The Armchair Collection

ideologies you choose

About the project

armchair

noun

thing one sits in for relaxing and thoughtful activity;

collection

adj., noun

a group of objects or works to be seen, studied, examined, or kept together;

We are full of ideologies that have been produced for us. Graceful solutions to a complex world from those who came before. Yet, dangerous unexamined.

Such ideologies are often filtered through an economy of shame, outrage, yearning, and terror, and narratives of growth have become superficial.

Even the scholastic enterprise has gone a bit funny. A thousand proliferating disciplines, showering us with knowledge split into a million isolated fragments until "we know more and more about less and less".

Ideologies should be an architecture of thought. Frames through which we make some of the chaos into meaning while accepting that in doing so, we are choosing to make some meaning into chaos. But in order to choose them, we must first examine them.

How the collection works

The goal is to help you discover your own ideologies, just as I have discovered mine.

Each article is typically a self-contained 'ideology'. A particular cut on an idea, with the evidence considered and a decision made. You don't have to adopt it, but it should at least spark a conversation.

The best of these are curated on the Anthologies pages and the latest of these can be found at the top of the Articles.

The anthologies themselves are organised around the credenda of btrmt, Project Petrichor, and collect the articles related to those ideas.

Lastly we have the marginalia and the missives. These are my shorter communications. Marginalia are my notes on interesting content from around the web. Missives comprise the newsletter and the changelog, so you can keep track of what's happened since you were last here. Of course, you can get the newsletter in your inbox too, or get everything in the RSS feed.

This is the Armchair Collection. A place to sit, read, think, but most of all to share ideas. Choosing your own ideologies requires us to test them against the world around us and there's no better place to do that than in the most human context of all, a collective of likeminded and curious people. So please, stay in touch.

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