What happens to the archaic human in a digital, AI-driven, hyper-networked world? I approach this question using the ideas of the French-American anthropologist and literary scholar René Girard. Below are some rather speculative and explorative talks and discussions with anthropologists, philosophers, artists and futurologists on this subject. Caveat emptor!

Picture: "The fight between carnival and lent", Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1559 (Wikipedia). The perennial fight between lent (representing prohibition and profane time) and carnival (representing transgression and sacred time) is the perfect anthropological metaphor for our times.


Parallax is a European online media platform run by Tom Amarque and Andrew Sweeny that publishes essays, webinars and lectures on contemporary society and culture.

Philosophy portal

Philosophy portal is an EdTech initiative by anthropologist and philosopher Cadell Last, who has a PhD from the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Last organizes online courses on major thinkers and philosophers like Hegel, Nietzsche and Zizek, and their contemporary relevance.


Technosocial consists of artist Owen Cox and author Daniel Fraga. In their interviews with various thinkers and scientists, they explore how new technologies will reshape human societies and allow humans to redesign themselves.

Thomas Hamelryck


Department of biology
Section for Computational and RNA Biology (SCARB)
Ole Maaløes Vej 5
DK-2200 Copenhagen N


Department of computer science
Programming languages and theory of computation section (PLTC)
Universitetsparken 5, HCØ, building B
DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø

University of Copenhagen

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