abuddhas memes - march 2001

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March's Maelstroms
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March the end - whew

Hell of a month, yep. Tearing psychic rips in the fabric of spime, each decision wrenched by impact and wretched to behold me make. The superfluity exorcised, animaloneness re-cognized, I am now very much "in the bush".

Despite my sic bwain confusions, within each day a myriad of miracles presented themselves for pointful pondering - such as: "I" am a boundary, a distinction delineated as much by notness as isness; as is everything. This being so, so this being (is). My line, and the lines we all draw, are largely a cultural affect. What does this mean exactly? It implies that linear thinking is too straight, man.

Tantalosian symmetry may adequately describe intelligence, as the action is in the process not the (accumulation) knowledge. Akin to a bacteria investigating it's host, we are a particular explication of the implicate order. We may know our place, but can never understand it.

I think that if I grokked it all, I would purposefully forget that I did - as a release from the grey obsession of control, and spontaneous rediscovery of beauty. Alan Watts puts it in far more succinct and succulent fashion than I in these short q 'n a's.

Rescending from the indescribability of IT to more earthbound matters we are faced with IIT - and no, this is not a grampa Simpson linguistic falter. Information Integration Theory is explained in all it's empirical expansiveness by Norman H. Anderson in this paper taken from his book A Functional Theory of Cognition; wherein he gives us a Cognitive Theory of Everyday Life.

Stuart Watt provides powerful evidence that, while always on (the) edge, cognitive science is not in crisis. The Lion, the Bat, and the Wardrobe: myths and metaphors in cognitive science
"I would draw an analogy with gravity: although we can counterbalance the effects of gravity to some extent, we can't, with our current knowledge of physics, remove it, so theories of gravity can be difficult to falsify. Having a mind is similar, we can't just switch it off and see what cognitive science looks like without it."
Back to regular 'blogging in a few days, now that I'm settled (ha!).


Those of you that are regular (bran muffins are good, aren't they...) will have noticed a certain deja vu; recycled linkage - an experience pleasant enough I suppose when the surroundings are familiar and the memetic bath warm.

With only occasional borrowed web access and merely episodic fits of creativabilty at this personal time of highly erratic flux, I must attend my efforts to kindling what I hope to be a fervid fire under my lifelong dream. This means that updates will be infrequent for some time. Preserving thememetic freshness, when I do manage to plug in periodically I will be journalizing the journey.

Where this odyssey will take us, canids, feline and mo, is an entirely ethereal vision at the moment. The Yukon is a big place. I'll let you know....


Transitions, seen in retrospect, appear to have a completeness, a story that can be told; a beginning, middle (muddle), and end. While immersed within the transitive flow however, I am unable to grok either the actual direction I am going or exactly how events will precipitate.

Thinking that I'm in control is a grave error - directing chaos with hope would perhaps be more accurate.

I play darts on Tuesday nights and for the first time ever I was perfect. Three darts, three triple nineteens pretty as you please. This absolutely blows me away with it's improbability.

I'll leave it to you, Dear Reader, to imagine the threads I have woven in my cranial cloth to dress these thoughts as color coordinates.

Giving first word to the hypercritic, Bob Black doesn't just fling arrows at Murray Bookchin but rather hangs, draws, quarters and square roots the man. Imagine eviscerated ideology splattered all over the floor of the anarchist's post-modern abode, and visualize what's left of a Grumpy Old Man.
"He had better things to do than come to the rescue of the anarchist ideology he considers the last best hope of humankind. On the one hand, he was consolidating his alluring academic career; on the other, he was making a play for ideological hegemony over the Green movement."
Now to see whether poor Mr. Bookchin, with gaping mor(t)al wounds lightly gauzed by Mercurochromic sensibilities, can convincingly rebut with his Theses on Social Ecology in a Period of Reaction. Scroll down a bit to Murray, or have a testy introduction by The Social Ecology Project as an hors d'oeuvre.
"The roots of modern cultural devolution are as deep-seated as the ecological crisis itself."
Philosophical warfare aside we are confronted, nay attacked, by the intentions of the memetic engineers. The micro-specialization of the market-to-order, attention-to-fit, fully constructed dramaturgical facsimiles of social reality, which gain currency by rote and whose currency gains 'value' by infection, conspire to comprise The Sociology of Fraud.
"The case is made that, in the last forty years or so, the use of the technology of theatre in concert with social science technology as well as mass electronics technology for the exploitative management of workers, customers, students, and voters has approached an art form."
Hakim Bey to the re-skew with both despair and hope (dope?) for the Millennium.
"The global machinery will never fall ripely into the hands of the insurgent masses, nor will its single Eye pass to the people (as if to one of three blind Fates); there will be no transition, smooth or bumpy, between Capitalism & some economic utopia, some miraculous salvation for the unified consciousness of post Enlightenment rationalism & universal culture (with cozy corners for eccentric survivals & touristic bliss) -- no Social Democracy taking over the controls in the name of the people. The "money-power" (as the old agrarians called it) is not in the power of an elite (whether conspiratorial or sociological) -- rather the elite is in the power of money, like the hired human lackeys of some sci-fi AI entity in cyberspace."
On the other side of the point, or perhaps completely round the bend, lies the fertile imagination of the Leading Edge International Research Group - booksellers of mighty tomes on ether-real subjects.
"The two-volume 1,900 page work called Matrix III is perhaps the only work on the planet to this day that completely investigates the motives, methods, aims and origins of the technocratic society we live in today."
Duck or Rabbit?

Perhaps a singular question could be posed to any proximate politician. Such as... `Given that there is considerable scientific consensus regarding the increasing speed of technological and sociological development leading towards a Singularity-type event, what policies would you support to enable this transition, or to disable these developments?' I can hear Shrub's Newtonian brain-gear grinding. A Critical Discussion of Vinge's Singularity Concept
"While current widely published predictions of population size, weather, sports results, or oil prices may be somewhat accurate, these indicators no longer reflect the progress of modern civilization. This development is determined by intricate interplay of semantic patterns and techno-social architectures, of whose state nobody has a relevant model."
Alexander Chislenko see ya there Sasha...

"What would the universe have to look like in order to maximize the total amount of pleasure? What would the hyper-blissful experiences feel like that would exist if the universe were pleasure-maximized?"
Nick Bostrom

"I see no sharp horizon, blocking all view of things beyond. Instead, our vision just fades into a fog of possibilities, as usual."
Robin Hanson
Unabashedly failed businessman that he is, the Precedent of the Excited States may make an otiose attempt to examine the idea from an economic perspective. Robin Hanson performs this feat with an adroit air, followed by open peer commentary. Is a singularity just around the corner? What it takes to get explosive economic growth.
"The bottom line is that this model does allow for an economic singularity under certain circumstances."
I can accept my role of energy flux modulator for the delicate biology that is *me*, but viewing Life as a Manifestation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, while instructive, ultimately bombs.
"Emergence of coherent self-organizing structures are the expected response of systems as they attempt to resist and dissipate the external gradients that are moving them away from equilibrium."
I think I'll take this course in Time Travel for Beginners and come forward to my senses.
"Quantum time waits for no cosmos."
got a buzz yet?

It would be meet, and right, to be aware of The Interrogator's Fallacy.
"Space and time are not conditions in which we live, but modes in which we think."
Einstein incisively stated what needs to be intuitively grokked. Sten Odenwald puts raisins in the porridge of IT - Space-Time: The Final Frontier.

Is common sense an oxymoron? I don't think so, but rather agree with Leon Felkins in his analysis of the impact of memes on our ability to pay attention. In his websay, Common Sense: Why is it so Uncommon?, he argues that the time of memetic influence must end, and in transmemetic understanding we will come to our common sense.

Getting down to business and diving into serious memetic research is Derek Gatherer's Macromemetics: Towards a Framework for the Re-unification of Philosophy.
"One of Anglo-American philosophy's most flourishing branches is Evolutionary Epistemology, which also derives from Popper's Darwinian approach to the themes of consciousness and the history of ideas. Memetics thus represents a possible framework for the reconciliation of the two main branches of Western philosophy."
Ideas that sounded good to the inventor but not to(o) many others may be found at the Gallery of Obscure Patents; such as this flushable vehicle spittoon.


My Siberian went shopping the other day. Our walk was almost over and I was approaching the rendezvous point where, in theory, we get together so as to safely negotiate the street home, when she proudly pranced up to me with a pound of hamburger, still wrapped for sale, in her dainty yet now drooling maw.

If you are unfamiliar with these wonderful canids, they are quite unlike their Alaskan counterparts. Bred to intimately co-habit with people and pull light to moderate loads, Aurora and her kin are known food thiefs. Highly, often disgustingly, omnivorous, I have seen the widest range of browsing behavior; from yummy rosehips to the ultimate recycling system - if you get my snift.

Our savory sojourns into the Yukon bush are always an adventure. At this time, while the black bear and grizzelope doze, I do not entertain thoughts of a surprise dismemberment, or less dramatically the explicate need to change underwear; and the other beasts that are enjoying room to roam are mostly of benign nature (tell that to a wolverine).

The birds are starting to return perhaps boding an early soggy spring, the raven-ous ones have stopped stealing dog chrunchies and are busy courting with a variety of symphonical sonics, and I can feel my own cognitive flow heading for the falls of amourous grace - help!

So, the dog got her burger lovingly prepared by chef Tony, who will portage around romantic roils in favor of more prosaic burger - if you get my shrift.

A. Michael Froomkin asks the critical question The Death of Privacy? in this essential examination.

Miracle Device - Feed's Document on Ted Nelson's Literary Machines
"For this Document, we've selected four elements of his design that have yet to be explored, places where Nelson built windows before there was a house."
Vancouver Institute Lecture, March 25, 2000 is a speech of extraordinary value. Unfortunately this page sits at the 'end of the internet', and is uncredited. No, I have no idea how I got there and upon further introspection (and a brain adjustment from my wife Mary Jane) have decided not to persue the matter; these words stand alone.
"Survival demands a revolution in the way we live, which in turn requires a revolution in the way we think. When there were only a few of us, we could afford to be stupid. Today, when our numbers and our ingenuity have made us a force of nature in our own right, our stupidity has lethal consequences."
The Secret History of Lead details how this potent neurotoxin sleazed it's way into our lives, and how it will be an insideously damaging legacy for generations to come.
"...one can conservatively estimate that a total of about 68 million young (American) children had toxic exposures to lead from gasoline from 1927 to 1987."
The Transtopian Principles propose an arch-anarchy in which even the laws of nature are mutable.
"General goal: infinite existence under the best possible conditions.
Primary means to achieve this: reason, science and technology.
Motivation: enlightened self-interest."
David Deutsch uses his substantial talent to reveal the The Final Prejudice.
"The real prejudice, then, is against children as people; not against their shapes but against their minds."
Reinventing Money, Restoring the Earth, Reweaving the Web of Life
by Carol Brouillet
"In a perfect world, money would become obsolete, and the gift economy would flourish. One's time would be honored as the greatest gift of all - the essence of one's brief precious life."
March 1st, 2001

C'est possible, non? I mean, it could happen, right? An entheogenic re-cognition precipitating a meltdown of the attitudes of strife, to be gently yet firmly replaced by a trans-Gaian application of our understanding in ecodynamical metaforms; and a final release from the paradigm of growth.

Plaintive, perhaps merely a whisper, the hope held within each of us that the turbulent foam of misunderstandings and userous wont will find a laminar flow remains a basis of our meaning.

The Moral Imperative of Our Future Evolution is an entirely credible exposition by John H. Campbell of the impact of our present understanding on our future being. Most of the component processes for private autoevolution are already in motion.
"Established species are far more notable for their stasis than change. Even throwing off a new daughter species does not seem to change an existing species. No one denies that species can gradually transform and do so to various extents, but this so-called "anagenesis" is relatively unimportant compared to geologically-sudden major saltation in the generation of novelty."
William Grassie howls at the moon of luminist feminism, and describes a field of hope; and mounting desperation, at this time of evolutionary criticality. Cyborgs, Trickster, and Hermes: Donna Haraway's Metatheory of Science and Religion
"Each blind man conceives of the elephant as radically different through his limited perception. In the parable, there is no question but that the elephant is real, that reality is real, and for that matter that the Divine is real, but that we are functionally blind."
David Deutsch eases us into the insights neccessary for a cognitive shift into superpositional space(s), in this Talk @ The Edge - It's A Much Bigger Thing Than It Looks.
"What I am aiming for now is a new kind of theory, quantum constructor theory, which is the theory of what can be built, or more generally, the theory of what can be done, physically."
Spike Magazine, which has kindled a fine weblog called Splinters, talked with Alan Warner about French intellectuals and the chemical generation genre; and shares an Existential Ecstasy. (excuse my boldness)
"I think intelligence should be legalised, I think, as the poet Robin Robertson says, writers write for the void."
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