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Friday, November 1, 2002

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 Friday, November 1, 20022002-11-01 14:54
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  • Gaia Theory: Science of the Living Earth - an excellent introduction to Gaia theory. It is the idea that the Earth is essentially a living organism. It was championed mostly by James Lovelock and then by Lynn Margulis. There is a lot of evidence for how the Earth regulates itself, to keep the contents of the atmosphere, the saltyness of the oceans, and many other things stable enough to support other life forms. Dead rocks don't do such things.
    James Lovelock: "For me, the personal revelation of Gaia came quite suddenly - like a flash of enlightenment. I was in a small room on the top floor of a building at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. It was the autumn of 1965 ... and I was talking with a colleague, Dian Hitchcock, about a paper we were preparing ... It was at that moment that I glimpsed Gaia. An awesome thought came to me. The Earth's atmosphere was an extraordinary and unstable mixture of gases, yet I knew that it was constant in composition over quite long periods of time. Could it be that life on Earth not only made the atmosphere, but also regulated it - keeping it at a constant composition, and at a level favourable for organisms?"
    See good interview with Elisabet Sahtouris. Life is recognized by a quality of autopoiesis:
    "Autopoiesis is a Greek word, of course, meaning literally "self-creation." The definition goes: A living entity is any entity that constantly creates itself. This really distinguishes it from a mechanism, because a machine is not constantly creating itself. In fact, if it changes itself at all it's probably broken and you would rather it didn't do that; while a living thing is always changing, or it's dead."
  • Cass says "Real quick, a book Ming might like: Leadership and the New Science". Yes, he's right, I like it very much. Meg Wheatley is great. Well, actually I've only listened to the audio book version, but several times.

  • That brings up: How do I know if somebody says something about me or to me in their weblog? I do seem to have a sixth sense about it, but I probably can't rely on that. There is a proposed standard approach to that, which might tell me automatically, called Trackback Ping, developed by Movable Type, one of the major weblog designers. Note to self: I need to implement that in this program.

  • A number of years ago, before there was anything called search engines, there was an all-knowing being known as Kibo. The web hardly existed yet, but 100's of thousands of messages were posted every day on thousands of different UseNet Newsgroups. And it was said that no matter where you posted a message, if you said anything at all about Kibo, he would instantly know. I didn't quite believe, so I tested it. I mentioned his name in some obscure newsgroup. And, indeed, before long there was an answer from him. He seemed to be able to have an off-the-wall conversation about anything anytime. At the time it seemed quite magical that he would know everything anybody said about him, and a whole wacky religion, called Kibology sprung up around him. Well, all that went on was that he had a program that searched the UseNet feed going into some particular server for the word "Kibo". That was a novel idea at the time. Nowadays anybody can do the same in Google Groups any time they want.

  • Consumers Shun Copy-Protected CDs. Study finds music fans support copying for personal use, backup.

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    1 Nov 2002 @ 15:46 by sharie : The resurrected rock
    Ming, there's no such thing as a dead rock.

    The famous french scientist C. Louis Kervran wrote about this extensively. There's a book translated into english titled, "Biological Transmutations" which blows away the predominate western scientific thinking about minerals, water, and gases.

    Planet Earth is a sentient being, with intelligence, sensitivities, intentions, and so on. This has been proven in plantlife and in rocks, which have been hooked up to all kinds of polograph machines, meters, etc., etc., tested repeatedly by scientists around the world. All of nature registers intelligence, *pre-cognition*, telepathy, etc., etc.

    Shocking but true.

    As for Lovelock's question, "Could it be that life on Earth not only made the atmosphere, but also regulated it?"

    It's not that Earth made the atmosphere, it was created by the invisible intelligence in the universe that manifests all things, including you and me, and yes the Earth, the planets, the animals, and the rocks. Some people refuse to accept that their consciousness is one with the Earth and Sky, and with all of life, but the numerous books, and sonatas, and serenades, and poems written by musicians, poets, scientists, and theologians from around the world indicate otherwise.

    Even the Book of Job from the Old Testament says "Speak to the Earth and it will answer you."

    By the way, I think your newciv website is awesome.  

    1 Nov 2002 @ 15:58 by ming : Living rocks
    Russian geologist Vladimir Vernadsky, had a theory about how organic life is just a way for rock to re-form itself. All life recycles itself through geology.  

    1 Nov 2002 @ 16:03 by sharie : iron, magnesium, carbon...
    If rocks were dead, why do our living bodies need them to live?

    iron, magnesium, carbon... they're *living* minerals.  

    3 Nov 2002 @ 15:36 by sharie : Earth's Intention
    I've been wondering this weekend that since earth is an intelligent, sentient being of brilliance and intent, what is her intent?

    And it struck me that her intent is to be all she is...

    She sees us as part of herself.

    She doesn't see herself as separate from us.

    Earth consciousness and human consciousness as one mind, that's Earth's intent.  

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