Monthly Archives: August 2009

The map of the network needs pluralizing

I’ve added networkweaver blog to the link sidebar under a new category, Smart Mobs. It’s not a very active blog, yet it has a lot of fascinating, thought-provoking content. (See The Power of Network Weaving Aug.30) Here’s Part 1 of … Continue reading

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Arrows

Paris Marashi’s videos of Tehran and Iran are lovely.    In urban Iran, Sufi poetry oracles are sold on the street. Paris Marashi youtube

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Not Everything Happens (Transformative Anthropology cont.)

Following from our discussing with a friend my conception of Transformative Anthropology, and its central conception, the decisive yet happenstance contingencies that irrevocably alter the course of one’s life and development, she tweeted a question: How has randomness played a … Continue reading

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Weather Report

Continuing from the earlier post What the Wind Blows, presenting a schema of Four Orders given as a phenomenological device. (This device captures the diversification of awareness about one’s own behavior–it ranges from the unconscious yet singularly aware First Order, … Continue reading

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We Are Stardust

Billion year old carbon We are golden Caught in the devils bargain And weve got to get ourselves Back to the garden.excerpt, Woodstock, by Joni Mitchell In August 1969, I was 14 years old, and spending the summer with my … Continue reading

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Transformative Anthropology III – Gas Stop

I had the good fortune to reacquaint myself this week with a friend from 40 years ago. After explaining my research into the fragile contingencies underlying life changing events, she offered a terrific example, and, additionally brought a new term … Continue reading

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Kseniya Simonova – Sand Artist

Hat tip to Huffington Post (*). Here, ((Kseniya Simonova)) recounts Germany conquering Ukraine in the second world war. She brings calm, then conflict. A couple on a bench become a woman’s face; a peaceful walkway becomes a conflagration; a weeping … Continue reading

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What the Wind Blows

Reflexive Orders of Awareness – A Schema Some examples should suffice to unpack the notion of reflexive orders. First Order awareness is automatic, and not directed. If you ever have driven a car and noted at some point that you … Continue reading

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Transformative Anthropology II.

A handful of questions one can direct to a subject or to their self are easily enabled to drill into the fragile web of contingencies that are structurally necessary to human development. 1. What brought you to live where you … Continue reading

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Transformative Anthropology I.

I’m going to try here to rope in a few colleagues to respond in public–here–to something I’ve been playing around with off and on for four years. To set this up, here is an edited version of an email I … Continue reading

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Update – nogutsnoglorystudios

Dub Collison mix – Family Blessing Jazz. Downloadable with a streaming taste. enjoy I refashioned the cover for the mix into some more naive! art.

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Groups & the Development of Consciousness

My colleague and friend Robert has asked in a comment to Sustainability, Systems Awareness & Eros, “However saying that, I don’t know if the “group” consciousness actually manages to effect a real conscious change in both individuals and in groups. … Continue reading

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A Good Example of Transformative Anthropology

A Man Walks Into a Pub Well, hops- he only had one leg. A man who had his leg amputated when he was 29 after a benign tumour was removed was in the process of saving up forty grand to … Continue reading

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