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The Abstract Organization
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):

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

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

***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
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/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
TATO TikTok: New Phase Initiated | The Abs-Tract Organization on Patreonwww.patreon.comOfficial Post from The Abs-Tract Organization …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
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
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
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://youtu.be/Ns3ekkcyc2ABreaking it Down with Bauwensyoutu.beBrent Cooper and Michel Bauwens discuss the paradoxical relationship between paradigm shift and the culture war. Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tato_tweets … …Read more
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6YIfml5PYkLaying it Out with Layman #5: Collectively Imagining Change (of paradigm and money)www.youtube.comLayman Pascal and Brent Cooper continue a trajectory through consensus building and anti-intellectualism to his new article series Collectively Imagining Cha… …Read more
What’s Your Plan?Watch video on Facebook.com …Read more
https://medium.com/the-abs-tract-organization/man-on-fire-sign-of-the-end-times-958c3f1c3b21Man on Fire, Sign of the End-Timesmedium.comHow Scorched Earth Politics Inflames Extreme Protest …Read more
Metamodernism in Moscowhttps://youtu.be/PkzZhG4OjGQMetamodernism in Moscowyoutu.beDiscussion about Metamodernism with a class at the Moscow State Linguistic University. …Read more
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO4ekNKlbE8 In the Zone with Zak Stein: Education as Organizing Principle of Civilization www.youtube.com Zak Stein and Brent Cooper dialogue on Bernie Sanders’ basic politics of decency and how that was derailed by denial and systemic incentive structures leadin… …Read more
What is Emerging?www.whatisemerging.com …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
media.giphy.commedia.giphy.com …Read more
Join the mycelium movement. https://twitter.com/RebeccaSolnit/status/1558109482286100482 …Read more
RT @jeancayeux: 📌😎 https://twitter.com/jblefevre60/status/1557617595976663041 …Read more
RT @ubi_works: “You can’t keep picking people up, you have to stop them from falling.” -Robin Williams. Powerful words…. #BasicIncome https://t.co/pOpWElAkr6 …Read more
RT @xriskology: I have literally had conversations with longtermists who make the argument: climate change won’t be really bad until the end of the century; by then we’ll have superintelligence; if we make this superintelligence “friendly,” it will solve all our problems, including CC. So … https://twitter.com/juand_r_nlp/status/1557362213584883713 …Read more
this case is a train wreck, hard to look away from. I don’t know if its true about the whole field, but definitely this is a widespread problem of late stage postmodern academia in all fields; meaningless masturbatory philosophizing under the guise of research. https://twitter.com/SamanthaStrudel/status/1557159545763291137 …Read more
RT @kylegriffin1: Breaking: BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Travis McMichael sentenced to life in prison for committing a federal hate crime in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. …Read more
RT @BrendanNyhan: .@davekarpf on Andrew Yang and Tinkerbell Politics https://davekarpf.substack.com/p/andrew-yang-and-tinkerbell-politics …Read more
RT @TimRunsHisMouth: Pelosi being asked if her husband ever insider traded today was literally the same thing as this classic Chappelle sketch… 😂😂😂 https://t.co/MBYTA0gXsH …Read more
RT @ThatTrophyWaifu: DO YOU WANT ME TO EAT THE FUCKING TOAST OR NOT? …Read more
All @BretWeinstein’s impish curmudgeonly theorizing was always in vain, because the IDW is/was a vanity project of blustering pseudo-intellectuals, and none of them saw it for what it was, or will ever care to be corrected. https://twitter.com/C_Kavanagh/status/1552045679605731328 …Read more
RT @the_nerd_skull: I find the type of anti-woke extremists who claims to be “liberals” hilarious considering that what they describe as “wokeness” is bog-standard liberalism most of the time. …Read more
RT @olderyella: Damn! https://twitter.com/theconsciouslee/status/1550902263299948545 …Read more
RT @ComradeHeather: “As the U.S. Southern Command salivates over Latin America’s riches and resources, here’s a list of the US’ relentless imperialist campaigns that have destabilized the continent over the last century.” #LatinAmerica #Imperialism #USSouthCom https://t.co/EBIn5cRtMK …Read more
Republicans are fascists, there’s no two ways about it. https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1550146243980148737 …Read more
RT @fatoomshah: Remembering the great Michael Brooks. https://t.co/tY1Eaedk3v …Read more
RT @TMBS_LostPatron: Miss you Michael Brooks @tmbsfm @majorityfm @LeftReckoning #LeftIsBest A @tato_tweets thread: https://twitter.com/tato_tweets/status/1417538927552958464 …Read more
Rod gets into trouble for these takes, so I’ll try to translate: Left lady: Abortion must be absolutely legal, without question(ing) the patient. Right lady: I’m an idiot and my existence is organized around bumper sticker far-right dogwhistles that deny basic healthcare. https://twitter.com/roderickgraham/status/1549066438224351232 …Read more
You’re welcome for hating you and your dumbass bigotry. https://twitter.com/DouglasKMurray/status/1548158013311049729 …Read more
RT @mattbooshell: disorienting times https://t.co/Uttl6CBdcK …Read more
RT @MerkinMuffley5: @the_nerd_skull I think a lot about this tweet and how it is actually a list of people who will render you incapable of comprehending basically anything. …Read more
unpopular opinion: Baby Yoda looks like animatronic shit, and why at 50 years old in a 900+/- lifespan would he still be saying googoo gaga all the time. It makes no sense at all, where we are already suspending enough disbelief. https://twitter.com/Variety/status/1547696114194731009 …Read more
Come on man… https://twitter.com/cafreiman/status/1546942385984356352 …Read more
RT @msolurin: PSA: You are entitled to your opinions and people are entitled to think those opinions make you an asshole. You can say whatever you want and people can then say whatever they want about you and whatever you said. You don’t have the right to free speech without criticism …Read more
Picard voice: “Shut up Wesley.” https://twitter.com/wesyang/status/1546587450935545857 …Read more

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