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April's Analytical Angst

Recently, the Ontario (very)Provincial Government decided that one answer to homelessness is to psychiatrically (de-de-)institutionalize those suffering, or daring to be, outside. Now, we don't provide adequate housing, but will spend fifty grand a year keeping you warm, dry, fed, suitably drugged and teletainmently occupied in a splendidly outfitted and secure facility. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. Beyond Forced Psychiatry: The Rights to Refuse and Explore Alternatives
"As this paper has presented, the right to refuse forced treatment is only a precursor to the affirmative right to choose alternatives."
The ideological parallel to this lousey (sic) situation is that of gender disparity; and we all suffer in a fundamental way, with countless affective effects. Annotated Bibliography: Gender and Sustainable Development.
"My assumption is that gender is inherently a social construct, and biological differences between men and women have been over-emphasized in order to justify and continue paradigms reinforced by dominance, power and control."
Dimela Yekwai gave this lecture at Internet Galaxis in Budapest. Communication and Its Journey into the Modern World. Our loss of lingual diversity is analogous to our loss of biodiversity.
"In our modern times people as diverse as Afrikans, Chinese, Indians, Inuits all speak English as their first or more succinctly official language. In recognising these connections we see English as the language of enslavement."
The Artful Science of Medicine, by John A. Weeks, M.D., points to the potential of a truly ethical practise. This short book is a great read!
"Physician, n. One upon whom we set our hopes when ill and our dogs when well."
Ambrose Bierce

Stanley B. Prusiner investigates The Prion Diseases, of which BSE (mad moo malady) may be one.
"Prions, once dismissed as an impossibility, have now gained wide recognition as extraordinary agents that cause a number of infectious, genetic and spontaneous disorders."
Sadie Plant has been called the world's leading drug culture philosopher, though I can't imagine what that could mean. "Drug culture" is as diverse as the neurochemistry involved, and cannot be seperated from society and culture in general. That aside, Simon Reynolds takes an astute look into the work and personality of this important author.
"Drugs are the perfect example of a subtle prosthesis, working on the internal wiring of the body in a way that makes the traditional notion of becoming a cyborg through adding robotic attachments seem really quaint and archaic."
Steve Best lets us know the vital need for, and vitality of the (trans)historical analysis, in his essay Human Identity Politics: Homo Indeterminus.
"We truly are "in between stories," and a key task for the future is to continue to write a new story of creation, a cosmic narrative that emphasizes our responsibilities in the larger community that engulfs us, the biocommunity in which we are only one of millions of interdependent, co-evolving species."
You Have Infinitely Many Lives is the conclusion of the ultimate re-birth theory; Eternal Recurrence.
"Recurrence seems to me to be the best of all the theories of personal immortality, because it's the one that most preserves personal identity by preserving your body. Your recurrence replicas are your twins; some of them live lives that are exactly identical to yours, others live different lives. But, like real twins or clones, their bodies are the same as your body. They are you."

Steve Courtney writes a new review of an old bestseller which, to our common shame, was a bit optimistic. 'Looking Backward' to a brighter, better world in 2000
"You choose your job according to "natural tastes and gifts." If there are too many applicants for a job, only the best qualified get them, but less-attractive jobs are made more attractive by shorter hours."
Now wait a minute, Sir Ben Goertzel, are you trying to tell me in World Wide Brain that the collective mediocrity is of higher order intelligence than the individual's potential for genuine novelty? How could it be possible for the intellinexus to account for individual value(s) any more than, in the biological sense, Gaia does?
"My belief, as crudely suggested in this post to the Global Brain Study Group, is that the sanity of the global Web brain is an engineering problem. By designing Web software intelligently, we can encourage the various parts of the global Web brain to interact with each other in an harmonious way -- the hallmark of true sanity. The various neuroses of human mind and culture will be in there -- but they will be subordinate to an higher level of sanely and smoothly self-organizing structure."
This sad commentary is more like what passes for global intelligence. Ex-President Ernesto Samper Pizano states Columbia's Commitment Toward a Global Agenda Against Drugs; and he also positively begs to be let in the club by toeing the PanoptiCorp line.
"We must urgently advance the Global Agenda Against Drugs that Colombia proposes, and I encourage everyone to become involved in this process."
The Global Intelligence Center, perhaps better described as 'what's really going on out there', is a huge resource that literally (un)covers global insanity.
"According to recent reports, Russia's population shrinks by about 2,500 every day. To successfully counter greater threats with fewer people, Russian foreign policy must become even more unyielding."
Blopping through some of my faves, Apathy again leads me to back to good humor with Placebo Drug Craze Hits Teens. Once I was done laughing I headed to wetlog, where the moniker "taking third rate blogging to new depths", takes on a (w)hole new meaning. Today is dedicated to the vagina, with promises of the penis to come.


Le Monde Diplomatique has a wealth of articles translated to english, including Operation Terminator, which warns against the coming attempts to mediocritize and control our food.
"The genetic-industrial complex, for its part, is trying to make more and more money. Confusing the agent with the cause, it drums into us that these social ills are genetic and therefore individual, transforming every well individual into a potential patient, expanding the market to the limit - as it previously did for seed with hybrids and as it will with Terminator."
Okay, here's the one crank lead that I'm allowed periodically by the credibility police. I can imagine Russian Psychotronics to be possible, and certainly hear the warning that technology makes our psychic privacy ever more vulnerable.
"The difference [between the older subliminal technique of briefly inserting an unencrypted picture into a commercial and Dr. Smirnov's new technique] is that the [subliminally] encrypted technique demonstrated here is almost impossible to prove."
On the Orthomolecular Environment of the Mind: Orthomolecular Theory is far more benign in intent, if not in contentiousness.
"I have reached the conclusion that another general method of treatment, which may be called orthomolecular therapy, may be found to be of great value, and may turn out to be the best method of treatment for many patients."
Linus Pauling
Legal Realism and the Social Contract is a thorough review of the work of Lon Fuller, eyed from a current perspective. After soaking in the endlessly regurgitating foam of 'presentable law', from Judge Jude to Lawn Order, this is the real thing and well worth the effort.
"A total failure in any one of these eight directions does not simply result in a bad system of law; it results in something that is not properly called a legal system at all, except perhaps in the Pickwickian sense in which a void contract can still be said to be one kind of contract."
Lon Fuller

Whether or not we aspire to cosmic consciousness, our consciousness is cosmic. Cosmic Ancestry is the theory of panspermia, updated with recent developments, a healthy dollop of Lovelock, and ably presented by Brig Klyce.
"We propose that Gaian processes are not blindly found and peculiar to Earth, but are pre-existent and universal; life from space brings Gaian processes with it. We suggest that Gaian processes are necessary for higher forms of life to emerge and succeed on any planet."
Covering much the same territory, The Cosmic and the Terrestrial: Environments of Living Nature takes the more traditional, and currently prevalent view that life is of terrestrial origin.
"A vast and deep cosmic ocean of light, in which our planet earth is an isolated and remote terrestrial island. An outcrop of terrestrial nature braving the eternal cosmic swells of the local and the distant universal cosmic environment."
Accepting the fact that we are, indeed, here, Burt Wilson addresses The need for a Future Consciousness in which he includes the spiritual as the potentiality of science.
"Science also must share the guilt beginning with Charles Darwin's failure to include spiritual evolution along with the physical in his precedent-setting study of the evolution of the species."
Perhaps the historical catalyst, and future instrument, of our rise within intelligence is The Ones That Stain Blue.
Psilocybe sanctorum

Blop in on Hyperbole (a blog in search of a tagline), and help warm the new webode. Thence, of a sudden, was I amazed. A blog after my own heart to be found at ghost rocket; prime linkage combined with adroit commentary sates my blopalate in a most eclectic way.

Humans and Future Communications Systems
Bernulf Kanitscheider, University of Giessen
"Disconnection from the network will require justification. He who cuts the communication channel will later on be asked why he did so, and he will have to defend himself."
Courtesy of Law School Dropout here is Bus Plunge, wherein one is shown that laughter is the correct response to abject terror. Blopping in to Mike's Weblog we are led to ponder Famous Trials; and to concur with Mike, one really could!

John J Reilly's review of The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction, by John Leslie, presents the case in far more succinct fashion than the tome itself that we must make our choices with utmost care.
"There are ethicists who argue that, since there will inevitably be unhappy people in any human population, it would be better if there were no such populations. As my grammar school principal used to say, it's just a few who spoil it for all the rest."

The Lindesmith Center is commited to rational discussion on the issue of drug criminalization. In this essay, neuropharmacologist Dr. Leslie Iversen points out that in the case of Marijuana: The Myths Are Hazardous to Your Health.
"As a scientist who studies drugs that act on the brain, I am often exasperated by the way both proponents and opponents in the marijuana debate use - and abuse - science in defending their positions."
One hazard that has nothing to do with the substance itself is the persistance of the (im)moral majority in controlling marijuana's use. Chasing Smoke details Hawaii's long running war on pot. One would think the prohibition of alcohol was lesson enough for those who would legislate states of mind.
"They call it a war on drugs, Mura said, as Jordan bounced on a trampoline in their front yard. This is a war on our own people. How can the United States of America declare war on its own citizens?"
For the 30 - 50 percent of you, Dear Readers, who partake in cannabis occasionally, and the 5 - 10 percent that are chronic budheads, the Lycaeum Drug Archive has a plethora of information on every aspect of marijuana. This is an essential resource, providing far beyond the standard fare, including such diverse "need to know" items as how to identify moulds and fungi on your bud.

I'm going to give the final word in today's quartet of cannabanistic connections to Bear, whose essays bring many points into focus.
"It is important to realize that ALL black markets are dangerous to the public health, damaging to the economy, corrupting to officials, and create a basis for crime. Honest democratic governments must never knowingly act to create situations which will allow black markets to develop, no matter how reasonable the impulse to do so seems at the time."

Ya gotta love Indirection; or do you? Exercise your prerogative, and vote plenty of strokes for this dynamic 'blog. 'blopping right along I realized my need for a Backup Brain, due to being led to Vote.com, which drops one onto a moral mobius. Apathy put me right back into humorder by taking me to KrazyLarry's

Ben Cullen was an investigator of great promise. Just before his premature death he was preparing Parasite Ecology and the Evolution of Religion for publication. "Anatomically, the corpse flower and cultural life forms have much more in common than one might expect."
"Most of the world's established religions are transmitted vertically, from parents to children, and are therefore expected to be benign towards their hosts. Yet, certain horizontally transmitted cults, such as the Aum Shinrikyo, seem to effectively exploit their hosts in a way similar to an infectious disease."
Gosh darn teeth! What is this, some kind of evolutionary joke? Make a species that can live a decade of decades, and then curse us with a sweet tooth and the ability to satisfy it. Okay, so we invented a sub-species that likes oral work, and I would like to thank those dentistry-inclined bodhisatvas from the bottom of my root canal; but not without Nitrous Oxide.

Nick Sand is still a prisoner in the war on ourSelves, whose goals have kept us in psychostasis for so long.
"Leary and Alpert encouraged Nick to make the psychedelics because of his background and aptitude for chemistry."
Nicholas Saunders, Social Inventor
Alternative England & Wales
Neal's Yard
E for Ecstasy
Ideas, Ideas, Ideas
Is sedition respectable? William Safire thinks so.
"I hold that what used to be the crime of sedition; the deliberate bringing of the government into disrepute; the divisive undermining if public confidence in our leaders; the outrageous verbal assaulting of our most revered institutions, is a glorious part of the American democratic heritage."
I do not believe that AIDS is an intentional agent, but it does not stretch credibility too far to imagine this scenario.
"They (CDC, FDA, Merck) co-developed a heavily contaminated hepatitis B vaccine containing 200,000 human doses that they then tested on Central African villagers, homosexual men in Manhattan and mentally delayed Willowbrook children in 1974."
Germ Warfare Against America: Part IIIb by Donald S. McAlvaney, Editor, McAlvaney Intelligence Advisor (MIA), details some of the atrocities commited in the name of freedom, democracy and the AmeriCanadian Way.
"Let us be wary, then, not just of CIA abuses but of ambitious yet misguided experiments performed in the name of treatment".
A daily 'blop-about revealed the sensitive cynic, whose Craigness led me to Tony Smith. I notice Tony's still got his hat (I've got to find one now that I can dispense with the toque), and a grand site unifying many deep theories.
"md^2a^i/da^2 = eFret^i k da^k/da +
+ (4/3)e glk(d^3a^i/da^3 da^l/da - d^3a^l/da^3 da^i/da) da^k/da"

I 'blopped in to James Vornov's On Deciding....Better and found that he is both scientifically literate and has an ethical perspective. In this brief quote our good physethician provides an image of buddha-like intro-projection; or perhaps 24/7 weblogging!
"This morning I wonder how I would feel to be in reflective mode permanently. Taking it in. Analyzing. Commenting."
Stephen Jones takes a complex yet accessible look at how we may define "lifeness", and it's ultimate self-reflectivity. On Complexly Organised Systems and Consciousness
"What is it like to be inside this thalamo-cortical feedback system, which we, each of us, inevitably are? Is this what it feels like to be (conscious) ?"
Going to the next step in the nexus, Bengt Gustavsson brings us From empty fullness to full emptiness; Towards a transcendent epistemology of organizations.
"Mostly understood as a static, black box, the consciousness of the individual in fact encompasses all states between a transcendent pure, empty stillness of full potentiality, to a dynamic tangible chaos. The collective consciousness of the organizational constructors is exhibiting the same characteristics."
In an effort to come to terms with group meta-beings I looked for comparisons with the effect psychedelics have on the individual. The Role of Group Process & Shame in Fostering Deeper Learning provides evidence that shame is the anti-entheogen of group consciousness.
Because we are social animals, group factors can dramatically alter brain chemistry, and therefore group process can be used to decrease or deepen learning readiness."
A human who has the ear of President-Presumed Al Gore is Thomas Homer-Dixon. Do you think they ponder Resource Scarcity, Institutional Adaptation, and Technical Innovation: Can Poor Countries Attain Endogenous Growth?
"Resource depletion and degradation in poor economies may have their most inimical effect not by directly constraining growth but by indirectly affecting the potential of these economies to innovate."

A great place to 'blop over to is Apathy, whose esteemed author has taken a keen interest in consciousness, and cognitive quicksand diving.

I very much want to ascribe (sardonic sigh) to this meta-theory of 'the Government in time'. It offers hope, a release from the hegemony of those who would control myour states. DonParagon's Vision of the Future ultimately leads to a post-government world
"in which people's actions will no longer be driven by coercive rules, but people's actions will finally be based on ideas they like and on their talent to improvise in order to work out such ideas. People will be able to develop their talents, listen to their intuition and follow their dreams."
Here we are, in interesting times.

One needle in the balloon of this probabalistic topia is that Our most powerful 21st-century technologies - robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech - are threatening to make humans an endangered species. Bonus 'blopoints for guessing the author of quote below.
"These engineered human beings may be happy in such a society, but they will most certainly not be free. They will have been reduced to the status of domestic animals."
"In this fascinating conversation, Fred Alan Wolf reveals why he believes the mind/body question so central to spiritual philosophy is illuminated by the discoveries of modern theoretical physics."
Oh, if only all decent and communication loving discussion lists could have someone like Geert Lovink to compile a summation of ideas...; Memesis, *deep isomorphism*, talk among yourselves....
"The essence of the meme idea is that evolution no longer takes place on the level of the genes, but on the level of culture. The fact that memes evolve according to principles of variation and selection very similar to the principles governing Darwinian evoltion of genes does not in any way lead to Social Darwinism in its old sense."

A quick 'blop about (as in I did a bit o' 'blopping ce soir, as in 'you can see I'm trying to spread the weblog hopping = weblopping or 'blopping, meme'); as I was saying, after a quick 'blop about I came upon short term memory loss, and now I can't remember wha'; oh yeah, the Holographic Principle.

Edward A. Shanken carefully places this ouvre d'amour into our perceptual basket, and with this statement: "I would like to propose, therefore, that technology and intuition are inseparable." provides incubation for a non-dual understanding; or a rousing round of cognitive masterbation. Technology and Intuition: A Love Story? Roy Ascott's Telematic Embrace is at once warm and cozy, and scary as hell.
"Kristine Stiles has suggested that the international intelligence community now has the educated classes right where they want us -- at home, in our computerized cottage industries where our behavior can be most easily monitored. In this light, it is doubtful that telematics or any technology will enable the radical reorganization and unification of global society in the near future."
Dr. Bart Huges must have a hole in his head. This self-trepanner and sugar discussant believes that by inflicting The Hole To Luck one gains expanded consciousness and re-vitalization. Now, if I could use that brain-bung as an input jack for the orgasmotron....
"I advocate the availability of trepanation for every adult who wants it."
Ben Goertzel's Wargasm could be a transconscious tour-de-force; or not. In this issue he asks the rhetorical(?) question: So, Dad, You Want Me To See A Therapist?
"In the new reality, I decided that it would be far, far more efficient to interfere with the adult mind."
"I woke up several days ago and the air was thick as flesh; the odor of vaginal fluids around me brought on dizziness. My skin sensed innumerable folds in the atmosphere; light viscous bright tremblinglife throbbing sensations ate through my breath.
I was indeed inside the Cosmic Cunt of which I've written."
In order to transcend the control of PanoptiCorp's memetic engineers we must understand their modus operandi. Measuring the Flow Experience Among Web Users is a comprehensive manual for those who would (ab)use us.
"Flow..., defined as an intrinsically enjoyable experience, is similar to both peak experience and peak performance, as it shares the enjoyment of valuing of peak experience and the behavior of peak performance. Flow per se does not imply optimal joy or performance but may include either or both."

Jonathon Ott is one among many voicing the plaintive cry of our collective soul to stop the war on ourselves. Proemium is a premium work of scholarship that should be required reading for all; especially legislators.
"Some say that Happiness is not Good for Mortals, & they ought to be answer'd that Sorrow is not fit for Immortals & is utterly useless to any one; a blight never does good to a tree, & if a blight kill not a tree but it still bear fruit, let none say that the fruit was in consequence of the blight."
William Blake, 1803
I quit! Wait a minute, I don't have a job (if you hire me, I promise I'll quit...how much??). Ok, I quit quitting then, I just won't start, again, in the first place. Bob Black, clearly the antimedian to Conrad the UnKnighted, says no one should ever work. I concur, and await the conclusive end of re-perceived slavery. Genuine novelty ahead.
"No one can say what would result from unleashing the creative power stultified by work. Anything can happen."
Malcolm Gladwell fills us in on The three rules of the Tipping Point, in this excerpt. There goes that butterfly in the Amazon again.

A weird, rare find, this speech given by Robert G. Ingersoll to the AFA shows remarkable insight; especially considering it was delivered in 1888.
"Now, I believe that everything in the world that tends to make man happy, is moral. That is my definition of morality. Anything that bursts into bud and blossom, and bears the fruit of joy, is moral."

Time and Individuality in Artificial Life provides Prima Facie analogies and disanalogies with AI; and is a damn fine, eminently readable essay too. Now, where is that line?
"The aim of this paper is to articulate and draw out some implications, of the intuition that information cannot count as the matter of life. The reason for this, I shall argue, is that whatever is alive must be an individual."
The Science of Information Viruses, by Keith Henson is a primer for those not yet festering beyond repair.
"If this article has succeed in infecting you with the meme-about-memes, perhaps it will help you be more responsible about the memes you spread and less likely to be infected with a meme that will harm you or those around you."
Julian Dibbell writes a compelling historical and culturological paper that suggests (computer) Viruses Are Good for You.
"It's hard to say which is really the more characteristically human trait - our drive toward complexity or our sometimes irrational fear of it."
Robert Forte sheds his light on this continueing examination of entheogen use by early humans.
"No consideration of Eleusis can leave out of account the affair of the Profanations; the initiation could be profaned as a recreational after-dinner (symposium) party."
If considering the use of psychedelics as part of an initiation rite with your teen, consider Hoasca and the União do Vegetal (UDV): A Comparative Study with Adolescents.
"Reaction toward the use of psychotropics by adolescents is diametrically polarized between Western cultures and indigenous groups."

Late on a Saturday night, moon heading toward full in a sky that is having trouble gaining real darkness, I decide to go weblog hopping (weblopping) - with an agenda. Theft.

Figgered I'd better 'start at the very beginning' (tho' Julie Andrews does the definitive), so went to Jorn's webode; there to be led to a growing collection of Noam Chomsky links, including Notes on Anarchism from 1970. Thirty years on and this analysis is still valid: The problem of "freeing man from the curse of economic exploitation and political and social enslavement" remains the problem of our time.

Moving right left along brought me to dandot.com, whose link to South Park's Monty Python Tribute brings me to wonder..., but no further.

Rebecca's Pocket gets to the main attraction of all thinking souls, in Washington D.C., as those in authority exercise their control with unflinching compulsion; complete with spin. Is the U.S. Constitution a cornerstone of democracy? "No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States", (media, money, and moguls exempt).

FactoVision came into view, and pointed to the fact that the genovolution is mutating fall stream ahead. Giant GM salmon on the way says this BBC article, and goes on to threaten my perceptual map thusly: Genetically-modified fish, which can grow up to 10 times faster than normal, could be cleared for human consumption within a year. Sounds like poisson to me.

To conclude I can think of no better quote than that by Heather of Texting, ostensibly aimed at 'guy 'blogs', which is really a beautiful universal that sums my feelings perfectly.
"I read them because I am trying to find the key. And for a sort of frisson of clueless anxiety."
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