This is not "my review" but it is related to what people can learn and get from the book....
The global village In the early 1960s, McLuhan wrote that tThis is not "my review" but it is related to what people can learn and get from the book....
The global village In the early 1960s, McLuhan wrote that the visual, individualistic print culture would soon be brought to an end by what he called "electronic interdependence": when electronic media replace visual culture with aural/oral culture. In this new age, humankind will move from individualism and fragmentation to a collective identity, with a "tribal base." McLuhan's coinage for this new social organization is the global village, a term which has predominantly negative connotations in The Gutenberg Galaxy (a fact lost on its later popularizers): Instead of tending towards a vast Alexandrian library the world has become a computer, an electronic brain, exactly as an infantile piece of science fiction. And as our senses have gone outside us, Big Brother goes inside. So, unless aware of this dynamic, we shall at once move into a phase of panic terrors, exactly befitting a small world of tribal drums, total interdependence, and superimposed co-existence. [...] Terror is the normal state of any oral society, for in it everything affects everything all the time. [...] In our long striving to recover for the Western world a unity of sensibility and of thought and feeling we have no more been prepared to accept the tribal consequences of such unity than we were ready for the fragmentation of the human psyche by print culture. Note again McLuhan's stress on the importance of awareness of a medium's cognitive effects. He argues that, if we are not vigilant to the effects of media's influence, the global village has the potential to become a place where totalitarianism and terror rule. Key to McLuhan's argument is the idea that technology has no per se moral bent -- it is a tool that profoundly shapes an individual's and, by extension, a society's self-conception and realization: Is it not obvious that there are always enough moral problems without also taking a moral stand on technological grounds? [...] Print is the extreme phase of alphabet culture that detribalizes or decollectivizes man in the first instance. Print raises the visual features of alphabet to highest intensity of definition. Thus print carries the individuating power of the phonetic alphabet much further than manuscript culture could ever do. Print is the technology of individualism. If men decided to modify this visual technology by an electric technology, individualism would also be modified. To raise a moral complaint about this is like cussing a buzz-saw for lopping off fingers. "But", someone says, "we didn't know it would happen." Yet even witlessness is not a moral issue. It is a problem, but not a moral problem; and it would be nice to clear away some of the moral fogs that surround our technologies. It would be good for morality. The moral valence of technology's effects on cognition is, for McLuhan, a matter of perspective. For instance, McLuhan contrasts the considerable alarm and revulsion that the growing quantity of books aroused in the latter seventeenth century with the modern concern for the "end of the book." If there can be no universal moral sentence passed on technology, McLuhan believes that "there can only be disaster arising from unawareness of the causalities and effects inherent in our technologies." Though the World Wide Web was invented thirty years after The Gutenberg Galaxy was published, McLuhan may have coined and certainly popularized the usage of the term "surfing" to refer to rapid, irregular and multidirectional movement through a heterogeneous body of documents or knowledge, e.g., statements like "Heidegger surf-boards along on the electronic wave as triumphantly as Descartes rode the mechanical wave." Paul Levinson's 1999 book Digital McLuhan explores the ways that McLuhan's work can be better understood through the lens of the digital revolution. Bill Stewart's Living Internet describes how McLuhan's "insights made the concept of a global village, interconnected by an electronic nervous system, part of our popular culture well before it actually happened." McLuhan frequently quoted Walter Ong's Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue (1958), which evidently had prompted McLuhan to write The Gutenberg Galaxy. Ong wrote a highly favorable review of this new book in America. However, Ong later tempered his praise, by describing McLuhan's The Gutenberg Galaxy as "a racy survey, indifferent to some scholarly detail, but uniquely valuable in suggesting the sweep and depth of the cultural and psychological changes entailed in the passage from illiteracy to print and beyond." McLuhan himself said of the book, "I'm not concerned to get any kudos out of [The Gutenberg Galaxy]. It seems to me a book that somebody should have written a century ago. I wish somebody else had written it. It will be a useful prelude to the rewrite of Understanding Media [the 1960 NAEB report] that I'm doing now." McLuhan's The Gutenberg Galaxy won Canada's highest literary award, the Governor-General's Award for Non-Fiction, in 1962. The chairman of the selection committee was McLuhan's colleague at the University of Toronto and oftentime intellectual sparring partner, Northrop Frye. ...more
I have learned that we are not this body, truth is a process not an object to be coveted and that God alone is real. We have a connection to that eterI have learned that we are not this body, truth is a process not an object to be coveted and that God alone is real. We have a connection to that eternity, and it our journey on earth to find union with our eternal non-self...
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This book is fun and playful, simple and totally written for the mainstream.
We enjoy the matras, but it lacks information and missing knowledge about This book is fun and playful, simple and totally written for the mainstream.
We enjoy the matras, but it lacks information and missing knowledge about the 10 Sikh Gurus.
You will never find Ana Forrest suggesting it, therefore it must be good. Something is up in the yoga scene, and we are out to get to the root of it.
All these people who give out certification have their required readings, and they load you up with books. Its all too much and out of touch with the highest purpose of yoga. Where is the unity? Where is the compassion?
we are greatfull that the book was written and we always support the underdog and enjoy alternatives. But the yogis who came so long ago, no one certified them! Something is up, and you can bet that at the back of it all someone failed their practice and went for the money. This applies to all the practices, not just one. It all comes down to pieces of the mud pie.
Its time to return to natural life. And while they have us reading all these books, we loose out truth process because its not a mind thing.
Namaspirit knows whats up. And we are here to pick up the true yoga and put it back on track like a Blacksheep rap....more
Chris Brown wrote, "Biologists Observe Evidence of Dream State Communications. (portions of Ken Keyes book fo
What you can gather from the book is......
Chris Brown wrote, "Biologists Observe Evidence of Dream State Communications. (portions of Ken Keyes book follow)
The story of the Hundredth Monkey.
Written from memory by Christopher A. Brown 12/19/02 from a reading of the original book produced by the team of biologists studying the Macaca Fuscata on Yoshimi island in the 1950’s.
The bios had been watching the monkeys for many years and had come to know them so well that they had names for them. One year there was a tremendous period of storms lasting over three months. The monkeys inhabited a valley that mouthed at the sea in a cove. There was a wide floodway that emptied near the center of the cove. On one side of the cove there was large stand of trees bearing fruit that was the major food source for the monkeys. That side had no water. The other side had a spring and some fruit trees but not as much food generally. It had been very dry and most of the monkeys were spending their nights on the side with the spring so water was available in the morning. later they would cross the small valley and harvest fruit to return later in the day for water. One night the storms began with a exceedingly heavy downpour. So much rain fell that the monkeys could not cross in the morning to the side with food. The monkeys searched out what food they could find. This was not the most plentiful time of year. The biologists worried about the large population on the side with little food and projected that the food would not last long. After about two weeks the monkeys were starving and the rain continued every few days or so keeping the flood channel 2 to 3 feet deep and flowing 15 to 20 mph. In this period the bios had decided to break their primary rule. To feed the monkeys interfering with the validity of their research. They reasoned they had been their for years and learned most of what was valuable about the behavior of their subjects while watching with telescopes from their floating barge blinds just beyond the gentle waves. They were able to see well enough to tell individuals apart and had developed names for them to distinguish them in their notes. They had become attached to their subjects and had affection for them. This sentiment overcame the strict scientific attitude of no interference and it was decided to help the monkeys to survive. Sweet potatoes had been ordered up for the bios because they kept well and there were many on hand. A method of delivery had been devised that kept the bios hidden and actually provided a new type of observational study of the monkeys. In the night a raft was dispatched from a barge and taken into the mouth of the fresh water outlet. Beaching in fresh water flow, the bags of sweet potatoes would be dipped in the fresh water to remove what human smell could be washed away. The potatoes were then thrown by the bios onto the sand, spreading them out providing opportunity for the diverse group to be separate in the discoveries of the food in the hopes to reduce squabbling. When the wet potatoes hit the sand and rolled the sand stuck to them thickly. The monkeys on the side with plentiful food still had plenty. A week or two went by and the bios watched the monkeys gather and eat the potatoes. They did not like the sand on them. Some nights it was raining still and they were washed on one side. The monkeys enjoyed them more. Around this time the routine of waking up in the middle of the night became tiresome and everyone was taking turns. The heavy rainfall gathered on the wide flat beach and formed a puddle during one particularly heavy rain. The puddle broke over the edge of the fresh water creek flowing to the ocean lowering the average 2 foot bank and created an eddy area where the bios could get closer to adjacent banks to distribute some of the potatoes. A few days after the potatoes were distributed there the first potatoes was washed. One morning a baby female monkey with her aunt was near the fresh water eddy handling a sandy potatoes. The baby went down the easy slope to the fresh water and rinsed it off before eating it. The bios had several observation barges and one had a diagonal view upstream to the eddy. Through the powerful telescope they could see the baby enjoyed the clean potato much more than the gritty one. This continued for over a week. Suddenly one morning the aunt, after the baby female washed her potato, took hers to the fresh water and followed the actions of the baby. Within a day or two her mate had mimicked the behavior. After a week and a half the practice had spread to the extended family of perhaps 15 to 20 monkeys. Slowly over the next 3 weeks up to 70 or 80 monkeys were washing potatoes in fresh water. The bios were having no trouble counting the monkeys involved with the practice until the numbers reached this point. They did their best comparing notes and they moved a barge to give a better view of an up stream area where a few monkeys had taken potatoes to eat. Around this time it was decided to distribute most of the potatoes nearer the ocean so they could observe and count the monkeys who were washing the potatoes better. Sometime just before this the monkeys on the other side were beginning to starve. They had depleted all of the food growing naturally there and the bios had no trouble in deciding to break their rule a second time. One had decided to leave the island and explain to a higher authority why they needed such an increase in potatoes. They explained that they had garnered all the usable information they could from the monkeys over the last for or five years when the monkeys were living in a natural state and that there was a new opportunity to study the learning structures in the community of monkeys by feeding them. Larger quantities of potatoes were delivered.
(note) In the original book telling this story there was a break from the account of the monkeys behavior to note that there was a distance of perhaps three hundred feet between the two banks of the fresh water creeks and that the monkeys could not see each other or did not even pay any attention to the monkeys on the other side. Only in the upstream areas where the channel was narrower did the monkeys even notice their counterparts on the opposite banks. There was a mention that predators existed in the thicker vegetation and the monkeys liked to stay in the open near between few trees for sanctuary if needed. It was stated in this portion that because of what happened next that the bios realized that the retelling of the story, as it had happened, might be questioned due to the possibility that the monkeys on one side had learned from watching the monkeys on the other. The original story emphasized that the monkeys on one side almost never even noticed the monkeys on the other side. It was speculated that the monkeys could not see well at those distances. This realization contributed to the bios decision to distribute the potatoes closer to the ocean to improve the counting of the potato washing. In the beginning they had worried that the monkeys that rarely spent time by the ocean might notice the barges floating at the back edge of the waves while collecting potatoes nearer the ocean. it was also stated that the fresh water channel widened some making it very unlikely that monkeys near the ocean could see at all, monkeys on the other side.
At a point when about 90 monkeys were washing potatoes in fresh water the original baby monkey to first wash its potato went to the ocean to do do. It was speculated by the bios that the move of the potato distribution took the baby monkey away from its area of easy access to the fresh water and forced the baby to go to the ocean to rinse its potato. The bios noticed that the baby relished its potato greatly after rinsing in salt water. A few days later after washing the potato in salt water the aunt noticed the increased pleasure of the baby eating somewhat more potato than it had and going back and forth to the ocean for rinsing. the aunt again learned from the baby female and followed her to the ocean to rinse her food. The learning spread quicker, the count the bios had been struggling to keep was approaching 100. At this time the monkeys on the other side were still eating sandy potatoes. One morning all of the monkeys on the side where the feeding began went to the ocean to rinse their potatoes. A few days later the all of the monkeys on the other side did the same. the bios were astounded and immediately documented independent of the funding source what they had observed and wrote the original book titled, “the Hundredth Monkey” because by their very best count it was right at 100 when all of the monkeys on the side first fed began to rinse their food in fresh water. the bios noted that for a time prior to that a number of mostly older monkeys did not learn to wash potatoes at all even though they had tasted the food washed in fresh water."
A friend of Mr. Browns, (over a decade ago) insisted that he read another account of the Hundredth Monkey. It was written by the team of biologists referred to in this account. The story was a little different but basically the same. The one important thing left out in this account was the fact that one day the monkeys woke up and they ALL were washing the potatoes.
If monkeys can do this it is logical to assume that we can do it better, more completely in a larger variety of ways.
What if the group had NO conscious awareness or control over the information? What would control the sharing of information? Compulsions? Is this why our society is out of control?
I learned that Gandhi was man becoming God and that he had a lot he could learn from Meher Baba (the perfect master and god Become Man)... And I learnI learned that Gandhi was man becoming God and that he had a lot he could learn from Meher Baba (the perfect master and god Become Man)... And I learned that in times like these, after the events of the inside job of 911 that Baba Lovers should not turn their back on the activism of "Home Spun" freedom making!
We must creatively use and apply and share love or else we only have a POTENTIAL FOR LOVE.
So I put that love into our namasteezy spirit weavings, creating them for self and others. Weaving when undressed and unmasked, is none other than sincerity itself. It is quintessential sincerity clothed in the robe of human experience, crowned with the hope of all who cry out for justice and a future of interdependent existence - - where not only every being, but every experience, thought, sound, touch, taste, and consciousness itself is seen as wonderfully interdependent - - and treated with the care and dignity which should be afforded to each and every infinite manifestation of life; formed or formless.
So I like book about weaving, I love missing wisdom and missing knowledge....more
This lady is a buddha. Her work serves future generations of children.
She is not one who wishes to remain in samsara. Excellent though the king may be This lady is a buddha. Her work serves future generations of children.
She is not one who wishes to remain in samsara. Excellent though the king may be, he accumulates negativity in this world of existence. Although the minister may be excellent, they are like messengers of hell. Although there are many members in the retinue, they are like an assembly of maras. Although one's endowments may be abundant, they remble the objects of the hungry ghost's craving, which can never be sated. She has no time to be a queen to materialistic America while traveling on the path of dharma.
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After The Event by Brown is an amazing journey into the Nonmind of the native americans. So far it has been filled with twisting "nonthinking", someth
After The Event by Brown is an amazing journey into the Nonmind of the native americans. So far it has been filled with twisting "nonthinking", something for the tribal and the yogis for sure.
One must step out of the mind and into the heart to start to dance with this book. Herbert Marshall McLuhan would have been able to do it easily. Now Chris, always the man of the moment, perhaps Mr. Brown will also be remembered for the truthful statement made in the 1960’s that “the medium is the message.” This book helps us to truly and fully know why, and once that is clear, you can enjoy the next step, which is to see what is happening "After the event".
When we view the generations before us, and their building of America, we see that "getting there," was all the fun. What’s left is the cultural and artistic ashes of that endeavor. We want to build the new continent, alive from within, never forgetting that all conclusions are provisional, and as such are only working models.
In the book, Chris take on the truth about corporate deceit and its impact on consciousness via topics of sex. He says, "What is illustrated is that the greater need of human existence IS the securing of the well being of the next generation IF the dependence of it upon our actions is invoked through awareness of the threat against it and a focus on parental love instead of sex."
Is he on the edge of taboo? What do the ancient Gurus have to say about sex? Meher Baba says, "SEX is decidedly one of the most important problems with which the human mind is confronted in the domain of duality. It is one of the “givens” in the make-up of human nature with which one has to deal. Like everything else in human life, sex comes to be considered through the opposites which are the necessary creations of the limited mind. Just as the mind tries to fit life into a scheme of alternatives such as joy or pain, good or bad, solitude or company, attraction or repulsion, so in relation to sex it tends to think of indulgence and repression as alternatives from which there is no escape. It seems as if man must accept the one alternative or the other. Yet he cannot whole-heartedly accept either, for when he tries repression he is dissatisfied with his lot and longingly thinks of indulgence. When he tries indulgence he becomes conscious of his bondage to the senses and seeks freedom by going back to mechanical repression. The mind remains dissatisfied with both alternatives and there thus arises one of the most vital and complicated problems of human life." Meher Baba has it so right on, but back when that was given to humanity, corporations were not running amok into our lives at the rate they are dividing families and destroying the fabric of our unity in these days of the "quickening".
Chris is a yogi in modern times, and all yogis take on difficult truths while doing their inner work. The Arising of the problem of sex, in the Chris experience is the start of a right view into our modern day situation. And he has the spirits of Meher on his left and Herbert on his right, and the native americans behind him.
This book is a must read, and just like all the good stuff, you will not find it in a yoga studio. This one is the one you wanna get, if you are ready for why renunciation of craving made possible through awakening.