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 The pivotal moment of the web2005-08-18 12:17
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by Flemming Funch

Nice Wired article We are the Web by Kevin Kelly. In part speaking for how pivotal the invention of the web is likely to be perceived in the long view. Like, say, looking back 3000 years from now.
There is only one time in the history of each planet when its inhabitants first wire up its innumerable parts to make one large Machine. Later that Machine may run faster, but there is only one time when it is born.

You and I are alive at this moment.

We should marvel, but people alive at such times usually don't. Every few centuries, the steady march of change meets a discontinuity, and history hinges on that moment. We look back on those pivotal eras and wonder what it would have been like to be alive then. Confucius, Zoroaster, Buddha, and the latter Jewish patriarchs lived in the same historical era, an inflection point known as the axial age of religion. Few world religions were born after this time. Similarly, the great personalities converging upon the American Revolution and the geniuses who commingled during the invention of modern science in the 17th century mark additional axial phases in the short history of our civilization.

Three thousand years from now, when keen minds review the past, I believe that our ancient time, here at the cusp of the third millennium, will be seen as another such era. In the years roughly coincidental with the Netscape IPO, humans began animating inert objects with tiny slivers of intelligence, connecting them into a global field, and linking their own minds into a single thing. This will be recognized as the largest, most complex, and most surprising event on the planet. Weaving nerves out of glass and radio waves, our species began wiring up all regions, all processes, all facts and notions into a grand network. From this embryonic neural net was born a collaborative interface for our civilization, a sensing, cognitive device with power that exceeded any previous invention. The Machine provided a new way of thinking (perfect search, total recall) and a new mind for an old species. It was the Beginning.



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18 Aug 2005 @ 15:17 by Benoit Couture @68.149.93.182 : Unology
The Beginning born out of the End is found in the discipline given to those who are brought in contact with the Christ of God. The contact I speak of here is the actual knowledge of being personally taken up into His exultated position and to made into a member of God's family. From then on, living is the metamorphosing, organic discipline with of His Spirit's guidance and feeding Who caused the Beginning when: "...our species began wiring up all regions, all processes, all facts and notions into a grand network. From this embryonic neural net was born a collaborative interface for our civilization, a sensing, cognitive device with power that exceeded any previous invention..." The net spoken of is the net Jesus said when He told His disciples that He would make of them, fishers of men. As a result, the collaborative assembling of humanity's spirit is called the Church; but of course I can not point to anywhere and say: "Look, here are people who love one another as Christ means it." It is in the personal metamorphosing discipline from the old to the new that the beholding of communion occurs. The simple order of discipline given by the Master was to say: "If anyone wants to come after me, let hime deny himself, pick up the cross(The End of all ends) and follow me, connecting my constant Ending to the perpetual Beginning of His resurrection. From this renewing energy, one is taught to bring into his or her soul and body, the eternal realty put by God in the heart and the spirit. Perfect search and total recall is here and now, where all in all abides. "Abide in Me and I will abide in you" are His words of inner home and focus...  


31 Aug 2005 @ 06:48 by xion @24.12.178.177 : 2nd comment
Ya it's within & without both known & unknown.
As it was before & as it will be both known & unknown.
So we must expand it.....
& be it by re-remembering, through...
We are it.
Even if it's a piece of dust. It comes around.
U.S.

Um which side are you on?  



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