Ed Mahood on Infinite Conversations is organizing a reading and discussion group dedicated to exploring some recent consciousness-based theories of reality. Anyone interested in philosophical alternatives to scientific materialism (aka physicalism) may want to check it out.
Specifically, the group will be reading Bernardo Kastrup’s (2019, Iff Books) The Idea of the World: A multi-disciplinary argument for the mental nature of reality.
Does #SocialCoop have a user count bot? I feel like that would be quite useful for the instance
"Even if relatively few people actually #DeleteFacebook, as more people start spending more of their time elsewhere, three powerful and synergistic feedback loops will start to kick in. Too bad for Facebook. Good news for everybody else!"
We’re hosting a talk about the Democracy.earth white paper in our 2/13 Cosmos Café:
#socialcoop peeps are welcome to join us live or comment in the forum.
(Note: this event is not affiliated with the Democracy Earth Foundation—but we’re interested in discussing the ideas and their practical implications. @care_save will be leading the discussion.)
New topic on #InfiniteConversations:
“On Sexual Harassment: A Queer Perspective” by John Davis
To accompany @care_save’s essay series “Transmuting the Trumpocalypse,” we are hosting live conversations on 10/26, 11/2, and 11/9 to foster learning, co-operation, and praxis.
Here, we will not be focusing on the essays, nor even really talking about Trump...so much as about power's multidimensionality.
This event is being produced by our start-up, Cosmos.coop. So come support us and bring your most brilliant selves and...LET’S TRANSMUTE!
Caroline Savery (@care_save here on social.coop) has written a major series of essays on consciousness and collective action titled *Transmuting the Trumpocalypse: Reclaiming Power in a Memetic Warzone*, which we’ve just published on Metapsychosis.com
We'd love to have sensitive, critical, and co-operative readers —who could also add some thoughtful commentary in our forum.
Please check out the page and if you feel so moved, join the conversation...and toot widely!
"If nationalization of industry was based on actual popular control of industry [not state bureaucratic control] - worker and community control, with the groups federated together, that would be a very different story. It would be extending the democratic system to economic power, and unless that happens, political power is always going to remain a very limited phenomenon."
What is the connection between systemic violence and our agricultural & food systems?
Here is something of a prologue:
"Roots of violence, Seeds of Peace"
"I know now that that the overblown doom-and-gloom Wizard of Oz is just a little man trying to look big—the ego within me. And this practice is how I have become resilient.”
— from #co-op organizer Caroline Savery’s essay series on u-know-hoo, which I’m up late working on editing for Metapsychosis.com. Coming soon!
"Corporations Have Rights. Why Not Rivers?”
Yes, why not? Why do only ‘people’ have rights?
This is the inaugural toot for our casual/informal Mastodon anarchist book club! Welcome!
We will be sharing toots of book recommendations complete with links to find/purchase/download these books, so pay close attention to this account and our updates.
We're open to hearing your fiction AND non-fiction recommendations - special emphasis on anarchist, anti-authoritarian literature encouraged. Toot toot! Here we go. 📚
"Once we understand that our relationship to technology is not one of master/butler but cyborg/organ; once we understand that we extend our selves with technology and that our technology and data lie within the boundaries of the self, then we must insist that the constitutional protections of the self that we have enshrined within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and implemented within our myriad of national laws are extended to protect the cyborg self."
"They have perfected technologies that take over intellectual processes, that render the brain redundant. Or, as the former Google and Yahoo executive Marissa Mayer once argued, “You have to make words less human and more a piece of the machine.”
I did it. Quit Facebook. I had many personal reasons, but philosophically, what moved me was Aral Balkan’s critique based on cyborg ontology and theory of surveillance capitalism. This, combined with a vision for decentralized planetary democracy, combined also w/ @Rushkoff's point about it just not being nice to your friends to link them there (like poor hygiene, or knowingly spreading a disease) finally broke my inertia.
This article sums up the argument well: https://ar.al/notes/encouraging-individual-sovereignty-and-a-healthy-commons/ ~ @aral
Network scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare https://www.technologyreview.com/s/538866/the-social-network-illusion-that-tricks-your-mind/
Aspiring poet & artist. Co-founder & CCO @ Cosmos.coop. Editor @ Metapsychosis.com. Interlocutor @ InfiniteConversations.com. Writer @ TheoryofEverybody.com.
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