I am in an open, serious long-term relationship. I also keep dating others (we both do). I am not actively looking for more relationships, but we have a polyamourous attitude, so should it happen, then it may.
non-fiction: Harry Frankfurt (all); David Chalmers ("The Conscious Mind", and various articles); Daniel Dennett (esp. the old stuff on intentionality); Dossie Easton & Janet Hardy ("The Ethical Slut", "The New Topping Book", "The New Bottomming Book"). I also like David Hume, John Stuart Mill, C.S. Peirce and John Dewey.
Movies: Pulp fiction, Natural Born Killers, Fight Club, Trainspotting, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove, Magnolia, The Godfather, From Dusk Till Dawn, Brazil, Das Experiment, Amelie, City of the Lost Children.
Music: Arcturus, Ulver, Borknagar, Opeth, Katatonia, Anathema, Emperor, Death, Hecate Enthroned, Dissection, and various other black, doom and death bands - especially black metal, it is my religion; Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Evergrey, Savatage, Pain of Salvation, Nevermore, Queensryche, and more heavy and progressive metal; Marillion and Fish, Genesis and Peter Gabriel, Camel, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, always interested in a good symphonic rock band; all the old thrash stuff from Megadeth, Metallica and Sepultura; and when I'm in the mood for highschool nostalgia: Pantera, Faith No More, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and of course, Guns N' Roses.
Food: a medium-rare sirloin steak, and many Italian dishes.
Assuming that nevertheless, all things considered, we do have reasons to believe the above two claims, the second problem is why our society doesn't respond adequately, and how an adequate response would be possible. Is democracy a disadvantage here? Or is it, on the contrary, in the context of the democratic *deficit* of corporate governance that we should understand our lack of collective responsible agency?
In my more pessimistic moments, the aforementioned question changes to how an adequate response *would have been* possible. Which gives rise to the third problem: if our society is going to fail, then what sort of responsibility do we have towards the society, if any, that will be built upon the ruins of ours?