NYC
2019
Event Type: 
Panel
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Reading List: 
Networkologies: A Philosophy of Networks for a Hyperconnected Age - A Manifesto, by Christopher Vitale; Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World, by Timothy Morton; The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limit
Description/Abstract of your Event: 
A proper material analysis of the world requires constant engagement with developments in science and philosophy. This panel hopes to explore the ideas how complexity science, evolution, computation, sync, and similar scientific and philosophical insights might inform today's left politics. The presentation will start with a discussion of basic principles of complexity theory such as linear vs non-linear systems, replication, feedback, emergent behavior, and sync. Within this framework we will look at some example phenomena in today's political discourse such as individual and systemic racism, third party politics, comparative revolutionary processes, and how complex systems inform debt unionization.

Participants

Abi Hassen (he) is a criminal defense attorney, technologist, and co-founder of the Black Movement-Law Project. He was formerly the Mass Defense Coordinator at the National Lawyers Guild and a union and community organizer. Mr. Hassen has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from The... Read more
Isaac Overcast (he/him) is a biologist with a background in computer science and mathematics. He is interested in understanding how ecological communities are assembled and whether there are universal laws that govern community assembly across spatial, temporal, and taxonomic scales. He... Read more
Christopher Vitale is the author of Networkologies, a groundbreaking text that develops an entire new philosophy based upon networks. While many contemporary texts on networks have presented critiques or analyses of network formations in our world, his book is the first to develop an entirely new... Read more