Zizek: WILL THE CAT ABOVE THE PRECIPICE FALL DOWN? (It’s about Iran)

(via messianictime)

Opposed as they are, all these versions read the Iranian protests along the axis of Islamic hardliners versus pro-Western liberal reformists, which is why they find it so difficult to locate Mousavi: is he a Western-backed reformer who wants more personal freedom and market economy, or a member of the cleric establishment whose eventual victory would not affect in any serious way the nature of the regime? Such extreme oscillations demonstrate that they all miss the true nature of the protests.

Zizek: WILL THE CAT ABOVE THE PRECIPICE FALL DOWN? (It’s about Iran)

Why do humans cook? Though it’s all a chimp needs, raw food simply does not deliver the calories needed for a human to survive and reproduce, Wrangham writes. This led him to the fundamental fact that heating food increases its calories and that humans evolved eating cooked food—Catching Fire’s ultimate claim.

Wrangham’s book takes the reader through a number of profound ruminations on the physiological effects of cooking (he says it explains our small mouths and guts and big brains) and then moves on to its thought-provoking cultural consequences (he says cooking led to marriage)