Attenticity vs. authenticity: The economic transition from truth to trust claims

In this short essay I suggest that we, as sense-making creatures, are oriented towards sense-making precisely by an attitude of care, which determines what things (i.e., objects, claims, perspectives) we will purchase with our attention and faith and what things we will reject or subvert. Guided by advancements in economics and rhetorical studies, I contendContinue reading “Attenticity vs. authenticity: The economic transition from truth to trust claims”

Relationships in Perel: From productivity to identity economies and beyond

I was inspired to write this piece since hearing Dr. Ester Perel’s breakthrough TED talk The Secret to Desire in a Long Term Relationship. Speaking with a fluid combination of penetrating insight, wry humor and provocation, Dr. Perel is a natural storyteller and it was immediately apparent that her audience was spellbound. Incorporating anthropological andContinue reading “Relationships in Perel: From productivity to identity economies and beyond”

Hybrids: On this BBC In Our time podcast episode called “Hybrids”

I was drawn to write about this episode because it magnificently demonstrates the fluidity of Nature and our perennial attempts to ‘carve at her joints.’ Starting with the Swedish botanist and modern taxonomist, Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778), we have a system for separating and naming Eden. From the Onto-Theological view that Christianity confers on theContinue reading “Hybrids: On this BBC In Our time podcast episode called “Hybrids””

The Left Can’t Meme – Humor as Political Agent

Humor is a Swiss Army knife—it cuts, it cleans, it opens, it picks, it screws. There are as many functions to humor as there are sides to a circle. It is Protean in its ambiguity and form. However, when it comes to deployment for political ends, humor casts shade. We can observe 5 primary functions:Continue reading “The Left Can’t Meme – Humor as Political Agent”

Notes on “The Psychological Analysis of Adolf Hitler”

In 1943/44, the Office of Strategic Services (the predecessor the CIA) completed a study called “A Psychological Analysis of Adolf Hitler” It was approved for release into public records in 1999. Here are some points I gleaned from reading the first 2/3 of the manuscript. I bring this up here because I’ve long maintained thatContinue reading “Notes on “The Psychological Analysis of Adolf Hitler””

Conspiracy! On the making of a Rube

Conspiracy theories are an imaginative rejection of the complex. This is my simple thesis. A conspiracy theory is a type of theory that tends to conceptualize large, global or complex events in terms of secret transactions that are unknown to the public and driven by agents with hidden motivations and agendas. Currently, these theories findContinue reading “Conspiracy! On the making of a Rube”

Understanding in the World of Prediction

According to this essay by Dr. David Krakauer, we are facing a growing schism in the ways we have come to know the world. The growing fissure is between two epistemes or knowledge-systems that structure our approach to science and the ways we interact with naturalistic and psychosocial events or phenomena. These approaches are mostContinue reading “Understanding in the World of Prediction”

Bullshit Jobs

Another post about another fascinating Hidden Brain podcast episode on the topic of “bullshit jobs.” These jobs are defined as jobs which are self-identified as lacking purpose or contributing little to no productivity or meaningful utility to the company. This social phenomenon has been studied extensively by David Graeber, professor of Anthropology at the LondonContinue reading “Bullshit Jobs”

Reflections on Choice

Over the past few months, I have enjoyed listening to the Hidden Brain podcast, hosted by Shankar Vedantam. The podcast self-purportedly uses “science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.” I highly recommend downloading and listening to podcast episode here; it is so informativeContinue reading “Reflections on Choice”