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Generativitality

Some Thoughts On Generative Art by Anders Holt Many who know something about my art practice know I loathe the terms “digital art” and “digital artist.” Both terms strike me as almost always leading right into various thickets of ignorance, … Continue reading

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Pure Experience

What is left of experience if from it are erased feeling it, thinking it, feeling about it, thinking about it? I’ve been reflecting on the paradox of mindfulness. Mindfulness, over the last several years, is among the hottest trends in … Continue reading

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Cyclin’

The foolish person tries to ignore the phenomenal facts of life simply because he cannot learn the logical theory which explains them. With all the logic at our command, we may reason out of the domain of possibilities everything that … Continue reading

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A Myth of Isolation and a Fairy Tale of Causation

The notion of the individual entity having agency is confused by a paradox. The confusion lies with the idea of individuation. The entity (organism, person, or organization) is bound to its unique perspective or epistemology, and in that sense is … Continue reading

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Artist’s Statement, Part II. & III.

Secondary and Tertiary Contexts and Multiplicities ARTIST’S STATEMENT (middle section) II. I came to this as a matter of my lifelong drive to satisfy my curiosity. This mission demands that I wander, experience, explore, do experiments. III. To steep ourselves … Continue reading

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Creative Fire

In this second volume of The Sparks of Randomness, The Atheism of Scripture, Henri Atlan pursues his investigation of human life, which he grounds in a distinctive intermingling of the biological and cognitive sciences and traditions of Jewish thought. The … Continue reading

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The Cybernetics of Discourse and the Discourse of Cybernetics

source: How cybernetics connects computing, counterculture, and design Hugh Dubberly and Paul Pangaro (Originally published by the Walker Art Center in the catalog for the exhibit Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia.) Cybernetics in the Future – Introduction by Mary … Continue reading

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Implicit Sacramental Fallacies (Re: Gregory Bateson on the Nature of the Sacred)

A linear concept of causality cannot adequately explain the interactions of a complex system or Gestalt. The classical scientific paradigm is sufficient only for understanding carefully isolated phenomena, where unidirectional cause and effect relationships occur between interacting pairs, e.g., between … Continue reading

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Color Vision and Seeing Ourselves

Dr. Beau Lotto, Reader in neuroscience and founder of Lottolab at University College London, talks about how colour, vision and seeing ourselves can contribute to a richer, more empathetic view of nature and human nature. Lottolab: Experiment 1.0

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Slow, Steady, and Permanent

Your half hour will be well spent in a close engagement with the thought of Mr. Varela. Recovering Common Sense The tacit assumption behind the varieties of cognitive realism (cognitivism, emergence, and the society of mind) has been that the … Continue reading

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Eno On Cybernetics and Music Making

This video is new to me and it provided a big wallop. In my framing of fortuity, contingency and fragility, I have only roughed out some of the implications for music making. B.E. helps move this forward during a really … Continue reading

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Revisualizing the Experiential Learning Cycle of David A. Kolb (I.)

  I’ve been pondering the hidden polar dynamics of the learning cycle of my friend, colleague and softball teammate David Kolb. By definition those implicit yet ‘out of sight’ dynamics are anchored by various factors which instantiate or otherwise ramify … Continue reading

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As Below, So Above

My essay, Liberating the Stars From Space & Time, when completed. will complete the narrative concerned with how I came to necessarily etch a limit to my philosophical ability, and, in doing so, squish thousands of years of astrology into tools able to exist … Continue reading

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The Hand

  I recommend you take your hand home and take a look at it when you get there — very quietly, almost as part of meditation. And try to catch the difference between seeing it as a base for five … Continue reading

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Heaven & Hell & ‘Showing’ Generative Metaphysics

My and Ken’s Heaven and Hell Mandala format provides a fine format for juxtaposing generalizations, or first order conceptual classes, or just about anything which can be brought into relations. In these examples the heavenly quadrant represents where the pairing … Continue reading

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Realism Unwired

Ralph Stacey Complexity and Creativity in Organizations – Amazon bonus: Bill McKelvey, Transcendental Foresight: Using Complexity Science to Foster Distributed Seeing (pdf)

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Teaching Cartoon – Systems are not in Nature, they are in the mind of humans.

h/t The Wizard of Id (used without permission) “The fixity of the milieu supposes a perfection of the organism such that the external variations are at each instant compensated for and equilibrated…. All of the vital mechanisms, however varied they … Continue reading

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Bambino Communicates

Our foray into animating mostly aging bodies for the purpose of continuing the autopoietic experiment set course on a perfect June day. Last week featured a walk-off comeback, but Sunday’s game echoed the game two weeks before, the bottom of … Continue reading

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Breaking Up Wholes

Proto-cybernetician; cornerstone pragmatist. Mary Parker Follett [Wikipedia] ‘s Creative Experience (1924) is foundational for me. (

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Humberto Maturana & Heinz von Foerster: Meta-Science, Reflection

(I will be posting the two additional videos of Humberto and Heinz. Their brief engagements are very dense and rewarding. One of my favorite endeavors is to dive into dialogs. Thankfully these moments betwixt Maturana and von Foerster were captured … Continue reading

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