Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Step 1

Maybe this blog is not art, maybe it is,--what is this? people might ask this-- I don't want to think about how this blog is art or isn't art or if it's sculpture or not or what i'm doing or why. it's true i don't want anyone to think about that for now, it's a path it's a direction, directions, instructions, a guide, a fieldtrip, a trip.

Watch this:

I want people to continue to the next step on the list if they're short on time, but if they have time and are interested they / you should explore TED, maybe after completing the journey i've planned, or now, whichever, but making sure that everyone has time to hear/watch the stuff below eventually, before we talk on tuesday.

My favorite talks (when i was living in italy i would watch a new one each night as i ate dinner):
human nature
Design and the elastic mind
6 ways mushrooms can save the world
what is string theory?
militant atheism
Dan Dennett's rebuttal to Rick Warren
stroke of genius
story of the mars rovers

(you can get these on your ipod too by finding TED talks in the podcasts in itunes.)

I want to say that it is optional for people to listen to the podcast below because it's long and I don't want it to be burdensome, but I really think it should be heard and i know that if i say "optional:" that's like saying "don't bother". Here Kevin Kelly is talking about what science is to him and what he thinks it will become in the next 100 years: (get it on your MP3 player--see below instructions)

How do I instruct people on how to get these things into their MP3 player? it is so fucking awesome to listen to these ideas through headphones, when i'm cleaning or painting or yogifying or lying around or walking. Download it:
OR Search "SALT" (Seminars about longterm thinking) in the itunes music store. Free subscription. And I love these talks also from the Long Now Foundation (these are best listened to via MP3 player while driving, doing other tasks, because they're long but brilliant:
Sam Harris (about religion) -- and / OR for a quick idea on religious moderation: consider this
Jimmy Wales (creator of Wikipedia)
Alex Wright (history of the Information Age)

But ALL the seminars are worth hearing even though they're long, these people are so fucking smart. And rational and informed and interested and interesting. I went to one of the seminars while i was in san francisco in september and the audience was young.

What IS the Long Now Foundation?

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