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 No.6563[Reply]

A list of reading groups and their schedules that have chosen to advertise themselves here. Take a minute to check them out. If you would like to promote your reading group, feel free to leave a comment telling people where they can go.

>>5912 /read/

>>6162 Continental Floppa
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 No.11754

Read the nonfiction chapters of Half Earth Socialism.
The video game they made to promote the book is very fun and thought provoking, so I bought the book.

The book is not particularly good. It attempts to link the necessity of economic planning and large scale rewilding (half of the terrestrial surface must be nature preserves in order to have a viable ecosystem). The thesis of the book is that a planned economy is nessecary to preserve human life on earth, but the argument entirely rests on the unsupported assertion that "Half of the earth could not remain uncommodified under capitalism". No attempt is made to develop this claim through an economic argument. The authors criticize John Bellamy Foster and the Monthly Review school on ecology for merely reading Marx with viridian tinted glasses. Lacking an economic theory, the authors of Half Earth Socialism have no way to prove their point. Instead, they rely on extensive citations from the scientific literature describing the current impacts of the capitalist world-syste, and tearing apart neoliberal fantasies about geoengineering. The book contains almost 50 pages of citations, and the main text including introduction is only 180 pages.

Its a very puzzling book, the authors are familiar with neurath, beer, etc regarding planned economies, but fail to invoke the law of requisite variety in their critiques of geoengineering, despite referencing it in planning.

The authors and game developers had a research group during the game development process, and the game developers actually mentioned these undeveloped ideas in the general intellect unit podcast, that could have produce a systematic critique of geoengineering.

The high reference density and dependance of citing an argument instead of printing it reminds me of a lot of popular science / popular economics writing. I am pretty disappointed with the book, but look forward to reading the fiction chapter at the end. The authors are at least capable researchers and prose writers.



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 No.9298[Reply]

ITT: resources and tips about navigating the Internet and researching topics

Feel free to post your own resources and tips too.

I'm going to post a lot of my own that I have gathered over the years.
I ask that random chit-chat in this thread is kept to a minimum except regarding technical questions & answers on the topic matter.
This is so that resources are kept as compact as possible, and so, readable.

First I'll dump resources and tips for researching various topics.
Note: I don't even have access to or use some of these myself (e.g. LexisNexis which seems to be pay-to-use), but I figure they could be helpful in some narrow cases. I use most of these myself. If the initial things I post don't interest you, keep reading anyway. I'm going to be dumping a lot of content.

PressReader
https://www.pressreader.com/
Find key terms in newspapers and magazines.
I would say this is more helpful for finding sources that do exist rather than for reading them, per se. You can try to read the articles elsewhere than PressReader if you know their titles or part of their body text. The site appears to brand itself as pay-to-use, however you can use the search tool anyway and even read some resulting articles.
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 No.11624

https://15mpedia.org/wiki/Portada
Recurso para los hispanohablantes



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 No.10481[Reply]

Less about the parasocial more about the signal.

Less about subscribing to an individual podcast, more about listening to individual episodes and why that episode resonated.

Not videos. This is a chance for you to educate yourself while working, doing chores or exercising.

I'll go first. This episode of politics theory other was memorable because it made me reconsider the intersection of sex and politics, particularly as someone who sees themselves as becoming more skeptical about everything surrounding idpol as it's being co-opted and weaponized.

https://play.acast.com/s/politicstheoryother/tag%3Asoundcloud%2C2010%3Atracks%2F1136311165
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 No.10776

>>10774

NICE. Appreciate this one. Brings to mind an episode that gave a historical perspective that fundamentally informs my understanding of Jihad, Islam and wahabbism tbh. They'll make a good double bill.

Radio war nerd 147 "Destroying Yemen" with Isa Blumi

http://exiledonline.com/45wn84klrz/download.php?filename=rwn_ep_147_v21.mp3

 No.10816

>>10771
>
>Regarding Deprogram, I recommend Episode 20, where the editor for Mint press is a guest. He has an interesting perspective on media that I haven't seen much outside Chomsky and an interesting book on Mexican think tanks I picked up once (Conocimiento y Poder, Alejandra Salas-Porras for the curious).

This post delivers. Philosophy, an extremely memorable episode rec and a book rec ( Think Tanks and Global Politics: Key Spaces in the Structure of Power, Alejandra Salas-Porras, 2017, libgen.is).

I've just listened to two of the Deprogram episodes and the episode you mentioned stayed with me. In the exact same vein, possibly even more up to the minute with it's geopolitical analysis, is this recent episode of American Exception:

https://jumble.top/american_exception/files/post-66928158-1.mp3

It's a podcast too important to be kept behind patreon paywalls imo, so here it is:

https://jumble.top/american_exception/feed.xml

 No.11682

Decoding the Gurus, a couple of insufferable academolibs with a reasonable podcast, did a decent analysis of the recent "Sensemaking" online psychological guru fad. Sensemaking is Peterson for people who go to burning man, it looks like.

It's pretty funny. They focus on a podcast episode where 3 sensemaking gurus get together and….vibe. I'm gonna say that the sensemakers are adjacent to the Dark One in some way, and funded by him.

 No.11683

Ya Im not going to name individual podcast episodes lol, but Ezra Kleins podcast is good, especially when he has Adam Tooze on

>>10483
If you like This is Hell! Youll like KPFA - Behind the News as well, those two are my fav by far. That said idk if they are explicitly leftist or whatever, its more implied

 No.11767

You want to be educated on the technical details of the Nord Stream sabotage? In detail?

Get the latest episode of The East Is A Podcast. A Frenchist goes deep on how it happened and why it's probably irreversible.

A massive multi billion dollar infrastructure project between trading blocs blown up by another nation. Just mind blowing.



 No.11169[Reply]

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Thread to discuss his philosophical and political work. Feel free to share opinions, insights and material on Alexander Dugin and his literature.
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 No.11732

>>11731
Big Janny is watching

 No.11733

>>11728
Not that this was a good thread in the first place, but why would you bump a 2 month old thread just to post filth lmao

 No.11735

>>11731
>>11732
should have deleted this thread

 No.11736

>>11733
And why isn't it a good thread? Because you personally aren't interested in Dugin?

 No.11766

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Letov about Dugin:

>EL: And there was also a story: once we lived at Kuryokhin - Dugin, me and Nyurych. We wake up, I open the window, Dugiin lies on the bed thinking about something and asks: "But where is Omsk located?" I say: "Well, where: in the south of Siberia. Near Kazakhstan." - "Kazakhstan is near Omsk? And what if the Kazakhs poisoned the air? They can poison the air! Immediately close the window: the wind is poisoned!" And, in all seriousness: he was scared terribly, he began to walk around the room. "The Kazakhs, damn it, poisoned the wind - where will I go? It is, for sure. I know they have the reed people. They have Lake Balkhash, and reeds grow in large quantities there. And the reed people live there, reed people who never stick out, only breathe through a tube." Then he thought again, thought and said: "And in the middle of Balkhash there is a huge island, where lives a gigantic, gigantic cat, whom they all worship." He had this from Kuryokhin, unambiguously. Where else could he get these ideas? He says: “Damn, reed people are all around, what can we do? They can arrange an invasion! That’s all - then we’ll be finished! If the reed people get out, they’ll climb on us with their cat! And the cat is huge, three meters tall!”

(…)
>(…) And then he drank a little, and started with this Kurekhin's hubbub again. He said that a huge plasma is flying at us from the galaxy. This plasma is approaching us, and soon we are done - literally in a year, or something. I say: "Well, yes, of course, Lenin is a mushroom." He was terribly offended, it almost came to a fight



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 No.11734[Reply]

"Marx thought that in order to
decide what should be done at a given historical moment, in a given country and under given
conditions, one must carefully study (with the help of the method of scientific communism) all
the specific features of the given situation (which is constantly changing) and the situation
existing not only within the given country itself, but in all the other countries of the world.
Marxism considers that only by such a study can the
…thinking representatives o£ the given class [acquire] the necessary knowledge, the
necessary experience—and, apart from all knowledge and experience—the necessary
political instinct for the quick and correct solution of intricate political problems. " Dialectical
Materialism The Theoretical Foundation
of Marxism-Leninism
V. Adoratsky
[1934]

So, my communist brothers, are there studies, actual good ones (no SJW shit) about the current state of the world with a communist POV and with the use of the method of scientific communism? Id love to read it and learn so i know if there will be a revoltuion/ be a chance of. know in more detail.
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 No.11745

>>11743
i can't find the original papers he's talking about. this guy needs to cite better smh

 No.11746

>>11734

you can get a functionally marxist commentary on the state of the world every week in the Financial Times

there's not going to be a revolution and the "great reset" is mostly a WEF meme, what's actually happening is very different

 No.11755

https://www.weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/authors/mike-macnair/

Read some of his stuff on the situation with russia and imperialism, it's very well argued

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 No.11765

>>11746
so tell us then what exactly is happening and why is it different



 No.11601[Reply]

https://youtu.be/z4Dck7J4Ks0
Some useful techniques for building trust with Nazis, liberals, conservatives, normies, polyps and other schizos in order to puppy train them into sanity
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 No.11636

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abo6254
>priming people to be more mindful of accuracy (through so-called accuracy nudges or accuracy prompts) was found to prompt Twitter users to share more [rumoured to be] high-quality sources such as CNN and the New York Times
My sides

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 No.11758

>>11613 (me)
>Surely these experereeerts know burger troll farms have the most warm bodies
lol

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 No.2940[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Hello comrades. I propose a general thread in an attempt to get the /edu/ ball rolling again. Everytime you visit /edu/, post in this thread. Tell us about what you're thinking about, what you're reading, an interesting thing you have learned today, anything! Just be sure to pop in and say hi.
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 No.11744

Rushed through Fair Division of the Commons, 2019 Thesis by Dominik Peters (DPhil in Computer Science). Not bad, but also not what I was hoping for as I was looking for a budget allocation procedure that is better than Paul Cockshott's proposal of just taking the arithmetic means.

Two nitpicks about the intro. First one:
<In the 1980s, social choice theorists noticed that under many of these rules, it can be beneficial for voters to abstain from an election. For example, it can happen that a voter who ranks candidate c in top position causes c to lose if the voter participates; if the voter abstains and does not submit the ranking, then c is elected by the rule. In particular, this occurs for voting rules from a class proposed by the 18th century French intellectual Condorcet.
Ambiguous language make this confusing to a lay person. The bit "this occurs" correctly refers to abstaining, but not the given drastic example where voting against the voter's top choice (failing that specifically is called mono-add top and the Condorcet method Simpson-Kramer Minmax meets it). This is also something the author knows as he tells you about one billion pages later.
Second one: A lot of stuff in this text is about allocating things with connectivity constraints, since for example individuals care that allocated plots of land are connected:
<This is in contrast to the situation with connectivity constraints, where it is known that EF1 and Pareto-optimality can be jointly achieved by maximising Nash welfare.
Typo. This is in contrast to the situation WITHOUT connectivity constraints…

I have more serious criticism of the section Preferences Single-Peaked on Circles. I don't follow the author's motivation for analyzing these patterns. He gives two reasons:
1. There are plenty decisions that are single-peaked on a line (true, consider setting a penalty for example) and circles are generalizing that. Stuff that cannot be well-represented with a line but with a circle looks like a very niche topic to me :P so that leaves us with the second motivation…
2. Simple computation. That's an important goal, but there are other avenues to it than assuming these preferences. He says that it makes Proportional Approval Voting easy. Normal PAV is hard because it tries to find the committee with the highesPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

 No.11750

comrades, does anybody have some good resources/starting points about the land back movement?
is it mainly a US/Canada movement or something prevalent in LATAM too?

 No.11757

Posted in the wrong thread, reposting here.
I read the nonfiction chapters of Half Earth Socialism.
The video game they made to promote the book is very fun and thought provoking, so I bought the book.

The book is not particularly good. It attempts to link the necessity of economic planning and large scale rewilding (half of the terrestrial surface must be nature preserves in order to have a viable ecosystem). The thesis of the book is that a planned economy is necessary to preserve human life on earth, but the argument entirely rests on the unsupported assertion that "Half of the earth could not remain uncommodified under capitalism". No attempt is made to develop this claim through an economic argument. The authors criticize John Bellamy Foster and the Monthly Review , saying no attempt to read Marx with green-tinted glasses is going to expunge the Promethian aspect of Hegel from Marx's work. Lacking a strong understanding of Marx's theory, the authors of Half Earth Socialism have no way to prove their point. Instead, they rely on extensive citations from the scientific literature describing the current impacts of the capitalist world-system, and tearing apart neoliberal fantasies about geoengineering. The book contains almost 50 pages of citations, and the main text including introduction is only 180 pages.

Its a very puzzling book, the authors are familiar with neurath, beer, etc regarding planned economies, but fail to invoke the law of requisite variety in their critiques of geoengineering, despite referencing it in planning. The authors and game developers had a research group during the game development process, and the game developers actually mentioned these undeveloped ideas in the general intellect unit podcast, that could have produce a systematic critique of geoengineering based on cybernetic or economic theory.

The high reference density and tendency to citing an argument instead of printing it reminds me of a lot of popular science / popular economics writing. I am pretty disappointed with the book, but look forward to reading the fiction chapter at the end. The authors are at least capable researchers and prose writers.

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 No.9849[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

A long time ago we had a very interesting thread on the question of what consciousness is. Perhaps we can have another interesting conversation like that. Share your thoughts and ideas of what consciousness is and how it arises.
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 No.11703

Bump. Has been an interesting thread so far.

 No.11759

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>How can one be a neuroscientist while simultaneously believing that mind uploading is impossible in principle?

https://twitter.com/KennethHayworth/status/1462145636652965897

 No.11760

>>11759
computational theory of mind incels blown the fuck out again

 No.11761

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Computational theory of mind uyghas be like "We just need more computational power and deeper neural nets"
Heh

#emergence #mattermatters

 No.11762

>>11761
Computational theory of mind uyghas be like “According to my calculations the singularity will be in 2050”
According to my calculations you have roughly zero bitches

#emergence #fuckbertrandrussel



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 No.11465[Reply]

I'm in a pretty big dilemma.

My boyfriend claims he is interested in Marxism, yet has an incredibly negative outlook. He believes there will never be a revolution, all narratives of a grand redemption are a lie. He's also swallowed the western Buddhist bullshit (mixed with absurdism) full force; basically, he believes human existence is inevitably empty and absurd and that any attempts at building something bigger and better than ourselves is a mistake. He has a history of depression so that definitely informs his views as well.

He's also a huge fan of Zizek, whom I despise.

The two of us read books together, mostly on religion (Buddhism obviously) and psychology. I'm looking for Marxist texts that we could read together that would shake him out of (or at least question) his bullshit. Namely, I'm looking for books that have both 1. a generally positive outlook on communist revolution or building the communist project, 2. present a strong case for Marxism against rival/bourgeois ideologies, and 3. is philosophical.

Any suggestions would be great.
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 No.11699

>>11480
>>11695 (me)
Wanted to also add that Buddhism's main teaching is to be indifferent to the world and to focus all of your energy internally. The goal isn't to change the world but to change yourself so you can move throughout the world without being bothered by it. It's no wonder so many western Buddhists end up becoming total narcissists.

 No.11747

>>11658
>>11659
Yes. Lacan was a full-blown reactionary.

 No.11749

>>11747
Could you elaborate? i know jack shit about Lacan

 No.11751

Capitalist Realism by mark fisher

Hopefully he can self diagnose after reading it.

 No.11753

>>11751
He's already read that one.



 No.6382[Reply]

Hey, I've seen this thread before a bunch of times, but upon searching it in the catalog I couldn't find anything.

The site is filled up with amazing PDF's that I really want to read, but because I've spent most of my life coasting on general knowledge and cramming, I have no study habits to speak of. I really want to be able to write theory, but to do so I'm going to need a lot more books under my belt.

Additionally I spent a lot of my life playing lots and lots of video games and browsing lots of social media so as a result my attention span is completely fucked. I want to get back to the attention span I had when I was a kid. When I felt like I could stop playing video games whenever I wanted when I felt like reading books were just ss interesting as everything else i wanted to do.

Largely kicked my addiction to video games but I've just supplanted it with social media. The problem seems to be that I need to use my computer and my phone but the distraction and seduction of fast food media is often too great.

Largely kicked my addiction to video games but I've just supplanted it with social media. The problem seems to be that I need to use my computer and my phone but the distraction and seduction of fast food media is often too great.

This thread is for:

-it's about how to build study habits.
-how to effectively organize your time
-Posting your progress and gaining back their attention span.
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 No.11199

>>6383
>If you have friends who put up with your bullshit you can give a mini-lecture about it to them too, it helps in the same way.
That's why I often end up talking to myself, as though I'm giving a live presentation, when doing chores and stuff.
Heh.


:(

 No.11200

>>6388
>>6383
Nice posts. How do you deal with after-work fatigue?

 No.11201

>>6443
since making this thread i have read atomoc habits and can absolutely confirm that it is extremely good

 No.11202

>>6383
>The most important thing to know about learning is that the best way to learn is by recalling. Therefore, by far the most effective study method, even though it is hard as fuck, is to practice recalling thing.

i like to recall things by just talking to people about it.

 No.11752

>>6392
Chill out dude xe's just trying to help.

Op, I recommend pomodoro timer for studying. Also, make marginalia notes in your books.



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