The Tanzanian government plans to kick 40,000 Maasai people off their ancestral land to make way for a luxury big game hunting reserve.

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Update, 8:45pm GMT 25 November 2014: The Tanzanian President has tweeted that he will not pursue to deal with the hunting reserve — but we cannot back off until the Maasai are guaranteed permanent rights to their land, in writing. We’ve updated the petition text to reflect this additional, critical, ask.

The Tanzanian government plans to kick 40,000 Maasai people off their ancestral land to make way for a luxury big game hunting reserve. A section of the famous Serengeti plains, which teems with lions, leopards, elephants, wildebeest, zebra and buffalo, is to be sold to a Dubai-based company, the Ortelo Business Corporation, for a commercial hunting ground.

The Tanzanian government has been forced to back down once before — last year, after massive local and international opposition to the plan, Tanzania’s president promised the Maasai they could stay on their lands. Now the government has made a sudden u-turn…

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Shaviro at Irvine

It is an operational maxim of mine that one cannot ( should not ) act (or behave) from a position of novelty; that is, from a presumption of truth, as if everything has not already been said or is being said, as if something that hasn’t been heard before thus amounts to a disappointment or offense to what one (I) may have to say.

That having been said, I have at this time not read this guy, but I have a feeling from just looking over his web page (http://www.shaviro.com/Doom/index.html) that he is and was onto something eternal in the way I have just described.

But I could be wrong.

We will see.

Object-Oriented Philosophy


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Alain Badiou, bad faith, critical theory, critique, Exhibition, faith, Graham Harman, Martin Heidegger, Object Oriented Ontology, ontology, philosophy, reality, Speculative Realism, true object, Uncategorized

Harman and the True Object.

The question is no longer that of Being, for Heidegger has destroyed being, like a forensic analysis of material. Being was viable so long as there was a dialectic whereby reality could be based upon its one vision through the oscillating features held from one another, like a binary star. Hiedegger destroyed the dialectic (for… Continue reading Harman and the True Object.


nihilism unpacked

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Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef on the Rationally Speaking podcast discuss the various epistemological, ontological, mereological and ethical strains of nihilism. The conversation is of an introductory nature but has value in the range that it covers, and in sections that deal with the vacillation between the mood of nihilism and the fact of nihilism. Interestingly, Pigliucci also goes onto discuss the Stoic Week experiment in the therapeutic function of philosophy as a practice of living- a shared concern of the curators of this blog, insofar as we entertain its possibility, and especially a concern of my own in relation to the Stoa.

The Stoics are many things, and it is often there cold rationalism that is emphasised against the acute awareness of an existence that they thought required such a rationalism in order to allow us to cope with it. The question of Stoicism in the context of nihilism might be the question of…

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being, convention, Exhibition, faith, Graham Harman, Martin Heidegger, Object Oriented Ontology, philosophy, Speculative Realism, true object, Uncategorized

Apology. Harman and The Facticity of the Event.

I apologize. See that this blog is not so much an assertion of what I believe is so correct, but more a working space where I play with ways to situate discourse and test out the ideas they purport against what I am trying to say (which is why I would like feedback). Strong words,… Continue reading Apology. Harman and The Facticity of the Event.

Alain Badiou, aphilosophy, convention, critique, Exhibition, faith, Francois Laruelle, Graham Harman, irony, Martin Heidegger, non-philosophy, Object Oriented Ontology, ontology, philosophy, Uncategorized

An Unheard Blow: A Strike that Can’t Be Blocked to Graham Harman’s Wondrous New.

Dealing with Graham Harman and the True Object oriented. I got a copy of the book series called "Xplained" on Martin Heidegger written by Graham Harman. I thought it was something different, but when I got the book and started reading it I saw that it is more an actual kind of primer of Heidegger.… Continue reading An Unheard Blow: A Strike that Can’t Be Blocked to Graham Harman’s Wondrous New.


Pursuit of Our Dreams


There is nothing that cannot be achieved through concentration.

In all esoteric traditions in which the aspirant is initiated into the way for the attainment of truth the most important requirement is the intense longing for the goal. It and it alone if held with consistency brings about the result.

This though first appearing as a mystery turns out to be a universal structure of consciousness. Intense longing does not actually create a result; the result, the goal, is always there in the universe but only potentially. Intense longing is rather a ritual on the part of seeker to show the extent to which it gives itself to the goal, a ritual for winning her heart; and the extent to which we give ourselves to the goal the goal gives itself to us.

Intense longing is no mere curiosity, no hobby, no entertainment. I should long for the goal to…

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