Meltdown, No Mouth Must Scream

[ by Charles Cameron — two powerful graphic images, one simple truth ] . ** From a purely graphic angle, the two images mirror one another quite nicely, and arguably the meltdown is the cause for the need to scream. I generally try to avoid politics, but when it leaks over into the same religious […] Read more »

Yesterday’s learnings in science and religion

[ by Charles Cameron — theo-ecology, with a side of spaghetti ] . First, a Nobel laureate makes a distinction that should be of interest to all who study war — as also to those who “ain’t gonna study war no more”. Lucy Hughes-Hallett begins a New Statesman book review titled Chernobyl and the ghosts […] Read more »

Pope Francis : Francis Bacon

[ by Charles Cameron — and a tradition of natural philosophy profound enough to include Francis of Assisi ] . It’s a small point, perhaps, but M. Anthony Mills had a piece in The New Atlantis last Fall titled Is Pope Francis Anti-Modern? — which I ran across today because today 3 Quarks Daily posted […] Read more »

What the PK Dickens?

[ by Charles Cameron — conceptual echoes in a PK Dick bio-flick ] . ** I have just been watching Mark Steensland’s movie, The Gospel According to PK Dick, and a couple of fine parallelisms – echoes, really – struck me. I’m going to start with one quote from the Chuang Tzu which is so […] Read more »

How is history made — songs, dreams, and sermons included?

[ by Charles Cameron — the moral arc of history from Billie Holliday via MLK to Obama — and beyond, who knows? ] . Our topic here is foresight — prediction, prophecy, prognosis, projection. ** The Legatum Institute today tweeted a Pew Research projection of Muslim and Christian growth 2010-2050. It is now 2015, so […] Read more »

Turnabout is fair play?

[ by Charles Cameron — fascinated as always by the interweave of worlds ] . If not causality, then at least correlation? Batman goes to Iraq to save the caliphate from the Joker, and other parallels; my latest — J.M. Berger (@intelwire) August 19, 2015 I’m really not sure which came first, the […] Read more »

Hipbone update & request for your vote!

[ by Charles Cameron — 3 Quarks Daily, Boston Apocalyptic conference, LapidoMedia, World Religions and Spirituality Project, Bellingcat, Loopcast, Pragati, Sembl ] . First, please vote! . My story, War in Heaven, is in the running for the 3 Quarks Daily Arts & Literature Prize. 3 Quarks Daily is a great aggregator site, I’m honored […] Read more »

Hipbonegamer on the Art of Future Warfare

[ by Charles Cameron — writing in a very different mode this time — I’m chuffed ] . Today a quasi-science-fictional scenario I wrote for The Atlantic Council’s Art of Future Warfare proect was posted as a “featured entry” in their “Great War” war-art challenge. You may recall my commenting on the challenge in an […] Read more »

Book Review: Kill Decision

Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez  Shlok Vaidya did an early review of Kill Decision here previously. I finally have caught up to Shlok and I’m ready to add my two cents without giving away any spoilers: First, I enjoyed the book. Kill Decision is a tense, fast-moving,  page-turner. As I tend to read books at night before [...] Read more »

Pew II: Prevalence of belief in the Jinn

[ by Charles Cameron -- Corbin on Queen Bilqis, Qur'an and hadith regarding jinn, Pew statistics on belief in jinn -- with some earlier Natsec implications & a non-serious suggestion from contemporary physics ] . . I’ve been “fond” of the jinn (djenoun) since first encountering them in the brilliant short stories of Paul Bowles, [...] Read more »