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source: Joshua Allen

OK, I don't have the time to sketch this properly, but hopefully you can get the idea from this jumble...

So, we used to have the Trivium, Linnaeus, John Sowa's KR, stuff like that. These were all false. "All generalizations are lies". But saying "
the map is not the territory" is a way of saying that there *is* a territory, a way of grounding us to a foundation.

In the new world, we don't care about the territory. We replaced KR with Machine Learning, we tossed out the Bohmian model for MWI and then for "fuck it, who needs a model if the stats work". The spirit of the age is that we don't worry ourselves about the underlying reality, we just fit a model to the outward sensible appearances and interact via that model. Our tools are so powerful now that we can "save the appearances" in realtime, translating between English and Chinese conversationally over Skype, creating holograms that overlay the physical world, cars that drive themselves, and so on.

Digital papers over the mystery of the physical, giving us an even greater illusion of understanding and control than even rank materialism gave before it. Because these tools are so powerful, instant, and global, we forget that there is a depth they are papering over. And they create network effects, reinforcing these shallow realities that save the appearances, and suffocating any organic life trying to break through.

Take the recent bot that "passed" the Turing test by pretending to be a 15 year-old Ukrainian kid. Research shows that when people are interacting with others who are non-native speakers, they tend to revert to mechanistic thinking. Instead of dealing with the person as teleology, you treat them like a vending machine. Instead of trying to shape their intentions, it becomes "what buttons do I have to push to get the response I want?" Wether inadvertently or not, the winner of the test succeeded by triggering the human judges to switch themselves into robot behaviour ("It's a 15 year-old Ukrainian kid; better not try to connect on a meaningful level").

That's what's happening with social networking, mobile software, music, movies, and everything else. To get to scale, you need lowest common denominator, universality. My phone 10 years ago was much better for typing meaningful essays. My phone today is great at swiping through a bunch of images and giving low-resolution superficial feedback in the form of "likes" and "favs". To sell music, movies, etc. we need to appeal to the broadest common denominator. So we have what is essentially europop trash, big screen rehashes of the same comic book franchises from 1960, and so on.

Now these are all very successful phenomena in their own way. But there are costs for throwing away meaning and simply fitting the model.

Culture is what teaches people "right feeling" -- how one is supposed to feel under particular circumstances. Culture is what guides the teleology of the population. There is wide variation in culture, but each culture will infect it's people with stories about what is worth suffering for, what is worth dying for, what acts are grand enough to define us.

But we don't have a cultural canon anymore. We don't believe in territory or ontology, and we don't try to move people by appealing to meaning or religion or group identity (except perhaps ironically). We revert to behaviorism, Skinner boxes, and "nudges". Like Temple Grandin constructing cattle herding machinery, we fit models that seek out optimal stimulus response that will get people to click things. The success metric isn't defined in terms of ontology, we just want to avoid any injured cattle and reduce the level of norepinephrine by replacing the cattle prods with sloping aluminum barriers.

So we end up with people strapped into this pachinko machine of feedback loop taking selfies and posting on instagram, stimulus-response striking poses in the mirror for likes. With all the same animal hunger as before, but grazing in the shallow pool of clicking and swiping. If we really crave sensation, perhaps we allow ourselves to be pulled into the contagion of mood affiliation, jumping on this or that sanctimonious cause, or rejoicing at the appearance of a pullback in preference falsification when some repressed class gets to be "heard". It's not that we really care, but we love to see ourselves looking like we care, because then maybe we are really feeling something. And then it's on to the next click/share. It's just meat strapped to electrodes poking at one another's most superficial feelings, because we don't know what "right feeling" is, and don't have time to think about it.

And that's why we end up with jackasses like Sam Harris postulating that he can form a morality based on some weighted equation about sensations of pain in animals. And we end up with economists and politicians with straight faces speaking as if "utility maximizing" and laissez-faire interactions. It's because they view the whole world as a Turing test, and everyone is just Temple Grandin's cow or a 15 year-old Ukrainian kid, and you just need to pound enough buttons on the screen until you get some feedback from the pachinko buzzer.

To be clear, I think this goes beyond just the technological developments that enable "saving the appearances". I think there is a deep hostility toward ontology in recent decades. We act as if meaning is a barbaric relic of our past. Belief in a deeper territory is an embarrassing error of our ancestors. We use the language of equality to fend off anything that threatens to define us, but even that betrays our motives. We give lip service to the problems of privilege, racism, microagression, etc. but this is all just another long troll, another Turing test. Nobody truly wants to understand the world from the perspective of the oppressed other, they simply want to push the right buttons to depose anyone who would make them think about types and ontology, avoid being defined, and stay in their sheltered superficial reality. We don't want a reality that could risk captivating our hearts, we want heart emojis that can manipulate reality into staving off our boredom.

So that's what I think people today are missing by not being exposed to ontology. There is no deep water any more, so there are no deep feelings. There is just a shallow reflective pool, not deep enough for a rudder, let alone an anchor. Nothing worth living for, nothing worth dying for. Just a low-grade appetite, leprous cattle grazing on Brautigan's digital meadow (
source: source: Seth Russell

Joshua, i don't think we have given up on ontology, or the territory. Rather we have accepted the observation that there are many territories "peculiar to each particular mind". Belief in the standard universal, is unsustainable in this competitive modern world. So that leaves the only consensus realities to be the consequences which can be reliably shared among groups of people. At it's best social media makes those appear more vivid and compelling ... at it's worst we get your pachinko machine. I think the era of a given territory are over ... in this new era we take responsibility for creating it ourselves ... or not .... perhaps we abdicate and just accept the boredom of animistic reactions.

source: Joshua Allen

Seth - I think that's true for our generation. For Korzybski and direct intellectual descendants, this was all a conscious choice that enabled the huge progress we see today. Every culture, subculture, and mind had its own peculiar territory, but the
se territories were deep and rich.

On the other hand, this current generation is a total loss. They can't even comprehend the sense of "peculiar territories" in the way that we experienced them. And anything that might point them in that direction gets quickly sanitized and diverted into hashtag activism. They don't have the *choice* to leverage the superficial, because they can't see anything else.

And that's why I don't think this is a competitive edge. There are still plenty of people who have extremely deep and rich "peculiar realities". They're just not in the West any more. If you're looking for depth of heart and vitality, you need to look to the Muslim world now.

So, yeah, I think it was our embrace of modeling that allowed the West to dominate this latest phase. But it sure as heck wasn't our loss of vitality that did it, and the loss of vitality is the biggest risk to forward survival, IMO. Titanium armor doesn't compensate for a heart of stone.

source: Seth Russell

Joshua i think the shallow "peculiar territory" which merly consists of our "selfie swipes" which is driven by the other peculiar ones which which lust for money,  power, or fame is just one particular process in the naked city we call humanity.  There are many others in the long tail which are not required to "scale" to the lowest common denominator.  And strangely enough our new technologies seem to have evolved to allow them to deepen and become more vital. 

OMG, Mother Nature taketh from the 99 and giveth to the 1, what's in your wallet?

source: Joshua Allen

If you're saying that we can leave matters of deep culture and meaning to the 1%, and let the 99% ignore all of that for their darwinian laissez-faire marketplace of dank memes and just-in-time hyper personalized long tail of products, I would have to disagree.

That's my beef with the whole thing. We made huge progress by learning to understand progress in evolutionary terms -- just an emergent phenomenon of statistical interactions. We have now applied those tools to other parts of the human marketplace, with great success. But we're losing sight of the layers that operate above this stochastic layer. We're so enamored with our newfound understanding of the beasts that we are turning ourselves into beasts to convince ourselves that we understand ourselves.

This guy gets it right in his discussion of teleology, and especially further down the interview talking about culture:
Jonathan Birch is a brooder on the philosophy of biology. Here he thinks about teleological language use in...

by seth on [group seth] at 2015-04-29 22:34:25, changed 2015-05-02 19:11:32 [permalink 18289]

Teach English & other Natural Language
Nothing is better than to learn to read, write & think clearly.

Let the clear water inspire you folks.

by IamanI on [group projects] at 2015-05-02 07:37:39, changed 2015-05-02 11:56:31 [permalink 18294]

OMG can AirDrop photos between my iPhone and blog?

Apple help ?
by seth on [group seth] at 2015-05-02 10:06:51, changed 2015-05-02 11:54:24 [permalink 18295]

New Print Catalogs by Niche
The practical niche (coded with p) is trying to go to press today , October 14.  Black and White on this one ... database is coded for niche (according to this procedure)  ... and check out the nifty way to convert a print file for press to Black&White with the new inDesign here.  

 You should be able to view this first practical niche catalog at this link.

Format:  2 (or 3) x 8.5 by 11 sheets

To be produced for different market niches:
  1. p - Practical Tools - assigned to db page numbers  1 - 8 ( 9 -12 reserved for 3 sheets) .... to generate XML for just this 3 sheet print job use gen_print_xml_files.php?niche=p
  2. sheet 1 - 4
    • sheet 1:  page 1: 4 products .  logo on top & endicia on botton

  3. sheet 5 - 8
  4. sheet 9 - 12
  5. r - 13 - 20 religious
  6. n - Gifts & Novelties - assigned to db page number  21 - 28 (29 - 32 reserved for 3 sheets)
  7. c - 33 - 39 Childrens Educational Toys
  8. 40 - overflow gifts and novelties and toys
  9. h - Holidays - assigned to db page number 41 - 52
    1. hv - Valentine
    2. he - Easter
    3. hm - Mother's Day ... not a niche "-"
    4. hf - Farther's Day ... not a niche "-"
    5. hw - Halloween
    6. hx - Christman
    7. ht - Thanksgiving
  10. 53 - 56 unassigned 
  11. 57 - not in print --- but in CD
  12. 58 - NEW -
  13. 59 - overflow, currently P
  14. ---------------------------------------------^^ in CD and print catalogs
  15. 60 - only on the web
  16. --- 61 - 69  open for nieches but may need to alter program
  17. 70 - front door banners
  18. --- 71 - 88  open for nieches but may need to alter program
  19. 89 - catalog introductions and policies
  20. --- 90 - 98  open for nieches but may need to alter program
  21. 99 dead products

Note that the procedure to generate these catalogs is already pretty much the same as in the old print catalog procedure and programming.   Yet the following programming and procedural changes should be made ...

Procedure to prepare a niech broshire for press

  1. Denise will compose the niche pages
  2. Generate the XML for InDesign from any page with the XML button on the top.
  3. Generate the checker local html page with the Gen Local button
  4. FTP these back to ... directory
  5. Copy past this link to check picture for apparently local hyperlinks do not work
    • file:///Users/sethrussell/Documents/
  6. file:////Users/sethrussell/Google%20Drive/print%20projects/niche%20PT%20201408/local_pictures.html
  7. Import file to InDesign template
    1. --
    2. --

previous start on this project indicates how we could select customers for a mailing

  • selecting customers who have purchased certain kinds of products
    • products are not classified in our legacy local database ... so we must transfer those classifications, "class", from our new product database in the cloud.  
    • ftp db/productClass.tam to c: tome
    • run codeselectivemail.prg
      • it transfers class from rawclass db built from to product table.  2 passess, one for major products, next for varieties

Inevitably we need to name each niche with a code, see 2 character bold code above, and assign each customer to up to 3 niches. 

by seth on [group seth] at 2014-07-30 10:08:24, changed 2015-05-01 11:12:55 [permalink 17583]

Advertising Industry (digital) in US worth about $62 billion. Global it is worth around $542 billion (1/2 trillion)   Hence the $-sign in M$M, eh? Such is fairly huge steroid for spreading memes. 
I got interested in the meaning of VALUE & its role in the economy as a primary driver of economic resonance & the dynamic equilibrium of consumers provided goods & services a couple of days ago.

by IamanI on [group projects] at 2015-04-28 09:40:01, changed 2015-05-01 09:08:45 [permalink 18283]

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