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Jun 24
“The concrete is concrete because it is the concentration of many determinations, hence unity of the diverse. It appears in the process of thinking, therefore, as a process of concentration, as a result, not as a point of departure, even though it is the point of departure in reality and hence also the point of departure for observation [Anschauung] and conception. Along the first path the full conception was evaporated to yield an abstract determination; along the second, the abstract determinations lead towards a reproduction of the concrete by way of thought. In this way Hegel fell into the illusion of conceiving the real as the product of thought concentrating itself, probing its own depths, and unfolding itself out of itself, by itself, whereas the method of rising from the abstract to the concrete is only the way in which thought appropriates the concrete, reproduces it as the concrete in the mind. But this is by no means the process by which the concrete itself comes into being. For example, the simplest economic category, say e.g. exchange value, presupposes population, moreover a population producing in specific relations; as well as a certain kind of family, or commune, or state, etc. It can never exist other than as an abstract, one-sided relation within an already given, concrete, living whole. As a category, by contrast, exchange value leads an antediluvian existence. Therefore, to the kind of consciousness—and this is characteristic of the philosophical consciousness—for which conceptual thinking is the real human being, and for which the conceptual world as such is thus the only reality, the movement of the categories appears as the real act of production—which only, unfortunately, receives a jolt from the outside—whose product is the world; and—but this is again a tautology—this is correct in so far as the concrete totality is a totality of thoughts, concrete in thought, in fact a product of thinking and comprehending; but not in any way a product of the concept which thinks and generates itself outside or above observation and conception; a product, rather, of the working-up of observation and conception into concepts. The totality as it appears in the head, as a totality of thoughts, is a product of a thinking head, which appropriates the world in the only way it can, a way different from the artistic, religious, practical and mental appropriation of this world. The real subject retains its autonomous existence outside the head just as before; namely as long as the head’s conduct is merely speculative, merely theoretical. Hence, in the theoretical method, too, the subject, society, must always be kept in mind as the presupposition.” Grundrisse, Marx (via vajramrita)

Justice

"Who ought to receive the benefits of research and bear its burdens? This is a question of justice, in the sense of "fairness in distribution" or "what is deserved." An injustice occurs when some benefit to which a person is entitled is denied without good reason or when some burden is imposed unduly. Another way of considering the principle of justice is that equals ought to be treated equally. However, this statement requires explication. Who is equal and who is unequal? What considerations justify departure from equal distribution? Almost all commentators allow that distinctions based on experience, age, deprivation, competence, merit and position do sometimes constitute criteria justifying differential treatment for certain purposes. It is necessary, then, to explain in what aspects people should be treated equally. There are several widely accepted formulations of just ways to distribute burdens and benefits. Each formulation mentions some relevant property on the basis for which burdens and benefits should be distributed. These formulations are:

  1. To each person an equal share.
  2. To each person according to individual need.
  3. To each person according to individual effort.
  4. To each person according to societal contribution.
  5. And to each person according to merit.”

from The Belmont Report


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Kingdom - If You Buck


Apr 15

TtW_Conf 2013 participants 2-hop egocentric network based on recent Twitter data. This time just a screenshot from Gephi rather than exporting. The edges are less pretty but the labels are more clear.

This time, only using mentions that are included in @replies, including replied-to users. Capturing conversational networks specifically rather than blending conversational and referential networks. Intuitively and based on ethnographic observation (e.g. using Twitter a lot) this seems to capture better the true ‘social network’.

This time I’ve size the labels based on weighted combined (in- and out-) degree. So, these are the most chatty people in the network, relative to the participants own egocentric world. After laying out the graph with Gephi’s Force Atlas 2 algorithm with ‘Dissuade hubs’ to disentangle the graph a bit, I’ve filtered out users with low weighted degree for legibility.

The first figure includes the edges in the graph. Hopefully this communicates the intuition for how force directed layout works. For readability, in the second figure I’ve removed the edges and colored the labels based on detected “module”, or closely connected cluster within the graph. The result is a two dimension representation of the social arrangement of this scene’s most Twitter-talkative people.

I’ll write this up more properly when I have worked this out with the 2014 participants lists. I’m thinking Medium would be a good way to communicate this sort of work.

Yes, I know it’s creepy. Big data!


hautepop:

Tiqqun, Introduction to Civil War, p. 158
Semiotext(e), Los Angeles 2010

hautepop:

Tiqqun, Introduction to Civil War, p. 158
Semiotext(e), Los Angeles 2010


Apr 14
Theorizing the Web ‘13 participants, two hop egocentric network based on Twitter mentions (not retweets), colored by component. Label size is a function of PageRank. Made with poll.emic and Gephi

No idea Cosmo was so central. It makes sense. Not familiar with most of these clusters—need to try more data cleaning.

Theorizing the Web ‘13 participants, two hop egocentric network based on Twitter mentions (not retweets), colored by component. Label size is a function of PageRank. Made with poll.emic and Gephi

No idea Cosmo was so central. It makes sense. Not familiar with most of these clusters—need to try more data cleaning.


Apr 12

continuants:

AHHHHH TOO COOL


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