Monthly Archives: April 2017

Love as Passion

These a few notes and reflections on the early chapters of Luhmann’s Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy (English translation, 1986). Marriage based on love, or the love marriage, evolved to solve a particular social problem. It isn’t just … Continue reading

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Duties & Rights

This post attempts to continue the global brain research. Under stratified social order, duties are far more important than rights. In stratified society, duties come along with social strata, as the nobility were obligated to protect the peasants, among other duties. Noblesse … Continue reading

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Coding/programming & form/content

Levi at Larval Subjects wrote: I once knew a person who had been raised as a rightwing Christian fundamentalist, a real true believer, and that then became a Marxist atheist in college. The curious thing was that while the content … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences, continued

Here is an interesting case of unintended consequences. In the US, illegal immigrants may file federal tax returns. Apparently about 4.5 million undocumented immigrants do so. There is an obvious incentive to file: a chance to get a refund. Johnson … Continue reading

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Politics, War, and Law

This research thread is related to the recently published article on “Futures of a distributed memory: A global brain wave measurement (1800–2000)“. Consider these two Google Books ngrams, which represent the top words associated with the political system and the … Continue reading

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Futures of a distributed memory. A global brain wave measurement (1800–2000)

As Steffen Roth, the lead author, noted on Facebook, the final version of this article with full bibliographic details is now available online and for free on ScienceDirect: (official link expires May 27, 2017; see thereafter).

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Some tentative, half-formed thoughts . . . As Hans-Georg Moeller writes in The Radical Luhmann, Luhmann addressed the ancient mind/body problem by posing a triad–social system-psychic system-biological system (or society-mind-body). These are different kinds of autopoietic systems, and each is the … Continue reading

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