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Scott W. Schwartz

Scott W. Schwartz is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Anthropology at City College of New York. Their work examines the material culture of numbers and how quantification facilitates capitalized social relations. Their book, An Archaeology of Temperature: Numerical Materials in the Capitalized Landscape, was published in 2022.

Optical Collusion: The Underpolitics of the Alien

We’ve seen alien activity in photos, in documentaries, and in grainy videos of peculiar aerial phenomena. However, you haven’t seen aliens. Other people sometimes claim to have seen aliens (or their traces), but the testimony of these others combined with dusty visual footage is not compelling evidence that extraterrestrial species are visiting Earth. They aren’t here and they’re not coming.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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