9.12.18: Our Blessed Lady Of The Flatwoods Monster


“Only in one field has the omnipotence of thought been retained in our own civilization, namely in art. In art alone it still happens that man, consumed by his wishes, produces something similar to the gratification of these wishes and this playing, thanks to artistic illusion, calls forth affects as if it were something real. We rightly think of the magic of art and compare the artist with a magician. But this comparison is perhaps more important than it claims to be. Art, which certainly did not begin as art for art’s sake, originally served tendencies which to-day have for the greater part ceased to exist. Among these we may suspect various magic intentions.”
—Sigmund Freud, “Totem and Taboo”

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Will Mark Zuckerberg Become President Of The U.S.?


Here’s one I’ll just cut to the chase and answer: yes, I think probably either Zuckerberg or equivalent (perhaps a politician with very Zuckerberg-type attributes) will eventually become president of the United States.

It’s the old “the pendulum swings one way, the pendulum swings the other way” gambit—the “next” president who America chooses will be the polar opposite of the current one. And maybe this will take 4 years or 8 years in the case of Zuckerberg…but by the 2020’s we are probably going to see a leader of the United States that at least “resembles” the Facebook magnate in terms of basic characteristics.

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