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Cyberspace, Psyche & Life Online
What are the mediaspheres?
Régis Debray divides Western cultures into three historical eras according to the way mankind looked at the world as influenced by the predominate means of transmission: writing, printing and the audiovisual.
"1) Democracy is a not a helpful goal.
At this point I cringe when I hear the d-word because it doesn't mean anything. It's a vague, rather dubious concept, and those who toss it around the most seem to have thought least about its implications. Even worse, they think it has something to do with freedom, as though a democratic majority couldn't be as oppressive as any tyrannical individual, even more so."
"Philosophy & Structure
This is the place to start for a general overview of the ideas central to generic psychotherapy:
Theories of Development
Theories of Illness
Theories of Therapeutic Action
" Basic Orientation Concepts are a set ideas which have been developed to untangle some of the confusions that are sometimes found in discussions of psychotherapy. The basic concepts are ways of ordering ones thinking about ideas that are commonly found in psychotherapy:
Logical Levels and Levels of Explanation
Map vs. Territory
Metaphor, Mediation, and Mechanism
Servo Systems and Feedback
Posted: October 27, 1998
Editor's Note: Dee Hock is responsible for the "chaordic" organizational structure of VISA, which propelled it into the largest credit card company in the world. He has since become both a student and mentor of this organizational architecture, and is one of 30 living laureates of the Business Hall of Fame. Part one discusses the nature of the VISA organizational structure and the background behind its creation. Part two next month will discusses the implications for the future.
"The Dream Tree is an online and offline resource center, designed to assist dreamers in exploring their dreams and in connecting to others within a shared dream community. "
GOD IS IN THE PROGRAMMING DETAILShttp://www.sjmercury.com/svtech/news/breaking/merc/docs/075884.htm
Anne Foerst, resident theologian at MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, says: "I think that computer science, and especially artificial intelligence, is THE field for religious inquiry." Foerst, an ordained minister who holds advanced degrees in theology, computer science, and philosophy adds: "At some point, cog-like robots will be part of our community," and suggests that we widen up the criteria of what it means to be human to include chimps and some smart robots." Foerst work has been attacked as "evangelical" by the founder of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Marvin Minsky, who charges: "The act of appearing to take such a subject seriously makes it look as though our community regards it as a respectable contender among serious theories. Like creationism and other faith-based doctrines, I suspect it is bad for young students." Foerst says she understands Minsky's skepticism: "Some theologians are very anti-technology. The first reaction they always have is fear: 'These robots are different from us. Humans were created in the image of God.' They are not even willing to consider those questions." (San Jose Mercury News 16 Oct 99)
The world is a strange place when we make links pages, and link them to other links pages ad infinitum. This is a cyber link page to end them all!What the Allusion [to the Voice of the Shuttle] Means:
(The cross-weave of interior hyperlinks on this page is designed to provide an interlinear commentary--a commentary with no voice other than the pattern of the links themselves. The best way to read this page is in Lynx or some other browser that uses a highlight or other indicator to show which of several closely-clustered interior target-links one has jumped to. Netscape shows where one has jumped by placing the target-link on the top line of the screen--which is adequate except when there is more than one possible target-link on a line. Note: there is no "Back to Voice of the Shuttle Home Page" link here; instead one of the links in the quotations--the obvious one--serves that function.) (This page last revised 11/16/96)Hmmm, a little out of date.
Approach to Cyberdreamwork
"Welcome To Cyberdreamwork. The site where together
we drill for dreams and probe the depths.
Dreams are lands of pure imagination. They are the life we
live beyond the day. Cyberspace is created by imagination
as well. Dreams and cyberspace are a perfect match.
Dreamwork makes it possible to revisit our nightly
adventures while being fully awake. This is done through
Dreamwork is easiest if a few others who care about
dreaming ask you questions to keep your focus
concentrated and guard you from otherwise inevitable
distractions. With the help of a group the work deepens to
well beyond anything you can do on your own.
If you like to search along the borders and into the depths
of the unknown please enter. "
"Listed below is a list of links to all the articles and pages in the hypertext book (web site) The Psychology of Cyberspace.The articles are arranged chronologically, with the most recently written or revised ones appearing near the top. The most recent date of the article, its version number, and its approximate size are indicated. Unless otherwise stated, the author of the article is John Suler, Ph.D. There also is a subject index and search engine for this book. Links on this page will produce a "pop-up" window placed on top of this window. "
- List of all the articles
- Waiting for Thomas Kuhn: First Monday and the Evolution of Electronic Journals by Edward J. Valauskas
- Personal Boundaries/Global Stage by Harold Thimbleby
"As I continue on my Web journey, you'll continue to get a running account of my progress, direct links to the people I encounter and, hopefully, some insight into the documentary film making process.
"These pages began as an extension of the documentary. Inextricably interwoven. An ongoing feedback loop.
"Now they're an extension of my life."
That is what making a web site does to you! wl
"The Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies is an online, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to research, study, teach, support, and create diverse and dynamic elements of cyberculture. Collaborative in nature, RCCS seeks to establish and support ongoing conversations about the emerging field, to foster a community of students, scholars, teachers, explorers, and builders of cyberculture, and to showcase various models, works-in-progress, and online projects."
by N. Katherine Hayles, University of Chicago Press, paperback, 364 pages, $18
A review by BY LYNN YARRIS
"Hayles guides us through the speculations and commentaries of a wide range of authors, including Gregory and Mary Catherine Bateson, Rodney Brooks, Richard Dawkins, Richard Mark Friedhoff, Christopher Langton, Bruno Latour, Margaret Mead, Marshall McLuhan, Marvin Minsky, John Searle, Sherry Turkle and, her favorite, mathematician and cybernetic theorist Norbert Wiener.
"Hayles contends that, through literature and academic discourse, our culture has been prepped to accept the disembodied information through which posthumans inhabit the cyberworld. She finds the prospect terrifying and exhilarating.
"Her writing style -- she persistently drops exotic names with no identification -- together with the subject matter makes ``How We Became Posthuman'' a tough read. But her insights into the implications of her subject and the literary and scientific writings she discusses make it worth the effort. "
A list of wrings on the human side of the net...
some relevance to the psyber-explorations.
Erik Davis looks at modern information technology--and much previous technology--to reveal how much of it has roots in spiritual attitudes. Furthermore, he explores how those who embrace each new technological advance often do so with designs and expectations stemming from religious sensibilities.
Interview with David Noble Commerce Influences Content: The author of the Digital Diploma Mills articles is interviewed by The Node. A powerful analysis of how private interests determine what we read, how education, innovation and health care is under their control.
How this influences the psyche is worth pondering especially in the light of the Giegerich articles mentioned in January 99 (Psyche below).
email@example.com from Cambridge, MA , November 18, 1998From a psychological point of view this book may be relevant, it is about the emergence of a new *era* does that imply a new Psyche?
An upbeat preview of a world transmuted by computers. To live at the beginning of a new era is exciting; to do so and understand what is happening is a rare privilege. Douglas Robertson offers to share this privilege with us by presenting his vision of a world transformed by computers in the not-too-distant future. It is an upbeat peek at the future, devoid of the gloomy forecasts of some "future shock" science fiction adventures. As with all penetrating portrayals of the future, The New Renaissance is provocative and draws controversial conclusions.
"As Karl Marx turned the world of philosophy upside down by revealing the foundations in society for every human theory, Teilhard tried to accomplish the even more difficult task of turning theology downside up. He tried to demonstrate that the material world, the world of rocks and trees, stars and planets, plants and animals, rather than being the neutral subject of scientific investigation, was in fact the soil from which would spring a new vision of the holy. The very subject matter of pure science was nothing less than a mirror in which one could see reflected the face of God."Makes sense to me, it is like the shift that Giegerich speaks of, Copernican. -wl
"It was his opinion: "We are, at this very moment, passing through a change of age. Beneath a change of age lies a change of thought." (1961, p. 214, 215) That hidden change would at first influence only a few but it would continue to expand. "I know of no more moving story nor any more revealing of the biological reality of a noogenesis than that of intelligence struggling step by step from the beginning to overcome the illusion of proximity." (p. 216)"
Technology and Internet
"His knowledge of how communication forms have changed the world before leads him to anticipate how they are about to again. The new forms are, literally, changing our minds." SB
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