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Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

There is no one, no time or space, no causality or agency, no life or death, no purpose or meaning. I smile more, these days, and pay a little more attention to things up close, the sensuous stuff, and I make a bit more eye contact; my way of redecorating my little cell.

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The Fortune-Teller

How to Save the World

The first is instinctual, sensuous and appreciative, and the second is rational, analytical, meaning-making and purposeful. When our laughter finally slowed, and I was lost in the details of her eyes, smiling deeply, she said: “Aha, you’ve guessed the third instruction: Eye contact.

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Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

How to Save the World

the need for meaning and purpose in one’s life, including meaningful work. A world that offers no stable and enduring home, and no continuous contact with the more-than-human world. Photo: Luke MacGregor for Bloomberg.

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How Our Bodies Sense the World, and How ‘We’ Misinterpret It

How to Save the World

And all this conceptual stuff had to be coordinated with other now-apparently-separate selves in the tribe, and the only way to do this was to invent complicated languages capable of the kind of abstraction and labeling the newly-emerged self was now preoccupied with.

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