Maxime Rodinson: Marxist, Orientalist, anti-Zionist, anti-Islamist

The Charnel-House . The French Marxist scholar Maxime Rodinson, whose Polish parents died in Auschwitz while he was serving in the French Institute in Damascus, was born on May 22, 1915. Some sources say Paris; others say Marseilles. A true iconoclast, he resigned from the French Communist Party in 1958 in the name of anti-authoritarianism. … Continue reading Maxime Rodinson: Marxist, Orientalist, anti-Zionist, anti-Islamist

Junkspace

“If space-junk is the human debris that litters the universe, Junk-Space is the residue mankind leaves on the planet. … Junkspace is what remains after modernization has run its course, or more precisely, what coagulates while modernization is in progress.” rem_koolhaas_junkspace Continue reading Junkspace

Kitchen Without Kitsch

The lay of the land, in the Seventies film, is that there are two types of structure being practiced: dispersal and shallow-boxed space. Rameau’s Nephew, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Celine and Jutie Go Boating, Beware of the Holy Whore are films that believe implicitly in the idea of non-solidity, that everything is a mass of energy particles, and the aim, structurally, is a flux-like space to go with the atomized content and the idea of keeping the freshness and energy of a real world within the movie’s frame. Continue reading “Kitchen Without Kitsch”

What Is It Like to be a Bat?

Thomas Nagel's seminal essay about the limits of understanding consciousness from an objective perspective.

Consciousness is what makes the mind-body problem really intractable. Perhaps that is why current discussions of the problem give it little attention or get it obviously wrong. The recent wave of reductionist euphoria has produced several analyses of mental phenomena and mental concepts designed to explain the possibility of some variety of materialism, psychophysical identification, or reduction.

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