Sat in a dutch university cafe, trying to make sense my research notes, I look up to see several other aspiring academics, similarly engrossed in the contemplation of darks marks on a light ground several centimetres from their faces. We will be the people said to know most about the world, those that spend hours per day engaging with abstractions of it.
the one million women campaign sounds interesting. Given that wealth generation and status enhancement are activities closely connected with environmental degradation, but also assumed by men to be attractive to women - the one million women might effectively help save the planet by refusing to sleep with wealthy or high-status men; ideally by always choosing the poorest and lowest status men. Of course, if it is true that indicator's of a man's ability and inclination to provide resources and protection are indeed attractive to women - this may not be so easy. Perhaps a first tentative step would be to refuse to sleep with men who own 4 wheel drive vehicles...? Or refuse the gift of expensive and useless jewelry - accompanied by a genuine look of disgust. Men are seemingly so rigidly driven my sexual opportunity that I am quite sure such steps would have an impact.
I'm one week in to this summer school and how refreshing and slightly bizarre it is to stumble into this highly concentrated community of Gamers with Brains. Really, who'd have thunk it....? phd students and professors from around the world with a shared passion for playing games, who combine being very down to earth, super-friendly and extremely well-read and articulate. Yesterday I had a five-hour conversation with Argentinian Federico on the relation of evolutionary psychology and post-structuralism to the study of fine art and gaming. I am not alone!