Counterform’s projects Polytopia The human species is rapidly and indisputably moving towards the technological singularity. The cadence of the flow of information and innovation in... Epiphanies A series of rambles by SpaceCollective members sharing sudden insights and moments of clarity.
Rambling is a time-proven way of thinking out loud,... The Total Library Text that redefines... What happened to nature? How to stay in touch with our biological origins in a world devoid of nature?
The majestic nature that once inspired poets, painters and... The great enhancement debate What will happen when for the first time in ages different human species will inhabit the earth at the same time? The day may be upon us when people... Proposal for a multimedia... A musical mindstorm on the nature of sound, light, space and subjective experience powered by locally produced energy, heralding the ending of the...Now playingSpaceCollective Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction.Introduction Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) was the German scientist who coined the phrase "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny" and the terms "Darwinism" and "ecology." He was first to postulate a "missing link" between ape and man and was proven correct when Java man was found in 1891. A staunch evolutionary biologist, Haeckel put Darwin on the world map. His books and monographs, placing Darwin in a broad social and philosophical context, were circulated internationally; they outsold On the Origin of Species by a large margin. Haeckel was commonly referred to as "the Darwin of Germany."
Haeckel was also an accomplished artist. His idol was Goethe, who maintained that art as well as science could unearth the underlying truths of nature. For both Goethe and Haeckel, morphology had aesthetic roots. Haeckel traveled far and wide, from Sicily to Ceylon, to the North Sea, and beyond. Sketchpads and watercolors accompanied his microscope wherever he went. His on-the-spot drawings of deep-sea vegetation, aquatic creatures, frogs, birds, and higher animals were turned into more than 1000 engravings.
Every molecule, atom, in our body... is self-interested... is self-aware, and determined as such.
All healthy systems self-organize, and maintain themselves by the same principals.
Thus, when everything is self-interested, as in Nature, negotiations come into play... which results in collaboration, co-creation, and a positive participation in the human experience.
all parts enjoying each other immensely
Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris, Evolut Biologist, Greece/USA. She speaks beautifully on these subjects of sustainability/biomimicry/collaboration/gaia.
I highly recommend viewing these clips ::
some notes to self :
+ The idea of Holarchy (or, Whole-archy)
Autopoesis "An autopoietic machine is a machine organized (defined as a unity) as a network of processes of production (transformation and destruction) of components which: (i) through their interactions and transformations continuously regenerate and realize the network of processes (relations) that produced them; and (ii) constitute it (the machine) as a concrete unity in space in which they (the components) exist by specifying the topological domain of its realization as such a network." – Humberto Maturana
+ Self-interest is a good thing... as along as it is contained within the self-interest of a community
For about twenty years an emergent & organic experiment in social, creative & civic society has taken place in the deep void of the Nevada desert. A environ so vastly different from one's regular earthly reality, it could very well be on some distant planet. That place is Black Rock City. And the event is Burning Man.
I've experienced BM for 5 years now... and this summer will be by 6th. And I cannot wait to 'come home'
The visionary founder & executive director is Larry Harvey. He is 59 y/o, my father's age, and a child of the 60's. He is a sincere, imaginative, wise, and eloquent soul. And has been extremely successful in forging a bridge between some of the ethos of the 60's, with that of the contemporary emerging new consciousness.
Larry Harvey on Black Rock City & Burning Man.
"It's sort of a metaphysical space.. it's a perfect blank."
"It's more nothing than you'll ever see.. in the context of absolutely nothing... whatever 'is', IS more intensely so..."
"You can author your own reality.. there is nothing all around you as there is in your normal life to contradict that... so then it tends to make everyone an artist in some sense."
"We take people to the threshold of religion. Our aim is to induce immediate experience that is beyond the odd, beyond the strange, and beyond the weird. It verges on the wholly other. "
"We ask people to commune with their inner reality, and project that onto the world in an immediate way."
"This is where civic altruism and wearing a cow costume, come together."
"Both Burning Man and the Internet make it possible to regather the tribe of mankind, to talk to millions of dispersed individuals in the great diaspora of our mass society. Living as we do, without sustaining traditions in time and ungrounded in a shared experience of place, it is yet possible to transcend these deficiencies. We must use technology to create space stations here on planet Earth, islands of intense and living contact. It is time to come home."
"All real communities grow out of a shared confrontation with survival. Communities are not produced by sentiment or mere goodwill. They grow out of a shared struggle. Our situation in the desert is an incubator for community."
"It avoids a self-conscious relationship to the act. We live in the most self-conscious society in the history of mankind. There are good things in that, but there are also terrible things. The worst of it is, that we find it hard to give ourselves to the cultural process."
Paul Stamets, American mycologist & author, is a passionate believer that mushrooms/funghi, can indeed save the world. One such brilliant way he has demonstrated this is through Mycoremediation, which is a form of bioremediation that can turn soil which has been contaminated by oil, into an "oasis... teeming with life", in a matter of weeks.
This is yet another example that Nature already contains the most elegant processes & techniques for us to learn from. Aiding in our more complete & natural integration with Gaia. It's all there for us... and thankfully people like Paul are looking with insatiable curiousity.
Andy Goldsworthy is the zen master of environmental art. His process & work possess a deep & sentient understanding on the subtlties of nature – or rather, 'the nature of Nature'. The environment is his master medium, which he handles with an intimate, sensitive, hands-on approach. His principals of slowness, keen observation & listening to nature's murmurs, all lend his work a particular elegance & beauty which, while 'unnatural', are anything but.
The exquisite paintings of Gordon Terry tap into a strange, yet deep seated familiarity.... one which reaches far back in our cortex & being, and brings forth the Archaic Revival which is so deeply needed in these riddled times of a culture & society poisened by dominance, power over, and inslaved by the ego.
Once in awhile, works arise – visual, musical, aesthetic, textual, experiential – which resonate an ebullient primitivism and are imbued with divinity. These paintings are indicative of such works.
Just announced this week is the launch of the Encyclopedia of Life website initiative. It is anticipated that it will take about a year to get an initial release of the site open to the public, and about 10 years to document all 1.8 million species.
Ultimately, the Encyclopedia will serve as an online reference source and database for every one of the 1.8 million species that are named and known on this planet, as well as all those later discovered and described. Encyclopedia of Life will be used as both a teaching and a learning tool, helping scientists, educators, students, and the community at large gain a better understanding of this planet and all who inhabit it.
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