Saturday, April 4, 2015

Re: Mind's Eye Re: Imagine That

It will certainly be interesting to see what happens with money. In the meantime, our values continue to change as do the ways we communicate and express ourselves. Families communicate over social media and text, relieving the need to live in close proximity and talk face to face. Our lives are becoming more abstract and ethereal and i wonder if it isn't a reflection of our letting go of the overall need for reason and physical contact, moving more in spirit and as a collective. 

All of my work now is digital. I spent an exhausting week in a think tank with event industry "experts" who agree that print media is all by dead but had no suggestions on how to reach colleagues with information other than millennials, who are easily engaged over digital media, especially if it comes over their smart phones. These outlets are immediate, the read and response time very often in the moment. It requires us to establish our systems and protocols around an immediate response and this is expected more and more. Words and pictures are replaced with video, short, quick, free to make and distribute. Replaced because the response is greater, and response feeds us the mode of production. Level of engagement is the new metric, and these young people move around a city, creating a pulse and group self image by digital exchange. Really quite something. And as with everything, there are people cashing in. Social media platforms have perfected their capitalist algorithms so that the distribution of these messages, unless specifically targeted, have a cost for wide distribution. But the kids are smart enough to move on to the next platform quickly enough to make the money grubbers obsolete.

I find it invigorating,because I need to stretch my spiritual reach and the touch is no longer formulaic, sometimes quite surprising. But it is also isolating, and I miss looking into the eyes of someone, touching their hand and getting and empathetic insight and connection. A hug across the distance is so different, redefining experience in ways that leaves me, still, baffled. 

On Friday, April 3, 2015 at 6:21:55 PM UTC-4, archytas wrote:
Makes sense to me.  

Better than the empty imagination so sure of what reality it walks in as to be permanently deluded.  

No one can see it coming, they always say afterwards.  We overblow as in the following:

Every few centuries or so, an amazing new technology comes along that fundamentally changes human civilization.

There are so many other examples throughout history. The Agricultural Revolution. The Industrial Revolution. The invention of the printing press.

The printing press was a particularly interesting parallel for what's happening today.

Before the printing press, people were living in the dark. Their information was heavily controlled, and they were forced to rely on the 'authorities' for personal, financial, educational, and spiritual guidance.

The printing press changed everything. It was an extraordinarily powerful social technology that spawned entire political revolutions and the rapid advance of human education.

In Europe, the number of printed books went from millions to literally billions.

Suddenly information became extremely difficult for governments to control. Ideas became unconstrained. Antiquated political regimes were brought down. And intellectual achievement flourished.

We are now in the early stages of a brand new transformation brought about by yet another technological advancement—the Digital Revolution.

And it's changing everything, from how we do business to how we meet and engage with one another.

Most importantly, the Digital Revolution has created the ability to bring together literally millions of people and spread ideas quickly and efficiently. Information cannot be controlled.

This has the power to make entire industries obsolete. And banking is one shining example.

'Modern' banking is still based on the same system that has been in existence for at least a century.

Yeah, sure, they all have websites now. But this doesn't make them high-tech.

At their cores, banks are still 19th-century fractional reserve institutions that take in money from depositors, make irresponsible loans and investments, keep razor thin margins of safety, and beg for bailouts when the system breaks down.

And along the way they find every opportunity to screw consumers.

Moreover, commercial banks have de facto control over entire economies.

They nominate representatives to serve on the boards of central banks, who in turn establish interest rate policies and give free loans right back to the commercial banks with money that they've conjured out of thin air.

The system is incestuous and obscene. But now things have changed.

Today, every possible function of a bank, from savings to loans to money transfers, can now be done faster, cheaper, and more efficiently by new technology, courtesy of the Digital Revolution.

Websites like Transferwise or Azimo make it possible to send money across the world at negligible cost.

Social media sites provide the opportunity for people to exchange currency with one another without the need of an absurdly-priced money broker.

You can also obtain a loan or investment capital online from crowdfunding sites now, whether its for your startup company or mortgage for your home.

And you can even move your savings out of the banking system altogether—whether to new digital currency platforms, or something ancient and traditional like precious metals.

All of this technology already exists—it's just a question of how quickly it will be adopted.

Unsurprisingly, millennials are leading the charge.

According to a report by (ironically) Goldman Sachs, 33% of millennials surveyed said they don't expect to need a bank in five years, and 50% are counting on tech startups to entirely overhaul banks.

And I expect that in 10 years' time, the technology and adoption will have progressed to the point that today's banks will be entirely obsolete.

Thomas Jefferson once wrote that ". . . power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

It took two centuries. But now it's actually starting to happen.

Sadly, we have no meds for the dumbducks in the reality delusion Allan.  

On Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:56:42 PM UTC+1, Allan Heretic wrote:
The older i get the longer it takes to recover. And they run in cycles. . Unfortunately  medication is only sliwing them and cutting  severity.
But that is better than raw..
The poery is only madness  running thu my head hooe it is not to crazy

تجنب. القتل والاغتصاب واستعباد الآخرين
Avoid; murder, rape and enslavement of others

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From: archytas <>
Sent: Fri, 03 Apr 2015 11:48 PM
Subject: Re: Mind's Eye Re: Imagine That

A head full of soap opera, nightmare indeed.

On Friday, April 3, 2015 at 6:45:07 PM UTC+1, Allan Heretic wrote:
I have a dislike for episodes. . One thing is they are not gòd for clarity of thought..  but one good thing it was lite.  Problem is I  have  been having them for msy many years even befor I came to Europe.. i always thought of them as severe nightmares.
It is good to know . . . I think..

تجنب. القتل والاغتصاب واستعباد الآخرين
Avoid; murder, rape and enslavement of others

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From: archytas <>
Sent: Fri, 03 Apr 2015 4:32 PM
Subject: Mind's Eye Re: Imagine That

Despite imagination Allan, I have never been able to regard meeting a bloke as a date. The way round this seems to be not dating in order to be gender balanced.  Never liked the performances anyway.  Tired today, i that 'after 'flu' way.  Looking forward to dog walk being less of a trudge and no throbbing pains in my left eye and head.  Instructions to buy Ginger Wine for hot toddies.

I agree all that Molly and it all expands into several books - though really one can only create the conditions for a trail every so often.  This would be worth talking through, though most spirits are too weak to try.

I'll try again if Max leaves me any energy and the toddies don't get too overwhelming.  May just let them.  Much of what needs saying is not in the public domain, which is odd given how easy much of it is.

On Friday, 3 April 2015 12:33:14 UTC+1, Molly wrote:
I will take my carbon dating as a compliment as I think the age of reason our downfall. We only seemed to have an inkling about how our extension through technology would bring us back through it where reasonable paradigms don't work for us, and as close as we can get to a working model is again mystic. Not to say reason is thrown aside. It must be integrated and given its mechanical function so we can move into something greater, having been hijacked for too long and used in the power and control games. We are more than mental, but are beaten with it until we give it all up to merely survive, our self image blown to smithereens 

For too long, no one recognized the magician of the beautiful, those that move naturally and leave beauty in their wake. We've lost our ability to recognize beauty, having been drenched in mundane by deteriorating culture and technology. But something has come of it. And there are those among us that move in action of the divine principle within, and those among us that can recognize the beauty that surrounds them and envelops us. If we can let go of the need to know why, and move along in this action, we can be taken where paradigms are no longer necessary. I am not sure if a group can be carried along, or if we, moving in action of the divine principle within, move with the world as it is in perfection, accepting the imperfection as inherent to the divine principle, knowing the imperfection is changing into perfection through the action. Maybe its always been like this. Maybe it always will be.

On Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 5:52:32 PM UTC-4, archytas wrote:
I had a nice afternoon.  Turned a bar in Manchester into an old-style tavern with folk singing and a free barrel of Old Peculiar.  The themes were about returning to Greek and Medieval notions of rationality, which have long struck me as in need of a few beers to get into.  Debate went so well I hardly needed to say anything.  

The Greeks were all over the place around the relevant time, in Italy and around the Med.  This was the time of the of what Hans Joas dubbed "cosmic religion" of late Antiquity, a fusion of Greek cosmological speculation. Babylonian astrology, Egyptian theology, Jewish thought and popular magic.  There were many attempts to translate this into political constitutions.  Most of this was put to the Roman sword, and intellectuals became mystic, aspiring to find new ways to transcend earthly systems entirely, rising through planetary spheres, purging themselves of materiality to pure reason - that human reason that is simply the action of a divine principle within us.  Rationality here becomes beyond spiritual to the mystical achievement of union with he divine.  In the absence of Molly, we did the internal warming of Old Peculiar and some Lancashire Folk.

So why look to the past like this?  The simple answer is that our present is still full of it.

The second area we looked at once the beer was going down was the Medieval.  You need to be half-cut to take what went on then.  One of the strongest features of this time concerns just how humans consider themselves superior and different to animals.  We are still taught this crap as kids - 'it's rationality stupid'.  Cue some cute pictures of animals problem solving and being very rational (lions hunting at night is a real killer).  And a run out for Allan's soul, with a slight twist.  What separates humans and animals is that humans can imagine they possess an immortal soul.  If the soul is the seat of reason, to say humans are in possession of one is to say we are rational creatures.

You need the top shelf now, as these forms of religiosity are the basis of bureaucracy and rationality.  Descartes becomes spiritual and mystic.  The question, of course, is whether we can escape.  It's bank holiday here on Friday.  This brings discussion of the archaeology of "heroic societies" other than just the Attic tragedy kind, as engines of the self-aggrandising story.  

By the end (people fly home Tuesday) we hope to be able to talk new economic, perhaps find some partnerships to write something different - or not write and think of different things to do.  After a couple of pints, I was imagining dating Molly and Allan in about 500 BC to 1500 AD.   


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