Issue #35 October 2020

The Octopus and the Machine

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Photo by Wihopa Win

Samuel Ludford is a writer and musician based in London. He is interested in technology, language, and temporality, and their interplay in questions of human agency. He also researches the function of subculture as a form of counter-alienation, and creative and intellectual practices that operate outside of market relations. His blog can be found at divinecuration.github.io

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Peter Godfrey-Smith, Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life on Earth, was published in 2016.

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The canonical behaviourist text in the philosophy of mind is Gilbert Ryle’s 1949 opus, The Concept of Mind.

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See Wilfrid Sellars’ account in his wonderful 1949 essay Aristotelean Philosophies of Mind.

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This point is inspired by an argument made by Martin Heidegger in The Question Concerning Technology, and Bruno Latour’s response to it in On Technical Mediation.

#35

October 2020

Introduction

The Octopus and the Machine

by Samuel Ludford

An Examination of Bullshit

by Elliott Crozat

Advanced Abstention. Democracy, Anarchism and Anti-Vote Candidates

by Trent Portigal

Angelic Progress — Walter Benjamin and Liberal Destruction

by Riley Clare Valentine