Archive for the 'cybernetics' Category

In which we talk about our first thirty-something episodes, and take time to tie some threads together. No, this isn't a clip-show.

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We are joining forces with our friends at Swampside Chats, and From Alpha To Omega, to form the Emancipation Network, a Marxist podcast network and research collective.

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In which we (struggle to) read a math paper, The Inherent Instability of Disordered Systems, by Taeer Bar-Yam, Owen Lynch, and Yaneer Bar-Yam.

This paper introduces us to the Multi-scale Law of Requisite Variety, and the importance of organisation at multiple scales. The paper also furnishes a proof that disordered systems will inevitably become ordered by forces in their environment.

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Hey there folks!

We're giving away two copies of People's Republic of Walmart, by Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski.

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All of our patrons will automatically be included in the draw, while non-patrons can enter their email address in this form to add themselves to the draw.

Winners will be selected at random on the 31st of March, and will be contacted via Patreon message or email to arrange delivery. To keep this fair, if we don't hear back from an entrant within two weeks, we'll draw another winner for that book.

Why are we doing this? Well, Shane accidentally placed three separate pre-orders for this book over the course of two years, so there's two spare copies floating around.

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In which we discuss Stafford Beer's 1974 book "Designing Freedom". Beer makes the case for a total overhaul of our institutions and organisational methods, by way of management cybernetics.

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In which we continue our discussion of the Xenofeminist Manifesto, with Kira Magrann.

The next book we read will be Designing Freedom, by Stafford Beer. If you want to read along with us before the episode airs, you can get the book free from the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/DesigningFreedom

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In which we are joined by Kira Magrann to discuss the Xenofeminist Manifesto.

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In which we discuss Shane's experience at the Metaphorum Conference 2018.

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In which we interview Andrew Pickering, author of The Cybernetic Brain.

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In which we talk about Accelerationism, it's bizarre history, and it's recent Left-wing manifestations.

We read from three articles: "Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in" by Andy Beckett, "Terminator vs. Avatar: Notes on Accelerationism" by Mark Fisher, and "#Accelerate, Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics" by Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek.

(PS: We will never miss an opportunity to dunk on Nick Land.)

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In which we discuss the politics of Open Source software, starting from Gavin Mueller's article "Microsoft and the Yeoman Coders".

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In which we conclude our two-part discussion of The Cybernetic Brain, by Andrew Pickering. This episode covers the chapter on Stafford Beer, and the final chapter, "Sketches of Another Future".

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