- "It strongly suggests that black hole evaporation does not destroy information"Seth Lloyd, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- "The demonstration showed off the latest in affective computing, a research field attempting to teach computers to understand and adapt to human emotion. An affective system analyzes information from cameras and body sensors and compares the data to a model that accounts for different emotional states. An affective GPS car navigation device would respond with a soothing voice when it detects a driver is stressed."
- Neme via @Openworld Dec 06, 2010:
What if there are three, rather than two, streams in the co-evolutionary spiral of consilience?
Selfish virtues -- in other words, selfish qualities of spirit -- may be the reason that sentient beings widen their definition of self to include sacrifice for others who may have not have any genetic or memetic affinity.
I believe that our acts of caring and sacrifice, in these cases, aim to ensure the preservation and reproductive success of shared, transcultural qualities of spirit.
- Snippet from Openworld December 6, 2010 :The social tetrahedron of our extended self tentatively projects new larger beliefs, consistent with those in our core, which promise to better better spread our valued ideas (memes), qualities of spirit (lumenes), and/or physical forms (genes).
As our extended self discovers overlapping reproductive aims and beliefs with others, a commons emergences, and a higher holon (extended self) emerges.
Our overlapping RTubes - the mesh of increasingly coherent narrative factals - form the new baseline storyline for this higher holon.
- Snippet from Openworld July 15, 2010:In brief, I believe six elements can be found wherever we look carefully into what goes into (scale-insensitive) narratives of interaction.
These elements are:
Attractor – interest-generating opener [emotion: curiousity]Challenge – disruptor of settled understandings/relationships [emotion: tension]Opportunity – vision of a desired outcome [emotion: inspiration]Strategy – path to realize vision [emotion: hope]Test – trial to confirm strategy [emotion: confidence]Decision – implement strategy, reframe/reloop, discard [emotion: resolve]As far as I can tell, this pattern can be used to tag activities in physical and social realms, regardless the scale of the entities involved.
- "We're building emotionally intelligent computers, ones that can read my mind and know how I feel," Professor Robinson says. "Computers are really good at understanding what someone is typing or even saying. But they need to understand not just what I'm saying, but how I'm saying it."
- Snippet from 'The Arena Culture" By David Brooks of The New York TimesHubert Dreyfus of Berkeley and Sean Dorrance Kelly of Harvard write in their new book, “All Things Shining” that the most real things in life "take us over". They call this experience “whooshing up.” We get whooshed up at a sports arena, at a political rally or even at magical moments while woodworking or walking through nature.
Dreyfus and Kelly say that we should have the courage not to look for some unitary, totalistic explanation for the universe. Instead, we should live perceptively at the surface, receptive to the moments of transcendent whooshes that we can feel in, say, a concert crowd, or while engaging in a meaningful activity, like making a perfect cup of coffee with a well-crafted pot and cup.
We should not expect these experiences to cohere into a single “meaning of life.” Transcendent experiences are plural and incompatible. We should instead cultivate a spirit of gratitude and wonder for the many excellent things the world supplies.
- Wheatley poses the question, "How could we organize human endeavor if we developed different understandings of how life organizes itself?" She proposes six beliefs about human organizations and the world in which they come into form:1) "The universe is a living, creative, experimenting expereince of discovering what's possible at all levels of scale from microbe to cosmos.2) Life's natural tendency is to organize. Life organizes into greater levels of complexity to support more diversity and greater sustainability.3) Life organizes around a self. Organizing is always an act of creating an identity.4) Life self-organizes. Networks, patterns, and structures emerge without external imposition or direction. Organization wants to happen.5) People are intelligent, creative, adaptive, self-organizing, and meaning seeking.6) Organizations are living systems. They too are intelligent, creative, adaptive, self-organizing, meaning-seeking."