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There is an experiment called Prisoner’s Dilemma Game, and if you have to learn one thing form it, this is:

Absurd situations lead to absurd behaviour.

Explanation: The game is one interaction between two players that choose either «cooperate» or «exploit». Both cooperate, both win big. Both exploit, both are screwed. But if just one exploits, he wins big and the guy gets even more screwed. It is a dilemma because you always want cooperate-cooperate, but if you know the other guy is exploiting, you’re better off exploiting too, but if you know he is cooperating, you are also better off exploiting, so you always get the worst outcome possible.

But another, different take on the thing, is that some situations are just outright completely screwed. There are some games that are unwinnable. If you put someone in a game like this, you have no idea what he will do.

The Wire has a tremendous scene where the bad boys at school get rounded up and put on a room just for themselves, and a teacher and a psych try to get to them. And the kids just don’t say anything. When they do speak it is just to comply to the expectation of speech, but there is no meaning. It is scary.


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That individuality in complex societies is not anti-group, but actually simultaneous coexistence of diverse groups, and that the diminishing diversity of groups leaves previously “individualistic individuals” in a dangerous position.

There is a narrative in wich the difference between East and West is that the later is individualistic and the former is collectivist. Curiously, the whole individualism thing does not explain much except in the West, in the sense that no one really thinks of the group to be collectivist, it is not really an issue, it’s just how things are, and this commonsense way of doing things gives weight to the social because the group is more long-lasting.

One hypothesis: That Individualism is not really opposed to Collectivism but in addition to, what Derrida would call suplementar. Furthermore, that it is a consequence of the complexification of society. Read More »

O problema das “Políticas Identitárias” é que os defensores disso agem como se todo mundo fosse obrigado a se importar com as questões que eles se importam.

Um tal de Mike Rugnetta do Iultubiu coloca a questão de uma forma ótima pra criticar (note-se que a tradução é minha):

Se alguma obra envolve pessoas, que necessariamente possuem identidades, mesmo que sejam pessoas ficcionais, essa obra contém Políticas Identitárias.

Mas dizer que “pessoas necessariamente têm identidade” é meio sacana, e acho que é importante esclarecer como exatamente é sacana. Read More »

Part of the problem with “Identity Politics” is that its proponents treat it as if everyone had to necessarily care about the issues they like.

Mike Rugnetta of PBS Idea Channel puts it in a very easy to criticise way:

If a piece of media involves people, who necessarily possess identities, even if they’re fictional, then it has Identity Politics.

Saying that people “necessarily possess identities” is kind of weasel-wording, i’d like to go a little into how exactly it is misleading. Read More »