I joined this endeavor something like 1000 days ago, and in the intervening time since then I've gone through a city, two graduate schools, and the love of another.
Back then the Influence of Gas Light or Electric Light on the Growth of Paraheliotropic Trees was just a nubbin, a twinkle in my mind's eye. A barely there. Almost a wasn't.
Eat when you are hungry.
Sleep when you are tired.
- old Zen saying
These streams of hyperlinks
are turning us into possibility addicts.
To stay sober is to stay fully present with a single idea.
But I doubt even a zen master
could resist the temptation
of the endless electronic more.
A net is just a bunch of holes tied together...
NotMarie:” I confess, I am not able to create a strong value judgment anymore, at least not as I used to..
3V:” don’t confess assess..
NotMarie:” what do you mean?
3V:” I mean that instead of expelling out of your system a supposedly reflective reality of your mind, you should re-spect it and analyze the very meaning from which...
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...