London UK Sport & Social
Cover Interview of April 29, 2010
All life forms are interconnected. We share our DNA with chimps (98%) but also with daffodils (35%). We drive cars that burn crushed dinosaurs. The oxygen we breathe is the excretion of the most ancient bacteria. We humans hardly allow ourselves to know the half of this. We are even less clear on what it all means.Global warming and mass extinction (the sixth one to hit this planet) are happening around us, and we are directly responsible for both. Humans are currently on a very, very steep learning curve about how interconnected everything is—about how our actions affect every other life form on this planet. It’s a very disorienting time.With great crises comes great opportunity, and one great opportunity is to reflect, to hesitate, to stay stuck in the headlights of an oncoming train, open our minds, and think. The name of the oncoming train is the ecological thought.We can only catch glimpses of the ecological thought from where we are. But its disturbing presence is all around us, like a shadow looming from the future over our time. Think of all those conversations you can’t have anymore about the weather with just any old stranger. One of you, at least, is thinking about global warming. So your conversation trails off into an awkward silence, or one of you brings it up. The familiar coordinates of our world are dissolving.Before the opening snaps closed again and we find ourselves caught in another historical pattern, it would be good for us to see just how open the ecological thought can make us.One disturbing conclusion we can already draw is that the concept “nature” has had its day and no longer serves us well. The main reason is that nature is a kind of backdrop—and we are living in a world where the backdrop has dissolved: it’s all in the foreground now. When we replace nature with the ecological thought, we discover a much stranger, more intimate, more jaw-dropping world.The wide angle
Since I was quite little I wanted to be a biologist; then I wanted to study ecology. I grew up in the UK and I saw David Attenborough’s Life on Earth series. I got the book—I must have been about ten years old. Somehow Harvard University Press telepathically echoed the little green tree frog on the cover for the cover of The Ecological Thought.Ecology was the new progressive kid on the block in the 1970s and in semi-socialist London there was an amazing ecology exhibition at the Natural History Museum, which has since sold out to big oil. But in those days it was amazing. In another part of the Museum was the new human biology exhibit (still up and running pretty much in the same form), and the combination of intimacy and strangeness about these two new exciting exhibitions left a big impression on my mind.During my university years (1989–1992) I started writing about vegetarianism and poetry—Percy Shelley mostly (Shelley and the Revolution in Taste). This was quite naturally an ecological theme. While I was doing it, “Romantic ecology” started happening: Jonathan Bate gave a very influential talk at a conference I went to and all of a sudden this new field opened up. I wasn’t quite sure how to relate to it, so I kept on thinking about food, which is ecological anyway. I wrote a book on spice (The Poetics of Spice), which argues that the first “global awareness” poetry wasn’t hippie-ish at all, it was sort of capitalist advertising language, kind of Archer Daniels Midland stuff you can find in Milton and all those early commercial capitalist era poets.So I slowly started thinking about how to write about ecology, because I thought it was incredibly important but I didn’t buy into how people often write about it. It took a long time to figure out what I really wanted to say—about ten years. In the end I wrote Ecology without Nature in about five weeks! By that time I’d figured out what the title basically tells you: being ecological means, at some point, dropping the concept of nature. That book really surprised me, even while I was writing it.Various people became quite interested in the idea of ecology without nature, and I realized that there was another book project, which explains what kind of thinking process is thinking ecology without nature—the ecological thought. So The Ecological Thought is the prequel, if you like, hopefully not in the Star Wars sense.I poured everything I could think of into The Ecological Thought. A whole lot of it is about Darwin. The book uses Darwin’s original texts, plus a lot of neo-Darwinism, Richard Dawkins and so on. I thought it would be fun to have the most seemingly empiricist, reductionist, conservative and narrowly utilitarian (to some eyes) views, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jacques Derrida, and basically saying the same thing. Most progressive-type writing on evolution doesn’t engage with that stuff or it slams it. I think you shouldn’t be afraid of it. Pretty sad how some humanists think that science is all about some kind of hardcore essence; in fact it’s quite the opposite.I’m a deconstructor, sort of—at least I’ve been called one—so you’ll see Derrida’s spirit throughout this book. But honestly the book is written pretty much in the same style I’m using right now. There are no abstruse jargon filled parts—well there are, I can’t help it, but mostly they’re in the footnotes. The Ecological Thought is a lot easier to read than Ecology without Nature but I think it’s more profound. Derrida is a very moving writer, really. Once you get used to him, you see he’s writing about incredibly personal things, like death. And he’s so not a nihilist—don’t believe anyone who says he’s all about “nothing means anything.” He’s much more like Buckaroo Banzai, that 80s cult film hero: “Wherever you go, there you are.”I’m also a meditator (Buckaroo again), and I believe that we need more contemplation on this planet. The immense suffering of life forms in the world we’re heating up (one of those life forms is us) should cause anyone with a nervous system to reflect quite seriously on what it all means. Meditation doesn’t mean disappearing up your metaphysical backside into some realm of bliss. It means becoming painfully aware of your entanglement with all other life forms, an entanglement you can’t just peel away from your existence: you’ve got them under your skin—they are your skin. Think of your mitochondria, the energy cells within your cells. They’re bacteria with their own genome, symbiotically wedded to you. Plants are green because of chloroplasts, another form of symbiotic bacterial life.There’s a lot of art and literature and music in the book. I’m trained as a literary analyst, so obviously art gets in. But I also agree with Shelley that art has a utopian energy in it, and it’s our job to find out what that is and experience it, maybe harness it. So at points where the philosophy needs it, some of the thinking is done through music and poems and movies, like Blade Runner, Solaris, AI and so on.Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy is in it. Wordsworth is in it. The Romantics figured a lot of things out, but not quite in the way that “Romantic ecology” thinks. Funnily enough, it’s the Romantics’ love of irony that I see as most helpful for the ecological thought, not their supposed fondness for big mountains. Remember, if we’re all intimate with all other life forms, there’s a lot of strangeness there. Think about your long-term partner if you have one. When you wake up next to him or her, doesn’t s/he seem like the strangest person in the world? (Paging Freud…)A close-up
If I were yelling at someone from a fast moving train and had only one chance to say one thing about my book before they went out of earshot, I suppose it would be the stuff at the end. The concepts that lead up to this point are interesting, of course—“the mesh,” which is what I call ecological entanglement, and the “strange stranger,” which is how I think about life forms.But the real juice of the book would have to be the writing about how important it is to create a politics and an ethics based on non-self.We modern humans have given rise to the most terrifying things like global warming and plutonium—I call them hyperobjects. These monsters massively outlive us and vastly extend beyond our personal backyard to encircle the entire Earth. There is no way you can think of them without your mind opening up. Plutonium has a half-life of 24,100 years. That means we have a 24,100-year responsibility to the future. However you think of it, everyone, anyone you meaningfully care about as connected to so-called “you” will be long gone by then—will there even be humans? Twenty-four thousand years is twice as long as all of recorded human history thus far.Likewise global warming is mind-bending. Unlike snow, you can’t see it or touch it; this gives global warming deniers a foot in the door. But the kicker is, it’s much more real, in a very precise sense, than a snow shower. It’s the snowfall that becomes the abstraction! Weather is an abstract subset of climate. It’s just what you think you can feel falling on your head in a certain time at a certain place. This is why the fiercest battles are fought over global warming right now. Right wingers know that if they give this idea a sliver of a chance, they literally don’t have a leg to stand on. Because reality isn’t hardwired their way. It’s a whole, dynamic process in which we are all implicated and for which we all have responsibility. Who cares whether we caused global warming or not? If you can understand what it is, you have a responsibility to fix it. It’s like seeing a small girl about to be hit by a truck. Saying “Well she’s not my daughter, why should I care?” would clearly be wrong. You just jump into the street and save her.Lastly
We urgently need to formulate reasons for doing things that aren’t based on concepts of self, because even if we modify those concepts to include as many others as possible, we’ll always leave someone out. And gamma rays don’t leave anyone out—hyperobjects are pretty inclusive beasts. Our philosophy has to be at least as inclusive as they are to stand a chance of dealing with them.I think the whole project of The Ecological Thought itself is a kind of “lastly” type of a project. If you don’t think that there’s something very wrong with Earth and with our ways of thinking about our place on Earth, then—well you just proved that there is truly something wrong!
© 2010 Timothy Mortonsubmitted by /u/alex-avatar to r/uncertainty
Pretty desperate for a job in London, finding it tough going so far. Any tips at all would be really appreciated.
Looking for stuff in law, crime & policy, government policy, NGO's but tbh will take anything
LLB - Law and Business, Trinity College Dublin (1.1) & MSc Criminology & Crim Justice, Uni of Oxford (1.1)submitted by /u/CatertheColinpillar to r/JobFair
Managed to grab some tickets for me and my old man to see the Man Utd game. I've only ever been to the boleyn, so I'm a bit worried about the view given everyone seems to hate the London Stadium.
We'll be in a mid-pitch block which is good, but row 37. Will we get a decent view or are these still nose bleed seats given how far away the pitch is?
(P.S. I'm lucky to be able to afford them, but it's ridiculous how extortionate our prices are.)submitted by /u/hazzrs to r/Hammers
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I found the the oldest ones, the piccadilly and bakerloo lines are getting replaced, later on in the late 2030s the central line will get other trains, but what about the Northern and Jubilee lines? Will they get new trains?submitted by /u/Comfortable-Table-57 to r/london
I'm an American of Irish-Catholic origin born in a middle-class suburb of a drab Midwestern state & there is nothing unusual about me except my parents went overseas to work at age 10 so I went from the Midwest to this
EARLY CORE IDENTITY ISSUE
When we moved to Dakar, Senegal when I was 10 there was some degree of psychic trauma: different culture, local poverty, the huge leap from a Midwest suburb to the dusty roads of West Africa.
- Up to the age of 10 in Africa I had a personality.
- Once we moved overseas I began imitating others around: the words they said, their mannerisms. I also began imitating characters from motion pictures which suited the situation. For example, I found a juvenile character in a Stephen King film called SALEMS LOT played by actor Lance Kerwin & began to repeat his dialogue & mannerisms & reactions from the film in real life. I even arranged my room like this charatcer.
- In effect, Sean Molloy (My real name) no longer existed. I had been "myself" up to the age of 10 & then who I was disappeared. I became a collection of mannerisms & behavior parroted or mimicked from others.
- By the time we returned to my hometown after a year in Africa this lack of a personality was in full-effect. I would just skip from imitating character/person to character/person. I collected & assumed personalities like others choose a coat for the weather of a particular day.
After Dakar we returned to the USA for a 2 years & my father enrolled me in a private Catholic school-mostly Americans of Irish Catholic origin-and I was bullied rather badly for being "weird" or "different".
One particular gym class I was beaten up bloody & the PE teacher was involved.
My father came home one day when I was 12 & informed us we were moving to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 5 years.
- I was glad to leave my Midwest birthplace city because in International Schools overseas everyone was different...there was no bullying or cliques in schools with 50 different nationalities.
- I also learned a disturbing lesson: if you are a transient or move away from somewhere, you don't have to have any responsibility. Things get rough, you leave. You have a conflict, you leave. By the age of 12 I could walk out of any country/society in 5 seconds without feeling a thing.
- My last day of school at this Catholic School & the week following I played malicious pranks to "get even" at the bullies such as ordering pizzas to the bully's house or making prank calls.
- This last disturbing trait of giving up on a place, moving & then behaving maliciously hours previous to leaving when I knew there would be no recriminations stayed with me.
- When we moved to the UAE & I enrolled in a new International School I adopted a new "mask" or role. This was imitated (All my roles or masks are imitated) from a touch "cool" African-American at my Catholic school on a scholarship. International Schools do not have the cliques or bullying or violence of US public schools anyhow: the students privileged for the most part.
- I began abusing substances young. At 14, I began experimenting with cigarettes. I enjoyed sneaking cigarettes behind adults backs. Also at age 14 I began drinking. I was unable to obtain drugs in the UAE but by 17 I was drinking in bars.
- More than alcohol or other substances, I seemed reliant on nicotine/tobacco. It had a stabilizing effect on my personality that I cannot explain.
- My parents always worked so I roamed the streets alone in the Middle East.
- I had no girlfriends & became obsessed with pornography very early in adolescence.
- My lack of identity continued. I would find an actor who physically resembled me & then imitate his dialogue or mannerisms. Nobody questioned this in an International School with 100 different nationalities.
- I kept most of this hidden although one American teacher at my International School was concerned: my parents were too busy to conference with this teacher.
- Upon graduating from high school I went to work for the US Embassy aged 18.
- I returned to the USA at age 19. I thought other freshmen students were very immature. At the age 19, for example, I had been traveling Europe alone & drinking in pubs in the UK & all of the sudden I was around local Midwest kids who had not traveled.
- Once again, like Catholic school so many years earlier, I was regarded as odd. Instead of playground bullying I was "hazed" in campus dorm fashion.
- I adopted a new "role" which was that of the hippie-stoner pothead (Common on campus in the 90's)
- I grew my hair & beard out & began smoking a great deal of marijuana but I was careful not to use hard drugs. I imitated Sean Penn from FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH. The stoner act was an easy one: oblivious, easygoing, disarming to others...and appropriate to the age range.
- More disturbing was that for the first time in my life I was the victim of urban crime in my gritty Midwest city college...so I transferred to a bucolic state college in 1993 aged 19 years old.
- The summer of 1993 I turned 20 & visited Amsterdam & thus began a 20 year clandestine career of using prostitutes.
- I transferred to a state college in a rural part of the state. I disliked the local "hicks" & some of the hicks really detested me with pure Trumpenprole hate-they did not know I was Third Culture Kid but sensed I was urban & spoiled. I just could not get a long with hicks or rednecks...at all.
- When I lived off campus I was involved in a lawsuit with a hickish student of the college from a small rural town & I told him "I don't care about you or this college or this state & if you sue me I'll simply move to Europe & transfer to the American college of Swizerland.
- Some of my professors at the college truly disliked me-I don't know what they sensed about me.
- I became involved in the small-time sale of marijuana on campus: I was careful not to get caught or carry to large an amount as I did not want an arrest record. But I was punished for possession of marijuana once.
- I attended the state college for four years & then abruptly dropped out my junior year because I was disgusted with the Midwest.
- During the years that i was at the college I would spend my summers flying to London, Europe & the Middle East. I would take frequent trips to Amsterdam to get high & pay for prostitutes & have flings in youth hostels. I also frequented sex shows in SOHO London. My friends at college knew nothing about my summer activities but some remarked I seemed "old". I was doing this all by the age of 23, of course.
ESCAPING THE USA UNDERBELLY
- I moved to Phoenix, AZ. With limited earning power I was living with the unfettered white urban underclass. So-called white trash or rednecks. You could not call them "trailer trash" because this was urban Pho0enix.
- I hated the lower class USA white. The meth addict tweakers, the pedophiles, the swaggering rednecks, the whiggers, the feral juvenile delinquent children of single mothers.
- Unlike the college kids of the Upper Midwest, I was afraid I would be physically damaged so I desperately imitated a character from a horror film called EATEN ALIVE from the director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I imitated the lead actor Neville Brand, whose mixture of toughness & daring was charismatic. It kept me out of fights with rednecks, whose violence scared me. I once saw a meth-addled robbery outside a gas station.
- I also had a far more serious problem with "Cholo" members of a Mexican-American gang near my condominium in a barrio called Guadalupe near my Tempe condo. Two of these gang members were fresh out of prison & menaced me at a bus stop. They might have injured me or worse. I might have been in a fight for my life. The bus saved me.
- As a result of this incident with Cholos I've never returned to the Southwest USA & avoided Latin America my entire life.
- My parents still lived in the UAE & I called a Norwegian friend from the International School. He helped me get a job.
- My last month in Phoenix, things got worse & worse. I witnessed a gas station robbery. I was detained by aggressive, hostile police. A Mexican meth dealer hung around the halls of my condominium who scared me.
- I "lost the act" of the an easy going stoner. I cut my hair, bought new clothes & stopped smoking marijuana. I had one last exchange with an abrasive whigger named Zach who was Polish American but acted like a 40 year old black pimp. He was at our apartment complex wrapping & I sneered at him & he shouted "Oh, ignore Zack, Zach is just a piece of trash!" I could not hide my contempt for less-educated or poorer blue collar whites of 1999 Phoenix & sneered openly.
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS IN REVERSE
- I was relieved to leave the USA & return to the United Arab Emirates. The day I "escaped" to LAX & flew back to Heathrow was sweet freedom (Of course I visited Amsterdam & SOHO again).
- I failed to take of a few minor legal obligations in the USA (Jury duty & traffic tickets) & never paid them. I've now lived overseas for 22 years.
What do you think?
What is my psychological problem?submitted by /u/Active-Neat-5511 to r/askatherapist
Background: I have a master’s degree in Physics from University of London and plan on applying to graduate Medical Physics programs in the US for fall 2022 Question: Is it fairly possible to get residencies and jobs as medical physicists in the US through visa sponsorships? Anyone who has had to go through the work visa/green card process, could you please share your experience. I want to be informed of what it takes to establish a career in the US as an Indian after a Masters degree from a Campep accredited school.
Thanks in advance!submitted by /u/sriracha_97 to r/MedicalPhysics
Birthday treat…rented a Jaguar F-Type convertible for a day. Starting in London on a Sunday morning at 7 AM…where should I go? Much of Cheddar Gorge is closed (Gough’s Cave, etc.)…still worth a drive? Where after that?
I could splurge and extend the car to the next day, too.submitted by /u/hamish_macbeth_pc to r/AskUK
For all countries. It gave me some examples:• U.S. address: 123 ABC Street, White Plains • Canadian address: 123 ABC Street, Newmarket • UK address: 123 ABC Street, Greenwich, London
But when I try searching for them on this list
They don't appear on there so that's confusing me even more :/submitted by /u/backtickbot to r/backtickbot
Just seen in the handbook for 2021-2022 that London only has North and South deaneries? Am worried this will make south London more competitive. Also anyone been able to find out have jobs are being allocated in the north deanery?
For context Im third decile but have not intercalated/ published. I expect to get around 81 points so north london is a push anyway but South Thames seemed achievable.submitted by /u/cfergiec to r/JuniorDoctorsUK
We are moving back to UK after a year living in Denmark. The problem is since we left UK there is no income there, so actually no history, references for that period. However I got excellent credit score and over £50k savings just on my british account.. also as self employed worker already have lot job offer so money is not an issue at all. We want move together with friends. 2 couple and a women. We lived together 5-6yrs in London.. two of them living in London. What are our chances getting a 4 bed house together?submitted by /u/Fury877 to r/renting
Due to Nicola Sturgeon having Privy Council status she does get an invite to attend & stay at Balmoral.
The question is though should she do so this year?
With Prince Andrew hiding out there at Balmoral?!
I am concerned that some London paparazzi would be able to get a shot of First Minister Sturgeon in the same space/room as Prince Andrew. The optics for such a shot would be horrific.submitted by /u/fluffykintail to r/Scotland