivZbm
I'm writing on revolutions, step-changes, and paradigm shifts, all the exciting events in history writ large — starting with biological evolution, and eventually going back to the big bang, with plenty of comparisons to human history https://bit.ly/2ZDFf3j
The chilling tale of a "secret ingredient" in capitalism-as-we-know-it and of the 18th-century thinkers behind the laissez-faire economics that power it: "Slavery as Free Trade"
(Plus the Bastille, stormed)
I reviewed the new book, Vincent Bevins' The Jakarta Method, about the CIA's interventions during the Cold War https://clerestory.netlify.app/jakarta?utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=20200709
Cultivation of the Soul: On the first usage of "culture" metaphorically in Cicero https://bit.ly/3icOLBQ
"In that sense, a copy of a book — any book — is like the echo of some long-ago speech, which has been repeated to us through the generations. It is a still ongoing process, not an object." https://bit.ly/30ZFre3
On filters, and the expansion/contraction cycle, the balancing act between exploration and stabilisation https://clerestory.netlify.app/filter
I'm trying to lay the groundwork for some later thinking with short posts, right now quite basic but I'd be interested in what you think of the plan, i.e., interlinked short pieces.
For the next week, you can download Civilization VI for free on the Epic Games Store:
Californian in London. Linux sysadmin in a former life, now translating poetry, and trying to write about restructuring consciousness.
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