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The Criterion Collection - The Current - Taxi Driver and the Early Days of the Commentary
This month, on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck, we’re presenting one of the most insightful commentary tracks to emerge during those early days of the supplemental feature: director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader’s revealing analysis of their visceral psychological drama Taxi Driver (1976), originally included on our laserdisc edition of the film.
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10 days ago by vegarev
Jordan Peterson is Wrong About the Case for the Left
I suggest that the tension of which he speaks is fully formed and self-contained completely within conservatism. Balancing those two forces is, in fact, what conservatism is all about. Thomas Sowell, in A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles describes the conservative outlook as (paraphrasing): “There are no solutions, only tradeoffs.”

The real tension is between balance on the right and imbalance on the left.

In Towards a Cognitive Theory of Polics in the online magazine Quillette I make the case that left and right are best understood as psychological profiles consisting of 1) cognitive style, and 2) moral matrix.

There are two predominant cognitive styles and two predominant moral matrices.

The two cognitive styles are described by Arthur Herman in his book The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization, in which Plato and Aristotle serve as metaphors for them. These two quotes from the book summarize the two styles:

Despite their differences, Plato and Aristotle agreed on many things. They both stressed the importance of reason as our guide for understanding and shaping the world. Both believed that our physical world is shaped by certain eternal forms that are more real than matter. The difference was that Plato’s forms existed outside matter, whereas Aristotle’s forms were unrealizable without it. (p. 61)

The twentieth century’s greatest ideological conflicts do mark the violent unfolding of a Platonist versus Aristotelian view of what it means to be free and how reason and knowledge ultimately fit into our lives (p.539-540)

The Platonic cognitive style amounts to pure abstract reason, “unconstrained” by reality. It has no limiting principle. It is imbalanced. Aristotelian thinking also relies on reason, but it is “constrained” by empirical reality. It has a limiting principle. It is balanced.

The two moral matrices are described by Jonathan Haidt in his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Moral matrices are collections of moral foundations, which are psychological adaptations of social cognition created in us by hundreds of millions of years of natural selection as we evolved into the social animal. There are six moral foundations. They are:

Care/Harm
Fairness/Cheating
Liberty/Oppression
Loyalty/Betrayal
Authority/Subversion
Sanctity/Degradation
The first three moral foundations are called the “individualizing” foundations because they’re focused on the autonomy and well being of the individual person. The second three foundations are called the “binding” foundations because they’re focused on helping individuals form into cooperative groups.

One of the two predominant moral matrices relies almost entirely on the individualizing foundations, and of those mostly just care. It is all individualizing all the time. No balance. The other moral matrix relies on all of the moral foundations relatively equally; individualizing and binding in tension. Balanced.

The leftist psychological profile is made from the imbalanced Platonic cognitive style in combination with the first, imbalanced, moral matrix.

The conservative psychological profile is made from the balanced Aristotelian cognitive style in combination with the balanced moral matrix.

It is not true that the tension between left and right is a balance between the defense of the dispossessed and the defense of hierarchies.

It is true that the tension between left and right is between an imbalanced worldview unconstrained by empirical reality and a balanced worldview constrained by it.

A Venn Diagram of the two psychological profiles looks like this:
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15 days ago by nhaliday
Why We Should Spare the Education Department — for Now | Chronicle of Higher Education | June 25, 2018
This commentary about the proposal to merge the Education and Labor Departments was written by President Brian Rosenberg.
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22 days ago by macalestercollege
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25 days ago by wardell
The Death of a Once Great City | Harper's Magazine
"The urban crisis of affluence exemplifies our wider crisis: we now live in an America where we believe that we no longer have any ability to control the systems we live under."
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28 days ago by inrgbwetrust
Design Thinking is Kind of Like Syphilis — It’s Contagious and Rots Your Brains
Design thinking/sprints are corporate buzzword horse shit with no evidence.

Natasha Jen: "Design thinking packages a designer's way of thinking for a non-designer audience...claiming that it can be applied by anyone to any problem." aka unfunny people love puns because it gives them a formula that makes them feel funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_raleGrTdUg

and pathetic response from Stanford d.school: https://blog.usejournal.com/theres-so-little-there-there-a-response-to-the-stanford-d-school-s-defense-of-design-thinking-3cac35a1a365
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29 days ago by inrgbwetrust
The Cyberpunk Sensibility
"Cyberpunk examines the way computing changes power relationships."
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4 weeks ago by inrgbwetrust

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