Slowly we are trying to get back to a new normal – here is my attempt. I have put together a few video clips that I have been working with this year. They begin with Mandelbrot’s fractals the the math underlying Nassim Taleb’s book Black Swan. Then we relive election night with SNL and move into Sam Harris’s dismantling of Donald Trump on why he won the election, which is followed by his take on what the Democratic Left missed – not only what they missed but what the media missed. Then Jordan Peterson discusses tolerance and the potential facing the U.S. This is followed by David Harvey outlining a crisis of capitalism. Then Adam Curtis on Trump’s HyperNormalisation is a short clip from his full movie, which is followed by an Adam Curtis Interview – 16/10/2016 on his movie, which in turn speaks directly to the Americans now marching in the our streets looking for a new way forward. Then we have a blackboard presentation by Leo on how fractals work which is followed by Benoit Mandelbrot’s TED talk on fractals and the art of roughness. Following this is Nassim Taleb in conversation with David Cameron, which we could imagine it being with Donald Trump. Taleb then delivers a commencement speech at American University of Beirut 2016, sounding in places like Donald Trump. My next Blog post is Black Swan Trump.
Mandelbrot Ultra Hard zoom. 250 000 000 iterations
SNL – Saturday Night Live – November 12, 2016
Sam Harris – President Trump and the Failure of the Left
Tolerance as a vice | Jordan B. Peterson | Walrus Talks
Potential: Jordan Peterson at TEDxUofT
RSA ANIMATE: Crises of Capitalism
Hyper Normalisation wades through the culmination of forces that have driven this culture into mass uncertainty, confusion, spectacle and simulation. Where events keep happening that seem crazy, inexplicable and out of control—from Donald Trump to Brexit, to the War in Syria, mass immigration, extreme disparity in wealth, and increasing bomb attacks in the West—this film shows a basis to not only why these chaotic events are happening, but also why we, as well as those in power, may not understand them. We have retreated into a simplified, and often completely fake version of the world. And because it is reflected all around us, ubiquitous, we accept it as normal. This epic narrative of how we got here spans over 40 years, with an extraordinary cast of characters—the Assad dynasty, Donald Trump, Henry Kissinger, Patti Smith, early performance artists in New York, President Putin, Japanese gangsters, suicide bombers, Colonel Gaddafi and the Internet. HyperNormalisation weaves these historical narratives back together to show how today’s fake and hollow world was created and is sustained. This shows that a new kind of resistance must be imagined and actioned, as well as an unprecedented reawakening in a time where it matters like never before.
Trump’s HyperNormalisation by Adam Curtis
Adam Curtis Interview – 16/10/2016 (New film: HyperNormalisation)
How Do Fractals Work? : Advanced Math
Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness
David Cameron in conversation with Nassim Taleb
Taleb Delivers Commencement Speech at American University of Beirut 2016
“It’s the only way we all get laid!”