Every dang thing I’ve highlighted in my e-reader for the first half of 2021.

An export of e-reader highlights, presented without context, and because of a quirk of how Instapaper exports stories, it also includes a lot of unattributed quotes that will be difficult to parse in the future. My apologies to the authors who’ve had their attributions inadvertently stripped from the record.

The export also includes notes divorced from their original context, which, again, won’t be particularly useful for anyone, including me. Still, it’s a neat one-step-removed record of the ideas that must’ve struck a chord in the moment, at least, and it’s kind of fascinating to be able to look back on exactly when an idea was first inserted into my worldview.


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 129-131 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 15:44:21

This problem is doubly acute today because man must, as a simple survival strategy, become aware of what is happening to him, despite the attendant pain of such comprehension. The fact that he has not done so in this age of electronics is what has made this also the age of anxiety, which in turn has been transformed into its Doppelgänger – the therapeutically reactive age of anomie and apathy.


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 157-158 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 15:48:12

We reverse the old educational dictum of learning by proceeding from the familiar to the unfamiliar by going from the unfamiliar to the familiar, which is nothing more or less than the numbing mechanism that takes place whenever new media drastically extend our senses.


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 225-227 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 19:52:14

As knowledge is extended in alphabetic form, it is localized and fragmented into specialties, creating division of function, of social classes, of nations and of knowledge – and in the process, the rich interplay of all the senses that characterized the tribal society is sacrificed.


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 307-309 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 21:04:29

The secret of TV’s tactile power is that the video image is one of low intensity or definition and thus, unlike either photograph or film, offers no detailed information about specific objects but instead involves the active participation of the viewer.


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Note at location 309 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 21:05:20

This still feels like stretch , and definitely doesnt hold for modern tv


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 250-250 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 21:05:55

How long did the old tribal culture endure?


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Note at location 250 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 21:07:30

I wonder if mcluhan has any research at all to back this stuff up


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 368-369 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 21:13:31

The people wouldn’t have cared if John Kennedy lied to them on TV, but they couldn’t stomach L.B.J. even when he told the truth. The credibility gap was really a communications


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 368-369 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 21:13:37

The people wouldn’t have cared if John Kennedy lied to them on TV, but they couldn’t stomach L.B.J. even when he told the truth. The credibility gap was really a communications gap.


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 469-470 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 21:44:38

Tribal societies, unlike detribalized, fragmented cultures with their stress on individualist values, are extremely austere morally, and do not hesitate to destroy or banish those who offend the tribal values.


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Note at location 470 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 21:45:32

Cancel culture and tribal morality?


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 653-654 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 22:06:36

Tribal man is tightly sealed in an integral collective awareness that transcends conventional boundaries of time and space.


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Note at location 654 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 22:07:02

again, based on what?


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 663-664 | Added on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 22:08:16

This is the real use of the computer, not to expedite marketing or solve technical problems but to speed the process of discovery and orchestrate terrestrial – and eventually galactic – environments and energies.


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 1193-1194 | Added on Thursday, 7 January 2021 09:22:18

political revolutions followed in the steps of the artistic one, mostly unfaithfully.


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 5th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 868-870 | Added on Thursday, 7 January 2021 23:03:32

You are extracting visual information in order, ultimately, to get to a meaning.” Once I do start to think about this process—a process I can’t remember not being able to do—it starts to seem extremely alien: Thoughts, ideas, instructions, information are being transferred from one human brain into mine, via my optic nerve.


Instapaper: Thursday, Jan. 7th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 83-85 | Added on Thursday, 7 January 2021 23:18:53

Conversation about what’s been happening over the past several months has often bought into the false binary that either we have a successful coup, in which they steal the election, or we have a failed coup, but there is something insidious in-between: the delegitimization of the democratic process and the incoming administration.


Instapaper: Thursday, Jan. 7th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 83-86 | Added on Thursday, 7 January 2021 23:19:16

Conversation about what’s been happening over the past several months has often bought into the false binary that either we have a successful coup, in which they steal the election, or we have a failed coup, but there is something insidious in-between: the delegitimization of the democratic process and the incoming administration. In this in-between state, Trump supporters continue to regard their leader and themselves as above the law and entitled to enforce it however they see fit, on the basis of whatever facts they most enjoy having.


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 21 | location 307-308 | Added on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:27:47

In this way of knowing, there is no difference between you, a stone, a tree, or a traffic light. All contain knowledge, story, pattern.


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 21 | location 318-323 | Added on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:29:23

Emu’s problem can be seen in the mathematical greater-than/less-than interpretation of the symbol. Emu is a troublemaker who brings into being the most destructive idea in existence: I am greater than you; you are less than me. This is the source of all human misery. Aboriginal society was designed over thousands of years to deal with this problem. Some people are just idiots—and everybody has a bit of idiot in them from time to time, coming from some deep place inside that whispers, “You are special. You are greater than other people and things. You are more important than everything and everyone. All things and all people exist to serve you.” This behavior needs massive checks and balances to contain the damage it can do.


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 24 | location 360-362 | Added on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:34:32

rules of engagement are that you can only cut your opponent on the arms, shoulders, or back (extremely difficult to do) and—here’s the kicker—at the end of the fight the winner must get cut up the same as the loser, so that nobody can walk away with a grudge.


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 29 | location 442-444 | Added on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:42:39

For the purposes of the thought experiments on sustainability in this book, an Indigenous person is a member of a community retaining memories of life lived sustainably on a land base, as part of that land base. Indigenous Knowledge is any application of those memories as living knowledge to improve present and future circumstances.


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 48 | location 730-731 | Added on Thursday, 21 January 2021 23:31:11

the problem is that it is not how cultures adapt and evolve over time. Like all things that last, it must be a group effort aligned with the patterns of creation discerned from living within a specific landscape.


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 49 | location 749-750 | Added on Thursday, 21 January 2021 23:33:30

For those seeking sustainability practices from Indigenous cultures, it is important to focus on both ancient and contemporary knowledge of a demotic origin, rather than individual inventions or amendments.


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 57 | location 859-862 | Added on Friday, 22 January 2021 23:53:57

How do these symbiotic dances develop, when the cause-and-effect relations are so interdependent and complex that there is no way to reverse engineer the process by which the system came to be? This is precisely the kind of process we need to understand and engage with to create sustainable responses to the catastrophes we are facing.


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 63 | location 957-958 | Added on Sunday, 24 January 2021 19:37:09

These patterns cannot be programmed but must emerge within the system organically—a process that is called “random” in Western worldviews but is in fact following the patterns of creation.


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 64 | location 981-983 | Added on Sunday, 24 January 2021 19:40:33

The whole is intelligent, and each part carries the inherent intelligence of the entire system. Knowledge is therefore a living thing that is patterned within every person and being and object and phenomenon within creation.


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 84 | location 1288-1289 | Added on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 22:33:30

our prehistoric lives were so violent, hard, and savage, how could we have evolved to have such soft skin, limited strength, and delicate parts?


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 84 | location 1288-1289 | Added on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 22:33:35

If our prehistoric lives were so violent, hard, and savage, how could we have evolved to have such soft skin, limited strength, and delicate parts?


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 106 | location 1617-1619 | Added on Wednesday, 27 January 2021 23:07:00

Bearing this in mind, the reclaiming of Indigenous ritual and cultural activities as exercises in concentration, rather than just performances or soft-skill craftwork, may be just what is needed to grow or repair the minds required to create complex solutions for sustainability issues.


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 110 | location 1686-1687 | Added on Wednesday, 27 January 2021 23:14:07

Every civilization has failed, and this global one is failing grandly, obviously. Our enemy has no answers. This makes me a bit hopeful. Change is possible because it is necessary.”


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 134 | location 2044-2044 | Added on Thursday, 28 January 2021 08:32:16

symbol you can see the shapes of five other symbols for story-mind, kinship-mind,


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 134 | location 2044-2044 | Added on Thursday, 28 January 2021 08:32:24

story-mind, kinship-mind, dreaming-mind, ancestor-mind, and pattern-mind.


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 152 | location 2331-2331 | Added on Thursday, 28 January 2021 20:38:08

you live a life without violence, you are living an illusion:


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 152 | location 2331-2336 | Added on Thursday, 28 January 2021 20:38:16

If you live a life without violence, you are living an illusion: outsourcing your conflict to unseen powers and detonating it in areas beyond your living space. Most of the southern hemisphere is receiving that outsourced violence to supply what you need for the clean, technological, peaceful spaces of your existence. The poor zoned into the ghettos of your city are taking those blows for you, as are the economically marginalized who fill your prisons. The invisible privilege of your technocratic, one-sided peacefulness is an act of violence. Your peace-medallion bling is sparkling with blood diamonds. You carry pillaged metals in your phone from devastated African lands and communities. Your notions of peaceful settlement and development are delusions peppered with bullet holes and spears.


Instapaper: Friday, Jan. 29th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 836-837 | Added on Sunday, 31 January 2021 22:04:34

What Morton promises us is that things need not be done as they always have been, for things have not always been done this way at all.


Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta)

  • Your Highlight on page 182 | location 2789-2790 | Added on Monday, 1 February 2021 23:13:05

Your culture is not what your hands touch or make—it’s what moves your hands.


Instapaper: Monday, Feb. 1st (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 217-220 | Added on Tuesday, 2 February 2021 23:45:11

This led to lively communication between scientists and laypeople, as well as to efforts to keep the sciences as jargon-free as possible. Medical experts eschewed Latinisms in favour of terms their patients used to describe their own experiences of illness; meteorologists formulated wind scales and cloud taxonomies on the basis of the lingoes of sailors and farmers; and geologists came up with terms for seismology that corresponded to the felt reports of earthquake survivors.


Instapaper: Monday, Feb. 1st (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 306-307 | Added on Wednesday, 3 February 2021 21:27:57

‘Museums of the future,’ he wrote, ‘ought not to be as I would like to have them, but as the visitors and users would want them if they knew what makes a museum.’


Instapaper: Monday, Feb. 1st (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 345-346 | Added on Wednesday, 3 February 2021 21:32:15

‘Natural science is the art of shaping a democratic reality and being guided by it – thus being reshaped by it,’ he said.


Instapaper: Wednesday, Feb. 3rd (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 314-318 | Added on Wednesday, 3 February 2021 22:16:51

The advent of the online world, he thought, was changing the physical one. In the past, going online had felt like visiting somewhere else. Now being online was the default: it was our Here, while those awkward “no service” zones of disconnectivity had become our There. Checking his Vancouver bank balance from an A.T.M. in Los Angeles struck him suddenly as spooky. It didn’t matter where you were in the landscape; you were in the same place in the datascape. It was as though cyberspace were turning inside out, or “everting”—consuming the world that had once surrounded it.


Instapaper: Wednesday, Feb. 3rd (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 323-325 | Added on Wednesday, 3 February 2021 22:17:43

It seemed to Gibson that this constant reprogramming, which had become a major driver of economic life, was imbuing the present with a feeling—something like fatigue, or jet lag, or loss.


Instapaper: Wednesday, Feb. 3rd (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 332-335 | Added on Wednesday, 3 February 2021 22:18:50

For us, of course, things can change so abruptly, so violently, so profoundly, that futures like our grandparents’ have insufficient “now” to stand on. We have no futures because our present is too volatile. . . . We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment’s scenarios. Pattern recognition.


Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

  • Your Highlight on page 424 | location 6487-6488 | Added on Wednesday, 10 February 2021 23:12:08

Diderot also said humanity would not be freeuntil the last king is strangled in the entrails of the last priest.^^


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 63 | location 955-957 | Added on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 21:07:36

Conversation, in other words, is not isolated voices making separate points in an alternating series of monologues; it is a creative collaboration, orchestrated not according to linguistic, but prosodic, rules. It is a form of singing, a duet in which two brains choreograph, through variations in pitch, pace, and rhythm, the exchange of ideas.


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 66 | location 1011-1014 | Added on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 21:13:15

Those phrases are distinguished by dramatic changes in pitch and rhythm across the utterance, by the melodic changes we use to help people follow what we’re saying. Not only do we lower our pitch after “unicorn,” to sonically tuck one phrase (“that is in the garden”) into the other, we also slightly increase the speed of articulation for the embedded chunk, so we don’t put undue demands


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Note on page 67 | location 1014 | Added on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 21:14:40

Its like chomsky et al.are basing their theories on written language rather than speech…


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Bookmark on page 108 | location 1642 | Added on Wednesday, 17 February 2021 18:38:47

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This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 232 | location 3553-3555 | Added on Wednesday, 17 February 2021 18:47:09

I also like it because it means that our hunger for, and love of, the human voice can never become obsolete, or outmoded: it is simply too much a part of us, a part of our neural circuitry, a primary means by which we make sense of

This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Bookmark on page 172 | location 2623 | Added on Wednesday, 17 February 2021 21:52:32

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This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 112 | location 1706-1708 | Added on Wednesday, 17 February 2021 21:58:39

These uncanny correspondences between birdsong and human speech led Darwin to a highly original insight. Whereas all earlier theorists imagined words coming first, Darwin said that the melody and rhythm of speech, its birdsong-like pitch sequences across sentences—its emotional prosody—preceded words in some now extinct singing ape-human.


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 114 | location 1746-1750 | Added on Wednesday, 17 February 2021 22:02:20

Through meticulous dissection of their speech—the sounds, vocabularies, and grammars—Sapir confirmed that no language is “simpler,” “more primitive,” or “less evolved” than any other. All partake of the same extraordinary, and mysterious, process of converting abstract thought into elaborately patterned acoustic signals with the voice. As Sapir put it: “the lowliest South African Bushman speaks in the forms of a rich symbolic system that is in essence perfectly comparable to the speech of the cultivated Frenchman.”14


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 232 | location 3547-3551 | Added on Saturday, 20 February 2021 15:08:19

he pointed out that our language comprehension and production evolved in connection with our hearing, around 150,000 years ago. Writing is only 5,000 to 7,000 years old—“partially going pig-gyback on the same circuits,” he wrote. “So it’s possible LISTENING to speech (including such things as cadence, rhythm, and intonation) is more spontaneously comprehensible and linked to emotional brain centers—hence more evocative and natural.”33


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 240 | location 3670-3675 | Added on Saturday, 20 February 2021 15:18:04

The power which has always started the greatest religious and political avalanches in history rolling has from time immemorial been the | 229 | 5P_Colapinto_ThisIsVoice_HHC.indd 229 11/10/20 7:48 AM | THIS IS THE VOICE | magic power of the spoken word, and that alone. The broad masses of the people can be moved only by the power of speech. All great movements are popular movements, volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotional sentiments, stirred either by the cruel Goddess of Distress or the firebrand of the word hurled among the masses.40


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 267 | location 4081-4084 | Added on Saturday, 20 February 2021 15:59:49

The most striking discoveries about the therapeutic effects of song involve choral singing. Even at an amateur level, the act of blending your voice with others in song causes the brain to secrete the chemical oxytocin, a hormone that creates the warm sensations of bonding, unity, and security that make us feel all cuddly toward our children and others we love—or infuses us with spiritual awe.17


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 268 | location 4099-4099 | Added on Saturday, 20 February 2021 16:01:06

Singing leaves us unusually naked and exposed.


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 268 | location 4108-4111 | Added on Saturday, 20 February 2021 16:01:49

By accentuating the rhythmic and melodic channel of the voice over that of the earthbound plod of articulate speech—by riding the exhaled breath through a sequence of pitches and beats that imposes on the air a pattern of vibration that we recognize as beautiful, healing, unifying, and emotionally nourishing—we not only cut to the quick of our humanity, but we reveal private dimensions of the self in ways that the cagey rhetoric of language can obscure.


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 269 | location 4125-4155 | Added on Saturday, 20 February 2021 16:07:13

Even before Fleming could speak, her mother was prompting her to “parrot back” sequences of notes sung to her—a feat the infant Fleming could perform with remarkable precision. In school, she landed the leading parts in musicals (at twelve, she played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady), but as with any art form, shaping raw talent into a long and successful professional career is another story altogether, and Fleming writes, fascinatingly, of the technical mastery behind what she calls the soprano’s “cultivated scream.” It took her years to learn the physical and mental techniques that go into producing the impossibly loud and high notes she can make. Newborns do it instinctively—positioning the tongue and lips and larynx in the optimal arrangement for boosting certain overtones in the voice spectrum, to achieve house-shaking volume without excessive strain on the lungs or vocal cords. In opera, the amplification of vowel overtones is called the “singer’s formant,” and Fleming learned to do it through creative visualization. She “imagines” that she is projecting her voice into highly specific targets in her body—“aiming sound mentally,” as she puts it. For the highest notes, she targets the “mask”—the nose, cheekbones, and sinuses. Only then can she engage the involuntary muscles in the diaphragm, larynx, | 258 | 5P_Colapinto_ThisIsVoice_HHC.indd 258 11/10/20 7:48 AM | SWAN SONG | tongue, and face that allow her to project her voice “to the back of the hall without strain.”22 How she shapes that sound into something we deem “beautiful,” so that each note hangs for a moment in the air, as present as an abstract Brancusi sculpture—shaped and shimmering in space, textured, polished, and conforming to all the criteria of proportion and harmony that Plato said embody perfection in the arts—well, that’s another question entirely. Science has been trying to penetrate that mystery and Fleming is unusual, as one of the world’s most successful singers, in having lent herself to the effort. In 2017, she volunteered as a guinea pig for experiments into the neuroscience of singing conducted by the Kennedy Center and the National Institutes of Health. She spent two hours lying inside the narrow tube of an fMRI scanner, repeatedly singing one of the most emotionally resonant songs in her repertoire: “The Water Is Wide,” a plangent Scottish folk ballad. All the expected areas of her brain “lit up” with activity: her Broca’s and Wernicke’s areas (as she produced the lyrics), her motor cortex (as it sent instructions to the larynx and articulators), her limbic structures (as they processed the song’s emotions), and areas on the right side of the brain (that compute melody and rhythm). In short, the same structures activated in speech. Apparently, even the most high-tech wizardry is as yet powerless to explain why singing is so powerful as singing. The most illuminating reflections on the power of singing that I have come across are from people who have spent their lives helping others achieve the fullest emotional expression with their voice. Laurie Antonioli is a singer, recording artist, singing coach, and chairperson of the Vocal Program at the California Jazz Conservatory. She believes the voices that move us the most have achieved a ruthless honesty of expression: they have been quenched of the mannerisms, affectations, trendy ornaments, and derivative stylistic tics that may make for massive pop | 259 | 5P_Colapinto_ThisIsVoice_HHC.indd 259 11/10/20 7:48 AM | THIS IS THE VOICE | hits, but whose emotional penetration is less than skin deep: true auditory cheesecake (or “ear candy” in music biz parlance).


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 269 | location 4125-4126 | Added on Saturday, 20 February 2021 16:07:32

Even before Fleming could speak, her mother was prompting her to “parrot back” sequences of notes sung to her—a feat the infant Fleming could perform with remarkable precision.


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Note on page 270 | location 4126 | Added on Saturday, 20 February 2021 16:08:21

Is this common? Given how speech evolved, could melody come first?


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 273 | location 4178-4180 | Added on Saturday, 20 February 2021 16:12:30

This is fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough. If Darwin correctly identifies the “animal” origins of singing’s primal emotional appeal, he cannot account for its peculiarly human dimension, that part of singing that expresses our sense of belonging to a community of interde-pendent, empathetic, and cooperative human beings.


This Is the Voice (John Colapinto)

  • Your Highlight on page 280 | location 4291-4292 | Added on Saturday, 20 February 2021 21:57:19

Speech and song are equally an assertion of our existence against the void, a means for animating the air with news of our presence, however ephemeral, and thus should be performed with confidence in the Self, and with an awareness of the music from which our linguistic capability arose.


Instapaper: Thursday, Feb. 25th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 3580-3582 | Added on Thursday, 25 February 2021 20:17:08

This year has been clarifying. Not everything needs to be done in person. Not everything need to be done now. And while those who work from home have discovered certain tasks are better accomplished asynchronously, others are better done in a collaborative moment.


Instapaper: Thursday, Feb. 25th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 3781-3784 | Added on Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:52:49

For, I have seen the devil, by day and by night, and have seen him in you and in me: in the eyes of the cop and the sheriff and the deputy, the landlord, the housewife, the football player: in the eyes of some governors, presidents, wardens, in the eyes of some orphans, and in the eyes of my father, and in my mirror. It is that moment when no other human being is real for you, nor are you real for yourself.


Instapaper: Thursday, Feb. 25th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 3895-3897 | Added on Thursday, 25 February 2021 22:36:34

we have no true personal privacy on the Web. Even if today’s online privacy laws are enforced, none will give us privacy any more than laws against indecent exposure will give us clothing.


Instapaper: Thursday, Feb. 25th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 3896-3897 | Added on Thursday, 25 February 2021 22:37:12

Even if today’s online privacy laws are enforced, none will give us privacy any more than laws against indecent exposure will give us clothing.


Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice (Manifesto) (Martel, J.F.)

  • Your Highlight at location 123-124 | Added on Saturday, 27 February 2021 22:05:07

We are in danger today of losing the capacity to distinguish between artistic creation as Proust defined it and the aesthetic creativity that goes into a commercial jingle,


Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice (Manifesto) (Martel, J.F.)

  • Your Highlight at location 123-124 | Added on Saturday, 27 February 2021 22:05:21

We are in danger today of losing the capacity to distinguish between artistic creation as Proust defined it and the aesthetic creativity that goes into a commercial jingle, a new car design, or a hollow summer blockbuster.


Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice (Manifesto) (Martel, J.F.)

  • Your Highlight on page 15 | location 274-275 | Added on Sunday, 28 February 2021 12:08:22

Astonishment is the litmus test of art, the sign by which we know we have been magicked out of practical and utilitarian enterprises to confront the bottomless dream of life in sensible form.


Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice (Manifesto) (Martel, J.F.)

  • Your Highlight on page 16 | location 283-284 | Added on Sunday, 28 February 2021 12:09:17

concerns, an artist’s power comes down to two things: her sensitivity to the radical mystery of existence, and the artistry and craft with which she can channel that mystery into an object or performance.


Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice (Manifesto) (Martel, J.F.)

  • Your Highlight on page 16 | location 281-284 | Added on Sunday, 28 February 2021 12:09:25

bodies of work are varying means for achieving a common end. Both are realists in the real sense of the word. Regardless of personal convictions or professional concerns, an artist’s power comes down to two things: her sensitivity to the radical mystery of existence, and the artistry and craft with which she can channel that mystery into an object or performance.


Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice (Manifesto) (Martel, J.F.)

  • Your Highlight on page 16 | location 282-284 | Added on Sunday, 28 February 2021 12:09:32

Regardless of personal convictions or professional concerns, an artist’s power comes down to two things: her sensitivity to the radical mystery of existence, and the artistry and craft with which she can channel that mystery into an object or performance.


Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice (Manifesto) (Martel, J.F.)

  • Your Highlight on page 24 | location 359-361 | Added on Sunday, 28 February 2021 12:20:20

We tend to see our “personal tastes” as positive personality traits, whereas they could just as well indicate limitations that we might overcome given the right opportunity, the appropriate context, and a little courage.


Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice (Manifesto) (Martel, J.F.)

  • Your Highlight on page 25 | location 371-373 | Added on Sunday, 28 February 2021 12:21:46

unfortunately the guardedness that is so essential to our mental wellbeing in this media-saturated world also contributes to the rampant apathy that is frosting over the globe like the beginnings of an unprecedented psychic ice age.


Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice (Manifesto) (Martel, J.F.)

  • Your Highlight on page 76 | location 917-920 | Added on Tuesday, 2 March 2021 22:47:27

manifestations.” He then adds something interesting: “I think that many confuse ‘applicability’ with ‘allegory’; but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, the other in the purposed domination of the author.”


Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice (Manifesto) (Martel, J.F.)

  • Your Highlight on page 76 | location 918-920 | Added on Tuesday, 2 March 2021 22:47:34

“I think that many confuse ‘applicability’ with ‘allegory’; but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, the other in the purposed domination of the author.”


Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice (Manifesto) (Martel, J.F.)

  • Your Highlight on page 138 | location 1573-1575 | Added on Friday, 5 March 2021 22:57:54

It began in earnest with television’s systematic co-opting of the night world formerly reserved for conversation, storytelling, and dreaming (an invasion prefigured by the rise of radio decades before). Already by the 1960s, mass entertainment, ubiquitous marketing, and consumer culture formed a beguiling haze of light whose function was to mediate between human beings.


Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice (Manifesto) (Martel, J.F.)

  • Your Highlight on page 157 | location 1781-1782 | Added on Friday, 5 March 2021 23:22:06

Seeing all things purely as symbols leads to a state comparable to schizophrenia, in which all things resonate with meaning yet nothing has a clear signification.


New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird (Gaiman, Neil)

  • Your Highlight on page 120 | location 2453-2454 | Added on Friday, 12 March 2021 14:58:28

Their fear was the small kind, borne of uncertainty rather than dread.


Instapaper: Sunday, Mar. 14th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 295-296 | Added on Monday, 15 March 2021 23:14:15

Mycelium used to feel like a kōan, unintelligible to my mammalian mind. But I’ve come to think of our minds as the most mycelial parts of ourselves.


Instapaper: Sunday, Mar. 14th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 330-332 | Added on Monday, 15 March 2021 23:20:40

I wanted Ambient to mean ‘a music without a clear distinction between foreground and background’ and ‘a music without clear beginning or end’. Removing those boundary conditions from the music opens it up to a kind of mental wandering, a sort of exploratory walk through a field of sound.


The Tangled Tree (David Quammen)

  • Your Highlight on page 286 | location 4381-4382 | Added on Thursday, 18 March 2021 22:41:29

“The tree of life is not something that exists in nature, it’s a way that humans classify nature.”


The Tangled Tree (David Quammen)

  • Your Highlight on page 287 | location 4387-4387 | Added on Thursday, 18 March 2021 22:42:09

“If there is a tree of life, it’s a small anomalous structure growing out of the web of life.”


The Tangled Tree (David Quammen)

  • Your Highlight on page 310 | location 4752-4754 | Added on Saturday, 20 March 2021 23:21:06

With genes flowing sideways, information moving across boundaries, and energy flowing upward from cells through communities and environments, the concept of an “organism”—an isolated creature, a discrete individual—seemed less valid too.


Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

  • Your Highlight on page 450 | location 6888-6893 | Added on Thursday, 25 March 2021 22:17:06

“The method to be practiced is as follows:you are to doubt regarding the subject in you that hears all sounds. All sounds are heard at a given moment because there is certainly a subject inyou that hears. Although you may hear the sounds with your ears, the holesin your ears are not the subject that hears. If they were, dead men wouldalso hear sounds.” He says, “You must doubt deeply, again and again, ask-ing yourself what the subject of hearing could be.” Ignore the thoughts thatcome to you. “Only doubt more and more deeply,” concentrate, “withoutaiming at anything or expecting anything” and “without intending to beenlightened and without even intending not to intend to be enlightened;become like a child in your own breast.”


Through Thick And Thin – An Infrastructure For Relationships (Unknown)

  • Your Highlight on page 14 | location 201-203 | Added on Wednesday, 31 March 2021 17:34:16

One of the challenges with field building is that the language is newer and less well known, and therefore can be distracting for those whose primary objective in life isn’t to think deeply about the methodologies of collaboration and collective action.


Through Thick And Thin – An Infrastructure For Relationships (Unknown)

  • Your Highlight on page 20 | location 299-300 | Added on Wednesday, 31 March 2021 17:48:06

‘My safety net is not my job or my house, it is the people in my life. People who are willing to step in and offer me support when I need it.


Through Thick And Thin – An Infrastructure For Relationships (Unknown)

  • Your Highlight on page 24 | location 364-365 | Added on Wednesday, 31 March 2021 17:50:46

That we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny, and that what affects one directly, affects all indirectly.’


Instapaper: Wednesday, Mar. 31st (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 438-439 | Added on Thursday, 1 April 2021 21:19:01

But, she reflected, “I had created this world of constant busyness and work that pretty much prevented me from spending any time sitting with myself and examining my inner world.”


Bullshit Jobs (David Graeber)

  • Your Highlight on page 11 | location 158-160 | Added on Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:49:42

If 1 percent of the population controls most of the disposable wealth, what we call “the market” reflects what they think is useful or important, not anybody else.)


Bullshit Jobs (David Graeber)

  • Your Highlight on page 18 | location 265-267 | Added on Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:58:32

“productive work” but work as an end and meaning in itself. We have come to believe that men and women who do not work harder than they wish at jobs they do not particularly enjoy are bad people unworthy of love, care, or assistance from their communities.


Instapaper: Thursday, Apr. 8th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 49-51 | Added on Saturday, 10 April 2021 22:17:13

We can logically infer that these friendships are not an end in themselves but are instrumental to some other goal, such as furthering one’s career or easing a social dynamic.

Instapaper: Thursday, Apr. 8th (Instapaper)

  • Your Note at location 51 | Added on Saturday, 10 April 2021 22:17:45

This is a weird inference…


Instapaper: Thursday, Apr. 8th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 90-91 | Added on Saturday, 10 April 2021 22:20:45

If it has been more than a month, you might be kidding yourself about how close you really are.

Instapaper: Thursday, Apr. 8th (Instapaper)

  • Your Note at location 91 | Added on Saturday, 10 April 2021 22:21:52

Again theres an assumption here that i dont buy. Years maybe but a month?


Instapaper: Thursday, Apr. 8th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 831-834 | Added on Sunday, 11 April 2021 11:01:22

“Christianity” or (even more crudely) “religion” that is at issue. What’s a problem is when a teacher or institution asserts that there is a kind of knowledge that is noncontingent, exclusive, unarguable, universal, eternal, and unitary. If it is generally supposed that knowledge is like that, then the students’ job becomes one of conforming themselves to that knowledge—not exploring it, not questioning it, not playing with it, not experimenting with it, but confirming


Instapaper: Thursday, Apr. 8th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 832-834 | Added on Sunday, 11 April 2021 11:01:29

What’s a problem is when a teacher or institution asserts that there is a kind of knowledge that is noncontingent, exclusive, unarguable, universal, eternal, and unitary. If it is generally supposed that knowledge is like that, then the students’ job becomes one of conforming themselves to that knowledge—not exploring it, not questioning it, not playing with it, not experimenting with it, but confirming


Instapaper: Friday, Apr. 30th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 106-106 | Added on Saturday, 1 May 2021 20:47:50

re-establish the role of community, empathy and cooperation amongst humanity.


Instapaper: Friday, Apr. 30th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 107-110 | Added on Saturday, 1 May 2021 20:50:09

The time is ripe for a new story, one that allows us to integrate all parts of what it means to be human today. Fundamental to this new story should be the question of how do we create communities and individuals with a sense of meaning? Where do we find our belonging? What is our purpose? What makes a ‘whole’ human being — a sense of connection, meaning, purpose, self-worth, justice, community, belonging, and a sense of love for this planet, this one short life, and humanity at large?


Instapaper: Friday, Apr. 30th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 268-269 | Added on Saturday, 1 May 2021 21:51:00

is about de-numbing our perceptions and senses to perceive what was always already there, but we do not usually include in our understanding of value, perspective or virtue.


Instapaper: Friday, Apr. 30th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 268-269 | Added on Saturday, 1 May 2021 21:51:13

It is about de-numbing our perceptions and senses to perceive what was always already there, but we do not usually include in our understanding of value, perspective or virtue.


Bullshit Jobs (David Graeber)

  • Your Highlight on page 105 | location 1598-1601 | Added on Monday, 3 May 2021 21:44:03

is hard perhaps to think of our sense of self as grounded in action because when we are truly engrossed in doing something—especially something we know how to do very well, from running a race to solving a complicated logical problem—we tend to forget that we exist. But even as we dissolve into what we do, the foundational “pleasure at being the cause” remains, as it were, the unstated ground of our being.


Piranesi (Susanna Clarke)

  • Your Highlight on page 53 | location 798-801 | Added on Sunday, 16 May 2021 22:25:51

they turned (or seemed to turn) towards the Moon. I realised that the search for the Knowledge has encouraged us to think of the House as if it were a sort of riddle to be unravelled, a text to be interpreted, and that if ever we discover the Knowledge, then it will be as if the Value has been wrested from the House and all that remains will be mere scenery.


Piranesi (Susanna Clarke)

  • Your Highlight on page 53 | location 798-803 | Added on Sunday, 16 May 2021 22:26:02

they turned (or seemed to turn) towards the Moon. I realised that the search for the Knowledge has encouraged us to think of the House as if it were a sort of riddle to be unravelled, a text to be interpreted, and that if ever we discover the Knowledge, then it will be as if the Value has been wrested from the House and all that remains will be mere scenery. The sight of the One-Hundred-and-Ninety-Second Western Hall in the Moonlight made me see how ridiculous that is. The House is valuable because it is the House. It is enough in and of Itself. It is not the means to an end.


Bullshit Jobs (David Graeber)

  • Your Highlight on page 157 | location 2397-2398 | Added on Thursday, 20 May 2021 21:59:04

adolescence is precisely when most of us are first confronted with the challenge of how not to become the monsters we despise.


Bullshit Jobs (David Graeber)

  • Your Highlight on page 161 | location 2454-2456 | Added on Thursday, 20 May 2021 22:05:10

What we are witnessing is the rise of those forms of popular culture that office workers can produce and consume during the scattered, furtive shards of time they have at their disposal in workplaces where even when there’s nothing for them to do, they still can’t admit it openly.


Entangled Life (Merlin Sheldrake)

  • Your Highlight on page 20 | location 295-297 | Added on Monday, 24 May 2021 15:29:50

Tricked out of our expectations, we fall back on our senses. What’s astonishing is the gulf between what we expect to find and what we find when we actually look.


Entangled Life (Merlin Sheldrake)

  • Your Highlight on page 23 | location 340-341 | Added on Monday, 24 May 2021 15:35:02

To talk about individuals made no sense anymore. Biology—the study of living organisms—had transformed into ecology—the study of the relationships between living organisms.


Entangled Life (Merlin Sheldrake)

  • Your Highlight on page 39 | location 584-586 | Added on Monday, 24 May 2021 16:51:26

“Daniele hunts truffles at night, and I hunt them in the day. He is nervous, and I am not. His dog bites, and mine is friendly. His dog is slim, and mine is not slim. He is bad, and I am good.”


Entangled Life (Merlin Sheldrake)

  • Your Highlight on page 59 | location 893-894 | Added on Tuesday, 25 May 2021 21:03:20

William Bateson, who coined the word genetics, observed, “We commonly think of animals and plants as matter, but they are really systems through which matter is continually passing.” When


Entangled Life (Merlin Sheldrake)

  • Your Highlight on page 59 | location 893-894 | Added on Tuesday, 25 May 2021 21:03:27

William Bateson, who coined the word genetics, observed, “We commonly think of animals and plants as matter, but they are really systems through which matter is continually passing.”


Instapaper: Monday, May. 24th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 388-388 | Added on Tuesday, 25 May 2021 22:32:51

“the monopolisation of possible realities”.


Entangled Life (Merlin Sheldrake)

  • Your Highlight on page 100 | location 1520-1523 | Added on Thursday, 27 May 2021 22:56:26

Some researchers use the term “holobiont” to refer to an assemblage of different organisms that behaves as a unit. The word holobiont derives from the Greek word holos, which means “whole.” Holobionts are the lichens of this world, more than the sums of their parts. Like symbiosis and ecology, holobiont is a word that does useful work. If we only have words that describe neatly bounded autonomous individuals, it is easy to think that they actually exist.


Entangled Life (Merlin Sheldrake)

  • Your Highlight on page 100 | location 1530-1531 | Added on Thursday, 27 May 2021 22:57:16

authors of a seminal paper on the symbiotic view of life take a clear stance on this point. “There have never been individuals,” they declare. “We are all lichens.”


Instapaper: Wednesday, May. 26th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 275-277 | Added on Tuesday, 1 June 2021 15:18:55

It is in this sense, then, that Graeber argued that what may define the Left, and distinguish it from the Right, is its insistence that “creativity and imagination were the fundamental ontological principles” – that is, we can (and should) creatively produce the world and remake it as we wish.


Instapaper: Wednesday, May. 26th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 297-298 | Added on Tuesday, 1 June 2021 15:21:32

“The ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently.”


Entangled Life (Merlin Sheldrake)

  • Your Highlight on page 201 | location 3073-3075 | Added on Friday, 4 June 2021 17:54:07

In 1941, this “pretty golden mold” was found on a rotting cantaloupe in an Illinois market by Mary Hunt, a laboratory assistant, after the lab put out a call for civilians to submit molds. Before this point, penicillin had been expensive to produce and remained largely unavailable.


Entangled Life (Merlin Sheldrake)

  • Your Highlight on page 216 | location 3302-3303 | Added on Friday, 4 June 2021 21:07:28

Somewhere deep in the psycho-spiritual compost heap of his dream world, Stamets metabolized an old radical mycological solution into a new one.


Entangled Life (Merlin Sheldrake)

  • Your Highlight on page 238 | location 3646-3648 | Added on Saturday, 5 June 2021 09:42:39

Our hands imbibe like roots, so I place them on what is beautiful in this world. —SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI


Entangled Life (Merlin Sheldrake)

  • Your Highlight on page 240 | location 3675-3676 | Added on Saturday, 5 June 2021 09:45:31

Ambiguity isn’t as itchy as it was; it’s easier for me to resist the temptation to remedy uncertainty with certainty.


Instapaper: Thursday, Jun. 17th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 88-90 | Added on Thursday, 17 June 2021 22:30:47

Instead of reviving ideas of nature, we must reclaim the artificial — not fake, but designed. For this, human-machine intelligence and urban-scale automation become part of an expanded landscape of life, information and labor. They are part of a living ecology, not a substitute for one. Put more specifically: The response to anthropogenic climate change will need to be equally anthropogenic.


Instapaper: Thursday, Jun. 17th (Instapaper)

  • Your Note at location 90 | Added on Thursday, 17 June 2021 22:32:19

Not sure i buy this. The same assumption that we can understand and design for the complexity of global systems is what got us here.


Instapaper: Thursday, Jun. 17th (Instapaper)

  • Your Note at location 104 | Added on Thursday, 17 June 2021 22:36:52

This phrase feels a little terrifying to me, maybe because of my own biases, but the idea of rational ecosystems seems like a misunderstanding of the nature of life and a succumbing to the control trap


Instapaper: Thursday, Jun. 17th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 104-104 | Added on Thursday, 17 June 2021 22:36:52

the rationalization of ecosystems


Instapaper: Thursday, Jun. 17th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 137-137 | Added on Thursday, 17 June 2021 22:40:47

the designer and programmer Ben Cerveny has said, the city is “perhaps the longest continuous process that humans have created.”


Instapaper: Thursday, Jun. 17th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 179-179 | Added on Thursday, 17 June 2021 22:44:43

What future would make the past worth it?


Bullshit Jobs (David Graeber)

  • Your Highlight on page 218 | location 3338-3341 | Added on Saturday, 19 June 2021 22:40:34

Opinion writers are the moralists of our day. They are the secular equivalent of preachers, and when they write about work, their arguments reflect a very long theological tradition of valorizing work as a sacred duty, at once curse and blessing, and seeing humans as inherently sinful, lazy beings who can be expected to shirk that duty if they can.


Bullshit Jobs (David Graeber)

  • Your Highlight on page 233 | location 3560-3560 | Added on Saturday, 19 June 2021 23:10:33

Virtutum omnium pretium in ipsis est.


Instapaper: Sunday, Jun. 20th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 143-146 | Added on Sunday, 20 June 2021 22:35:32

energy sources, to grow, to reproduce, to evolve. I would argue that we “conscious” beings share something more during our relatively brief moment in the “era of life”: the ability to witness and reflect on the spectacle of existence, a spectacle that is at once mysterious, joyous, tragic, trembling, majestic, confusing, comic, nurturing, unpredictable and predictable, ecstatic, beautiful, cruel, sacred, devastating, exhilarating.


Instapaper: Sunday, Jun. 20th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 143-146 | Added on Sunday, 20 June 2021 22:35:37

energy sources, to grow, to reproduce, to evolve. I would argue that we “conscious” beings share something more during our relatively brief moment in the “era of life”: the ability to witness and reflect on the spectacle of existence, a spectacle that is at once mysterious, joyous, tragic, trembling, majestic, confusing, comic, nurturing, unpredictable and predictable, ecstatic, beautiful, cruel, sacred, devastating, exhilarating.


Instapaper: Sunday, Jun. 20th (Instapaper)

  • Your Highlight at location 143-146 | Added on Sunday, 20 June 2021 22:35:47

would argue that we “conscious” beings share something more during our relatively brief moment in the “era of life”: the ability to witness and reflect on the spectacle of existence, a spectacle that is at once mysterious, joyous, tragic, trembling, majestic, confusing, comic, nurturing, unpredictable and predictable, ecstatic, beautiful, cruel, sacred, devastating, exhilarating.


Bullshit Jobs (David Graeber)

  • Your Highlight on page 233 | location 3564-3566 | Added on Wednesday, 23 June 2021 11:01:11

“I wanted to do something useful with my life; work that had a positive effect on other people or, at the very least, wasn’t hurting anyone. But the way this economy works, if you spend your working life caring for others, you’ll end up so underpaid and so deeply in debt you won’t be able to care for your own family.”

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