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 Seren yw llais pob un yng ngalaeth yr ieithoedd2 comments
picture18 Apr 2005 @ 21:09, by bombadil. Communication

"In the galaxy of languages, each person's voice is a star"

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 Grotto14 comments
picture19 Feb 2005 @ 06:23, by koravya. Communication
February eighteenth into the nineteenth, friday into saturday. Just bouncing around the web, looking for things to read that grab my attention long enough for me to want to pursue the sense of it. Also like to look for new and novel kinds of pictures, and particularly like the pre-industrial age painting tradition of Europe. Can be rather fun to find a wonderful very old painting never seen before, for the first time, and feel it sear into your heart.  More >

 Comments to the previous article by Ed25 comments
picture10 Oct 2004 @ 19:45, by jhs. Communication
Ed Dawson made some excellent remarks to the previous article.

(Italian translation at the end).

A true firework of brilliant insights.. just like this picture I made at Cannes/France the other night...

I wholeheartedly agree with all he said. One remark only: the supercharge created by Girapoli is inherently different from 'normal' peakstates because they are built on a CLEAN polarity. Since the first Girapoli activation in April, NOT a single crash occured. The energy just goes flattens after some weeks BUT can be restored by a simple act of giving attention to it...

Read here for Ed's comments:  More >

 NCN Blog Comments50 comments
16 Jul 2004 @ 00:02, by ov. Communication
In the side bar of these blogs, near the bottom, there is a list of recent comments, and this makes it easier to find out what has been added since the last time you have viewed the blog. Without this feature it would not be possible to tell when a comment has been added to articles that have been published in the past and scrolls off the bottom of the page. There is also a "more" link at the end of this comment list which takes you to a new page that not only lists the most recent comments, but also the article that they were added to, as well as the first couple of lines of the comment so that you can get an indication of what the comment is about. This is particularly nice, and especially if the attention grabbing aspect of your comment is placed right up front.

A major design flaw of the comments, imho, is that the owner of the blog is able to edit any comment in their blog. I have never seen this is another blog and it goes totally against the 'you own your own words' principle that originated many years ago on the Well. It opens up the potential for another person to put their words in your mouth so to speak, and to make it look like your signature is assigned to this. I can see the owner having the ability to delete any comment in their blog, primarily for troll control, but leaving yourself open to having your words changed by somebody else and make it look like you made the changes relies too much on the trust of the blog owner.

Although I haven't seen this feature abused here it does depend on the comment poster trusting the blog owner. This creates a crazy making situation where every encounter requires the element of trust, with people that you haven't known long enough or well enough to earn that trust. If there does arise a conflict in the blog community this introduces one more element of ambiguity for which the comment poster has no defense except for the opinion of the community. I can see no benifit from having this feature, and only opens up the potential for discord in the community

Being able to edit your own comments is a nice feature but even this can be abused and most software does not allow it, and in cases where it does it is usually accompanied with a software added notice that informs the reader when the comment was edited. Many communities do not even allow editable comments by the person that made the comment because it opens the possibility to insult a person then change the comment and play innocent, and the end result can be a flame war that disrupts the community. Again, opening the door for crazy making, and removing the right of the individual to have control over their own words.

Comments can also be deleted, either by the writer or the owner of the blog. I can see the benifit of the owner being able to delete another person's comment but even then the software should only delete the body and leave the header along with a date stamp of when and who deleted the comment. It can avoid a lot of community discord.

The policy in my blogs will be that I will not edit anybodies comments in my blog. If I delete any comment I will make a new comment leaving an audit trail of what comment I deleted, when and why.

In my opinion the comment structure of the software should be modified so that trust is not an element in the equation.  More >

 Dialogue8 comments
1 May 2004 @ 04:42, by ov. Communication
The last couple of weeks I've been encountering the dialogue word in a number of unrelated places. It isn't like this is a new term for me and that once I had learned it then I started to notice that it was around. This was like it was in my face and demanding this was a concept that needed attention.  More >

 Collective Intelligence26 comments
picture 24 Apr 2004 @ 13:33, by ming. Communication
George Por says:
Could collective intelligence be the foundation for the next social and spiritual revolution?

Craig did it! Craig Hamilton, one of the four editors of the "What Is Enlightenment?" magazine pulled together an amazing issue on collective intelligence. Their website says:
In our May 2004 issue, Craig Hamilton's groundbreaking feature, Come Together: The Mystery of Collective Intelligence introduces you to pioneers who are discovering that wholes are far more than the sum of their parts. When individuals unite in a shared intention, something mysterious comes into being - with capacities and intelligences that far transcend those of the individuals involved."
Not much of it online. But there are some audio interviews. And the people working together on the subject of Collective Intelligence seem to experience it themselves:
I'm noticing a new way of working together, where our interest in what is possible - from the most creative to the most practical - comes deeply alive and our flow of ideas is like a dance, where we are each paying attention to one another, taking in the thinking and research that each individual has done prior to the meeting, and responding in such a way that we really come together. It is so far from any meeting I've ever had in any other work setting - and I don't know how it is happening - but we're able somehow to bring forward the ideas we have without being attached to them, and without our identity being wrapped up in them. It is as if this creative mind just sweeps down on us, and the more we pay attention to each other and keep open the space between us, something else happens.
Laura Hartzell, Lenox, MA
And, yes, I think that collective intelligence is possibly the most important thing we can figure out. If groups of us routinely can be smarter than us as individuals, we might actually be getting somewhere. As opposed to groups of people becoming dumber and more unscrupulous together than they individually are. The understanding of collective intelligence is key. It happens sometimes, and it can be magical. And other times, despite being very needed, it doesn't. We have to understand how to do it.  More >

 Being Dislike and/or Being Misunderstood24 comments
picture21 Apr 2004 @ 15:27, by spells. Communication
Being Dislike and/or Being Misunderstood

Someone once said to me..”I would rather be disliked, than misunderstood”. I see the truth of these words, but it appears that both can also be the situation. Now please don’t misunderstand this post (no pun intended). I am NOT looking for compliments, ego boosting, words of encouragement, advice or anything of the sort. I only want to clear the air and be real.

What prompted me to write this little post is a private message I recently received . I was told off in so many words and then blocked from responding. OK, that is his/her prerogative. But in all honesty, I see it as cowardly, defensive, immature and sneaky.

I am not here for image. I am here to share the truth with other souls on their journey. Sometimes this truth is harsh and to the point. But enough sugar coating is done without my help. This may come off as “unloving, unspiritual, harsh, negative, judgmental point out some of the “labels” I have been called. When I am told this I always ask the same question…what could be more loving than telling the truth so that others can see it and progress from there?

Repeating messages was another accusation thrown at me in this little private message. Yes, I do repeat myself, but only to make a point. When a post or comment is answered within paragraphs of the original post, this is done to be clear and thorough. So many points are missed when discussion gets going and my hope is to directly answer key topics in the hopes of inspiring deep discussion. When the points are not addressed, it is my habit to bring them up again. That way I may be disliked but not misunderstood. The same is true of questions that are not answered or not answered directly or honestly.

Contrary to popular belief, and I did have to do a lot of digging to see this clearly, I am not by nature a negative person. As I have said countless times before….don’t shoot the messenger. I don’t fool around though and I look at the bottom line in all situations. If it is not the cause of the problem that is being addressed, then the problem will not go away. Pure and simple. That is NOT my rule, it just is.

Now getting back to the message sent the other night. It wasn’t so much the words that struck me, as it was the psychic attack that I strongly felt. I (as many here) am very sensitive and when an illness, pain, discomfort or other symptom strikes me, I question where it comes from. I woke up yesterday morning with a migraine. My head hurt so much I wanted to just scream. I meditated and looked for the source and guess who popped in my head?..…the author of that message. I didn’t know yet that I had received the message, but after long meditation I knew who was attacking me. Of course, this was confirmed as soon as I logged onto NCN and saw what was written.

I am telling you this, not to attack anyone, but to ask you to please be aware! Psychic vibe and attack are not often talked about among members of a group, (or in our society) because we want to believe everyone is coming from good intent. But watch out for those that care more for image and their own self gratification then true spiritual ministry. They are very good at deception and convincing you that they are right and caring. They are very good at minimizing key points, pointing fingers of accusation and/or changing the subject.

Please always go within and seek the answer, don’t take another’s word for it. Also use meditation, logic and reasoning. And please also remember…it is said that the truth hurts, but this matters not for it is still the truth, no matter how you may feel.

Peace, love and clarity,
Spells  More >

 The Singularity, Uploading, and Africa
picture7 Mar 2004 @ 22:13, by ashanti. Communication
Thanks to Ming, I recently became aware of a new weblog called FutureHi. It explores a whole range of thought that is quite new to me, and one which is fascinating, cutting edge, and thought provoking. Specifically, I am intrigued by the Singularity, and Uploading. I immediately wondered how on earth this could be relevant for Africa, and the rest of the developing world. In one future scenario, Africa is written off as sinking into total chaos and destruction, which disturbed me greatly. If the most vital, innovative and creative scientific minds see Africa in this way, then it looks like a major polarization is going to increase.

My grasp of the overall concepts are now sufficient to put together some preliminary thoughts on these concepts in relation to Africa.

The first thing I did was simplify and de-jargonise the ideas for fellow African colleagues, and bounce the ideas off them. Those working within organized religion found the idea to be an abomination. Those working within social services were interested to the extent of what solutions these concepts could provide for poverty, hunger and illness. Certainly, removal of consciousness from the organic body would eliminate all the organic pre-occupations that currently dominate Africa. Hunger and illness would no longer be an issue. However, the social workers found the idea of life in a non-organic environment to be a nightmare of hellish proportions. Those working in political office immediately asked how one could control individual consciousness units if they were in a virtual environment. Could programmes be devised to keep the individuals in line? (That one amused me greatly, it seems that working in government breeds the idea of the need to control people. This need to control was also reflected in the recent World Summit on the Information Society where alarmingly, most of the Third World countries wanted to control the Internet, and restrict or deny access for their citizens.).

My preliminary and informal survey concluded, I then pondered these reactions and realised that in Africa, there is an overall mind-set, which appears to be incompatible with exploring concepts like the Singularity and Uploading. While Africa is ravaged because of First World exploitation of their resources, there is no doubt that African governments are largely complicit in the plunder, for their own benefit, and at the expense of their people. My further thoughts on this thus eliminate governments as participants in these possibilities, and I look only at what benefit could be derived for the People.

To me, the nature of consciousness is essential in these future scenarios. If a mind is damaged because of the environment it evolved in, and carries notions of fear, violence and anger as reactive responses to everything, then what would happen if a mind like this was Uploaded? The meme of violence as a survival mechanism would be brought into the Virtual World, and it is a meme that spreads, just like a virus. Which heads us towards that dangerous territory. Who decides when a mind is “fit” to be Uploaded? Who has that right? And by what authority?

Then, there is the other possibility. A mind can only evolve in relation to the stimulus it is exposed to. In Africa, the environment is dominated mostly by poverty, hunger, illness, violence, cruelty, lack of access to basic facilities, and pollution. African governments do very well for themselves, and their politicians have the advantage of exposure to other environments where the mind-set is different, and there are better living conditions for ordinary people. By and large, people born in poverty do not have access to other benchmarks, and it seems that governments want to keep it that way (as manifested by their desire to limit access to the Internet for their people). This is where technology could help indeed. Without Uploading fully, ordinary people could have test-drives of other possible environments, and experience the stimuli that accompanies a virtual experience. By broadening their vision into the range of life experiences possible, this could result in the mind-shift which seems to be a necessary precursor to full Uploading. The greatest problem in Africa is not the range of symptomatic problems I have listed, which manifest in the physical world, but the mind-set which is conditioned to a very limited life experience and expectation. It is a self-limitation which is inherited from the colonization of Africa, and is perpetuated by governments which essentially are parasites on their People, keeping them down, keeping them limited. The violence in Africa is a natural expression of rage at the limitation, the lack of choices, the lack of ability to live a life of full expression and self-actualisation.

In summary, what I would really like to see is the creation of Virtual Reality environments where everyone has a chance to “test” and experience a whole range of life possibilities, thus expanding their ability to make informed choices. The unexplored danger is that governments will find some way to control the Virtual Environments to keep people under control. Governments mostly are in Fear of the idea of a society of free, educated, adult and ethical people who can make their own choices and decisions based on the greatest good for the greatest number of life-forms. Perhaps those in government who are so afraid of their people being free could experience virtual simulations of a society of free and informed people, and then realise there is nothing to fear. Then, we could get them on board, too.

These are preliminary thoughts, I still need to ponder more fully, and research more, the notion of the Singularity, and full Uploading. These future scenario events have possibilities which make them definitely worth exploring, but the possible implications need to be fully fleshed out and considered. For a variety of reasons, I cannot see them happening suddenly, all at once. I think implementation will occur in stages. Like the Internet. Probably tested out within a small group of scientists, and then exported out further, after which they will gain momentum. I can see that Africa and other developing countries could be left out altogether, and this is of concern. Hence my layperson’s exploration into this new territory.

My future ponderings will be again on the nature of consciousness to be uploaded – if we have not solved our problems at the current level, can we really leap into the next? Should we not be cautious about expecting a shift to a new life form to resolve the problems (mostly mental – intolerance, prejudice, conflict, greed, lack of ethics) that we have not solved at our current level? And again – who decides what consciousness units are to be Uploaded? Can nanotechnology cure AIDS? Questions, questions, questions.  More >

 Take The Time to Tell Someone You Care0 comments
picture21 Feb 2004 @ 21:33, by nemue. Communication
I was reading a message from Stuart today, which made me take stock and think about how important it is to tell those we love and care for, how much we love them. To tell them how proud we are of them. Our failure to do so can leave many scarred for life.  More >

 Creative Programming5 comments
picture5 Feb 2004 @ 13:53, by bombadil. Communication
"…the intention was for NCN to have many different nodes. Many local groups and many servers that facilitated people's communication…The weak point is that there isn't multiple servers controlled by different people, and a system in place so that the network communication continues no matter what part of the network drops out."

Ming The Mechanic - 02/22/2002

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