Category Archives: Cognitive liberty

Prometheus

I have been puzzling about how to react to Jonathan’s recent squall of fury. Long story short: I didn’t like it. I’m not going to get into the politics of the 2016 election, because as I’ve written elsewhere, I think … Continue reading

Posted in Cognitive liberty, Current Affairs, Education, Sticking Up For The Humanities!, Teaching | 1 Comment

Images from the Dark Land

America is a tune.  It must be sung together. —Gerald Stanley Lee Yeah; about that, Mr. Lee: it only works if it is sung together.  I’m thinking more of Johannes Ockeghem, who will be quoted at the end. It has … Continue reading

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In which I announce the birth and death of Weird Studies

I’ve been writing a lot about drugs lately. I’m really not a drug guy, though. My own daily intake of drugs (not counting mandatory middle-aged-guy stuff like blood pressure medication) is 2 cups of strong coffee 1 beer (2 on … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Cognitive liberty, Drugs, Intellectuals, Weird Studies, Writing | 4 Comments

What Face-Punching and the Star Wars Holiday Special Can Teach Us About Consciousness

I’ve been writing a lot about “cognitive liberty” without exactly saying what it is. At the end of my last post, I defined it as “the right of people to do whatever they like with their own consciousness and to resist … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Cognitive liberty, Drugs, Weird Studies

Warp field

Ramsey Dukes (yes, him again) once wrote an essay on magic and charlatanism that sticks up, in a way, for charlatanism. Dukes points out that accusations of fraud and deceit have stuck to most of the big hitters of 20th-century … Continue reading

Posted in Cognitive liberty, Drugs, Ethics, Mind, Politics | 2 Comments

A tale of Vespuccia

Imagine that there is a nation, Vespuccia, a democratic country with a wide spectrum of political opinion but whose policies are nevertheless strongly influenced by hardline religious conservatives. Exploiting a wave of fear and credulity among their citizens, the hardliners … Continue reading

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Prohibition culture

As I’ve mentioned already, I spent two weeks in Los Angeles towards the end of last year, doing research at the Getty Research Institute. This was the longest I’ve stayed in California since I lived there between 2003 and 2005, … Continue reading

Posted in Cognitive liberty, Drugs, Old Honkytonk Monkeyshines, Pop Aesthetics