belated mutants

Hmm. Some links have stacked up without really trying. (Lots of this via innovation patterns.)

map of europe from 1000AD to present. ch ch ch changes.

Bill Gates’s holiday reading. interesting and obvious trend evident.

pathology of power: really disturbing description of how no one is in control at the US Department of Defense

towards a psychological operations reading list. terrifying amounts of brainfood.

the world’s most powerful mercenary armies.

shift happens: excellent essay on Kuhn and his effect on thought

guess i missed this while traveling: human/animal hybrids being made in labs in the UK.

I figured this was going on in unregulated countries, interesting to see them cop to it.

also, on biology: sequencing the genome has achieved sod all so far.

general support against the notion of reductionism to our genetic code; also notes rise of epigenetics

a really worthwhile four minute video introducing the notion of social and planetary boundaries

two short essential comments on reconfiguring the economy

The intention economy. Freaking amazing paradigm shifting essay, about attention and intention, and shifting the focus of markets from sellers to buyers.

Seriously worth reading. Then watch this five minute banned TED talk explaining that job creation comes from consumer demand, not the rich.

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a couple of RAW treats

 

Collection of rare Robert Anton Wilson essays.

Borders: weird hour long Robert Anton Wilson TV thing from 1989, starring a young Steve Buscemi, with lots of interesting people cropping up.

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may mutants

And here is a week of mutant thought condensed into an hour:

 

June’s transit of Venus will be the last in your lifetime (unless you live another 100+ years)…

More Eidolon-becoming-real news: Presence.

Also: (near) future tech article – Web 2.0 is dead, long live age of mobile: “Any company that isn’t primarily delivering its service via mobile five years from now will probably be irrelevant.”

UK aid helps to fund forced sterilisation of India’s poor. Details as nasty as you would imagine.

Nine ways to make yourself smarter. Obvious parallels to artistic and magical techniques.

As a neat companion: five effortless postures that foster creative thinking.o  These really don’t seem like they should work.

All of these studies show how the position of our bodies feeds back into the state of our minds. And it also shows how deeply metaphors are planted in our consciousness.

Things babies know. Fascinating article on baby cognition research. My question would be the power of the interactions it occurs to them to measure… which could get unethical but interesting. ;)

“In 20 years, the most successful, happiest people will be living in resilient communities. “  Interesting claim explained.

The Institute for Dark Tourism Research aims to advance knowledge about the act of visitation to tourist sites of death, disaster or the seemingly macabre.

Solar power your neighbourhood.

Database of nonviolent civil resistance techniques.

And just randomly a quote from Bruce Sterling encouraging weirdness:

Don’t become a well-rounded person. Well rounded people are smooth and dull. Become a thoroughly spiky person. Grow spikes from every angle. Stick in their throats like a pufferfish. If you want to woo the muse of the odd, don’t read Shakespeare. Read Webster’s revenge plays. Don’t read Homer and Aristotle. Read Herodotus where he’s off talking about Egyptian women having public sex with goats. If you want to read about myth don’t read Joseph Campbell, read about convulsive religion, read about voodoo and the Millerites and the Munster Anabaptists. There are hundreds of years of extremities, there are vast legacies of mutants. There have always been geeks. There will always be geeks. Become the apotheosis of geek. Learn who your spiritual ancestors were. You didn’t come here from nowhere. There are reasons why you’re here. Learn those reasons. Learn about the stuff that was buried because it was too experimental or embarrassing or inexplicable or uncomfortable or dangerous.

left brain vs right brain

Yay.

This is a link to a very good 10 minute video of psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist explaining that most of the popular conception of the left hemisphere vs right hemisphere split is very distorted and wrong, and goes on to explain what differences they do actually seem to have quite usefully.

I am particularly pleased to see this since the left/right thing has seemed a stupid and gross oversimplification for a long time, and actively frustrates discussion about mind and consciousness.