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Emma Stamm
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Our conversation explores the relationship between data capitalism & consciousness, using psychedelic science as a way of illuminating those aspects of consciousness that cannot be rendered via data’s language. We also discuss:

  • How psychedelics provide an “empirical refutation of digital positivism”
  • Whether consciousness exists on a spectrum from ‘less to more’
  • What data capitalism is, what psychopower is, and how this new paradigm…


This was my presentation for SPT2021, the biennial meetings of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. See here for the abstract; note that the talk doesn’t follow the particular sequence of ideas in the same order.

A few things I didn’t mention in the talk: first, the data-image effectively reverses the theory of thought Deleuze lays out in Difference and Repetition. In his words: “the theory of thought is like painting: it needs that revolution which took art from representation to abstraction. This is the aim of a theory of thought without image.” By contrast, the data-image figures thought…


Fantômas, “Delìrium Còrdia”


The Sugarcubes, “Mama”


The Goats, “Tricks of the Shade”


Charming Hostess, “Elenke”


Venetian Snares, “Hiszékeny”


Al DiMeola, “The Wizard”


Sunset Rubdown, ‘I’m Sorry I Sang On Your Hands That Must Have Been In The Grace”

Emma Stamm

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