Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

There is no one, no time or space, no causality or agency, no life or death, no purpose or meaning. Like the friends of Godot, I am waiting, hopelessly, for the impossible. Na Pali coast, Kaua’i — photo by me, taken two weeks ago.

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Death is a friend of life

Jenny Connected

In a recent discussion that Iain had with Jordan Peterson, Peterson said that death is a friend of life (in Iain’s words, a friend of being) and a necessary stage in life. Neither did she die alone, but was surrounded by those who understood that ‘death is a friend of life’.

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Links of the Quarter: September 2018

How to Save the World

That there is no time, space, purpose or meaning, no thing apart. Meanwhile, my friend Khelsilem insists the project will not go ahead. Orcas On Howe Sound: My friend Bob Turner celebrates the return of killer whales to Howe Sound, right beside my island home.

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Cambridge Analytica vs Beacon – Facebook Australia Quantium

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

In 2007 Facebook got into trouble for Beacon – I wrote about it at the time – a service that reported on your behaviours online and offline for “personalisation” purposes. But it is very much like 2018. Ancient history?

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The Quantified, Qualified and Connected Self

Jenny Connected

I have observed people on social media who admit to measuring themselves by the number of followers / friends etc. This week the topic on the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC has been Identity. We have tried to answer questions such as: How do we know who someone is?

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Facebook Eavesdropping Patent and Congress Questions

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Mr Zuckerberg Facebook submitted a patent 7 years ago to listen to background noise (ambient waveforms) for the purposes of delivering content. And if your friends are around you (the term voice waveform fingerprint seems to be voice mapping). Asking for a friend.

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E-Learning 3.0 Task 1 completed!

Jenny Connected

My second reaction was to offload onto a long-suffering friend, by sending a long moan/rant by email. My friend persuaded me that the task might not be as bad as I thought. In the E-learning 3.0

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Smartphones use outside work hours cause exhaustion: the case against mobile learning?

Joitske Hulsebosch

In our courses we don't start whatsapp groups, unless the participants take the initiative and have a clear purpose for the group. I found a study looking at the influence of our smartphone use for work purposes and its influence on stress and burnout.

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Several Short Sentences About… Bats

How to Save the World

They are highly social: They regroup in their roosts daily to be closer to ‘friends’, favour matrilineal relatives, demonstrate sharing and other altruistic behaviours, and rub noses as greetings and to confirm identities. fruit bat, from wikimedia.

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May I Ask a Question?

How to Save the World

M y friend Ben Collver recently loaned me a book called A More Beautiful Question , by Warren Berger, that arose from some ideas in Warren’s blog. Image from pixabay by Dean Moriarty, CC0.

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The Agnostic Game

How to Save the World

Students of such systems began to think of the evolution of the universe and of life on Earth as a type of game, and began to speculate on whether or not this game had a ‘purpose’ or not, with spiritualists and agnostics taking opposing sides.

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True Story

How to Save the World

With friends we tell stories about what apparently happened, what we thought, how we felt, to use them as a sounding board for making sense of what happened, to fit it into our Story of Me. But there would be no purpose in doing so. Cartoon from poorlydrawnlines.

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How Our Bodies Sense the World, and How ‘We’ Misinterpret It

How to Save the World

Hearing follows a bit later, so that the infant will immediately be able to recognize voices as mother, friend or stranger, not as words, but as tones — safe or dangerous, reassuring or alarming — and react accordingly.

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On Gratefulness: A Self-Enquiry

How to Save the World

And since there is (really) no time and no thing, it’s only an appearance anyway, without meaning or purpose. And I enjoy the company of friends. photo by geralt at pixabay CC0.

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Short time, World Cafe to the rescue

Chris Corrigan

Helping a friend with a design challenge today. Get the core team to look at the clusters and write a shared purpose statement from it. He is running a small group process at the end of a day of presentations about energy futures in a small community.

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Links of the Quarter: March 2017

How to Save the World

Will the Crash of 2018 Be the First Stage of Civilization’s Collapse?: talk — to commit an indiscretion without temptation, from an impulse without purpose.

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