new blogpost from cockshott on brexit and emploment:
everyone also watch cockshott's video series on materialism:
should be mandatory viewing for all marxists
A classic, must read cyberpunk novel.
Audiobook (read by gibson himself): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DFSvbkQaD0&list=PLYn090EvNBcinpVcrKNmYAHojxP7pnYC1
What does leftypol think of Le Guin?
She was an anarchist and a science fiction writer who was extremely influential in the 1960s and beyond.
[Le Guin] was an American author best known for her works of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish universe, and the Earthsea fantasy series. She was first published in 1959, and her literary career spanned nearly sixty years, yielding more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories, in addition to poetry, literary criticism, translations, and children's books. Frequently described as an author of science fiction, Le Guin has also been called a "major voice in American Letters" and herself said she would prefer to be known as an "American novelist".
Burning Chrome (1986) is a collection of short stories written by William Gibson. Most of the stories take place in Gibson's Sprawl, a shared setting for most of his cyberpunk work. Many of the ideas and themes explored in the short stories were later revisited in Gibson's popular Sprawl trilogy.
Burning Chrome includes:
"The Gernsback Continuum"
"Fragments of a Hologram Rose"
"The Belonging Kind," with John Shirley
"Red Star, Winter Orbit," with Bruce Sterling
"New Rose Hotel"
"The Winter Market"
"Dogfight," with Michael Swanwick
Understanding Spinoza with Neal Grossman
Neal Grossman, PhD, is an emeritus associate professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is author of Conversations with Socrates and Plato: How a Post-Materialist Social Order Can Solve the Challenges of Modern Life and Insure Our Survival. He is also author of The Spirit of Spinoza: Healing the Mind.
Here he points out that the 17th century philosopher, Benedict Spinoza, was excommunicated from the Jewish community of Amsterdam. He did not believe that God was wholly separate from creation, but rather that the universe is created from God and is, therefore part of God. We are like cells in the body of God. Spinoza was a rationalist. The main thrust of his philosophy was to enable individuals to have the experience of unity with the divine. As such, he was one of philosophy's greatest mystics.
New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is a past vice-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology; and is the recipient of the Pathfinder Award from that Association for his contributions to the field of human consciousness exploration.
another great audio series on Spinoza (narrated by Charlton Heston)
a pretty good intro to Spinoza's thought
COUNT ZERO BY WILLIAM GIBSON
the sequel to 'neuromancer' and the second book in the sprawl trilogy