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  1. page Questions about resonance edited ... If you can, please add like a blog - i.e. add to the top, and write the date and your name / i…
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    If you can, please add like a blog - i.e. add to the top, and write the date and your name / initials (I will use RW, JM = Jenny Mackness, MM = Matthias Melcher, RD = Richard Devon), so ...
    16/1/18 Physics envy and Gaia
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    book, Facing Gaia.Gaia to flesh out the redistribution of agency. He comprehensively
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    we are 'all now 'all post-modern' (or
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    i.e. why extending the domain
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    delusion of a predictability and objectivity,objectivity which is
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    subjects, and history -history.He does this with some
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    We are now all living within Gaia, and even making our
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    and unfortunate 'mark''marks' on geomorphology,
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    be pin-pointed: 1945 -1945? (the atomic
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    theories of science.science (not vice versa), and is no longer an external or add-on commentary. We can
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    13/12/17 Structures, agency and governance
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    i.e. why thereextending the domain
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    delusion of predictability,predictability and objectivity, which is stripped of
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    1945 - the(the atomic era)
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    of our hubris:hubris within geological time: e.g. at the
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    Ozone layer, etc?
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    straight face), justonly for an objectivist (and quite useful)(even if potentially hazardous) method.
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Wednesday, January 17

  1. page Questions about resonance edited ... If you can, please add like a blog - i.e. add to the top, and write the date and your name / i…
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    16/1/18 Physics envy and Gaia
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    of nature (2004) started to assemble a comprehensive 'actor network' including the natural, biological and social sciences. He has ...now taken that a large step further in his recent book, Facing Gaia. He comprehensively shows why we are 'all now post-modern' (or pre-modern), i.e. why there the domain to 'externalities' is now and empty set, and why even physics, or perhaps especially physics, can no longer operate under the delusion of predictability, objectivity, stripped of context, subjects, and history - with some help from a close reading of Lovelock's work (in particular). We are living within Gaia, and even making our unmistakable and unfortunate 'mark' on geomorphology, within our very own Anthropocene era.
    The interesting question is where the starting point for this era will be finally be pin-pointed: 1945 - the atomic era) - or some other mindless 'inscription' of our hubris: at the start of global warming, the 6th Great Extinction, the hole in the Ozone layer, etc?
    However much the theoretical method of scientific knowledge (and physics par excellence) can continue to be based on 'objectivity', there are no longer any externalities. The history of science (Latour's chosen discipline) now embodies the practices and theories of science. We can no longer make any claims for objective practice (with a straight face), just an objectivist (and quite useful) method.
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    13/12/17 Structures, agency and governance
    Jenny (see here .... ) wrote: "Am I right in thinking that what you are seeking is universal resonances which would help us answer the question "who decides what acceptable knowledge is, who decides what acceptable action is, and where and how the acceptability (of knowledge and action), is decided?" ...
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    13/12/17 Structures, agency and governance
    Jenny (see here .... ) wrote: "Am I right in thinking that what you are seeking is universal resonances which would help us answer the question "who decides what acceptable knowledge is, who decides what acceptable action is, and where and how the acceptability (of knowledge and action), is decided?" ...
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    16/1/18 Physics envy and Gaia
    In his book (2004) on Politics of Nature, Latour started to set out a new schemata for bringing together 'human' and 'natural' sciences, and redistributing and intersecting agency. He has now achieved this,Latour, in his new book, Facing Gaia. To put it another way, he has redistributed agency across the bordersThe politics of the pretensions of 'modernist' science (and broken open the comfort zone of physics and physics envy), and shown us how we are now 'all post-modernists' (or anti-modernists) - whether of social, biological or physical sciences, or all three.
    The distribution of agency and impact across all three of these supposedly 'discrete' sciences marks where we are, in Gaia: complex, emergent, and unpredictable; unwittingly making our mark (our inscriptions) on geomorphology, locked into our very own Anthropocene era. We are finally face-to-face with Hubris, our biggest threat, embodied so completely by the 'denialist'
    POTUS.
    nature
    13/12/17 Structures, agency and governance
    Jenny (see here .... ) wrote: "Am I right in thinking that what you are seeking is universal resonances which would help us answer the question "who decides what acceptable knowledge is, who decides what acceptable action is, and where and how the acceptability (of knowledge and action), is decided?" ...
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    This is a page to explore questions about resonance. This can be as broad as your imagination - so see what you can come up with.
    If you can, please add like a blog - i.e. add to the top, and write the date and your name / initials (I will use RW, JM = Jenny Mackness, MM = Matthias Melcher, RD = Richard Devon), so ...
    13/12/17 ...WIP ...16/1/18 Physics envy and Gaia
    In his book (2004) on Politics of Nature, Latour started to set out a new schemata for bringing together 'human' and 'natural' sciences, and redistributing and intersecting agency. He has now achieved this, in his new book, Facing Gaia. To put it another way, he has redistributed agency across the borders of the pretensions of 'modernist' science (and broken open the comfort zone of physics and physics envy), and shown us how we are now 'all post-modernists' (or anti-modernists) - whether of social, biological or physical sciences, or all three.
    The distribution of agency and impact across all three of these supposedly 'discrete' sciences marks where we are, in Gaia: complex, emergent, and unpredictable; unwittingly making our mark (our inscriptions) on geomorphology, locked into our very own Anthropocene era. We are finally face-to-face with Hubris, our biggest threat, embodied so completely by the 'denialist'
    POTUS.
    13/12/17
    Structures, agency
    Jenny (see here .... ) wrote: "Am I right in thinking that what you are seeking is universal resonances which would help us answer the question "who decides what acceptable knowledge is, who decides what acceptable action is, and where and how the acceptability (of knowledge and action), is decided?" ...
    and ...peter preston put the issue of global governance succinctly in the guardian 18.12.17:
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Tuesday, January 9

  1. page Ontology (nee glossary) edited ... e-rocracy (aka e-government) is one of the emerging morphs of bureaucracy, based on rule by (s…
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    e-rocracy (aka e-government) is one of the emerging morphs of bureaucracy, based on rule by (semi-autonomous) algorithms. e-rocracy merges what used to be called 'intelligence profiling' with the freemium business model. It may stray into the realms of click-bait, trolling, and even fake-news, and could make 1984 look like a naive preamble to the real thing.
    Fear is the opposite of resonance. Trying to describe Apartheid, and totalitarianism (more broadly) some years ago, I described it as a state in which you have no home, no place to be yourself, nowhere you can be settled. That does not mean that you have to be stationary - migrants can equally feel at home (in the desert, of all places). Being at home is a matter of finding a social space that is beyond challenge (from various forces - State, culture, nightmares, hunger, etc); home can even be solitary, see The quiet exuberance of winter .
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    opposite of fearresonance is not
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    dies / away.away, and seeking to eliminate or even kill the agent/object of fear is quite understandable.
    Flame wars / Flaming are the result of deliberately provocative / rude / hurtful / threatening contributions to social media, and could be called viral obscenity wars for short. They can and often do go viral, and I suppose they are perverted attractors - of a destructive kind, if that's your click-bait / business model / personal profile of choice.
    The Freemium Business Model ... provides services 'free at the point of use' which can create a community of users, &/or a captive (and closely interrogated) audience for marketing, influencing and resale. There is often a contradiction between 'free' and 'point of use', because: i) 'free' might include handing over your life profile, which becomes a commodity, owned, sold-on and used without your knowledge by any willing buyer, for any purpose they choose: and ii) the 'point of use' can be defined in ways that are anything but free, as many users of the NHS in the UK are now discovering, with the 'rationalisation' of services resulting in fewer and fewer, and more and more distant, 'points of use', and with the consumer now becoming their own ('zero-hours') sales assistant / proxy service provider.
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    Discourses are sets of texts and practices that order texts and bodies (animate and inanimate), with a community of interests. Discourses are the primary unit of analysis for meaning, identity, and power, not texts or signs. They are often embedded in particular narratives and cultures, and/or the disciplines of formalised knowledge.
    e-rocracy (aka e-government) is one of the emerging morphs of bureaucracy, based on rule by (semi-autonomous) algorithms. e-rocracy merges what used to be called 'intelligence profiling' with the freemium business model. It may stray into the realms of click-bait, trolling, and even fake-news, and could make 1984 look like a naive preamble to the real thing.
    Fear is the opposite of resonance. Trying to describe Apartheid, and totalitarianism (more broadly) some years ago, I described it as a state in which you have no home, no place to be yourself, nowhere you can be settled. That does not mean that you have to be stationary - migrants can equally feel at home (in the desert, of all places). Being at home is a matter of finding a social space that is beyond challenge (from various forces - State, culture, nightmares, hunger, etc); home can even be solitary, see The quiet exuberance of winter .
    But the opposite of fear is not dissonance. That's too simple, too easy.
    It's true that fear can 'throw people together', too, and even encourage them to find resonance with other people in the same state. But that's not a state of 'being'. Fear is unsustainable; it dies when the 'other' that it fears dies / away.

    Flame wars / Flaming are the result of deliberately provocative / rude / hurtful / threatening contributions to social media, and could be called viral obscenity wars for short. They can and often do go viral, and I suppose they are perverted attractors - of a destructive kind, if that's your click-bait / business model / personal profile of choice.
    The Freemium Business Model ... provides services 'free at the point of use' which can create a community of users, &/or a captive (and closely interrogated) audience for marketing, influencing and resale. There is often a contradiction between 'free' and 'point of use', because: i) 'free' might include handing over your life profile, which becomes a commodity, owned, sold-on and used without your knowledge by any willing buyer, for any purpose they choose: and ii) the 'point of use' can be defined in ways that are anything but free, as many users of the NHS in the UK are now discovering, with the 'rationalisation' of services resulting in fewer and fewer, and more and more distant, 'points of use', and with the consumer now becoming their own ('zero-hours') sales assistant / proxy service provider.
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Thursday, January 4

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    One way to define your identity is to see it as the particular repertoire of your own affordances. Affordances are, in this sense, not just what you can - hypothetically - do, but also what you actually do, are capable of, and are willing to do. Affordances "are to be found ... not in you, or in your environment; they are created in the interaction between the two, and each interaction changes, at the least, the micro-environment". (See here for more detail).
    So here are two Popes, who interpret the affordances of a chair quite differently. They both define themselves (and their office) by what they are capable of, and willing to do (or not to do) when 'the Pope sits on the chair'. They also define each other - and redefine the history and the politics of everything contained in the seemingly simple sentence "'The Pope sat on the chair", too. "Difference is our operating system" as they say in semiotics, and in Hastac
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    One way to define your identity is to see it as the particular repertoire of your own affordances. Affordances are, in this sense, not just what you can - hypothetically - do, but also what you actually do, are capable of, and are willing to do. Affordances "are to be found ... not in you, or in your environment; they are created in the interaction between the two, and each interaction changes, at the least, the micro-environment". (See here for more detail).
    So here are two Popes, who interpret the affordances of a chair quite differently. They both define themselves (and their office) by what they are capable of, and willing to do (or not to do) when 'the Pope sits on the chair'. They also define each other - and redefine the history and the politics of everything contained in the seemingly simple sentence "'The Pope sat on the chair", too. "Difference is our operating system" as they say in semiotics, and in Hastac
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    ..... 7 DIFFERENCES POPE FRANCIS HAS MADE IN ONE APPEARANCE
    1. Changed the golden throne by a wooden chair... Something more appropriate for the disciple of a carpenter.
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    4. Uses a plain metal cross, not ofno rubies andor diamonds.
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    cassock, to rememberremind himself that he
    Have you discovered the 7th?
    7. Removed the red carpet... He is not interested in fame and applause...
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