Tuesday, July 11, 2006

YouTube - Noam Chomsky vs. Michel Foucault

Saturday, July 8, 2006


Added to my Flickr favourites.

Friday, July 7, 2006

Platonism, Intuition and the Nature of Mathematics. By K.Podnieks

Thursday, July 6, 2006

Fedor Jeftichew - Jo-Jo, The Dog-Faced Boy

Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Raymond Tallis - Lacan: Shrink from hell

Review of Elizabeth Roudinesco’s book showing Lacan in true light as cynical womanising fraud
The God Delusion

The God Delusion
Amazon customer review voted ‘most helpful’:
I was surprised to discover that Richard Dawkins and myself have something in common. We both serve a triune god !!!

My God's name is God the FATHER, SON and HOLY GHOST !!!
His god's name is god the NATURAL SELECTION, TIME and HOCUS POCUS !!!

Fancy that.....
The Parallax View (Short Circuits)

The Parallax View (Short Circuits)
Amazon customer review (warning - some of 'em are nutters):
I don't know why this book is so disappointing. Perhaps it is because it is a bit late. Zizek's attempt to deal with the clash between the advance of bio-determinism in the genetics and pharmaceutics industries on the one hand, and the solidity of the post-Frankfurt social sciences on the other, does not do justice either to the latter or to
the dialectical epistemology which he claims to be trying to rehabilitate.

The real irony for Zizek is that what he is trying to say has already been handled in the established virtuality of literary fiction. First there was George Elliot's The Lifted Veil, the strangest of all her books and the only one that somehow doesn't quite work. Then came Houellebecq's lamentable Atomised reprising 1950s racism and sexism in response to the cracking of the genetic code. Finally there was Gdala's dialectical transcendence of Houellebecq's anthithesis in Pascal's Wager where all the double themes of Z's Parallax (from the centrality of the virtual, through the Lacanian transformation, to the historicism implicit in genetic and biochemical fatalism), all of these threads are carefully disentagled and rebraided in red gold and green.

I thought that it was from Zizek that I learned the idea that the clue to the contemporary default constellations is always to be found in a fictional narrative. I think it is time he deployed a different strategy if he is to engage with the real material challenges of the moment. It's too late for this kind of thing.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

WOWebServices in a Tomcat Deployment

HOWTO: Tomcat 5.5.12, MySQL 5, WO 5.3/SSDD