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Is language is a purely cultural phenomenon or not? Obviously it's the most successful...
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Project Proposal: There are hundreds of thousands of books published every year. Many are...
From Rourke
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In the chapter titled Author as Producer of Walter Benjamin's Reflections, he introduces Sergei Tretiakov's 'operating writer', and how his/her mission, as opposed to the 'informing writer', is "not to report but to struggle; not to play the spectator but to intervene actively". This description is of the author not as activist--because...
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I point at the small cardboard structure on the train's table. The guard stands blankly and...
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While looking for our book club books at Counterpoint I came across Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur...
From matthewspencer
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The Library of Alexandria was an enormous repository of ancient wisdom situated in Egypt. Due to...
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Polytopia
 
Readers: Do you think in hypertext? The era of the linear tome is dead, information is a web -...
From Rourke
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Today I was reading an interesting style website and they report that analyses: Robot love...
From LED
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Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler. --Albert Einstein E usually does not equal M C^2. Thats only when its not moving. The USA government learned that terrorists keep more secrets and try to have more privacy than people who are not terrorists. Therefore secrets and privacy are bad, so the USA government proceeded to build...
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NASA wants to send humans to Venus...
NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here's why that's a brilliant idea: Popular science fiction of...
September through December 2010 was my first semester of education since I left high school in 2007. In one of my courses, Contemporary Issues, I wrote a paper (a very short one) entitled "Why Computers Do Not," which was meant as a counter to the hopelessly superior article by Marvin Minsky of MIT "Why People Think Computers...
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(The following is an excerpt from 'Contact' by Carl Sagan) “Do Buddhists believe in God,...
From Apollo
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Nary a post goes by when I don't feel compelled to share a relevant book. I'd like to propose a collective recommended reading list, and in beginning this list I'll paraphrase the first page of my first recommendation. It's from a book called "The Black Swan" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Many people, when they see an immense...
From FrankLloydWrong
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If you haven't read any Buckminster Fuller, you need to get on it. I don't think you...
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Via NewScientist.com 1. Farthest North - Steve Jones, geneticist 2. The Art of the Soluble -...
From A0013237932294
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Your average 'alternative' 'underground' 'cult' summer booklist will name conservative corkers like William Gibson, Hunter S. Thompson, Ken Kesey, Aldous Huxley, Thomas Pynchon, Kathy Acker, Hubert S. Selby or Brett Easton Ellis. A 'real' underground list might add snotty punk-fashionistas like Stewart Home or Henry Rollins. But if you have read...
From wilfriedhoujebek
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This post is meant for those who are in the strange habit of finishing what they start. All others...
From alborz
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I am a bad reader. Slow, ill-disciplined, with a wandering mind. I will rarely manage a...
From Robokku
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I added a comment to this post today, about photographs of libraries. I reproduce it here. I...
From Robokku
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I was thinking about Spaceweaver’s post about immortality and remembered that in the early...
From LED
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http://www.home-2009.com/us/index.html IN A FEW SHORT DECADES, HUMANITY HAS UPSET THE BALANCE...
From alert
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i am desperate to find participants from the arts, design, architecture etc. communities....
From amzamz
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People are fascinated by language. An enormous amount has been discovered about language in...
From Mariana Soffer
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The material and the spiritual are so closely entwined in the human mind that making meaning for...
From Mariana Soffer
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Jack A. Tuszynski (Ed.) "THE EMERGING PHYSICS OF CONSCIOUSNESS" Contents 1 The Path Ahead Jack A. Tuszynski, Nancy Woolf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1.1 Definition and Fundamentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1.1.1 Definition of...
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I'm not sure how to prove it, but I think that to solve this reliably is an NP-Complete problem and practically is useful for new kinds of routing protocols and a foundation for decentralized global democracy more similar to how Wikipedia allows billions of people to agree on many things instead of top down ways of organizing things. How can a...
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Project:
What happened to nature?
 
Writing long books is a laborious and impoverishing act of foolishness: expanding in five hundred...
From rene
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As I'm sure many of you are aware, the COS (Church of Satan, not be confused with Cult of...
From dragon
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I havn't been fortunate enough to finish reading this book yet. Regardless, this book has provided...
From James Dunlop
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I've just discovered Twine.com, a socially semantic web organiser of data, in 'twines'. Apparently...
From meika
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I rarely share CNN stuff; they suck in journalism. But this little window into Shishmaref, Alaska...
From Xarene
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What is the meaning of meaning? We can view meaning at two levels. First, it is a cognitive...
From Mariana Soffer
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In this short (8 minutes) video, some people give out their short response to the question: What we...
From Fast T
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The Gutenberg Bible, printed in 1455, was thought to be the world's first printed book, until a...
From meika
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“Whether the cloud of alternatives that is yet hidden in our eyes; Whether the soft snow that...
From Xaos
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Government corruption has gone too far and crossed the line in how it openly allows a whole...
From BenRayfield
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Tonight, I see the Internet as a sort of controlled state of dreaming: directed, curated......
From Apollo
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Western intellectual tradition looks at Body and Mind as separate things existing in different...
From rene
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Project:
Branding the Species
 
The following are thumbnail versions of my bound book since the full size would not fit and would...
From cyang
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Outstanding Reading Material I have carefully selected a few of the outmost important texts on...
From Wildcat
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In homage to a thinker who's storytelling indeed creates realities. Excerpts from the short story...
From Fast T
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Information overload It is great to have access to huge amounts of information, but since we are...
From Mariana Soffer
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Documenting Graphic Language I'm going to post on this space a series of graphic design work that I think is relevant to be documented. I started with Lou Dorfsman's work. The idea is post relevant images that exemplify how the terrestrials communicate apart from vocal language.
From Athila
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Project:
Polytopia
 
... our children can only do as bad as we are doing, and this is the challenge we are facing - we...
From CoCreatr
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Do some research starting at places like and calculate and prove to scientific peer reviewed standards, how much does it cost to save the cheapest Human life? That number of dollars we should call HUMANLIVES. It fluctuates like a stock price. It increases when more is given to efficient charities, since the cheapest Human lives to save are saved...
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Before the printed book there was the book as relic, the book as idol to knowledge. Those who...
From Rourke
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“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh....
From Wildcat
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We have constructed a ladder of how to think about – about what? Oh, yes, the pattern which...
From Spaceweaver
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If ever there was a book I read that "Defined Reality", Then Brian Greene's The Fabric of...
From James Dunlop
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"Reality has no opposite. Reality IS. NIRVANA IS." (emphasis appears in original) This...
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