Brains, Biohacking and Social Apartheid – Interview With Nathan Wiley
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We often think of graduate school as a place for critical thinking. This interview with Nathan Wiley suggests that there is a lot more going on than what you would expect.
Nathan, is a former graduate student at the Centre For The Study of Theory and Criticism, Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. He decided to leave Western due to the lack of critical thought. He likes to quip that the “Centre is all theory but no criticism.” There is no traction he says on the “here and now.”
A self-declared outsider and nomad, Nathan travelled the world and studied abroad. Being adventurous he decided to go to Western because he had not studied in Canada before and because it was relatively close to family in Pennsylvania, USA. While he thoroughly enjoyed his international peer group, he found the program dysfunctional. The ability for open ended debate was limited.
Given the pandemic experience over the last several years he thought it would be appropriate to conduct a critique of the experience. Unfortunately, the faculty was not engaged with his proposed research.
Nathan sees the unconscious as a battlefield. There are powerful forces at play in cognitive warfare and social apartheid. An example of this warfare is the COVID-19 crisis. There are competing interests vying for dominance. Governments, corporations, and military have the interests, means and knowledge to exploit the human unconscious for their own benefit. Crowd formation and mechanisms are exploitable. Crowds are highly suggestable, irritable, and subject to panic. If you can learn how to trigger panic in a crowd, then you can render them more susceptible to your propaganda campaign. Further, for some such as militaries, it is important to build cohesion among crowds.
The conversation continues on to consider the cultural and ideological framework we are currently living in while there is bio-digital convergence and emerging industries that are ushering in, what people like Schwab call, the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What will this mean for freedom going forward? Terms like “data colonialism” and “digital dictatorship” are terms that we will get use to using.
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