Surprise

Humanity is not made of creatures in the process of redeeming themselves, but of wills in the process of emancipating themselves. — Jean-Francois Lyotard, The Differend, p 160 The micro-fascisms that feed our sense of security — existential and social — operate by way of a judgement: am I worthy of my self in its […]

Disgust and challenges

In the most recent Stargate Atlantis episode “Missing” S03E07 there is an interesting scene that captures the relation between positive and negative affects, passive and active affections (capability), and the capacity to translate the contigency of a problem into that of a challenge. The plot, very briefly, involves a visit to New Athos by Teyla […]