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I just left today I'm trying to use Twitter and Mastodon simultaneously... Which ought to be enough.

@mike_hales @Matt_Noyes sorry to be slow on this question. I realise it's too late for the discussion in loomio... Moodle cloud has various tariffs - the starter plan is about 115 US$ per year. Big blue button is just one activity inside the "learning environment".

When context overwhelms everything: Where is the space for research in the midst of "the great onlining"?

@anaulin @Matt_Noyes @Jon_Envisioneer @mike_hales @michaelafisher @Zee @mattcropp @SocialCoop @emi

Gathering information about co-op governance and trying out different approaches could be a project aim in itself. I joined partly to see what could be adopted as a model for other online collective ventures that I'm thinking of attempting.
The search started with this 3-way typology: representative, participatory and deliberative...

Legitimation Code – what is “abstract”?

Karl Maton speaking to BALEAP in 2017 isn't satisfied with the term "abstract". Semantic Gravity goes from weak at the top - for things that depend less on context for their meaning (the process of photosynthesis), down through general groups of things (flowering plants without woody stems) to strong gravity at the bottom where the meaning is highly linked to a part

“narcissisme primordial”

The foreword to "De la misère symbolique" contains footnotes to Deleuze, but it begins by stating that it is a continuation of an analysis in « Aimer, s’aimer, nous aimer ».

I think this is enough to identify Stiegler's starting point as located in the "Sovereign" part of the autonomy plane. This means that the writer has high positional autonomy: he's talking about ideas which he has alr

LCT Centre Occasional Paper 1

Saturday's topic is my own knowledge practice in relation to and Moodlenet: I often find myself making up analogies with face-to-face teaching to explain the procedures I want teachers to adopt. I elicit responses to hypothetical questions like these: "If you went to all your lessons in a carnival mask, what would happen?" "If you had an invisible assistant who wrote on the blac

Legitimating moral emotions

LCT likes to plot knowledge practices in planes which allows them to track changes over time and make comparisons. I'm taking, as a first idea, that the 2019 Conservative manifesto represents an abandonment of Thatcherite rhetoric in favour of a more traditionally conservative appeal to the kind of moral emotions nicely described by Haidt in "The Righteous Mind".

The 5 planes proposed

Legitimation Code Thursdays

These posts are preparation for a project applying Legitimation Code Theory to 6 knowledge practices:

Sun. - Symbolic WretchednessMon. - Methods of RationalityTues. - Russian NightsWeds. - Where the Wasteland EndsThursday - LCT can and does discuss itself!Fri. - the Johnson government (UK politics)Sat. - Moodle and MoodleNet communities

Where the Wasteland Ends

Theodore Roszak wrote this book in 1972 and I first read it about ten years after that. It makes a contrast with "Russian Nights" because the chemist and the poet here are on opposite sides in a battle over the fate of visionary imagination. "the beauties of science are not the beauties of art but their antithesis" he says.

Like Yudkowsky on Monday, he warns the reader in the introduction abo

the veil of Isis in Odoyevsky’s “Russian Nights”

The intro to Russian nights mentions an ancient statue of Isis with the writing on it "Nobody has yet seen my face". This is a quotation from Plutarch which could be more accurately rendered "I am all that has been and is and shall be; and no mortal has ever lifted my garment."

Here Odoyevsky finds a parallel in the work of poets and chemis

“Harry Potter and the methods of Rationality”

According to the foreword in my electronic text, the Russian translation belongs Mikhail Samin, whose wikipedia entry is pretty interesting. This is among the top book choices of my students, although they are likely to read it in the original (by Eliezer Yudkowsky) too. Unlike them I haven't read anything by J.K. Rowling and nor have I seen the films.

«de la Misère Symbolique» by Bernard Stiegler

Originally published in French in 2004. An English translation was made in 2014 by Barnaby Norman. In my copy, the two volumes ("The Hyper-Industrial Age" and the "The Catastrophe of the Sensual World") are joined into one book. In these notes about it, the English translations just reflect my best understanding based on rusty schoolboy French. I think S

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My understanding of what social networks could or should achieve is informed by what Bernard Stiegler wrote in the Unlike Us

To summarise: online work is potentially a medicine or a poison, but never a cure. The basic illness is that our real-life social networks are being eroded (partly because of the spread of new IT technologies).

@mike_hales the heroic founders of coops in the early days of the movement had the advantage of all being members of a tightly-knit geographical community (eg Rochdale pioneers). I think Fedwiki could have helped them sself-organise and educate.

Compared with them, the students who come to class with me twice a week are relative strangers to each other.

I think is even looser and more diffuse as a collective. As it grows you might expect it to split into factions...

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@mike_hales this is exciting! I especially like the article by Caulfied (because it's about my field)... it seems obvious that online collaboration could be very powerful given the right conditions.... but how close is to those "right conditions"?

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