“Every day we wake up and decide to build a world together.”
I sometimes remark that in another life I would have been a captain of a ship. Other than the human mind, nothing has been more mysterious to humans than the sea. Yet sailors made scrimshaws from the bones of the ancient mammals they fought with on the vast expanses of water. I love to feel small. I love to enjoy my own limitations. I only find interesting questions and challenges in those borderlands. On my blog Scrimshaw Collection, I share essays which serve as dispatches which I’ve sent back to the mainland. Perhaps they will spark a desire for adventure in you too.
Every social arrangement pays a price to receive a corresponding benefit. For instance, democracy chooses to forego the benefits of centralized planning and swift collective action in favor of each citizen enjoying a say in the government’s policies. It takes a long time for everyone to weigh in on a matter, and since there are … Continue reading Diversity and the demand for bureaucracy
In his Seminar VI: Desire and its Interpretation, Jacques Lacan briefly states that “a signifier does not concern a third thing that it supposedly represents but concerns another signifier which it is not.” In this brief essay, I demonstrate how Lacan’s theory of the emergence of desire in the gap between the subject and its … Continue reading Speech and Desire – Deriving Lacan from Saussure
Conservative thinking requires social analysis to identify blameworthy agents as causes for social effects, and thus struggles to see how systems can produce outcomes without agents.
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