Circuits printed onto fabric x David Hume

This is some news: researchers at Cambridge have printed electrical circuits directly onto sustainable fabric (http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/fully-integrated-circuits-printed-directly-onto-fabric).  If we don’t literally become cyborgs, looks like we’ll be wearing fabrics soon that’ll make us rather like cyborgs on the outside.  Clothes linked directly to the internet?  Your Pinterest moving across your jumper?  David Hume is thrilled.

Beretta and David Hume

V&R Chapter 1 discusses Hume’s theory of business.  Boiling things down: it is not money that makes the world go around but beauty.  The economy’s dynamism is a function of fantasies about luxury.  Luxuries are refinements of the arts and sciences and those who want to afford them must themselves become combinations of the arts…

Is fashion moral because global?

Anyone who follows the fashion pages knows that since Brexit it has become axiomatic that fashion is global and that means fashion is on the side of the angels.  For this axiom fully on display, see: https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/wjjjay/an-interview-with-maria-grazia-chiuri-dior.   Of course, I have seen no fashion page defending this idea philosophically.  In an earlier post, I point…

Grim adornment in early humans

A most interesting article about pre-historic Britons (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/09/ancient-britons-ate-dead-carved-mysterious-markings-bones/). Evidence has been found that about 15,000 years ago early Britons ate their dead but then ritually marked the bones. Scarring the bones, researchers speculate, may have been a way to memorialize the dead and even perhaps tell the story of their lives. It is a strange…