Diamond, Bird Watcher turned biologist, and historian/anthropologist, geographer.

The opening talks about the beginning of their colonization, and New Guinea’s religious reverence for our cargo, showing a photo of a native with a Kelloggs cereal box made into a headpiece.

What are we grateful for? More like, for what are we grateful to not have… and why? and how?! It is just as likely that the connection between a civilization’s technology and our conception of their greatness is totally incorrect; this moral and/or natural inequality is all a matter of our bias… and chance.

Its really cool to learn about climate change, like how the Middle East was far less arid 13,000 years ago. And then, things got colder and drier for a thousand… and then granaries!!? And growing! The first farmers; the first domestic gods.

Differences between peoples result from the differences in the kinds of crops, their ease of planting and nutrition – geography in general, and thereby also the other animals (including their hair and dung) that eat from the food… “an extremely attractive package.” The best animals to tame are nice, large herbivores, social/hierarchical, sexually productive early. Out of the 148 animals that seem like they would fit the description, Diamond says that only 14 have been successfully domesticated… all from Asia and Europe… the most effective farming ones from the fertile crescent of the Middle east… excepting Llamas from South america.

Aaaaaannd then: steel; shit. And latitude. And surplus capital and kingdoms. And part two: people shaping their own destiny.

Well, as for my opinion on this all, instead of hard Environmental Determinism I’d say Territorial Compatibilism. Environmental Determinism as a function of progress probably plays a much larger role in the basis of a civilization (though establishing just when the basis ends and puberty begins is a whole nother task). Nevertheless, I must accede that this origin is incredibly significant, eternally so, and however we modern men deal with it even more. But yeah, its also a simple answer, all you’ve really got time for in a blog post thats supposed to be a paragraph or two long: what really matters in a civilizations growth happens when it becomes conscious of what was unconscious.

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miraculous miracles (-x*-x=)

So, who watched that Eisenstein video? I know I freakin did. Just in case, theres a bunch of relatively accurate quotations at the bottom – and now i’ve numbered them for reference! heheheh,

Can’t say a damned thing wrong about this talk. Super-neo-nietzschian in the whole points 1, 2, 11-13 (and the general style of the ending call to action) ; Taoist with the 1, 4, 7, 14 (and that sick ass protester story (i pretty much fantasize about being able to do something like that)); and then, in the mode of much new-age spiritualism, which i usually personally connect to Coelho’s The Alchemist, 1, 10, 16. Anyways, one more “hell yeah!” for good measure: hell yeah!

I’m so done with all this Newtonian physics. He was just a poor alchemist who had to turn to science by turning science all around, and thereby turning the world around too. He must’ve just been so #5 that that he straight up caused #2, and nobody (somehow) (except Goethe (god bless his coffin)) realized #7 would result. So now, well, again I suppose we should really just #18 the heck out of this world. Heracles miracles are great and all, but we muuuust realize that we don’t just owe their lastingness to #9, but also to #6, and that we really need to #11.

Campbell  knew this well (and this is my favorite quote from him): “It is not enough for the primitive to see the sun rise and set; this external observation must at the same time be a psychic happening: the sun in its course must represent the fate of a god or hero who, in the last analysis, dwells nowhere except in the soul of man.”

And the same goes for the moon.

If theres one thing’s uncertainty I’m damn sure of in a good (low uncertainty) way, its that we need take in more of what is less if we want to keep what is left. Oh, and that I’m gonna be rereading the Tao Te Ching and The Power of Myth and The Sorrows of Young Werther and shit until the day i die. Excuse the promotionality, but god damn, if you liked this video you’ll really flip yo shit yo.

 

  1. “miracles are impossible from an old understanding of reality, and possible from a new one.”
  2. science has been too rational, its bled into our politics.
  3. “financial system breakdown is reflected in our deeper stories”
  4. “stop being indifferent and separate from universe / trying to control the external forces as transcendent masters”
  5. “boredom releases that feeling of “why does it hurt just to exist?”
  6. “our tiny actions may have a significance beyond that we understand [already]”
  7. not all about fuckin exerting a force on the universe anymore! YAN!
  8. “things are a bit random even on quantum level: irreducible indeterminacy. (morphic fields & water memory???)”
  9. “our stories have an immune system that keeps them in tact as long as possible, but its getting harder today”
  10. “wound of betrayed expectations… and to protect it we develop cynicism”
  11. “disrupt the psychic substructure of our mythology”
  12. “matter has all the properties of spirit”
  13. “regaining the dignity of materiality”
  14. cant fix the fuckin world with force no more. prolly never could.
  15. “as the great entertainer sun ra said, ‘we’ve tried everything possible and none of its worked. now we must try the impossible.'”
  16. “stepping into the flow of synchronicity… service to that thing larger than yourself.”
  17. “ask yourself if you are ready to bow more deeply into that mission, into the service. you will experience an unexpected oppurtunity to act on that knowledge, and it will be just on the edge of your courage but not past it.”
  18. f old heroism

Cupping Together

 

Grassroots movements are the best; only the minorities can change the majority, and, indeed, the majority is always just a deceptive minority or two. Especially what with how big our countries are getting, how small the world is seeming, and how huge the gaps of ignorance have always been: now more than ever must we try to realize our size, then can we actualize our potential. As Chomsky points out, America is a well-polled nation. We should keep better track of this. We should have apps for this. We should have a system of social achievements, or points, based on how much we participate in whatever it is we participate in. Bring back royal titles, only promote them beyond royalty. There’s really just so much going on now, if we don’t realize soon that we could be doing it together, that we can even come together at all, then the fun is good as dead – and when the funs dead, you know hard works been dead a long time, and all thats left is probably just transferring our consciousnesses into robots or whatever (now thats what I call Associations!). I think we all know its really a political problem at this point, but we shouldn’t let the state claim to be the people! If Man is a political beast (though I’d rather contend that he is a laughing hyena (but, hey, whats the difference?)), then government is either our political predator or prey… either way, we’ve got to keep each other in check (not mate). On a side note, I’m no confederate, but I sure as hell would be open for that whole California seceding from the union, setting charges to the fault lines, and just drifting out to sea, going half-Atlantis just because we can. Still, I’d give this whole being-a-whole-country-business a little more time; god knows (we all know) we all have the desire to better associate! I, for one, say we get a new mythos going. Hollywood tried real hard, and are still trying way too hard (and by that, I mean they pander), but we need to all be creators. like now.

I’ll leave ya a little quote.

Whitman, Leaves of Grass:

“These are really the thoughts of all men in all ages and lands, they
are not original with me,
If they are not yours as much as mine they are nothing, or next
to nothing,
If they are not the riddle and the untying of the riddle they are
nothing,
If they are not just as close as they are distant they are nothing.

 

This is the grass that grows wherever the land is and the water is,
This the common air that bathes the globe.”

y?itivatreR

Well, I love the sentiment in general, but I also know that theres so much more to it; the first thing that comes to mind is is the adjunctive idea that it should be enough for themselves and not too much; it should also be about producing all manners of things and ideas. In addition, please include a classless society (and world) as much as possible. But yeah, by channeling production away from so much physical/energy resources, and into the freakin’ Humanities, I think the problem of profit and plethora would solve itself.

Mr. Marx comes to mind: “in communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, to fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, just as I have in mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, shepherd or critic.”

Also, obviously, Nietzsche: “To create, desireth the loving one, because he despiseth! What knoweth he of love who hath not been obliged to despise just what he loved!
With thy love, go into thine isolation, my brother, and with thy creating; and late only will justice limp after thee.
With my tears, go into thine isolation, my brother. I love him who seeketh to create beyond himself, and thus succumbeth.—
Thus spoke Zarathustra.” http://4umi.com/nietzsche/zarathustra/17

Concerning all those economic factors, I really just don’t know. I do believe that localizing the food production would inherently bring the practices to the public eye, and making them participate through relative (accepted and established) time-bank-currency AND hands-on effort: should be enough. How to adapt supply and demand, specialization, etc., though, yeah, not my strong suit. BUT, concerning making everyone an artist…… thats like my only goal in life. Lets turn laziness into a group activity; lets make boredom unethical, immoral, even MORE boring; lets throw a big-o damn city museum in the center of city, and a cool little creation-space on each corner. Just walk by, or walk in, or climb ON, pick up some eco-friendly paint, charcoal, your own blood, whatever, and go wild whenever you want. In my view, graffiti should be promoted at all times, as long as its good or at least improving. YEAH, make a district for every kind of art, and a little ghetto within each district for all the other kinds, or just take a vote every few years on how to design the space; in the end, moving around ought to be easy enough, trading furniture and art and pokemon cards, applying for other places, banning cars, implementing torture pits when necessary, reestablishing medieval knighthood; the whole shabang. In the end, though, the community’s self sufficiency on all consumption should be prioritized, then (i guess) we can get into how exactly we’re gonna save the rest of the world when the mongols part 2 comes around.

((P.S)(im super down for Robocracy. lets just say OK anybody so much as rips the wings off a fly and we’re gonna either laser snipe you from space, and if any little bands of funny-guys come around we’re just nuking the whole continent so dont even think about it: its all on a program).)

chomsk

Where when how to begin… Obviously, its just astonishing how much this guy knows about everything, and his delivery is so easy going and clear. To begin with the beginning, I am quite quite angry about Noam’s work being quietly censored by the media for who knows how long (but excited about reading that new old Animal Farm Introduction). I mean, don’t get me wrong (if thats even possible), I think this guy talks like a true scholar, an observably all around upstanding human / the kinda person I want to be president, but just maybe if he were (or at least acted) more fired up about all this crazy media crap he’d get more heat from them. Probably just my own youthful restlessness, but jeez; it makes me almost scared of success, the sorry way such truth has been handled; but, in the end, I hope, Noam Chomsky will only be all the better for having done it his way. Those last words also sorta messed me up, on his having missed early activist opportunities regarding Vietnam and manmade climate change. We must retain hope. Through hope comes awareness, and awareness: change. Still, I reckon a lot of hopeful prayers around the conflict in the Middle East have gone unanswered. And still, if ol’ Noam knows how to take it all in, and still logically deduce some hopefulness from it all… woohoo.

 

tocqueville

Like, damn. It should be downright illegal to be such a prophet. This guys just so straightup logical, his plain delivery flies right by my head half the time. I enjoyed the talk of aristocracies; how they instilled more of an inherent sense of order and duty through class tradition – while democracies tend to allow the successful to think themselves isolated. Then, getting into the whole relationships between liberty and equality was where it really got wonked up a notch. Living in America back then must have felt crazy. I think I could’ve been pretty patriotic if I was born into such a playing field (though I hope I would’ve been lucky enough to realize just where the line of freedom was really drawn). At this point, as I’m sure Ol’ Tokey knew, it just doesn’t feel like the individual has any influence, like The Bridge (and the thousand little bridges) between self interest and public interest is crumbling, associations are quickly becoming vaccinated, and the god damned news is just farting it all in our faces. Chapter 8’s final call for the educated, purposeful, selflessness to replace well-intentioned, blind sacrifice… was… heavy to think about; and just before that, how true still, about all that indifference that despotism breeds, and just the so-many ways that the people perceive everything and nothing, and credit it one way or another, and justify injustices! Finally, as I am a lazy cretin, I will abruptly insert a cool quote and leave it at that, (in regards to countries that relinquish some liberties for restrictions) “To save a man’s life, I can understand cutting off his arm. But I don’t want anyone to tell me he will be as dextrous without it.”

 

dual winking biotechnology & i’m a subtle racist

I read this book probably 5 years back, now; it still troubles me. The adaptive unconscious and the locked door… how much can really be known? I don’t know, yet I hold it my duty as a being to know myself to the healthiest utter extents of my consciousness. Now, I’m no scientist, but reading seems an interesting subject here; it makes me wonder whether we process written words different than people (we must, right?), and how we process different genres. For instance, we might be able to take a short poem like this 

at face value, but we could hardly do that with an Epic poem like The Odyssey (unless that blink-judgement is merely not to read such a long poem). But yeah, I think there are definitely areas where blink-judgements are more effective than others, and definitely areas where they’re more subtle but still ever-present. The weirdest thing of all, though, is still the way we grow up with such magnificent powers of intuition so ingrained into our everyday life that they become invisible. And second weirdest is just how wrong this godlike power can be sometimes. As a tentative rule, I try to run all my serious ideas twice through both the subconscious and the conscious, which sometimes involve serious bouts of editing that last years, and often meeting demise.

Oh, and on the topic of the IAT, yeah, that stuff always makes me piss me off. I liked the disclaimer at the end that there is some semi-negligible influence from the order of the tests, and thus they switch it around equally for all the test-takers – but I still wish they would have given me the easier one instead. Nevertheless, and I don’t wanna brag, but I scored in the mildly prefers thin people to fat, as well as the only mildly associates male gender and science. And, needless to say, if I took that test again with an actual mouse and not this touchpad, and maybe practiced a couple more times, I think I could really break the bank. May there be more tests like these in the future. So many tests like these that we’re going to need to have entrance exams include them, from womb to tomb. But to end on a serious note, I do think these tests can really help us in identifying just what it means to have prejudice, and privilege… and hopefully what we can do about it (though I suppose thats an easy one: just have more integrated social groups).

degenerative development systems model of a degenerative development systems model

“What is a ‘thing?'” I guess the examples used in the instructions were all technically some sort of physical, quantifiable(?)(?!?), large-scale resource – but, IMO (in my opinion): we shouldn’t let that get us down! Hahhah! There is so much more out there! EVERYTHING IS A THING!.
Anyways, really, thought this is dumb-late and all, I do feel strong about the whole, “all is systems; even systems is systems; fractystems exponystemically for systermity…” So, as we know… even systems can become too systemized, and degenerate into disrepair. This is what I’ll talk about now, though, sorrily, without visual aid, but not without the essential cyclic constituent in numerical form.

  1. Ponder about everything, including the difference between linear thinking and degenerative systems thinking, as well as the two as a whole when compared to the whole of regenerative thinking.
  2. Sketch up some inherent flaws in your perception of the general perception of a particularly significant subject matter.
  3. Decide to utilize the generally accurate, yet nevertheless imperfect, degenerative systems model.
  4. Do a little extra research and refinition – I mean hey, why not.
  5. Bend the universe to your will.
  6. Disregard other possibilities, including degenerative systems models themselves.
  7. Realize even degenerativity can be regenerative in that it inherently brings about and requires the realization of its opposite by aiming the focus of its points through this dichotomous relationship; the most degenerative thing a degenerative model can be to itself is regenerative.
  8. Contemplate further, at least subconsciously, how one could unify the good of the world through looking at the bad – not necessarily at that moment (though every process must lend to the future victory of) creating the Future Systemic Process that truly encompasses the universal, multifaceted, valueless-until-humanly-understood-but-objective-in-itself, cycle of all causes and effects.
  9. Continue to wait, by continuing the journey of the current-best-known paradigm of analysis.
  10. Forget it.

cltrlcrtvs response, (do not excuse the quote)

Values did man only assign to things in order to maintain himself—he created only the significance of things, a human significance! Therefore, calleth he himself “man,” that is, the valuator.

Valuing is creating: hear it, ye creating ones! Valuation itself is the treasure and jewel of the valued things.

Through valuation only is there value; and without valuation the nut of existence would be hollow. Hear it, ye creating ones!

Change of values—that is, change of the creating ones. Always doth he destroy who hath to be a creator.

Creating ones were first of all peoples, and only in late times individuals; verily, the individual himself is still the latest creation.

Peoples once hung over them tables of the good. Love which would rule and love which would obey, created for themselves such tables.

Older is the pleasure in the herd than the pleasure in the ego: and as long as the good conscience is for the herd, the bad conscience only saith: ego.

Verily, the crafty ego, the loveless one, that seeketh its advantage in the advantage of many—it is not the origin of the herd, but its ruin.

Loving ones, was it always, and creating ones, that created good and bad. Fire of love gloweth in the names of all the virtues, and fire of wrath.

Many lands saw Zarathustra, and many peoples: no greater power did Zarathustra find on earth than the creations of the loving ones—“good” and “bad” are they called.

Verily, a prodigy is this power of praising and blaming. Tell me, ye brethren, who will master it for me? Who will put a fetter upon the thousand necks of this animal?

A thousand goals have there been hitherto, for a thousand peoples have there been. Only the fetter for the thousand necks is still lacking; there is lacking the one goal. As yet humanity hath not a goal.

But pray tell me, my brethren, if the goal of humanity be still lacking, is there not also still lacking—humanity itself?—

Thus spake Zarathustra.

This is definitely a bit heavy, but I always think Nietzsche when I hear about creating culture. Excuse the brashness, but I think that Art and a Living Mythos is what we need right now, not crumbling traditions. We can only redeem the past by analyzing it through symbols, discerning through the indistinct grayness of our values, and how to unite them as a whole race. How do we keep our individuality in the ever growing international landscape? We must all create at all costs, and expose ourselves to as much of the greatness of everything as possible within these arts, sciences, and spiritualities. But – concerning the desire for authenticity emphasized by the article on the second page, I would urge for a broad conception of the consistency/paradox genuine to the universe. They describe it as a healthy distrust for the media – I would advocate for critical skepticism – but: seeing through the rationale of both sides’ points is triply essential; synthesizing. Anyways, this article was fantastic, really spot on “big picture” talk that I think flawlessly coalesces with its call to action. Activism. And lastly, no talk about progress can be complete without at the very least addressing the most universal (to all ethnicities) of problems, that of the subtly unsubtle resistance to feminism. As this book asserts, “They are taking what were once considered personal issues, issues to be discussed at home and in friendship groups, and bringing them directly into public view. And they want to see women in leadership roles.” I could not agree more. That, to me, for now, is worthy of being the comprehensive, virtuous, goal of humanity.

The unassayed and the unassayable and the unsaid and the essay

http://www.chicagonow.com/white-rhino/2012/05/if-you-teach-or-write-5-paragraph-essays-stop-it/

We should redesign essays. Maybe there could be two kinds of essays, one a little more academic than the other. Maybe there already is, isn’t there? But where has it gone? Why aren’t stories seen for their actual informational/learnative potential? Oh, I get it: “Why don’tcha just major in creative writing and call it a day.” Well, I’m not just talking about narrative vs expository (and I’m definitely not talking about persuasive) (definitely am actually), I’m talking about the structure in general – the five paragraph structure.

Read any great writers’ essays and you’ll see. They don’t care. They write. They teach how to write. They are clear without being cliché (although I must admit they are not the best at teaching this). But yeah! JEEZ! Not everything in life is fun, but our schools could try a little harder to encourage creativity in all kinds of writing; they should know by now that Practically-Nobody after college gives a damn about essays and that there are other efficient ways to promote critical analysis. In other words, what we need is a more sustainable essay, essays that regenerates the love of language to the people. High school essays shouldn’t claim to be explaining the unexplainable, it’s disingenuous, and disingenuousity breeds disdain. Now, I know there are probably efficiency reasons for turning the kids into boring-factories, but in the end, any day, I’d rather read and write unrecycled essays that literally test the quality of (not just the topic, but) the person. And furthermore, all essays should receive As. Especially mine.

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