Saturday, November 21, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Another good way to interpret, especially the Bible. Joykegesis, B(u)ildegesis
Dear Daniel Mann: A valuable use of Scripture, mostly unknown by the users, is related to us by Rosenstock-Huessy in 'Out of Revolution'. Each of the revolutions of western history, starting with the Papal under Gregory VII (the church has her own house, not a room in the Emperor's palace is another way to see that one) emphasized a certain part of Scripture--backwards. Thus, the Papal was the Last Judgment (see 'Dies Irae'), the Franciscans were Jesus--this is an interlude--and then Germans (justification by faith0, the English Judges, Americas Noah, French Natural Man Before the Fall, Russians Formless and Void (Bledsoe, Metropolitan Manifesto). Now Bledsoe says the Bride and New Jerusalem (cities). Gardner 'Beyond Belief') says that the revolution is to take the benefits of these planet-wide. Bledsoe, start anew with those images. I think there is also something before formless and void, before tohu and bohu—‘In the beginning....'. And the Hebrew words for the letters in BRSHT make a liturgy? Come into the HOUSE! (B), bow down to the HEAD (R) in confession and readings and sermon, EAT (sh), take your CROSS (t) out. I'm working on a means of exegesis that emphasizes joy and house. More to come. Here's my summary of Gardner's summary of the revolutions--I think the 5 of Imperative, Subjective, Narrative, Objective, and Planetary Service are a liturgy also, as are my 5--later--that could take the benefits out. I call this new layer of interpretation joykegesis or b(u)ildegesis. http://chuckhartmanhistoryconductor.blogspot.com/2013/03/revolutions-of-west-gardner-summarizes.html
Example of B(u)ildegesis. Build, we know, building a house. ‘Bild’ is something such as ‘art’ in German. Thus, a house as an art work.
The Conquest of Canaan was a remodeling—from tribes to a settled land, for sure. The house is essentially finished after the Great Day. The first letter of Genesis is ‘B’. ‘B’ means ‘house’ also, beth. First and last, in one perspective, The Bible is a history of houses.
The promise was fulfilled, that this land was for Abram and his descendants, and the promise will be fulfilled, for sure, at the Great Day, for Abraham saw Jesus’ Day.
There is much more. Tabernacles and Temples. Christ in us and we in Christ. The body as a temle of the Holy Spirit. Perichoresis of the Trinity. Stewardship. Priests as household servants, but we now friends, for He has told us everything. … Remember, He promised us mansions in His Father’s house—Abraham was promised the Promised Land.
THE ABOVE is also an example of Joykegesis—the joy of the joke, as in this BELOW.
Here's the punchline: 'They call me Mr. Tibia!'
Write the joke. [I’ve written one, playing on the great line by Sidney Poitier’s Virgil Tibbs, detective, responding to the line by the Sheriff, played by Rod Steiger in ‘In the Heat of the Night’. I add something medical, for the tibia is a bone in the leg. I’m not revealing it at this time, for I’ve given this to help those who will help me in my enfeeblement and vulnerability as I age—Godparents for Eldsters and others.
The punchline above, in the B(u)ildegesis was, at start, the Conquest of Canaan. At the end it was, ‘Remember, He promised us mansions in His Father’s house—Abraham was promised the Promised Land.’
I wrote the joke, the explanation of all the houses, and how the Conquest of Canaan fit in.
--Now, you give us a punchline and/or write a joyke, do a b(u)ildegesis, a joykegesis House!
My 5 revolution, to take the benefits of the Revolutions of the West (Rosenstock) planet-wide, are here: http://chuckhartmanhistoryconductor.blogspot.com/2015/06/better-summary-june-24-d-2015ephesians.html
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
In ‘Bold,’ the Flow GenomeProject is about maximal human potential doing. Mostly athletic so far?
I’m talking creativity also—not especially ‘logic,’ but artistic, ideas, fleshing them out as in ERH’s Revolutions.
NowI have certain types of ideas when I’m being balanced, energy-wise, in Cranio-Sacral Therapy. These follow Caroline Myss’ ‘Anatomy of the Spirit’ categories: feet => baptism, gut => maturity, etc.
But when I am talking about these appropriately related things, if a ‘still point’ is induced, my stream of articulation/thought changes direction.
I can’t yet ‘feel’ these, but my doctor can. We’re trying to pavlov this by having doctor tell me when it happens.
In our meme-environment/culture the best analogy may be a computer reboot for a ‘still point’. It’s when whatever flow of cranio-sacral fluid from the brain is restarted. Compare that to the stream or articulation/consciousness being redirecdted/changed. (Yes, I’m reaching here—I need to do more research).
Doc’s ministrations have helped me be balanced, and pains go away, arms become able to reach above the shoulder, etc.
Can this compare to the ideas that are in my mind as I awaken? They are formed, ready to be written down?
This gets us to Dr. Bledsoe, who has written that it seems he is thinking of a6 things at a time, and after he speaks, people say, ‘I didn’t understand that, but it was very interesting,’ for instance?
I will pursue these avenues: 1—More CST research, 2—More self-consciousness during a CST session, 3—Facebook CST groups, ask question, etc. 4—Submit to Flow Genome Project, 5—Dr. Bledsoe, 6—Can more ‘still points’ be induced during a person’s daily activities? On 6-, I carry a small notebook and write down, write into my brain by this writing down, thoughts as I go through physical and/or repetitive daily activity. Sometimes I give myself a problem to solve, a subject area to think about during the day (example: Peak Brain Activity and CST). 7—Can certain physical positions, facial expressions help better thinking, creativity. ‘One Cause, One Cure,’ re: chiropractic mentioned that certain bodily functions (hormone release, etc.?) happened with certain facial expressions.
Goal: Better artistic articulation, enfleshment, per ERH’s articulation below in a Dartmouth lecture.
ever in your life had a bright idea, or a new instinct, or a
new change of heart,
Sir, make this the cornerstone of your understanding
of the universe and you
will understand that the universe begins with creation. And
it ends in incarnation, because that's the experience of every potent and creative
man in the world.
But you look outside and try to deduce by your little brain,
not by your experience of your heart how the world begins, and how it should be
run. You'll never
solve it, gentlemen. You'll remain a selfish, inarticulate
animal. If the spirit moves
you, you will see how simple
things are, gentlemen. Love begins, and hope
keeps you going, and faith. And in the end, your grandchildren
will bless you.
Note: After reading some about machine intelligence, I believe that this creativity is a key to what I should be doing. Can machines do this creative leaping? Can they bridge (pontiff=> ‘bridge builder,’ thus priest: ERH) Compare this from Diamandis re: Kurzweil predictions, and read ‘Darknet,’ about scientifictionally such things as decentralized autonomous corporations—the author, Mather, has references to such things happening NOW.
Diamandis re: Kurzwei (email received October 11, A. D. 2015)l:
“I consider Ray Kurzweil a very close friend and a very smart person.
Ray is a brilliant technologist, futurist, and director of engineering at Google focused on AI and language processing.
He has also made more correct (and documented) technology predictions about the future than anyone:
As reported, "of the 147 predictions that Kurzweil has made since the 1990's, fully 115 of them have turned out to be correct, and another 12 have turned out to be "essentially correct" (off by a year or two), giving his predictions a stunning 86% accuracy rate."
Two weeks ago, Ray and I held an hour-long webinar with my Abundance 360 CEOs about predicting the future.
During our session, there was one of Ray's specific prediction that really blew my mind.
"In the 2030s," said Ray, "we are going to send nano-robots into the brain (via capillaries) that will provide full immersion virtual reality from within the nervous system and will connect our neocortex to the cloud. Just like how we can wirelessly expand the power of our smartphones 10,000-fold in the cloud today, we'll be able to expand our neocortex in the cloud."
Let's digest that for a moment.
2030 is only 15 years away…
Directly plugging your brain into the internet? Upgrading your intelligence and memory capacity by orders of magnitude?
This is a blog about the staggering (and fun) implications of that future.
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The implications of a connected neocortex are quite literally unfathomable. As such, any list I can come up with will pale in comparison to reality… But here are a few thoughts to get the ball rolling.
This will deliver a new level of human intimacy, where you can truly know what your lover, friend or child is feeling. Intimacy far beyond what we experience today by mere human conversation. Forget email, texting, phone calls, and so on – you'll be able to send your thoughts to someone simply by thinking them.
Google on the Brain
You'll have the ability to "know" anything you desire, at the moment you want to know it. You'll have access to the world's information at the tip of your neurons. You'll be able to calculate complex math equations in seconds. You'll be able to navigate the streets of any cities, intuitively. You'll be able to hop into a fighter jet and fly it perfectly. You'll be able to speak and translate any language effortlessly.
Just imagine that you're in a bind and you need to solve a problem (quickly). In this future world, you'll be able to scale up the computational power of your brain on demand, 10x or 1,000x… in much the same way that algorithms today can spool up 1,000 processor cores on Amazon Web Servers.
Living in the Virtual World
If our brains can truly connect at high bandwidth, you will be able to bypass our current sensory organs (eyes, ears, touch) to the point where brain's perception of reality can be driven completely by a gaming engine – a virtual world. Likewise, the connections would exist in the motor cortex of your brain as well. When you move your limbs, imagine a corresponding set of virtual limbs (your avatar) moving perfectly in the virtual world. This is about creation of The Matrix x 1,000.
Extended Immune System
In my webinar discussion with Ray, he outlined how we already have intelligent biological devices, the size of blood cells, that kill disease. They are called T-cells. They can recognize an enemy and attack it, but they don't work on cancer, retroviruses, et cetera. In the future, nanorobots will be able to communicate wirelessly, download software when new pathogens arrives, and attack cancer, cancer stem cells, bacteria, viruses, and all the disease agents. They can also work on metabolic diseases like diabetes. They could also maintain healthy levels of everything you need in the blood, including nutrients, and basically repair and eventually replace damaged organs.
Remember the scene in The Matrix where Trinity needs to learn how to fly a helicopter, and Tank downloads a program teaching her how to do it? We'll be able to do this. Need to perform emergency surgery? Just download the ER doctor program. Need to learn a new language? Download it. Want to cook the perfect meal? Download the chef module. In fact, you probably won't even need to download it (which takes up memory), you'll probably just "stream" expertise from the cloud.
Expanded and Searchable Memories
We'll be able to remember everything that ever happened to us (because we'll store our memories in the cloud), and we'll be able to search that memory database for useful information. When our memories will become searchable, we'll also be able to make them contextual by cross-referencing our calendars, GPS coordinates, health data, stock market, current news, weather conditions, and anything else that might be relevant to that particular moment in time.
A Higher-Order Existence
Ray talks about how a connected neocortex will bring humanity to a higher order of existence and complexity – expanding our palate for emotion, art, humor, creativity, expression, and uniqueness. He says, "We're going to be funnier. We're going to be sexier. We're going to be better at expressing loving sentiment. We're going to add more levels to the hierarchy of brain modules and create deeper levels of expression. People will be able to very deeply explore some particular type of music in far greater degree than we can today. It'll lead to far greater individuality, not less."
While this future may sound fanciful to many, let's remember that exponential technologies are initially deceptive, before they become disruptive.
And today, there are many labs around the world working on molecular machinery, CRISPR/Cas9 systems that allow us to edit our own genome, and brain-computer interfaces (through cortical implants and the field of optogenetics).
So what if these fields of technological progress double every 18 months? In 15 years (2015 - 2030), we will have a 1,000-fold improvement over today. What does a future one thousand times better look like? Perhaps it's what Ray describes…
If this future becomes reality, connected humans are going to change everything…
We need to discuss the implications in order to make the right decisions now so that we are prepared for the future.
This is the sort of conversation we explore at my 250-person executive mastermind group called Abundance 360.
The program is highly selective and currently full. If you'd like to be considered for the waitlist, we are looking for a few last CEOs and entrepreneurs who want to change the world. We imagine a few spots will open up over the next few months. You can apply here.
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Note: The work done so far with such things as applying the 5-point Revolutionary sequence to getting the benefits of the Revolutions of the West out to the planed, planetary service, may/will be found when the time is ripe, re: ‘Selah’ in 1864 theological journal that Google digitalized and James Jordan found. Thesis: ‘Selah’ is an acronym in Hebrew for ‘go back to the beginning and use it as a refrain.
This is the most important thing I can do at which I would be most difficult to replace. My calling, per Gary North.
Revolutions planet-wide? I have a plan. People look at their phones instead of talking with others. We'd turn this liability into an asset, which Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, key man in founding of Peace Corps, Harvard/Dartmouth, etc, said was the mark of the era. An app for all those smart phones. It would help spread the benefits of the Revolutions of the West to the whole planet, through interactivity. Here is a summary of a summary of the Revolutions. Each person would be helped to find what's important to them, and then they'd be helped through the 5 phases of Revolution, all helping each and each helping all. More later, if interested. http://chuckhartmanhistoryconductor.blogspot.com/2013/03/revolutions-of-west-gardner-summarizes.html
Monday, September 28, 2015
Making Peace In A Time Of Neo-Tribal Wars
Study History, Study Wars…Now, Make Peace! [I call you to this vow/service]
This will be brief. I’ll bring in Creveld, Nisbet, Barzun and Berman. I number 17 statements.
One wise teacher writes that to best study American (U. S.) history, study the wars. 1
Another wise one has organized a course on American Social History around the re-integration of the veteran into peacetime society. 2
In one way, both of these are threatened by the statement of the second that ‘we will lose the ability to speak in America’. By that he means ‘true speech,’ in which one’s life is put behind one’s words. [I see this as a vow, such as a marriage vow of ‘ ‘til death us do part’. 3
For instance, the Congress of the United States of America has not formally declared war since World War Two, and yet there are various wars—against drugs, terror, cancer, etc. 4
Is this progress? Nisbet writes of ‘The History of the Idea of Progress’. I think it can be recovered. 5
Is this ‘The Rise and Decline of the State,’ this not declaring wars? Creveld writes that it is lack of justice and lack of sound money for retirees. 6
Is this decadence? Barzun’s ‘From Dawn to Decadence,’ in the epilog, if I remember correctly, sees regional ethno-linguistic organizations bridged by corporations. Later, again if I remember correctly, he sees the re-learning of reading from monuments (?). 7
Berman, who we will mention again below, fears, in ‘Law and Revolution,’ that administrative law will be the end of that of which he writes. 8
Remember, we are aiming at making peace. Peace is the explicit reconciliation of opposites. Does it require a vow, in a way that peace treaties ended declared wars? 9
Let us move to Bledsoe’s ‘Metropolitan Manifesto’. This wonderful book proposes a way for ambassadors of peace (Christians) to attain the position of advisor to the decision-makers, mayors of cities, and other powerful persons. It proposes other things also, and gives examples. 10
We take a detour from the writing above about ‘the state,’ which Creveld defines as the organization without the person (king, etc.?). Why? We do this because Bledsoe indicates that cities may be the economic movers of the future. Many in city governments are disenchanted with being controlled by polities of larger areas. 11
Now, toward peace we go, Lord willing. Can we study the establishment of peace in a previous era, and adapt that to our time? I say, ‘Yes!,’ and I will proceed. 12
We return to the second teacher mentioned above. He is the one of ‘the re-integration of the veteran,’ and of ‘losing the ability to speak’. 13 He tells the story of the establishment of peace after the Fall of Rome. Rome had kept the warring tribes from warring. After Rome fell, forests, for example, kept tribes apart. But then came hermits into these impenetrable forests. After hermits came monasteries, and monks who cleared the forests and drained the swamps. After this was done, peasant farmers could move in. The monasteries provided wisdom such as when to plant, and became rich on rents, so that when the now-penetrable forests allowed tribes to war, the monasteries could say ‘No fighting during Lent!’. They got the imperative to say, ‘No fighting from Saturday evening to Monday morning!’ [I may have some details wrong]. The second teacher, first of the two chronologically, then relates how, after the land was organized, skills were organized around equipping the knight, guardian of the greater traffic allowed by the invention of the horse collar. Then markets were organized, and I would say, missionary efforts. I attempt at this time to respond to this narrative, though I will be changed. I pray to be able to help organized peace. Land. Skills. Markets. Missionaries. Peace. 13
To do this organizing, I return to the themes of cities and true speech. Again, if I recall correctly, Berman mentions the Truce of God. This was an oath-taking peace, and it was an advance from the command of the monasteries for there to be no fighting during certain periods of time. 14
This Truce of God, and the mutual oath-taking, again, if I recall correctly, became the basis for the formation of cities in the 12th century (?). Cities were formed by oaths. 15
Why can we not have a type of oath--if not explicit yet-- at least in the background for the use of the advisor about which Bledsoe writes in ‘Metropolitan Manifesto’? This could follow well the narrative of the establishment of peace between warring tribes that we saw during the almost a century from the time Rome fell. Remember, early on, there were natural boundaries to keep warring tribes apart, and at the end, it was true speech, oaths. 16
Of what would that oath consist, that vow? I propose that it would resonate with the service of the church. As a third great teacher, to remain unnamed for the present also, writes: We are Called, we are Cleansed in authoritative forgiveness after confession, we are Consecrated (by readings and preaching), we are Communed (eating and drinking), and we are Commissioned (sent out to tell the good news). The whole here has been a Call that showed how the Cleansing of peace was attained at one time, that pointed to readings and applications of them, that pointed to something Communing that we should ‘read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest,’ and that now you have been Called to this vow/service (‘liturgy’ is from a word for ‘service’ in Greek). There are many 5-point examples of which I have written, but since this follows the second teacher above, one might do it in the form of Imperative-Subjective-Narrative-Objective-Planetary Service. This would be godparenting the next era. In that vein, one might see the ceremony for godparents for eldsters, it’s in a blogspot. You can figure it out! What oath should these advisors have in mind that, at some appropriate time, could explicitly reconcile opposites, making peace? Tell us! 17