It is crucial to Glass Bead that we do not just operate as a journal that publishes annually a selection of articles but also as a research platform that actively explores the conceptual terrains opened up by these contributions as a continuous process. The research platform consists of contributions submitted by the participants to the workshops organized on the occasion of Glass Bead’s public events, but also unabridged versions of some of the texts published in the journal. More info on the workshops here.

Complexity, Information and Diversity, in Science and in Democracy

Giuseppe Longo

Interview with Giuseppe Longo by Paolo Bartolini, extended and translated by M.R. Doyle and S. Savic 1 1) Professor Longo, what would you say are the limitations of the broad use of computational metaphors to explain the complexity of human nature...

Arity & Abstraction

Anil Bawa-Cavia

What does it mean to hijack the latent space of a computation? Arity can act as a short-hand for both connectivity and dimensionality in a functional model, akin to degree in graph models, an indicator of valence within a broader s...

Three Nightmares of the Inductive Mind

Reza Negarestani

All in all, my aim is to argue that the force of epistemological scepticism as expressed in the problem of induction can be understood not only in terms of a formidable challenge to entrenched philosophical dogmas and cognitive biases, but also in te...

Diagramming Horizons Between Art, Technē, and the Artifactual Elaboration of Mind

Keith Tilford

In their adoption of scientific and technically motivated vectors of abstraction mitigating a formal and conceptual integration of rationality, certain tendencies of artistic modernism and the avant-garde attempted to maximally reactivate th...

A Thought Disincarnate: What Does it Mean to Think?

Daniel Sacilotto

In what follows I specify some aspects concerning the philosophical foundations and systematic structure of a ‘functionalist computationalist’ theory of mind, departing from some considerations elaborated by Reza Negarestani his text Revoluti...

Gaston Bachelard: From Mathematical Structures to Reality

Anna Longo

This paper aims to show that Gaston Bachelard’s epistemological position can be considered as a third option between the computational/determinist and the embodied/evolutionary approaches to scientific knowledge.

The Perspectival Eye

Antoine Bousquet

Heralded as “the most important event of the Renaissance”, the invention of linear perspective in the Italian quattrocento occupies a pivotal role in the intertwined processes of rationalization of vision and mathematization of space tha...

Complexité, science et démocratie (Entretien avec Giuseppe Longo)

Giuseppe Longo

Entretien de Giuseppe Longo réalisé en italien par Paolo Bartolini  pour  MEGAchip, Democrazia nella comunicazione et traduit ici en français par Sara Longo.

Wittgenstein Sheaves (Anonymous, communicated by Fernando Zalamea)

I investigate the method of the late Wittgenstein. I begin by pointing out certain similarities and dissimilarities between his early and late work. His ideas of the mystical, I claim, remain the same but his conception of “nonsense” undergoes a...

Ear of Cyclone


• is part of Ear of Cyclone, a sound installation developed by d-n-e for Glass Bead at Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers in 2015