Complex Singularities

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Category Archive — Aphorisms

Musings about Quantum Entanglement

I filled a glass with ice from the refrigerator and was using the nozzle on the door to further fill the glass with water. I was watching as the sharp stream of water cut though a particular oblong of ice, right in the middle. I was waiting for the point at which it cut through […]

On Editing

One of the reasons the writing process—and especially academic writing—relies so heavily on editing is that it is a sedimentary process. Writing develops over time, where slowly and steadily, layers of new information and nuance are added into a manuscript. When something is first drafted you do so in dialogue with a number of other […]

Multiple paths to critique?

The anti-war aspect of the “alt-right” is perhaps the most interesting thing about it. Fascinatingly, it comes from the exact opposite place of social justice critiques of war (i.e., that America should only take care of itself and not spend money or resources them foreigners, etc.) but weirdly ends up in similar, while not the […]

Field Musings

You know your research object has become a research field when it becomes impossible to keep up with all the new material it keeps hurling your way without a research team.

Discursive Struggles

How many world-historical struggles have been discursive struggles?

“America”

The words “America” and “American” are, even just in themselves, already mythological. How do we build credible, useful and progressive international, transnational or global socio-political structures when one of the major national/subjective building blocks is discursively overdetermined?

Big Data

Thinking qualitatively, what might we consider big data? In discourse analysis there is always more data than can be analyzed…

Alchemy

Marking is alchemy not chemistry.

Possible Books

Sometimes writing a book is like staring into the abyss and trying to yank out threads of possibility. Possible words. Possible sentences.

Liberalism and Privilege

The problem with the standard liberal line of argument on reformation’s preferability to revolution is its advocates’ failure to understand, or accept, or admit that social justice is not equally attractive for all parties specifically because some have much invested in continued relationships of unequal, unearned privilege, holding the world back from change.