#16601

blinkandwheeze posted:

note that this might have limited applicability outside of the geological formations of shaanxi province. will be interested to hear any readers reporting back on their experience.

i got karst, ill check it out and get back to you

i do not have loess. bears further inquiries

Edited by ialdabaoth ()

#16602
karst is just the earth doing self-harm

it took me a year to get through half of Anti-Oedipus, but it's so worth it:
#16603
i generally dont have a clue what deleuze is talking abt but in chap. 12 of cap vol. 1 marx explains in a lucid way that while an individual capitalist might gain a temporary advantage in surplus value to be extracted by a technical advance, once the other capitalists catch on, the edge disappears. so idk what deleuze is talking about when he's talking about "machinic surplus value". or he means surplus value from the perspective of the non human, but comparing the segment of technological advances to the "necessary for reproduction" segment (like raw materials etc) , but in that case why is it useful to introduce this term, which is as far as i understand just a roundabout way of saying "usually under the capitalist mode of production technology related to production efficiency advances instead of stagnating or devolving", which logically follows from the temporary edge it gives to the individual capitalist.
#16604
im reading a trio of chemistry textbooks, i adore how fucking weird chemistry is, things that seemed so normal when in school are now revealed as the bizzaro reality they really are. also i love to draw diagrams in pencil using a ruler and then add labels in pen, give the diagrams a suitable title and date, both of which must be underlined, using a ruler, in the real life
#16605
chemistry is incredibly normal, imo. lots of things that are normal require hard work to understand properly. i dont understand chemistry but its fun anyway.
#16606

nomogram posted:

karst is just the earth doing self-harm

it took me a year to get through half of Anti-Oedipus, but it's so worth it:



it's going to take me a year to decipher that quote, i'm curious wtf it means to you in your words

#16607

look dude its the odd couple
#16608
are there any good books on the history of the Eastern bloc?
#16609
read this good poem in a telesur story https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/WorldPoetryDay-Langston-Hughes-Poem-Praises-Lenin-20190321-0024.html

Lenin walks around the world.

Frontiers cannot bar him.

Neither barracks nor barricades impede.

Nor does barbed wire scar him.

Lenin walks around the world.

Black, brown, and white receive him.

Language is no barrier.

The strangest tongues believe him.

Lenin walks around the world.

The sun sets like a scar.

Between the darkness and the dawn

There rises a red star.

by langston hughes

just liked it and couldn't think of anywhere better to post it
#16610
I'm getting through "The Russian Revolution" by Sheila Fitzpatrick. Pretty good history book that goes from 1917 to 1938. Some of the narrative in the book is mired by really common milquetoast liberal takes and most others are genuinely interesting, like the militarization of the CPSU being a direct result of the Bolsheviks' relationship towards the Soviets as a sort of shepherd, with a ton of Red Guard/Army veterans joining in the immediate aftermath. She backs this up with the change in Party culture at the time, particularly in everyday administration and early Komsomol activity which was basically like a military cadet club. Something else interesting about her approach is that she doesn't just focus on the common 'totalitarian' narrative and suggests it should be ditched entirely, in favor of looking at how the Soviets derived their legitimacy. Some of this requires admitting that the communists were genuinely popular and that people actually knew what it meant to support them (rather than being mindless drones), so that's also a nice change.
#16611
is the cultural logic of late capitalism by frederic jameson worth a dive or is it antiquated seriously by prior works?
#16612
Reading about the Official IRA (the worst IRA, possibly) and the Worker's Party in "The Lost Revolution" by Brian Hanley. The Officials were the majority of the IRA which split in 1969, with the smaller (at the time) group the Provisionals ultimately becoming the IRA most people know.

A very good case study of how fatal a bad position on the national question in Ireland is. In their attempt to move away from Irish republicanism and towards a Marxist-Leninist vanguard party, most of the older IRA leadership ended up ultimately aligning themselves with Unionist death squads, the Northern Irish police and Britain against the Provisional IRA and INLA's so called "fascist terror". This was all in the interest of appearing "non-sectarian".

They gradually embraced reformist parliamentarism, and eventually all of their parliamentary representatives split and formed a new party, abandoning socialism permanently. They used the collapse of the eastern bloc as an excuse as many parties did of course. Today the party is totally irrelevant, disliked by most. A shame that they were the one's getting the weapons from North Korea, though the Provisionals were always rather skeptical about socialism unfortunately.

At the very beginning of the Troubles at least the Officials did some good work in terms of defending catholic neighbourhoods from attacks, fighting the British army in the streets and so on. But after their supposed ceasefire in 1972 they spent more time shooting other Republicans and robbing banks then they did fighting imperialism. And as time went on even the police were looking the other way from the groups activities, seeing them as a useful tool against the Provos.

They weren't the only socialists who came to similarly tortured and ridiculous views. The British and Irish Communist Organisation were a supposedly Maoist organisation that came to the conclusion that the British Army must be given critical support against the bloodthirsty Provisionals who were doing nothing but terrorising the populace. BICO also came to the conclusion that there were 2 nations in Ireland, the Irish and the Ulster Unionists, which of course was exactly what Unionists wanted to promote.

The whole thing is rather bizarre, and it ended up in a situation where the majority of the Maoists and Marxist-Leninists in Ireland were objectively aligned with British Imperialism and openly supporting the northern Irish police to "restore order", while most of the Irish Trotskyists were defending the anti-imperialist struggle, to the point where the Worker's Party were calling them Provo-Trots.
#16613
reports from a chinese village, is good.
#16614
learn from the OIRA kids: GOOD (political) LINES SAVE LIVES

or, alternatively:

Good Lines mean Good Times.

Party time? No Thanks, Too Busy Arguing the Party Line


#16615
read some garbage fucking article by some neuro-doctor hack named tononi for a class. i started writing something about it when i was drunk last night and probably won't finish it so i'll post it here and will maybe write more later (not a good use of time or energy):

With a theoretical foundation grounded in the impatient short-sightedness of contemporary scientism, the premise of Tononi's Integrated Information Theory fails from the introduction. Unable to reason beyond his elementary appropriation of Cartesian consciousness, he posits, with the learned voice of false authority, that his apperceptual experience of himself as a subject constitutes his consciousness. Somehow this renders his belief in his subjective self-reflection factual. Sweating and panicking for an authoritative assertion, he immediately equates consciousness with subjective experience, and, without fail, is sure to italicize words like here, there, everywhere, etc. With a laughable grasp of know how he thinks Good Philosophers ought to write, he learned from translated, abridged copies of Sartre and Derrida that if you want people to pay attention to you, emphasizing certain words is the first step. But we're talking about consciousness here, and, desperate to appeal to as many readers as possible, he name drops The Beatles' Warner-Brother hallucinogenic trip report that one time they took baby aspirin and sang a stupid fucking song about the whole thing. Realizing that pop-music, on the one hand, increase his likelihood to get featured on stupid podcasts, and on the other, that he might seem like less of a Science Genius, he puts the lab coat back on and briefly references a vague cosmogony and high-powered computers that are closer (!) to passing the Turing test, and that are also able to perform better than “some brain-damaged patients” (if you haven't guessed by now, he's a doctor). It seems to me that he is either unaware that a solar-powered calculator can solve 2+2 faster than someone in a coma, or that he just has no fucking clue what to say. He concludes his introduction by pathetically calling for the urgency to develop “testable and principled manners” of answering the consciousness-problem. He is terrified that AI will surpass him in the near future. We just have to get our hands on consciousness before the computers do!

essentially his theoryis that consciousness is super easy to understand, and that it can be easily broken down into:
1. intrinsic existence (a bizarre combination of the ole' cartesian adage and a poorly understood, contradictory phenomenology)
2. composition
3. information
4. integration
5. exclusion


anyway fuck it all, watch the world explode into nothing as my computer body takes over my mind and i can eat microchips as hors doeuvres and know the lyrics of my favorite songs before hearing ever hearing them



#16616
.
#16617
https://www.bookforum.com/inprint/026_01/20826
#16618
the only thing that's as sad as a doctor who thinks they're a scientist is an engineer who thinks they're a scientist
#16619

swampman posted:

https://www.bookforum.com/inprint/026_01/20826


lmao

In Shields’s marriage, coldness reigns—or so he tells us. (In the past he has made much of his own unreliability as a narrator.) His wife doesn’t even like his books, and that’s how he wants it, though it’s also a source of constant anxiety. He praises her “icy temperament” and mostly addresses her in the form of wheedling questions, as if he’s playing Jeopardy! in hell: “Why do you always check to see how much I leave for a tip?” “Why don’t you have a single photo of me anywhere in the house?” “Why do all your favorite books about marriage include a dead spouse?”

#16620

cars posted:

the only thing that's as sad as a doctor who thinks they're a scientist is an engineer who thinks they're a scientist



what about an engineer who thinks that they're a scientist who also has a fake medical practice and gets off on misdiagnosing people with various terminal illnesses

#16621
good question. you add the sadnesses together, divide the sum by ~0.667 and take that as the limit of the curve over time
#16622
what're you reading cars
#16623

Petrol posted:

coldness reigns


#16624
https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n07/adam-tooze/is-this-the-end-of-the-american-century
#16625
it's about fucking time.
get it over with already. put the dog down.
#16626
https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n07/adam-tooze/is-this-the-end-of-the-american-century
#16627
imagine putting donald trump in the same category of world-historical figure as napoleon or hegel. can't wait for the official hagiographies and soft-pedalled biopics.
#16628
Trump might be the Nietzschean ubermensch of the 21st century, an Ozymandias amongst men, perhaps an unstoppable human force that not even our kween Pelosi can impeach, master of the unseen cosmic storm ... how do we move forward?

In this op ed i will
#16629
He's just bringing up the discourse that exists around Trump when he opens that way, I don't think he actually agrees with it.
#16630
i love pieces that start with know-it-all trivia with names of people and books grad students who read your publication sorta remember from class

also noticed theyre publising ed luttwak lol, yes please tell us about japan, guy who wrote a piece about the necessity of preemptivly attack north korea because even if the south got nuked its their fault for not buying israeli military tech
#16631
against my better judgement i read his article about japan, what fascist dogshit. subscribed to lrb for people like Bruce Cumings and Seymour Hersh, regretting it now.
#16632
Duhring on Marx... or haters on the zzonE??

.. impotence of the faculties of concentration and systematisation ... deformity of thought and style, undignified affectation of language ... anglicised vanity ... duping {497} ... barren conceptions which in fact are only bastards of historical and logical fantasy ... deceptive twisting {498} ... personal vanity {499} ... vile mannerisms ... snotty ... buffoonery pretending to be witty ... Chinese erudition {506} ... philosophical and scientific backwardness

#16633
there are so many legitimate critiques to make of duhrings dumb ideas, why everybody trying the dunk on him for being blind
#16634
cuz the man still affected to wear spectacles lmfao
#16635

pescalune posted:

The whole thing is rather bizarre, and it ended up in a situation where the majority of the Maoists and Marxist-Leninists in Ireland were objectively aligned with British Imperialism and openly supporting the northern Irish police to "restore order", while most of the Irish Trotskyists were defending the anti-imperialist struggle, to the point where the Worker's Party were calling them Provo-Trots.



this imo is an underrated reason for the relative and enduring strength of british trotskyism into the 1980s as opposed to the dearth of british marxist-leninists or maoists compared to the rest of europe

#16636
who's excited for the reza negarestani comic book?

Approaching the comic medium as a supercollider for achieving maximum abstraction, in Chronosis artist Keith Tilford and philosopher Reza Negarestani create a graphically stunning and conceptually explosive universe in which the worlds of pop culture, modern art, philosophy, science fiction, and theoretical physics crash into one another.

Taking place after the catastrophic advent of the birth of time, Chronosis narrates the story of a sprawling multiverse at the center of which monazzeins, the monks of an esoteric time-cult, attempt to build bridges between the many fragmented tribes and histories of multiple possible worlds. Across a series of dizzying overlapping stories we glimpse worlds where time flows backward, where the universe can be recreated every five minutes, or where rigid facts are washed away by the tides of an infinite ocean of possibility.

A unique fusion of comics culture and philosophical cogitation, this conceptually and visually mind-expanding tale takes the reader on a dizzying rollercoaster ride through time, space, and thought.

#16637

lo posted:

who's excited for the reza negarestani comic book?

Approaching the comic medium as a supercollider for achieving maximum abstraction, in Chronosis artist Keith Tilford and philosopher Reza Negarestani create a graphically stunning and conceptually explosive universe in which the worlds of pop culture, modern art, philosophy, science fiction, and theoretical physics crash into one another.

Taking place after the catastrophic advent of the birth of time, Chronosis narrates the story of a sprawling multiverse at the center of which monazzeins, the monks of an esoteric time-cult, attempt to build bridges between the many fragmented tribes and histories of multiple possible worlds. Across a series of dizzying overlapping stories we glimpse worlds where time flows backward, where the universe can be recreated every five minutes, or where rigid facts are washed away by the tides of an infinite ocean of possibility.

A unique fusion of comics culture and philosophical cogitation, this conceptually and visually mind-expanding tale takes the reader on a dizzying rollercoaster ride through time, space, and thought.



Pretty cool

#16638
what happened to the cookbook promised in the cyclonopedia author blurb
#16639

jansenist_drugstore posted:

read some garbage fucking article by some neuro-doctor hack named tononi for a class. i started writing something about it when i was drunk last night and probably won't finish it so i'll post it here and will maybe write more later (not a good use of time or energy):

With a theoretical foundation grounded in the impatient short-sightedness of contemporary scientism, the premise of Tononi's Integrated Information Theory fails from the introduction. Unable to reason beyond his elementary appropriation of Cartesian consciousness, he posits, with the learned voice of false authority, that his apperceptual experience of himself as a subject constitutes his consciousness. Somehow this renders his belief in his subjective self-reflection factual. Sweating and panicking for an authoritative assertion, he immediately equates consciousness with subjective experience, and, without fail, is sure to italicize words like here, there, everywhere, etc. With a laughable grasp of know how he thinks Good Philosophers ought to write, he learned from translated, abridged copies of Sartre and Derrida that if you want people to pay attention to you, emphasizing certain words is the first step. But we're talking about consciousness here, and, desperate to appeal to as many readers as possible, he name drops The Beatles' Warner-Brother hallucinogenic trip report that one time they took baby aspirin and sang a stupid fucking song about the whole thing. Realizing that pop-music, on the one hand, increase his likelihood to get featured on stupid podcasts, and on the other, that he might seem like less of a Science Genius, he puts the lab coat back on and briefly references a vague cosmogony and high-powered computers that are closer (!) to passing the Turing test, and that are also able to perform better than “some brain-damaged patients” (if you haven't guessed by now, he's a doctor). It seems to me that he is either unaware that a solar-powered calculator can solve 2+2 faster than someone in a coma, or that he just has no fucking clue what to say. He concludes his introduction by pathetically calling for the urgency to develop “testable and principled manners” of answering the consciousness-problem. He is terrified that AI will surpass him in the near future. We just have to get our hands on consciousness before the computers do!

essentially his theoryis that consciousness is super easy to understand, and that it can be easily broken down into:
1. intrinsic existence (a bizarre combination of the ole' cartesian adage and a poorly understood, contradictory phenomenology)
2. composition
3. information
4. integration
5. exclusion


anyway fuck it all, watch the world explode into nothing as my computer body takes over my mind and i can eat microchips as hors doeuvres and know the lyrics of my favorite songs before hearing ever hearing them





#16640
"will you fight? or will you perish like a dog?"