Rough Magic

Four philosophical adventures in the anthropology of everyday life by Steven Connor.

Episodes

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If you were to arrive on earth from another planet, what would strike you most about humans, compared to other species? Our need for bags, perhaps?

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2: `Wires'.

We grew up thinking that at least we were entering a fully wireless world.

Why then are we more wired up than ever before?

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The silver screen and the computer screen both reveal and conceal, yet we love them for their duality.

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The last of four philosophical adventures in the anthropology of everyday life by Steven Connor.

`Sweets'.

All magical objects are objects out of time.

Sweets are intensely anachronistic and always belong to our past.

Why and how do they hold time up?