Experience of a “Contemporary” Christian Church in the American South

April 13, 2009 / 0 comments

I asked the writer to recount their experience of visiting a “contemporary” church in Arkansas, Easter 2009. The photograph they showed me of the coffee shop was so interesting, I wanted to know more. Here is what they sent me: The last time I went to church it was in a bar in Brooklyn. Yesterday…

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Life, the universe and everything…

March 29, 2009 / 0 comments

“At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” From the plurality decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF SOUTHEASTERN PA. V. CASEY, 505 U.S. 833 (1992). Could this set a precedent…

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SETI at TED

March 16, 2009 / 0 comments

The Jain’s Death

March 16, 2009 / 0 comments

Sent by Elizabeth Housley. This is an amazing online graphic story by Patrick Farley. 2/9/10: Update, the work is back up on the original site here.

Megalith Genesis

March 7, 2009 / 0 comments

This video, which was sent to me by Alberto Duarte of City College, CUNY – depicts the genesis of a new life form following the interaction of nature and a megalithic structure. Venetian Snares – Szamar Madar from David OReilly on Vimeo.

Anthropology of Religion Online

March 1, 2009 / 0 comments

Doug Padgett writes on the “General Characteristics of Contemporary Anthropology of Religion.” here. 1. Contemporary anthropology of religion sympathizes with the “practicalities” (William James’s word) of religious experience: religion on the ground, in the populace, and the tensions felt there between official, institutional notions and the polytheistic, even inclusive atmosphere of majority religious life. This…

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Dignity of Living Beings

March 1, 2009 / 0 comments

“The dignity of living beings with regard to plants. Moral consideration of plants for their own sake.” (PDF Download) From the Swiss Federal Ethics Comittee on Non-Human Biotechnology.

NYU and the Military Dictatorship in Burma?

February 20, 2009 / 0 comments

Using a tactic that was also used by the military dictatorship in Burma, New York University has cut off internet access to students who are occupying the school. This is another example of corporate powers disabling network access to prevent social justice. Hopefully, some students in the occupation have access to the network via 3G…

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HTTP Error 403 – Forbidden

February 14, 2009 / 0 comments

Are there thoughts that are not permitted by the software of the brain? Human rights depend on Animal rights. We can never have liberation of humankind without the same for all of animalkind. So long as we enslave, we will never be free. If your browser isn’t functioning well, get an upgrade. New Version Culture.

History of Science

February 11, 2009 / 0 comments

This slide was presented in an Astronomy course today. There is so much wrong with this slide. Anyone?

Buddhabrot

February 7, 2009 / 0 comments

Imaginative Universe

February 7, 2009 / 0 comments

In “Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture,” Geertz argues that it is not “ignorance as to how cognition works” that prevents understanding of another culture but rather “lack of familiarity with the imaginative universe within which their acts are signs.” Practicing the comprehension of alternative imaginative universes is, therefore, the ultimate preparation for…

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MyBotany

February 7, 2009 / 0 comments

Via Liz, The Ayahuasca Foundation volunteer opportunities include creating myspace pages for the plants.

Observation & Reality

February 3, 2009 / 0 comments

Does our perception create reality? Do we cause the world to become by observing it? This would seem to suggest so, and it’s not a creation myth.

“Uncanny Valley vs The Digital Übermensch”

February 2, 2009 / 0 comments

A post on _Augmentology 1[L]0[L]1_ titled “_Emily is Not Real_: Uncanny Valley vs The Digital Übermensch” refers to my paper “Mapping the Temples of Cyborgism” and uses the graphic I created to illustrate an expansion of Mori’s map of the uncanny valley. The post is a RICH mine of links – so check it out….

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