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The word God

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Main Entry: God
Pronunciation: \ˈgäd also ˈgȯd\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German got god
Date: before 12th century

1 capitalized : the supreme or ultimate reality: as a: the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe bChristian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind 2: a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship ; specifically : one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality3: a person or thing of supreme value 4: a powerful ruler

This NPR “This I Believe” entry is one of the first things I posted to my facebook page, an essay from Penn Gillette on being an atheist. I really enjoy this piece a lot, it struck me.
I posted it and several other atheist writings to my facebook page and got some interesting discussions with religious friends. It was the first time I really felt like facebook delivered something valuable to me. A truly different opinion than I was used to getting from people in cambridge or nyc…

But lately I would say I do believe in God. It’s not a statement I would have imagined myself making but it’s true, I do believe in a supreme or ultimate reality. A being or a principle seem to be the same thing to me in this area.

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What are your metrics for success? Or how do you get everyone to join a band?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

What are you metrics for success?
Is it money? Or prizes? Or accolades? Or how hot your significant other is? Or is it personal satisfaction?
How do you know if you have got something real? How can you know if you are headed in the direction of GM, AIG, lehman brothers, the bush administration, etc?

As of this post, this video has >700,000 views. (more…)

The Menu

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

We are open sourcing our process. More specifically, we are trying to put all our unfinished pieces and ideas online. We hope to encourage collaboration and strengthen our thinking process. We don’t claim ownership, we are just hoping to be a part of the greater dialog.

Is information free?

Plebian Design. 2009-02-25.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

2008.12.10: Plebian Design in 10-250

2008.12.10: Plebian Design in 10-250, MIT

Statement Update. 2009-02-25.
Attendance: Jeff, Dan.

::shortest story:
evolution

::short stories:
evolution increases information compression.
sharing information is free. this enables acceleration.

everything is evolution. evolution requires mutation.

next level of consciousness is universal awareness of the process of evolution in all things.

awareness creates feedback.
highly levels of feedback lead to ever accelerating

informational big crunch

does consciousness = memory = perception of time = feedback?

plebeian design: physical evolution overtaken by cultural evolution overtaken by ?

a full consciousness of evolution leads to enlightenment?

::how do we transfer/convert/etc:
knowing->learning
product->process
randomness->opportunity

::short storylines:
ev theory
information->big bang ->earth ->life ->consciousness->anxiety->intellect->?
information->big bang->earth ->life ->consciousness->anxiety->knowledge->learning->?
science
math ->physics ->chemistry ->biology ->psychology->religion->atheism->enlightenment
information theory(levels of consciousness)
big bang ->chemistry ->bio/life -> consciousness(cultural life/memes) -> digital consciousness -> energy
another storyline, art/aesthestics?

::medium story:
evolution
open source
process over product
broad rather than tall structure
appreciation of mutations
feedback loops
process documentation
unfiltered data feeds
conservative market economics
neurobiology
enlightenment
personal consciousness
societal consciousness
anxiety (personal and society)
religion -> atheism -> ?
time perception
randomness
desire to be in control
spike reward systems
boranj

UPDATE:
Plebian Design statement musings. 2009-02-25.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ybWFZwCKrc (see at 1:14 on so, abstract screencast)