The Great Confinement [of the Idle] (From Madness and Civilization, by Michel Focault)

The passage below is specifically taken from The Foucault Reader, pp. 130-138. Any mistakes, grammatical errors, or other faults are mine.It this entire, rather undifferentiated mass at which the edict of 1657 is aimed: a population without resources, without social moorings, a class of rejected or rendered mobile by new economic developments. Less than two…

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Be Your Own “Team Player”

Cooperation is a wonderful thing when it goes well. Coordinated efforts towards a common good can make the hardest of tasks seem so much easier. Whether it’s in your personal life, while a disaster could be happening, or for something as simple as just managing a party, coordination is an essential part of our existence.…

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Work is the Mind-Killer

There’s a concept in the Less Wrong community when it comes to issues of bias and politics and it relates to how politics numbs or even erodes our sense of sanity when trying to discuss things “reasonably” (whatever that means). And although I sympathize with what LW type folks are saying and am clearly using…

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A New Schedule

I haven’t been posting lately due to a mixture of the usual: Existential dread, laziness and perhaps the fact that my to-do list has been recently cut down to a list of anti-work(ish) movies and an assortment of other half-finished ideas. So, in order to pick the pace (back) up for the rest of the…

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What’s the “Ideal Game”?

When games are created or participated in, especially if children are involved,  we often launch criticisms at the designs of these so-called “games”. Children in particular may change the rules but when they do we don’t say they’re cheating (unless they’re obviously changing the rules to their benefit) and they may do so at the…

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