Here are the proceedings – including abstracts and podcasts – of what seems to have been a fascinating conference on information in philosophy, science and the humanities at my own institution, The Open University.
Transcript of a paper given at Nottingham University’s Psychoanalysis and the Posthuman Conference, Sept 7, 2010. Mankind’s a dead issue now, cousin. There are no more souls. Only states of mind. Since emerging in nineties critical theory, transhumanism and cyberpunk literature, the term ‘posthuman’ has been used to mark a historical juncture at which the […]
http://singularityblog.singularitysymposium.com/?powerpress_embed=9537-podcast&powerpress_player=default Socrates (AKA Nikola Danaylov) has a rare interview with mathematician, science fiction writer and speculative futurist Virnor Vinge. Vinge articulates the difference between the Singularity and previous technical change thus: You could explain the internet or intercontinental jet travel to someone from an earlier phase of technological history Mark Twain or Ghengis. Explaining […]
Here‘s an intriguing abstract discussing the theorization of the singularity as a dynamic phase change up at the Singularity Hypothesis site.
http://www2.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/mediaplayer/mediaplayerV5.swf A talk by philosopher Luciano Floridi on semantic information.
DanDennett from Dario Ringach on Vimeo.
Quentin Meillassoux’s coinage ‘correlationism’ refers to any position which holds that thought can only think the relation between thought and its object; never the object as an absolute without relation to cognition. Kantianism and transcendental phenomenology are correlationisms. They conceive objectivity as an invariant structure of possible experience. Husserl conceives physical objectivity in terms of […]
Dark Chemistry has an interesting and thought provoking post about autopoiesis and objects here. This is not an area I know well and I’m happy to be put right, but I’ve a few newbie thoughts and questions about some of the concepts applied by fans of Luhmann, Varela, etc. I accept that some processes can have the […]
The best we can do to understand a post-singularity dispensation, Virnor Vinge argues, is to draw parallels with the emergence of an earlier transformative intelligence: “[What] happens a month or two (or a day or two) after that? I have only analogies to point to: The rise of humankind” (Vinge 1993). Vinge’s analogy implies that […]
There’s a traumatic process of recantation and scapegoating going on among former users of the French form of structuralism that developed in the linguistics of Ferdinand de Saussure (take Levi Bryant’s post here). The stock of structuralism has never been so low. For example, its apparent inability to conceptualize the difference between the sense and reference […]