Pioneered in the late 1940s by a group of specialists in fields ranging from biology to engineering to social sciences, cybernetics was concerned with the study of communication and control systems in living beings and machines. The interest in how systems work is reflected in the etymology of cybernetic, which comes from the Greek word kubernētēs (κυβερνᾶν), ‘steersman’, from kubernan ‘to steer’.

 

 

 
 

 
Teredo navalis~~~ shipworm

Teredo navalis~~~ shipworm

 

It begins as an archeology of naval routes...

 

An ecology of being...

 
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                                                                             Nadia Lee~~~

                                                                             Nadia Lee~~~

 
 

Derivative from old English ‘gelang’, ‘belong’ meant at hand, together with.  Perhaps by considering where and how we belong we might question ownership, to be held by - to belong to - and instead look to inclusion, to belong with →← The 'long' in belong is duration through time.

 
 
 
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Measure things in generations, not quarters. 

Giacomo Guilizzoni

 

~~~ A simple story lies at the heart of our current economic system. It is a story of separation between humanity and nature. This story creates alienation, lack of belonging, fear and the need to control. Living this story ultimately makes us see through a lens of scarcity and competition for limited resources. Instead of living well within planetary boundaries and in collaborative abundance shared between all of humanity and life as a whole, we have chosen a path of trying to predict, control, manipulate and exploit nature as if we were somehow separate from life’s life-sustaining cycles that maintain this planet in habitable conditions for complex organisms like us. /// Diana Leaf

 
 

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The material world they observed no longer appeared as a machine, made up of separate objects, but rather as an indivisible whole; a network of relationships...  Fritjof Capra (1988) Uncommon Wisdom

 
 

Polycrystalline Diamond Compact (PDC) cutter heads are a type of drill bit used to bore hard rock - a process termed ‘boring penetration’ - which enables extraction of crude oil from the ground.  These machines reflect the ecology of the sea: - made from iron and patented by Marc Brunel, the first tunneling shield was inspired by the head of the ship-worm which could bore through ship’s timbers.

Mechanisation - determined here in part by a tunnel boring mollusc - triggered the consumption of fossil fuels and ensuing environmental catastrophe.  Hard/drive, in part, is a conjecture on complex ecologies such as this - between PDC drill bits, sea creatures, phallocentrism, extinction and crude oil - formed from dead sea creatures and plankton.

Compounded by systemic greed, the development of computational systems that place time, numbers and profit ahead of nuanced ecology has led to a world in which human, animal and environment are being annihilated by economic leveraging.

 
Junk /// Marshmallow PDC drill bit /// O

Junk /// Marshmallow PDC drill bit /// O

 

Anyone who thinks that you can have infinite growth in a finite environment is either

a madman or an economist. /// David Attenborough

 
 
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…  The silicon chip is a surface for writing; it is etched in molecular scales disturbed only by atomic noise, the ultimate interference for nuclear scores. Writing, power, and technology are old partners in Western stories of the origin of civilization, but miniaturization has changed our experience of mechanism. Miniaturization has turned out to be about power; small is not so much beautiful as pre-eminently dangerous, as in cruise missiles…  Our best machines are made of sunshine; they are all light and clean because they are nothing but signals, electromagnetic waves, a section of a spectrum, and these machines are eminently portable, mobile — a matter of immense human pain...  People are nowhere near so fluid, being both material and opaque...  

A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century /// Donna Haraway

 
 
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Neoliberalism's never the brainchild of a single person - its an amazinglly, efficiently distributed thought collective.  It took an intellectual and social organisation [Mont Pelerin Society] more than half a century to pull-off what they did - the largest bank robbery of all-time, from public to private hands. /// Philip Mirowski 'Where Do Neoliberals Go After Market?'

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As Agamben makes clear, communication has detached itself from political ideals of belonging and connection to function today as a primarily economic form. Differently put, communicative exchanges, rather than being fundamental to democratic politics, are the basic elements of capitalist production. /// Jodi Dean, Communicative Capitalism: Circulation and the Foreclosure of Politics

 
 
 
 
 
 

What Michel Foucault had worked out way ahead of anyone else, about the progressive cultural phenomenon of neoliberalism, about being the entrepreneur of oneself, is explored by Ilana Gershon.  She sights Facebook as training wheels to teach people how to be neoliberal agents.  This model takes your information and time for free and sells it to others for a profit.

 
 

Everything in time has to be given back, because the mirage of existence is only borrowed.   Nature’s bell curve allows infinite existence as long as it’s returned to the “closed fan” in time.    

We’re so enamoured with our successes that we think ourselves invincible.  We just think we’re the masters of our destiny because that’s how it’s appeared to be in the last 10,000 years.   And we may be able to dodge some of the incoming cannon balls.  But, actually we’re beholding to the balance of wave patterns in quantum energies cooked up in dying suns long ago. Starting with the Big Bang, the erupting actions spun these chaotic quantum waves into cycle patterns of particles...   Thus our bodies, beach sand, uranium, gold … all appear to be composed of similar bell curve life forms.   Their waves reverberate in everything we do...

Everything in the universe came through the head of a pin.  How more humble can we get?

  

 
 

Before long, Kosinski [Cambridge University researcher] was able to evaluate a person better than the average work colleague, merely on the basis of ten Facebook “likes.” Seventy “likes” were enough to outdo what a person’s friends knew, 150 what their parents knew, and 300 “likes” what their partner knew. More “likes” could even surpass what a person thought they knew about themselves... 

On Facebook you’re not only a captive audience, but an impressionable, trusting, data-rich one.

Once you’ve been profiled, their model will tailor and test advertisements on you and your social network until it finds exactly the right one to make you comment, “like”, or click. Worse still, “knowing” your friends allows the advertising to spread throughout your social network like a propaganda virus. 

Professor Jonathan Rust, also from the Psychometric Centre:

“The danger of not having regulation around the sort of data you can get from Facebook and elsewhere is clear. With this, a computer can actually do psychology, it can predict and potentially control human behaviour...
It’s no exaggeration to say that minds can be changed. Behaviour can be predicted and controlled... People don’t know it’s happening to them. Their attitudes are being changed behind their backs.”

...If that isn’t sinister, I don’t know what is. But perhaps the most pernicious part of all is that we still think we’re the ones in control, even when we aren’t. /// Kimberly K. O

 
 
 
 
 
 

-- I AM THE BEGGAR OF THE WORLD -- Landays are an oral form of folk poetry created traditionally by illiterate people - mostly women - denied of education for being female. Landay means ‘short, poisonous snake’ in Pashto, a language spoken on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and also refers to two-line folk poems. Pashtun poetry has long been a form of rebellion for Afghan women, belying the notion that they are submissive or defeated. Landay are safe because they are collective. No single person writes a landay; a woman repeats one, shares one. It is hers and not hers. 'Landays survive because they belong to no one.' /// Eliza Griswold

 
 
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This open letter was announced at the opening of the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) conference on July 28 2015. /// O



Autonomous Weapons: an Open Letter from AI & Robotics Researchers

Autonomous weapons select and engage targets without human intervention. They might include, for example, armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate people meeting certain pre-defined criteria, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones for which humans make all targeting decisions. Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is — practically if not legally — feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.

Many arguments have been made for and against autonomous weapons, for example that replacing human soldiers by machines is good by reducing casualties for the owner but bad by thereby lowering the threshold for going to battle. The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting. If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. Unlike nuclear weapons, they require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials, so they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce. It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc. Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group. We therefore believe that a military AI arms race would not be beneficial for humanity. There are many ways in which AI can make battlefields safer for humans, especially civilians, without creating new tools for killing people.

Just as most chemists and biologists have no interest in building chemical or biological weapons, most AI researchers have no interest in building AI weapons — and do not want others to tarnish their field by doing so, potentially creating a major public backlash against AI that curtails its future societal benefits. Indeed, chemists and biologists have broadly supported international agreements that have successfully prohibited chemical and biological weapons, just as most physicists supported the treaties banning space-based nuclear weapons and blinding laser weapons.

In summary, we believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many ways, and that the goal of the field should be to do so. Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The sphere is one surface, no corners, infinitely symmetrical, of all the shapes a bubble could be the sphere is the one with the smallest surface area, which makes it the most efficient shape possible.  And it is because nature loves to use her resources effectively that we can see spheres everywhere we look.  The earth is round because gravity pulls the planets bulk into a ball around its core.  Water forms into spherical droplets - the shape minimizes the amount of surface tension needed to hold the droplet together.  And a spherical shape gives simple life forms, like volvox plankton, optimal contact with their surrounding environment.  BBC The Code - Episode 2

 
 
 
 
 
 
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A wormhole is part of a bigger structure; the funnels on each side of the so-called wormhole are the event horizon, the point of no return.  When the funnels connect it becomes the torus - the internal and external.

 
 
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The systemic in systemic oppression is not an accident.  The prison complex is not just black and hispanic men being locked up in prison, it is black and brown children being criminalised by teachers starting in pre-school, pushed out of eduction and into juvenile detention by high school, locked out of legal employment, sent to for-profit prisons with no focus on education or rehabilitation, sent back into society with even bleaker prospects, then re-arrested and denied the vote...  

These systems also interact with and feed off each other.  Racism will strengthen gender oppression against women of colour.  Classism will strengthen racism against poor people of colour and sexism against poor women, and so on.

Systemic oppression is built throughout all of our most important systems - our education system, our workplaces, our government, our arts and entertainment.  It is in the air that we breathe and it is upheld with almost every action we take.  That is how it has lasted so long...

What we have today is a very complex and enduring system of multiple oppressions designed to reinforce and interact with each other in a way that makes it impossible to address one and not the other.  We need to start treating our social justice efforts with the respect that we treat other large endeavours in our society.  This is not just the realm of knoble dreams.  This is the realm of complex systems...  /// Ijeoma Oluo O

 
 
 
 
 
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In a word, we are now fully in collapse, and it is very unlikely to be avoided.  Actions that would have taken us down a different course were needed decades ago.  Historians, if they exist in the future, will write about the tragic failures of leadership...  The principle ideology is laissez-faire neoliberal economics that treats the environment as external to market forces and gives it a value of zero in its accountings books...  Stated plainly, the religious cult of modern economics is destroying our civilisation. /// Joe Brewer O

 
 
 
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No matter how emphatically we scientists claim to be rational seekers of truth, we're as prone as anyone to human foibles such as prejudice, peer pressure and herd mentality.  Max Tegmark 2014

 
 

This [economic] consensus is something like a market of ideas. It's something like two sides of a trial - one hopes  the process yields truth more often than not.

But there is no way of knowing reliably if the consensus is the truth. It may rely instead on the underlying biases of the prosecutors and defendants in the intellectual trial of ideas. Or where they received their PhD degrees. Or the fashionability of certain positions over time as society changes. Unlike product markets where poorly made products are punished by low prices or fewer and fewer consumers, there are no clear feedback loops in the world of academic economics. /// Russ Roberts O

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                                                                                                Nadia Lee~~~

                                                                                                Nadia Lee~~~

 
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CLIMB N CRASH ↑ → ↓

 

Quantum logic says it’s ok to borrow something as long as whatever is taken gets returned quickly enough to balance the books - to zero.  The bell curve of existence opened up its zero to infinity “fan” to allow life, but at times it also has to close.

We still have a great indicator though - one that anyone can use to tell when the fireworks officially start.  It’s the same population graph itself.  When the number of people stops dead in its tracks, like the peak of  “water” coming straight up from a hose, and the NASDAQ in 2000, our numbers should start down with a vengeance.

“J” curves happen all the time in equity and commodity markets.  Underlying cycles allow the markets to exist.   Remember the NASDAQ chart?  The DOW made not one, but now maybe two, “J” bubbles - the previous Crash in 1929.

 
 
 

Flash crash of 2010 was a trillion dollar stock market crash that lasted 36 minutes.  A sell was instigated by a US mutual using 'spoofing algorithms', an automated algorithm trading contract to sell e-minis.  What followed was described as a 'hot potato' effect, where other traders embarked on panic selling.

 
 
 
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In the final stages of dehydration the body shrinks, robbing youth from the young as the skin puckers, eyes recede into orbits, and the tongue swells and cracks. Brain cells shrivel and muscles seize. The kidneys shut down. Blood volume drops, triggering hypovolemic shock, with its attendant respiratory and cardiac failures. These combined assaults disrupt the chemical and electrical pathways of the body until all systems cascade toward death.

Such is also the path of a dying species. Beyond a critical point, the collective body of a unique kind of mammal or bird or amphibian or tree cannot be salvaged, no matter the first aid rendered. Too few individuals spread too far apart, or too genetically weakened, are susceptible to even small natural disasters: a passing thunderstorm; an unexpected freeze; drought. At fewer than 50 members, populations experience increasingly random fluctuations until a kind of fatal arrhythmia takes hold. Eventually, an entire genetic legacy, born in the beginnings of life on earth, is removed from the future...

... as harmful as our forebears may have been, nothing compares to what's under way today. Throughout the 20th century the causes of extinction - habitat degradation, overexploitation, agricultural monocultures, human-borne invasive species, human-induced climate-change - increased exponentially, until now in the 21st century the rate is nothing short of explosive. The World Conservation Union's Red List - a database measuring the global status of Earth's 1.5 million scientifically named species - tells a haunting tale of unchecked, unaddressed, and accelerating biocide...

In a staggering forecast, Wilson predicts that our present course will lead to the extinction of half of all plant and animal species by 2100.

You probably had no idea. Few do. A poll by the American Museum of Natural History finds that seven in 10 biologists believe that mass extinction poses a colossal threat to human existence, a more serious environmental problem than even its contributor, global warming; and that the dangers of mass extinction are woefully underestimated by almost everyone outside science. In the 200 years since French naturalist Georges Cuvier first floated the concept of extinction, after examining fossil bones and concluding "the existence of a world previous to ours, destroyed by some sort of catastrophe", we have only slowly recognised and attempted to correct our own catastrophic behaviour.  

Julia Whitty | Animal Extinction - The Greatest Threat to Mankind O

 
 
 
 
 

Multiple 16mm film loop installation by Rose Kallal. Sound by Rose Kallal and Mark O Pilkington using modular synthesizers.

... When our sun eventually dies in about 5 billion years, it will end its days as a so-called white dwarf, which is a giant ball that - like a diamond - is made mostly of carbon atoms.  Our Universe is teeming with white dwarfs today, created by stars past. Many of them are continually gaining weight by gobbling up gas from dying companion stars that they're orbiting. Once they become officially overweight they suffer the stellar equivalent of a heart attack: they become unstable and detonate in a gigantic nuclear explosion - a Type 1a supernova.

/// Our Mathematical UniverseMax Tegmark

 
 
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'Some of the most basic lessons we can learn from ecosystems everywhere are that almost all energy that drives ecological cycles flows from the sun. Even the kinetic energy of wind, waves and marine currents ultimately derives from the sun’s energy reaching the Earth. Our industrial civilization, on the other hand, is driven by fossil fuel reserves in the form of coal, gas and oil, along with some other non-renewable sources like nuclear energy.

Fossil fuels are nothing but ancient sunlight (Hartman, 1999) stored in the Earth’s crust. These energy carriers are the compressed and transformed remains of plants and animals that populated Earth millions of years ago. The amount of fossil fuel humanity is currently using in a single year took approximately 1 million years to build up in the Earth’s crust (Fischer, 2012: 36).' Hence, ‘non-renewable’. /// Daniel Christian Wahl O

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the beginning was a world
Man said: Let there be more light
Electric scenes a maze of beams
Neon brights to light our boring nights

          On the second day he said: Let's have a gas
          Hydrogen and CO are of the past
          Let's make some germs, we'll poison the worms
          Man will never be surpassed

                    And he said: Behold what I have done
                    I've made a better world for everyone
                    Nobody laughs, nobody cries
                    World without end, forever and ever
                    Amen, amen, amen

                             On the third we get green and blue pill pie
                             On the fourth we send rockets to the sky
                             On the fifth metal beasts and submarines
                             On the sixth man prepares his final dream:

                                       In our image, let's make robots for our slaves      
                                       Imagine all the time that we can save
                                       Computers, machines, the silicon dream
                                       Seventh he retired from the scene

                                                 And he said: Behold what I have done              
                                                 I've made a better world for everyone
                                                 Nobody laughs, nobody cries
                                                 World without end, forever and ever
                                                  Amen (amen), amen (amen), amen (amen)

                                                           On the eighth day machine just got upset
                                                           A problem man had not foreseen as yet
                                                           No time for flight, a blinding light
                                                           Then nothing but a void, forever night

                                                                    He said: Behold what man has done
                                                                    There's not a world for anyone
                                                                    Nobody laughs, nobody cries
                                                                    World's at an end, everyone has died
                                                                    Forever amen (amen), amen (amen), amen (amen)

                                                                              He said: Behold what man has done
                                                                              There's not a world for anyone
                                                                              Nobody laughes, nobody cries
                                                                              World's at an end, everyone has died
                                                                              Forever amen (amen), amen (amen), amen (amen)

                                                                                        (Amen)

 

 

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The Anthropocene, the geological epoch driven by vaguely generalizing “human activities,” fails to capture the divisions and antagonism at play here. Instead we might consider adopting a term like the “Capitalocene,” which appears more exacting. Proposed by Donna Haraway, the latter refers to the geological epoch created by neoliberal corporate globalization, and has the advantage of naming the culprit beyond climate change, thereby gathering political traction around itself. It is not native peoples, or impoverished communities, or underdeveloped countries who are subsidizing fossil fuel companies to a degree of $10 million per minute ($5.3 trillion a year) worldwide so that they can run their Capitalocenic enterprises, driving us all toward climate catastrophe, but rather the governments of over-developed nations, as reported recently by the IMF. Or, as Naomi Klein puts it in This Changes Everything, “We are stuck because the actions that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe—and would benefit the vast majority—are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a stranglehold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets.” It’s not that most of us are not implicated in one way or another—many of us, for instance, drive cars and live in energy-consuming homes. Rather, it’s the agents of the Capitalocene who are doing everything possible—including using their tremendous financial resources to manipulate governments through corporate lobbying—to remove sustainable energy options from even entering the discussion. “Ours is the geological epoch not of humanity, but of capital,” as Andreas Malm cogently argues. /// FOTOMUSEUM, Against the Anthropocene, T.J. Demos O

 
 
 

Ours is the geological epoch not of humanity, but of capital.

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They talk about freedom of choice, very limited in fact, we have two political parties, essentially two.  Big media companies five/six; oil companies down to three now, I think; the big banks, brokerage houses, all the things that are important – reduced in choice.  Newspapers in this city - two, that are owned by the same people and they also own a radio station and a TV station, but jelly beans  - 32 flavours!  All the things that don’t matter...  [despairing laughter]

 

... You know what your freedom of choice is in America?

Paper or plastic... Cash or charge. Isle or window. Smoking or non-smoking. Coke or Pepsi. These are your choices. Everything is kind of laid out for you. They do what they want...

George Carlin, on America

 
 
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They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking, they don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking... That doesn't help them...

The table is tilted folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care...

It's called the American Dream because you'd have to be asleep to believe it.

George Carlin

 

Osborne announced massive tax breaks and subsidies for North Sea oil companies. A new £1.3 billion in subsidies will be handed to oil companies, with the burden transferred to the public. £1.3 billion could cover the costs of employing another 20,000 nurses in the NHS.  18 March 2015 Budget  |  Platform London blog written with Greg Muttitt Link

 
 

What we're doing is establishing boundaries where really there's a close connection.

 

David Bohm Seminars 1990 - Part 1

Q. Why is it so important to be coherent?

A.  If you’re incoherent one thing is that you do not produce the intended results.  That’s one sign of incoherence, another one is that you’re contradicting yourself.  Or a third is that you’re deceiving yourself…  See, nobody intends to destroy the planet, nobody intended that, they merely intended to get rich, comfortable, rich, whatever it was.  Now, I’m not blaming anybody, all of us were in it, right.  We did not see that this was dangerous, right.  It was incoherent.  If our intention had been to destroy the planet we would have been coherent.

These meetings have been concerned with the question of thought... by way of review we all know that the world is in a difficult situation and has been for a long time... now we have many crises, in addition to the Middle East one that has been for some time, economic crises developing.. and inability to .. everything is interdependent... There's always this danger for destruction...  It's sort of endemic... it's in the whole situation.

 

 
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                                                                                                                         Brad Troemel

 
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The Collective Intelligence of Women Could Save the World

Neil deGrasse Tyson was once asked about his thoughts on the cosmos. In a slow, gloomy voice, he intoned, “The universe is a deadly place. At every opportunity, it’s trying to kill us. And so is Earth. From sinkholes to tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, tsunamis.” Tyson humorously described a very real problem: the universe is a vast obstacle course of catastrophic dangers. Asteroid impacts, supervolcanic eruptions, and global pandemics represent existential risks that could annihilate our species or irreversibly catapult us back into the Stone Age.

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But nature is the least of our worries. Today’s greatest existential risks stem from advanced technologies like nuclear weapons, biotechnology, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and even artificial superintelligence. These tools could trigger a disaster of unprecedented proportions. Exacerbating this situation are “threat multipliers” — issues like climate change and biodiveristy loss, which, while devastating in their own right, can also lead to an escalation of terrorism, pandemics, famines, and potentially even the use of WTDs (weapons of total destruction)...

The good news is that none of these existential threats are inevitable. Humanity can overcome every single known danger. But accomplishing this will require the smartest groups working together for the common good of human survival.  So, how do we ensure that we have the smartest groups working to solve the problem? Get women involved.

A 2010 study, published in Science, made two unexpected discoveries. First, it established that groups can exhibit a collective intelligence (or c factor). Most of us are familiar with general human intelligence, which describes a person’s intelligence level across a broad spectrum of cognitive tasks. It turns out groups also have a similar “collective” intelligence that determines how successfully they can navigate these cognitive tasks. This is an important finding because “research, management, and many other kinds of tasks are increasingly accomplished by groups — working both face-to-face and virtually.” To optimize group performance, we need to understand what makes a group more intelligent.

Instead, the study found three factors linked to group intelligence. The first pertains to the “social sensitivity” of group members, measured by the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” test. This term refers to one’s ability to infer the emotional states of others by picking up on certain non-verbal clues. The second concerns the number of speaking turns taken by members of the group. “In other words,” the authors write, “groups where a few people dominated the conversation were less collectively intelligent than those with a more equal distribution of conversational turn-taking.”

The last factor relates to the number of female members: the more women in the group, the higher the group’s IQ. As the authors of the study explained, “c was positively and significantly correlated with the proportion of females in the group.” If you find this surprising, you’re not alone: the authors themselves didn’t anticipate it, nor were they looking for a gender effect.

Why do women make groups smarter? The authors suggest that it’s because women are, generally speaking, more socially sensitive than men, and the link between social sensitivity and collective intelligence is statistically significant...

... Given the unique, technogenic dangers that haunt the twenty-first century, we need the smartest groups possible to tackle the problems posed by existential risks. We need groups comprised of women...

As Sir Martin Rees writes in Our Final Hour, “what happens here on Earth, in this century, could conceivably make the difference between a near eternity filled with ever more complex and subtle forms of life and one filled with nothing but base matter.” Future generations may very well thank us for taking the link between collective intelligence and female participation seriously. /// Phil Torres, Future of Life Institute O

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Everything interpenetrates everything, and although human nature may seek to categorize and pigeonhole and subdivide, the various phenomena of the universe, all apportionments are of necessity artificial and all of nature is ultimately a seamless web.  In a holographic universe, even time and space could no longer be viewed as fundamentals. Because concepts such as location break down in a universe in which nothing is truly separate from anything else...

David Bohm

 
 

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Rather than maximizing isolated parameters for the benefit of a select few, a re-design of our economic system to serve all of humanity and all life will have to optimize the health and resilience of the system as a whole (understanding humanity as nature; and the economy as a sub-system of society and nature in interconnected eco-social systems).

/// Daniel Christian Wahl O

 
 
 

In the early 1970s two personal friends, one whom happened to be the head of meteorology at MIT, the other the head of Earth Sciences at Harvard. Both of them at about the same time started warning that there’s a problem developing that we hadn’t recognised - with regarded to what’s now called global warming - that could be very serious in the future.  Twenty years earlier that was not known.  Then it was beginning to be understood, now any rational person recognises that to be extremely serious and unfortunately any rational person doesn’t happen to include a large part of US Congress.  Noam Chomsky

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Trans-Pacific Partnership

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What is the epistemological impact of colonial, exclusionary ontologies?...  My thinking about this works from an understanding of colonialism as not just settler colonialism but a global, physical, psychological, and intellectual process...

As Science, Technology, and Society studies have begun to take as axiomatic ... absolute objectivity does not exist, but rather science and society craft one another...

So, let us ask the simple question: why does universality mean so much to us? And in connection: what is the relationship between universality and objectivity?  Can we think of optimization rather than perfection, Against Purity, as Alexis Shotwell puts it in her recent book?...

/// Chanda Prescod-Weinstein O

 
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Nobel Prize-winning economist and Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz warns about the dangers of the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. "We know we’re going to need regulations to restrict the emissions of carbon," Stiglitz said. "But under these provisions, corporations can sue the government, including the American government, by the way, so it’s all the governments in the TPP can be sued for the loss of profits as a result of the regulations that restrict their ability to emit carbon emissions that lead to global warming."

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David Bohm's Holographic Universe - Wholeness and the Implicate Order, 1980

It is proposed that the widespread and pervasive distinctions between people (race, nation, family, profession, etc.) which are now preventing mankind from working together for the common good, and indeed, even for survival, have one of the key factors of their origin in a kind of thought that treats things as inherently divided, disconnected, and "broken up" into yet smaller constituent parts. Each part is considered to be essentially independent and self-existent…  The notion that all these fragments is separately existent is evidently an illusion, and this illusion cannot do other than lead to endless conflict and confusion. Indeed, the attempt to live according to the notion that the fragments are really separate is, in essence, what has led to the growing series of extremely urgent crises that is confronting us today. Thus, as is now well known, this way of life has brought about pollution, destruction of the balance of nature, over-population, world-wide economic and political disorder and the creation of an overall environment that is neither physically nor mentally healthy for most of the people who live in it. Individually there has developed a widespread feeling of helplessness and despair, in the face of what seems to be an overwhelming mass of disparate social forces, going beyond the control and even the comprehension of the human beings who are caught up in it.

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We need to redesign the financial system to run by the rules of life, rather than perpetuate a trend where life seems to be increasingly run by the rules of the financial system. Wealth understood holistically is primarily expressed in the health of the whole system. Many aspects of healthy socio-ecological systems and a regenerative culture are not reducible to monetary values and numbers. They evade quantification since they are qualities rooted in being nurtured by and nurturing collaborative relationships. /// Wahl O

 
 
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'We live in turbulent times. Every day we wake up to a new story of corruption in the newspapers.   

Of course we're angry. But this indignation is useless if there is no alternative.'     

Ada Colau | Making Democratic Revolution Happen O

 
 
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… I became committed to notions of how categories of gender, race and class, and their associated social and economic functions, were not essential or natural, but were products of historical and material arrangements and power/knowledge formations... If things were socially constructed, they could be re-constructed: social change was possible..  

Zoe Sofoulis  'Social Construction for the Twenty-first Century: A Co-Evolutionary Makeover'

 
 
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When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand

 

invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.  John Muir

 

 
 
 
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The Ginkgo is a living fossil.

Tracing back 270 million years, to the time of dinosaurs,

it was also the first tree to grow after the

atomic bomb at Hiroshima.

 

Eruption and stasis, at once.

Everything inside heats and solidifies,

and for a moment, when we hold near,

time floats.

 
 
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…  We can't see beyond this wall, because it's opaque and therefore obstructs what came before it like a cosmic censor… this is what we should see in all directions, since wherever we look, we're also looking back in time…  These baby pictures of when our Universe was 'only' 400,000 years old contained crucial clues to our cosmic origins…  Stephen Hawking hailed this as, "the most important discovery of the century if not of all time."

In summary, we've now pushed the frontier of knowledge back from about 14 billion to about 400,000 years after our Big Bang, and seen that everything around us came from a hot plasma that filled all space.  Back then, there were no people, planets, stars or galaxies - just atoms bouncing around and radiating light…  In other words, we're… made of star stuff.  Just as we are in our Universe, our Universe is in us.'

Max Tegmark | Our Mathematical Universe

 
 
 
 
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The shell valves of the shipworm are responsible for rasping off wood and tunnelling into the wood, with a rotating and forward movement ...  The two valves have denticulated ridges used in a grinding action.  These ridges - which under the microscope look like sharp serrated knives - are also record of the growth rate and, therefore, age of the animal, as well as detailing the conditions under which it lived...  'Shipwrecks and Global Worming'

 

 
 
 
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Inspired by the head of the ship-worm which could bore through ship’s timbers, Marc Brunel, in 1818, patented a tunnelling shield made from iron.

 
 

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