Depressive Realism

header image: 15-year-old Kayla Alford expelled from Kentucky Christian school for posting this photo of herself with rainbow birthday cake on Facebook by Julie Reshe  edited by O Society Jan 15, 2020 I remember being depressed. It was a frightening state of mind that seemed to go on indefinitely. The very idea of waking up … Continue reading Depressive Realism

Consciousness is Real

Consciousness is neither a spooky mystery nor an illusory belief. It’s a valid and causally efficacious biological reality by Massimo Pigliucci by O Society Jan 15, 2020 It is highly fashionable to label consciousness an ‘illusion’. This in turn fosters the impression, especially among the general public, that the way we normally think of our … Continue reading Consciousness is Real

Our broken mental models are at the root of our global systemic crises

by Ugo Bardi and David Packer edited by O Society Jan 15, 2020 Old and new media produce an unprecedented tide drawing us into a sea of competing mental models of the world. Even in a “post-fact world,” we link bits of information together to form these mental models, a.k.a. “intuition.” Most of us try … Continue reading Our broken mental models are at the root of our global systemic crises

Getting Rid of Reagan’s Ghost

The question for the 2020 US election season seems straightforward: Should Americans continue with some version of the Reagan regime, which is likely to deliver consistently mediocre growth and extreme income inequality? But the real question is how to enact policies resisted by the oligarchy that the Reagan Revolution created. by Simon Johnson edited by O … Continue reading Getting Rid of Reagan’s Ghost

Why do the Neoconservatives of the American Right Hate Iran so Much?

https://youtu.be/U7s5pT3Rris by Steve Hurst edited by O Society Jan 13, 2020 Donald Trump backed out of the Iranian nuclear deal and the rest of the world is trying to understand the thinking that went into his decision. High up the list of factors is a longstanding American unease about Iran in general. But while most Americans don’t like … Continue reading Why do the Neoconservatives of the American Right Hate Iran so Much?

Noam Chomsky (1): On the Global Dystopia of America

Robert Scheer interviews Noam Chomsky edited by O Society Jan 11, 2019 Robert Scheer: I always say the intelligence comes from my guests; in this case, I’m saying it with great respect and awe. My guest is Noam Chomsky. And actually, this is my first real encounter with this man. But I obviously, as many … Continue reading Noam Chomsky (1): On the Global Dystopia of America

Plutarchy Hooray!

plutarchy (noun): a system of governance in which human beings are ranked in order of the amount of wealth each possesses (x = $) whereby status and power are distributed according to ranking https://youtu.be/Rz1Xn1vzOM4 by Joseph Natoli edited by O Society Jan 10, 2020 Perhaps you spend most of your time online or wish you could … Continue reading Plutarchy Hooray!