“The nagual is not experience or intuition or consciousness. Those terms and everything else you may care to say are only items on the island of the tonal … One can say that the nagual accounts for creativity. The nagual is the only part of us that can create.”
Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power

Dutch Police Training Eagles to Take Down Drones

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I have a feeling that given how surreal reality is becoming … that telling jokes its going to be more difficult in the future.

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Yanis Varoufakis in Conversation and Democracy and Europe

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(the conversation is with Gerardo Pisarello, Barcelona’s First Deputy Mayor).

It’s a good talk … but over-reaching. When Varoufakis starts to lay out his “4 stage plan” I noticed how the energy and clarity and relevancy (applicability) of his ideas faded. It is a good example of ambitious thinking that attempts to reach out too far into an unknown future. An alternative could be a step-by-small-step unfolding living process.

I very much agree with the first step “transparency”. I stronly disagree with the mentality of “demanding it” … I believe it to be pointless. Those from whom we want/expect transparency are comfortable without it. Why would they change that and what leverage can be used to “demand” it of them? The word “demand” speaks to me of a forceful approach. What if it was possible to create transparency while demonstrating to “the powers that be” that it is actually a desirable change for them to embrace?

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There goes the speed of light!?

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“… measurements taken over three years showed neutrinos pumped from CERN near Geneva to Gran Sasso in Italy had arrived 60 nanoseconds quicker than light would have done.”

… cute scientists struggling

what if this isn’t a “speed of light issue” but another hint that the constants of nature are not as constant as we want them to be?

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Christopher Alexander on Feeling as Criterion and Instrument

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Unless something quotable shimmers in the appendices, this brings me to the end of book 2:

“If living processes, guided by feeling for the whole, and guided by feeling, were to shape all acts of construction in society, then everything, nearly, that we know about modern society would be changed. Above all … it means that people would have a self awareness, a knowledge of reality and wholeness as it is, quite different from the ignorance of inner feeling we came to accept as normal in the 20th-century.

The idea that feeling itself can become both criterion and instrument – that what is done, no matter how large or how small, can become personal, connected to the personal self of all human beings – and that this process then opens the door to a new form of society.

… Of course, there are hundreds of thousands of specific social processes which may have the ability to increase the life of the whole. Certainly, I am not insisting that there is any one super process, or only one kind of viable process. Rather, I am specifically insisting  that there is only one class of living processes – albeit a very large class indeed – and that any particular process must, if it is to be a good one, belong to this class.

… By inventing and re-inventing version of the fundamental process in appropriate social forms, and applying these forms of process to all acts of making and building and repairing, this worldwide operation then contains within itself, the seeds or core of the biological unfolding process that occurs in nature, now applied to human society.

A process, like the process of biology, which is attuned to human nature, makes more sense of human feeling and human common sense … you move forward in small, tiny steps. Each step accomplishes something concrete and good – oe center at a time. Each step is taken forward, judged bu the impact it has on the whole. We are continuously evaluating the whole for its deep feeling, for its usefulness, for the support it gives to human experience.

… The small, step-by-step process … is also the most satisfying, the most nourishing – because it creates, at each step, something that makes us – the makers – feel more wholesome, something that makes us feel alive while we are doing it … And … a similar healing effect takes place in the whole. Since it is the whole we are always looking to at each step, the whole which is transformed and made to have a deeper feeling, a lovely feeling consistent with everyday longings – then the whole … will in the end serve us, give us a kind of world which is the world in which we want to live.”

Christopher Alexander – The Nature of Order – Book 2: The Process of Creating Life

 

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Bitcoin experiment crashes into the cliffs of human nature

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One of the core developers of Bitcoin has left the project and written extensively about how it has unfolded (via Matt Mullenweg). I felt relief when I read this.

I am uncomfortable with Bitcoin. I have done some inquiry into its nature and I believe it is in some ways an interesting experiment. But I have and continue to feel that one of its greatests faults is that it is designed to bypass the need for trust … if we are going to move into sustainable communal future we are going to need to learn to trust (ourselves and others), to nourish trust, to create human processes that uncover and heal mistrust … we are going to need technologies that enable us to build trust … not to bypass the need for it.

The above mentioned article demonstrates how diverse and subtly related human processes have undermined the Bitcoin effort. To me this seemed inevitable. The techological challenges Bitcoin faced are, in my mind, correlated to faults in its inception.

 

 

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