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Please recommend me some reading to better understand the direction our culture is going, and bonus point if it analyzes addiction/obsession to social media


Well first of all there's Society of the Spectacle which you should read if you haven't. You also might want to look into the Frankfurt School in general for this kind of topic, although it's somewhat dated at this point. For instance there's various essays on the culture industry.

For something contemporary there's the recent book by Hans-Georg Moeller You and Your Profile which is about how your identity is shaped by creating images of yourself for consumption by other social media users.

For something more controversial and meme core I know Peter Coffin wrote a book on this subject: Custom Reality and You.


Read Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, it will tell you everything you need to know.


Literally read any internal study done by Facebook, they know they're ruining everyone and simply do not care because it gives them profits.


Is there a website where I can learn philosophy? A website that leads your through and explains to you all larger categories and questions in philosophy? I know there is plato.stanford.edu, but it's an encyclopedia and doesn't lead you through the topics in a didactic manner. I didn't want to learn philosophy by reading a bunch of books, because I have several dozens of books I'm already intending to read.
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You could read LessWrong or read Eliezer Yudkowsky's Sequences if you want to learn about things like rationality and epistemology.



Is the stanford encyclopedia of philosophy a good resource for learning philosophy?



Once my sociology teacher told me (if I recall correctly, I may add) that Kant's criticism was responsible for ending the empiricism/rationalism schism, by stating that they can both very much work together in the search for knowledge. But, since then, I haven't seen this idea being brought up at all when talking about him, and even being challenged by some (though these are usually randian tards).

So, what do I make of it? Have I been duped? Is this correct?


just search "open courseware philosophy" stuff like that

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Thread to discuss the most relevant theory in modern post-colonial/imperialism studies imo, its shortcomings, insights and its intellectual fathers like Wallerstein and explicitly marxist thinkers like Amin and Arrighi. Also to drop pdfs and epups of relevant works. Dependency theory literature is also welcomed


All 4 Volumes of Wallersteins: The Modern World System


I want to get into easter/soviet marxism

What authors should I read?
Why is eastern marxism so obscure for us?
What are some ideas developed by eastern marxist thinkers I should know of?
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Read Vyshinsky instead.
https://archive.org/details/lawofthesovietst008593mbplenin_capLenin Cap



I mean just read Lenin and Stalin's main works as well as Mao and his contemporaries.

As for why some of it is obscure? Because there are pragmatic policies that ignore moralistic outcries that Western Liberals don't like and do their best to suppress or attack if they cannot suppress it.



Marx himself intended to write on the history of law as part of his critique of political economy.

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The history of space travel. I want all material, factoids, trivia, books on space. From Sputnik to the recent Crew Dragon and further beyond
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Haven't read (big one) but have heard it's THE book covering the Soviet side.


Posting the 4-volume series Rockets and People that was mentioned here >>8064
Boris Chertok was a controls systems designer, one of Korolev's closest colleagues and deputy director at Energia, later on continuing to work at Roscosmos until his death. The English translation was done by Asif Siddiqi, author of Challenge to Apollo >>8070 and published by NASA.



Its been over 20 years since ion thrusters were developed how much longer should it take before rocket engines develop to a point where travelling outside the solar system becomes feasible for standard rockets, I know space isn't all that great but the technology and the advancements in particle physics that could be produced under the conditions of better space travel would be tremendously helpful to people worldwide.
>inb4 billionaire shills, those rockets are made for marketing and use space tech from the 50s that even some 3rd world societies have passed
The current focus of SpaceX, Blue Origin, etc is on optimizing the trip to low earth orbit. This requires high thrust to weight ratio, low ISP engines. What you are asking for is low thrust to weight ratio, high ISP engines for efficient travel in the vacuum of space. Once economical trips to low earth orbit get squared away maybe capitalists will move onto RnD for whacky interplanetary and interstellar engines. The requirements for lifting a rocket out of our thick soupy gravity well, and the requirements for a rocket that works efficiently in space are vastly different. There will never be a single rocket engine that can take a payload from the surface of earth, all the way to mars. The job requires multiple specialized rockets and boosters.
>What about “exotic matter” and using the physical phenomena found in particles on the quantum scale
There are a confirmed thousands of other unused particles and god knows how many physicial phenomenal in them that have been discovered over the past 50 years. But they have low TWR, and high cost at the moment, and aren't suited to atmospheric operation. A Ramjet for in-atmosphere launch could be a viable alternative.


debunking Spinlaunch (yes, yes Thunderf00t is pretentious, ignore that part).

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Hello and welcome comrades! This is the new /read/ thread.

>What is /read/?

</read/ is a collective of marxist reading groups, hailing from /edu/ and /GET/. We are split into various different reading groups, each with different interests, goals and schedules.

We're making a new thread to let everyone know that /read/ is still very much alive. In fact, we're inviting everyone to join in for our new batch of readings! Our groups are done with previous readings, so this is the perfect time for new members to join up!

As of today, May 30th 2021, the /sniff/ group is done reading volume 1 of Capital. We have a new batch of readings planned (more on that in the post below), and all are invited to join. Meanwhile, the /tilmeeth/ group is gearing up to read Capital, so if anyone missed out on the first round, this is your chance.

As always, our website, containing our library and reading lists is: https://leftyread.neocities.org
And our Matrix Community, where all discussion happens, can be found at: https://matrix.to/#/+leftyread:matrix.org
Old thread: >>3624

Come /read/ with us!read_a_fucking_bookRead a Fucking Book
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We just finished reading "'Left-wing' Communism: An Infantile Disorder by Lenin, which thus concludes our initial readings of Lenin! Next up we'll be doing Capital v2.


hey, i'm sorry to be asking such a dumb question, but what do reading groups do? Do you all pick up a book and set 5 year plans to finish it and then move on to different books? Or do you exchange books but still require of members to read them? I imagine it helps a lot with finishing to read them and after that discussing the helps better understand them, yes?


>Do you all pick up a book and set 5 year plans to finish it and then move on to different books?
That's about right. Reading groups are quite flexible and you could organize one in a myriad of ways, but our method thus far has been: 1) agree collectively on a little reading list, about a subject or author we are interested in 2) start reading 3) meet up regularly (weekly, biweekly) to discuss the previously agreed upon readings 4) at each meeting, schedule the next meeting and decide what must be read until then. This usually results in weekly meetings, in which we talk for a couple of hours about our weekly reading of 30 to 100 pages, depending on the book. A book like Capital requires we take a slower pace, of 30-40 pages a week, but something like Lenin's State and Revolution can be done in a single week if everyone has the time/availability.

>I imagine it helps a lot with finishing to read them and after that discussing the helps better understand them, yes?

That is true. Not only is it helpful in the sense of ensuring everyone is on the same page, and that each is helping each other understand the book better, but it's also good to just come up with critiques and formulate ideas as a group. Friendly debates and so on are quite good to have.


>Do you all pick up a book and set 5 year plans to finish it


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>Do you all pick up a book and set 5 year plans to finish it


How can I understand this shit field? I am in college scramming for my thermodynamics 1 exam and I hardly get the essence of this subject. I just study to pass the exam. But that's such a waste, because I want to really get it, understand this important field. My teacher doesn't care about so I asking /edu/.


Are there any pretty girls in your physics classes??


Also here you go, I think this should help



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What did Marx think about democratic Athens?
What did Marx say about George Washington?
What about Lutheranism?
What about primitive communism?

Everyone from Oxford to Britannica has their own reference works on Marx's own ideas, but which one is the most responsive and comprehensive for actual Marxists to use? Is Hal Draper usable as an encyclopedia? If not, then who?

I want to understand his practical takes as well as his abstract ideas. Book worship is surely an evil to be avoided, but total ignorance of the man's own perspectives is one I hold far worse.



I remember an anon made a post a while back about mass-searching the MECW for keywords. But it seems to me that this overlooks the benefits a topical index would provide. At any rate I don't know how to grep search or whatever it would entail, but I can fool with it. Thanks


>topical index
we could make one


Post video recordings of lectures and announcements for online lectures.

>inb4 schitzos like peterson or other rightwingers

this is /leftypol/ faggot
>inb4 Richard D. Wolff
all his lectures i have seen so far are just very basic stuff if you find some more advanced stuff post it

I want to focus this thread on philosophy, history and political economy on an academic level.
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Marx, Mao, and Mathematics: The Politics of Infinitesimals by Professor Joseph Dauben




Don't necro. Post actual content if you're bumping. Embed as an example.



Imperialism, Orientalism and Social Emancipation by Professor Vivek Chibber


Does anyone have a ProQuest account? I need this full article which effectively refutes an anti-communist snitch memoir written during the McCarthyism era by an ex-communist rat.

Basically, the author of this piece (it's her senior thesis, I believe) argues that the rat lied several times in her autobiography concerning her motives for joining and then ditching and snitching on the CPUSA. It's a very good smackdown so naturally I would like to read the full thing.





Can you just look up the title of the thesis and author on scihub or a torrent site?


ProQuest is terrible. academic institutions are just a racket to gatekeep information


Not sure.


I did look it up and found nothing.

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