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Donna Haraway, "Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Staying with the Trouble", 5/9/14 on Vimeo
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"Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Staying with the Trouble

Sympoiesis, not autopoiesis, threads the string figure game played by Terran critters. Always many-stranded, SF is spun from science fact, speculative fabulation, science fiction, and, in French, soin de ficelles (care of/for the threads). The sciences of the mid-20th-century “new evolutionary synthesis” shaped approaches to human-induced mass extinctions and reworldings later named the Anthropocene. Rooted in units and relations, especially competitive relations, these sciences have a hard time with three key biological domains: embryology and development, symbiosis and collaborative entanglements, and the vast worlds of microbes. Approaches tuned to “multi-species becoming with” better sustain us in staying with the trouble on Terra. An emerging “new new synthesis” in trans-disciplinary biologies and arts proposes string figures tying together human and nonhuman ecologies, evolution, development, history, technology, and more. Corals, microbes, robotic and fleshly geese, artists, and scientists are the dramatis personae in this talk’s SF game."
donnaharaway  2014  anthropocene  capitalocene  chthulucene  lichen  ursulaleguin  sciencefiction  multispecies  symbiosis  life  biology  collaboration  reworlding  speculativefiction  soindeficelles  sympoiesis  autopoiesis  synthesus  transdisciplinary  art  arts  glvo  ecologies  ecology  evolution  development  history  technology  humans  coral  corals  microbes  robots  animals  scottgilbert 
july 2014 by robertogreco
Kevin Kelly - Google+ ["All companies die. All cities are nearly immortal…Is the internet more like a company or more like a city?"]
"All companies die. All cities are nearly immortal.

Both are type of networks. But there are two basic network forms: organisms or ecosystems. Companies are like organisms, while cities are like ecosystems.

All organisms (and companies) have share many universal laws of growth. Creatures age in the same way, whether they are small animals, large mammals, starfish, bacteria, and even cells. All ecosystems (and cities) also share universal laws. They evolve and scale in a similar fashion among themselves — whether they are forests, meadows, coral reefs, or grasslands, or villages."
kevinkelly  cities  web  internet  biology  organizations  organisms  networks  ecosystems  companies  2011  geoffreywest  coral 
july 2011 by robertogreco
YouTube - WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson
"Where Good Ideas Come From…pairs insight of Everything Bad Is Good for You & dazzling erudition of The Ghost Map & The Invention of Air to address an urgent & universal question: What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides complete, exciting, & encouraging story of how we generate ideas that push our careers, lives, society, & culture forward.

Beginning w/ Darwin's first encounter w/ teeming ecosystem of coral reef & drawing connections to intellectual hyperproductivity of modern megacities & to instant success of YouTube, Johnson shows us that the question we need to ask is, What kind of environment fosters the development of good ideas? His answers are never less than revelatory, convincing, & inspiring…identifies 7 key principles to genesis of such ideas, & traces them across time & disciplines."
stevenjohnson  art  creativity  ideas  innovation  thinking  connectivity  hunches  interconnectivity  youtube  philosophy  cafeculture  incubation  timberners-lee  web  online  internet  lcproject  crosspollination  crossdisciplinary  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  generalists  coffeehouses  ted  enlightenment  networks  space  place  thirdspaces  patterns  behavior  evolution  systems  systemsthinking  liquidnetowork  collaboration  tcsnmy  learning  theslowhunch  slowhunches  slow  darwin  eurekamoments  thirdplaces  coral  charlesdarwin  interconnected 
september 2010 by robertogreco
Op-Ed Contributor - Google's Earth -
"Google is not ours. Which feels confusing, because we are its unpaid content-providers, in one way or another. We generate product for Google, our every search a minuscule contribution. Google is made of us, a sort of coral reef of human minds and their products. …

We never imagined that artificial intelligence would be like this. We imagined discrete entities. Genies.…

If Google were sufficiently concerned about this, perhaps the company should issue children with free “training wheels” identities at birth, terminating at the age of majority. One could then either opt to connect one’s adult identity to one’s childhood identity, or not. Childhoodlessness, being obviously suspect on a résumé, would give birth to an industry providing faux adolescences, expensively retro-inserted, the creation of which would gainfully employ a great many writers of fiction. So there would be a silver lining of sorts."
williamgibson  google  internet  scifi  cyberspace  fiction  future  privacy  surveillance  technology  cyberpunk  2010  coral 
september 2010 by robertogreco Where Good Ideas Come From
"book tries to grapple with question of why certain environments seem to be disproportionately skilled at generating & sharing good ideas...about space of creativity. Part of the fun of it is that I look at both cultural & natural systems in the book. So I look at human environments that have been unusually generative: architecture of successful science labs, information networks of Web or Enlightenment-era postal system, public spaces of metropolitan cities, even notebooks of great thinkers. But I also look at natural environments that have been biologically innovative: the coral reef and the rain forest, or the chemical soups that first gave birth to life’s good idea.

...built around dozens of stories from the history of scientific, technological and cultural innovation...But I have also tried to distill some meaningful lessons out of all these stories, & so I’ve isolated seven distinct patterns that appear again & again in all these innovative environments."
2010  innovation  invention  stevenjohnson  creativity  history  ideas  lcproject  tcsnmy  toread  books  web  internet  coral 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Gallery: Rain Forest, Coral Reef and Planetarium Under One Green Roof
"The California Academy of Sciences is practicing what they preach. The organization's new 410,000-square-foot eco-friendly facility in Golden Gate Park is a living, breathing science experiment. The Renzo Piano-designed structure is the only building in the world to house a planetarium, museum of natural history and aquarium under the same roof. It's a fitting home for the 155-year-old academy and a proper tribute to the science wonders in its collections."
sanfrancisco  science  californiaacademyofscience  coral 
august 2008 by robertogreco
kewlchops: Spruiking, Breadcrumbs & Marching: A cultural phenomenon has emerged on Flickr. It is beyond our control.
"Can you see it? Resembling the broadcast spawning of colonial coral, there is a proliferation of "come here!", "do this!", "join!" & "you're the best thing eva!" virtual tchatchkes covering photo comments on Flickr...entirely emergent phenomenon, these "
flickr  fandom  design  trends  amateur  animation  via:foe  coral 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Preoccupations: Celebrating Colin St John Wilson, architect of the British Library [some good linkage here too]
"A great library is like coral reef whose exquisite structure as it grows proliferates living network of connectedness...ramification is all of a piece, like knowledge itself — knowledge that bridges endless curiosity of human mind, from first pictogram to the latest microchip."
learning  libraries  education  davidsmith  knowledge  networks  conversation  connectivism  coral 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Preoccupations: Messiness and Education
"Evolving e-learning within educational institutions is to seed, cultivate coral reef...‘learning ecologies’...good use of digital technology in education, requires that schools learn...schools are institutions of learning but are they learning institutions?"
education  learning  technology  gamechanging  policy  administration  management  organizations  institutions  leadership  ict  schools  davidsmith  messiness  coral 
february 2008 by robertogreco
BLDGBLOG: If these reefs are islands
"Japan is now growing coral reefs in a bid to extend their territorial sovereignty into the Philippine Sea"
artificial  engineering  japan  islands  politics  law  power  territory  economics  global  international  coral 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Geology - Long-Term Global Forecast? Fewer Continents - New York Times
"Kiss the Mediterranean goodbye. Ditto the Red Sea and its wonderland of coral reefs and exotic sea life. And prepare for the day when San Francisco has a gritty new suburb: Los Angeles. Indeed, much of Southern California, including the Baja Peninsula, w
geography  continents  earth  future  land  coral 
january 2007 by robertogreco
1,200 Square Feet Under the Sea - Popular Science
"For a 24-hour view of one of the most vibrant coral reefs on Earth, book a room at the world's first underwater hotel"
architecture  design  travel  future  hotels  marine  ocean  underwater  coral 
december 2006 by robertogreco

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