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  • wackobytes 12:38 am on May 1, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: Consciousness   

    http://www.realitysandwich.com/open_letter_my_tribe

     
  • perpetuallyphil 8:33 am on November 13, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: Consciousness, zen   

    zen 

    Nothing Exists:

    Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited one master after another. He called upon Dokuon of Shokoku.

    Desiring to show his attainment, he said: “The mind, Buddha, and sentient beings, after all, do not exist. The true nature of phenomena is emptiness. There is no relaization, no delusion, no sage, no mediocrity. There is no giving and nothing to be received.”

    Dokuon, who was smoking quietly, said nothing. Suddenly he whacked Yamaoka with his bamboo pipe. This made the youth quite angry.

    “If nothing exists,” inquired Dokuon, “where did this anger come from?”

    http://www.ashidakim.com/zenkoans/82nothingexists.html

     
    • perpetuallyphil 8:35 am on November 13, 2010 Permalink

      one more:
      Publishing the Sutras:

      Tetsugen, a devotee of Zen in Japan, decided to publish the sutras, which at that time were available only in Chinese. The books were to be printed with wood blocks in an edition of seven thousand copies, a tremendous undertaking.

      Tetsugen began by traveling and collecting donations for this purpose. A few sympathizers would give him a hundred pieces of gold, but most of the time he received only small coins. He thanked each donor with equal gratitude. After ten years Tetsugen had enough money to begin his task.

      It happened that at that time the Uji Rive overflowed. Famine followed. Tetsugen took the funds he had collected for the books and spent them to save others from starvation. Then he began again his work of collecting.

      Several years afterwards an epidemic spread over the country. Tetsugen again gave away what he had collected, to help his people. For a third time he started his work, and after twenty years his wish was fulfilled. The printing blocks which produced the first edition of sutras can be seen today in the Obaku monastery in Kyoto.

      The Japanese tell their children that Tetsugen made three sets of sutras, and that the first two invisible sets surpass even the last.

    • untamedyawp 4:55 pm on November 13, 2010 Permalink

      meditation is washing a ball of dirt

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

    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!!!!!

     
  • symbiance 6:59 am on March 25, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , bee keeping, Consciousness,   

    Natural Beeing 

    Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt

    Initially intending to uncover a greater perspective on the symbiance between human and the honeybee throughout recorded history, realization surfaced within the preliminary research of the given focus.  The current state of this inter specie relationship is quite different from originally thought.  Relational magnification gives new light to this direct interaction and relays an understanding approaching a parasitic classification.  The limiting factors created by the modern commercial apiculture, restrict the natural processes of this planet and therefore prevent integral gain of the honeybee population. In order to strengthen this the overall vitality of both beings, we must initially develop this understanding and then seek further insight to the honeybee consciousness upon which we have initiated this direct interspecies relation.

    Capturing the Swarm

    To begin, a greater understanding of the relation poised between human and honeybee must perpetuate.   Within recent the periods of time, the interaction of these two beings has evolved to the commercial human practice of extracting the majority of the honeybee hive vital energy supply each season, an action within human society that warrants arrest, fine, or other punishment!  This particular action creates a rather large limiting factor for the honeybee.  Removing such an abundance of hive wellbeing and minimally supporting the livelihood of the honeybee specie creates inevitable upset in the delicate balance required by all relationships within planetary law.  Additionally human action of maintaining a particular queen within an individual hive creates another evolutionary restrictive factor.  Within the hive there are three archetypes:  the fertile female known as the queen, the worker bee members including both female and male, and the fertile male members as drones.  Specifically, when a new queen emerges within the hive, the worker bees’ senses awaken, and becoming infuriated at the presence of an individual emanating a higher intensity vibration of Sun energy, the workers swarm out of the hive.  The sensory response to the new queen can be likened to that experience humans have when first experiencing the bioluminescence of particular members of the fungi kingdom on a dark and peaceful night within a dense and healthy forest ecosystem.   Specifically, the worker honeybees are looking at a creature filled with new sunlight and seem to be blinded by the intensity. This awakening process involves a complexity of anatomic process within the honeybee sensory perception.  The worker honeybee has two little eyes on each side of the head as well as three tiny ones in its forehead.  In addition, within the honeybee lies a gland containing poison, which is attached to a barbed duct.  The poison stored within the gland is only enough to cause swelling in most humans but is powerful enough to kill smaller animals.  The poison is released at a constant rate into the worker honeybee’s body in tiny amounts and has blinding effect on the tiny triad of eye structures in the center of the head.  The worker honeybee finds relief from effects of the poisons in the presence of higher intensity Sun energy, the new queen.  The workers awaken from their state of consciousness and make a hasty retreat from the hive.  Current apiculture response to this phenomenon would be to remove the new queen, collect the swarm of workers, and reestablish the preexisting queen. These seriously detrimental human practices remove natural selection, providing a temporary bounty for the human participant, but when the overall relationship is reexamined, we find an amazing imbalance.  Rudolph Steiner first presented this insight in 1923; specifically challenging the harmful practices and predicting future demise of the honeybee.  Now, almost a century has since elapsed, and we can reassess these then “irrational” predictions and find valuable truths.  The fact sixty percent of the American honeybee population has vanished within the last decade is clear proof of this interspecies relation imbalance.  By restricting the natural selection pressures of the honeybee, humans exhaust the overall vitality of that specie initially for an immediate benefit.  This immediate “benefit” becomes even more interesting when the cost is examined.  A loss of any Earth specie is an immeasurable loss to all beings inhabiting this planet, especially such a specialized creature as the honeybee.  The natural beneficiaries of the honeybee are located in most of the Earth’s inhabitable land surface and rely on the relationships held with the honeybee.  Such beings are responsible for completing some of the vital elemental chemical processes for the human specie, and more specifically, all beings existence.  Without these tiny specialized creatures, our very environments will suffer immeasurable loss and severe damage.  Now, before limiting this interspecies relation to such a dire conclusion, consider the capabilities of the human consciousness.  Unlocking the greater human consciousness is the key to understanding the foils within these relationships, amending our interactive method, and combining life with a greater activated precision towards the ultimate benefit of this planet.  As Terrence McKenna wonderfully states, “You can stand back and look at this planet and see, that we have the money, the power, the medical understanding, scientific know how, the love, and the community to produce a kind of human paradise.  Culture is not your friend!  (Audience, ‘Whaoo!’)”  Using the inherent human capabilities to uncover the infinitely available, all-encompassing cosmic knowledge, solutions will be unveiled by examining the intricacies contained within the honeybee consciousness.

    Archetypal hive members

    Anatomy of the Honeybee

    Additionally, relational basis between honeybee and human has evolved upon one essential component; the state of consciousness held within the intricacies of the honeybee hive.   To achieve a symbiotic relationship, humans must seek a higher understanding of this extremely sophisticated system of invertebrates.  The honeybee is a very specialized insect, collecting nectar and pollen with the greatest of ease, either to be stored within the hive or consumed. The honeybee body structure has enveloped upon a communal connection it holds with the very structures of the plants love life.  Through this very action much life depends, some for fertilization, others being granted an evolutionary kiss from nature, adding vitality to the specie.  An interesting case that an animal such as the honeybee collects and utilizes an extremely refined substance from nature within the hive as sole sustenance.  Additionally, the honeybee synthesizes the food into the wax material from which the worker bee constructs vertical columns of laterally layered hexagonal chambers created for the storage of sustenance or developing offspring.  These hexagonal receptacles have been ingeniously selected for the extreme efficiency at which the space within the hive construct is utilized, therefore creating a naturally perfect internal design.  The design holds an even greater significance when understanding the development of the actual members of the hive.   Within this six-sided chamber the larvae emerge from egg and develop to full anatomic capacity.  The most sensitive phases of the honeybee life are held inside the hexagonal structure.  The developing larvae internalize the vessel structure while body cells are softest and the hexagonal, geometric energies are then assimilated from within the adult as each worker member constructs new chambers for the hive and to facilitate all other types of work as well.  An amazing process, proving environment as cause for all honeybee externalized activity.  The queen, another of three hive archetypes, functions as the only fertile female.  While all other members of the hive develop within these fascinating hexagonal vessels, the queen begins life in a structure more similar to a pouch.  The developmental period of the queen lasts a mere sixteen days while the worker honeybee members, both male and female, utilize a period of twenty-one days to reach maturity.  Relative only to the cycles of the Sun, remarkable rhythm is achieved.  Specifically, the Sun revolves on an axis, periodically completing a full cycle each set of twenty-one days.  Both the queen and worker honeybee members develop fully within, and from a single cycle of the Sun and on this similarity form a bond, as members of the same developmental Sun cycle.  If the worker members were to remain under development beyond the single period of the Sun, repeat energy exposure would occur from the Sun and influences that of the Earth would be experienced. In comparison to all other hive members, the queen remains closest to the larval stages and holds the ability to lay eggs.  The worker continues past this point of development, but remaining within the singular Sun revolution, completely utilizing the full influence of the Sun’s energy sphere and reaching complete maturity to preventing even minimal developmental influence from Earth.  Now, the fertile male members, specifically labeled drones, are members reaching maturity at twenty-three or twenty-four days, thus entering the sphere of Earth energy influence as incomplete insects for the singular purpose only to gain the powers of fertility.  Drone members have split away from the energy sphere of the Sun, falling to the influences of the Earth and are only tolerated within the hive by the queen and her workers because of the fertility gift they possess.  Once the Earth has revolved completely around the Sun, the drones are killed or forced out of the hive by the worker members to die of starvation or thermal relief.  The very special act of fertilization is conducted between select few members of the hive; the rest repress their sexual lives and transform it into the active energy capacity developed within the hive.  Love life renounced in many ways, love energy develops within the entire hive and permeates the atmosphere.  Catalyzing the nuptial flight, the queen sets her controls for the heart of the Sun, to which she belongs, reaching her maximal elevation where she is fertilized by a naturally selected drone displaying highest level of activated potential.  The drone selected flies highest of all, overcoming the specific Earth drawn powers despite its unification with these powers, fertilizing the queen at this elevated position.  Upon completion, the queen returns to deposit her eggs within the hexagonal chambers.  Remarkably, the queen possesses the ability to lay viable, unfertilized eggs as well.  This is called a virgin brood, and specifically within the culture of insects, Parthenogenesis.  Interestingly, from this specific process, only drones hatch!  This natural phenomenon promotes the success of the honeybee, and more specifically presents demand of the honeybee love life.  Ultimately, understanding honeybee consciousness further will ensure the survival and existence of both the honeybee and human beings.

    Therefore, once realizing the fundamental basis upon which the premier of the interspecies relationship between honeybee and human rests, amendments are available to increase the success of both involved specie.  Humans may choice a relationship with greater balance to the planetary balance and strive to create a true symbiotic state of being.  This will be achieved by removing the limiting factors of modern commercial apiculture, of which encourage an overall weakening of the species, and introducing innovative mutually beneficial activity.  Furthermore, uncovering a greater insight to the energetic state of being held by the honeybee becomes necessary, ensuring both specie survival and genetic integral enhancement.

     
    • homad 9:24 am on March 25, 2010 Permalink

      Absolutely fascinating. I love bees so much! This didn’t even go into the depth of how they do vector calculus based on where the sun is. They then give good pollen to the other bees. Followed by a DANCE to indicate to the others where the good pollen is. I was just marveling yesterday when I stepped outside into a sculpture garden with my friend and a bee came up to me, hovered for a moment as though saying hello, and saying “glad to have to you here”. In Denver I used to always have wasps land on me and hover around me while making orgonite…even when I moved houses…I don’t mind them…I am grateful for them.. Don’t disrespect them n they won’t hurt yah 🙂

      Gotta love how they are in tune with the hexagon too…there is a hexagon on the north pole of Saturn for those of you who don’t know 🙂 See post above

  • perpetuallyphil 9:41 am on March 1, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: Consciousness, emergence, maths, podcast, radio,   

    Emergence: awesome podcast from RadioLab 

    “What happens when there is no leader? Starlings, bees, and ants manage just fine. In fact, they form staggeringly complicated societies, all without a Toscanini to conduct them into harmony. How? That’s our question this hour. We gaze down at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, even our very own brains. Featured: author Steven Johnson, fire-flyologists John and Elizabeth Buck, biologist E.O. Wilson, Ant expert Debra Gordon, mathematician Steve Strogatz, economist James Surowiecki, and neurologists Oliver Sacks and Christof Koch”

    http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes/2005/02/18

    There are tons of interesting and insightful podcasts from these peeps. I must say: I am a sucker for well produced radio. Neato!

     
  • perpetuallyphil 6:09 pm on February 13, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , Consciousness, , yes men   

     
    • deadindenver 6:14 pm on February 13, 2010 Permalink

      GREAT!!!!

  • perpetuallyphil 6:50 am on February 13, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: Consciousness,   

    “The most beautiful thing we can experie… 

    “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”

    -Albert Einstein

     
  • perpetuallyphil 1:44 am on November 17, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: Consciousness, Gödel, logic   

    logical leaps, phew 

    “…..He believed he had shown that mathematics has a robust reality that transcends any system of logic. But logic, he was convinced, is not the only route to knowledge of this reality; we also have something like an extrasensory perception of it, which he called “mathematical intuition.” It is this faculty of intuition that allows us to see, for example, that the formula saying “I am not provable” must be true, even though it defies proof within the system where it lives. Some thinkers (like the physicist Roger Penrose) have taken this theme further, maintaining that Gödel’s incompleteness theorems have profound implications for the nature of the human mind. Our mental powers, it is argued, must outstrip those of any computer, since a computer is just a logical system running on hardware, and our minds can arrive at truths that are beyond the reach of a logical system….”

    “…..Einstein was not entirely pleased with the news that his equations permitted something as Alice in Wonderland-like as spatial paths that looped backward in time; in fact, he confessed to being “disturbed” by Gödel’s universe. Other physicists marvelled that time travel, previously the stuff of science fiction, was apparently consistent with the laws of physics. (Then they started worrying about what would happen if you went back to a time before you were born and killed your own grandfather.) Gödel himself drew a different moral. If time travel is possible, he submitted, then time itself is impossible. A past that can be revisited has not really passed. And the fact that the actual universe is expanding, rather than rotating, is irrelevant. Time, like God, is either necessary or nothing; if it disappears in one possible universe, it is undermined in every possible universe, including our own….”

    ——-

    Gödel is an interesting human  from a crazy time. Check out the Full article from the New Yorker.
     
  • perpetuallyphil 11:27 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , Consciousness, ,   

    corporate personhood 

    quick hitter

    basic violation of our "un-alienable rights"

     
    • perpetuallyphil 1:52 am on November 11, 2009 Permalink

      The yes men (http://theyesmen.org/):
      Yes, I want to say something about freedom. People criticize us because we tell small lies, but they are (small lies) that reveal bigger truths. And our lies are revealed instantly.

      Meanwhile, corporations and lobbyists are telling huge lies, like government sponsored healthcare will take away our freedom, which is a major lie. You have more freedom if you have health insurance.

      There are so many examples of where smart government — not more, but smart — can increase our freedom. We have to reexamine our priorities in how we make our government work for us, and not just for the richest.

  • perpetuallyphil 8:17 am on November 3, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , Consciousness, paulo freire, Pedagogy   

    my new fav author 

    “[T]he more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled. This person is not afraid to meet the people or to enter into a dialogue with them. This person does not consider himself or herself the proprietor of history or of all people, or the liberator of the oppressed; but he or she does commit himself or herself, within history, to fight at their side.”
    Paulo Freire

    “…the fact that certain members of the oppressor class join the oppressed in their struggle for liberation, thus moving from one pole of the contradiction to the other… Theirs is a fundamental role, and has been throughout the history of this struggle. It happens, however, that as they cease to be exploiters or indifferent spectators or simply the heirs of exploitation and move to the side of the exploited, they almost always bring with them the marks of their origin: their prejudices and their deformations, which include a lack of confidence in the people’s ability to think, to want, and to know. Accordingly, these adherents to the people’s cause constantly run the risk of falling into a type of generosity as malefic as that of the oppressors. The generosity of the oppressors is nourished by an unjust order, which must be maintained in order to justify that generosity. Our converts, on the other hand, truly desire to transform the unjust order; but because of their background they believe that they must be the executors of the transformation. They talk about the people, but they do not trust them; and trusting the people is the indispensable precondition for revolutionary change. A real humanist can be identified more by his trust in the people, which engages him in their struggle, than by a thousand actions in their favor without that trust.”
    Paulo Freire

     

    “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”
    Paulo Freire

     
  • aed623 11:29 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , Consciousness, grokking, robert heinlein, stranger in a strangeland   

    so much to grok, so little to grok from 

    “Grok means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed—to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science—and it means as little to us (because of our Earthly assumptions) as color means to a blind man.”

    -Robert H. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strangeland

    In an ideological context, a grokked concept becomes part of the person who contributes to its evolution by improving the doctrine, perpetuating the myth, espousing the belief, adding detail to the social plan, refining the idea or proofing the theory.

     
  • perpetuallyphil 10:07 pm on October 3, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: Consciousness, muse, ,   

    we will be victorious 

    the new muse album is in top ten rollingstone right now. the kids are gettin into it…. untz.

    video of “uprising” here

    “The resistance” tracklisiting:

    ‘Uprising’
    ‘Resistance’
    ‘Undisclosed Desires’
    ‘United States Of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage)’
    ‘Guiding Light’
    ‘Unnatural Selection’
    ‘MK Ultra’
    ‘I Belong To You (+Mon Coeur S’Ouvre A Ta Voix)’
    ‘Exogenesis: Symphony Part I (Overture)’
    ‘Exogenesis: Symphony Part II (Cross Pollination)’
    ‘Exogenesis Part III (Redemption)’

     
    • perpetuallyphil 10:16 pm on October 3, 2009 Permalink

      “The related but distinct idea of exogenesis (Greek: ἔξω (exo, outside) and γένεσις (genesis, origin)) is a more limited hypothesis that proposes life on Earth was transferred from elsewhere in the Universe”

    • perpetuallyphil 8:12 pm on October 4, 2009 Permalink

      commodify the revolution.

  • ishred 8:08 pm on October 2, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , Consciousness   

    Major LoLz http://www.youtube.com/watch… 

    Major LoLz

     
    • oneshowatatime 11:27 pm on October 2, 2009 Permalink

      jeez, keisa, didn’ t realize you’re “ishred” on the shred…

      funny, because 30 seconds into this video i was like, “for some reason this reminds me of keiser, i bet he’d like this video”

    • ishred 5:38 pm on October 4, 2009 Permalink

      this video is much funnier when you know these are east coast biscuit teerrr rats, which they are

    • zabba 2:39 am on October 5, 2009 Permalink

      “This is silly dude, tan on tan on fuckin’ brown, dude.”

    • adriuntz 3:02 am on October 5, 2009 Permalink

      “I got this sick art from a dude on lot. Paid five bucks and a beer. I feel I made out pretty good on that deal.”

  • perpetuallyphil 4:28 am on October 2, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: Consciousness, , , ,   

    scared/excited: kurzweil and the singularity 

    random thoughts:

    we seemed to have passed the threshold of unlimited growth without entirely destructing our planet. is this world that kurzweil (above vid) speaks of possible without the drastic shift in consciousness that is needed to move in a way that we are responsible?

    does technology push consciousness or does consciousness push tech? if it is a two way street than we must begin to raise our awareness to fully utilize our tech prowess in a positive way…. we have be off track for sometime –see atombomb– so why should we trust where this rabbit hole will take us?

    i am starting to think that we need be exploring ways to exist and expand without high tech help…. by waiting until supercomputers fix our problems we could be vanquishing our chance to understand our position in the world rather than always chasing what we wish we were.

     
    • kbelly 2:03 am on October 6, 2009 Permalink

      I’ve been thinking alot about that too lately, while expanding technoloagy outward is helpful and convienient at the moment, we have all the technoloagy we need inside, and its a matter of getting enough people to tap in… matter transportation? telepathy? no problem. i would love this process to speed up already cause this matter of language is really getting in my way right now….

  • skyscholfield 3:16 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: Consciousness   

    Wow, my first post! 

    Well I thought I’d make it a good one, This is a blog I stumbled apon, its filled with all kinds of good stuff, check it out.

    http://everyoneisgoingconscious.com/

    I believe its from the chico area too,

    PS. Breakbeat anyone?

     
    • homad 1:45 am on September 30, 2009 Permalink

      That’s a house beat, but still pretty wicked when it drops around 1:10. Nice CG.

      I spin glitchy breaks, dubstep, and sometimes hip-hop/reggae/dnb/idm/house
      http://soundcloud.com/dj-pwr <–have a listen

      glad to have you here

    • perpetuallyphil 1:53 am on September 30, 2009 Permalink

      welcome sky. thanks for droppin by.

      that site you posted is pretty fresh. an excerpt:
      “The Guru is the universe, the universe is my Guru. And I’ve never been away from my Guru. I am. And I am aware of a body, a dream state, and even a deep sleep without thought or dream. In this deepest state there is only “I Am.” And this “I Am” is in all. This is the oneself exploring an existence within all beings and all forms. It is illusion to think there is a choice of identification. For to think is to be a temporal illusion floating by like a cloud in the sky. When you are the entire sky, why would the clouds fight? Why would they compete? Why would the sky care? It’s all a game. And once the film ends, and we’ve cried for our lost hero, the lights come up and we remember the smell of popcorn and where we parked the car. The End.”

    • skyscholfield 3:40 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink

      Thanks guys, this blog is full the kind of stuff im thinkin about all day long and im glad i have some folks to share those ideas with! Plus the music blows my socks off, and i got the new bassnectar track for free, shooot i’ll be here for a while, haha

      Peace – Sky

      oh and thanks homad, im checking those out right now, i dig ’em!

  • perpetuallyphil 4:05 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , Consciousness, MLK,   

    you got served 

     
  • perpetuallyphil 8:04 am on August 17, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , Consciousness, , , , ,   

    face-feed 

    who are you? who are we? how do we interact? why are we networking?

    —–

    “Facebook just bought the rights to nearly everything you do online. And it cost them only $47.5 million.

    Facebook’s purchase of FriendFeed, an obscure social-media platform, is potentially momentous. To understand why, we must understand FriendFeed, a start-up that is ubiquitous among techies and unknown to everybody else. It’s a sleek application that acts as a clearinghouse for all of your social-media activities. Post something to Flickr? That will show up on your FriendFeed page. Digg something? FriendFeed will know. Post to Twitter from your phone? FriendFeed will syndicate your tweets. Once you initially tell it where to look, it will collect everything and tell it to the world…..

    …….

    ……….If this happens, Facebook will be the one portal to rule them all. Other than Google, that is. Google long ago took over much of our Internet usage: Gmail, Google Docs, Google search, etc. Facebook and Twitter, for now, are the two holdouts, bastions of independence in an increasingly consolidated Internet. (To be more precise: the user-generated Internet.) And Twitter may already be too integrated to count because of the way Facebook pipes it in.

    That leaves two mega-conglomerates that will compete to be the portal of everything we do on the Internet. Google has long tried to get into the social game, and Facebook surely wouldn’t mind expanding into some of Google’s territory. (Real-time search is the likely entry point.) It’s as classic an American struggle as Pepsi vs. Coke. Two companies, one market. Regardless of which side you choose, I’m sure Facebook will be happy to air your thoughts on the matter. Even if you write them on Blogspot, Google’s blogging network. After all, that’s why Facebook bought FriendFeed. So it could own you.”

    ——

    full article via washington post

    my questions are these:

    are we co-evolving with this technology that is therefore benefiting both the consumer and the producer positively, or are they increasingly convincing us that this is important and real? are these online relationships healthy? what comes next?

     
    • homad 10:06 am on August 17, 2009 Permalink

      What isn’t mentioned is internet media which of course MediaWars.com will dominate 🙂 Come check out all the new features we just added (including adult content if your registered and opt to experience it).

  • perpetuallyphil 6:25 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: Consciousness, , , , , , ,   

    Evolution’s third replicator 

    “WE HUMANS have let loose something extraordinary on our planet – a third replicator – the consequences of which are unpredictable and possibly dangerous.

    What do I mean by “third replicator”? The first replicator was the gene – the basis of biological evolution. The second was memes – the basis of cultural evolution. I believe that what we are now seeing, in a vast technological explosion, is the birth of a third evolutionary process. We are Earth’s Pandoran species, yet we are blissfully oblivious to what we have let out of the box…..

    …..

    Putting it that way makes the answer easier to see. Memes are a new kind of information – behaviours rather than DNA – copied by a new kind of machinery – brains rather than chemicals inside cells. This is a new evolutionary process because all of the three critical stages – copying, varying and selection – are done by those brains. So does the same apply to new technology?

    There is a new kind of information: electronically processed binary information rather than memes. There is also a new kind of copying machinery: computers and servers rather than brains. But are all three critical stages carried out by that machinery?….”

    full article via newscientist

     
    • homad 7:48 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink

      Robot attacked a Swedish Factory Worker
      http://www.thelocal.se/19120.html

    • tallbridge 11:32 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink

      thats pretty wild phil….my mycelium studies have taken another step when i finally saw something that was actually quite obvious

      plants need a mycelial network to spawn the type of growth that exists and there’s certainly evidence to suggest humans becoming more like plants….mycelium rolled around for a few million years before the flora we know of today started to take off

      i guess all the television providers in the us have around 100 million subscribers combined
      facebook has something like 500 million users now
      obviously there’s probably 250 million inactive facebook accounts…but still

      they really need to graph the internet again…that last one was in 2005 and now w/ all the syndication it probably just looks like a double torus spinning its face off (or that picture above)

      i haven’t read the whole article yet, i’ll post some more later

      i guess the web is a creature of pure information…

    • untamedyawp 5:37 pm on August 6, 2009 Permalink

      really interesting…
      “A living creature, once just a vehicle of the first replicator, was now the copying machinery for the next.”
      it’s really crazy how attaching symbolic words to human observed and participated phenomenon all the sudden makes those phenomenon seem so real.

      all the microcosms of the macrocosm are lining up getting ready for blast off.

  • untamedyawp 4:15 am on July 23, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , , bill hicks, Consciousness, , , , david icke, holographic reality, , , orwell, oxford, reality,   

    david icke 

     
  • untamedyawp 4:49 pm on April 13, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , Consciousness, , ,   

    Evolver 

    Years in the making, Daniel Pinchbeck and the esteemed Reality Sandwich crew have just launched the beta of evolver.net.  The social networking site of the next age is poised to catalyze local action and gloabal transformation through facilitating connectivity within communities and developing tangible rubrics of social change.  News, events, projects, blogs, groups………let’s evolve!  Check it out.

    Building a Scaffolding for Social Change

    Daniel Pinchbeck

    For the most part, the mainstream media and federal government still treat the economic collapse as something that can be fixed, so that economic growth can resume in a few years. But some commentators are beginning to realize that our meltdown represents a deeper and more permanent paradigm shift. The physical environment can no longer withstand the assaults of our industrial culture. We are experiencing a termination of capitalism as we have known it, a shutdown recently dubbed “The Great Disruption” by Thomas Friedman, in The New York Times. Until recently a leading cheerleader for Neoliberal globalization, Friedman has come to the late realization “that the whole growth model we created over the last 50 years is simply unsustainable economically and ecologically and that 2008 was when we hit the wall.” The longer the general population is allowed to remain in denial about what is happening, the more dire the probable consequences, such as widespread famine, civil unrest and a disintegration of basic services.

    The truth is that we need to make a deep and rapid change in our current social systems and in the underlying models and ideals of our society. It is highly unlikely that those who have been part of the power structure, whether within government or the mainstream media, possess the necessary will, vision or inspiration to make this happen. Also, when we consider their self-serving support for a delusional model of infinite growth on a finite planet, ignoring all evidence to the contrary, our mainstream pundits and politicos have clearly forfeited any claim to authority, and should never be trusted again.

    Many elements of an alternative paradigm, a participatory model in which power is restored to local communities, have been developed over the last decades. In previous columns, I have discussed the “Transition Town” model from the UK as a foundation to help communities move toward resilience and self-reliance. Extraordinary initiatives are presented annually at the Bioneers Conference, and their website maintains an archive of these projects, from bioremediation to complementary currencies, that could be rapidly scaled up if the collective will is mobilized. The nonprofit organization Pro Natura has developed an alfalfa leaf extract that can fulfill a person’s annual nutritive needs for a negligible sum – and many other innovators and activists are holding crucial pieces of the new puzzle we need to assemble quickly.

    What blocks real efforts at social transformation is the current level of human consciousness. The Italian political philosopher Antonio Negri has noted that the most important form of production in our post-industrial culture is the “production of subjectivity” — our media and education systems have mechanically imprinted a certain level of awareness onto the masses, a passive, consumer consciousness. People have not been encouraged to think or to act for themselves. Now, their very survival may depend upon learning these unfamiliar skills.

    Since I comprehended the full depth of the crisis heading our way, I have been working with friends and collaborators to envision and enact solutions. We saw the need for an alternative social network and media that could integrate many aspects of the new paradigm while providing a scaffold for a large-scale process of social transformation. Facebook and MySpace have shown the extraordinary power of social networks to reach an enormous audience, but they have mainly provided a place for people to display and distract themselves in new ways. Most popular social networks are designed to support what media critic Thomas de Zengotita has called the “flattered self,” constantly craving attention. The main purpose of these networks is to make a profit for large corporations.

    We have just launched Evolver.net, an independent social network, built on open-source software that is designed to support collaboration between individuals and groups and to engage people in the process of transforming their own consciousness and their local communities. While we still use many of the standard social networking tools, we have shifted the focus to members’ mission and projects. We have also created an internal rating system for members to vote on the initiatives presented by other members, so that the best ideas in every area will rise to the top and gain more attention. Our plan is to facilitate a network of local groups, across the U.S. and eventually globally, that meet in person and engage in immediate actions to change their world.

    Years ago, Barbara Marx Hubbard wrote, “If the positive innovations connect exponentially before the massive breakdowns reinforce one another, the system can repattern itself to a higher order of consciousness and freedom without the predicted economic, environmental, or social collapse.” We are quickly approaching the critical threshold where breakdown or breakthrough becomes inevitable. I don’t know if Evolver will reach mass popularity as a tool to bring about this repatterning. Of course, I hope this is the case. In the guise of a for-profit company, we have sought to create something akin to a social utility. At a turbulent time when nobody knows what is going to happen next, it feels good, at least, to have launched something into the world that can help the process of transformation.

     
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