General Intellect Unit
019 - The Cybernetic Brain, Part 2: Stafford Beer

019 - The Cybernetic Brain, Part 2: Stafford Beer

July 25, 2018

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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018 - The Cybernetic Brain, Part 1: Ontological Theatre

018 - The Cybernetic Brain, Part 1: Ontological Theatre

July 4, 2018

In which we begin a two-part discussion of The Cybernetic Brain, by Andrew Pickering. This episode covers the opening two chapters, "The Adaptive Brain" and "Ontological Theatre".

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017 - The Dispossessed, with Fraser Simons
016 - An Intersectional Analysis Of Geoengineering, with Tina Sikka

016 - An Intersectional Analysis Of Geoengineering, with Tina Sikka

May 30, 2018

In which we talk with Tina Sikka about Geoengineering, and an Intersectional analysis of the potential negative effects of the same.

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015 - Technology And The Worker
014 - Markets In The Name Of Socialism

014 - Markets In The Name Of Socialism

May 2, 2018

In which we read "Markets In The Name Of Socialism, The Left-Wing Origins Of Neoliberalism", by Johanna Bockman.

This book "reveals a dialogue among many economists on both sides of the Iron Curtain about democracy, socialism, and markets. These discussions led to the transformations of 1989 and, unintentionally, the rise of neoliberalism."

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013 - Alternatives

013 - Alternatives

April 18, 2018

In which we look at two papers, the Labour Party's "Alternative Models of Ownership", and "How To Change The Course Of Human History" by David Graeber and David Wengrow.

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012 - All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace, Part 3

012 - All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace, Part 3

April 4, 2018

In which we discuss the third and final part of Adam Curtis' documentary film series "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace".

This episode explores the development of Selfish Gene theory, the spiraling conflicts in Central Africa, and how we came to believe that we were machines ourselves, with no power to change the world for the better.

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011 - All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace, Part 2

011 - All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace, Part 2

March 21, 2018

In which we discuss the second part of Adam Curtis' documentary film series "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace".

This episode focuses on the development ideas of the ecosystem and the balance of nature, the misapplication of these ideas to human society, and how none of it was even true in the first place.

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010 - All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace, Part 1

010 - All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace, Part 1

March 7, 2018

In which we discuss the first part of Adam Curtis' documentary film series "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace".

This episode focuses on the outsized influence of Ayn Rand on the late 20th century, and the belief that her philosophy could help to create a stable world that would last forever.

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009 - Red Plenty, Part 2

009 - Red Plenty, Part 2

February 21, 2018

In which we discuss Francis Spufford's book "Red Plenty".

This is part two of a two-part series, if you missed part one you should go back to the previous episode and start there.

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008 - Red Plenty, Part 1
007 - Alienation
006 - Of Flying Cars And The Declining Rate Of Profit
005 - The Californian Ideology

005 - The Californian Ideology

December 27, 2017

In this episode we discuss the 1995 essay "The Californian Ideology" by Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron.

This episode was recorded before the Blade Runner 2049 episodes, so in the recording it's misidentified as "Episode 3", don't @ us.

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