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Writings by Henry Warwick
"As described by the cover jacket blurb on the book, "The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2000 Years", edited by John Brockman,
Henry Warwick is one of our leading thinkers. Not that you can really tell by much of the doggerel and mindless rambling he passes
off as cogitation. Many think he is more of a leading stinker. The link below will take you to a repository of his meanderings. Be advised-
I think he is a depressing mean spirited creepy old veck with dodgy personal hygiene, and is dead set and determined to take the lot of you
down with him."
- Zelda Sue MacBarnsfarsnie, Soothsayer for the Daily Hamster
I used to write a column at CreativeSynth called SPARK. Those articles are now available below.
I've re-edited them a bit, making them more worthwhile a read.
The last sections on the Lifecycles of Cultural Commodities was the basis of a lecture I gave at the Refrains Conference in Vancouver Canada, in October 2001. I think the points in it still stand, but aren't properly applied. I think that the scope isn't merely a style of music, but music itself as it has come to exist in this age of Mechanical Reproduction.
Life on the Border
(Cyberspace and the Frontier in Historical Perspective)
- by Beth Scannell
In 1893, the American Frontier, as it was then known, was declared "closed". Almost immediately, Americans influenced by
everyone from Buffalo Bill to Frederick Jackson Turner began to re-invent our perceptions about the West and the Frontier. This
"imaginative" frontier has become a basis for many aspects of American culture, including our involvement in and influence
on the newest frontier, Cyberspace.
This thesis focuses on how this imaginative mythology about the American Frontier is affecting the development of culture in cyberspace,
by looking at cultural formation particularly in graphical virtual reality communities.
Life on the Border
By the Late John Brockman
- by John Brockman
"By the Late John Brockman" by John Brockman is an amazing book. Intensively referenced, this book accomplishes with ease
and brevity far greater and more powerful philosophical innovations than anything I have read in many many years.
"By The Late John Brockman" is copyright © 1969, 1970, 1973, 1997 by John Brockman and all rights are reserved. The posting of this
Internet is with permission granted by the author.
So, without further delay, Click on " By the Late John Brockman", and read one of my favourite books.
By the Late John Brockman
- by Russell Means
While visiting friends in England, I was given this booklet of a speech by Russell Means, an Oglala Lakota Indian. I feel that
the statements made in this essay are profound, important, and worthwhile, and should be heeded by all people the world over.
As the booklet was transcribed by hand from a tape of the speech, I left in the typographical errors, as they highlight the
weaknesses of oral tradition, something Mr Means is quick to defend. (I don't always agree with everything he says...)
On the other hand, and more importantly, his is a good and necessary counterbalance to the prevailing western metaphysical
and philosophical tradition. I urge you to read it. He speaks a great deal of Truth.
War is a Racket
- by Smedley Butler
Smedley Butler was a Major General in the Marine Corp in the late 19th and early 20th Century and a lifelong Republican.
After his fair share of butchery, he left the Corp and spoke of what he could clearly see: that War Is A Racket, designed to
make the rich richer by killing. This document discusses in some detail his ideas regarding what is going on in the American
Empire, and some ideas towards a solution. His words have a chillingly contemporary ring to them.
War Is A Racket
A Conversation with Jean-François Lyotard
-by Bernard Blistène
I read this article back in the mid 1980s and found it rather inspiring. I folded it up and stuck it in a book, and forgot
about it. Over the years it has not faired well, nor has the book it was stuck in. In fact, I had to send the book to recycling.
Before I committed it to the recycle bin, I found the article, and it is still quite interesting! I did several searches on the
internet, and as far as I know, it basically doesn't exist any more. So, rather than have it disappear, I sat and typed the
whole thing up. I have NO idea what magazine it's from.
Back in 1985, the French philosopher, Jean-François Lyotard, curated an art exhibition, and this interview is primarily
about that. However, it has many other interesting digressions and points to it. A very interesting read from the early days of postmodernism.
Assorted Experimental Diaries
- by Fa Poonvoralak
I came across these writings in the late 1980s. Poonvoralak studied maths at Warwick University, UK, and his philosophy
reflects this - categories of experience become variables or states or factors that become interchangeable, transformed and
transcended. I find his ideas oddly provocative in a very gentle and humanistic way. As they feature an anti-copyright
notice, I present them to you here.