This is the first post on the Complex Processes Research blog. The goal of this blog is simply for myself (and others if they like) to engage with the ideas and arguments put forth at the CPRG weekly meetings.
Unfortunately I went to Arran Gare's inaugural talk but missed a couple of others, and my talk was last week. So we start this blog with this afternoon's talk:
SPEAKER: Peter Brace
TOPIC: Altered Carbon versus Altered States: Disruption in Defence of an Ecological Civilisation
TIME: 12.30pm, 9th May
If we are going to be successful in, as our theme for the CPRG this semester demands, ‘Overcoming the Neoliberal Assault on the Environment,’ then we would do well to imagine the results of a total victory for the forces of neoliberalism. A consideration of the outcomes that are articulated in the dystopian narrative from the Netflix television series “Altered Carbon” may strengthen us to continue our resistance. And an understanding of the roles of altered states of consciousness in disrupting entrenched and dysfunctional ways of thinking may give us hope for a self-correction to humanity’s current disastrous course.
From their role in evolution to their contribution to the development of Western philosophy, we examine some of these altered states at various levels of abstraction through the lenses of neurophysiology, psychology and, of course, philosophy. The induction of these altered states in a therapeutic setting is already showing great promise for the treatment of certain intractable mental illnesses, but could a broader understanding of their effects help us to form another line of defence against neoliberalism’s assault? We call for greater recognition of their positive potential and encourage a cautious approach to further interdisciplinary study.