Category: General

  • fyra år i Malmö

    I rolled into this town four years ago today. This is a rather less notable or triumphant anniversary than that of Cory Doctorow’s establishment of Pluralistic, which was four years ago yesterday—but I dare say he too ends up saying to people “you know, the week when the Covid pandemic really became a thing?”, or…

  • 15FEB24 / workshopping

    Uptown Malmö, early morning, kicking off the latest foresight cycle with the Media Evolution crew, because this is Sweden, and coffee counters the darkness. Futures of music, anyone?

  • a general atmosphere in which a particular conclusion seems undeniable

    Building on yesterday’s post about writing yourself into (or out of) beliefs and opinions, I want to return to a piece from late last year which I keep rereading, and which I think has important lessons for us all in this year of many elections of consequence. The title is plain and forthright—“You Can’t Fact…

  • you trick yourself into thinking that it’s true

    John Higgs, in his most recent newsletter, begins by mentioning a piece he wrote for The Big Issue proposing that the super-rich be put in prison, and comparing it to the political notion now known as limitarianism (which is pretty much the same idea, just without the prison bit). Typically modest, Higgs discounts any possibility…

  • a pattern we are doomed to repeat

    Dave Karpf is doing sterling work on what we might call the uppermost archaeological layer of paleofutures—to the extent that the various vague plans I had to write more in this direction have been shelved pretty much permanently. Leave it to the person with the headstart and the bit between their teeth, you know? There…