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"More like a cat than a washing machine."
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I love cats. That is all.
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VR is "Like lucid dreaming, except that (a) more than one person can take on roles in the same experience, (b) the quality is not as good, and (c) you have to work to program VR if you want to be in control, which you should want. Dreams, meanwhile, are often best if you don’t seek to control them. Even Stephen LaBerge seeks to be nonlucid in most of his dreams, since it is untethered dreams that the brain surprises and renews itself."

VR is "A shared, waking state, intentional, communicative, collaborative dream"

...at least according to Jaron Lanier in his book Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality. (via @MonicaJo, in her medium post "52 VR Definitions: Jaron’s Scientific, Cultural, and Personal Adventures," at https://medium.com/@monikajo/52-vr-definitions-jarons-scientific-cultural-and-personal-adventures-66f04ed52301)

Source of image: http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/img/lucid-dream-telepathy.jpg
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Great explainer on Universal Basic Income. Highly recommended!

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Interesting and rather amusing article.

"Last week, the Museum of the Bible opened in Washington, D.C. When the museum was first conceived, it was intended to 'inspire confidence in the absolute authority and reliability of the Bible,' according to documents filed in 2010. But then, scholarship and dialogue intervened. The original vision of Steve Green, the president of Hobby Lobby and an outspoken conservative evangelical, gave ground to the reality that 'the' Bible—a single, clear, definitive text—is a myth..."

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I don't know what the hell this "crowd action game" HUMANITY is going to be, but this 1-minute video has me really intrigued.

"It's time to be the change..Because we feel--such a long time--that there's something going wrong, and we can feel that we want to be different, and so we have to be. We have to be human. We have to be love. Nothing less, nothing more. We have to be love. "

Evidently it's coming in 2018.

https://vimeo.com/245474974

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Feeling kinda sketchy today
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Fascinating conversation on using VR to visualize Bardo states, potentially helping to prepare you for the dying process.

"NYU instructor John Benton created a Bardo Thogul VR prototype in collaboration with his Tibetan Buddhism teacher as well as with two students from Columbia University’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Devorah Medwin & Lia Walton."

"training to be aware at the time of death [is] like trying to be aware when you're sleeping..You will be able to do that then if you're able to do that right now..It's very much like lucid dreaming, & training yourself to be cognizant as you fall asleep"

http://voicesofvr.com/599-visualizing-bardo-states-from-the-tibetan-book-of-the-dead-in-vr/

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Holy wow! There is an organization called the Dream Collection Agency, a group of artists who collect dream reports from people and then turn some of them into VR experiences; then other people can visit Dream Experience Facilities and experience those dreams.

A 22-minute documentary about this is available at the link below (note that they also tell the story of Fantastic Contraption, another project that is quite interesting--they start out with the Dream Collective but go back and forth throughout the piece.

documentary: https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1MRD3NFBS1W11?playlist=AP-1MSW6FYF11W11:episode
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