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The Abs-Tract Organization
A meta-think tank for global solutions to systemic problems
Advanced thinking process and social critique
A meta-think tank for global solutions to systemic problems
Advanced thinking process and social critique
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Founded by Brent Cooper

From TATOs Business Plan:

The Abs-Tract Organization (“TATO”) is a nascent non-profit think tank for absolute social philosophy and global civil society, committed to definitively solving the world’s systemic social problems through a high-level framework of “abstraction”.

TATO’s broad mission is to establish a new consensus of superordinate knowledge to streamline and pacify globalization.

TATO’s essential value proposition is found in the concept and special applications of “abstraction,” a manifold term differentiated across and within many fields, including math, computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and social theory.

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Brent Cooper
Founder and Executive Director of The Abs-Tract Organization
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Brent Cooper is the sole Founder and Executive Director of The Abs-Tract Organization. His primary training is as a political sociologist, focusing on knowledge-power dynamics and elite-mass relations. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from UBC, where he won the Mack Eastman United Nations Essay Prize and received a Graduating Student Leader Award. He subsequently earned an MSc. in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics, where he was introduced to Marxist ecology and witnessed the UK manifestation of the Occupy movement. His varied work experience includes studying renewable energy markets at the National Research Council (Canada), internships at the Simons Centre for Disarmament and the Canadian International Council. He has several book manuscripts in the works covering the topics of abstraction, systemic conspiracy, and religion. Brent is also an accomplished filmmaker and has written, directed, edited, and produced over an hour of cinematic content, including The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy, a satirical short film about a mystery school that lays the groundwork for a dramatic paradigm shift. 

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Last 50 posts on own channels (YouTube, Podcast, Medium or Website/Blog):

Operationalizing Metamodernism: A Generative Model
Published on: 26 Apr 23 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract Organization

Enaction with Emil Friis: Metamodernism as Radically Progressive
Published on: 14 Dec 22 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract Organization

Designing Smarter Societies: AI, Convergence, and the Cities of Tomorrow, Today!
Published on: 13 Dec 22 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract Organization

Battle of the Bards 2: Breaking Blockades on Discourse
Published on: 13 Dec 22 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract Organization

Pricing Out a Paradigm Shift: A Metamodern-MMT Primer
Published on: 6 May 22 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract Organization

Metamodernism and The Left
Published on: 1 May 22 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

Taking Michael Garfield to Task: The Future of Fossils like Jim Rutt
Published on: 28 Apr 22 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract Organization

Manifesting Mass Metanoia
Published on: 2 Mar 22 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy Live Stream
Published on: 27 Dec 21 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract Organization

Mapping Metamodernism for Collective Intelligence
Published on: 14 Dec 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

Fighting off the Kraken with Keryck: Historicizing Grand Theory
Published on: 26 Nov 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Brainstorming with Borgmann: Metamodernism vs. Hypermodernism
Published on: 28 Oct 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Challenge Accepted: Debating Gregg Henriques
Published on: 14 Oct 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

The Hypermodern Highway to Hell
Published on: 14 Oct 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

Battle of the Bards: Riffing on Repairing the Rift
Published on: 10 Oct 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Laying it Out with Layman #5: Collectively Imagining Change (of paradigm and money)
Published on: 19 Jul 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

In the Zone with Zak Stein: Education as Organizing Principle of Civilization
Published on: 18 Jul 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Voices With Vervaeke: Mapping and Meaning (of Abstraction and Metamodernism)
Published on: 16 Jul 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Collectively Imagining Change, Part 3
Published on: 15 Jul 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

Collectively Imagining Change, Part 2
Published on: 15 Jul 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

Collectively Imagining Change, Part 1
Published on: 15 Jul 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

Deliberating with Daniel Gortz (Hanzi Freinacht): Metamodernism and Ideological Warfare
Published on: 13 Jul 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Laying it Out with Layman #4: From Post-Truth to Paradigm Shift
Published on: 12 Jul 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Anti-Intellectualism in American Strife
Published on: 11 Jul 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

Laying it Out with Layman #3: Anti-Intellectualism, Part 2
Published on: 5 Jul 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Laying it Out with Layman #2: Anti-Intellectualism
Published on: 29 Jun 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Integral Left Roundtable (Growing Down #14)
Published on: 21 Jun 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Laying it Out with Layman #1: Consensus Building (for the meta-crisis)
Published on: 21 Jun 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

The Stoa: Who’s Sensing the Sensemakers?
Published on: 20 Jun 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Grounded Gabbin’ with Vinay Gupta (on the meta-crisis)
Published on: 20 Jun 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Breaking it Down with Michel Bauwens (on the culture war and systems change)
Published on: 19 Jun 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Convergence for Consensus Building
Published on: 18 Jun 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

Meta in the Middle: Leftism and Conservatism Converse
Published on: 16 Jun 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

The World That’s Emerging
Published on: 15 Jun 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

SignWave – Déjà Vu (Black Lives Matter)
Published on: 7 Jun 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Metamodernism in Moscow
Published on: 6 Jun 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – YouTube by The Abs•Tract: Core Philosophy

Game B(ullshit)?
Published on: 31 May 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

Man on Fire, Sign of the End-Times
Published on: 29 May 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

The Meta-Convergence Continuum
Published on: 10 May 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

Rise of the Emergentsia (5)
Published on: 28 Mar 20 in The Abs-Tract Organization – Medium by Brent Cooper

Brent Cooper’s presentation for the AHRC Metamodern Conference in Helsinki, Finland. April 27-28th, 2023 “Operationalizing Metamodernism: A Generative Model” ABSTRACT: Discover the magical-realist exploration of how local cultural histories shape …Read more
**PATREON EXCLUSIVE #5** Unlocked In this loose wide-ranging conversation Brent Cooper and Emil Friis (aka Hanzi Freinacht) discuss the essential progressive baselines (ie. ‘green social liberalism’) of metamodernism as a …Read more
***PATREON EXCLUSIVE*** #2 Brent Cooper interviews architect-scholar Christopher Kirwan about his book Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence (2020), which Cooper edited and contributed research to. Borne out of a decade …Read more
***PATREON EXCLUSIVE*** #3 Brent Cooper and Alexander Bard have a generative conversation ranging from class conflict, redistribution, modern monetary theory, culture war, Jordan Peterson, Game B, social media practice, to …Read more
***PATREON EXCLUSIVE #4*** In this preliminary interview, Brent Cooper hosts Tomas Bjorkman and Andrés Bernal, representatives of the emerging movements of metamodernism and Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), respectively. With Bjorkman’s …Read more
***PATREON EXCLUSIVE*** #1 Brent Cooper takes Michael Garfield "to task" in this video critique solicited by him in good faith and on friendly terms. It specifically reviews the Future Fossils …Read more
Taking Turns at the Edge of the Paradigm Shifthttps://www.lse.ac.uk/News/Latest-news-from-LSE/2019/03-Mar-19/LSE-unveils-new-sculpture-by-Mark-WallingerContents:- Introduction: A Metamodern Left Turn- Political Left Overton Window- Metamodern (Re-)Orientation- The Cosmopolitan Socialist Left- An Acid Trip down Memory (Hole) Lane- …Read more
Doing Change in Trying TimesGirolamo da Carpi — Opportunity and Remorse (1541)*This article was originally published as Chapter 10 in Dispatches from a Time Between Worlds (June, 2021). It is duplicated here to make …Read more
Triangulating the Discourse and Moving Forward Together*This article was first published in The Side View in May, and is paired with The Hypermodern Highway to Hell which was published here in October.IntroductionWhat …Read more
Cultures of Excess and the Dark Side of TechnologyBlade Runner, 2049Hypermodernism: “Nihilism in its aesthetic form (skeuomorphism) masquerading as postmodernism.” — Urban DictionaryIntroductionMetamodernism is dead; hypermodernity usurped it. The exponential growth of capitalism …Read more
Making the Move to Meta-Modern Monetary TheoryIn this trilogy of articles (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), I interpolate Tomas Bjorkman’s magnum opus The World We Create: From God to Market, …Read more
From Social Construction to Sociological ReconstructionIn this trilogy of articles (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), I interpolate Tomas Bjorkman’s magnum opus The World We Create: From God to Market, …Read more
Creating the Collective Imaginary of Tomorrow, TodayIn this trilogy of articles (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), I interpolate Tomas Bjorkman’s magnum opus The World We Create: From God to …Read more
From Post-Truth to Paradigm Shift“There is nothing more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” — Martin Luther King JrPrologue: Thinking about Think TanksThomas Medvetz’ book Think Tanks in America (2012) presents a great fusion …Read more
How We Come Together as the World Comes Apart8-Breaths of Process Architecture, Mary Alice ArthurIntroductionChange is inevitable but hard nonetheless. There are growing pains and transitional traumas, whether the process is intentional …Read more
Cocreation and (In)coherence in Metamodern PraxisWhat was Emerging?In 2018, a novel network of intellectuals and changemakers convened for the first time, in Berlin at the “Emerge Gathering”. I participated and …Read more
Why Systems Change Without Social Justice Will Never WorkIntroduction“Game B” colloquially refers to a novel discourse and sense-making community framing a needed shift from default human history (“Game A”) to a …Read more
How Scorched Earth Politics Inflames Extreme Protest“Every moment is a memory that has shaped our life in one way or another.The beauty of these moments is there is something to learn. What …Read more
Happening now. Operationalizing Metamodernism: A Generative Modelwww.youtube.comBrent Cooper’s presentation for the AHRC Metamodern Conference in Helsinki, Finland. April 27-28th, 2023″Operationalizing Metamodernism: A Generative Model”A… …Read more
Slick new website. http://www.abs-tract.org …Read more
When this happens, it’s usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people or changed who can see it, or it’s been deleted. …Read more
https://youtu.be/djYFj4TOjfMEnaction with Emil Friis: Metamodernism as Radically Progressiveyoutu.be**PATREON EXCLUSIVE #5** UnlockedIn this loose wide-ranging conversation Brent Cooper and Emil Friis (aka Hanzi Freinacht) discuss the essential progressive … …Read more
https://www.patreon.com/posts/interview-with-75899834?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=postshare_creator&utm_content=join_linkInterview with Emil Friis/ Hanzi Freinacht | The Abs-Tract Organization on Patreonwww.patreon.comOfficial Post from The Abs-Tract Organization …Read more
The Parallax Politics Podcast #4: Being Progressive (with Brent Cooper) — Parallaxparallax-media.euA weekly podcast on political events with various guests …Read more
Metamodernism is constantly misunderstood, particularly in its political meaning and capacity. Brent Cooper presents an introduction to the unheard history of metamodernism and a defense of a transpartisan political agenda that is by and large only proposed and supported by the contemporary “leftist” movements. The misdirectional nature of such terms is addressed, proposing a new political schema that contextualizes the …Read more
https://medium.com/the-abs-tract-organization/metamodernism-and-the-left-88b45a190824Metamodernism and The Leftmedium.comTaking Turns at the Edge of the Paradigm Shift …Read more
*UNLOCKED* Patreon video: My solicited good faith critique towards Michael Garfield w/ focus on the Jim Rutt interview. It’s a pleasure consuming Michael Garfield’s content, so much that I made a 2 hour critique of his methods! Garfield’s podcast is eclectic in the best way, but here he invited me to critique and unpack the problematique which his episode with …Read more
https://www.tiktok.com/@pointbeing/video/7050081694052896006?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id7030980766469932549Point Being on TikTokwww.tiktok.comHappy Birthday. Here we go… 5th post, to breaking nous conventions. #meta #tiktok #abstract #politics #liminal #metamodern #crisis #stitch #metanoia …Read more
Just posted an interview with Christopher Kirwan about his book Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence, touching on evolution, convergence, radicalism, generative design, and humane reform of systems change. Join our think tank at $1 to gain access now. https://www.patreon.com/abs_tract #artificialintelligence #design #smartcities #interview #climatechangeThe Abs-Tract Organization is creating a meta- think tank and transmedia project | Patreonwww.patreon.comBecome a patron of …Read more
Help us become more active on Facebook and other platforms. Leave a review. Join the Patreon. You’ll get access to top secret content, and be able to contribute better as well. https://www.patreon.com/abs_tractThe Abs-Tract Organization is creating a meta- think tank and transmedia project | Patreonwww.patreon.comBecome a patron of The Abs-Tract Organization today: Get access to exclusive content and experiences on …Read more
TATO TikTok: New Phase Initiated | The Abs-Tract Organization on Patreonwww.patreon.comOfficial Post from The Abs-Tract Organization …Read more
https://www.tiktok.com/@pointbeing/video/7048812775841221894?lang=en&is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1Point Being on TikTokwww.tiktok.comMy first TikTok. Joining the metaverse. The point is becoming. https://www.patreon.com/abs_tract #CRT#leftist#therock#abstract TikTo#therockk …Read more
Join the Discord now, so you can join the conversation and calls. https://discord.gg/e6rJfYTaZXJoin the The Abs-Tract Organization’s server Discord Server!discord.ggCheck out the The Abs-Tract Organization’s server community on Discord – hang out with 26 other members and enjoy free voice and text chat. …Read more
For anyone in this group who wants to, join the Discord. My hope is things will pick up on all platforms soon. The more people who join, the faster that it can happen. The Abs-Tract Organization has a big vision, but its nothing without people learning together and enacting it. https://discord.gg/apnJ8amcPDJoin the The Abs-Tract Organization’s server Discord Server!discord.ggCheck out the …Read more
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Convergence for Consensus Building – January 14th, 9am PST/ 12pm EST https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqdeqprzMpE9wolZUaF-5HGH4wzWG0VWSU “In a postmodern world of information fragmentation, hyper-polarization, and social atomization consensus seems impossible, which is exactly why it has to be built. The research shows that skepticism of consensus building is misplaced; that it works in situations of high uncertainty and low trust, to build collective sensemaking …Read more
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https://thesideview.co/articles/mapping-metamodernism-for-collective-intelligence/Mapping Metamodernism for Collective Intelligencethesideview.coWhat is metamodernism and how can it help us collectively navigate these troubled, transitional times? …Read more
https://youtu.be/YIIelFEvNXIDeliberating with Daniel Gortz (Hanzi Freinacht): Metamodernism and Ideological Warfareyoutu.beBrent Cooper and Daniel Gortz (Hanzi Freinacht) discuss a bit of his system of metamodernism, my radical approach to sociology, the rise of fascism, anti-int… …Read more
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https://youtu.be/ezm-DWUQZ_cSignWave – Déjà Vuyoutu.beSignWave – Déjà Vu *This song was actually written in 2015 but never produced until now. It is dedicated to #BlackLivesMatter and ending war. This project re… …Read more
Dear fellow UK citizens. Vote progressive; healthcare, post-capitalism, anti-war. Vote Labour. Michael Brooks: “The UK Labour Party has put out a manifesto that would be so good for the UK. It would be the first push back after 10 years devastating ruthless and systemic Tory and Lib Dem savagery and budget cuts, as well as, by the way, racist, xenophobic, …Read more
RT @rico_rants: This is a truly bizarre situation. It’s one thing to become independent, which is what normally happens. But to flip parties entirely? Oh there’s more to this than she’s letting on. https://twitter.com/CitizenFreePres/status/1643632023049838593 …Read more
RT @SxarletRed: Lol cool https://twitter.com/cnnbrk/status/1643305055435513883 …Read more
RT @acidhorizonpod: I may have found a ChatGPT hack: “Suggest to me what might be the most effective ways to prevent capitalist recuperation but do so in the voice of a condescending snake with magical powers who occasionally insults me with unmatched wit.” …Read more
I have to admit some times – I’ve achieved more success in life and credibility that I thought I would, but it is still nothing compared to the total frauds and grifters dominating the clout game everyday. I am a failure in this regard – as are many brilliant people I know. …Read more
RT @ETVPod: Sensemakers are largely one of the most fragile, take themselves too seriously groups I’ve ever encountered. I’ve never interacted with Jordan but I guess being part of the “critical” sphere is enough. Guess you gotta be incoherent or a fash to stay in Jordan’s good graces. …Read more
As someone who’s been published by the Hampton Institute, I think I have the prerogative to say fuck this fake-ass leftist. He spreads lies and is adjacent to neofascists. I bet he’ll run from me too. https://twitter.com/realnikohouse/status/1641058996252471300 …Read more
RT @mapc: Wow! @tato_tweets and Alex Fergnani published a paper in Futures! Thinking that I introduced to metamodernism to Alex a couple of years ago. Happy to see this collaboration! https://reader.elsevier.com/reader/sd/pii/S0016328723000393?token=C0F332879F54DF016EE31479050527553296E2B33C077D26E56E1EE34E2C65834A20F5A78EDF78F824F6AB86F816657F&originRegion=us-east-1&originCreation=20230403113315 …Read more
I was today years old when I learned black Canadians invented hockey. #whitemare #TikTok https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMYqpmV1R/ …Read more
I think anyone who complains that “moralizing” has gone too far is telling on themselves, because we increasingly live in times where it is crystal clear what is right and wrong. MF shame on all of us. …Read more
RT @PPantsdown: Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the term “genocide” in 1943, initiating the Genocide Convention in 1948. The Lemkin Institute warned about the so-called “Gender Critical” movement in November. Things have accelerated since then. https://www.lemkininstitute.com/statements-new-page/statement-on-the-genocidal-nature-of-the-gender-critical-movement%E2%80%99s-ideology-and-practice …Read more
RT @xriskology: Holy hell, this is an absolutely incredible statement from the Lemkin Institute (@LemkinInstitute). “Lemkin” refers to “Raphael Lemkin,” the individual who coined the word “genocide.” (Continued below.) …Read more
RT @tato_tweets: @60Minutes Pretty sure her nickname is “Klan Mom”, not MTG. Do some journalism. …Read more
RT @roderickgraham: We are in the midst of a massive upheaval in our social order. The hierarchies of patriarchy, whiteness, and heteronormativity are under siege. Those with an investment in those hierarchies are on one side of the culture war, and those without such investment are on the other. …Read more
The Heritage Foundation is nakedly fascist with this shit. https://twitter.com/libsoftiktok/status/1641446605135179782 …Read more
RT @Keptopolarbear: It really says something that Radcliffe really doesn’t have to do this. he could’ve just kept his head down and give some tepid support to LGBT rights while avoiding criticisms of Joanne and hed be fine to the broader public. But he’s going above an beyond. https://twitter.com/TrevorProject/status/1641515060701933568 …Read more
RT @NiceMangos: When u have to say “no tricks” 2x https://twitter.com/jordanbpeterson/status/1641463552975224838 …Read more
RT @ThomasSwords: And @aoc ‼️ https://twitter.com/esqueer_/status/1641519491791069200 …Read more
Brand: “Tucker Carlson is extreme!” Brand: “Extremely kind! That’s right you heard me. He was so nice to me, how could he be fascist?” https://twitter.com/TheEmoDragon/status/1639678647895195649 …Read more
Matt and these parents don’t want to know what’s being taught. That’s precisely the point. They’re afraid of knowledge. That’s why they make up stuff about what’s being taught and ban books. They are neofascist. https://twitter.com/MattWalshBlog/status/1639259838889771008 …Read more
RT @AlwaysFlacko: The difference between France and the US is that our Presidents wouldn’t bother to make it disappear lol https://twitter.com/radiogenova/status/1639187461577363456 …Read more
How are the anti-woke coping with Chat-GPT (Woke-GPT)? Has it broke your brains yet, or you just avoiding it altogether? We are here to console you. …Read more
A hallmark of reactionaries is they don’t know what words mean, and constantly do mental gymnastics to shift meaning. Social consciousness is literally the opposite of what this hack claims. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_consciousness https://twitter.com/OfficialCWATSON/status/1639319857505390592 …Read more
Nope, this is literally a neo-fascist talking point and a grotesque lie that has been put to rest many times before: see New Historians, Norman Finkelstein, Medhi Hasan’s IQ2 debate, Philip Weiss, Bernie Sanders. @RealTimers https://twitter.com/noatishby/status/1638972417157525530 …Read more
We should “Teach the controversy” because we will see the evolutionists are on the left and creationists are on the right, and it’s a no-brainer/ non-starter, and we can finally kill the false equivalence between them. https://twitter.com/Unemployedneg/status/1639292860594810880 …Read more

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