Edge effect (an occasional foray) 06.17



A brief and occasional escape from the algorithms, orthodoxies, and well-trodden paths – because:

In ecology the term “edge effect” refers to a place where a habitat is changing–where a marsh turns into a pond or a forest turns into a field.  These places tend to be rich in life forms and survival strategies.  We are animals that create mental habitats, such as poetry and science, national and ethnic identity.  Each of us lives in several places other than our geographic locale, several life communities, at once.  Each of us feels both the abrasion and the enticement of the edges where we meet other habitats and see ourselves in counterpoint to what we have failed to see. What I am calling for is an ecology of culture in which we look for and foster our relatedness across disciplinary lines without forgetting our differences.  Maybe if more of us could find ways to practice this kind of ecology we would feel a little less fragmented, a little less harried and uncertain about the efficacy of our respective trades and a little more whole.

Alison Hawthorne Deming, Poetry and Science: A View from the Divide


So while other side projects are leaving me with little time for thinking and writing of my own, these from my first journey to the edge of the terrain…


As robots and AI breath down our necks, it’s perhaps time to ask “why work?”.
via The Baffler.


How the technology that helps modern movements organize high-profile protests can also keep them from developing the staying power to achieve their long-term goals.
via the Washington Post, a review of Tufecki’s latest book.


An interview with novelist Courtney Maum on imagining the near-future.
via Electric Literature


Why in our quest to understand (and presumably replicate) the human mind we’ve overlooked the enormous diversity of minds we find in the natural world.
via the Times Literary Supplement



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