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Links 1 through 10 of 969 by Michel Bauwens tagged P2P-Epistemology

"I distinguish five logics or modes of production of non-existence. The first derives from the monoculture of knowledge. It turns modern science and high culture into the sole criteria of truth and aesthetic quality, respectively. All that is not recognised or legitimated by the canon is declared non-existent." 

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In thousands of temples built specifically for dream incubation -- the ritual calling of a dream -- ordinary people claimed extraordinary cures, visitations by healing gods and goddesses, and renewal from the kinds of psychosomatic illnesses that modern medicine still does not adequately address except by numbing us further: chronic pain, sexual dysfunction, and spiritual malaise.

 

Dream Incubation In The Ancient World

Dreams can be called. Known as Dream incubation, this skill is about mindfully and ritualistically inviting a dream into your life for problem solving, healing or a renewal of life force.

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some of the gems in this superb 72-page Nieman Report. n the opening piece of the report, Craig Silverman writes that “never before in the history of journalism—or society—have more people and organizations been engaged in fact checking and verification. Never has it been so easy to expose an error, check a fact, crowdsource and bring technology to bear in service of verification.” While social media is new, traditional journalistic skills and values are still highly relevant to verification challenges in the social media space. In fact, some argue that “the business of verifying and debunking content from the public relies far more on journalistic hunches than snazzy technology.”

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The first round of the exchange originated in a fascinating discussion about Zizek’s treatment of Assange/Wikileaks (GH here, LB here and here), the critical question being one of whether the making public of information that revealed what everyone ‘already knew’, constituted a significant political act and, if so, why or how. For GH Wikileaks did not merely reveal what everyone already knew: genuinely new information was released, which implies that it could have a radical potential. However, GH is turned off by the argument that says “the whole system is rotten to the core”, thereby sweeping away important differences between say a liberal democracy and a totalitarian regime. For LB, however, with his evident cynicism toward liberal democracy (which he sees as fundamentally corrupted), it is rather the making public (the re-remark) of what everyone pretended not to know that makes the leaks so politically significant, as it fundamentally destabilises the image of order: “The radicality of Assange’s act is not what he revealed to us, but that he revealed it.”

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Manuel DeLanda is a distinguished writer, artist and philosopher. In his new book, he offers a fascinating look at how the contemporary world is characterized by an extraordinary social complexity. Since most social entitles, from small communities to large nation-states, would disappear altogether if human minds ceased to exist, Delanda proposes a novel approach to social ontology that asserts the autonomy of social entities from the conceptions we have of them. This highly original and important book takes the reader on a journey that starts with personal relations and climbs up one scale at a time all the way to territorial states and beyond. Only by experiencing this upward movement can we get a sense of the irreducible social complexity that characterizes the contemporary world.

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" Based on the transformations some centuries back when the "dark age" was transforming and opening up the doors to science, exploration, and understanding the deeper sources of life. Even more back, some several thousand years back in China the foundations of our modern society, science, and understanding of nature was grounded. Putting these strings together in a present setting, framing a "container", and get traction done is the aim of "Enlightenment in Dialogue".
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"Transdisciplinary indicates that we’re outside the realm of existing disciplines. Epistemologists will please excuse me for merging this with interdisciplinary for this discussion."

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"I believe that people who will come up with creative solutions to solve the world’s biggest problems — ecological devastation, global warming, the global debt crisis and distribution of dwindling natural resources, to name a few — will NOT be experts in their fields. The real disruptors will be those individuals who are not steeped in one industry of choice, with those coveted 10,000 hours of experience, but instead, individuals who approach challenges with a clean lens, bringing together diverse experiences, knowledge and opportunities."

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"In this week's 'In Theory' column, political theorist Andrew Robinson looks at the concept of local and indigenous knowledge. As Robinson argues, the West, in all its modern technological glory, might not be as 'knowledgeable' as it think it is. "

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"Deception is part and parcel of nature and is an intrinsic and necessary feature of human existence. Without it we wouldn't be able to survive, since survival of the fittest is predicated on one's ability to be stealth when necessary or to be able to invoke varying camouflages in times of need. As one evolutionary thinker put it, “Our brains were not designed to understand the universe as it is, but rather to eat it.” And anything that can augment our eating habits (read survival skills) will be naturally selected, including our ability to deceive others. What is not so obvious, however, is that nature has also jerry rigged that the greatest deception of all will be within ourselves. We cannot even look ourselves in the mirror without being subject to a fundamental illusion where that which is left is exchanged right. "

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