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Kjetil Korslund

Historian of ideas and regular critic in Ny Tid.

Torpedoing of metaphysics

Clément Rosset Translated and with an afterword by Lars Tore Halvorsen: Reality and its doubles. An essay on illusion
BELIEVE: Rosset takes a hard line against the whole idea of ​​duplication between what we see and what "really" is behind it. This is escapism and reluctance to see what we have right in front of us, he believes.

At the top of Hitler's wish list

Despina Stratigakos: Hitler's Northern Utopia: Building the New Order in Occupied Norway
BUILT NORWAY: Nazi Germany's plans for Norway were extensive. We were to become part of the Great Germanic Empire. In the years 1940–1945, large parts of Norway were a construction site.

"You are my creator, but I am your lord – obey!"

FRANKENSTEIN: About killing drones, artificial intelligence and Frankenstein. It has become easier to fight – and more dangerous. If, or when, the machines themselves take over, humanity may suddenly be on the wrong side of the table.

Together for life

Edward Ashford Lee: The Coevolution: The Entwined Futures of Humans and Machines
SYMBIOSIS: We must think differently about both man and computer. Their being is more entangled than we think, and both change and adapt to each other.

In the age of opportunism

Paolo Giordano ,: In time of infection: Report from the frontline of the pandemic
VIRUS: An Italian writer and physicist has wrought while the corona iron is hot. But his message is, paradoxically, drowning in the banalities that he believes should depart from mathematical realities.

Religious notions

Laurence Louër Translated by Ethan Rundell: Sunnis and Shi'a: A Political History
SUNNI AND SJIA: The religious contradictions between the two main directions of Islam are not so great. But in conflicts between countries and groups, they are used for everything they are worth.

The anatomy of democracy

Mathilde Fasting: After the end of the story. Meet with Francis Fukuyama
Fukuyama: Francis Fukuyama is one of the world's foremost democracy theorists, and this book gives an updated introduction to his overall authorship.

To talk about death

Birgitta Haga Gripsrud, Lisbeth Thoresen: Everything that lives must die. Death as an interdisciplinary field of knowledge
DEATH: The way we die means a lot to life's last rise. This anthology gives a good impression of how we talk about death in today's society.

Spotify sells your user data

Maria Eriksson, Rasmus Fleischer, Anna Johansson, Pelle Snickars, Patrick Vonderau: Spotify Teardown. Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music Authors
DATA SALES: Spotify does more than stream music. They also conduct a comprehensive profiling of their users and market this information commercially.