Starting this week, we are going to have friends of The Syllabus use our knowledge infrastructure to pick and share their own favourite recent pieces that we have salvaged from the nearly assured obscurity. Brian Eno – a thinker, an artist, an activist – is our first “cyberflâneur.”
Here is what Brian Eno had to say about The Syllabus:
I’ve often wondered what it would be like to have a brilliant research assistant who could find material about the many and disparate things I try to follow. Now I know: Syllabus turned up material I just never would have come across otherwise. It’s bloody magic.
Interesting argument about attempts to define and protect cultural innovations – whether it’s possible and/or desirable, and how to deal with the income thus generated.
An argument for community – in the form of family.
Cellular Automata are totally magical and completely logical at the same time! Here they are discussed by Stephen Wolfram, probably the leading thinker on their implications.
Jane Jacob’s message finally makes an impact among architects.
Long term solitary confinement is a form of torture increasingly used in American prisons. This artist has developed a strategy for helping to make it less solitary. I really wish I’d thought of this!!!
People dealing with climate change from the bottom up. An inspiring story showing a new form of political and social relationships arising out of the climate crisis.
Self-redefinition by smell. Beyond ‘unisex’, perfume is becoming a forum for olfactory gender discussion, a way of locating yourself on the gender spectrum.
Surprising research showing that air pollution has direct social effects in terms of mental as well as physical effects. People thinking about ‘smart cities’ might want to start with cleaner air.
The asset managers at the root of the climate change problem. Please send their names and addresses to Extinction Rebellion…
The concentration of land ownership into fewer hands – and the use of land as an investment vehicle – creates fundamental imbalances in society…
Very important discussion of where wealth comes from and how else it could be distributed, and why distribution is a socially productive idea…
Why the UK is in such a deep hole, why the attempted national suicide of Brexit happened, and why we need a new politics. Also applies to the US, by the way…
A brief and provocative survey of intuition – what it is, and under what circumstances it develops…
A brilliant, comprehensive and essential survey of the commons – their historical role and their contemporary demise into privatisation. New understandings of what the idea of ‘the commons’ could include: genes, cultural practices etc…
More about The Cyberflâneur.