Monday, December 20, 2004

to see a world in a grain of sand

I really liked this blogger's commentary on the Google announcement. It will be truly amazing to have the collections of the libraries at Oxford, the University of Michigan, Harvard, Stanford and the New York Public Library available online. I think this one of the most exciting additions to the internet since MIT OpenCourseWare.

featured speculations

We have to find a new view of the world that has to agree with everything that is known, but disagree in its predictions somewhere, otherwise it is not interesting.
~ Richard Feynman

Well, if you've waded thru all the old content on this site, you might think, what next? We will post interesting theories, raves, and rants about the past, present or future of humanity. Then we'll archive 'em.

Feel free to contribute a favorite or original passage.

Here is my personal favorite vision of the information architecture of the future...

Yaivkach: The City of Mind
~ from Always Coming Home by Ursula K. LeGuin

Ursula K. LeGuin's novel, Always Coming Home, is a "future history" of a people called the Kesh. These excerpts depict a utopian but plausible technological future for our planet.
Visit the author's website...

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the post-futurist neo-antiquarian art movement

postfuturist.com, our sister site, is also being resurrected.

What is Postfuturism?

The present. The ever-present present. The necessary response to every past, present and future art movement. The gut reaction to a futurism which has become retro, to an art which has become repellent. Postfuturism is art patiently waiting for her audience to return. Visit the site if you're curious.

Interested in contributing writing (especially manifestos) and artwork? email me

~postfuturist
SCU Editor-in-Chief

global dream repository

The global dream repository was originally intended to be an integral part of this site... for now it exists as a separate blog. When there is sufficient content, I will feed the content into the right hand column of this site. Yay PHP!

SCU topics

When I first launched SCU in 1996 I thought of it as a portal (but they didn't call it that back then) from which people could explore strange new paths in cyberspace... I have posted the original SCU topics again (in the right column - see TOC) as jumping off points for surfing or for discussion.

I had originally envisioned a Global Dream Repository as an inevitable use of the internet as the physical manifestation of the collective unconscious... I think I should set that up as a separate blog/site and link to it from here... Suggestions?

~postfuturist
SCU Editor-in-Chief

Sunday, December 19, 2004

back by popular demand

"Not all who wander are lost." ~ J.R.R.Tolkien

It took a while, but here we are, in our new PHP wrapper courtesy of blogger.com. I went back through the SCU archives and posted everything into the new blog format... It will be great to have all of this online again.

Enjoy!

~postfuturist
SCU Editor-in-Chief

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

statement of purpose (full text)

statement of purpose

to create a nexus for exchange of conscious and unconscious thought
to catalyze ripples of change throughout the collective unconscious (and beyond!)
to transcend barriers of language and culture and communicate universally
to inspire awareness and acceptance of the sacred mystery of human divinity
to invent and promote a new cosmology
to prepare every willing mind to
OPEN OPEN OPEN


to create a nexus:

a globally accessible website is the next best medium of exchange
to universal telepathy (which would certainly have its drawbacks)
for sharing dreams and visions. the internet itself is a global dream
dreamed by multitudes and realized by computers.

to catalyze change:

imagine each electronic communication as a line of light
connecting each person to the net of humanity.
then visualize the ganglia of your brain.
let the world influence your dreams.

to transcend barriers:

dream a better world.
send pictures to people who do not speak your language.
communicate in symbols. spread beauty.

to communicate:

if you love something, share it.
if you like something, share it.
if you hate something, share it.
the internet was not meant to isolate.
use it to connect, or don't use it -
just go outside and talk to somebody.

to inspire awareness of human divinity:

we may or may not be, as you may or may not be
buddhists, heathens, christians or atheists.
we do not claim to have all the answers, although we do claim to have some!
we do not claim that all of our ideas are original.
we do not claim that human beings are more advanced
than other life forms, known and unknown, terrestrial and extra-terrestrial.
we do claim that human beings are amazing creatures with untapped potential.
we salute the divinity within you!

to invent a new cosmology:

2000 years of christianity. isn't it time for a change?
after thousands of years of evolution,
hundreds of prophets shouting, whispering, begging,"WAKE UP!"
we say: be wide awake when you are awake
dream when you sleep
live the dreams you want to live when you awaken.
question everything and welcome the answers you get.
what is our cosmology? a mystery, a many-faceted thing,
a projection through multiple panes of colored glass,
a multimedia hypertext under construction.
you may come away with a sense of it after you explore this site and its links,
you may experience the whole in a blinding flash of inspiration,
or you may take in just what you want and leave the rest.

to prepare:

do you have eyes in the back of your head?
can you hear with your fingertips?
can you think in any language at will?
accept your incompleteness and your incomplete awareness of the universe.
get ready to evolve!

--

"If the doors of perception were cleansed
everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite."
-from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake