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    Imagine if our medical and life extension technologies became so advanced that people live forever and can’t even commit suicide because the living will bring them back to life.

    I think I'd like to write a story with this as a scenario, anyone want to help me brainstorm?
    Wed, Jul 11, 2012  Permanent link

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    Imagine if a transnational entity or organisation could provide to its members the protection and support they need in order to live independently of the national borders inside of which they're born?

    What I mean is, imagine you don't want to be a part of the nation that's occupying your geographical location.. but you don't want to go to some other nation and exist within its conceptual boundaries either, you want to remain where you were born, where your family is, where your culture is, where you feel that you naturally resonate with the landscape, whatever. Imagine if all you had to do was gain citizenship with a transnational, global community which could then provide you with the support to exist in your location independent of the occupying nation state. For example, they could liaise with local authorities on your behalf to ensure you weren't hassled about taxes, local laws, etc. They might also provide welfare, education, health and other benefits to you, and assist (monetarily or otherwise) the local authorities / council with local infrastructure and services relative to the extent of your use of them.

    Naturally this organisation would have to have a powerful world position in order to offer these things, but as the economic and political realm moves increasingly away from the 'real' and more into 'cyberspace', I can forsee it becoming a reality.

    As an example.. Imagine if someone from some relatively weak nation like, I dunno, Kazakhstan, could gain citizenship with the USA. And then the USA could talk to Kazakhstan and say "this person is one of us. We don't want to cause you any problems, and we won't so long as you don't bother them. Let them use your local markets and infrastructure and we'll pay their taxes. Probably we'll pay better than your own citizens. If you bother our citizen you may face sanctions and / or reprimands." Then imagine that if instead of applying to the US, that Kazakh could apply to a transnational entity with the power to offer that service.
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    Hello.

    These are some drone-based pieces of music I've written of late.

    I'm wondering if any members here are interested in drone or are producing drone music, and if so, what their thoughts are surrounding drones.

    I'm extremely interested in drones - not just tonal drone like what I've posted here, but rhythmic drones like repeating drums or other instruments. It has an effect on me that I can't pin down with words. It's similar to what I can achieve from meditation or from cannabis, but it's a very unique state.

    Listeners - I'm interested in what you feel listening to these pieces (if you can bear to pay attention to them for their durations - many can't and I understand; it's not for everyone).
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    Christopher Michael Langan (born c. 1952) is an American autodidact whose IQ was reported by 20/20 and other media sources to have been measured at between 195 and 210.[1] Billed by some media sources as "the smartest man in America",[2] he rose to prominence in 1999 while working as a bouncer on Long Island. Langan has developed his own "theory of the relationship between mind and reality" which he calls the "Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe (CTMU)".

    Some great ideas from this guy. Some ideas also that I think of as soulless.
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    "Nothing is now unconscious if your data search commands are powerful enough."

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    Just wondering why the gallery is never updated any more and if it ever will be again? I love the gallery here and often direct people to it, I'd like to see it keep growing.
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    The combination of state of the art electronics and software with one of the worlds most ancient instruments yields a sound that flickers between the primordial and the cybernetic.



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    Something I've noticed about internet communications (forums, msn, chat) is that they are more similar to my internal monologue than to face to face conversation. However, it is not a monologue, it is a dialogue or multilogue (polylogue? :P). I think this is primarily because of lower felt need to be be cautious, a willingness to risk displaying ideas that the author might not feel are ready for display. Re-reading the conversations often gives me a 'stream of consciousness' impression.

    I've found when I meet people I've conversed with or debated online we often return to the topics we discussed on the net and this time around the communication runs smoothly and extensively. Text based conversations never feel very solid; they don't engrave deeply in my memory, so it doesn't feel as if we're having the same conversation over again. It feels more like we're talking about things which we've already thought about together.
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    Categories: thought, internet, collective, telepathy
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    Polymath (from Greek polymathēs, πολυμαθής, "having learned much"); a person whose great knowledge is not restricted to one subject area. Aristotle, Galileo, da Vinci, Jefferson, Goethe, Tesla.

    I've found that a defining trait of learning in the information age is the lack of specialisation. I do not spend my free time drudging through reports and essays relating to a particular selected interest or field. Instead I get lost in wikipedia, following interesting links as I get bored with the articles which contain them. In an hour I can go from ancient mound-building cultures, to hydrology, to environmental engineering, to noise pollution, to noise rock. I don't sit there and take notes, I sit there with dilated pupils, unblinking, my mind bent on devouring this information, because I found it, I sought it out under my own power and for my own internal advancement. It doesn't matter if what I learn is incomplete because I will never be tested on it directly and will never need to use it in the workplace.

    I think this way of learning can genuinely be called 'self-directed' in the sense that it's the method thats in control, not me. I don't really 'choose' what to click on, I just can't help my self. My knowledgebase grows like a Stromatolite in zero gravity; tendrils of interest at play, sprouting outwards in every direction, depositing the solid waste of experienced information. My mental movements follow the lay of the land and the landscape before me is defined by where I've been; theres a kind of feedback going on there.

    I like the Stromatolite analogy I used a few seconds ago. Another good one is the growth of our living spaces. The traditional approaches to education can be compared to traditional approaches to city planning. A grid is laid down and parcels are designated for specific purposes. Math, history, science; Residential, commercial, industrial. The result is a neat, easily navigable structure.

    There is another way to build cities. Want to see some amazing space-filling algorithms in action? Open up google earth and zoom in on Mumbai, India. If you look closely you may see that the orderly gridded sections of planned city are surrounded by this sort of brown/grey mass, it squishes its self into every unclaimed nook and cranny. This mass is made up of corrugated sheet metal, stolen or salvaged construction materials and garbage, placed there by poor but innovative men and women. It is where they live their lives. Slums, or squatter cities, follow the lay of the land. Noone grades the earth flat before the shanties are built, noone imposes a template to follow. And so it is with self-guided education.

    Back to my original statement, the polymath. What really makes a 'Renaissance Man' or 'Renaissance Woman'? If one learns everything to know about chemistry, and everything there is to know about biology, does that make one equal to a single chemist plus a single biologist? I think this is where it gets interesting. The synergy of the cross-disciplinism will take the individual to a greater level than two mere specialists. It's 1+1=3, more than the sum of parts. I think the exponential nature of synergy is where genius really comes from.

    However, no one learns everything there is to know about a field of knowledge by surfing the web, lets not fool our selves. Instead you learn a lot of little tidbits from a vast array of topics. But think... Could there be a threshold at which the synergistic wisdom brought on by the diversity of aquired knowledge surpasses in usefulness the type of tightly focused education reccomended to us by the institutions of the past?

    I'd like to put all this in the context of the world we're moving into. The temporal speed at which we move now already requires constant adaption. We can't think the same way about next month as we did about last month. To make things even more interesting, the speed of advancement is doubling, regularly. No one has seen anything yet. It is my view, or hunch that the type of knowledge that I have described will be immensley useful for an individual living in this new world. If you know a little about everything you have a lot of built-in redundancy, you can take set-backs, survive. Diversity makes a system dynamic, flexible and prosperous.

    So, renaissance people of the new world, prosper!
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