The Semantic Apocalypse

Interesting series of essays from a conference on “The End of the World As We Know It: Neuroscience and the Semantic Apocalypse”. With Scott Bakker, Nick Srnicek, Ali McMillan and others…

Speculative Heresy

Last week, I was privileged to be a respondent to a lecture entitled “The End of the World As We Know It: Neuroscience and the Semantic Apocalypse”. (Held at Canada’s premier interdisciplinary department: The University of Western Ontario’s Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism.) Thanks to the lecturer, Scott Bakker, and the other respondent, Ali McMillan, I’m happy to post the entire lecture here as well as the responses.


Scott’s lecture aimed to provoke high-minded critical theorists out of their self-contentment, arguing that the results of neuroscience have far more radical implications for philosophy, the subject, and meaning than any poststructuralist critique. As the author of a recent fictional psychothriller (Neuropath) – about which Metzinger has said, “This book has emotionally hurt and disturbed me in a way none have done in many years. You should think twice before reading this – there could be…

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One thought on “The Semantic Apocalypse

  1. I guess I’m still clinging to the fact that we’re more than just meat puppets with 3 pound brains. If conventional wisdom dictates that we’re nothing more than biochemical processes; then, the pharmaceutical industry will find more psycho drugs to alter our brain chemistry and lobotomies might become vogue again and make it that much easier to argue that we’re expendable and commodifiable creatures. Great news for certain industries! Long live Godel and his incompleteness theorems! There’s always something just lurking behind mankind’s latest theories…


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