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Welcome to the desert of the real


The ultimate American paranoiac fantasy is that of an individual living in a small idyllic Californian city, a consumerist paradise, who suddenly starts to suspect that the world he lives in is a fake, a spectacle staged to convince him

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The World As I See It – An Essay by Albert Einstein


“How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving…

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There’s a 20% Chance we’re living in the Matrix


Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else ’s hobby. But if you accept his pretty reasonable assumption, the math and the logic are inexorable

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SLAVOJ ZIZEK’S THIRD WAY


The whole play of history and power is disrupted by this event, but so, too, are the conditions of analysis. You have to take your time. While events were stagnating, you had to anticipate and move more quickly than they did. But when they speed up this much, you have to…

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SLAVOJ ZIZEK: A CRITICAL INTRODUCTION


This is the fifth chapter of Ian Parker’s Slavoj Zizek: A Critical Introduction published by Pluto Press in London in March 2004. The first four chapters deal in detail with the formation and decomposition of Yugoslavia (Chapter 1), how Zizek articulates a…

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The Only Good Neighbour is a Dead Neighbour!


So much has already been written about the battle for Stalingrad, this battle is invested with many fantasies and symbolic meanings – when the German troops reached the Western bank…

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The Matrix, or, the Two Sides of Perversion


The Matrix, or, the Two Sides of Perversion By Slavoj Zizek When I saw The Matrix at a local theatre in Slovenia, I had the unique opportunity of sitting close to the ideal spectator of the film – namely, to

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