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David Byrne's Journal: 12.14.11: "You 'Da Boss?" Collective Creation
"Others have preferred to view the social insects, not as social cities composed of individuals, but as single super organisms—more like one being made up of millions of semi-autonomous crawling “cells.” This would mean that these towering termite mounds and the tunnels of the ant colonies might represent the clothing or shell that belongs to a collective whole being…

If we make that leap, then we too can be seen as sophisticated works of “soft” architecture. Just like the cities of the ants, bees and termites, one would never imagine that our little cells would be able to individually make and organize a structure as complex as we are. If we reorient our viewpoint, and can see ourselves as a kind of ant colony, we get a frightening insight that maybe our sense of free will is not much more than that of the ants and termites. Our most beautiful cities, and maybe we too, are not much more sophisticated than those of the social insects."
deborahgordon  wikipedia  collective  collectiveaction  collectivecreation  nature  insects  occupywallstreet  ows  creation  art  music  indeterminacy  terryriley  johncage  buddhamachine  madlibs  williamsburroughs  exquisitecorpse  yvestanguy  joanmiro  manray  bernardrudofsky  hivemind  consilience  2011  freewill  timbuktu  architecture  socialinsects  networks  organisms  cities  creativity  collectivism  politics  society  economics  davidbyrne 
december 2011 by robertogreco
Op-Ed Columnist - The Protocol Society - NYTimes.com
"Economic change is fomenting intellectual change. When the economy was about stuff, economics resembled physics. When it’s about ideas, economics comes to resemble psychology."
davidbrooks  economics  psychology  innovation  culture  society  change  gamechanging  scarcity  philosophy  consilience  networks  protocol  physics  ideas 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Tangled histories – Blog – BERG
"I don’t know why I write this. I’m interested in tangles and multi-actor histories, and how you tell stories in them. Books are for the linearisable. Hypertext is for hyperhistories. I’m curious about how simple patterns in behaviours or social relationships somehow persist, complexify and grow over decades and hundreds of thousands of people, and somehow don’t die away.

That’s one of the reasons I’m interested in cybernetics — surely it’s important, the weird individual relationships, the probes into the nature of being human, the mix of countercultural and military-industrial, the attitudes and ideas, all fermenting in the bottleneck population that contributed so much to modern culture? Surely those patterns persisted and weren’t diluted, and will throw light on the here and now? Beginnings matter."
berg  cybernetics  history  storytelling  stories  consilience  stevenjohnson  brianeno  mattjones  timelines  graphy  charts  1989  prague  brunolatour  longzoom  multi-actorhistories  hypertext  books  behavior  relationships  social  interactive 
november 2009 by robertogreco
An interview with "Watchmen" creator Alan Moore | Salon Books
"None of my education really comes from school. ... I found that once I'd been expelled from school, I was compelled to educate myself and I found this a very entertaining and easy process. ... All too often education actually acts as a form of aversion therapy, that what we're really teaching our children is to associate learning with work and to associate work with drudgery so that the remainder of their lives they will possibly never go near a book because they associate books with learning, learning with work and work with drudgery. Whereas after a hard day's toil, instead of relaxing with a book they'll be much more likely to sit down in front of an undemanding soap opera because this is obviously teaching them nothing, so it is not learning, so it is not work, it is not drudgery, so it must be pleasure. And I think that that is the kind of circuitry that we tend to have imprinted on us because of the education process."
alanmoore  watchmen  comics  reading  learning  education  deschooling  unschooling  autodidacts  self-directedlearning  consilience 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Welcome to the Imaginary Gadgets Project | Beyond the Beyond from Wired.com
"You are likely getting useful, provocative insights from people who were never your colleagues in the past. These are people with thought-processes somewhat orthogonal to your own, who nevertheless show up repeatedly on your search engines as you perform your own work. ... I think this situation is a fact-on-the-ground for a densely-networked, digitized society. I also think the pace of this phenomenon is accelerating. I don't believe we will get a choice about it. If it's inevitable, then we should exploit the inevitability. Now, my larger suspicion here -- let's call it a hypothesis -- is that there is some grand unified theory for speculative cultural activity. In other worlds, "speculative culture" is not a crazy-quilt, it is a nexus. Every creative discipline has methods to shake up its preconceptions and think inventively. I want to catalog, compare and contrast those methods. I surmise that they have some inner unity, a consilience."
via:preoccupations  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  crosspollination  technology  culture  future  creativity  consilience  networks  writing  imagination  speculative  futurism  retrofuture  inventions  scifi  sciencefiction  design  brucesterling 
march 2009 by robertogreco
robertogreco {tumblr} - Unschooling and Messiness
"Jessica Shepherd reviews the recently published How Children Learn at Home in the Guardian. The review seems to focus more on the unschooling subset of home education and the part that I find most interesting is the comparison to the messiness that often results in creative leaps. It reminds me of a variety of articles that have been emphasizing the importance of random events and cross-pollination or hybridization of traditional fields of study."
unschooling  crossdisciplinary  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  transdisciplinary  postdisciplinary  nassimtaleb  glvo  crosspollination  messiness  davidsmith  julianbleecker  nicolasnova  robertepstein  design  learning  deschooling  education  creativity  comments  lcproject  schools  technology  consilience  creative  children  homeschool  research  books  blackswans  tinkering  serendipity  specialization  academia  grantmccracken  lelaboratoire  ted  poptech  etech  lift  picnic  lacma  art  science  medicine  us  terminology  vocabulary  specialists 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Seed: The Shape of Music - How do harmony and melody combine to make music?
"Pythagoras was correct more than two and a half millennia ago: Music provides one of the clearest examples of a much deeper relation between mathematics and human experience."
consilience  geometry  math  physics  science  music  space  structure  topology  visualization 
july 2008 by robertogreco
apophenia: innovation's social externalities
"We consciously devised a system that would stall growing up and now demonize children for not maturing. What a mess!"
academia  capitalism  consilience  economics  evolution  innovation  society  sociology  socialgraph  social  socialnetworking  psychology  politics  policy  networking  technology  theory  business  research  complexity  culture  danahboyd  emotion  strategy 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Stuff
"Stuff used to be valuable, and now it's not...in the middle of the 20th century...food got cheaper, eating too much started to be a bigger danger than eating too little...now reached that point with stuff. For most people, rich or poor, stuff has become
consumerism  consumption  society  wealth  anthropology  materialism  psychology  organization  culture  value  books  paulgraham  clutter  history  economics  consilience 
august 2007 by robertogreco
Preoccupations: Consilience
"Consilience is about breaking down boundaries between disciplines, but it's also about breaking down barriers between learners. Consilience and open, collaborative knowledge cultures are tightly intertwined."
ideas  knowledge  play  learning  education  future  thinking  problemsolving  consilience  collaborative  collaboration  stevenjohnson  brianeno  longnow  interdisciplinary 
january 2007 by robertogreco

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