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858: NOXI Shows
- Journalist John Pilger condemns Syriza’s historic betrayal of Greek voters.
- Journalist Delphine Schrank profiles Burma’s underground resistance fighters.
- Neuroscientist Marc Lewis explores a new scientific understanding of addiction.
- Writer Heather Havrilesky downloads an app for the end of the world.
John Pilger: “It was elected with a clear mandate – to get rid of the dreadful imposition of indebtedness. And it became a pleading supplicant to the big power brokers in Europe, and agreed to more indebtedness. And then it got worse.”
Journalist John Pilger surveys the aftermath of the Greek referendum / bailout agreement and finds a supplicant government that lost sight of class war, a global left mesmerized by the prospect of power, and a lesson for the future – reclaim sovereignty or live under imposed poverty.
John posted the article The problem of Greece is not only a tragedy. It is a lie. at his website.
John Pilger is a journalist and filmmaker.
Delphine Schrank: “The repression radicalized a whole population. The fact that every single element of society was politicized – the arts, agriculture, commerce – meant that every time you did something that was blatantly illegal, which most people had to do just to live their lives, you were in a way tripping into a form of resistance.”
Journalist Delphine Schrank profiles life and resistance under military rule in Burma, from the economic and moral crimes of the ruling junta, to the creativity and resourcefulness of the freedom fighters pushing for democracy.
Delphine is author of the new book The Rebel of Rangoon: A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma from Public Affairs Books.
Delphine Schrank is a reporter and editor.
Marc Lewis: “If you call it a disease, that means addicts are patients. If you’re a patient, you do what you’re told. You’re not an authority on your own life anymore. A really important factor in overcoming addiction is empowerment – getting yourself in hand, and recognizing that you’re responsible for your own behavior.”
Neuroscientist Marc Lewis challenges the disease model of understanding addiction – as well as the money-making industries propping it up – and proposes a new framework for understanding addiction based on neuroplasticity, psychology and personal development.
Marc is author of the new Public Affairs Books release The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease.
Marc Lewis is a developmental neuroscientist and professor of human development and applied psychology at Radboud University in the Netherlands.
Heather Havrilesky: “We’re so slow to act. The world is moving so quickly right now, but the tendency in our officials is to be 15 behind the times of any technological change. Obviously the public consciousness hasn’t caught up to this either.”
Writer Heather Havrilesky reads two books on the future of technology and flips ahead to an apocalyptic hellscape of drones, hackers, phone-sized computers that transmit personal information to giant corporations, and terms of service agreements that nobody bothers to read.
Heather wrote the article Apocalypse Soon in the latest issue of The Baffler.
Heather Havrilesky is a columnist for New York Magazine and Bookforum.
Jeff Dorchen:”Robotardation is the tendency of technological advances to inhibit, undermine, diminish or retard human abilities, rather than augment them. Robotardation is one way civilization can take one step forward and one-half, one, or even two steps bass-ackwards.”
Jeff Dorchen straddles the gulf between human potential and technological capacity, and gives it a name – robotardation. Population: cell phones, potato chip bags, video game players, non-cursive writers, unemployed artists, victims of mass extinctions, drone attacks and Fox News, and Stephen Hawking’s voice.
According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.