Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Toucan: Virtual Harbin's emergence from actual Harbin reflects ongoing expressions of the 'Network Society,' Culture finds new form in virtual Harbin

Harbin ethnography:


... gives form to actual Harbin's countercultural milieu in a particular virtual world.

Virtual Harbin's emergence from actual Harbin reflects ongoing expressions of the 'network society' (Castells, The Rise of the Network Society, 2000, and Castells ,The Internet Galaxy, ), where sociocultural processes – counterculture, in this interpretation - that have found form at actual Harbin Hot Springs since 1972 now find new form in multimedia in virtual Harbin. The significance of the scope and scale of virtual worlds, and their role in human life, relative to, for example, the nation-state (Anderson, Imagined Communities, in Boellstorff 2008: 24)) or to the printing press and the widespread emergence of texts and literacy, as well as pre-world wide web (and pre-internet) media, needs further study (http://webnographers.org/books). Both national identity as well as forms of social interaction and narrativity can be argued to change dramatically relative to these other process. The pace of change of giving form to these new forms of sociality are also difficult to assess at present. The possibility to create, with information technologies, new forms of counterculture emerging from the 1960s in virtual Harbin, in new ways, is something ethnography can uniquely represent.


While both actual and virtual Harbin may articulate in new ways, as countercultural 'places,' in my interpretation, in the context of the Network Society, I want to suggest that Harbin is also singular (Kopytoff) in a variety of ways, vis-a-vis virtuality ...



















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/toucan-irtual-harbins-emergence-from.html - June 30, 2010)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Turmeric: Virtual Harbin comes to instantiate a kind of parallel-to-actual-Harbin form of human-relating & communication, Culture, Digital 'Making'

Harbin ethnography:

... (In the process, this book also comes into conversation with Tom Boellstorff's “Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human”).

The Making of Virtual Harbin as Ethnographic Field Site emerges from both the actual Harbin Hot Springs and its milieu, and the development of virtual worlds' software, making possible the ongoing making of representations of places and avatars, as well as open-ended, avatars-to-avatars communication, among many other novel forms of digital multimedia. Virtual Harbin thus comes to instantiate a kind of correspondence-to-actual-Harbin form of human-relating and communication, mediated by representations of 'place' and avatars. Virtual Harbin thus gives new form to socio-cultural processes of tool use, now digital, in two ways: 1) people/end users can make virtual Harbin islands quite easily, and 2) avatars can easily make Harbin-related virtual things on virtual Harbin island. Despite the relative complexity of virtual world software and programs themselves, the ease of making such virtual places as virtual Harbin, in Second Life and Open Simulator, gives form, too, to a “virtual worldview” (Boellstorff 2008: 24), akin, perhaps, to a related kind of “Lego-building-block worldview.” The relative ease of constructing things in Second Life has lead to a wide community of builders, who, together, have constructed the very large number of virtual islands, places, avatars, clothing, houses, art and the many other remarkable 'builds,' in Second Life. Like wiki (editable web pages) information technologies, a key aspect of this 'virtual worldview' is its collaborative aspect due to a large community of participants and a shared set of digital tools and approaches, defined by the software. So virtual Harbin not only emerges from actual Harbin but from a shared, group understanding of these Second Life and Open Simulator virtual worlds. Virtual Harbin's community in Second Life's community, gives form to actual Harbin's countercultural milieu in a particular virtual worlds.

Virtual Harbin's emergence from actual Harbin reflects ongoing expressions of the 'networked society,' (Castells 2000) ....








(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/turmeric-virtual-harbin-comes-to.html - June 29, 2010)

Henna: World Univ & Sch to develop extraordinarily in is Software Creativity, Creation & Research, Programming, Computer Science, Virtual Worlds

One direction I'd like open, free World University and School worlduniversity.wikia.com to develop extraordinarily in is Software Creativity, Creation & Research, Programming, Computer Science, Virtual Worlds, etc.


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Everything from Second Life 'realism' to Google Earth virtual world 'realism' to avatar communication (see this blog from last year vis-a-vis a kind of Rorty avatar - scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2008/09/web-avatar-agency-talking-richard-rorty.html; I've also explored this idea multiple times in the class I've taught on Harvard's Berkman Island - see transcript), to wild and wonderful software creations in an ongoing way.


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World University and School is like Wikipedia with MIT Open Course Ware










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Henna - Lawsonia Inermis


toptropicals.com/pics/garden/c19/0505.jpg















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/henna-world-univ-sch-to-develop.html - June 29, 2010)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Nighthawk: World University & School's beginning Law School, Khan Academy, What great, open, teaching & learning material is missing?

Here's World University & School's beginning 'Law School' - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Law_School. WUaS is like Wikipedia with MIT OCW, UC Berkeley webcasts, and where people can teach to each other. Degrees coming ... Teach, Learn, Add, Create :)


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Here's "A global teacher of 1,516 lessons and counting," an article (www.physorg.com/news196868176.html) on Sal Khan's GREAT "Khan Academy" (www.khanacademy.org), a non-profit educational institute focusing on educating the world.

World University & School has a remarkable list of free, open, aggregates of teaching material at World University & School at 'Course Listings' Aggregates': worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Courses#Course_listings.27_aggregates which includes Khan Academy. What would you like to teach, learn or create learning-wise?


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What great, open, teaching & learning material is missing? Let World University and School know and/or simply add it ...





















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/nighthawk-world-university-schools.html - June 28, 2010)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Rainbow Mountain: Contact Improv, movement, touch, play & creative exploration grow well-being, Dance, -or practice yoga, walk, bicycle ... enjoy life

Contact Improvisation, movement, touch, play & creative exploration grow well- being worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Contact_Improvisation Find a Contact Jam near you & dance.

... or practice yoga (worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Yoga), walk, bicycle, do Tae Kwon Doe many times a week, etc. ... enjoy life :)




These movements all change your neurophysiology beneficially ...














(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/rainbow-moutain-contact-improv-movement.html - June 27, 2010)

Ducklings: Bagpipe busking Anthropology in SF at the Pride Parade in Opera Plaza / Civic Center - a busk-man's (or bus-king's:) holiday

Pride Day in San Francisco



Bagpipe busking Anthropology in SF at the Pride Parade in Opera Plaza / Civic Center - a busk-man's (or bus-king's:) holiday - participant-observation ...


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Bagpipe busking Anthropology (worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Anthropology) in San Francisco at the Pride Day in Opera Plaza / Civic Center - a busk-man's (or bus-king's:) holiday - participant-observation from behind the skirl :) after Quaker Meeting. I missed the Parade, but got a flavor of the day in Civic Center.


Merchant booths cost between $300 (for arts & crafts) & $1600 (for the Toyota dealership?) ... people were wearing perhaps more clothes this year than in previous years (I have never attended it before, actually), and there were lots of folks just passing-through for the street festival aspect ... Pride day has possibly lost some its outrageousness & edge from previous years (I can only imagine:), and perhaps is not as political ... & was not remunerative, busking-wise.


There was a pretty good turnout ... with crowded streets & no parking ... not much leather and not many queens ...


This day is emblematic of keeping open to sexuality, in a world that sometimes plays this down.



MTM:

You say that like it's a good thing, Scott ...


Scott:

Pride Day just is ... it's an expression of SF Bay Area culture (and cosmopolitan cities) ... it's neither good nor bad as I see it (I'm a little Dutch). :)


MTM:

Just pullin' your leg...when is your Cuttyhunk adventure this year? We're out on the island from 8/2-8/8 ...


Scott:

The San Francisco Friends (Quaker) School marched in the parade as a show of support.















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/ducklings-bagpipe-busking-anthropology.html - June 27, 2010)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Flight of the snow geese: VIRTUAL HARBIN'S EMERGENCE, One aim of this book is ethnographic, Another is methodological, A third is theoretical

Harbin ethnography:


... Lacan's characterization of the psyche informs a reading of virtual and actual, pointing to the experience of the virtual as taking place in bodyminds.






THE EMERGENCE OF VIRTUAL HARBIN vis-a-vis ACTUAL HARBIN

One aim of this book is ethnographic: to write an ethnography of actual and virtual Harbin Hot Springs, comparing and contrasting them. Another is anthropologically methodological: to examine ways in which ethnographic fieldwork may inform an interpretation of 'the virtual' in relation to a specific place in northern California – Harbin Hot Springs. Here the making of virtual Harbin vis-a-vis actual Harbin gives form to a set of methodological questions that are unexplored in the discipline of anthropology, which this book articulates and examines. Another aim of this book is theoretical: to further an anthropological inquiry into questions concerning culture/counterculture, vis-a-vis actual and virtual Harbin Hot Springs. (In the process, this book also comes into conversation with Tom Boellstorff's “Coming of Age in Second Life: An nthropologist Explores the Virtually Human.”)

The Making of Virtual Harbin as Ethnographic Fieldsite emerges ...

















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/flight-of-snow-geese-virtual-harbins.html - June 26, 2010)

Himalaya: A slightly broad Harbin bibliography, World University & School's endowment, The film "The Real Revolutionaries"

Hi D,

Here's a slightly broad Harbin bibliography: scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2008/11/symbols-writing-to-infinite-harbin.html.

Thanks for the idea, but I like visiting Harbin once in a while, as field site. I'm not looking to invest in Lake County. But I'll keep my ears open. I know of one other person interested in such lands, and Harbin is, I think, too.

I'm also looking to build World University & School's endowment, and for fundraisers, - 10% of monies into the WUaS endowment will go to the fundraiser, for the present.

The film "The Real Revolutionaries," which I saw at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, was pretty well done, but this Information Technology revolution has to do with the scope and scale of changes, societally and information technologically, comparable with previous industrial revolutions - I don't think that the folks depicted were revolutionary. (In fact, one of the two main characters was shockingly racist and reactionary, and the film didn't explicitly criticize this).

Scott














(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/himalaya-slightly-broad-harbin.html - June 26, 2010)

Chimp Hoot: Face-to-face Teaching & Learning is great, familiar & social. Avatar-to-avatar T & L will facilitate symbol & idea exchange in diff. ways

Face-to-face teaching and learning is great, familiar and social. Avatar-to-avatar teaching and learning in a virtual world, video, and ways we create digitally, won't be the same, but make symbol and idea exchange, as well as teaching and learning, possible in different ways. World University & School - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University - is a complement to already existing educational processes.


What would you like to teach and learn, and how?


What's optimal? What were your favorite classes ever? Why?


Here's an invitation to Teach, Learn, Add, Create at WUaS.


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... adding a lot! of resources to World University & School these days.













(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/chimp-hoot-face-to-face-teaching.html - June 25, 2010)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Idaho River: What's most fun that you'd like to teach, learn and create? World Univ & Sch's wiki focuses on and invites this

What's most fun that you'd like to teach, learn and create? World Univ & Sch's wiki - worlduniversity.wikia.com - makes possible fun, open, free, learning, teaching, idea & 'flow' experiences for anyone ...


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How to make possible fun learning, as well as MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Yale learning ... ?



























(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/idaho-float-whats-most-fun-that-youd.html - June 25, 2010)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sierra Rose: World Univ & Sch's beginning, online, free Medical School is growing, New 'Painting,' 'Mozart,' and 'Massage' subjects, MIT Most Visited

World University & School's beginning, online, free Medical School is growing - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Medical_School

(There's a budding nursing school here, too).

Matriculating classes for Bachelor, Law, MD and Ph.D.s in 2014?


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New 'Painting,' 'Mozart,' and 'Massage' subjects at open, free, 'edit
this page' World University and School -
worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects - where you can Teach,
Learn, Add and Create.


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I'm curious, too, which other free, open teaching and learning resources - like MIT OCW Most Visited Courses (ocw.mit.edu/courses/most-visited-courses) - people are gravitating toward and reveling in, because they're fun, edifying, effective and lead to rich 'flow' experiences, - even transforming consciousness ... like the internet seems to be doing a little :)


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added 'Ecology' & 'Globalization' subjects to open, FREE, http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects , with MIT & Berkeley courses + ... where you can Teach, Learn, Add



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"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

worlduniversity.wikia.com is a big, extensible :) ocean ...













(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/sierra-rose-world-univ-schs-beginning.html - June 24, 2010)

Mauve Phyllidiella Pustulosa: Jacques Lacan: the real, the imaginary order and the symbolic order, The actual and the virtual

Harbin ethnography:




... And it emerges from the human ability to make things in digital spaces - the Age of Techne (Boellstorff 2008: 58).



On a related note, the cryptic French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan's, conception of the structure of the psyche offers useful perspective in conceptualizing the virtual vis-a-vis Harbin Hot Springs. Lacan conceives of the structure of the psyche as tripartite, consisting of the real, the imaginary order and the symbolic order (Malcolm...) (On the Structure of the Psyche – https://web.archive.org/web/20050408083300/http://www.sla.purdue.edu/academic/engl/theory/psychoanalysis/lacanstructuremain.html), which relationships inform ways of the individual relating to the world. As separate 'registers,' these structures, for Lacan, influence how individuals engage with objects in life. In brief, I suggest here that actual Harbin valley and waters 'maps' onto a Lacanian concept of 'the real,' whereas virtual Harbin maps onto the symbolic, mediated by multimedia (Packer and Jordan). And in considering the relationship between actual and virtual, the real is the 'actual,' and the symbolic is the 'virtual,' while the imaginary correlates to ineffable culture (which, I suggest, is 'counterculture' at Harbin). Lacan's characterization of the psyche informs a reading of virtual and actual, pointing to the experience of the virtual as taking place in bodyminds.



THE EMERGENCE OF VIRTUAL HARBIN vis-a-vis ACTUAL HARBIN

One aim of this book is ethnographic ...










(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/mauve-phyllidiella-pustulosa-jacques.html - June 24, 2010)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quail Covey: World Univ & Sch's wiki makes possible open, free learning, teaching, idea & 'flow' experiences for self-motivated, independent learners

World University & School's wiki - worlduniversity.wikia.com - makes possible open, free learning, teaching, idea & 'flow' experiences for the self-motivated, independent learner ... degrees to come ... Enjoy



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How to cultivate self-motivated, independent learners?



















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/quail-covey-world-univ-schs-wiki-makes.html - June 23, 2010)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Grand Teton: World University & School could become a 'Rooseveltian' New Deal of Job Creation, Economy Transformation, Idea & Flow Experience

World Univ & Sch - worlduniversity.wikia.com - could become a 'Rooseveltian' New Deal of Job Creation, Economy Transformation, Idea & Flow Experience Generation. WUaS invites your Teaching, Learning, Creativity.






















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/grand-teton-world-university-school.html - June 22, 2010)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Dragonfly Bud: Contemporary discussions of the virtual by key researchers characterize the virtual as a social construct

Harbin ethnography:



... people come to actual and virtual Harbin to play, and the building of virtual Harbin is a kind of playing, too.

Contemporary discussions of the virtual by key researchers (e.g. Terra Nova – June 16 2010) characterize the virtual as a social construct, furthering a significant, social scientific interpretation (Hacking – The Social Construction of What?). Edward Castronova, on the one hand, focusing on the economics of virtual worlds, sees virtual reality “any computer-generated physical space … that can be experienced by many people at once” (Castronova 2005:22), and is fascinated by the blurring that occurs when 'real life money' shows up in virtual world (Boellstorff 2008: 23). The magic circle metaphor is one trope for explaining this interchange. For Castronova, money is an example of the 'virtual,' which moves between both spheres. On the other hand, Tom Boellstorff, focusing on the anthropology of the virtually human, sees “little difference between Virtual Reality and "reality" because culture makes "reality" a construct anyway” (Castronova, 2010 httpterranova.blogs.com/terra_nova/2010/06/everythings-virtual-now-what.html). Boellstorff is fascinated, too, about why researchers find the interchange between the actual and the virtual so compelling (Boellstorff 2008: 23). For Boellstorff, the 'virtual' emerges from the Age of Techne, and what makes virtual unique from all previous histoical expressions of virtuality is that “techne (making and playing) can take place inside them” (Boellstorff 2008: 58), producing a gap between the actual and virtual. Boellstorff writes “Swallowing their own ontological tails, virtual worlds for the first time allow techne to become recursive, providing humans with radically new ways to understand their lives a beings of culture as well as physical embodiment” (Boellstorff 2008: 58). For Boellstorff, ““virtual” connotes approaching the actual without arriving there” (Boellstorff 2008: 19). And it emerges from the human ability to make things in digital spaces - the Age of Techne (Boellstorff 2008: 58).

http://terranova.blogs.com/terra_nova/2010/06/everything-is-virtual-part-deux.html )



... On a related note, the cryptic French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan's, conception of the structure of the psyche offers useful perspective in conceptualizing the virtual









(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/dragonfly-bud-contemporary-discussions.html - June 21, 2010)

Humpback Whales: Let's teach & learn all musical instruments in the world at World University Music Sch, Virtual worlds and Virtual Choir as examples

Let's teach & learn all musical instruments in the world at World University Music School ... and jam with them, as well, here - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Music_School at home from our computers. World University makes this possible in virtual worlds and with models like Virtual Choir: worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Virtual_Choir, where singers formed a choir from their homes, to sing original compositions.

World University will also simply list all instruments, as a kind of living archive, and make them accessible for teaching and learning.


What would you like to learn, to teach, to explore, to create?


















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/humpback-whales-lets-teach-learn-all.html - June 21, 2010)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sea Orchid: You might enjoy the Yoga subject at free, open, 'edit this page' World Univ & Sch, Like a garden & orchard, Plant a seed - Teach & Learn

You might enjoy the Yoga subject at free, open, 'edit this page' World University & School - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Yoga - Yoga is growing with an invitation to Teach, Learn, Add and Create here. :)


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World Univ & Sch is like a garden & orchard - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects - Plant a seed - Teach a class, Learn something, Add a link, Jam in the Music School ... Grow a tree of learning





















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/sea-orchid-you-might-enjoy-yoga-subject.html - June 20, 2010)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Chameleon species: Anthropologically, I don't read the making of virtual Harbin Hot Springs in Second Life as the making of a game

Harbin ethnography:


... immersive experiences become possible in one's own bathtub as well as multimedia-wise.


Anthropologically, I don't read the making of virtual Harbin Hot Springs in Second Life (MacLeod 2008 - ) as the making of a game, or the ways avatars interact in virtual Harbin, as a form of gaming. And while at actual Harbin, I have occasionally seen people playing backgammon or chess on the Sun deck, I, in now way, interpret actual Harbin Hot Springs, as any kind of elaborate game. And while I suspect that Harbinites may have enacted 'Alice in Wonderland-like' chess games there in the past, this is a kind of elaborate, and very imaginative, kind of playfulness, and not a game. Play occurs there, emerging out of the context of the 1960s, where play itself was a response to the work of modernity, and while hippies may have seen the system as a big mechanical game at times, actual Harbin isn't a game. In significant ways, people come to actual and virtual Harbin to play, and the building of virtual Harbin is a kind of playing, too.


... Contemporary discussions of the virtual by key researchers (e.g. Terra Nova – June 16 2010) characterize the virtual as a social construct ...












(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/chameleon-species-anthropologically-i.html - June 19, 2010)

Egret Eating Fish: Bagpipe Busking in SF today at Fisherman's Wharf, Does bagpiping in kilt at Fisherman's Wharf in SF create VIRTUAL experiences?

Bagpipe Busking in SF today at Fisherman's Wharf. I piped where the boats leave from, and opened my pipe case for donations.


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Does bagpiping in kilt at Fisherman's Wharf in SF create VIRTUAL experiences in the minds of tourists? Does the visiting Scottish head of his family, touring around the wharf on bicycles, look away from my walking by with a bagpipe case in hand, because it's 'too close to home,' due to globalization?

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Earned about $27.45 in an hour.

More tomorrow ... it's a good way to practice and cultivate flow experiences.



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Bagpipe busking in SF today - Fisherman's Wharf & North Beach street fair. Here's the open Bagpiping 'subject' - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Bagpipe_Tutorials - at World University wiki ... Teach, Learn, Add and check out the bud of the World University Music School - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Music_School.















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/egret-eating-fish-bagpipe-busking-in-sf.html - June 19, 2010)

Abundant Alaska: Flow experiences of learning & the mind, Flourishing engagement at World University & School? And loving bliss? WUaS Funding

Flourishing engagement at World University & School?

Flow experiences of learning & the mind - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/,

and loving bliss ... :)


http://scottmacleod.com/LovingBlissPractices.htm
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How might we create a culture of Flourishing experiences of learning & the mind?


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World Univ & Sch needs funding, too - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/ - Please donate to WUaS Foundation.










(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/abundant-alaska-flow-experiences-of.html - June 19, 2010)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Gros Morne, Newfoundland: New 'Quantum Physics' subject at World Univ & Sch, Physics, Chemistry & Biology Subjects, Yoga, Relaxation Response

new 'Quantum Physics' subject at World University & School - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Quantum_Physics.

WUaS is an open, free University & School.


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This is great - MIT OCW (ocw.mit.edu/index.htm) will pilot a new set of courses to support the motivated independent learner. We’re trying a step-by-step structure and adding new content such as prerequisite resources, problem-solving tutorials, and self-tests to several foundational OCW courses - www.facebook.com/MITOCW?ref=ts.


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Philosophy at World University & School is growing - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Philosophy :)



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'Physics' (worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Physics),
'Chemistry' (worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Chemistry), and
'Biology' (worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Biology) subjects at World University & School are growing - with MIT OCW - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects.



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The Yoga subject at World University & School - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Yoga - is growing with an invitation to Teach, Learn and Add here.

Relaxation response for 10-20 minutes a day - www.relaxationresponse.org/steps/ - and here at World University & School - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Relaxation_Response.


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Quantum Dots Could Double Solar Energy Efficiency: bit.ly/9KDrA7. Here's World University worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Solar_Energy.














(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/gros-morne-newfoundland-new-quantum.html - June 18, 2010)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Dolly Sods Wilderness: MIT OCW Simulations, Applets and Visualizations at World University & School

MIT OpenCourseWare in FB:

Have you checked out our collection of simulations, applets and visualizations lately? ocw.mit.edu/courses/simulations-applets-and-visualizations/



Scott:

Very nice ... I'll add some of these to World University & School - like Wikipedia with MIT OCW, UC Berkeley webcasts and where people can teach to each other - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/ Thank you MIT OCW for your remarkable resource!



MIT OpenCourseWare:

Scott, we don't currently have an RSS feed for that page. Is that something that would be helpful to you?



Scott:

Yes, please ... I added it as a section here in the WUaS SUBJECT TEMPLATE worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/SUBJECT_TEMPLATE and WUaS is currently building a community of Universitians - like Wikipedians - to help World University School grow. It's potentially in all 3000-8000 languages. Thank You MIT OCW!


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I also added MIT OCW's 'Simulations, Applets and Visualizations' as a new section to World University & School's FREE Educational Software: worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Educational_Software#Simulations.2C_Applets_and_Visualizations



















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/dolly-sods-wilderness-mit-ocw.html - June 17, 2010)

Scimitar Billed Woodhoopoe: World University & School's bud of an Agriculture School with Organic Farming focus, 'Music Appreciation' Software Section

Here's World University & School's bud of an agriculture school with an Organic Farming focus: worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Agriculture_School. What teaching and learning materials can you add? Click 'edit this page' ...:) Evergreen College in Washington State seems to be the biggest Organic Program at the college level that I can think of. Other colleges? Books? Specific websites with guidelines, teaching and learning materials? Papers on economies? Efficiencies? Professors? Farmers who teach?


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Here's the present World University Subject Template - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subject_Template and WUaS is currently building a community of Universitians - like Wikipedians - to help World University School grow. It's potentially in all 3000-8000 languages. Invitation to participate ...

Just added RSS and Wiki Course Technologies sections.


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Solar car by Maine inventor: www.sunnev.com/ - Infinity Miles per Gallon, and no fossil fuel use or CO2 emissions. Let's develop this & for the sunny world : US, India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, the Carribean, etc., especially.


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added 'Music Appreciation,' with "Spotify" & 'Productivity & Collaboration Apps' subjects to open, FREE, worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Educational_Software at World University & School . What else might we add? Check out the free Music Composition Software here as well. :)




















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/scimitar-billed-woodhoopoe-heres-world.html - June 17, 2010)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Grapes in Sun: They were cuddling naked on the sleeping deck as I walked into the Harbin pool area today

They were cuddling naked
on the sleeping deck
as I walked into
the Harbin pool area today,
along the village path.
Having just awoke,
out of doors,
under the sky,
on comfortable bedding,
they were sharing intimacy
in the morning,
her breast across his chest,
their covers cast aside.
How beautiful.

In the Harbin pools,
50 yards away,
people are often
intimate, naked, cuddling,
but I rarely see this
in other places at Harbin.
The hippie life is good.

The mulberries are ripe and falling.
Try one, they're good, too.

The Harbin pool area -
a musical score for
all of us
bodymind instruments -
sings.
Look around, feel the sun,
see the naked people,
free on the sundeck,
free under the grape arbor,
find the crescendo,
and let these beautiful
sounds come out, inwardly.
Perch on a bench,
meditate, drink in the
warm pool's fig tree,
the flowers,
the woman wearing a pink sari,
her hair up, - and soar.
She takes it off, and showers,
and goes into the pools.
Play this music in your bodymind.
Synthesize these harmonies,
those accents.
Soak in the waters
for the fermatas.
Do nothing. Be.
Coda.
Come home and resonate.

The music is all around,
for you to practice with,
for you to improvise with,
for you to create your own music.
Play on . . . be creative.
Sing.

The musical scores
are endless here
at Harbin.
How can I appreciate thee more?
What is this neurochemistry?
Upon departing, there,
in the garden,
a guitar and a mandolin player
are jamming.
Jam inside with them.
Ease close,
and sing quietly with them.

The temperature is perfect
at Harbin.
Nature is all around.
There's freedom here, -
join with, and harmonize.
Bring the music home.























(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/grapes-in-sun-they-were-cuddling-naked.html - June 16, 2010)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuolumne river - Lembert dome: Going inwardly soon in the Harbin warm pool

Going inwardly soon in the Harbin warm pool ...

Inside space exploration (a la Angela & Victor's yoga) at Harbin ... MMmmmm ... :)























(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/tuolumne-river-lembert-dome-going.html - June 15, 2010)

Indian Bull Frog: Ethnomusicologically, the main musical instruments at Harbin.org are from the 60s, India, Africa, - harmonium, sitar, drums, guitar

Ethnomusicologically speaking, the main, musical instruments at harbin.org/ are from the 1960s, India, Africa, etc., - for example, harmoniums, sitars, drums, and guitars ... can't think of a piano there. Teach, learn & jam with these here at WUaS - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Music.


Ah, yes, there's a piano in the residents' center ... there is lots of music at Harbin ...


Friend on FB:
Can I just say how much I LOVE use of the word "ethnomusicologically?!??" I'm in awe, Scott.


Scott:
very musical, isn't it? :)


Another Friend, who is a Harbin resident:
And at least one EXCELLENT Pianist in residence (who usually plays on electronic keyboards), and probably others that visit.



(I haven't written too much about Harbin musicians in this blog yet).



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Here's World University & School's Ethnomusicology' subject - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Ethnomusicology.


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And here's the budding World University Music School - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Music_School
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(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/indian-bull-frog-ethnomusicologically.html - June 15, 2010)

Red Rocks: I argue here through ethnographic field work that what the building of virtual Harbin makes possible is new expressions of actual Harbin

Harbin ethnography:


... but I use the term actual because what occurs online in virtual Harbin, and in actual Harbin, can be equally as real, meaningful and significant, to persons engaging these.

Whether what virtual worlds like Second Life make possible are worlds of gaming or the Age of Techne (Boellstorff 2008: 21) - roughly, 'making things with technologies,' - or a world of virtuality, which I read as ongoing expressions of multimedia (Packer and Jordan), I argue here through ethnographic field work that what the building of virtual Harbin makes possible is new multimedia expressions of actual Harbin's already virtual or sociocultural – counterculture in the case of Harbin - experiences. Here 'virtual' and 'cultural' share qualities of ineffability, shared symbolization, and immersion in contexts. In this interpretation, ethnographic field work of actual Harbin gives form to readings of Harbin's culture, - in the pools, particularly – where its virtual qualities interweave with multimedia experiences of virtual Harbin. In virtual Harbin, immersive experiences become possible in one's own bathtub as well as multimedia-wise.

Anthropologically, I don't read the making of virtual Harbin Hot Springs in Second Life (MacLeod ) as the making of a game,









(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/red-rocks-i-argue-here-through.html - June 15, 2010)

River Trees: started new 'Wilderness' subject at worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Wilderness, MIT's 'End of Nature' course, Manga Bay Conservervation

... started new 'Wilderness' subject at worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Wilderness with MIT OCW's open 'End of Nature' course (ocw.mit.edu/courses/literature/21l-449-end-of-nature-spring-2002/) & Monga Bay Web site http://mongabay.com/ ! conservation site. Invitation to start a subject, teach, learn, create at WUaS.






















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/river-trees-started-new-wilderness.html - June 15, 2010)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Peacock: added Stanford's all-level 'EPGY - Education Program for Gifted Youth,' to World University's Course Listings' Aggregates, WUaS's Music Sch

added Stanford's all-level 'EPGY - Education Program for Gifted Youth' - epgy.stanford.edu/courses/index.html - to World University's Course
Listings' Aggregates: worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Courses#Course_listings.27_aggregates



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updated World University Music School's
(worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Courses#Music_School)

'Classical Western'
(worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Classical_Western)

'Cello'
(worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Cello) as well as

'Anthropology'
(worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Anthropology)

subjects at FREE, open, 'edit this page,' World University & School - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com.


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Virtual Choir is a model for World University & School for jams and online music making, especially - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Virtual_Choir (also in the WUaS Music School - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Courses#Music_School). What to orchestrate this? See their "How we did it" web site. :)













(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/peacock-added-stanfords-all-level-epgy.html - June 14, 2010)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Oregon Desert Hot Springs: Biological explanation for neurophysiological questions, including bliss, ecstasy (MDMA) and 'harmonizing and brightening'

Hi Nontheist Friends,

I tend to a biological explanation for neurophysiological questions, including bliss, ecstasy (MDMA) and 'harmonizing and brightening,' - and away from a complementary, duality explanation (e.g. highs and lows necessitate the other, or are somehow complementary) for states of bodymind.

Here are an array of blog entries which explore related questions vis-a-vis:

Omega fatty acids - which are harmonizing and brightening, in my experience.
scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/Omega-3%20fatty%20acids

ecstasy (MDMA - methylene dioxy meth amphetamines)
scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/ecstasy%20%7BMDMA%7D.

In my experience, given these omega 3 fatty acids, & MDMA experiences, - and, for example, anti-depressants, alcohol, the relaxation response, to name just a few, I don't engage a dualistic understanding of something like enlightenment without depression, or related. As I see it, our bodyminds are millions of years old and are biological systems. Evolutionary biology and language make our bodyminds complex, especially in human social contexts. The relaxation response (and related Quaker silent meeting, for example) are (or can be) enjoyable processes which have salutary effects on bodyminds - scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/relaxation%20response. Enlightenment? Lots of music.

In a related vein, exploring how to elicit the neurophysiology of loving bliss, naturally, is an ongoing focus of inquiry for me:
scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/loving%20bliss. And here are 5 related letters about this: http://scottmacleod.com/links.htm.

With friendly greetings,
Scott

scottmacleod.com

nontheist friends
scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/nontheist%20friends

nontheist Friend
scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/nontheist%20Friend

World University and School 'nontheist Friend':
worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Nontheist_Friends_%28atheist_Quakers%3F%29

















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/oregon-desert-hot-springs-biological.html - June 13, 2010)

Exotic Bird: In what ways might singing in many voices inform the duet of a friendship, a love, a partnership, a budding family?

In what ways might singing in many voices inform the duet of a friendship, a love, a partnership, a budding family, etc., - improvisationally, as well?

Learn, teach, share ideas & add (a subject) about this here at the free, open, 'edit this page' worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects.




























(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/exotic-bird-in-what-ways-might-singing.html - June 13, 2010)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Salamander: Which schools around the world have most successfully used friendly, 'programming'-informed teaching & learning to transform education?

Which schools around the world have most successfully used friendly, computer 'programming'-informed teaching & learning to transform education? Please add programs or related 'subject' to World University & School: worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects. ... In Boston? Singapore? Sweden? ... Which 'programming'-informed approaches have changed, and made very enjoyable, subjects like chemistry, physics, calculus, sociology and new subjects?


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Added NYT's article "Studying Engineering Before They Can Spell It" to World University's 'Teaching' subject - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Teaching. Check out the MIT OCW course work there, too.




















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/salamander-which-schools-around-world.html - June 12, 2010)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Plant Growth: What would you learn & teach today at World University & School? There's so much! at WUaS already

What would you learn & teach today at World University & School - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com. There's so much! at WUaS already, including much, FREE, educational software. And all of this is growing.


Teach, learn and add to open, free, 'edit this page' World University and School.


















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/plant-growth-what-would-you-learn-teach.html - June 11, 2010)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

California Coast Succulent: Guidelines for Practicing {a Musical Instrument, or anything?}, to 'Theories of Learning' subject

adding Guidelines for Practicing {a Musical Instrument, or anything?} - scottmacleod.com/GuidelinesPracticingMusicalInstrument.htm - to 'Theories of
Learning' subject at worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Theories_of_Learning


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All languages at World Univ & Sch - YES - Let WUaS know, add your language, translate the section headings - worlduniversity.wikia.com















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/california-coast-succulent-guidelines.html - June 10, 2010)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ibis: The Actual, In Second Life, avatars frequently use the term 'real life' to characterize action & communication in actuality

Harbin ethnography:

... avatar builders plan and build their virtual islands, from story lines in their minds.

In Second Life, avatars in communication with one another frequently use the term 'real life' to characterize action and communication in actuality, that is, in situations other than in Second Life. Actuality, in this Harbin actual/virtual ethnography refers to life at actual Harbin, that is ethnographically interpreted on-the-ground and in-the-waters Harbin, in contrast to, and in comparison with, virtual Harbin. The actual, in this respect, includes the multiple expressions of counterculture and alternative life which have taken place at actual Harbin, especially the serendipity and synchronicity, the spirituality and the creativity. But the 'actual' at Harbin is especially constructed and interpreted through ethnographic field work. While the actual, and actual Harbin, in this book are contrasted with the virtual, and virtual Harbin, that is with what takes place online, it's their articulations, their similarities and differences, which this book explores. For the purposes of this actual/virtual ethnography, the term 'real' closely approximates the 'actual,' but I use the term actual because what occurs online in virtual Harbin, and in actual Harbin, can be equally as real, meaningful and significant, to persons engaging these.

Whether what virtual worlds like Second Life make possible ...

















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/ibis-actual-in-second-life-avatars.html - June 8, 2010)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Albino Turtle: How might learning theories inform World University & School in your language, Modeling? Knowledge of MIT OCW in faculty member's area

How might learning theories inform World University & School in your language - worlduniversity.wikia.com? A 'subject' about this as well as good models - worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/subjects ? Everybody can teach (and learn) at WUaS.

And what about learning theories for an academic side of WUaS, especially informed by computing and information technology? Knowledge of MIT OCW in a faculty member's area of foci ... Let's chat further about World Univ & Sch and your language - like Wikipedia with MIT OCW.



















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/albino-turtle-how-might-learning.html - June 7, 2010)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Maroon Bells: Oregon's vision, soft green moist beautiful, Alternative thinking

Oregon's vision


What's Oregon's vision?

Forests, green ...


old friends


ecological thinking


soft green moist beautiful


hippies


people friendly-laws


friendly people


and consumerism also marches on in the US state on the west coast of California ...


alternative thinking richly embedded in its culture





(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/maroon-bells-oregons-vision-soft-green.html - June 6, 2010)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Seriema: visiting Ashland on the way to a reunion, soft green moist beautiful lithia

Oregon, - visiting Ashland


heading for a Reed reunion

soft green moist beautiful lithia




the girls at the Hot Springs in Ashland said yuck about lithia water

so I went to the fountains in the center square of Ashland and tried it:

175 milliliter

mineral, metallic, Italian, fizzy water

soothing

omega like, but not that good tasting



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I've posted a scientific paper by researchers at the University of California at San Diego in the this blog on the effects of lithia, suggesting it has a positive effect.















(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/seriema-visiting-ashland-on-way-to.html - June 5, 2010)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Oregon Hot Springs: Warm water at Jackson Wellsprings is welcoming and whole making, Oregon is different than California, A lot of Ecological Thinking

Warm water at Jackson Wellsprings is welcoming and whole making, after a long drive ...


Oregon is different than California, too ... there's a different fabric of life ...


I experienced this from 1979 - 1987.


What are aspects of the vision of Oregon? ...


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I saw not a hippy bus on the road (I-5) driving north, but a brown, living vehicle, made by what could be Oregon hippies today in 2010 - the vehicle was nice, not funky, and looked very comfortable. It wasn't a RV (recreational vehicle). Oregon gave rise to a lot of far-reaching ecological thinking and culture ....












(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/oregon-hot-springs-warm-water-at.html - June 4, 2010)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Condor head: World University & School asks what could & should education be, Invites you to co-create this

World University & School asks what could & should education, teaching and learning be, building on the existing 'university,' and invites you to co-create this: http://worlduniversity.wikia.com - openly & freely on this wiki.



























(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/condor-chick-world-univ-sch-asks-what.html - June 3, 2010)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Spring Rain: Listening to Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod, Great piper PM Donald MacLeod's piobaireachd

MacLeod Pacific Region friend posting in FB:

I took the opportunity on the way back to listen to the Dame Flora (the 27th chief of the Clan MacLeod) stories CD... she had recorded stories back in 1969 or so and they were recently reissued by the Clan MacLeod ... what a treat ... to hear the stories I have read and told so often and hear her spin on them. If you have your Clan MacLeod magazine (www.clanmacleod.org/merchandising/clan-magazine.html), I encourage you to order a copy ... quite lovely.


(I wrote to Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod from Connecticut around 1972 to ask about how to begin to play the Scottish Highland bagpipe, and she replied from the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides, suggesting I contact Seamus MacNeill in Glasgow who had started the College of Piping. What a treat for a little yankee).




Scott:


In a similar vein, I'm listening to, and learning from, the great piper PM Donald MacLeod's piobaireachd (pr. pibroch) CDs. There are actually 20 volumes (a wonderful resource), and with cantaireachd (teaching of pipe music by singing, pronounced 'cantroch'). His piping and compositions are among the most enjoyable - there's something about his lyricism. :)













(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/spring-rain-listening-to-dame-flora.html - June 2, 2010)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Lion and Man in Water: Multiple kinds of narrativity emerge in virtual Harbin in Second Life influenced by the ability to make anything one conceives

Harbin ethnography:

... warm water comes to extend and re-define aspects of defining 'immersion' vis-a-vis digital environments).

Narrativity refers to “aesthetic and formal strategies that derive from the above concepts, and which result in nonlinear story forms and media presentation” (Packer and Jordan 2001: xxxi). Multiple new kinds of narrativity emerge in virtual Harbin in Second Life influenced by the ability to make anything one conceives of out of virtual geometric shapes, thus reshaping possibilities for nonlinear story forms and media presentations. In actual Harbin, both in the pools and in the Harbin valley itself, this milieu and retreat center, emerging from the 1960s and early 1970s as a kind of alternative haven, itself leads to nonlinear story forms and media presentation, from New Age thinking to hippy-mindedness, for example, Full Moon Ceremonies in the warm pool, to Beltane celebrations in the labyrinth, to unconditional dances in the Harbin temple. Counterculture also gives form to various aspects of virtual reality (Packer and Jordan), which involve the above 5 aspects of multimedia. In virtual Harbin, all of this takes place as well, and yet different possibilities also emerge due to these technologies, for example, the ability to shape a floating bubble, to hop inside it, to drag and drop a video of the Grateful Dead playing a beautiful ballad, as your avatar is dancing with a avatar friend. The aesthetic and formal strategies in virtual Harbin include the coding involved, the stylization of the Second Life virtual environment, which is a little cartoon-esque at this point in history, and the ways in which avatar builders plan and build their virtual islands, from story lines in their minds.









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(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/lion-and-man-in-water-multiple-kinds-of.html - June 1, 2010)