May 2, 2012
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.
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.