abuddhas memes - august 1999

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29/08

Well, once again it is time for a foray into the wide wild world of the Alaska highway. See ya in a couple of weeks....and thanks to my uTok colleague for his suggestions for some graphic content and a much needed site redesign..... a new look before the snow flies I hope.

23/08

"The West" probably lost awareness of the most mind-altering substances in a gradual process parallel to the diffusion of christianity. I do think that entheogenesis has been and continues to be a significant factor in the development of human intelligence. Peter Lamborn Wilson presents his case in a lecture entitled Cybernetics & Entheogenics (From cyberspace to neurospace)

Chemistry, which as an adult fascinates me as do all the sciences, was my worst subject at school. This idiotic table would have fit the bill perfectly.

21/08

The corporate media attempts to take us on-line folks for the same ride that they get away with with the vacantly staring tele-masses. HA! TCP/IP is inherently seditious. It undermines unthinking respect for centralized authority, whether that "authority" is the neatly homogenized voice of broadcast advertising or the smarmy rhetoric of the corporate annual report.

Seeing Francis Crick as co-author drew my attention to this remarkable essay.

19/08

The American philosopher Whitehead has stated that already the Greeks have developed two aims for humanity: first, the intelligence of nature that is a rational formulation of the laws which rule matter or life and on the other hand the establishment of a democracy based on the role of values. Will the networked society be a step in the direction of the realization of this goal?

The idea is to write a short story.....in exactly 50 words!

Throughout history people have used mind-expanding substances to explore consciousness and enhance their lives. Our purpose at the Albert Hofmann Foundation is to gather the records of these endeavors and to further the understanding and responsible application of psychedelic substances in the investigation of both individual and collective consciousness.

18/08

In this month's "Foreign Correspondent", Mark Burrows from London explores the question of whether men are still necessary for the preservation and well-being of society. He believes it is perfectly conceivable that men will vanish in the future and contends that it would probably solve most of humanity's problems if they did.
This contrasts starkly with the premise of "The Thinking Man's Minefield".

It is always refreshing to see content that challenges the pressures of acculturation.

16/08

Yet another few weeks of R&R under me belt and now I'm ready to go freshly into the field of serendipity and discovery. Here is a great new free software that has the potential to change the way we interact.

27/07

Fundamental interdependance at all levels drives life. Coevolution, and the interaction between organisms, is best seen as an interlocking web of extended phenotypes.

"Information is deeper than reality," says Anton Zeilinger, a physicist at the University of Innsbruck.

Nature seems to have a penchant for arranging numbers so that the proportion beginning with the digit D is equal to log10 of 1 + (1/D). Benford's Law is a kind of ultimate distribution, the "Distribution of Distributions"

26/07

Since the appearance of his epoch-making A Theory of Justice in 1971, he has been acknowledged as America's--perhaps the world's--leading political philosopher. Who is John Rawls?

"You have two paths before you. One path leads to utter destruction. The other path leads to total annihilation. We pray you have the wisdom to choose well." -- Woody Allen
Freedom is not following paths, but forging new ones.

23/07

In the modern dialectic events are seen as either occuring in a human or geological time frame. We may have to rethink this.

The Luddite Reader begs me to ponder whether I'm a transhuman luddite or just having my cake and eating it too.

That researchers cannot distinguish a Neanderthal from a modern might seem surprising to some readers, but there is absolutely no consensus on what these terms mean.

July 22nd and I'm back from my journeys; actual (drove 1/6 of the earth's circumference in a ten day period) and projective (our delicate spaceship evokes the deepest poignancy, and I am deeply grateful for my Yukon home). Welcome to the new location of this site.

I have this fantasy of being a butler. Not your usual utterly competant yet distantly stodgy squire, but a butlerian force of nature serving cosmic psylocibe tea to my ensightened boss.

Doesn't anyone read Jung into children's literature?

off on 'oliday...........fresh linkage and meatish explication in July.........see ya

11/06

Imagine peering into a crystal ball and watching the laws of nature run their course through all of time and all of space. I always knew the logarithmic scale would help my vision.

Yes, there is the possibility that humankind can outgrow its infantile tendencies, as I suggested in Childhood's End. But it is amazing how childishly gullible humans are. Arthur C Clarke in an interview with 'Free Inquiry Magazine'.

08/06

As you may have noticed, this page has a definate bent toward understanding, and putting into context, the emergent sciences of memetics and nano-technology. Here at the Secular Transhuman site it's all in one place: Human evolution is not a purely biological process: The ability of human beings to pass learned knowledge from mind to mind through the use of language, both spoken and written, has given us an evolutionary process far faster than that of genetic evolution.

Instead of waiting for the next Sci Am, New Scientist is worth a browse.

05/06

Cyberbollocks is out to trash memetics and the cyborg cult. This is the best presented 'case against' I've come across.

Never asking, never telling, just offering intermittent wry observations. They are post-politics and post-religion. Are you a slacker, downshifter, or just plain greedy?

There is an anecdote about two eminent philosophers, one of whom was vacillating over whether to accept a job at a rival university. His comrade advised him to do what he always wrote about - optimize his choice by using every bit of potentially useful information to weigh the pluses and minuses of the new position. The first philosopher responded acidly, "Come on, this is serious."

04/06

"God is what mind becomes when it has passed beyond the scale of our comprehension." Freeman Dyson. Here is Victor Vinge's original essay entitled Technological Singularity.

Staring into the singularity could burn your moral, ethical and even neuronic abilities; as the sun does the retina.

"Meat!...You were born meat and you will die meat. There is nothing I can do for you." Perhaps reading Surviving the Singularity will help.

03/06

The discovery of IB raised serious questions about whether in fact anything at all is perceived without attention and ultimately led us to adopt the working hypothesis that there is no perception without attention.

This appears to be a definitive biography of L. Ron Hubbard, and is radically at odds with the official verion put forward by Scientology; guess who's a liar liar pants on fire. The entire book is online.

The children are in bed, the house is calm, but one member is just waking up. Welcome to Clean Sheets Erotica.

02/06

Care and feeding of linguistic anomolies are featured at the semiotic zoo.

The more sure an expert is, the less likely to be right. This is obvious to us generalists, as to be qualified, an expert, is to be less than whole, and thus to base decisions on partial understanding.
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