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ISIS goes Matryoshka

Friday, March 10th, 2017

[ by Charles Cameron — humans bearing doll attributes and vice versa ]
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ISIS brings those Matryoshka dolls to life..

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SITE Intel‘s video on ISIS indoctrination of children — one of their people actually terms it “brainwashing” as though it’s a blessing, not a perversion — is pretty graphic, but important.

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For our younger readers, then:

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Sources:

  • SITE Intel video report, Raising Terror: How the Islamic State Indoctrinates its Youth
  • The Peoples Cube, Islamic Matryoshka

  • Teletubbies, Developmental Benefits
  • On riding a rapidly accelerating world.. in slower motion

    Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

    [ by Charles Cameron — not by revolution but by centering ]
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    If I might shift the angle from which the current conversation views the world situation — rather than looking for revolution or evolution, might we not hope for transfiguration, theosis?

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    For what it’s worth, I’m under the impression that the translucence of the world can also be found in the Bezels of Wisdom of Ibn Arabi, in the Mountains and Rivers sutra of Dogen, in The Centuries of Thomas Traherne

    You never enjoy the world aright, till the Sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens, and crowned with the stars: and perceive yourself to be the sole heir of the whole world, and more than so, because men are in it who are every one sole heirs as well as you. Till you can sing and rejoice and delight in God, as misers do in gold, and Kings in sceptres, you never enjoy the world.

    Till your spirit filleth the whole world, and the stars are your jewels; till you are as familiar with the ways of God in all Ages as with your walk and table: till you are intimately acquainted with that shady nothing out of which the world was made: till you love men so as to desire their happiness, with a thirst equal to the zeal of your own: till you delight in God for being good to all: you never enjoy the world.

    To many of us it seems as though the world is speeding up. The notion is a hopeless paradox — and yet the acceleration itself is both evident and excessive. Both the acceleration and the paradox are solved only in contemplation..

    Flight paths in simulation and reality

    Sunday, March 5th, 2017

    [ by Charles Cameron — once again, one thing reminds me of another ]
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    OTOH, in reality:

    OTOH, in simulation:

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    The simple excellence of rulesets in agent-based modeling is wonderfully demonstrated by the way the eye can “recognize” the movements on a flock of birds or a school of fish in Craig Reynoldsboids — rulesets notably simpler than the explanations for flocking behavior previously suggested by biologists.

    Metacognitive question: what’s the cognitive means by which we humans can “see” that the boid simulation is a sufficiently accurate representation of birds flocking and fishes schooling to account for them? — and ditto for birds flocking and fishes schooling, how do we “see” them as naturally equivalent? — and ditto for those birds flocking and fishes schooling and our earlier biological accounts of their behaviors? —

    With a hypothesis, we can test by finding predictable or disconfirmative instances beyond those on which the hypothesis is suggested.. but when the similarity is visually perceived?

    William Owens’ widow and father

    Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

    [ by Charles Cameron — a meditation on grief, politics and the raid in Yemen ]
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    That long moment with SEAL William “Ryan” Owens‘ widow, Carryn Owens, was the central human moment of President Trump‘s speech to the Joint session of the United States Congress today.

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    My emotions were varied and braided. The widow’s grief was obvious, and I felt and grieved for her, as I’m sure we all did.

    At the same time, the President featuring it in his speech seemed manipulative and, in the worst sense, political:

    As I say, my emotions were varied and braided.

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    Nor let us forget the father’s grief, which expressed itself in an angry, anguished question —

    — nor, finally, the grief of the Awlaki family at the loss in that same raid of Nawar Anwar Al-Awlaki, Sheikh Anwar Awlaki‘s 8-year-old daughter — an American girl among the civilian casualties.

    I grieve again.

    Are the resemblances purely superficial, or psycho-social?

    Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

    [ by Charles Cameron — Geert Wilders, that is, and Donald Trump? ]
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    Consider:

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    Sources:

  • New York Times, Geert Wilders, Reclusive Provocateur, Rises Before Dutch Vote
  • Washington Times, Donald Trump draws boos from conservative crowd

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