To the discussion on Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem: to drown in post-materialism or the infinite regress to authority


The Zero Theorem is probably the least surrealistic, the most relevant and timely Gilliam’s picture. It delicately conveys the current state of affairs related to the influence of the modern information technology on our lives. Has our society reached Orwellian dystopia in a some twisted way, so the movie does not look like a fancy hyperbole but resembles a satirical sketch on the surrounding reality? There are no definite answers, though. All what we can see is a solid framework of ideas which is widely open to interpretations, although it can lead us to interesting consequences if we look at its origins.

Hard to be a God: maybe that's why God is silent or the muddy way of social progress


You may have watched the "Bruce Almighty" and enjoyed by it. But to fully understand this film you probably need to be a Russian who has read Strugatsky's book of the same name. And you probably should be familiar with the works of such prominent Russian masters as Andrey Tarkovsky, Akira Kurosawa and Alexey Gherman to fully accept it. If you are troubled with the question why this black-and-white neurotic carnival of filth, mud and blood may be considered as a gem of the world cinematography, the following explanation may shit shed some light on this.

Kill la Kill: cybernetics for kids or how the layers of a viable social system are interconnected through the limbic systems of their participants


Although KlK is still ongoing as of January 2014, its central theme is utterly interesting, and the already disclosed picture allows to discuss it in great detail. In this show the girl named Satsuki Kiryuin manages to build a viable and successful social system on the base of her school, but the system has strictly autocratic nature. Ryuko Matoi is Satsuki's rival backed by a secret rebel organization, she tries to ruin this system in retaliation for the murder of her father by a minion of the Kiryuin family.
Below we will look at the formal structure of power from the cybernetic point of view, understand why democracy is a form of soft autocracy, how the liberal values without the rule of law may lead to caste society, and how the liberal values enrooted by the system without any thoughts about civil responsibility may hinder the process of the creation of civil society.

The term "viable system", a system which is able to survive in a constantly and unpredictably changing environment, is coined by Stafford Beer, a prominent cybernetic theorist who developed the viable system model for economical applications as a model of a firm at 1960-70s. At the present time the cybernetics is decayed and specialized over the multiple disciplines including the control theory, the elements of AI such as expert systems, cognitive systems and so on, although Beer's works are deeply fundamental and are still actual.
The limbic system is a part of human brain which is responsible for basic instincts and emotions such as fear, pain, pleasure or reward. In Beer's theory, a system should utilize the equivalent of the limbic systems of its subsystems to avoid the "manual control" in the fields in which only the subsystems have a specialization.

Certain points of view presented below may be shocking or unacceptable for some readers, although this particular text does not intentionally contain any hidden subtexts.