Sunday Surfing 08/05/16

This edition of Sunday Surfing is a bit abbreviated due to the fact that I have been living the Taurus new moon and I sure hope that you have, too. While there will be hiccups in exchanges and potholes in the proverbial road, we might as well pause in whatever moments we can and just ground ourselves in the natural world and some creature comforts. I’ve been planting trees, trimming vines, weeding and putting Parmesan cheese on everything. 🙂

 

Prometheus

Gordon over at Rune Soup has recently reviewed a film I have yet to see. I am intrigued, to say the least:

 ‘I seemed to have missed just how much the film is not only typologically astrognostic, it is explicitly astrognostic. And it’s done in a hugely sophisticated way. The story is originally Scott’s, but it was also written by the creator of Lost. I abandoned that show fairly early on but people that stuck with it told me some parts of it approached High Strange excellence before it apparently shat the bed with its ending. So we’re dealing with competent creators here. Not a king of the world or a space smurf in sight.

There is something else, something a bit spookier, that I want to flag right up front. Prometheus’s origins are almost Tolkienesque. Tolkien -despite what he said subsequently- probably didn’t realise that the ring Bilbo won in a riddling match was anything more than a classic northern European mythological device very common in the sort of bildungsroman he was writing at the time
 until he stopped and really considered it. For Scott, the same thing happened with Prometheus. The story emerged from a question he received very often. What the hell was that thing in the chair in the crashed spaceship in Alien?

Guess what I am watching tonight?

 

Warning: a political opinion


Cory Pein has an essay in The Baffler that suggests the trickster god is afoot
I love this! He writes, ‘The election is nothing less than a psychogenic storm. As such it can only be discussed in metaphysical terms that sober, prudent, smartphone-having people are unwilling to countenance.’

Now I learned about this link whilst enjoying myself over at the blog, Stuff Jeff Reads, and it was a commenter who shared it. Off I went to find the post so as to give a proper shout out –  and lost another half hour of writing time! Something about science, magic and tech
and then I was muttering scoldings to self about getting back to work. Jeff, if you should pass by here, do let us know.

And I just want to note that there is no mention of Puerto Rico in this write up on the 2nd annual Caribbean Energy Security Summit (nor any other I could find). This strikes me as tragically ironic, considering that PR is a U.S. territory – in a hyper strategic location – and is in dire straits as hedge funds move in for the premeditated kill. Its not about who’s fault it is at this point; this seems like a win-win proposition to me.

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth…

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies,

so He loves also the bow that is stable.” — Kahlil Gibran

Be well

 – weaver

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Sunday Surfing 20/03/16

While it’s true that the Sun now turns its pulsating beams upon the warrior’s way, we may still feel we are somewhat pleasantly wading through water-color scenery. That’s how it feels here and we are leaning into it. Any lagging pace wont last much long, thats for sure. In honor of our Pisces pile-up, particularly the potentially luscious Venus conjunction with Neptune, percolate on some quantum-ly quotes that span the spirit and concrete worlds…

 

Intelligence operates simultaneously at two distinct levels: In one level it is the pure onlooker, the Witness; in another, the lower level, it is the actor and constitutor. These two distinct levels of activity of God or the higher Intellect, the one transcendent and the other immanent, is reflected in the human plane as the two principal modes of wakefulness, i.e. a wakefulness in the world and a wakefulness to the world: This is the distinction between the active and the contemplative life. But even the active life, action here implying outward mobility, is founded on the contemplative activity of the spirit. After all, everything is contemplation, for the One is contemplation par excellence: It is contemplation that creates, i.e. transcendentally constitutes, the field of action. – Tomaj Javidtash, metaphysicist

 

outerplaces.com reports that Dr. Hans-Peter DĂŒrr, former head of the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, posits that, just as a particle “writes” all of its information on its wave function, the brain is the tangible “floppy disk” on which we save our data, and this data is then “uploaded” into the spiritual quantum field. Continuing with this analogy, when we die the body, or the physical disk, is gone, but our consciousness, or the data on the computer, lives on
and Dr. Christian Hellwig of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, found evidence that information in our central nervous system is phase encoded, a type of coding that allows multiple pieces of data to occupy the same time. He said, “Our thoughts, our will, our consciousness and our feelings show properties that could be referred to as spiritual properties…No direct interaction with the known fundamental forces of natural science, such as gravitation, electromagnetic forces, etc. can be detected in the spiritual. On the other hand, however, these spiritual properties correspond exactly to the characteristics that distinguish the extremely puzzling and wondrous phenomena in the quantum world.”

The ever-fascinating edge.org conversations series recently featured Stephen Wolfram speaking on AI and the Future of Civilisation:

The interesting language point is that today we have computer languages, which, for the most part, are intended for computers only. They’re not intended for humans to read and understand. They’re intended to tell computers in detail what to do. Then we have natural language, which is intended for human-to-human communication.

I’ve been trying to build this knowledge-based language, where it’s intended for communication between humans and machines in a way where humans can read it and machines can understand it too, where we’re incorporating a lot of the existing knowledge of the world into the language in the same way that in human natural language we are constantly incorporating knowledge of the world into the language, because it helps us in communicating things. One branch that I’m interested in right now is what the world looks like when most people can read and write code.

What’s the future of the humans in a world where, once we can describe what we want to do, things can get done automatically? What do the humans do? One of my little hobby projects is trying to understand the evolution of human purposes over time. Today, we’ve got all kinds of purposes. We sit and have a big discussion about purposes, which presumably has some purpose. We do all the different things that we do in the world.

Can you imagine a world in which we all naturally read and write in a virtually universal code? In pure symbols. I wonder how the emergence of this phenomenon would influence the artistic communities of the world. Personally, I’m thinking: fascinating, even alluring in an abstract way, with a slice of dread…  🙂

And last but not least, a possible fly in our ointment:

‘Science is regarded as rational, but we must remember that it is formed by ideology and national emotions.’ Professor Michael Schultz, University of Agder (source)

 

 

 

 

Sunday Surfing – 14/02/16

I had some super feedback from my Sunday Surfing post so I want to try to keep this going
thanks very much for your thoughts and opinions on the topics that cross my desk each week (or two). I appreciate it!

– weaver          elemental.living(at)yahoo(dot)com

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allegory of the freedom of trade GĂ©rard de Lairesse

Allegory of the Freedom of Trade, GĂ©rard de Lairesse

Remember Aaron Swartz? There’s a bio out about him now (as reported by Tom Chatfield in Intelligent Life) and I thought this news synched nicely with Guy Rouleau’s pledge that  ‘all results and data will be made freely available at the time of publication, for example, and the [MNI] will not pursue patents on any of its discoveries.’ I think Aaron would be pleased.

 

A Tribute to a unique thinker: Marvin Minsky. Quite profound, that 2nd law


Minsky’s First Law
Words should be your servants, not your masters.
Minsky’s Second Law
Don’t just do something. Stand there.

 

‘The quality of time in the Chinese calendar is described by two primary components- a ring of 12 animals and a cycle of 5 phases of energy.’

Check out Austin Coppick’s Monkey Time. [I’m a rare Fire Horse. I know, you probably guessed that  😉 ]

 

I mentioned back in July that I expected to see feminine/anima energies to be on the rise in our collective consciousness. Thus, I was chuffed and so grateful to see just last week that Kimberly Maxwell has taken the time to gather so many examples of this phenomenon in one place. And the trend goes on.

 

‘The farther apart the keys are on a piano keyboard, the farther apart they are within this imaginary dimension; a given distance along the keyboard translates into a given distance within the dimension. You don’t see this dimension as such; to you, it’s an abstraction that captures the acoustical independence of sound waves. But it’s a remarkably fitting abstraction. Musicians call the difference between pitches a musical “interval,” which has connotations of distance, as if our brains really do think of the differences between pitches as spatial separation. AdS/CFT duality takes this abstraction literally and suggests that one of the dimensions of the space we occupy represents the energy or, equivalently, the size of waves within the underlying system.’

Yep, that’s another blurb from the previously shared Space piece. Its ok, take your time
 🙂

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“When an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate.”  – Jung

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