Category Archives: The Body

Will Computers Ever be Conscious?

At first glance, imagining that one can answer this question seems highly hubristic. Who knows? I’m certainly interested in the notion of humanoid robots. Perhaps one can even ask, who…

Hijab: beyond the stereotype

“The hijab — the Muslim headscarf — is a simple item of clothing that has the power to represent complex and even contradictory ideas — from tradition and social conservatism…

Mongol commissars with Lenin sacred scroll.

Buddhists, Occultists and Secret Societies in Early Bolshevik Russia: an interview with Andrei Znamenski

Andrei Znamenski is the author of Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia, published by Quest Books. Shambhala, a mythical, heaven-type land in Tibetan Buddhism, was…

Soul outside: identity, the body, and advertising in the consumer age

“Japanese ad agency Absolute Territory PR has begun paying young women to wear advertising on their legs. The women must be at least 18-years-old, and they must be connected to at…

Louis Vuitton’s allegory of Christ: unpacking LV’s enigmatic ad campaign

Louis Vuitton’s new one-minute film tells us much about the world’s most desirable luggage company, and just as much about ourselves: our history, and our society and its hopes, its…

Toward a Holistic Politics

Although a relatively obscure thinker in the English-speaking world, it is to the German theorist Oswald Spengler that we must look to find the influence on much of the political…

Black cabaret: how Goth got its look

Goth came together in the aftermath of Punk in early 1980s Britain, but its “look” has a long pre-history. Even leaving aside the building of the Gothic cathedrals in the…

Beautiful, Dirty, Politics

Republican Congresswomen are more “feminine” than their counterparts in the Democratic Party. But Republican Congressmen are “less masculine” than Democrat Congressmen. This is the slightly surprising conclusion of a recent…

Etheric body: Fashion and the image of God

A revolution was spreading across Europe during the 16th century. In what would become known as the Protestant Reformation the rebels were not just acting against the power of the…