14 Sep 2020

Forwarded by an Academic Friend

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Luciana Parisi is Professor in Media Philosophy at the Program in Literature and the Computational Media Art and Culture at Duke University.

On Friday, September 18, 2020 – 9:30am to 11:00am, she will be delivering a talk on “Recursive Colonialism and Speculative Computation.”

Talk description:

Recursivity is a generic dispositif of power at the core of the colonial logic of capital. It defines the entanglement of algorithmic functions in computational prediction with the rules of knowing. Recursive algorithms give us the droste effect of a spiral of the same. Today, recursivity returns in the automated condition of planetary incarceration through hyperdisciplinary confinement and necropolitical killing enmeshed with algorithmic solutions of self-governance packed in our mobile phones. However, since speculative computation has indeterminacy as input, it has the capacity to trans-originate collective, cosmotechnical, abolitionist conditions of knowing. The COVID-19 contingency summons us to refuse the recursive violence defining immunity and to embrace the mutations of collective desire demanding the total abolition of the exceptional auto-immunity of the Universal Man.

The sender commented: “If one of my students wrote this I would simply assume: ‘Drugs’.”

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A. Squaretail

This is a joke, right? While working at one of the Federal Reserve Banks several decades ago, I sent out an email pushing bureaucratize to its limits. No one in the organization even blinked. This woman’s writing is even more pathetic than my long ago joke memo. Even my science professors in college, no great writers themselves, would have failed me had I turned in something this badly written. The Academy is dead.


Actually, I find it inspirational. Now excuse me while I go out to embrace the mutations of collective desire. It’ll take me the rest of the day to get all the embracing done.


Dan Kurt

Double talk by any other name is still double talk.

Dan Kurt


She wins the day’s competition of “buzzword bingo.”

Fusil Darne

You know, even with a minx-y-er haircut, some makeup, and one of them there push-up bra thingys from Vicky’s Secret, this would be hard to get down without a big headache. She sounds like the kind of woman none of your kin want to see at a family gathering, and they point that out every chance they get.


She could get a job as a front man selling the Turbo Encabulator.



genenerated, yeah?

Capt. Craig

Her bio says it all.
Luciana Parisi’s research is a philosophical investigation of technology in culture, aesthetics and politics. She is a Professor in Media Philosophy at the Program in Literature and the Computational Media Art and Culture at Duke University. She is the author of Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire (2004, Continuum Press) and Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and Space (2013, MIT Press). She is completing a monograph on alien epistemologies and the transformation of logical thinking in computation.
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Awhile back, there was a pomo generator site. This reads like it was produced by it.

Two other thoughts ran through my mind:

1) The Sokal Affair, which I thought was just hysterically funny. And…

2) “The grievance affair” by James A. Lindsay, Peter Boghossian, and Helen Pluckrose, another very funny thing.

Both of which totally pissed off the people who take that nonsense seriously.

Now, off to see if the pomo generator still exists…


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