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    you probably know about the Zeitgeist movement. If not, you should.
    that's a kind of open-source anti-establishment organization initiated after Zeitgeist: Addendum, the very awesome followup to the controversial internet hit Zeitgeist: the Movie. even if you think it's too radical, even if you don't agree entirely (I don't myself) you have to admit it puts you thinking.

    in a nutshell, it's about the monetary system and how life on earth would be better in every aspect if we just haven't invented it... and also how it's so on top of our minds that we can't ever imagine life without it. as Jonh Carpenter would have put it: Money is our God now...

    so, I was surfing the couch-surfing communities and found this post from a mexican girl. after watching dozen of Ted Talks, finally I found and idea really worth spreading... if you can see the genious of it, please help her and forward it to as many people as you can.
    why not? ^_^
    Mon, Oct 25, 2010  Permanent link

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    Collaborative Consumption: Reinventing not just what we consume but how we consume.

    A couple of years ago I started to notice instead of friends bragging about their new Prius, they boasted how they had given up their cars altogether by becoming “Zipsters” (members of the car-sharing service Zipcar). More and more people were selling stuff on craigslist and eBay, swapping books, DVDs, and games on sites such as Swaptree, and giving unwanted items away on Freecycle. Local sharing platforms such as NeighborGoods and Share Some Sugar started popping up alongside a whole range of peer-to-peer rental services such as RelayRides and Zilok. On a trip to Denver, I saw cyclists pedaling around on bright red bikes with the word B-Cycle on their crossbars. A friend in London told me about her new favorite Channel 4 TV program called Landshare (a garden ‘dating agency’ connecting growers to people with land to share). I kept hearing about people joining some kind of collective or co-op, from Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs to Etsy Labs. Magazines, blogs and journals brimmed with popular articles from the self-organizing behavior of ants to “Coworking: Solo But Not Alone”. Whether it was ‘peer-to-peer,’ to the ‘wisdom of crowds’ to ‘smart mobs’ to ‘flashmobs’ to ‘prosumption’ to ‘crowdsourcing’, numerous sticky ideas were emerging on how easy it is to form groups, pods, packs, hubs or whatever you want to call them, and the might of communities. From the election of President Obama to Elinor Ostrom winning the Nobel Prize for Economics to the infamous Wikipedia; all highlighted what the old adage “power in numbers” can achieve. And of course everyday I was bombarded with stats and stories about the growth of the online social revolution. Co-everything was everywhere.

    The more I examined these different cultural, social and economic threads, the more convinced I was that all of these behaviors, personal stories, social theories, and business examples pointed to a powerful paradigm shift and an emerging groundswell, Collaborative Consumption. Old market behaviors, including sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping, are being reinvented through social technologies and peer communities. The social networks, GPS and real-time technologies, peer payment systems and so on have created the efficiency and trust glue for us to mimic exchanges that used to take place face-to-face on a scale and in ways that have never been possible before. We have literally wired our world to share.

    So why is Collaborative Consumption emerging so fast and right now?
    Pressing environmental concerns and the global financial crisis has led to a questioning of the health (in all dimensions of the word) of consumerism on a scale we have never seen before. We are feeling a sense of emptiness, a distrust with ‘big’, and turning once again to each other. The phenomenal growth of Facebook and farmers markets may not seem connected but they are. We are seeking to be a part of a community of people with a shared interest (both in the physical and virtual worlds); to feed the part of us that seeks connection and belonging. It’s a perfect storm of drivers fusing together to create “The Big Shift”; away from the 20th Century defined by hyper-consumption, towards the 21st century, the age of Collaborative Consumption. It’s a new era marked by trust between strangers, access over ownership and the primacy of experience over “more stuff.”

    The Three Systems
    Collaborative Consumption is thriving across sectors as diverse as finance and travel, agriculture and technology, education and retail. When researching What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption with my co-author Roo Rogers, we saw that the vast array of examples from around the world, could be organized into three clear systems:

    Pay for the benefit of using a product without needing to own the product outright. Disrupting traditional industries based on models of individual private ownership (e.g. car sharing & peer-to-peer rental)

    Redistribute used or pre-owned goods from where they are not needed to somewhere or someone where they are. (e.g. swap trading & reuse marketplaces)

    It’s not just physical goods that can be shared, swapped, and bartered. People with similar interests are banding together to share and exchange less tangible assets such as time, space, skills, and money. (e.g. social lending & person to person travel)

    Together the three systems of Collaborative Consumption are creating a dotted line between ‘what’s mine,’ ‘what’s yours,’ and ‘what’s ours’ (hence the name of the book!)

    We only started publicly spreading the ideas of Collaborative Consumption a few months ago and have been blown away by the reaction and growing global movement. I think we are at a momentous turning point where society is waking up from an enormous hangover of excess and waste and starting to reinvent the “meaning” of more. In so many parts of our lives, we are crossing the chasm from passive consumers to active participants once again.

    I personally have two big goals for this movement: the first, is to empower local change makers to start something in their community connected to Collaborative Consumption; the second is to work with businesses, from start-ups to captains of industry, to prove how smart ‘design thinking,’ ‘We’-based brands and social technologies can recreate a healthier balance between the needs of individuals, companies, and the greater good of society. What’s Mine Is Yours charts how Collaborative Consumption offers a big leap towards getting us there.

    Check out the online hub for heck out Collaborative Consumption for cool info-graphics, videos, stories and resources for you to use and share. You can even swap, barter your gift your copy of What’s Mine is Yours and track where it travels!

    A guest-post by Rachel Botsman published today on the blog SwisMiss
    Wed, Sep 8, 2010  Permanent link

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    still today, no other thinker inspire and amaze me like Carl Sagan does... his enthusiasm with the beauty and mistery of the universe is contagious, and his arguments yet extremely rational, can't hide the passion behind...

    this awesome youtube tribute, comprised of audio lectures and footage from recent documentaries, is an instant favorite, and a must see for everyone... enjoy :)

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    Erik Verlinde, a string theorist and professor of physics at the University of Amsterdam, is shaking the giant box of contemporary science, jumbling what we think we know by declaring that gravity is just an illusion.

    Gravity, according to Verlinde, is a microcosmic byproduct of a larger entropic force, which is just one refracted face of a larger field of illusion, much like the Hindu Maya. In physics, entropy and entropic force are determined by the overall effect—the entire landscape—and not by one microscopic path. Verlinde references the standard example in physics of a polymer molecule. "a strand of DNA…curling up." A strand is unique because it offers only one possibility out of the whole realm of possibilities. But due to the infinite nature of outside influences in a macrocosmic entirety, the results are far more probable that the force will cause the "object" to curl and accumulate higher entropic force, like an absorbed sponge or coiled spring.

    And that is where the effects of "gravity" come in: gravity is not just one direct acting force onto a particular object, an A>B scenario, but rather the notion of "gravity" is an accumulation of macrocosmic influences, where the law of averages create the propensity for acting entropic force.

    According to Verlinde, nature likes options. All of its intimate workings thrive on diversity, and all of the microcosmic elements that build the macrocosm, create a harmonious tension that balances with such entropic force. When something wants to act against the spiraling realm of such cyclical energies, it takes a higher force to shape through all of the diversity to one unique object. Verlinde used the example of frizzing hair to explain such a feat. There are more options for strands of hair to curl than to be straight, and it requires a greater number of factors and energy for the hair to be pulled straight.

    If true, maybe defying gravity will only be a matter of finding the right frequency of vibrations, the one path that cuts through all the entropic force.

    Dr. Verlinde's paper has raised a lot of of criticism, and a lot of support, but it has definitely raised eyebrows. Even if his theories prove to be unfounded, his ideas already helped to reinvigorate the scientific community, proving that conflict does indeed propel the story.

    Taken from Reality Sandwish
    Fri, Jul 16, 2010  Permanent link

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    The Tromsø site did little to attract public attention until December 9th, 2009, the night before Obama accepted his Nobel peace prize in Norway. For three minutes, people in the North of that country and in Northern Sweden saw this in the sky.

    Just outside of Tromsø, Norway, is a transmitting facility that is part of EISCAT, (European Incoherent Scatter), a multi-site research institute that studies the Sun’s effect on the Earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere. The spiral occurred very close to Tromsø and precisely when an experiment was scheduled, part of Project TEQUILAsunrise (Transient Effects Quantification Under Ionospheric Low Angle sunrise).

    So, the mesosphere is filled with echoes and the blogosphere is filled with explanations. It is a weather manipulator that can turn a category two into a category five. It is a wormhole. It is a massive mind-control device (timed for the first time in a bazillion years that a US president was in Norway). It is a holographic projector to fake an alien invasion or the second coming of Christ. It could be any of these things. It could be all of these things. The only thing I’m pretty sure it’s not is a Russian missile.

    I would not have been alarmed had EISCAT simply said, “that crazy spiral you saw? That was just us messing with the Polar Mesosphere Winter Echoes”, but they didn’t. Even if the Norway spiral is, as I’m inclined to believe, a well-intentioned if not entirely safe ionospheric heating experiment, we were still lied to and that’s not okay.

    This amazing (although crank) theory was found here.
    Sun, Jul 11, 2010  Permanent link
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    This huge monument of Stonehengian ambitions was erected in 1980 [the year I was born] in Elbert, a rural county of Georgia, US. Work was done by the local granite business, but nobody knows exactly who commissioned the work. Aside from astronomical qualities, The Georgia Guidestones are famous for the controversial tenents engraved in 8 languages on its plates:

    I. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
    II. Guide reproduction wisely - improving fitness and diversity.
    III. Unite humanity with a living new language.<
    IV. Rule passion - faith - tradition - and all things with tempered reason.
    V. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
    VI. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
    VII. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
    VIII. Balance personal rights with social duties.
    IX. Prize truth - beauty - love - seeking harmony with the infinite.
    X. Be not a cancer on the earth - Leave room for nature - Leave room for nature.

    In the last three decades, it goes rising and falling in people's interest, attracting both wonder and hatred. These are interpreted as directions for rebuilding civilization after the apocalypse by some, as the Ten Commandments of the Devil by others, and of course it was already linked with the 2012 fever, occultism, NWO and UFO conspirations. Since 2008, it's a target for many kinds of vandalism...

    If you got the time, read the great Wired article on this issue.
    Fri, Jun 25, 2010  Permanent link

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    “But if we’re no good at cleaning up the shit we’ve sowed, if we’re incapable of taking the long view, there’s one thing we absolutely kick ass at. Can you hear it? Can you hear Rush Limbaugh spluttering that the Sierra Club should pay for the cleanup, because it was those idiot environazis that forced drilling off the land in the first place? Can you see Sarah Palin’s Trig-worthy attempts at revisionism as she tries to claim that “Drill Baby Drill” actually meant only-on-land-and-never-in-the-water-NOW-do-those-crazy-greenies-get it? Did you see Halliburton and BP and Transocean falling all over themselves trying to blame each other for the mess?

    That’s what we rock at. That’s where we leave every other species in the dust: the laying of blame. And with the laying of blame comes the passion for payback…

    And the rest of us — those who kow-tow, and back down, and do what we’re told because we know what happens to us if we don’t — we’ll feel good too, when CNN shows us the footage of Tony Hayward’s children being carted off the stage in body bags.

    That is the one positive result this unimaginable catastrophe might yield, when all is said and done. It might at least make us feel good.

    I’ll take what I can get.” – Peter Watts

    Any genuine revolutionary impulse in our present era must be directed at the system that we have created in opposition to life itself, not at its government. This is why there can be no revolution from within that system. We have no where to stand, no position from which we may take aim. We are corrupted when we eat, we are corrupted when we work, we are corrupted when we make love, we are corrupted by the very act of living within this system. We, as a people, live from a system of unlife.

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    text taken from wildrote
    Thu, Jun 10, 2010  Permanent link

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    The microscopic world of the single, living cell mirrors our own in so many ways: cells are essentially autonomous, sentient and ingenious. In the lives of single cells we can perceive the roots of our own intelligence.

    Molecular biology and genetics have driven the biosciences, but have not given us the miraculous new insights we were led to expect. From professional biologists to schoolchildren, people are concentrating on the minutiae of what goes on in the deepest recesses of the cell. For me, however, this misses out on life in the round: it is only when we look at the living cell as a whole organism that wonderful realities emerge that will alter our perception not only of how single cells enact their intricate lives but what we humans truly are.

    The problem is that whole-cell biology is not popular. Microscopy is hell-bent on increased resolution and ever higher magnification, as though we could learn more about animal behaviour by putting a bacon sandwich under lenses of increasing power. We know much about what goes on within parts of a cell, but so much less about how whole cells conduct their lives.

    Currently, cell biology deals largely with the components within cells, and systems biology with how the components interact. There is nothing to counterbalance this reductionism with a focus on how whole cells behave. Molecular biology and genetics are the wrong sciences to tackle the task...

    Click Here and read the entire article by Brian Ford on New Scientist Mag
    Wed, Apr 28, 2010  Permanent link
    Categories: cell, science, intelligence, biology
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    "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society" ~ Krishnamurti

    Wed, Apr 7, 2010  Permanent link
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