Courage under the microscope

What is courage? Is it only a matter of context? Not just. Even if we easily see cowardice everywhere, we know how to recognize the exceptions: those who will show courage in all circumstances. What do these resistance fighters have in common? Courage is a mixture: survival instinct, controlled fear, danger faced, idealized self. Things … Read more

Does reality exist? Consciousness, simulation and decoherence in the Campbell experiment

Reality or simulation? Science & Vie echoes this month a quantum experiment “that can change everything”. The starting point is the simulation hypothesis. In 2003 Nick Bostrom, philosopher, notes that our descendants will have an exponential numerical power and draws 3 hypotheses: 1) Humanity will be extinct before being able to exploit it. 2) It … Read more

Sociology: Transclasses

Excellent interview with Chantal Jaquet about social classes on Philomag. Here is the augmented summary: Classes and transclasses The notion of ‘social class’, like any categorization, seeks to oppose different situations, economic (poor and rich), cultural (local and immigrant), intellectual (level of education), professional, symbolic (bear the name of Rothschild or Dupont). Deep social reality … Read more

Telecracy vs. Ontocracy

If there is an example of monumental crash among sociological prophets, it is the offensive against telecracy. As recently as 2006, Bernard Stiegler published ‘The Telecracy Against Democracy‘, in which he castigates the influence of the public on politics, replacing true public opinion. He denounces politics as resigning in the face of television, refusing to … Read more

Women, desire and consent

What is the history of female desire? Four eras 1) Pleasurocene: archaic epoch of the feminine condition. Raptor man. Sex governed by strict social conventions. The wife finds pleasure in marriage only by luck. Side effects: multiple infidelities, more or less tolerated depending on the time and the cultural background, allowing the woman to obtain … Read more

Teleological blindness

Teleology and pseudo-ontology Teleology is looking at things by their purpose. It is not the direct causal meaning, that is: the elements in relation are the origin and cause the result. In teleology the starting point is the result. The elements are only the intermediaries to achieve this. Inescapably. Teleology is characteristic of the mind. … Read more

Does my opponent have the right to exist?

When acts scandalize me, it is easy to fall into a radicalism that denigrates the perpetrator of these acts the simple right to exist. Cruelty, terrorism, perversion, psychopathic or bureaucrat insensitivity, idolatry, how can such individuals be part of the scene? My disgust easily extends to the one who tries to explain the origin of … Read more

Moral (3): depth of information – The complex dimension

Evolution and depth of information Have you understood how Surimposium works? Any concept explanation can be deepened towards the bottom of the complex dimension. What do we find in descending the origin of morality in this way? Some authors have ventured there: John Mayfield, Jean-Paul Delayahe. They argue that evolution in biology is an increase … Read more

Moral (2): biotechnology and precaution – The temporal dimension

Eradicate all traces of smallpox? The smallpox virus still exists in 2 known labs, one American and one Russian. Should we make all traces of its existence disappear? Does the devastation that a life form has caused in humans justify its total and definitive eradication? Could it redeem itself one day, manipulated wisely? Difficult ethical … Read more

Moral (1): Good and Bad – The Human Dimension

Disabled card Roselyne is an elderly lady who gets tired when walking. She still drives but parking in the shopping area is difficult. She prefers to restock by foot, dragging her shopping cart. One day, exhausted, she collapses on the sidewalk. In the emergency room, the doctor does not diagnose any disorder other than fatigue. … Read more