The Math That Predicted the Revolutions Sweeping the Globe Right Now

Food is truly linked to everything. Yaneer Bar-Yam, a complex systems theorist and president of the New England Complex Systems Institute, authored a paper linking revolution and riots around the world with volatile food prices and our unstable food system.

via I’m Not Really Here – The Math That Predicted the Revolutions Sweeping the Globe Right Now.

How Cash Would Be Seen by the Media if Invented Today

Breaking News: Bizarre, Shadowy, Paper-Based Payment System Being Rolled Out Worldwide!

World governments announced a plan today to allow citizens to anonymously carry parts of their wealth on their person and exchange it with others using small pieces of colourful paper.

The paper is printed with nationalistic and Masonic imagery, along with numbers that purportedly represent the amount of wealth each piece of paper represents (if the paper is not a counterfeit).

via How Cash Would Be Seen by the Media if Invented Today.

Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World, Timothy Morton

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Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World, Timothy Morton

via  Carla Nappi – So much of Science Studies, of STS as a field or a point of engagement, is deeply concerned with objects. We create sociologies and networks of and with objects, we study them as actors or agents or actants, we worry about our relationships to them and their relationships to each other. We wonder if humans and their objects are really so different, or whether we are all octopuses shrinking behind our own ink.

In Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World(University of Minnesota Press, 2013), Timothy Morton offers a way of thinking with and about hyperobjects, particular kinds of things of which we see only pieces at any given moment. (Though by the end of the book, Morton invites us to consider that perhaps every object is a hyperobject.) Hyperobjects…

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Sarah Kendzior on Gentrification and the Death of Creativity

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Transcribed from This is Hell! Radio’s 18 January 2014 episode and printed with permission.  Listen to the full interview here.

I think there’s a very specific idea of artistic success that’s being pushed that’s tied to the ability to live in these cultural capitals, places like New York or San Francisco.  People who can’t go to those places think that they’re not allowed to participate.

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Chuck Mertz:  On the line with us right now is Sarah Kendzior.  She is a St. Louis based columnist for Al Jazeera English and The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Her April 2013 article The Wrong Kind of Caucasian is the most popular Al Jazeera English op-ed of all time.  That story explains how, despite the Boston bombers having little to do with Chechnya, the media were quick to demonize an entire ethnicity.  Sarah’s most recent writing at Al Jazeera is Expensive Cities are…

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