- Physicists continue work to abolish time as fourth dimension of space
Best headline today. Also: 'In any universe described by the theory of relativity, time cannot exist.'
- Religious cult leader, "God in the flesh," pleads guilty to lesser sex crime
"Dalton told his then 15-year-old daughter he was ‘the Holy Ghost’ and promised her she would be ‘blessed’ before forcing her to have sex with him. Prosecutors said he also condoned an ‘impression’ that Geody Harman, 38, said he had received indicating that he needed to have sex with the girl. Within the sect Harman was referred to as ‘God in the flesh.’"
(tags:crime cult )
- Swedish town rocked by second child exorcism
"At one point her parents held her down and tried to stick live wires in her mouth to release the evil spirits through electrical shocks."
(tags:crime cult )
- on panpsychism and OOO « Object-Oriented Philosophy
"But what OOO really says is as follows. Humans and animals do not confront reality directly, but only sensual caricatures of it. So far, that’s pretty much just basic Kant, and shouldn’t be too controversial. The controversial step is to say that the same is true of inanimate beings in confrontation with each other. However, keep in mind that this is not the same thing as ascribing “consciousness” to rocks."
Sent to me by Ian Bogost. Okay. More reading to do. Also, though, a thing Mr Bogost said to me on twitter (while being very kind to a slow mind like mine): "The smell of animism is there, but it's a calculated risk. At the end of the day, anthropocentrism is inescapable."
(tags:philosophy newaesthetic )
- BBC News – Confusion over Guinea-Bissau PM after ‘coup’
"Guinea-Bissau, an impoverished former Portuguese colony, has been plagued by a long series of coups since gaining independence in 1974 – and has recently become an important staging post for gangs smuggling drugs from Latin America to Europe."
(tags:pol war )
- BBC News – Brazil murder suspects ‘confess to cannibalism’
"He said one of the female suspects had claimed to have used some of the flesh of her alleged victims for making pasties, which she allegedly sold in Garanhuns. Mr Oliveira said the three would be charged with murder, kidnapping, hiding bodies, fraud and offences against public health."
- New Aesthetic // OOO // Future of Things | Near Future Laboratory
Perfect New Aesthetic summation: "It’s the nostril that must be picked."
- The Syrian Army’s outlaw Executions (Serle) | Informed Comment
"‘When I got to Bab Dreib, there were 16 corpses, all women and children. Some of the children had been hit on the head with sharp objects. The brain was outside the skull’"
(tags:war pol )