Kevin Kelly hung out with 5 people.Yuri van Geest, Gyurka Jansen, Jurgen Appelo, Gijsbregt Brouwer, and Jeroen van Eck
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- It's also quite interesting to see that "ownership" (of oneself) does not necessarily facilitate a tendency towards uniqueness. If you look at how people shape their appearance both offline (clothes, tattoos) and online (photoshop) you can see very unique ideas but also a lot of tendency towards 'genericness'. Not sure if that is a sort of basic law, of just a side effect of the implementation of how social relations work for us as humans.Mar 2, 2012
- , the two basic behavioral laws that all individuals of any kind (living and not) have are: contraction/attraction to things that are somewhat nearby, and expansion/repulsion to things that are very, very nearby. These are seen in the forces of magnetic pushing and pulling, as well as in romantic affairs where we both want our companions close, but not too close. So yes, humans will indeed work to act and look close to what many others around them act and look like, but not too close, with each individual having both individuality and a collective approach to life.Mar 3, 2012
- +Derek Janet, no confusion on my part. All physical systems behave following the laws of physics, regardless of their level of complexity. (Unless you believe in supernatural forces governing some individual's behavior, which if you want to make a case for I'll listen, as I'm curious about other people's religious beliefs, even though I'm basically an atheist/science type.) We humans might not realize that we behave according to the laws of physics just as much as any of the non-living things that make up our bodies do, because our own thoughts and feelings are so complex, but this is the way our behavior works, just like it's the way that all physical systems behave. A system doesn't need to be self-aware, conscious, to behave in a certain way. (Your behavior when you're asleep is not-conscious, yet it still happens. :-)
And I'm being scientific, rather than poetic. Poetic would be saying something like "dead things don't behave". :-) Which is amusing, and interesting, but not scientifically accurate.Mar 3, 2012
- Bonus points for this hangout, it reminded me to move from 28% read to 49% read of What Technology Wants.Mar 3, 2012
- , behavior, in the literal sense is, as my dictionary tells me, "to act, react, or function in a particular manner". There's no "only if you're organic matter" part, which you seem to have added, which I can see might have confused you. The meaning is universal, applicable to any object or set of objects, regardless of the level of complexity of the object or the particular kind of actions, reactions, or function/s.
But if you don't like that word for some reason, pick whatever word you do like that describes the "things that something does" and use that in place of the term "behavior" in my original statement.
"the two basic "things that something does" laws that all individuals ofany kind (living and not) have are: contraction/attraction to thingsthat are somewhat nearby, and expansion/repulsion to things that arevery, very nearby." Which explains why humans tend to try to act and look like those around them to some extent, but not totally.Mar 3, 2012
- Everyone wins when we share ideas and come to understandings... :-)Mar 4, 2012