Tag: science fiction

The Esoteric Genius of Duran Duran Song Lyrics

I submit that Duran Duran has some of the greatest, most esoteric song lyrics in the annals of commercially successful pop music. At any given moment, the lyrics are impenetrable stories about…about who knows what, really. But sci-fi imagery, sexy allusions, general weirdness, and random exotica seem to inform the band’s lyrical worldview. Sure, maybe

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EGO People’s egos get bigger after meditation and yoga, says a new study: According to Buddhist teaching, the self is an illusion. The religion preaches a fundamentally selfless worldview, encouraging followers to renounce individual desires and distance themselves from self-concern. To advance this perspective, millions of people around the world practice yoga and meditation. But

L I N K S 03/16/18

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE What If the AI Revolution Is Neither Utopia nor Apocalypse, but Something in Between? We need to be wary of the millenarian narrative when we’re considering technological developments and the Singularity and existential risks in general. Maybe this time is different, but we’ve cried wolf many times before. There is a more likely,

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/11/18

AESTHETICS The vintage beauty of Soviet control rooms:   ART Total Disquiet by @eevientan – our first show for 2018 opening February 2 #smallwallproject #newcontemporary #juxtapoz #hifructose #beautifulbizarre A post shared by Outré Gallery Martin McIntosh (@outregallery) on Jan 8, 2018 at 2:50am PST   CHINA On China’s “social credit” system: This article wasn’t meant

What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 11/15/17

IDEOLOGICAL FRACTURES in AMERICA —Justin Murphy on whether America has become more conservative or more liberal: If there is one substantial ideological shift in American public opinion in the post-war period, it is the dramatic and near-universal increase in social liberalism since the 1950s. There has not been a general shift to the left or