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Emergent day to you. 2010-04-22 is my knowmad birthday. Think I understood the word. More to emerge.
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    “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.“
    Could a 21st century knowmad take that oath?
    Truth is no longer carved in stone, or written in ink
    it flickers and flashes at the speed of light.
    “I don’t necessarily agree with everything I say.”
    - McLuhan

    Our courtrooms and governments, schools and churches
    all grew out of the truth of clocks and tidy rows of text
    the truth of assembly lines
    and butterflies pinned down in glass cases.

    But a new kind of truth is emerging from the logic of the net
    and it defies all logic.
    This is the truth of ecology and relationship
    the truth of hip hop and electricity
    and bodies dancing.
    In this web of instant information, truth is no longer a chain of facts but a collision of contradictions and co-incidences.

    Reason and logic have given way to image and emotion
    and truth has once again begun to unravel like a Zen poem.

    Things are not what they seem.
    Nor are they otherwise.
    - Lankavatara Sutra

    To which I bow in reverence, yet feel inclined to add:

    I acknowledge truth is relative and context matters.
    When you have evidence and facts - the victim and the blood,
    the suspect in fear, what will we hear?
    "The truth"? The suspect's truth? Our prejudice? Or something in between?

    Truth to me is akin to reality. In the end, based on agreement.

    Would you agree?

    Image: Monad to infinity, by CoCreatr, (i) inspired by Venessa and by Catherine Beyer

    Mon, Jun 7, 2010  Permanent link
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    At any given time in history, science was only so far advanced and sometimes violently denied the findings of advanced thinkers - only to come back later to the exact same point - to prove now the truth of what was previously denied.

    B. Nurnberger (1996)

    An excerpt

    Future Shock Levels
    ©1999 by Eliezer S. Yudkowsky.
    Written 06/10/99.
    Revised 05/14/01.


    A Shock Level measures the high-tech concepts you can contemplate without being impressed, frightened, blindly enthusiastic - without exhibiting future shock. Shock Level Zero or SL0, for example, is modern technology and the modern-day world, SL1 is virtual reality or an ecommerce-based economy, SL2 is interstellar travel, medical immortality or genetic engineering, SL3 is nanotech or human-equivalent AI, and SL4 is the Singularity.

    The classification is useful because it helps measure what your audience is ready for; for example, going two Shock Levels higher will cause people to be shocked, but being seriously frightened takes three Shock Levels. Obviously this is just a loose rule of thumb! Also, I find that I often want to refer to groups by shock level; for example, "This argument works best between SL1 and SL2". (This does not mean that people with different Shock Levels are necessarily divided into opposing social factions. It's not an "Us and Them" thing.)

    • SL0: The legendary average person is comfortable with modern technology - not so much the frontiers of modern technology, but the technology used in everyday life. Most people, TV anchors, journalists, politicians.

    • SL1: Virtual reality, living to be a hundred, "The Road Ahead", "To Renew America", "Future Shock", the frontiers of modern technology as seen by Wired magazine. Scientists, novelty-seekers, early-adopters, programmers, technophiles.

    • SL2: Medical immortality, interplanetary exploration, major genetic engineering, and new ("alien") cultures. The average SF fan.

    • SL3: Nanotechnology, human-equivalent AI, minor intelligence enhancement, uploading, total body revision, intergalactic exploration. Extropians and transhumanists.

    • SL4: The Singularity, Jupiter Brains, Powers, complete mental revision, ultraintelligence, posthumanity, Alpha-Point computing, Apotheosis, the total evaporation of "life as we know it." Singularitarians and not much else.

    If there's a Shock Level Five, I'm not sure I want to know about it!

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