Below is a link to a podcast recording of philosopher Slavoj Žižek at Birbeck College in London shooting off his usual Lacanian-Marxist philosophical fireworks. In it he waxes paradoxical on all things apocalyptic. As to be expected from the Slovenian rock-star intellectual, he makes some brilliant points while forcing his listeners to think for...
"Ticking away inside almost all cells are tiny clocks composed of protein gears. Scientists have known that these molecular clocks govern the daily rhythms of life, from mealtimes and bedtimes to the rise and fall of hormone levels, body temperature and blood pressure. New research shows that circadian clocks, as the daily timekeepers are...
If only one language was spoken on earth,
there would still be miscommunication and dogma,
the nature of words is to name everything nameable.
Recall the language that has no words, the one you were born speaking.
written by: Alex Bodnar
Our ability to think has long been considered central to what makes us human. Now research suggests that our bodies and their relationship with the environment govern even our most abstract thoughts. This includes thinking up random numbers or deciding whether to recount positive or negative experiences.
Do you agree with the conclusion...
The ‘all-at-oncess’ of the network penetrates our psyche.
Unconsciously, we want to be in tune with the immediacy of the grid.
A lack of presence is incompatible with our electronic environment.
Detachment is the highest value in a literate culture.
Detachment is absurd when you are connected to everyone and everything.
Why choose the future over the present? A reason to do so is if we perceive the present not to be worthy and thus try to change it. Always picking the future over the present could be defined as making the journey the reward.
People who read and participate in lesswrong.com and overcomingbias.com seem to care most about the fate of a possible...
How important are 'the latest news'? What would it mean to ignore most news and to concentrate on our present goals?
These days many people are following an enormous amount of news sources. I myself notice how skimming through my Google Reader items is increasingly time-consuming.
Is there maybe more to it than just curiosity and...
“[The net] makes the measurement of the self nearly inescapable, and makes the archive the model for the self rather than engaged presence.” —Rob Horning
This was true in the past but
as the dominant metaphor of the web shifts from pages to streams
from objects to flows
our model of the self is also shifting.
When the web was slower...
If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth — beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals — would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?
— George Bernard Shaw
Imagine a being so vast and powerful that its theory of mind of other...
Something I've noticed about internet communications (forums, msn, chat) is that they are more similar to my internal monologue than to face to face conversation. However, it is not a monologue, it is a dialogue or multilogue (polylogue? :P). I think this is primarily because of lower felt need to be be cautious, a willingness to risk displaying...
NotMarie:” 3V, what on earth are ambiguous virtualities?
3V:” how do you know about ambiguous virtualities?
NotMarie:” it was on my holoscreen this morning when I logged in, just the words, no link, and no reference.. I am sure it came from you.. so what is it?
3V:” well, it was supposed to be a surprise, a linguistic concoction I...
How much does the average person know about how one of our simplest tools work, the knife?
What does it mean to cut something? What does the act of cutting accomplish? How does it work?
We all know how to use this particular tool. We think it is obvious, thus we do not contemplate it any further. But most of us have no idea what actually...
For 2-6 Players – AGES 10+
R U L E S O F P L A Y
You are about to play a variation of the most unusual game that has appeared in many years. It is not difficult, but because it is so different you will find it worthwhile to read the rules completely through before starting play. No attempt has been made...
NotMarie:” I am overwhelmed 3V, I am plagued and besieged by impressions, ever since our last conversation, I keep on getting lost in my thoughts and sensations..
3V:” why is that?
NotMarie:” ..I am not sure really, it is as if in our last conversation a kind of imaginary carpet has been ripped from under my mind.. Suddenly I have...
not an author and a reader … a collision of co-creators
not reading or watching … playing and procreating
not a product … a process
not a tidy straight line … a mosaic
… a pattern that you can view from any perspective
not a beginning and an end … the end of the beginning, middle and end
not a frozen narrative … a collective...