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  • #85 Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    in light of rapidly shrinking reserves February 14 2011 Can Economists Improve the Human Condition by White Flags Do you need math to study economics at university is a question I often get asked Here is a cautionary tale for anyone who still has illusions about the relationship between the two disciplines October 26 2009 Slow Down Fast Money With the Tobin Tax by Kalle Lasn By focusing on regulation

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  • Veiled Reality - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    an event happening in one place has no instantaneous effect anywhere else If a star explodes we find out only when the flash gets here Much of d Espagnat s work focuses on the theory of entanglement a strange and troublesome idea that hasn t been able to gain much traction in mainstream physics According to the theory once two particles have interacted they remain bound in a powerful yet inexplicable way If something happens to one particle the other instantly feels the effects of that event They may spin to opposite corners of the universe but their connection is independent of distance The particles are forever entangled each one s existence bound to that of the other D Espagnat doesn t regard our inability to explain entanglement as a reason to suspect a flaw in the theory He regards the mystery of entanglement as evidence of a veiled reality one that exists beneath what we perceive as space time and matter Science he claims can never hope to fully explain the nature of being It can only offer us a partial window to reality one through which we can steal fleeting glances at what lies beyond The human mind which d Espagnat believes to be capable of perceiving deep realities must turn to other methods such as art or the belief in a greater cosmic force to gain a greater more complete understanding of the world Reading about d Espagnat I found myself taking comfort in the idea of an entangled reality beneath the veil To live in a world of empirical fact is to believe only what we can observe to be true But strive though I might to be a faithful empiricist so much of what I want to believe requires far more faith than fact I

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  • #84 Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    2009 Thinking the Unthinkable by Tim Jackson At what point does economic growth become uneconomic growth July 16 2009 The Terror Within by Robert Sawyer Roland was an angry black man July 10 2009 Veiled Reality by Sarah Nardi Mystery is not something negative that has to be eliminated July 3 2009 Apocalypto Nihilism by Kalle Lasn Three fatal system errors and three mass aha moments June 30 2009 Pop

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  • reality Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Virtual Horizon by Kalle Lasn Why we called Adbusters The Journal of the Mental Environment May 7 2014 Synthetic Existence by Gwyn Wahlmann We ll live on not through our genes but through our memes October 2 2009 Veiled Reality by Sarah Nardi Mystery is not something negative that has to be eliminated July 3 2009 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting

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  • #83 Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    die August 25 2009 An Aesthetic Crisis by Robin Laurence Visual art moves from modernism to postmodernism to what August 13 2009 What is the New Aesthetic by Sarah Nardi Now that hype and hyperinflation have killed the art market what will define the new aesthetic June 1 2009 The Long Road to Revolution by David Graeber Radical social change will only emerge through the endless interplay of confrontations withdrawals foundations and subverisons May 29 2009 Return to Paradise by Sarah Nardi We will not attain true meaningful sustainability until we stop treating the earth as a resource May 28 2009 Meme Warfare in the Movies by Matthew Alford Robbie Graham Behind the magic of film lurks the dark power of corporate public relations May 22 2009 Aesthetic Pollution and the Soul of Design by Kalle Lasn Just as farmers are the keepers of land we designers are the keepers of mindscape We must nurture it and care for it and make sure that there will always be wilderness diversity and freedom there May 19 2009 Wabi Sabi by Amelia Newcomb A look at how the Japanese town Kamikatsu will banish waste by 2020 May 12 2009 Posts navigation 1

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  • Resisting the Demon - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    reveals that their outlines are perfect representations of the different parts that make up the human brain the stem the cerebrum the pituitary gland and the paths of the optic nerves Thus on the ceiling of the most hallowed hall of the Catholic Church Michelangelo has left an encrypted heretical message the locus of divinity is the mind itself This was the way we would achieve perfection The bridging of the finger wide gap between ourselves and omniscience is achieved in the augmentation of the intellect through the occult art of memory 5 Transcendent Man Engelbart had not set out simply to build Bush s Memex Keeping abreast of all developments in computing he had realised that the process of augmenting our intellectual capacity could be greatly accelerated if all of these discrete Memex machines could communicate with one another By building a connected web through which knowledge and understanding could be shared artificial memory could grow exponentially As work on this idea of a digital network progressed Engelbart made sure that he was at the front of the queue to join it On October 29th 1969 ARPANET was finally ready to be tested with Engelbart s lab in Menlo Park and a machine at UCLA the first two nodes to be connected At 10 30 pm Charlie Kline a computing student at UCLA began transmission from the department s Sigma 7 machine attempting to send the word LOGIN to Engelbart s SDS 940 computer 300 miles up the coast Unfortunately after just two characters the system crashed Thus like the beginning of an angelic pronouncement that something almighty was among us but that we should not be afraid the first utterance over the proto Internet was LO Others quickly built on Engelbart s work and saw in this vast network of Memex machines the genuine possibility of fulfilling not just Bush s vision but Michelangelo s and Bruno s the pinky small space between humanity and divinity could be bridged digitally With the electronic memory theater of a powerful computer we could augment the mind so radically that it could begin to approach omniscience Way back in the 11th century the Saxon theologian Hugh of Saint Victor had written that the mechanical arts supply all the remedies for our weakness a result of the Fall and like the other branches of knowledge are ultimately subsumed under the religious task of restoring our true pre Fall nature AI is hailed as a remedy for our weakness and the man pursuing this religious task most fervently is Ray Kurzweil Having invented machines for helping the blind to read and making huge leaps forward in synthesized music Kurzweil decided that the true goal of his life would be to transition from a carnal existence into embodiment in electronic hardware thus guaranteeing himself life after death The paradox of Kurzweil s life is that he must keep his body alive until he has invented the technology that will allow him to dispose of it Taking over 200 pills and supplements a day he is working tirelessly on the use of the mechanical arts as the final remedy for our weakness employing digital technology to transform us completely until we can escape the human condition It will be the universe waking up he says in a film describing the self replicating nano machines he proposes will help him upload his mind to the web and become virtually omniscient immortal and omnipresent People say does God exist and I say not yet The title of this documentary Transcendent Man 6 Summoning the Demon This awakening of the universe this creation of a god that does not yet exist is not something that all welcome Once a machine is created that is more intelligent than us more connected to more systems than we can ever be who is to say what it will decide to do Might we not become mere fuel for its own hungry evolution This is not mere techno panic the shrill voice of the Luddite In October 2014 in a question and answer session following an interview at the grandly titled MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium SpaceX owner and bleeding edge techno genius Elon Musk was asked about AI His carefully considered answer We should be very careful With Artificial Intelligence we are summoning the demon You know all those stories where there s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water and he s like yeah he s sure he can control the demon well it didn t work out Watch the interview you will see that his manner is not jokey or flippant Musk speaks slowly thoughtfully and ends up so deep in reflection on his own answer that he completely misses what the next questioner says has to apologize and asks her to repeat it To those with any background in the arts any reference to summoning demons inevitably conjures thoughts of the archetypal play with devils Christopher Marlowe s The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus Marlowe s protagonist Faustus is a brilliant academic but he is bored Tired of the everyday having reached the limits of human knowledge he longs to push further and is taken by the promise of the occult Delighted at his ability not only to summon a demon but make him change form Faustus believes that he has everything under control How pliant is this Mephistopheles full of obedience and humility Such is the force of magic and my spells But he is already in deeper than he thinks He demands that Mephistopheles obey his every command but the demon refuses saying I am a servant to great Lucifer and may not follow thee without his leave Faustus still has the chance to pull back but the temptation of omniscience is too much and he plunges onward not toward greater knowledge but eternal damnation Marlowe s play was written in 1589 and was heavily influenced by the time he

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  • media reform Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    July 23 2012 Taming the Watchdogs of Media Concentration by happy new year Although the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have shown that media conglomerates limit the diversity of views subvert democracy and stymie journalistic integrity media regulators continue to let them expand As each of these three countries enters another round of media convergence their federal media watchdogs appear to be looking the other way June 18 2007 Based in

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  • Tactical Briefing #5 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    whose plans involve a raucous week of stopping traffic letting off stink bombs and blackspotting billboards Their argument is that only a festival of the most visceral kind of civil disobedience will shake consumerism to its core Others equally passionate and dedicated souls say that the old lefty tricks of confrontation and escalation don t work any more They urge a nuanced slow revolution a long term meme war aimed at changing people s spirits and minds It strikes us that this is the same personal dilemma that each of us struggle with deep down in our guts we know that the world demands a radical transformation of the global system And yet it seems impossible perhaps even foolhardy to topple consumerism and corporate capitalism by confronting it head on Is there a way out of this impasse What should we do this November Send your insights to email protected and or leave your comments below Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Can We Trust This Man With Nuclear Weapons Cocaine Culture Also In This Magazine Requiem for a Species Even the most dim witted observer can see that corporations are more interested in commerce than humanity January 17 2011 BND Actions

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