Charlottesville

I was going to write about Autopilot and finish my chapter by chapter review of it, but it seems irresponsible now. Now that protesters have not only been injured but killed by white supremacists. A full-on hateful mob with tiki torches and Nazis salutes at night and mowing down counter-protesters during the day. The paradox…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 6)

Nick’s Notes: Sorry about the lack of posts lately! I’ve just been absolutely exhausted from pet sitting and needed to take the last few days (or so) off from writing. I meant to write this yesterday, but I left Autopilot at the pet sitting place. So I’m posting this today instead! Revolution or Suicide Chapter…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 5)

Chapter 5: You are a self-organizing system As far as I can tell from my notes, this chapter starts off really interesting but then falls flat after that. The reason why it starts off so interesting is because Smart quotes Peter Kropotkin. Kropotkin, for those who don’t know, is a notable anarchist communist thinker who…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 3 & 4)

Chapter 3 Up until now I’ve only had some minor complaints about Smart’s attempt to scientifically justify laziness. The biggest being that he’s not giving us any citations and almost never gives references to the studies that would help prove his point. Even when he mentions certain studies he doesn’t go into their methodology, sample…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 2)

This chapter focuses on noise and its benefits to the brain as well as returning to the resting brain. And as far as the resting brain goes, it’s pretty interesting: When you activate your default mode network by doing nothing, it becomes robust and coherent. So, somehow our brains seem to violate the second law…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Introduction)

Introduction I got this book at the New York Anarchist Book Fair a year or so ago. At the time I wasn’t doing terribly well on finances and I went back and forth on what looked like a really good book. The seller was offering it for a decent price (between $10-15, I can’t remember…

Patreon Update for 5/4/17

Patreon Update(s)/Introduction April was an interesting but slow(er) month than my usual. Some of that was due to the fact that I had a dog sitting job on one of the weekends (last weekend) where I wanted to write my Fight Club article. But instead I decided to watch the new Netflix series Dear White…