Society

Humans have largely accepted that humans cannot avoid nature’s social laws – survival of the fittest, greed, selfishness etc – while at the same time claiming that humans have overcome nature’s physical laws such that with our technology we can overcome anything that nature throws at us. Yet this is backwards: our brain allows us to overcome the primitive social constructs that nature has provided which in turn allows us to collaborate on global scales, but we are bound by the natural physical laws for they are just that – laws of physics.

Society is Ridiculous

Graham: What You Can’t Say
Graham: Stuff
Images that ridicule modern society
Powerful social adverts

Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV series): Mocks basic social situations

 Dystopian Futures

Title: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Link Notes Type Book


Length ~320 pages
Complexity Beginner
Author George Orwell
Description: The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war,omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or Ingsoc in the government’s invented language, Newspeak) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite, that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as ‘thoughtcrime’.
Title: Brave New World Revisited
Link Type Essay

Length Medium
Complexity Beginner
Author Aldous Huxley
Description: The novel ‘Brave New World’ is set in London of AD 2540; it anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that combine profoundly to change society. Huxley answered this book with a reassessment in an essay, Brave New World Revisited (1958), and with Island (1962), his final novel.
Brave New World Film

The Zeitgeist Movement – Peter Joseph

Zeitgeist 2: Addendum – Part I covers the process of fractional-reserve banking as illustrated in Modern Money Mechanics, by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The film suggests that society is manipulated into economic slavery through debt-based monetary policies by requiring individuals to submit for employment in order to pay off their debt.
Part II has an interview with John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, who says he was involved in the subjugation of Latin American economies by multinational corporations and the United States government, including involvement in the overthrow of Latin American heads-of-state.
Part III introduces futurist Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project and asserts a need to move away from current socioeconomic paradigms. Fresco states that capitalism perpetuates the conditions it claims to address, as problems are only solved if there is money to be made. The film looks at Fresco’s proposal of a resource-based economy, which puts environmental friendliness, sustainability and abundance as fundamental societal goals.
Part IV suggests that the primary reason for what the film sees as society’s social values is a collective ignorance of “the emergent and symbiotic aspects of natural law”.
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward – Part I: Human Nature
Human behavior and the nature vs. nurture debate is discussed, which Robert Sapolsky refers to as a “false dichotomy.”
Part II: Social Pathology
John Locke and Adam Smith are discussed in regard to modern economics. The film critically questions the economic need for private property, money, and the inherent inequality between agents in the system. Also seen critically is the need for cyclical consumption in order to maintain market share, resulting in wasted resources and planned obsolescence.
Part III: Project Earth
As with Zeitgeist: Addendum, the film presents a “resource-based economy” as advocated by Jacque Fresco discussing how human civilization could start from a new beginning in relation to resource types, locations, quantities, to satisfy human demands; track the consumption and depletion of resources to regulate human demands and maintain the condition of the environment.
Part IV: Rise
The current worldwide situation is described as disastrous. A case is presented that pollution, deforestation, climate change, overpopulation, and warfare are all created and perpetuated by the socioeconomic system.

Wealth Illusion, Structural Violence & Hope for Survival (video)
Economic Calculation in Natural Law (video)

Defining Peace (video)

The Venus Project – Jacque Fresco

This shit’s got to go (video)
What the future holds (video)
Technology and Unemployment (video)
Interview (video)
Stockholm Lecture (video)
London Lecture (video)
Paradise or Oblivion (video)
The Choice is Ours (video)

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