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In Bangkok with A.
8 hours ago

In Bangkok with A.

There are friends, recurrent visitors, ghosts, and awe-inspiring evocations in one’s life. He embodies them all.

Why do we speak to the dead so often? On the eve of my …
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What Is a Face Mask?
4 days ago

What Is a Face Mask?

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It’s an anthropological truism so trite it could be embroidered on a throw pillow: Masks don’t hide our true selves, but instead display them. As more and more of us …
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Future/Border: Fires, Pandemics and the Climate Crisis
1 week ago

Future/Border: Fires, Pandemics and the Climate Crisis

COVID-19 and the climate crisis now dominate our lives. The effect of the former is extreme. Images of death, endless discussion of restrictions, their implementation and the possibility of our …
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The Contingent Nature of COVID-19 Temporality
2 weeks ago

The Contingent Nature of COVID-19 Temporality

In an almost prophetic way, medical anthropologist Christos Lynteris published his book, Human Extinction and the Pandemic Imaginary, just a few months before the new coronavirus began spreading throughout the …
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On Art: What Is the Alternative When There Is No Alternative?
2 weeks ago

On Art: What Is the Alternative When There Is No Alternative?

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Can one imagine a world without art: cave paintings, Mona Lisa, the great gothic cathedrals, all gone? Can one imagine the modern world without its ridiculous supplement of postmodern art, …
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How Scientism Spawns Pseudoscience and Science Denialism
3 weeks ago

How Scientism Spawns Pseudoscience and Science Denialism

Scientism – the belief that science is the only valid source of knowledge and that all legitimate questions can be answered by science – is what spawns pseudoscience and science …
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Power, Appearance, and Obscenity: Five Reflections
3 weeks ago

Power, Appearance, and Obscenity: Five Reflections

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ONE: The New Obscene Master

The obscene public space that is emerging today changes the way the opposition between appearance and rumor works. It is not that appearances no longer …
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The Crown of the Stasis
4 weeks ago

The Crown of the Stasis

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According to the constitution of the World Health Organisation (WHO), health is a fundamental duty of all states and a fundamental right of all citizens. They define it in this …
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The Sickness of Reason
4 weeks ago

The Sickness of Reason

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There was a sickness out there. And it struck us down with silence. Even when people were in close proximity, their voices were notably quieter. It was like the world …
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Against Murderous Passivity,  or Reading Hannah Arendt Under Lockdown
1 month ago

Against Murderous Passivity, or Reading Hannah Arendt Under Lockdown

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Just weeks into the coronavirus crisis, the lieutenant governor of Texas claimed on national television that Americans over seventy would gladly sacrifice their lives to the coronavirus so the rest …
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