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Finale of Lou Keep’s nihilism sequence. Meaning and purpose in life, modern anomie. Society moving from metis to episteme (from Seeing Like a State, procedural know-how and implicit tradition versus declarative knowledge you write down in and learn from books) as a source of disaffection but also unavoidable, going back to premodern subsistence farming isn’t much of an option. Metis as a source of autonomy and self-determination as well as life-meaning, power relations and disempowerment in modern society. Metis as a source of collective knowledge that makes individual IQ less important, sudden societal change makes IQ differences much, much more important when suddenly everybody has to think on their feet and can’t rely on knowledge accumulated over generations to already have the answer.


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