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Anyone in the Belfast Maine area should check this presentation out!  It's very similar to the one I was doing at the Palermo Library a couple of years ago!  I'm hoping to go if I can get a ride back to Palermo afterwards...
On Thursday, May 28 at 6:30pm in the Belfast Free Library, there will be a free presentation with local chef Frank Giglio of Three Lily Farm (Thorndike) about incorporating nutrient dense wild foods into your diet. From harvesting to preparing, he will discuss some of his favorite local wild plants, share samples, and provide recipes to take home.
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Temporarily checking in again, from a borrowed computer...

I'm looking for a home and workspace again!  My goal is to find a space where artists and scientists and others can live and work for the betterment of a community and the world.  Sort of an artist and scientist in residence community center.  I'm thinking of calling these spaces "CREATE Spaces" for "Community Resource Exchange - Art, Technology, and Education" Space.

Anyone know of a community, individual, or group who might have a farm or school or some other larger building that could function as a live-work space that they'd want to donate to a non-profit educational program?  New England would be great, but I'm open to pretty much anywhere in the world where I'm welcome (legally. :-).

OR, temporarily, if anyone knows of somewhere in Maine or Massachusetts that I could live freely in exchange for doing art and science based education?  I really need to find a place to live soon, so I'm not forced to be homeless again. :-)  Also, there's an awesome cat I'm taking care of as well, now, who also needs a place to live, ideally with me, because we're best buddies now.
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+Andrew Revkin is speaking about the Knowosphere at MIT during the Cambridge Science Festival (sigh, I hate not being able to go...) His idea of a global mind as a kind of matchmaking system on the internet for gaining knowledge is just want my Binikou.org is designed to be. Imagine how awesome thing kind of thing will become once a few big names and a couple of coding geeks get involved...

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/welcome-to-the-knowosphere/
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You're missing the whole point of bottom-up emergent properties. :-) There is no "someone steps up", it's a slow process of little contributions here and there suddenly reaching a tipping point where it's obvious to everyone what's going on.
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The universe might well be an infinity symbol (in 4D, which is more like a torus, but stick with the infinity symbol for now).



With this symmetry, this means that one side of the universe runs "backwards" in time, compared to the other side. Each side, therefor, would itself be the output of the other one. Our side would be puked out, perfect and beautiful, by the other side, and their side would be pooped out, perfect and beautiful, and exactly the opposite of us, by our side.

We are each others' creators.

Perhaps.
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This is why we need to change our government. Now. To one which serves people's needs, so that they can be their best, rather than their worst. And the way we change our government now is a DIY approach. Every single day, spend a little more of your resources on improving your own quality of the basic needs -nutritious food, clean water, fresh air, comfortable warmth, inspiring sunlight, and outlets for re/using your body's excess matter and energy. This automatically makes the world a better place, and by default removes some of your investment in the corrupt, sick, and anti-social system that kills intelligent women and their children. We can do this. We can change the world into a place where all life is flourishing and each of us is able to be as awesome as possible. We really can, and it's pretty easy to do, once we choose to focus on increasing the quality of our basic needs a little bit more every day.
 
Philosophy graduate Christelle Pardo, 32, plunged from the balcony of her sister's third floor flat, killing herself and five-month-old son Kayjah.
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Sort of. More like the way to improve our world is to allow the previous government meme to go extinct while a new, more natural government meme goes global.
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Here's a perspective on the illusion of privacy that you've probably never encountered before!

(I took a lockpicking class at the awesome community science space (hacker space) Sprout in Somerville last year. He's cool! And I even managed to pick some locks, even though I'm a total klutz. The kids were doing it way better than I was, but I persevered, and after about an hour of frustration, I got even the really hard to pick lock (or the simple ones that he gave us to play with).

TEDxSomerville - SchuylerTowne - Locks are Beautiful
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I've finally published one of my art/education/philosophy projects in book form, for kids (but really everyone might like it!), and this seems to be a good venue for offering it.  I've got a free PDF (print quality) as well as a regular paperback version you can buy, too.  I'd love to get reviews of it, especially if any of you have kids!
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I'm borrowing another computer so I can put out a call for a place to crash in the Somerville, Mass area on Monday the 25th and Tuesday the 26 at least, because I need to go to a court arraignment on Tuesday morning and I'm not sure I can get into the shelter because I won't be able to get there before 4pm (the pick up time).  Anyone have a spare couch or no someone cool who does in the area next week?  If so email me!  Thanks!  Also, a kids book is coming very, very soon, by little old me!  I'll borrow another computer that Google+ "approves" of when it's ready for purchase, or free download.
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The only policies that are healthy are ones that everyone agrees on. Not "most" but "everyone. Therefor democracy is sick. As is any top-down, authoritarian approach to governance.

But, you say, what else is there? Democracy is the best we've got! That might have been true before, but now there is something better. Truly healthy. Truly agreeable by everyone, even those who don't know about it! :-)

It's the Human Prime Directive, with the internet and other communication formats serving as the nervous system, and government organizing tool, for a government that is entirely positive - using ONLY voluntarily offered resources to serve only the needs of individuals, as defined by the individuals themselves, in the way the individuals want. And it's totally doable, and easy to understand, even for little human kids! The basic idea is for everyone who wants public help to share their priorities of what they want and want to get rid of (inputs and outputs), categorized as inputs of food, water, air, warmth, light, and outputs of solids, liquids, gases, and energy, publicly. Just having this part of the process will allow a huge positive benefit for the healing of the system. And then add the more complex forms of sharing ideas about how to move resources around effectively, between two individuals, amongst a group of individuals sharing some similar goals, and amongst everyone with a database of all the best solutions people have come up with for getting needs met with specific resources. This is the first, second, third, and fourth person awareness process, and it might seem a bit eccentric at first, but once you understand the basics, it's super simple, and obviously ideal as a way to govern the world in a healthy way that everyone can support.

I've also made a web page with some of the basics and diagrams. It's not the best web page ever, but it's what's available right now. Hopefully when I get feedback and some help, it will get clearer and more fun!

http://www.thewiseturtle.com/PrimeDirectiveEarth.html
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Everything we are doing right now is exactly what needs to happen for whatever is going to happen in the future. :-) And while I agree that things will be very different in the future, just like with all the other dramatic changes in evolution, many, many things will be pretty much the same, as well. So life will both resemble our old lives and have new things as well. A for my "reputation" it's irrelevant. Everyone has some bit of the truth, and you never know until afterwards which bit it is! So everyone has the same reputation, realistically, and your job is to simply use whatever ideas seem most useful to your own goals.
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Free will is actually the lack of awareness of most information: not knowing what has happened beyond the very, very, very recent state of things just previous to one's actions.

In other words, when you limit awareness to just a short period of time, it looks like the causal factors of what happens is limited to the edge of awareness.

It's like looking through a hole at a cat walking by and declaring that the head caused the tail to happen. While the reality is that all of reality is and always is, and it its own cause.
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Thanks to a video link yesterday by my pal Drew (Thanks Drew!), which I got bored by and wandered over to something shinier, I found this rather fluffy meditation on a possibly vision of a better future, which, near the end, talked about the Earth's evolution/development. They said that the wavelength/vibration of the Earth (the Schumann resonance - the effect of the Earth and it's atmosphere acting like a capacitor, which was discovered by some German dude in the 50's, and studied mostly by the military in the US, so it's definitely legitimate) is changing rapidly these days, and it's been moving through the Fibonacci sequence. Yep, that's the same sequence I've found that humans move through in our developmental process. This isn't surprising to me at all, I'd just never heard of it before (the Fibonacci part anyway). Wild!

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And +Turil Cronburg I don't think his critique of Darwinian evolution is correct. As a scientist, I think it is very clear that adaptation happens on different time scales. There is a growing knowledge that at times of tremendous environmental perturbation, biological systems change to meet the new challenges and as long as it is not instant (bomb or asteroid) these rates of change are obviously different.
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Looking at any positive statement (something presented as a "fact") that's coming from a perspective other than one's own, we can break down the logical/scientific possibilities into three categories:

1. The statement is 100% accurate.

2. The statement is 100% false.

3. The statement contains a fraction of accuracy and a fraction of inaccuracy.

Let's take the story of creation as presented in the Christian tradition as an example to sort.

If the statement is given in a human language, we can pretty easily rule out the first option. Human language is messy and imprecise at best! So in our example, the story of creation is definitely presented to us with human language, and it's almost always presented to us in myriad versions, all even messier translations where some original version was mushed and squished into a different language, losing connection with the original statement in the process like what happens in the classic party game of telephone. Also, on a more detailed linguistic level, the difference between the style of the communication and the style the listener is used to will have a huge effect on the ability of the listener to comprehend what is actually being expressed. Culture, personality type, emotional state, and the sort of metaphors being used will all affect the effectiveness of the transmission of ideas. In other words, if you're used to talking in practical, measurable quantities, using academic terms, and are feeling emotionally negative, your going to be almost completely confused by a statement made in an emotionally positive, poetic, qualitative manner, such as we find in religious messages, you're going to be losing a whole lot of the statement's actual meaning. So even if an original statement is absolutely accurate from the speaker's perspective, once the statement gets interpreted by your brain, it loses at least some, if not most, of it's accuracy. So we can be pretty sure that from our perspective, the Creation statement, which is highly emotional, highly metaphorical, artistic, and messily copied and translated over the millennia is definitely not in category 1. Unless we're talking about a highly specific form of machine language that is expressing the entire "theory of everything", we can pretty safely say that this category is impossible.

We might automatically then try to dump it into category 2, if we're being intellectually lazy. But if we're being thoughtful, we can see that if something is 100% inaccurate, then logically we could take the exact opposite meaning and get the absolute truth. The opposite of nothing (right) is everything (right), logically. And since we already proved that the chances of a statement being 100% accurate are pretty non-existent, especially when the factor of messy human communication and understanding is in play. So we can logically rule category 2 out, especially for the Creation story, so this one is also pretty safely said to be impossible.

Which, as Sherlock Holmes reminds us, means that now that we've eliminated the impossible, whatever is left, however improbable, must be true. So partial accuracy and partial inaccuracy is the only possible, logical category that our statement can fit into.

This means that no matter what useless information we happen to get out of a statement, including the Creation story, or any other explanation/description of what happens in the universe, there will also always be some other information that is accurate, useful, highly descriptive of reality, if we bother to break it down it's components carefully and intelligently.

And we can know, now, that anyone claiming that a statement is totally right or wrong is either really misunderstanding the statement, or is just not being intellectually rigorous. But, of course, all this is neither totally correct, or totally incorrect, if we're being intellectually rigorous!
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I see it, the serving of the desires is what causes the healthy economy! There doesn't seem to be any way to do it backwards.
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My highest social goal in life is to learn all that I can about what we need to grow into our best selves, using physics, biology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and mathematics to get there.

My highest personal goal in life is to offer my best self to my beloved DPM, David Rodenhiser, so that he can be a better man than he ever imagined he could be!

Serving both goals is my work on the Maslow 2.0 basic needs hierarchy, which is centered on humans needing to get high quality food, water, air, warmth, sunlight, and the freedom to express their body's excess matter and energy, starting with the self, and increasing the circle of the "self" to include one's family, one's community, one's world, and one's universe...
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    Photography, 1986 - 1990
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