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The Posthuman Enlightenment | Public Books
"Fiction without Humanity: Person, Animal, Thing in Early Enlightenment Literature and Culture Lynn Festa University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019"
book  review  enlightenment  humanism  philosophy  object-oriented-ontology 
9 weeks ago by tsuomela
The Value of W, or, Interdisciplinary Engagements on Culture - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind By Kevin Laland Published 03.07.2017 Princeton University Press 464 Pages"
book  review  culture  evolution  biology  humanism  interdisciplinary 
november 2018 by tsuomela
The Technoskeptic | Home
"The Technoskeptic is an online magazine exploring the intersection of technology and society from a humanistic perspective. Our aim is to create awareness, act as a resource, build community, and change culture."
magazine  technology  technology-critique  humanism 
january 2016 by tsuomela
Behind the Right's Phony War on the Nonexistent Religion of Secularism | Rick Perlstein | Politics News | Rolling Stone
"Here's some background those befuddled Democrats need to know: One of the most robust and effective conspiracy theories on the right, the notion that "secularism" – or, just as often, "Secular Humanism" – is a religion is meant to be taken entirely literally: right wingers genuinely believe it refers to an actually existing religious practice. How do conservatives know? Because, they say, the Supreme Court said so. "
religion  politics  secularism  humanism  evangelical  conservatism  republican 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Can Artists Help Us Reboot Humanism in an Over-Connected Age? | Artinfo
"’s annual “Seven on Seven” conference isn’t really meant to have a theme beyond simply exploring the intersection of art and technology. Rhizome director Lauren Cornell plays yenta, matching various figures from the two fields who then brainstorm collaborations and build whatever prototypes can be whipped up in the very abbreviated 24-hours they actually have together (the teams first meet Friday morning, then talk, hatch an idea, and finally present on Saturday afternoon). It was notable, then, that at this year's conference — held April 14 at the New Museum — a theme did emerge organically: Quite a few of these pairs, in one way or another, were responding to a sense that the quality of mental experience was on the decline in our over-wired world."
art  aesthetics  technology  new-aesthetic  humanism  technology-effects  computers 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Council for Secular Humanism
"Products of intelligent design typically have capabilities that exceed usefulness precisely because these can be “intelligently” engineered, not in order to make the product more useful but in order to make it more impressive. In biological evolution, by contrast, “barely good enough” is the highest level that can be reached, because expense that does not improve overall fitness cannot be tolerated. The “barely good enough” standard is also maintained in biological evolution because species characteristics cannot be redesigned from scratch. Human bipedalism is far less than perfect—consider all those endemic back problems! It is clearly the result of a quadruped design being turned into a biped design rather than having been intelligently designed from scratch. This is exactly the mark of the “blind watchmaker” of natural evolution. But the nonblind watchmakers who intelligently design watches can, and do, redesign from scratch."
evolution  intelligent-design  design  efficiency  humanism 
april 2012 by tsuomela
The Evitable Future of the Digital | Easily Distracted
"But the silver lining here is that what will most improve or sharpen practices of new media creation and interpretation is not technical skill with hardware and software nor is it being the most brave-new-worldish professor on the block. What would most dramatically improve or transform existing digital practices of cultural interpretation and information literacy would be the extrapolation and extension of many of the existing and long-standing strengths of humanistic inquiry. Note I do not say, “Just keep doing what you’re doing.” New media environments are new, and the jobs and practices which extend from them are also novel. "
education  future  technology  humanism  humanities  pedagogy  teaching 
august 2011 by tsuomela
History and Heartbreak: The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg | The Nation
Rosa Luxemburg’s letters have been published in English before, but this collection, of which about two-thirds are newly translated, has delivered to us a real, recognizable human being. In the previous volumes, Luxemburg often seemed uniformly heroic
book  review  letters  history  socialism  20c  revolution  humanism 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Article | First Things
"Worlds Made of Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West by Anthony Grafton"
book  review  humanities  humanism  history  enlightenment 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Sam Geall - Lies, damn lies and Chinese science | New Humanist
Whether the issue at hand concerns earthquakes or nutrition or medicine, what we witness in today’s China is the way in which science – upheld since the early 20th century as the cornerstone of Chinese development – is repeatedly stymied by ideology, superstition, bureaucratic thinking and fear of dissent. This is a frightening situation.
science  culture  china  development  humanism  sts 
september 2010 by tsuomela
New Statesman - War of the words
Column by John Gray on contemporary SF. "Reading this book [by Mieville], you realise how much of human life - your own and that of others - passes by unseen. Yet this insight comes without any suggestion that the situation can be changed. We live not in one world, but indefinitely many; we never know when we might cross from one to another, or what might then occur. Neither can we escape. The blurred and treacherous territories of The City and the City go on for ever. There is nowhere else to go."
sf  literature  fiction  books  humanism  utopia 
july 2010 by tsuomela
The American Spectator : The New Humanism
The new humanism spends little time exalting man as an ideal. It says nothing, or next to nothing, about faith, hope, and charity
atheism  humanism  culture  about(RichardDawkins) 
april 2009 by tsuomela
CFI Research
Research fellowships at the Center for Inquiry.
fellowships  humanism  atheism  academic 
november 2006 by tsuomela

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