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    The human species is rapidly and indisputably moving towards the technological singularity. The cadence of the flow of information and innovation in...

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    Catching up with the future. All major institutions in the world today are grappling to come to terms with the internet. The entertainment...

    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...

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    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...
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    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.

    With File Sharing is the New Meditation I had a fast little thought.

    Now someone has made a religion out of it.


    Why make a religion out of file-sharing? Why not just be an ordinary club without defining yourselves as being a religious community?
    Because we see ourselves as a religious group, a church seems like a good way of organising ourselves.

    As a secularist I feel like an alarmist on reading about the founding of a new religion. However, where is the hard evidence on an Intellectual Property (IP) free-for-all being a totally good thing? So why not make a neat new idea into a religion, after all it's a belief, it's not yet practiced certain knowledge, and perhaps the format of the religion in some societies is a safe way to package and test new ideas. Religions could be re-cycled as kindergartens for experimentation, rather than littering the world like the ruins of societies past.

    I think this is a good idea and worth exploring.

    There's no proof that free file-sharing is better than an IP based system but I like the idea, so let's form a religion of like-minded souls, a safe supportive place, and check the belief or hope out.

    Kopimism's English website.

    Kryptos, 2011 by Brigita Ozolins. Commissioned by David Walsh for MONA Berriedale, Tasmania
    Sat, Jan 7, 2012  Permanent link
    Categories: linkage ecology, epiphany
    Sent to project: Polytopia
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    What is described by Bernard Huberman as an ‘ecology’ of information ‘characterized by relationships, information “food chains”, and dynamic interactions that could soon become as rich as, if not richer than, many natural ecosystems’ (Huberman, Bernardo (2001) The Laws of the Web: Patterns in the Ecology of Information. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. : 16). (in Autotranscendence and Creative Organization: On Self-Creation and Self-Organization)

    Blogs are coral polyps depositing a calcium carbonate of links.

    A reef built of references upon citations upon mentions on letters of introduction built on feelings, thoughts and the odd personal metaphor which may or may not survive the creative commons of the high seas of communication.

    A hypertext browser is okay, but I want the ecology imbedded in my neocortex and as (un)consciously available to me as my usage of language.

    You can keep the exoskeletons, gear freaks, but just keep them well away from me.

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    I first really discovered the concept of a technological singularity when I read The Spike: How Our Lives Are Being Transformed By Rapidly Advancing Technologies by Damien Broderick just over ten years ago.

    While I had read some Vernor Vinge I did not read his Across Realtime stories until a few weeks ago. So the first time I read about the singularity in fiction was in Ken MacLeod's The Stone Canal.

    I was blown away.

    Mostly by Ken's use of political activism in his stories. A world I know nothing about really, and I do find I share some of Ken's views looking into the future. Two recent interviews.

    I really really enjoyed Charles Stross' Singularity Sky (another Scot SF writer) and accelerando (free download at the site).

    I've provided links above but they are avaliable on your favourite p2p network. I am sure Charles Stross won't mind. He really puts the boot into those Austrian economists.

    I've written some 200 000 words on my own wetware singularity fiction novel but don't quite have the focus? energy? ambition? ego? to push it into some sort of completion.

    Currently sculpture seems more interesting. More real.

    Though the bronze age enhancement magic the ancient Cretan Consorts provided to the Goddess of the Mountain is not.

    Only desire is real throughout time, that's the human condition thing again. Should the magic come true, well, what will happen to desire? Without desire what are we?

    This is a supporting documents post to another epiphany post that I have yet to write up.
    Fri, Jan 11, 2008  Permanent link
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    The posts at emplaced (in What happen to nature?) and the internation initiative (in terrestrials) remind me of Island Ecology. Particularly the desert island reference.

    What happened to nature? I answered we ate it, and then realised that we live in the manure of our own amenity.

    So then what happened to the call of nature? For some, at least, it is natural to ignore it, while others romantically indulge the calling and dream of settling deserted islands with like minded kith. A new world where their children will dream of the mainland, and leave as soon as possible.

    To and fro.

    Escape on a line of flight, and the return to domesticity that responsibility for new life brings.

    An eternal circle.

    A life cycle, totally natural.

    The new world in the morning, is the old world at dusk.

    Bedlam Walls to Selfs Point, Hobart, Tasmania.

    "No man is an island," is a recognition of sovereignty and of interdependence, and that autarky is a cultic deferment of reality.

    Only the insane are truly alone?
    Sun, Dec 16, 2007  Permanent link
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