"Wherever we may be in our practice, we’ve all at times asked ourselves: What would it be like if I sat a little longer? Perhaps after our first afternoon, or daylong silent retreat, we thought—'I was really able finally to settle in there and experience stillness. It was powerful, and some interesting thoughts arose. What … Continue reading A Deeper Dive: Reflections on a Four-Year Silent Meditation Retreat
"One implication is that 25, 50, 250 years from now, we become a kind of clinical-trial society in which empirically driven decisions are constantly popping up. But by clinical-trial society, I mean all sorts of questions, because the information net becomes so rich — and the capacity to understand or deconvolute that information, because of … Continue reading Clinical Trial Society
"'Are you against the ‘liberal order’ which guaranteed peace and stability, and other wonderful things for so long?' The obvious answer is that your much-cherished liberal order was the incubator for Trumpism and other authoritarianisms. It made human beings subordinate to the market, replacing social bonds with market relations and sanctifying greed. It propagated an … Continue reading Liberalism is the Incubator of Authoritarianisms
This interview with Helen Nissanbaum on privacy as a social good and how managing dataflows is a better way to think about it than consent is worth a read. These ideas are explored in greater detail in her book, Privacy in Context. h/t Schneier on Security.
"When we are clear-eyed about the fact that what we think of as our individual self is really a hodgepodge of artifice, and not really our self, that can be both freeing and terrifying. Our ego constantly chases fleeting needs, which is why an identity based on that ego is fleeting, and happiness based on … Continue reading Eric by Tom Manning
"Another function of these civilizational trances is the inoculation of the masses from outsider disturbances. This is achieved by hardening the audience to them, administering small doses of carefully excised and polished versions of their rabid and incomprehensible accents, smooth postcard images of toxic wastelands, little commercial apocalypses for atrophied imaginations." —Cergat Boş & Elytron … Continue reading Anonymous Sessions on 3:AM Magazine
"'So how do you change things? Subversion: that’s how. Who does it best? Madison Avenue; they get people to buy things that are bad for them every day...That’s what we wanted to do, use subversion to sell people things that they don’t know they want.' ...But to dismiss Devo as nostalgia compilation fodder is to … Continue reading The Truth About Devo, America’s Most Misunderstood Band