Suspended Reason

Essays in erisology, ecology, surrogation, limerence, generalized reading, and cognitive aesthetics. Sometimes party-reporter. (Expense account me)

Part-time building Web3 governance structures at Commonwealth.im. Previously Consortia and Are.na. Minor involvement in the Gugg's Countryside exhibit 2017.

Current research interests incl/not limited to: dramaturgy, strategic interaction, language games, inexact sciences, fashion in the art world, conceptual engineering, postrationalism, predictive processing, American pragmatism, signaling theory, symbolic capital. Manet > Monet; SMiLE > Sgt. Pepper's. Personal canon includes Bourdieu's Field of Cultural Production, Schelling's Strategy of Conflict, Malick's New World & Thin Red Line, al-Hariri's & al-Harizi's Maqamat, Lerner's 10:04, Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love, Goffman's Strategic Interaction, Shaara's Killer Angels, Krutch's Modern Temper.

Some things I've made.

Portrait as Wojnarowicz. Tumblr scratchpad at Spilled Reality. Twitter as @suspendedreason.

Press

I run a small, not-for-profit press called Not Nothing ທ with Nicole Kaack. The press aims to bring together thinking from IRL and URL spaces. We've published work by Sarah Perry, AJ Stoughton, Peli Grietzer, and Gwern. Sign up for the mailing list here.

Pfeilstorch

Pfeilstorch, founded May 2020, is a research community centered around working on problems in the inexact sciences—from philosophy of language to microsociology to institutional theory. We're interested in the communication, games, and the rigorizing pipeline from philosophy to science. We run a group blog which updates daily at tis.so. You can read about our 2020-2021 progress here.

Research

Aesthetics

Since 2017 I've been passively working out a predictive model of aesthetic interaction:

Are.na

On-going research channels. Personal profile; Inexact Sciences group account.

In 2018 I ran a digital roundtable series for the Are.na blog, focusing on the state and future of the Web. Interviewees included Drew Austin of Kneeling Bus, sociologist Jenny L. Davis of ANU, and Grant Wythoff, Visiting Fellow at Penn State University.

Select channels:

Wikipedia Contributed Pages

VizArt

Art ~book made on Are.na: Bryce Wilner & Suspended Reason 2018: PDF.

Neural-net Insta: SRIG, an old project with neural nets where pictures I took on my cameraphone were replaced by algorithmically similar images.

Friends

Books

Written:

Edited/collected:

In progress:

  • Jacob Clifton, Look How Good You Are: Recapping Gossip Girl S1 2022.
  • Paul Satya, Gnostic Samsara 2022.
  • Pfeilstorch, Anti-Inductive Workbook 2022.
  • Various authors, The Inexact Sciences 2023.
  • Suspended Reason, Maqamat III 2024.

Essays

2022

Planète sauvage. On Laloux, colonialism, veganism.

Detectives & Dramaturgy. Goffman x Tana French.

Lang Games: Work, Play, Exploration. Honey traps communicate with flies.

Adaptation Ripples in the NBA. Anti-inductivity and the meta.

Value Clarity 2.0. Adapting C. Thi Nguyen's value clarity concept.

All Communication is Manipulation (ACiM) series: (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8). Extending ethology and cybernetics towards a more pragmatic understanding of language.

2021

Pt 1: Worldbuilding; Pt 2: Nameless/Faceless—on Angelicism & the vibe shift.

7PM, Lisbon. Party report on the 2021 Ethereum conferences.

Notes on the Inexact Sciences. On the rigorizing pipeline & formal wilderness.

Transfer Phenomena & Two-Person Languages. Ever notice how novels' narrators get stuck in your head?

Positional Pricing, Positional Leverage. A simplified re-frame of the "Discursive Games" piece.

Oh, Barry. On PTA's Punch-Drunk Love.

Barry Lyndon, Man of Games. On game-playing in Kubrick's masterpiece; part. 2.

Selection Games. On dating, job apps, fencing vs. swordfighting, and police departments.

Discursive Games, Discursive Warfare. Why literalism fails to understand public discourse.

Epistemic Strategies (pt. 2). Manipulate others' epistemic states by misrepresenting your own.

Letter to Tamler Sommers and David Pizarro. Honor culture isn't dead; its form has just changed.

The Surrogation Matrix. On incentive structures and spirit vs. letter.

From Measurement to Degeneration. How did sports go from referees to flopping?

2019-2020

2020: Year in Review. Publication overview.

The Revolution in Philosophy You've Never Heard Of. On conceptual engineering (for LW).

Kaitlin Phillips as Poplit. On lifestyle, personality, and glamour as genre.

The Dark Miracle of Optics. On deception, signaling, and fashion.

Institutional Myth in Contemporary Art. Zones of sacredness, language of morality.

The Telephone Effect & Reciprocity of Perspectives. How good ideas get watered-down.

Wait, What? Sense-Making, Sense-Breaking in Modern Art. Steelmanning the avant surprisal project.

Wasting Our Time. On psychoanalysis and predictive processing.

Otessa. On Otessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest & Relaxation, and the concepts of object and subjecthood.

Divided Minds. On Philip K. Dick, schizophrenia, paranoia, and the writing of D.C. Barker.

Valerie, No. On Elvia Wilk's Oval.

2015-2018

Oscillation / Fashion. How the churn of fashion dictates meaning, leads to cultural progress.

Tropical Modernism. On the Prime Produce "architecture and labor" party.

New Fiction is Psychic Occupation. On fiction's unique niche as cultural technology.

Predictive Processing & Art as Cognitive Remodeling.

Backgrounding Techniques in Cinema and Literature.

The Mask is the Face. Self-design in the age of the algorithm.

"Another Green World". Ribbonfarm 2017. On subculture society, antistructure, experimentation, and frontier culture.

Post-Ritual Space: Berghain. Post-ritual architecture & transcendence.

Ulysses, Wilde, and a Theory of Literary Compression. What does it mean to say a literary text is compressive?

Generic Fitness. Rethinking popular art.

Every Little Star. On Lynch's interchangeable blonds, echoing pop hooks, the music of Christopher Owens.

Regarding Rockism Parts Two & Three: The Rise of Poptimism and The New Rockism. Rare Candy Mag 2016.

Regarding Rockism Part One: Black Truths and Noble Savages. Rare Candy Mag 2015

Review of Bodega Bay: "Our Brand Could Be Your Life". Rare Candy Mag album review.

Review of Miguel Gallego: "Every Dog Has Zir Day". Rare Candy Mag album review.

Conversations

with Narratives Podcast on anti-inductivity. (video)

Narratives, October 4, 2021

with CC on generalized reading.

Letter.Wiki, July 2021

with CC on the meaning of "meaning." (1.2, 1.3, 1.4)

TIS, March 2021

with Jonathan Livengood, on contemporary philosophy

LessWrong, July 1 2020

with Peli Grietzer on Amerikkkkka

Suspended Reason, May 21 2019

with A D Jameson, part II

Suspended Reason, April 5 2018

with A D Jameson Part I

Suspended Reason, April 3 2018

with Sarah Perry

Suspended Reason, December 30 2017

with Bodega Bay

Rare Candy, May 1 2015