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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):

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

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
Smart Cities, Systems Change, and MetamodernismTo be sure, I’m not advocating building some elitist utopian ringworld nonsense… This is just a cool image to illustrate a continuum.“…the guided convergence of …Read more
The Revolution Will Not Be Boring*This article was originally posted on Emerge. See Parts 1, 2, 3, 4“… in America, we think of rebellion as this very sexy thing and it involves …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
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
https://medium.com/the-abs-tract-organization/the-world-thats-emerging-289403c62d5bThe World That’s Emergingmedium.comCocreation and (In)coherence in Metamodern Praxis …Read more
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP7YZHGKhm0&fbclid=IwAR0XIQwQtShAA3H5GpleIbvGOkyPS0mndobkvfGSj0HKsXFMx353oO8eVNMClass Warfare: The Future of Left Politicswww.youtube.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
https://youtu.be/vO-8nS8LTD4Laying it Out with Layman #4: From Post-Truth to Paradigm Shiftyoutu.beBrent Cooper and Layman Pascal dive even deeper into anti-intellectualism and the meta-crisis, reviewing research and tying it into current events, namely th… …Read more
https://youtu.be/KQQjNBPJ2REGrounded Gabbin’ with Vinay Gupta (on the meta-crisis)youtu.beBrent Cooper and Vinay Gupta (@leashless) unpack the meta-crisis reproduction, deadly cul-de-sacs of reason (via Game B), black elephants, footprint calculat… …Read more
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://medium.com/the-abs-tract-organization/anti-intellectualism-in-american-strife-737fa2321f34Anti-Intellectualism in American Strifemedium.comFrom Post-Truth to Paradigm Shift …Read more
RT @MattLech: The US military leadership is the most empowered collective of murderers in world history https://twitter.com/ericuman/status/1484230297621340160 …Read more
lol, he has no idea who these people are really, they just all do tacit collusion on the right-wing playbook, all day every day. So anti-intellectual and dubious at its core. https://twitter.com/jordanbpeterson/status/1483891727530344453 …Read more
Utterly delusional and harmful to still be taking cues from Game B after everything they’ve done; from licking boots of reactionaries, to suppressing political platforms that anticipated the pandemic crises, opposing CRT, blocking good people, etc… https://twitter.com/Jonathan_Rowson/status/1483379260534493184?s=20 …Read more
RT @tato_tweets: @nathanTbernard wtf is the point of Tim Pool? …Read more
RT @mccormick_ted: whoever would have thought that someone who got famous by lying about “pronouns”, then used his fame to sell a diet-scam and a sham MBA program, and who claims that a glass of cider enabled him to stay wide awake for a month, would now claim that oh never mind https://twitter.com/thebadstats/status/1483452764340600842 …Read more
They are in fact teaching children Critical Race Theory #CRT. This particular student is from a gifted program and doing fine. https://www.tiktok.com/@pointbeing/video/7054080435302763782?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id7030980766469932549 …Read more
RT @h3h3productions: How is fleecing your fathers fandom going? $100 per month for the lionclub, teaching people that eating only meat cures all ailments? Must have been nice to be posting cute selfies from your fathers social media accounts while he nearly died. https://twitter.com/MikhailaAleksis/status/1482388773996478474 …Read more
That’s kinda like saying one of your films grossed as much as all the MCU films combined. Shut the fuck up. https://twitter.com/robreiner/status/1476228056880599041 …Read more
RT @andresintheory: Just stop listening to and inviting this dipshit on your platform. A lot of center left and “left” media is complicit in fostering this kind of basura and lack of integrity …Read more
I would call you a dipshit to your face, or worse. Most insufferable of the pseudo-intellectuals, most physically and morally weak too. https://twitter.com/jordanbpeterson/status/1482212132540370944 …Read more
RT @thisisponytoast: y’know, i’ve heard of talking in circles, but this just reads like a downward spiral. …Read more
General advice: Never listen to David Brooks, or to people who like him. Only try to open discussion centred through the many critiques of him, how ignorant and oblivious the center is, and thereby reckless and dangerous. If you like him, check yourself. cc: @nytdavidbrooks https://twitter.com/Leftist412/status/1481825962262155264 …Read more
Check out Point Being’s video! #TikTok #meta #thecouncilvstherogue https://vm.tiktok.com/ZML1Emfau/ …Read more
The highly self-esteemed @EricRWeinstein does not think mockery and critique go together, which is why he eschews @majorityfm. So, stop giving us so much material 🤡. Listen to your critics. *I can’t hear you* he shouts muffled from his oversized head stuck up his ass. https://twitter.com/Phrost/status/1481274385558564868 …Read more
He’s right @AndrewYang, this is your dumbest take that I’ve seen, and I’m pro UBI. Let me give you a hint: moving to the right (especially on the Cheney-fascist warmonger axis) will never be a solution for anything in this era of crisis and transition. You should be ashamed. https://twitter.com/RealGregorad/status/1481351551935516675 …Read more
This crank thinks his cult following steering him is science. It isn’t Bret. You’re one of the most compromised thinkers on this hellsite.. little more than an influencer on a reactionary political front, just like Kim. All this will make sense years from now when you wake. https://twitter.com/BretWeinstein/status/1481303148387991554 …Read more
First try… https://twitter.com/antlerboy/status/1480992272552538115 …Read more
Can we just be honest @peterthiel? this guy @EricRWeinstein doesn’t work for you, maybe he never has, he just sits on fat ass all day and tweets conspiracy theories… unless that’s the job. https://twitter.com/observeaddict/status/1480923851953475586 …Read more
Among the prime reasons the NYT has always sucked, being elitist ignorant propaganda, is that they avoid obvious truths, like the Iraq war they supported was indeed all terrorism. https://twitter.com/NathanJRobinson/status/1480629614313676801 …Read more
ATTN all leftists. Please catch yourself anytime you say ‘tax-payer dollars’. Many of whom are otherwise good I think. MMT rightly says you are ceding the paradigm, reifying the status quo, with this dogma. And don’t worry, we’ll still tax the rich. https://twitter.com/orangeasm/status/1480400106411020289 …Read more
RT @RhiannonDauster: Heather Heying’s pointless contrarianism about kale helps explain her attitude to COVID vaccines. https://twitter.com/deonteleologist/status/1480310886308859904 …Read more
Shocked and sad to see this legend pass. Bob Saget had a deep meta-humour aspect through his career, and I found a lot of his podcasts and interviews over the last decade very resonant, cathartic, hilarious, and informative for left politics… Hard to capture the loss. https://twitter.com/THR/status/1480342591782674434 …Read more
RT @agoingaccount: The profit motive is ridiculous but that doesn’t mean people should work for free instead. Work should be paid regardless of whether it’s profitable. Wikipedia, Minecraft and Volunteer firefighters aren’t models for a whole society that accounts for everyone’s needs. https://twitter.com/joshuapotash/status/1480010557331759104 …Read more
I try to appreciate John, but the actual meta-crisis is not so much as he describes it in his big books, but rather is buried deep in his “soul” and his complete disinterest in anything that undermines his old fashioned recalcitrant positions, worldview, identity, status, etc. https://twitter.com/johnmilbank3/status/1479733507362635778 …Read more

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