That’s Isaac Newton in William Blake’s painting, one of the major villains in Blake’s philosophy. Why? Because Newton was a modeler, a proponent of Science with a capital S, the most repressive force in the modern age. I think Blake was absolutely right. Our narratives of COVID-19 are all lies. They are lies of a particular sort, political narratives that have a nugget of truth within them, but are told with bad intent. They are told this way because it works. Because the nugget of truth hides a deeper, unpleasant truth. And a Big Lie. Some are narratives of the political left. Some are... READ MORE
May 24, 2020
Basically, an extended rumination on the way rhetoric is deployed in the political realm. Also, a bemoaning, so to speak, of the general lack of discernment (intellectually speaking) amongst the general public. The Author's overly declarative style may be off-putting to some readers. Additionally, a bit too much of the I-know-better-than-you (or anyone else for that matter) schtick is tedious. Lastly, the Writer veers dangerously close to the 'paranoid style' referenced by Hofstadter. If you have absolutely nothing else to do then you might consider reading this piece. If, on the other hand, you're due for another cup of coffee, do that instead. You won't have missed anything particularly illuminating.
May 21, 2020
Great out-of-the-box thinking about the various narratives that have been pushed about how large populations should handle the current pandemic (it’s just a flu, herd immunity, flatten the curve, etc) Examines each message for the underlying propaganda value & what each hopes to accomplish by the groups of people responsible for pushing/promoting them.