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Two modes for becoming who we are 

The self as painting: we become who we are through repetition and representation. Encumbered only by our imagination and the culture in which we find ourselves, we craft ourselves through iterated projects of self-representation. We might find the materials available to us limiting, in which case we might seek out […]

Guerilla Open Access Manifesto

Attributed to Aaron Swartz, but the editor of his collected writings suggests this is a contentious issue. Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and […]

Freedom Lasso

A rope tightens breath constricted No hand pulls this is self-inflicted sickness Sickness self diagnosed without witness Wish list grip fist the beggary of riches A belly full fights never willingly An empty stomach does not have the energy to finish it Layers in between padded by a dream Stretching […]

Rorty, Realism and the Idea of Freedom

In contrast to the scorn which Rorty’s name now provokes in some quarters, it’s arresting to see the esteem in which he was held by Roy Bhaskar in the late 80s, albeit in the context of a trenchant philosophical critique. He commends Rorty’s “eloquent critique of the epistemological problematic” but […]