Hacked By GeNErAL

Hacked By GeNErAL

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Transhumans and Post-Humans

“The defining idea of the coming era is actually the loss of an idea we never had to worry about losing before. It is the decay of belief in the specialness of being human.” Jaron Lanier “I want to make a computer that will be proud of me.” Danny Hillis “The important thing is not […]

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Towards Post-Literacy

Beyond Literacy is a thought experiment. It challenges us to think about the power, and limitations, of traditional literacy (reading and writing) and to imagine a tool, capability or capacity which would replace it or displace it. The journey so far has raised many objections and concerns. Readers and participants we have expressed outrage, and […]

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Beyond Literacy: Some Reactions

An important aspect of the Beyond Literacy project is to nurture a wider discussion about literacy and post-literacy. These chapters are “starter kits” designed to intrigue and provoke. Here are a few reactions: Walt Crawford “Rude Language and the Heat Death of Venting Steam“ Lane Wilkinson: “Beyond Beyond Literacy“ John Miedema: “Is Post-Literacy Just Another […]

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Physiology of Information

What we know is encoded in the brain. Ideas, memories, images, and everything else we consider our part of our personal knowledgebase all eventually come down to a fusion of proteins, neurotransmitters, synapses, electrical impulses and other neurological elements. We know that short and long term memories are managed differently by the brain.  And we […]

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Telepathy and Techlepathy

As part of the undergraduate course I teach about post-literacy, I have a psychic attend the class. I have worked with Linda Cooper Taylor for a number of years; she is an experienced clairvoyant medium. The objective of Linda’s session is to demonstrate alternative means of knowing and communicating (especially over time and space). The […]

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Collective Consciousness and the Quantum Mind

The promise of collective consciousness is typically one of great power but at a great cost. Let’s consider the Borg (“resistance is futile”). A Comment from Amber Fundytus, Kate Restivo, and Brooke Windsor: “Resistance is futile” Contemplations on the Realities of Post-Literacy via Science-Fiction The Borg requires assimilation; it is the death of the individual […]

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Cognitive Prosthetics and the Augmented Mind

Trying to extend our cognitive abilities is familiar human pursuit. We build tools, systems, and processes all with the goal of allowing us to think better and faster, to process information more effectively. The alphabet is one such tool and visible language is perhaps the preeminent example of how a capacity can augment and also […]

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What is Post-Literacy? Part 2

Beyond Literacy has been exploring the idea of “post-literacy.” A number of the commentators have argued that this concept is both problematic and misguided. They suggest, among other things, that my view of literacy is too limited or even too expansive. The question “what is post-literacy?” is entangled in the larger question “what is literacy?” […]

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