Whiteness as Incorporeal Hereditament

“from the vantage point of the everyday relations of slavery, enjoyment, broadly speaking, defined the parameters of racial relations, since in practice all whites were allowed a great degree of latitude in regard to uses of the enslaved… Black’s Law Dictionary defines the term ‘enjoy’ as ‘to have, possess, and use with satisfaction; to occupy […]

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Thinking Cities

The following is an excerpt from my ‘Thinking Cities’ Project ~~~ The Thinking, Conscious City “if something is built very differently to us, then however human-like its behaviour, its consciousness might be very different to ours” ~ Murray Shanahan Consciousness and cognition, self-awareness and thought. We associate such concepts with human beings (see: Antonio Damasio, […]

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Whistleblower protection legislation in Canada: Is it effective?

What is whistleblowing, who is a whistleblower and why should society protect them? The famous U.S. cases of Chelsea Manning and Daniel Ellsberg have fragmented public opinion. Both ‘spoke up’ when they saw wrongdoing that affected the public interest and helped expose serious misconduct, incompetence and corruption. Both were employed by the U.S. military and […]

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A philosophy of dust

“Dust is a ledger of past existence: dead skin cells and plant pollen, hair and paper fibers. Dust is also an ephemeral gathering place for dust mites and fungi. It is at once a random community of what has been and what is yet to be, and a figure of dispersion: a loose assemblage that […]

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