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  • perpetuallyphil 2:52 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: adbusters, , ,   

    while waiting on hold for the next availble…. 

    i came upon this interesting article about digital worlds. a few different opinions coming form differnt-ly minded folks.

    https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/89/immersion-in-digital-technologies.html

    just a taste:

    “We will become considerably more networked, living mainly in terms of proxy encounters. Inevitably hive behaviors will supplant acts of individual initiative. We will become far more of a symbol-trading species than we already are. The data stream, already overwhelming, will be managed by an array of programs and applications. What used to be a knowledge of facts and processes will become a knowledge of the most efficient ways to use those highly developed prosthetic resources. Subjective individualism, waning as an ideal for decades now, will become nearly extinct. We will tend toward electronic collectivism, a kind of electronically aggregated sense of identity.”

    most of the responces are not super postive, but pretty inriguing. what do you all think about the questions posed?

    In what ways do you feel that immersion in digital technologies is changing us as humans, culturally and individually?

    Is there a connection between the quickening desolation of our physical environment and the growing lushness of our artificial media worlds?

    What will be the long-term consequences of our species’ abandonment of living in nature in favor of living in media?

    (this is not a test, it is real)

    (oohhh, finally got through, and plans changed sucessfully. see you in jeju June 22!)

    love you peeps!!!!!

     
  • perpetuallyphil 4:52 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink |
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    a new world ordered? 

    “For Hayek, a market was a personal voyage of discovery. Malthus once told Ricardo to be wary of becoming too attached to abstract ways of thinking. Keynes believed in “animal spirits.” Schumpeter sensed a brutal dynamic of “creative destruction” at the heart of capitalism. Heilbroner sternly warned economists to abandon their “suicidal formalism” if they wanted to progress … but such crunchy, philosophical insights into the soul of economics have largely been lost on the last few generations of its practitioners. For 50 years they’ve been rationalizing human behavior, sanitizing their models and trying their best to turn economics into a mathematically driven exact science like physics.

    Now the old guard is under attack by students and scientists from other disciplines for its profound disconnect from reality. The logic freaks of neoclassical economics are in retreat … the old certitudes are crumbling. Economists are being forced to admit that their understanding of nonlinear, real-world systems is frail at best and that their abstract models have limited value. Everything, from banking, financial regulation and credit, right down to the bedrock fundamentals – growth, freedom, happiness, progress – are now being rethought. The profession is entering an almost Nietzschean period of creative destruction. Here are some of the tectonic mindshifts now underway:

    • A theoretical shift from free market back to Keynesian economics. The idea that governments should step aside and let markets regulate themselves has been publicly, viscerally discredited.

    • An aesthetic shift in the tone, style and spirit of economics. The abstract number cruncher, alone in his tower, lost in the abstraction of models – that dusty Apollonian archetype – is dead.

    • An operational shift: After years of self-imposed isolation, economists are finding inspiration in psychology, environmental science, design, philosophy and art.

    • An existential shift: Before last year’s meltdown it was considered heresy to question the wisdom of growth. Now economists are coming out of the closet and doing exactly that: openly proclaiming infinite growth cannot be sustained on a finite planet. This is the most far-reaching, penetrating paradigm shift imaginable – a monumental mindshift on par with what Einstein’s relativity did to physics. It points to what is perhaps the most exciting and intractable problem of our time: how to create a sustainble economy that does not feed off nature. It heralds the beginning of a debate that will occupy the best minds on the planet for centuries to come: How to manage our planetary household – how to live and be happy – without crashing Gaia?   “

    —– from adbusters.org

    good thing there have been plenty of wonderful ideas for a long time. try any.

     
    • perpetuallyphil 5:41 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink

      When the nun Chiyono studied Zen under Bukko of Engaku she was unable to attain the fruits of meditation for a long time.
      At last one moonlit night she was carrying water in an old pail bound with bamboo. The bamboo broke and the bottom fell out of the pail, and at that moment Chiyono was set free!

      In commemoration, she wrote a poem:

      In this way and that I tried to save the old pail
      Since the bamboo strip was weakening and about to break
      Until at last the bottom fell out.
      No more water in the pail!
      No more moon in the water!

      ~zen proverb

  • perpetuallyphil 7:57 pm on June 28, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: adbusters, happinomics,   

    talking to strangers 

    and other ideas on happinomics:

    http://www.adbusters.org/magazine/84/happinomics.html

    “The whole point is it’s not about me singing to you. It’s not about being amused. It’s not about being entertained. It’s about us singing the song together. It’s doing things together that makes us happy.”

     
    • krammark 2:09 pm on June 29, 2009 Permalink

      my happiness level went up just reading this and thinking about all the awesome people sharing our sphere 🙂 good read.

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