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Why Are Environmentalists Taking Anti-Science Positions? by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360
"On issues ranging from genetically modified crops to nuclear power, environmentalists are increasingly refusing to listen to scientific arguments that challenge standard green positions. This approach risks weakening the environmental movement and empowering climate contrarians."
environment  environmental  movement  ideology  natural  nature  social  anthropocene  science  modernization 
december 2012 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Review: Woodhouse on Turner's *The Promise of Wilderness*
"Review of James Morton Turner's, The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964 (University of Washington Press, 2012)."
book  review  environment  history  intellectual  law  politics  movement  activism  nature  philosophy  2h20c 
august 2012 by tsuomela
The Banality of The New Aesthetic |
"It's a bizarre thing when you stumble upon the "new art movement" filtering through discursive chatter. Is it actually a movement, or is it simply a bunch of like-minded individuals telling me its a movement?

Behold The New Aesthetic then - a new art meme in visual culture whimsically constructed by James Bridle, which manifests itself in a Tumblr blog, a presentation for Web Directions South, Sydney and an original blog post. Recent attention to it has reached feverish proportions coming off the back of a SXSW panel in March and a generally positive endorsement by Bruce Sterling in Wired, plus some group responses on the creators project. More recently, the computational media scholar and philosopher Ian Bogost has posted his own thoughts for The Atlantic."
new-aesthetic  memes  online  culture  art  modern  technology  computers  movement 
april 2012 by tsuomela
An Essay on the New Aesthetic | Beyond The Beyond |
"Valorizing machine-generated imagery is like valorizing the unconscious mind. Like Surrealist imagery, it is cool, weird, provocative, suggestive, otherworldly, but it is also impoverished.

That’s the big problem, as I see it: the New Aesthetic is trying to hack a modern aesthetic, instead of thinking hard enough and working hard enough to build one. That’s the case so far, anyhow. No reason that the New Aesthetic has to stop where it stands at this moment, after such a promising start. I rather imagine it’s bound to do otherwise. Somebody somewhere will, anyhow."
art  aesthetics  modern  contemporary  computer  technology  movement  new-aesthetic  commentary  review 
april 2012 by tsuomela
New Atheism = The Tea Party: Reflections on Professors Ruse and Barash - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"In fact, what is fascinating about the New Atheists is their almost complete lack of interest in the history and philosophical development of atheism. They seem not the least bit curious to venture beyond an understanding that reduces atheist thought to crude hyper-empiricism, hyper-materialism, and an undiscriminating anti-theism."
atheism  religion  history  movement  rhetoric  america 
april 2011 by tsuomela
PLoS ONE: The Magic Grasp: Motor Expertise in Deception
"Most of us are poor at faking actions. Kinematic studies have shown that when pretending to pick up imagined objects (pantomimed actions), we move and shape our hands quite differently from when grasping real ones. These differences between real and pantomimed actions have been linked to separate brain pathways specialized for different kinds of visuomotor guidance. Yet professional magicians regularly use pantomimed actions to deceive audiences."
magic  research  biology  neurology  expertise  magician  movement  body 
march 2011 by tsuomela
How to Build a Progressive Tea Party | The Nation
American citizens should ask themselves: I work hard and pay my taxes, so why don’t the richest people and the corporations? Why should I pick up the entire tab for keeping the nation running? Why should the people who can afford the most pay the least? If you’re happy with that situation, you can stay at home and leave the protesting to the Tea Party. For the rest, there’s an alternative. For too long, progressive Americans have been lulled into inactivity by Obama’s soaring promises, which come to little. As writer Rebecca Solnit says, “Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky…. Hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency.” UK Uncut has just shown Americans how to express real hope—and build a left-wing Tea Party.
politics  progressive  movement  activism  country(GreatBritain)  example 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Dissensus | Horizons of Significance
It’s way past time to be nostalgic for the lack of a coherent message to coalesce a movement around. Instead of bemoaning the death of movements we need to see this as a welcome development. When the forces of Mono- – mono-everything – are joined together in a dance of death this is the time to embrace dissensus. Not as an ultimate paean to individuality, another shibboleth of modernity. Let us realize that even views, practices, and characteristics which go against everything we – in our own individuality, believe – may hold the key to a way forward. Not in any predictable, planable way, but within the unknowable twists and turns of evolution.
future  movement  activism  dissensus  requisite-variety  cybernetics  evolution  environment 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Democracy Corps » Special Report on the Tea Party Movement
The ‘Tea Party’ is very real and will have a big impact on this year’s election and beyond – but it is important to correctly characterize this movement. The Tea Party is a grass-roots, intensely ideological, conservative Republican movement, fired up by Fox News and Glenn Beck. It is not remotely an independent or populist revolt against the elites or a working class revolt rooted in frustration with the recession, Wall Street and government.
politics  tea-party  republicans  conservative  movement  grass-roots 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Not The Moment | forgetting the fundamentals of Conservatism | Wunderkammer
The political battle, of course, will always be about the next election, the next piece of legislation, the material consequences of politics. As for what will happen in that realm... who can say. But my intuition, and recent history, compels me to warn my conservative friends, who despite everything I love with my human heart: this is not the moment you think it is; this victory is not the turning point you think it is; the next congress will not give you what you hope it will; and even if you get every last thing from our electoral system you could possibly ask for, politics will never make you happy.
conservatism  politics  history  philosophy  movement  teaching  via:sullivan 
march 2010 by tsuomela
The Tea Party’s Retreaded “Ideas” | Progressive Fix
We are often told that the Tea Party Movement represents some sort of disenfranchised “radical middle” in America that rejects both major parties’ inability to get together and solve problems. As the “Contract From America” shows, that’s totally wrong. At least when it comes to policy proposals, these folks are the hard-right wing of the Republican Party, upset that Barry Goldwater’s agenda from 1964 has never been implemented.
tea-party  politics  american  movement  conservative  policy  extremism 
march 2010 by tsuomela
The End of the Tea Party | The American Prospect
by Mar Schmitt. "But the most reliable lesson of recent American politics is that movements dependent on that level of heat eventually -- or, actually, quite quickly -- burn themselves out. The tea-party movement cannot be sustained at the level of anger that's currently fueling it. It may leave a permanent impact on the Republican Party, giving it some new faces and new language, and most important, allowing the party to divorce itself from the legacy of that squishy moderate, George W. Bush. But regardless of the economic times or the political mood, hot populism of both the left and right varieties has never had a very long run."
politics  populism  conservative  tea-party  movement 
march 2010 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Killing in the name of
capsule history of the rise of evangelical christian abortion opposition
abortion  politics  evangelical  fundamentalism  history  1970s  1980s  movement 
june 2009 by tsuomela
The Boom Is Over. Long Live the Art! -
A brief sketch of art world reactions to economic downturns over the past 50 years.
art  modern-art  modern  markets  recession  economics  movement 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Pew Research Center: American Mobility: Movers, Stayers, Places and Reasons
As a nation, the United States is often portrayed as restless and rootless. Census data, though, indicate that Americans are settling down. Only 11.9% of Americans changed residences between 2007 and 2008, the smallest share since the government began tracking this trend in the late 1940s.
demography  america  movement  location  geography  history  statistics  survey  income  income-distribution 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Full Metal Meltdown: The Shifting of the Poles | The Agonist
American politics realigned in the election of 1968. This era of Nixon centered around four polar politics: a left, a right, and two middle movements, one of which, the more active, was an ideological moderate movement which was aligned to the right. The natural progression was the preservation of the liberal state by conservative means. On a Presidential level, this meant alternating between radical Republicans, and conservative Democrats, while keeping a largely spendthrift Congress in place.
politics  analysis  movement  history 
november 2008 by tsuomela
REVIEW: The New Weird (Jeff
The book's divided in four sections. The first one, Stimuli, brings fiction from the forefathers of the New Weird. The second part, Evidence, is dedicated to the weirdos themselves: fiction by China Miéville, Jay Lake, Steph Swainston, etc. The third, Symposium, brings the original electronic discussion that ignited the whole thing back in 2003, plus articles by Michael Cisco, K.J. Bishop and European editors' interpretations of the term. Finally, in Laboratory, seven authors on the fringe of New Weird share their visions about it in fiction form.
sf  literature  movement  new-weird  criticism  anthology  review 
october 2008 by tsuomela

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