Thomas Metzinger: Benevolent Artificial Anti-Natalism (BAAN)

  > Taken from Edge   Benevolent Artificial Anti-Natalism (BAAN)   What is the BAAN-scenario? Let us assume that a full-blown superintelligence has come into existence. An autonomously self-optimizing postbiotic system has emerged, the rapidly growing factual knowledge and the general, domain-independent intelligence of which has superseded that of mankind, and irrevocably so. All of … Pokračování textu Thomas Metzinger: Benevolent Artificial Anti-Natalism (BAAN)

Emile Cioran: The Book of Delusions

  > Taken from Bezna5    (fragments) VI TO HAVE BEEN DONE WITH DEATH. Every time the human is haunted by the thought of death, she becomes an-other. Your thought of death is only your witnessing, conscious or unconscious, of metamorphosis. You dreamed, and death passed through your dream. And how di erent your dream … Pokračování textu Emile Cioran: The Book of Delusions

PEST (part I): From Parasite Eve to the Old Ones

> Taken from webarchive Roby: “Reza, when you use the term pestilential, a term similar to many I have seen in your writings, what elements / qualities / characteristics would you attribute to it?” ‘Pest’ combines at least three crypto-genetic strains; each one can introduce itself as an underlying hyperstition-agitator for the rest of them. … Pokračování textu PEST (part I): From Parasite Eve to the Old Ones

CHLOE SUGDEN: ALIEN-HUMAN EROTICS IN OCTAVIA BUTLER’S DAWN

> Excerpts from THE OANKALI TURNED ITS TENTACLES TOWARDS ME. THE OANKALI TURNED ITS TENTACLES TOWARDS ME was diagrammed, written and edited by the students of the Theory-Fiction Seminar of the CCC Research Master Program from September 2017 to June 2018. The Theory-Fiction Seminar is conceived and led by Kodwo Eshun.     Out of … Pokračování textu CHLOE SUGDEN: ALIEN-HUMAN EROTICS IN OCTAVIA BUTLER’S DAWN

Reza Negarestani: Death as a Perversion: Openness and Germinal Death

  A shattered introduction. From pre-Islamic Zoroastrian mages to Sade to Nietzsche, Bataille and Deleuze, the investigations into openness have been always accompanied by at least five supplements: life, death, horror, outside and intensity. Openness has been diagramed as both a tactical line and strategy traversing these five supplements while crushing the dimensions between them. … Pokračování textu Reza Negarestani: Death as a Perversion: Openness and Germinal Death

Reza Negarestani: Memento Tabere: Reflections on Time and Putrefaction

  > Taken from Urbanomic   Motivated by a few current projects as well as some recent inspiring outputs from Nicola and Alex on the concept of decay and putrefaction, I was thinking about one of the main problems inherent to any politics or philosophy of decay. It is the problem of Time, or more … Pokračování textu Reza Negarestani: Memento Tabere: Reflections on Time and Putrefaction