The Whole Earth Catalog Effect [Header = Intro] In the opening pages of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe describes “a thin blond guy with a blazing disk on his forehead,” wearing “just an Indian bead necklace on bare skin and a white butcher’s coat with medals from the King of Sweden on it.” This guy is Stewart Brand, a Stanford-educated biologist and an ex–Army paratrooper turned Ken Kesey cohort and fellow merry prankster who, in 1966, at age 28, had launched a nationwide campaign to convince nasa to release for the first time a photo of the entire planet taken from space. While on that flight, Brand came up with a solution: to publish a magazine in the vein of the LL Bean catalog—which he’d always admired for its immense practicality—that would blend liberal social values with emerging ideas about “appropriate technology” and “whole-systems thinking.” The WEC lasted four years (along with some special editions since). It is now 40 years later and the WEC’s avalanche of influence continues to flow.
A Rape in Cyberspace "A Rape in Cyberspace, or How an Evil Clown, a Haitian Trickster Spirit, Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned a Database into a Society" is an article written by freelance journalist Julian Dibbell and first published in The Village Voice in 1993. The article was later included in Dibbell's book My Tiny Life on his LambdaMOO experiences. Lawrence Lessig has said that his chance reading of Dibbell's article was a key influence on his interest in the field. Sociologist David Trend called it "one of the most frequently cited essays about cloaked identity in cyberspace". Summary "A Rape in Cyberspace" describes a "cyberrape" in a multi-player computer game or MUD called LambdaMOO, the repercussions of this act on the virtual community and subsequent changes to the design of the MUD program. Following Mr. Three days after the event the users of LambdaMOO arranged an online meeting, which Dibbell attended under his screenname (Dr. Legacy Further reading References
8-Circuit Model of Consciousness The eight-circuit model of consciousness is a theory proposed by Timothy Leary and expanded on by Robert Anton Wilson and Antero Alli. The model describes eight circuits of information (eight "brains") that operate within the human nervous system. Each circuit is concerned with a different sphere of activity. Leary, Alli and Wilson have written about the model in depth and how each circuit operates, both in the lives of individual people and in societies. The term "circuits" came from the first wave of cybernetics research and development in the United States in the 1970s. The eight circuits 1. This circuit is concerned with nourishment, physical safety, comfort and survival, suckling, cuddling etc. This circuit is activated in adults by opioids such as morphine and heroin. A positive imprint sets up a basic attitude of trust. This circuit is said to have appeared in the earliest evolution of the invertebrate brain and corresponds to the reptilian brain of triune brain theory. 2. 3.
Whole Earth Catalog The first color image of Earth, a composite of images taken in 1967 by the ATS-3 satellite, was used as the cover image of Whole Earth Catalog's first edition. The Whole Earth Catalog (WEC) was an American counterculture magazine and product catalog published by Stewart Brand several times a year between 1968 and 1972, and occasionally thereafter, until 1998. The magazine featured essays and articles, but was primarily focused on product reviews. Origin The title Whole Earth Catalog came from a previous project by Stewart Brand. Andrew Kirk in Counterculture Green notes that the Whole Earth Catalog was preceded by the "Whole Earth Truck Store". ‘Here’s a tool that will make drilling a well, or grinding flour, easier,’ Brand would tell [the hippies,] pointing it out in his catalog of recommended tools. Using the most basic typesetting and page-layout tools, Brand and his colleagues created the first issue of The Whole Earth Catalog in 1968. J. Organization Books
Italiaonline Stewart Brand Stewart Brand (born December 14, 1938) is an American writer, best known as editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. He founded a number of organizations, including The WELL, the Global Business Network, and the Long Now Foundation. He is the author of several books, most recently Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto. Life Brand attended Phillips Exeter Academy, before studying biology at Stanford University, from which he graduated in 1960. American Indians Through scholarship and by visiting numerous Indian reservations, he familiarized himself with the Native Americans of the West. Merry Pranksters By the mid-1960s, he was associated with author Ken Kesey and the "Merry Pranksters", and in San Francisco, with his partner Zach Stewart, Brand produced the Trips Festival, an early effort involving rock music and light shows. NASA images of Earth Earth from space, by ATS-3 satellite, 1967 Douglas Engelbart Whole Earth Catalog The WELL
Will the Internet Always Speak English? In 1898, when Otto von Bismarck was an old man, a journalist asked him what he took to be the decisive factor in modern history. He answered, "The fact that the North Americans speak English." In retrospect, he was spot on the mark about the political and economic developments of the twentieth century, and up to now he seems to have been prescient about the development of the technologies that will shape the next one. The Internet was basically an American development, and it naturally spread most rapidly among the other countries of the English-speaking world. It isn't surprising, then, that the Web is dominated by English. To a lot of observers, all of this suggests that the Internet is just one more route along which English will march on an ineluctable course of world conquest. Should Public Policy Support Open-Source Software? On the face of things, the concern is understandable. Then too, it isn't just Anglophones who are using English on the Web. Netting cultural Diversity
Akashic records Background Akasha is a Sanskrit word meaning "sky", "space" or "aether", and it entered the language of theosophy through H. P. Accounts of purported akashic access Readings of the akashic record were central to theosophist writings, but also appear in writings of other related figures. Alice A. "The akashic record is like an immense photographic film, registering all the desires and earth experiences of our planet. Levi H. In The Law of One, Book I, a book purported to contain conversations with a channeled "social memory complex" known to humans as Ra, when the questioner asks where Edgar Cayce received his information, the answer received is, "We have explained before that the intelligent infinity is brought into intelligent energy from eighth density or octave. See also References ^ Jump up to: a b c d Brandt, Katharina; Hammer, Olav (2013).
ARPANET Da Wikipedia, l'enciclopedia libera. ARPANET (acronimo di "Advanced Research Projects Agency NETwork", in italiano "rete dell'agenzia dei progetti di ricerca avanzata"), anche scritto ARPAnet o Arpanet, fu una rete di computer studiata e realizzata nel 1969 dal DARPA, l'agenzia del Dipartimento della Difesa degli Stati Uniti responsabile per lo sviluppo di nuove tecnologie ad uso militare. Si tratta della forma per così dire embrionale dalla quale poi nel 1983 nacque Internet. Arpanet fu pensata per scopi militari statunitensi durante la guerra fredda, ma paradossalmente ne nacque uno dei più grandi progetti civili: una rete globale che collega tutta la Terra. Storia[modifica | modifica sorgente] Arpanet nel 1974 La mappa logica di Arpanet nel marzo 1977 Il primo router di Arpanet, il BBN Interface Message Processor (IMP), del 1969 Nel 1958 il Governo degli Stati Uniti decise di creare un istituto di ricerca. Da Arpanet a Internet[modifica | modifica sorgente]
Revisiting the death of distance Since Cairncross (1997), the notion of the “death of distance” has gained traction, both in the work of academics but more especially in the popular image of globalisation. Citing radical improvements in the cost and efficacy of long-distance communication and transportation, Cairncross depicts a world marked by the free movement of goods, people, and ideas. Unfortunately, this prognosis has been difficult to identify in present-day trade data. Taking this view as a starting point, a string of papers has strongly confirmed their initial results. Adding support to this view, Carrère and Schiff (2005) argue that the importance of distance in trade has been on the march in recent times. Finally, Disdier and Head (2008) collect over 1000 distance coefficients estimated from gravity equations in 78 previous studies and perform a meta-analysis. In recent research (Jacks, 2009), I use data drawn from the nineteenth century to examine this paradox. I also consider distance effects over time.