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 mohareport - (wildpersimmons)
 
03:09pm 03/11/2009
 
 
mr bojjhangas posting in the play of professional artists
plan ECO to become a BnB. long term: wooff on the roof!
 
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vision and light
 mohareport - (wildpersimmons)
 
01:50am 20/10/2009
 
 
mr bojjhangas posting in the play of professional artists
http://www.ted.com/talks/beau_lotto_optical_illusions_show_how_we_see.html

"the light that falls onto your eye-- sensory information--is meaningless, because it could mean literally anything. And what's true for sensory information is true for information generally. There's no inherent meaning in information. It's what you do with that information that matters."

beau lotto

"the brain didn't actually evolve to see the world the way it is. We can't. Instead, the brain evolved to see the world the way it was useful to see in the past. And how we see is by continually redefining normality."

translates light, paintings, into sound? using comparisons between the intensities? qualities? of light in a band.
 
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 mohareport - (wildpersimmons)
 
09:47pm 18/10/2009
 
 
mr bojjhangas posting in the play of professional artists
after alan watts' insight and ecstasy part 2:

meme warfare as coevolutionary to the rise of human consciousness. the concepts that are the development of ego are the memes developing replication and survival skills.

I feel like i've see nresearch or evidence that meme networks exist in other mammals; is this true of non-mammals as well? what are the basic requirements for being a meme canister? and are there certain tendencies that develop in association with this status, being a meme receptor?
 
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 mohareport - (wildpersimmons)
 
07:54pm 18/10/2009
 
 
mr bojjhangas posting in the play of professional artists
Sao Paolo bans advertising!

Open university?

"Take no as a question, rather than as an answer."

"a Systematic experiment to find better social answers, not from a theory, but from experiment involving the people with the best intelligence in social needs, which are usually the people living with those needs."

Social Impact Bonds!!!!
Health innovation funds
-white house office of social innovation

all from
http://www.ted.com/talks/geoff_mulgan_post_crash_investing_in_a_better_world_1.html

smart grid? = 15% of your energy bill.
 
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 mohareport - (wildpersimmons)
 
07:32pm 18/10/2009
 
 
mr bojjhangas posting in the play of professional artists
resonant energy transfer
 
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eco/edibal/cabaret
 mohareport - (wildpersimmons)
 
11:22pm 14/10/2009
 
 
mr bojjhangas posting in the play of professional artists
create a paid/volunteer structure using a for-profit with shareholders model. All time put in for the co-op is payable. There are a certain numbers of hours on a fluctuating basis. What is the way to calculate the value in fractions of a box? So that someone who volunteers for an hour gets a discount on their box. someone who does a handful of hours gets a free box. someone who does ten hours gets a free box and a few bucks. and so on. What are the rates variable and how much do the values change as the size of the co-op increases?
 
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 mohareport - (wildpersimmons)
 
12:18pm 02/06/2009
 
 
mr bojjhangas posting in the play of professional artists
from chogyam tungpa's cutting through spiritual materialism;

"the shunyata principle involves not dwelling upon anything, not distinguishing between this and that, being suspended nowhere."

"The interpretation of shunyata which we have been discussing is the view of the Madhyamika or "middle way" philosophical school founded by Nagarjuna. It is a description of an experiential reality which can never be accurately described because words simply are not the experience. Words or concepts only point to partial aspects of the experience. In fact, it is dubious that one can even speak of "experiencing" reality, since this would imply a separation between the experiencer and the experience. And finally, it is questionable whether one can even speak of "reality" because this would imply the existence of some objective knower outside and separate from it, as though reality were a nameable thing with set limits and boundaries. Thus the Madhyamika school simply speaks of the tathata, "as it is." Nagarjuna much preferred to approach truth by taking the arguments of other philosophical schools on their own terms and logically reducing them ad absurdum, rather than himself offering any definitions of reality."
 
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 mohareport - (wildpersimmons)
 
03:11am 24/02/2009
 
 
mr bojjhangas posting in the play of professional artists
In situations involving inter-neuronal events, these processes of adjustment may take the form of learned modifications that can be re-evoked on future occasions by events that co-occurred at the time of the original modifications.

http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2009/02/social_influences_on.html
 
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 mohareport - (wildpersimmons)
 
03:22pm 20/02/2009
 
 
mr bojjhangas posting in the play of professional artists
Even if society at the current stage of socioeconomic complexity will no longer be possible, and even if, as Tainter points in his "Collapse of Complex Societies," there are circumstances in which collapse happens to be the correct adaptive response, it need not automatically cause a population crash, with the survivors disbanding into solitary, feral humans dispersed in the wilderness and subsisting miserably. Collapse can be conceived of as an orderly, organized retreat rather than a rout.

http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2008/02/five-stages-of-collapse.html

(see Quinn re:abandoning civilization)

Je crois aussi que le plus tôt nous commencerons à abandonner notre bagage culturel inadapté, plus nous aurons de chances de tenir. Il y a quelques années, mon attitude était juste de continuer à regarder les événements se dérouler, et de garder cette histoire d'effondrement comme une sorte de passe-temps macabre. Mais le cours des événement est certainement en train de s'accélérer, et maintenant mon sentiment est que le pire que nous pourrions faire est de prétendre que tout ira bien et de passer le temps restant dans l'organisation actuelle de notre vie, sans rien pour la remplacer une fois qu'elle aura commencé de s'arrêter.
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Si toute la culture que nous voyons est de la culture commerciale, et si toute la société que nous voyons est la société de consommation, alors le mieux que nous ayons à faire est de nous en éloigner, et de chercher d'autres gens prêts à faire de même.
/Parce que si nous faisons cela, nous pourrions bien réussir à trouver des façons de nous débrouiller. Nous pourrions apprendre à esquiver l'effondrement financier en apprenant à vivre sans avoir besoin de beaucoup d'argent. Nous pourrions créer des modes de vie alternatifs et des réseaux de production et de distribution informels pour tous les besoins avant que l'effondrement commercial ne se produise. Nous pourrions nous organiser en communautés auto-gouvernées qui pourraient fournir leur propre sécurité durant l'effondrement politique. Et toutes ces étapes mises ensemble pourraient nous mettre en position de sauvegarder la société et la culture.
 
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the free-energy is an upper boundary upon surprise
 mohareport - (wildpersimmons)
 
01:00am 19/02/2009
 
 
mr bojjhangas posting in the play of professional artists
the prophetic brain

Let's begin with the notion of an ensemble density — a probability distribution of the states you or I can occupy. Imagine I had 100 million copies of you, at different times in your daily life. If I could measure all your sensory states, I could construct a sample density or histogram that reflected the probability of your being in any particular state. Critically, for you to exist, the number of states you occupy must be small in relation to all possible states. For example, your temperature will always be in a certain range. Mathematically, this means your ensemble density has low entropy. Here, we meet a characteristic of adaptive biological agents (like you and I) in that they seem to resist the second law of thermodynamics (a universal tendency to disorder) by minimizing the entropy of their ensemble densities. What does minimizing entropy mean? It simply means that you will, on average, avoid surprising or improbable states (i.e., you will not find yourself at the bottom of the ocean or suddenly engulfed in flames). Though arcane, this implies something quite fundamental: To exist, you must avoid surprising states.

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health/time

Pray and meditate enough and some changes in the brain become permanent. Long-term meditators — those with 15 years of practice or more — appear to have thicker frontal lobes than nonmeditators. People who describe themselves as highly spiritual tend to exhibit an asymmetry in the thalamus — a feature that other people can develop after just eight weeks of training in meditation skills. "It may be that some people have fundamental asymmetry [in the thalamus] to begin with," Newberg says, "and that leads them down this path, which changes the brain further."

"Religious belief is not just a mind question but involves the commitment of one's body as well," says Ted Kaptchuk, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "The sensory organs, tastes, smells, sounds, music, the architecture of religious buildings [are involved]." Just as the very act of coming into a hospital exposes a patient to sights and smells that are thought to prime the brain and body for healing, so may the act of walking into a house of worship.

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plant psychology


kevin kelly on mind:
However, we could also say that the platform is simply evolution, and that in its seventh kingdom, life converges. On Earth there many species, but only one life. All life on earth is running the same OS. So we could say: on earth, many species, one evolution. And if, as Dyson argues in his book, evolution is a type of slow distributed intelligence, then we already have many species, one mind.

But the "one mind" of evolution is not at all like the One Mind of a global superorganism. The One Mind is a composite of many minds. That is a kind of mind we don't have a word for yet. This mega-level mind does things that no mere mind composed of non-minds can do.

There is something engulfing within the nature of a mind. A mind wants to devour, to suck in other intelligence. It seeks out other intelligences and wants to meld. We see that in the fierce impulse to share on the web. Human minds, at least, want to enter into other human minds. We yearn for telepathy. A mind inherently wants to expand. The logical destiny is One Mind.

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on survival:
In the abstract, natural evolution is an exploration of a possibility space. It is a way for an adaptive system – in this case life – to search for new survival forms in the universe of all-possible forms. It tries this or that form, round or long, slow or fast, with legs or with wings. It whips up any design that will keep the game of searching going. Most forms it encounters live only a short time. But over eons the system of life settles on very stable forms – on the planet earth, those stable forms might be tubular guts, plant leaves, bi-lateral symmetry -- which permit life to keep searching for more forms. Each natural innovation which life "discovers" becomes a platform to discover more innovations. In this process, life expands the variety of living forms and its power to keep evolving.

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amish = cognhakers?
* 1) They are selective. They know how to say "no" and are not afraid to refuse new things. They ban more than they adopt.
* 2) They evaluate new things by experience instead of by theory. They let the early adopters get their jollies by pioneering new stuff under watchful eyes.
* 3) They have criteria by which to select choices: technologies must enhance family and community and distance themselves from the outside world.
* 4) The choices are not individual, but communal. The community shapes and enforces technological direction.

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The principle of magic: In other words, we will actively sample sensory data so that it conforms to our expectations; we will constantly alter our relationship with our environment so that our expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies.
 
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