Mind Reality

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Mind Reality

One point . another point ..a line from one to the other,extending on into space and back to itself.

Zero-one, zero-one bits of information, of words and images projected onto a screen;word sounds, song sounds in wires and space.

Who would have thought in the days of pounding on rocks,before imprinting on papyrus,before pounding on drums for earth-sounds, sky sounds before blowing cedar flutes for sparrows and wind sounds

That from the mind,one man could form a phonograph and light contained in glass;while others inspired love, devotion, no-mind, non-violence.

Who is to say in the future the mind could not project a fragrant ginger orchid,

and by mere thinking together the sound of peace ..?

– Chae Sungsook

Scientists have shown using careful electrical measurements of the brain, that smartphones actually rewire the brain circuitry as shown here.  As in NewsSpeak Orwell’s 1984, the structure of media conditions humanity to consume and behave according to the will of a small, powerful elite.  Technologies such as the smartphone can, if used improperly condition the collective mind of the masses to consume in a way that does not care about nature or global peace.  However, the smartphone in the right hands can also be an incredibly powerful tool for social change.  For example, the protests around #blacklivesmatter where sparked by one viral YouTube video of police brutality.  What if the smartphone could be used to stop climate change?  Friends of mine from Berkeley are creating technology to enable people to eventually build artificial leaves (see here and here).  Do we really need artificial leaves if we have real leaves?  Richard Louv argues on The Nature Principle we need nature for bodily, mental, and spiritual health.  Real nature, not artificial nature.  What if the smartphone can be used to stop climate change?  Enter Tres Crow and the Walkabout App.  Imagine people walking in health spaces, urban and wild, guided by the spirit of conservation.  Children playing with Walkabout games like geocaching.  This is the problem I want to focus on.  Walking the Appalachian Trail to inspire people to breath the fresh air and live life in wild nature.  Yes, we need artificial leaves because of the way society is going to more and more energy dependent lifestyles, but we also need the Wild.  Like it says in the Sungsook poem:

Who is to say in the future the mind could not project a fragrant ginger orchid,

and by mere thinking together the sound of peace ..?

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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