History / Ideology / Philosophy / Racism

“Volksgeist” – A Current in German Philosophy of the 19th and 20th Century

In German philosophy of the 19th and early 20th century, there seems to be a current of thinking that assigns a special ontological status to peoples and culutres. These are treated as having something like a soul or “Geist” of their own, a quasi-mental object that exists more or less independently of the individual people, … Continue reading

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A letter from outer space – Part III

Here is Part II of the Letter I received from my extraterrestrial friend Tsish. You can find the first parts here https://asifoscope.org/2013/02/15/a-letter-from-outer-space-part-i/ and here https://asifoscope.org/2013/02/16/a-letter-from-outer-space-part-ii/. Fortunately, I had my asifomat and asifoscope still with me, so I quickly fixed the bug in the program and my space ship reappeared. The corroded smoking holes where gone, … Continue reading

Aliens / as if / Creativity / Philosophy / Racism / Tsish

A letter from outer space – Part II

Here is Part II of the Letter I received from my extraterrestrial friend Tsish. You can find the first part here:  https://asifoscope.org/2013/02/15/a-letter-from-outer-space-part-i/. All around me, space ships of all sizes and shapes popped out of nowhere. Well, some of them just came towards me, flying up from earth or from behind it or from behind the … Continue reading

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Strange Concepts and Terms 1: “Tribe“ and “Tribal”

The age of colonialism and the age of racism have left some strange concepts to us. While scholars are now increasingly avoiding them (to a differing degree) due to a paradigm shift that happened in disciplines like cultural anthropology during the 1970s and 1980s, many of these concepts are still floating around in the heads … Continue reading

History / Politics / Racism / Recommended books / Religion

American Nations

From my European point of view, America seems to be extremely inconsistent. After reading Colin Woodard’s Book “American Nations – A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America” (see http://colinwoodard.com/americannations.html) I have a much better understanding of it. This book, in a way, decodes America. Woodard points out that there are several very … Continue reading