Saturday, April 30, 2011

Question mark butterfly: Yoga asana can transform your neurophysiology / neurochemistry, beneficially, Similarly beneficial, transformative processes?

Yoga asana can transform your neurophysiology / neurochemistry,


(bodymind chemistry is complex:) -

(I'm a secular yoga appreciator) -

and make your bodymind fit and healthy.

What similarly beneficial, transformative processes can we generate for loving elicitation,

or whatever neurophysiology we would like? :)

(Is this learning?)

( - April 30, 2011)

Royal Bengal Tigers: Founder of Bose speakers, Amar Bose, MIT Alum, & Faculty Member, Bequests his Company to MIT, Pattern for WUaS in Future, I hope

Founder of Bose speakers, Amar Bose,

who was a MIT alum, and faculty member,

bequests his company to MIT - -

I hope this will become a pattern at World University and School years in the future, for WUaS to prosper.

( - April 30, 2011)

Blue Morpho Butterfly: WUaS's Law School plans to be free & online, NYT's article on Law Schools, costs and grading

World University's Law School plans to be free & online -,

hopefully via applicants who simply check off a box when applying to great law schools, like Harvard's, for 25-100 students, possibly beginning in 2016.

Here's a NYT's article on Law Schools, costs and grading - ...

strive for excellence ... ?

( - April 30, 2011)

Red butterfly: Japanese professor and Nuclear adviser resigns in protest of Japanese governments ongoing mishandling of Nuclear crisis, WUaS Nuclear

Japanese professor and Nuclear adviser resigns in protest of Japanese governments ongoing mishandling of Nuclear crisis -

'Japan’s Prime Minister Defends Handling of Crisis' (April 30, 2011) -

... adding this to the World Univ & Sch Nuclear Science and Engineering subject page - ...

Abolish Nuclear -

Nuclear waste is a time bomb FOREVER.

( - April 30, 2011)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Emerald Swallowtail: 3 Harvard professors read the children's book 'Goodnight Moon,' World Univ & Sch's Children's Literature & Wisdom wiki subject

Want to hear three Harvard professors (Greg Mankiw, Tom Dingman and David Ager) read the children's book 'Goodnight Moon' on your laptop as you go to sleep? :)

You'll also find this reading linked at World Univ & Sch's Children's Literature and Wisdom wiki subject:

... Good night :)

( - April 29, 2011)

Richmond birdwing - Ornithoptera richmondia: New 'Charles Darwin' subject page at WUaS,

Three-part, free, documentary film by Richard Dawkins about The Genius of Charles Darwin and evolution by natural selection - -

also here at WUaS's new Charles Darwin subject -,_Charles

to which you can add, teach and learn ...

( - April 29, 2011)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nannophya pygmaea dragonfly: Contributing to the ethnomusicology subjects (in All languages & countries) at WUaS, Music School, Subtlety & Beauty

I'm particularly excited about contributing to developing the ethnomusicology subjects (in ALL languages & countries) -

It's particularly through music that peoples have expressed so much extraordinary beauty & subtlety -

raga, for example:

More open teaching & learning music opportunities at the WU Music School -

... I recently added the following writings:

'To Tug Hearts, Music First Must Tickle the Neurons' (NYTs),

and 'This is Your Brain on Music' (book)

to WUaS Music subject -

Music can transform your neurophysiology / neurochemistry, beneficially

(bodymind chemistry is complex:),

with an invitation to teach, learn, add & 'edit this page' at WUaS.

( - April 28, 2011)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Flame skimmer dragonfly: Sung to a song from 'Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical,' The words are 'Harbin Krishna ...',

... sung to a song from 'Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical' ('67),

the words are:

"Harbin Krishna, Harbin Krishna,

Harbin Krishna, Harbin, Harbin ... :)"

... curious about the light at Harbin, especially ...

‎... fun to dance along to this, as well :)


Hare Krishna from Hair the Musical

( - April 27, 2011)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Agalychnis callidryas pair: A 'Language and Sociocultural Anthropology' Course, OCW, 21st century linguistic turn in Anthropology, In World Univ & Sch

I'd like to find, or develop, a fascinating Open Course Ware course entitled

'Language and Sociocultural Anthropology,' and related courses,

and develop a 21st century linguistic turn in Anthropology - -

incorporating the growth of World University and School in ALL languages into this new focus in anthropological research, -

so, virtual field work in, and with, World University and School itself, as it grows,

to help build, for example, virtual field sites, and archives.

This might highlight ethnographies that already focus on symbols (e.g. Symbolic Anthropology, for example, Victor Turner's the The Forest of Symbols, or applied linguistics), but further focus richly on language itself, vis-a-vis field work.

Here, Anthropology would go digital, significantly, in this WUaS building process with a language focus.

Thus, in this approach, ethnography and field work would focus on language use explicitly,

in papers, books and in dissertations, developing this focus in great depth,

and building on all existing sociocultural ethnography.

( - April 26, 2011)

Light on Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness: How to co-generate, further, a language of loving bliss tones {music}, contact, ease & joy?

How to co-generate further a language of loving bliss tones {music}, contact, ease & joy?

Loving Bliss Eliciting is

... a subject, which welcomes your editing and creativity. There's much here already. :}

In my experience, it's music, particularly, which can transform one's neurophysiology - into cascades of neural pleasure, for example - in far-reaching ways.

How, further, would such a language develop and grow, and with you?

More music, explicitly for this purpose, as well as sociocultural processes?

More conversation?


A poem ...

I came upon a feast of lights spread speckle 'cross hill and vale ... - March 8, 2011.

( - April 26, 2011)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Northern bald ibis: In what ways, and how, can World Univ & Sch Engage & Generate a Culture of Engineering? MIT, Stanford, Google, Innovation, Careers

In what ways,

and how,

can World University & School engage & generate a culture of engineering & MIT students,

in a way similar to Google's hiring many engineers & Stanford students,

- to launch careers, as well?

Google (with around 24,000 people) is innovative,

as is World University & School (WUaS) - -

which is like Wikipedia with MIT OCW, where you can teach, add & learn.


These Engineering areas at WUaS will grow with time:


World University Engineering School:


Will great WIKI technologies

(starting with NYT's mobile articles as a basis, - so, simple, but wiki)

for potentially 5 billion handheld computers

(one estimate of the number of cell phones in the world)

emerge out of a course at MIT, for example, - -

which WUaS would then develop further?

... Multiple languages (ALL) & an universal translator add complexity and fascinations. :)


A New Paradigm ... ...

educational resources that we create, for ourselves

... like Wikipedia with MIT OCW

... There's so much here already to share.


( - April 25, 2011)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wilson's Bird of Paradise: Friends' Dalton Letter ... ... can be helpful ... & enjoyable

Friends' Dalton Letter ... ...

can be helpful ...

& enjoyable



Dear Friends,

While in Scotland (June – July 2003) I learned about John Dalton, a Quaker and a scientist who, when he died, was so appreciated (beloved) for his kindness (I read somewhere) that around 40,000 people and 100 carriages passed by his coffin in Manchester to pay their respects, - a worthwhile kind of fame.

While his scientific accomplishments at that time (late 1700s - early 1800s) were impressive (in meteorology, vision, atmosphere, and considered the 'father' of the atom – that matter is composed of the atomic weights of different elements - among other ideas; induction then into the French Academy of Sciences as one of eight foreign representatives), I'm attracted to the effects of his Quaker interests and upbringing - the cultural practices, ways of doing and thinking (analytically & compassion-wise), the traditions, and the shared understandings which inform the Society of Friends (unprogrammed Quakers) at their best.

What thinking about the Quaker and scientist John Dalton brings to mind for me about Quaker ways are the very open-ended and organic practices or leadings (remarkably sensitive and caring?) - that I sometimes liken to a kind of musical or theatrical improvisation - (waiting in silence with Friends ~ a kind of relaxation response {Benson 1972} vis-à-vis Quaker processes) and which can lead to inward and outward, indirect and straightforward realizations of love in its best sense - empathy; delight; sympathy; centered caring; tenderness; sensitivity; ineffable ecstasy; incredibly positive - potentially lifelong - feelings of connectedness; sublimity; kindness; “love in the air;” gentleness; an understanding of developing, mutual otherness; friendship; mirthful, playful freedom in mind, words and gestures; thoughtfulness; dating; cuddling/physical intimacy/sensuality (1-2 hours per day); making love (intimate and warm)~coitus; a delightful, “glowing” party; ongoing smile / sincere and charming affection / “flow” experiences (for “flow,” see Csikszentmihalyi’s “Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience” - 1993) with a community / network across generations; openness; generosity; coming closely in tune with good friends; fulsome trust; anticipatory, beneficial surprises; sweetness; nurture; receptivity {to love}; sharing; hail gladdening love; non-harming, altruistic engagement; acts of kindness ~ voluntarism; considerateness; cordiality; congeniality; collegiality; flourishing (viz. eudaimonia); warm, radiant fun; sociable, flirtatious, and gleeful inner and outer movement, which some people experience while dancing (e.g. unconditional~free-form dancing, New England contra-dancing, Scottish Country Dancing, Dances of Universal Peace~Sufi dancing, contact improvisational dance jams, etc.); having a ball with you; euphoric merriment; cherishing as well as feeling / being cherished; (love-related) passion; the numinous; a loving bliss economy~loving bliss indices {a way of measuring groups' affective neurophysiology, as a whole, linked with socially conscious, index, mutual funds}; old friends; an unburdened feeling of lightness of being; falling in love; the fun of raising / being with kids; cheeriness; positive psychology (viz. Seligman's “Authentic Happiness”); following your bliss; well-received, intense, salutary interest; the deep, inward release that comes in remarkable / easing moments and which is cultivatable; deeply exuberant, beneficent pleasure with another ~ a partner ~ a love; best friends; understanding; reverie; friendliness; what gives you joy?; imagination to love profoundly, and then to love; wholesomeness; well-being; peace, peace of mind, and at peace-ness; being in love; ahimsa {non-harming}; a good connection; virtue, esp. of transcendent, jubilant love; helpfulness; doing good; loving touch (e.g. a gentle hand, hugs, massage, Watsu*Waterdance {Wassertanz} & more); singing "I love you;" the inspiration for the creation of great, loving art; rich, bountiful inventiveness / imagination in amity; Harbin Hot Springs ~; heart consciousness; harmony; the neurochemistry of romantic love~heightened levels of four neurotrophins, - i.e. NGF, BDNF, NT-3, and NT-4 (Emanuele et al., 2005); loving bliss ~*MMmmm ~ loving bliss and practices for this*~ (naturally, and with many qualities, but ecstasy is a reference experience ~> oxytocins~dopamine); practicing loving bliss vis-à-vis a musical instrument; balance; wonderful, oceanic wholeness; free love; happiness; contentment; the joy / rapport / 'reading' of minds that goes on between two (or more) skillful musicians / listeners, who are improvising; love letters; harmony love fests; love is the answer; loving bliss as friends; the thought, experience, and generation of love; quiet wisdom ~ love of wisdom; and sophisticated, intuitive caritas - (e.g., see Tolstoy’s “The Three Questions”) - (what are other positive characteristics / expressions of love that you can add, besides the American Friends' Service Committee, the Friends' Committee on National Legislation, and others like them? And how can we develop them together? How can we move toward world peace & love?), - and this somehow in conjunction with pulls from (a love of?) evolutionary biology~naturalism~nature~the physical~the material~the neurophysiological~the symbolic; knowledge / knowing something / different ways of knowing; data / hypothesizing - experimentation - empirical findings/evidence - phenomenology; DNA {deoxyribonucleic acid} / genes / evolution/ primatology (Sapolsky) {writing has existed only for about 5500 years, and each of us represents an unbroken line of life ~ DNA about 3.5 billion years old} and the sciences (all understanding/ideas are shaped by evolutionary biology~neurophysiology and making meaning vis-à-vis an earth-centric life?); the earth's sun; stars; mathematics~proofs; quantum mechanics/physics; cooperation and lessening the pain of competition; “Concepts of Determinism” (Money 1988: 114 ff.) - pairbondage, troopbondage, abidance, ycleptance, foredoomance, with these coping strategies: adhibition (engagement), inhibition & explication; some people's ideas of the 'emotional' mind / human “nature/mind,” – biological, psychological and socioculturally anthropological ({linguistic- } practices in context?), etc.; sensibleness/common sense; creative social practices, norms and their benefits / limitations / innovations; moving from the emergence of life to single-celled organisms, the Cambrian explosion & later speciation (viz. dinosaurs & the K-T extinction), to neural activity about love, expressed in language; significantly limiting military/war-oriented institutions like departments of 'defense'/the U.S. Pentagon; lessening, letting go and/or easing discontent / frustration / worry / procrastination / anger / fear / hate, etc.; anti-nuclearism; lessening problems associated with social striving; ambivalence (letting a decision emerge, processually, to focus, in part, on generating love?); great work ~ the contingencies / exigencies of making a living wage/money ~ artisans; socially responsible prosperity; polyamory; individual autonomy / space; Renaissance ~ individualism; humor; time; significantly lessening the negative impact of consumerism and profit-driven corporations and capitalism, for all (Latouche); cooperatives / collectives / credit unions; not making others vulnerable; de-centering power-seeking (see Lao Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching”~ *); {warm} water; critical thinking {esp. reason / rational discourse – see “The Oxford Companion to Philosophy” – 2005, the philosopher C.D.C. Reeve’s essay “Ionian Thinkers” – 1999, or U.C. Berkeley philosopher Bert Dreyfus’s 15 online papers in the web archive -- (on the myth of the mental, being, nihilism, art, politics, agency, subjectivity, the Internet, skills, existentialism, etc.)}; metaphysical / epistemological / ontological inquiries~curiosity; an alternative, complex, dynamic, maximally flexible, nonviolent code / argument / explanation / language; unique constellations or series of events / ideas (history? or 'karma'? or a "kula ring"? or an 'ecology' of actions / energies?, or a 'matrix'?, or fabric of life, or a feedback system, or a far-reaching systems' theory?); a positive alternative to a default, evolutionary biologically-based, moral skepticism ~ sweet, love-life nihilism; symbols / symbolic representation (can we combine symbols together in infinite ways with infinite referents?:) / the symbolic species (Deacon); metaphors, such as humans are experiential, feeling, thinking, remembering, imagining, sentient, networking, idiosyncratic, embodied, procreating computers {conscious, sociocultural, distributed, input-think/feel-output bodymind systems that can have babies and can self-program (“add/remove programs?”;) / learn / plan and which also have been 'selected for' / “encoded” in ancestral environments via Darwinian natural selection, and by family and community (acculturation)}, musicians, the yoga tree of life, sail boat (e.g. Nate Herreshoff's or catamaran) {or cyber-?} navigators/pilots/captains, or, have fun-to-explore 'inner bodies' (or are or friends:); dynamic (intellectual?, emotional?) interaction; {wildflowers ~ native plants, esp. orchids}; problem solving; gardens ~ organic farming; just doing / action (consequences? or feedback?); being; talking (love is a kind of dialogue); learning a language together (there are about 3000 - 8000 languages, dialects, pidgins, and creoles, with individuals each having their own 'language'); strategizing; the human condition (all of our narratives over time +) ~ humanities ~ humanism; skill and excellence (virtu and arete); progressive, deliberative, participatory democracy and/or developments from this, and/or moderate 'realism;' academic freedom; adaptations; modernity and the rise of the network society (see Castells, 2000, and Manuel Castells' U.C. Berkeley Globetrotter interview); Ursula K. Le Guin's “lyrical & luminous” (Delany 1985: 31) Always Coming Home; appropriate technology: energy autonomous, carbon-minimal power-generation, buildings, transportation, bicycles, devices, etc. ~ solar technologies; {cosmos consciousness}; clothing-optional, hot pool retreat centers; the sheer amount of information available today / free, public libraries, internet (network neutrality) and open universities (a network of innovating, reasoning, knowledge-making bodyminds in conversation?); a global, degree-granting, free, open, virtual-world university~universe, with great Universities {& Harbin Hot Springs?} as key players, vis-à-vis loving bliss; consensus decision-making vis-a-vis nontheist Friends with mindfulness of love; orality / text / meme / media / sound, image & word pathways/vectors; ramifications of Bonobo chimpanzees and other species (e.g. about 1.8 million species identified {E.O. Wilson 2007} with an est. 8 - 100 million species in existence) / animals {the fact of so many millions of years of sexual and asexual reproduction, much of which is pleasurable for a complex of reasons}; the genera Pan (chimpanzee: paniscus & troglodytes), Pongo (orangutan: pygmaeus & abelii), Gorilla (gorilla: gorilla & beringei), and Homos' (homo: homo sapien ~ human) range of neuro-behavior as key, salient, illuminating narratives for human experience vis-à-vis love, life and natural selection; taste; patience; improving quality of life; mentation; organization; freedom-seeking movements of 1960s and 1970s / hippies ~ hippiemindedness / counterculture / clothing-optionalness ~ naturism*nudity / peace, love & happiness / communitas (liminality?); philanthropy; affectionate, comic, theatrical absurdity; differentiating processes / drawing distinctions / comparison / logic; pi {e~pumpkin?:}; om; Moms~Mothers~Ma; using it or losing it; projection; modeling; a (great?) male principle; practice / practicing; unfolding, contemporary events; insiderness/outsiderness; getting to know the 'other' / befriending the stranger ~ tolerance; Euro/American / women & men; the possible negative effects of striving for and thinking about love (e.g. John Money 1988: 133 ff., see also pp. 4-7); some implications of brain-actuated technology (see Andrew Junker’s Cyberlink web site - - how do “brainwaves” work?); lessening the desire to control and not be controlled; reversing poverty & hunger; reversing state / legal / financial / structural limitations to advantage the disadvantaged (Singapore talks – 2003?) in a new, global disorder; wilderness and wildness (untraining?); environmentalism and reversing global warming (Gore & Lovins) and effects of pollution, especially for people most disadvantaged; challenges of daily life / raising a family; redressing injustice / global justice movement; non-market information & knowledge production ~ informationalism ~ you can post information to the World Wide Web, with love; here too: death (see Chuang Tzu/Zhuangzi's “When Chuang Tzu's wife died, Hui Tzu ... ”) and taxes (war tax resistance?); memory; irony; social psychology (Milgram, Zimbardo, Darley and Batson's "Good Samaritan" experiment at Princeton University, etc. >> positive situations / determinants? teachers~learners in a mixed realities' world {"real"/digital-virtual}, in relation to love?); {?eht drah ecneics dna yhposolihp fo siht evol}; awareness; ethics & values (esp. in relation to the ideas of love expressed above) ~ the honor principle (viz. Reed College's); interpretation; representation(s); “making love, not war”*; travel, esp. to visit friends who are loving, and whom you love; habitus; solidarity; seeing what comes up in your bodymind and exploring what it needs / going lightly (?) into your own (mind?) stuff / challenging ideation / unconscious; talking with a good (re-evaluation co-) counselor / psychotherapist / clinical psychologist (linguistically-oriented, ethical and confidential) / psychiatrist; art/music therapy / singing / hiking / walking / book / study / social groups; contingency; causality (modal verbs?); doing what comes naturally while not hurting anyone (yamas and niyamas?, thinking?, public/private~discretion?, discussion?, namelessness? etc.); the local/the glocal; India; France & Paris; Khajuraho; great music: world ~ bluegrass ~ blues ~ rock & roll ~ 'juice' ~ jazz ~ ragas; electricity; (loving bliss now) Zen ~ mindfulness; internet ~ philosophy ~ art cafés; native peoples; identity; discourse; design / engineering / computer science; abstraction; visions of goodness; serendipity & synchronicity; patterns; hybridity and fluidity; the roles and niches people develop in the course of a life; personality (dynamic coding?) / temperament / character / self; will {good}; lessening~easing conflict; 8 - 11 hours of regular, restful sleep; anxiety / boredom; dissent / conscience / conscientious objection / doing the right thing / social activism / civil disobedience; some implications of Beethoven’s symphonies (e.g. Eroica), esp. his late quartets (e.g. Cavatina); the wunderkind Mozart, and his opus (>>Pa-Pa-Gena<< - >>Pa-Pa-Geno<< aria in Die Zauberflöte:); J.S. Bach's great music (e.g. Yo-Yo Ma's Bach "Cello Suites"); great {choral} music; classical Indian music/dance; great ballet; great opera; great painting, arts & innovation (e.g. Michelangelo, Da Vinci & the Italian Renaissance); great film (e.g. Les enfants du paradis); great drama (the Oedipus cycle~the three Theban plays); great chamber music; great architecture (Balter/Berndtson House, Taj Mahal); Homer, Aristotle, Plato, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Kant, Tolstoy, D. Davidson, R. Rorty (& neo-pragmatism), and esp. the implications of / the paradigm shift shaped by Darwin (evolution by natural selection), Nietzsche, Freud (viz. “The Great Books of the Western World”) and Foucault's work; [Einstein's five papers in 1905]; significantly lessening the effects of violence and aggressive behavior {for example, angry, smart, aggresive males might complain to a counselor, while regularly eliciting the relaxation response, and developing communication & listening skills based on empathy and understanding to family and friends; reason-oriented talking and language exchange are valuable}; the “small voice of reason”; Lacan’s 'mirror,' 'symbolic' and 'real' registers, and understanding of desire; fantasies; family, and reconciling multi-generational family history problems/challenges (through conversation?); letting things go to free up energy; managing your feelings (with a mind to love?); listening / listening to one’s own 'voice'/bodymind; eros/venus; asking one’s own questions and, in a sophisticated way, developing one’s own thoughts / philosophical positions / understandings (e.g. What’s your position on the idea of 'intentionality'?, What are key philosophical positions on 'intentionality'?, How does the mind work? etc.); learning how things work; adding knowledge to databases; helping others; civil liberties, with loving intentions; awareness of how one is feeling / thinking and using this as guidance / information for moving to aspects of life which are very enjoyable ~ creative; truth / truthfulness; integrity / integration; complexity / simplicity; stillness; silence; and meditation {vis-à-vis Benson}, etc., (the list is long – many ideas and facts - and, given history {e.g. evolutionary, labor, intellectual, cultural}, will probably grow longer). Community, natural philosophy, language (esp. putting ideas in words~the speech act), and yoga (e.g. Nalini Snell’s and/or Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten’s approach to it, B.K.S. Iyengar's “Light on Yoga” and “Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health,” or a western, philosophical reading of Patañjali's eight limb yoga (it's very ascetic) as self/bodymind-regulating, biological, and social, reference concepts, that, with discernment, may well improve the 'fabric of life' for you, or, originating from a yoga perspective, Dean Ornish’s (1995) clinical, medical research, for example, that heart disease, the biggest cause of death presently in the United States (get your blood analyzed for risk factors?), and potentially many other conditions – e.g. he’s doing clinical trials presently on prostate cancer with positive preliminary results (2001), as well as possibly breast cancer - are reversible through lifestyle changes, especially a varied, delicious (Tucker / Katzen) and nutritionally-sound (Robertson) [Omega-3 fatty acids {for mood, heart disease, bone density, et al., - e.g. 1000 mg flax seed oil, 3-4 times per day with food}, protein {an unfertilized, organically-grown egg per day?} and a multivitamin for iron, vitamin B12, etc.], low-fat {extra virgin olive oil} grain-, vegetable-, legume {including soy bean products} -, and fruit- centered diet {and fat-free dairy/milk products}, - if at risk for heart disease, aim to eat less than 3 grams of fat {esp. trans and saturated fats, - (little) kids need a moderate amount of fat} per serving -; movement {a wide range,- some gentle and some vigorous}, e.g. 30 minutes of walking, biking, yoga asana, swimming, dancing, etc., per day; relaxation; and community, - studies have also shown red grapes, and the substance 'reversatrol' in red wine and grape juice to prevent heart disease (Wade 2006)) offer ways to balance / integrate some problematic aspects of these perspectives / processes.

So many of the ways one experiences life and the not-yet-clearly-understood processes of consciousness ^ thinking {or loving bliss viz. MDMA} (in an analytical, philosophical, knowledge-based sense) are shaped by the variable ways one sees and thinks about life (I think) (conceived of here as distinct from biological, economic, political, social, cultural and linguistic processes, and scientific methods) and aren't always under the control (agency) of the thinker / bodymind (viz. John Money 1988: 116, 118), but not totally out of control of the agent, either. (Philosophically and biologically, how does free, human agency {choice} – esp. intention - work causally in relation to consciousness / genius?) Sometimes I think to myself, why not focus on freeing love and center oneself / be present and wait in silence (when one isn't feeling or acting lovingly, for things change - or talk in a way which cultivates 'love' with friends) or sing, make music / art, write {poetry}, read, have a great deal of fun, do what you like & want, think, do fundamental research, dance with friends {honey}, or write a great book with friends or alone when one is 'in love,' which is what I'd like to do (in conjunction with taking care of making a living which, for hunter-gatherers, for example, might take 2 - 3 hours per day depending on the biogregion and which thus might represent the time needed today to make a living, given a change in economic conditions)? Quaker processes (among many) allow for the possibility to contemplate such opportunities and ways (and love), and then to realize them. I suppose there’s a method of dry, philosophical / analytical / hermeneutical (see Gadamer) / anthropological / phenomenological inquiry implicit here that I would like to follow logically in a number of directions, but in a way which gets to an experience of love as touched on above, and doesn’t get into the more negative aspects of love. How to produce / generate love (the embodied, neural correlates of the above, realized naturally) in large measure over time is a question that interests me. Generating mutual love is something I would not only like to think about but also do.

While one’s life can go in many directions (and few as well), the degree that one can shape these love~life processes allows the possibility that people, with friendly support, can cultivate, at least in some kind of artistic sense, some or all of these aspects of love. John Dalton’s thinking represents a far-reaching, scientific, paradigm shift, and his life moved in a number of interesting directions, - and people loved him.

I’m not sure whether I should share this with you, but I'll place it here anyway as they are interesting ideas / words and you might enjoy them. ;-)


Warmly & affectionately, Scott

P.S. I find inspiring this Nobel Peace Prize Address (1947) on behalf of Quakers in general … :)

Friends' Dalton Letter Bibliography

Henri Matisse's “Life of Joy”

Print Friends' Dalton Letter (.doc)
Copyright Scott MacLeod's Arts 1998 -2020

Loving Bliss Letters

Friends' Dalton Letter

Loving Bliss and Practices to Elicit This

Loving Bliss as Friends

Eudaimonia is Flow and Bliss

Guidelines for Practicing Loving Bliss vis-à-vis Practicing a Musical Instrument


( - April 24, 2011)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Nepalese impatiens paucidentata: For the languages and countries, WUaS approach is to build gradually with, Wikipedia's 282 languages, Nepal

For the languages and countries,

WUaS's approach is to build gradually using the current,

and eventually move to,

and develop,

the most appropriate wiki technologies,

(that include usability on handheld phone computers - e.g. NYT's mobile articles - potentially 5 billion),

- perhaps MediaWiki.

The openness of wiki is important, because it allows all of us to explore ways to improve education by teaching & learning freely on the web.


Here is a list of 281 Wikipedias:

as bases.


WUaS has just found a volunteer to develop Nepali languages as well as the WUaS Nepal country pages!!!

There are two are Nepalese languages at Wikipedia

Newar / Nepal Bhasa:


Here are three, new, WUaS Nepal pages:



Newar / Nepal Bhasa:

... but not yet in Nepalese languages, which is also a WUaS goal.


Here are WUaS's Languages and Nation States' pages, where you'll find these.


( - April 23, 2011)

Red wildflowers: For incoming free WUaS degree classes, Just a WUaS check box on both Harvard & MIT's application forms, Benefiting Harvard & MIT

For incoming free degree classes at WUaS,,

beginning in 2014 (with a class of 25-100 working toward a Bachelors' degree),

all online,

just a WUaS check box on both of the Harvard/MIT application forms would be great,

and WUaS's choice.

WUaS hopes students will significantly develop WUaS

An online open university such as WUaS will be able to build so much over the decades, information technologically :)

.. and WUaS will always remain an 'edit this page,' open, free wiki for teaching & learning resources

There were around 35,000 applicants to Harvard College for around 1700 spots last year

... and, of course, WUAS's free, open informational technological knowledge / skill / expertise (eventually leading to a huge group of WUaS coders), will richly benefit Harvard & MIT here

... a big Rainbow Gathering of great universities' open teaching and learning information technologies ...

( - April 23, 2011)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sun Flares: The BIG SHARE @ World Univ & Sch in ALL Languages +, Matriculating classes (MIT OCW) in 2014 (BA), 2015 (Ph.D.), 2016 (Law), & 2017 (Med.)

The Big Share - -

the open, FREE, wiki sharing of ideas in ALL ...





Educational Software,



and much more -

like Wikipedia with MIT OCW

... where YOU can teach, add, learn.


Matriculating classes at World Univ & Sch - -

first, incoming BA/BS - Bachelor Degrees - class (MIT OCW) in 2014,

incoming Ph.D. class in 2015,

incoming Law School class in 2016, &

incoming Medical School (with free, online hospital) class in 2017,

with 25-100 students,

for free degrees,

in each incoming class,

every year,

in English,

to begin,

all online ...

- while remaining an open, growing wiki

where YOU can teach, learn & 'edit this page.'


... with other Languages' free, online, degree programs, to follow ...


Sun Flares:

( - April 22, 2011)

Glaucothoe: Gulf between evolutionary biology giving rise to 3-100 million species (e.g. genetic replication & speciation) & Culture, Tenderizing love

D, and nontheist Friends,

Thanks for the heads up to Wilson's "Darwin's Cathedral" - which is also here at the Religious Studies's subject at World University and School -, with other interesting, rigorous, related, evolutionary biological approaches to explaining religion, among other resources. I found Scott Atran's "In God's We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion" also edifying. He uses the metaphor of landscape to offer an in-depth, evolutionary biological, interpretation of religion and its widespreadness (and why humans' seem to be 'trip-wired' for the 'God' word, for example), partly because the language of evolutionary biological knowledge, from his perspective, led him to metaphor - he couldn't find more, or better, scientific, or anthropological, language (he's a cognitive anthropologist). I'm so glad we're living in a time when such evolutionary biological approaches to explaining religion are emerging, but I think there's a LOT of potential for creative, biological thinking ahead.

I still see a gulf between evolutionary biology giving rise to 3-100 million species (lots of genetic replication and speciation, to say the least) and the sociocultural processes that seem to inform religion the 7-8 great religions of, say, Huston Smith's "Religions of Man," who also greatly appreciates the significance of psychedelics vis-a-vis religion (see Don Lattin's 'The Harvard Psychedelic Club," for example, who was the religion and spirituality editor at the SF Chronicle for around 2 decades ... somehow psychedelics are particularly a SF Bay Area spiritual thing :). Although we're just beginning to tease out sociocultural processes vis-a-vis evolutionary biology, I think we (scientifically minded) have a long way to go to offer convincing accounts (especially of the myriad of negative aspects in religion), even given the 'beginning science of religion' books at WUaS Religious Studies' subject, for example. And memes (replicating, cultural 'units') are very logical, socioculturally, in a sense, to complement the genetic success of 3-100 million species over some 3.5 billion years.

To welcome and cultivate the 'love' aspect, which I see as a part of religion, in terms of other social relatednesses, or connectednesses, together with its warm, affective qualities of personalization, and community, seems possible without the words above (God, worship, religion, spirituality, soul, etc.) which I find problematic (but not everybody does), seems to be something nontheist Friends may be exploring, in language, in part. I'm certainly interested in questions of love, and its experience. Perhaps this can lead to kinds of nontheistically Friendly biological, tenderizing, and sympathies.

... Space for further exploration ...

All the best,

( - April 22, 2011)

Earth around the sun: It's Peace Corps' 50th anniversary, World Univ & Sch shares this vision, and seeks to be a helpful wiki in places it has visited

It's Peace Corps' 50th anniversary


all year long ...

World University & School - -

shares this vision,

and seeks to be a helpful teaching and learning wiki in all the places

around the world Peace Corps has visited and benefited.

( - April 22, 2011)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Exploding Stars: What NARRATIVES would you like to have explode in your mind, a little like Grateful Dead music floating through ...? World Univ & Sch

What narratives would you like to have explode in your mind, a little like Grateful Dead music floating through ...?

We humans see & know SO, so much through narratives - mind boggling so.

In what ways, and to what degree, can we choose the narratives we want to engage and enjoy most, and revel in these?

World University & School's 'Subject' page is open to endless creativity


... check out 'out of the box' subjects like ...

'Loving Bliss Eliciting'

as well as academic (many from MIT, and other great universities' open course ware) subjects -

where YOU can teach, add learn ... :)


Grateful Dead:


( - April 21, 2011)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fairyslipper: An unfolding, OPEN-NOW, 'edit this page' & learn World University & School, FREE, Educational Software

An unfolding, open-now, 'edit this page' & learn World University & School - -

with beginning Medical

& Law


and eventual degrees (BA, Law, MD, Ph.D.),

an all-instrument Music School,

and where YOU can teach,

like Wikipedia with MIT OCW ...

There's SO much here already

... including FREE educational software

( - April 20, 2011)

Mountain Zebras: Conceptualizations of 'technological determinism,' anthropologically & sociologically?, Society & I.T. bump against each other

Know of interesting conceptualizations of 'technological determinism,'

both anthropologically and sociologically?

... let me know

... I think of social processes and information technologies as bumping up against each other, especially since the '50s -

they co-constitute each other

... yea for the '60s, and alternative thinking

Technology grows -

the 'determinism' word is problematic

( - April 20, 2011)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jaguar stepping: Beginnings of World University's Medical School and Law School, GREAT Pre-Med & Pre-Law MIT OCW, Changes in Internet Medicine & Law

Beginnings of World University's Medical School -

(and teaching hospital:

and World University's Law School - .

WUaS is like Wikipedia with MIT OCW

Opportunity here ...

What would you like to see, teach or learn here?

... so many GREAT MIT Open Course Ware pre-Med and pre-Law courses at World University & School ( -

How will internet Medicine and internet Law change as the Web develops?

( - April 19, 2011)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Stick insect: If subcultures, e.g. Grateful Dead concerts, can generate bliss (with music, esp.), Is music on headphones 'subculture'? GD syllabus

If subcultures,

for example, Grateful Dead concerts,

can generate bliss (with music, especially),

is music on headphones 'subculture,' or an expression of it?

(an anthropological, logic question)

... listen to the Dead here, for one -

... enjoy :)


Good Dead concert from '71 at - Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1971-02-18 (February 18, 1971) -

... also at the WUaS Grateful Dead subject page:

with a syllabus from a class taught by Bob Weir at UMass Amherst:

( - April 18, 2011)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bar-tailed Godwit: Nontheist Friends, Evolutionary biology, Culture, Loving bliss, Problems of religious words for nontheists

Hi K, and nontheist Friends,

I think of the 'evolutionary biological' here in terms of 3-100 million species, (and evolution by natural selection, genetic replication, and adaptation, for example), of which humans are one (of around 376) higher primate species, dating back millions of generations. Evolutionary biology provides the context in which I seek to understand much human behavior, and nontheistic Friends, in part. However, evolutionary biology and culture seem pretty far apart from each other, conceptually, especially for understanding nontheistic Friends, and much of what the rest of 7 billion of us do, in the context of culture.

By culture, I mean kinds of discourse (context, milieu), including language use and possibilities, as well as identity (e.g. I see nontheist Friends as an expression of cultural identity, vis-a-vis Quakers).

Given the biology of all species, I find words like 'God,' 'divine,' 'worship,' 'religious,' 'spirit,' 'soul,' 'ministry,' and 'spiritual' curious, somewhat problematic, and relatively recent in an evolutionary biological sense (writing may have begun about 5500 years ago, for example). As a friendly atheist, I'm wary of, and stay away, from such words, in general.

Huston Smith's "The Religions of Man" sympathetically characterizes 7-8 great religions, in a form of cultural comparison, but as an atheistic f/Friend, I continue to be surprised by religions' widespread-ness, even though religion has lessened in significance with modernity and reason (e.g. since the printing press, the Enlightenment and Industrializations and the information technology revolution, that is, in Modernity), for the better, I think. I'm also concerned about/worry about religions' fantasy aspect (the idea of God, for example). I'm a little Swedish in this sense.

I find myself thinking through what might be parallel and better language (language which works for me) vis-a-vis the unprogrammed Society of Friends, and nontheist f/Friends.

Loving bliss neurophysiology vis-a-vis the drug Ecstasy - methylene dioxy meth amphetamine - for example, is one quality of affective euphoria the bodymind can experience, and listening to Mozart, Bach and the Grateful Dead, for me, offer others. I've written five letters partly about this here -, as well. That ecstasy, love, and bliss are biological, with MDMA as a reference experience, fascinates me, - and all emerging, as I see it, out of evolutionary biology. As a focus of inquiry, I continue to explore how to elicit love, and loving bliss, neurophysiology in a variety of ways, naturally.

Culturally, I also find fascinating India's 'connectedness,' and experience this sort of thing, as well, among Friends, at times. Serendipity and synchronicity are fascinating phenomena, which I've written about in this blog ( before, especially in relation to Harbin Hot Springs, and in India, also; I see such fascinating, and often salutary, phenomena, to be expressions of culture, language and practice, often age-old, and with deep linguistic roots.

In nontheistically Friendly silent meeting, I see centering occurring in the silence through a kind of de facto relaxation response:, which emerges with Friends in England from the 1650s on, in an unique way, in this interpretation. Perhaps this group relaxation response facilitated a kind of bonding, in conjunction with the religious language of early Friends, and this networking, together, with Friends' reputation for integrity, in the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, led to Friends' growth, and prosperity. I see Friendly community as another instance of troopbondage. (Concerning troopbondage, see John Money's 'Concepts of Determinism' section in his 1988 book "Gay, Straight and In-Between: The Sexology of Erotic Orientation," published by Oxford University Press - This makes sense to me in relation to the sensible idea that we're human primates.

I share your view that it is 'truth through experience' that informs aspects of Quaker thinking and practice, but I find some of such words as - 'God,' 'divine,' 'worship,' 'religious,' and 'spiritual,' etc. - to be possibly untruthful forms of fantasy, or masks to truth, and certainly language which can obscure evolutionary-informed understands of the natural world, as well as bodyminds. {Personally, I enjoy exploring the wonders of bliss, love, music, poetry and the natural world}. I'm glad there's individualism and tolerance among nontheist Friends, thus leading to an exploration of a variety of meanings of such words, as your etymology, in a recent email to the NTF email list, of the Norse word 'worschippe' suggests. I appreciate nontheistic Friends' ongoing conversation as expressions of truthfulness, in that NTFs are centering conversationally around the 'nontheism' word to explore Quaker-related possibilities, in the context of a 350 year trajectory of Quakerism.

Glad we're in communication.

With friendly greetings,

( - April 17, 2011)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sheldrake ducks: A web-centric, virtual world oriented, information technologically innovative World Univ & Sch, in ALL languages, We're Doing It

A web-centric,

virtual world oriented,

information technologically innovative World University & School,

in ALL languages with an universal translator,

bringing together 4-8 very different voice & text translation projects (e.g. Google Translate & Och) -

We're doing it ...

... invitation to wiki-edit this page :)

( - April 16, 2011)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Sierra Mtns Moon: Curious how World Univ & Sch might make place-making for anthropological field sites easy, Milieus for loving bliss generation

How could World University & School make place-making for anthropological field sites,

- e.g. a virtual Harbin, an UNESCO world heritage site, a city, a small country, a garden -

easy, free & instructive,

in interactive (with avatars and communication), virtual worlds,

for anthropology graduate & undergraduate students, especially, and everyone

(it still isn't easy to make 'accurate' topography in Second Life, for example) - ...

and also give rise to milieus for loving bliss generation? ...

One great example of a MILIEU which gives rise to, or generates, qualities of loving bliss neurophysiology are Grateful Dead concerts for deadheads (& me) ...

... grow this, in new ways, in-world in virtual worlds

... Subcultures and music can generate bliss :)

( - April 15, 2011)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Polar bear cubs: I'm sympathetic with the thesis of Dawkin's "The God Delusion," Atheist Friends, Memes, and Evolutionary Biology

Nontheist Friends,

I'm sympathetic with the thesis of Dawkin's "The God Delusion" -

"In The God Delusion, Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that belief in a personal god qualifies as a delusion, which he defines as a persistent false belief held in the face of strong contradictory evidence. He is sympathetic to Robert Pirsig's statement in Lila that "when one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion" (

I also appreciate, particularly, the clarity of this title, based on both reason and evolutionary biology. It's amazing to me that 150 or so years after Darwin's writings, that some people find such a title and thesis so problematic.

Is the 'God' or the 'divine' meme ('replicating, cultural unit') to blame, or the cause? (Dawkin's coined the word 'meme' in his 1976 book "The Selfish Gene").

Long live evolutionary biology (all 3-100 million species), and nontheistic friends, and conversations about life and nontheism :)

With friendly greetings,

( - April 14, 2011)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Diamond dove's natural habitat: AFSC, Bagpiping, Education, and People-to-people Teaching and Learning


Thanks for making the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) vigil/protest happen so nicely today in front of the Oakland Federal Building.

I'm glad to have participated, and thanks, too, for the invitation to bagpipe. Such multicultural, pro-people gatherings are quite salutary in their idea-sharing for the public good, and even as a kind of community service (patriotism, in a best sense?).

Bagpiping can add an unique voice to such demonstrations. (And please let folks know that I pipe for weddings, funerals and events for a living -

Since so many of the messages today were about education, and people-to-people communication, I would have loved to have spoken briefly about World University and School, but we ran out of time. I'm looking for ways, too, to get the word out, and build a community of great teachers/editors/contributors ('edit this page' - to make open teaching and learning very helpful to people, as well as to make it rock (flourish).

Let's explore how we might further articulate AFSC - with so much education-for-the-people focus today - and World University and School, which is free, highest quality, open and people-to-people oriented.


( - April 13, 2011)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sun on California coast: Shut down Diablo Canyon Nuclear plant in Calif. with LICENSING?, Nukes could ruin California FOREVER, Grow solar hugely

Shut down Diablo Canyon Nuclear plant with licensing?

"PG&E delays licensing to study Diablo Canyon fault"

It's probably ILLEGAL because it can't withstand a 9.0 earthquake, post Fukushima (it was designed for a 6.75, then retrofitted against 7.5 - see WUaS Nuclear Science subject:,

and Wikipedia on Diablo Canyon Nuclear plant:

While both Diablo Canyon and San Onofre Nuclear plants are in earthquake zones, Diablo itself is right on an earthquake fault. (And they aren't closed already?)

Diable Canyon Nuclear plant could ruin California FOREVER.


Teaching & Learning about Solar Energy - -

as a key response to Climate Change (see 'Ocean & Climate Change Management Plan' here:, for example,

also accessible here:

Let's grow solar hugely :)

( - April 12, 2011)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Flatback turtle: Harbin residents' builds – e.g. dwellings, yurts, tents, tarp structures, etc., - for themselves, Resourcefulness

Harbin ethnography:

... It's specifically this connectedness of 'builds' and 'designed' objects to land, that gives form to the possibilities for, in my experience, heightened experiences of release and enjoyment, and of alternative, New Age delights, in the Harbin pools and at Harbin, as a whole.

Harbin residents' builds – e.g. dwellings, yurts, tents, tarp structures, etc., - for themselves, can be unique expressions of resourcefulness, especially on Harbin property. Some residents live in Harbin houses in and around Middletown. Harbin inspires many residents to create anew, as well, and what they make can …

... Harbin is very New Agey ...

( - April 11, 2011)

Gray, barking, tree frog: Let's make Virtual Choir so, in real time ... playfully, innovatively, Singing is so enjoyable ...

Let's make Virtual Choir so,

in real time ...,




in ways we like,

and with developing teaching and learning resources :)

Singing is so enjoyable ...

play and space singing?


Here's a new virtual choir TED Talk with Eric Whitacre:

also on the WUaS Virtual Choir page, which, in turn, is linked from the World University Music School:

( - April 11, 2011)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Brown pelicans: World University and School restaurants and T-shirts for fundraising ... in San Francisco, to start?, Master and Business Plans

World University and School restaurants and T-shirts for fundraising ... in San Francisco, to start?

Eventually buy Ananda Fuara's vegetarian restaurant on Market Street near Civic Center?

... I'd love to drive into San Francisco in an electric car powered by the sun

... WUaS - - is seeking Friendly angel philanthropists to begin to grow


Many good financial ideas and plans already at WUaS:

Master plan:

Business plan:

( - April 10, 2011)

Northern Calif coast: World Univ & Sch plans to hold some regular business meetings (once a month, perhaps), in the manner of Friends

World Univ & Sch - -

plans to hold some regular business meetings (once a month, perhaps),

in the manner of Friends (Quaker - nontheist, too)

(e.g. consensus, regularly, with an attention to detail, inclusive, & with respect for all),

in Quaker Meeting Houses in the San Francisco Bay Area

(and some online),

as monies start to come in.

Friends have been around for 350 years, partly thanks to such processes,

... And there are numerous Quaker schools and organizations (AFSC, FCNL) which have engaged related business practices, and some for centuries .

( - April 10, 2011)

Bear in forest: How to plan for the future in these times? Build community, network and buy high and sell low? :) Read Le Guin's 'Always Coming Home'?

How to plan for the future in these times?

... build community, network

and buy high and sell low (land viz. ocean rise) ? :)

Read Ursula Le Guin's beautiful ethnographic (California) science fiction 'Always Coming Home' (1985) ?

In this ethnography of 400 years in the future, people llive in the valley of the Kesh (what is now the Napa valley) and the oceans have risen, (and there are nuclear hot/dead spots around the world)

... Kesh life is both beautiful and close to the earth.

The book is also a novella with poetry, music (the music of the Kesh in audio tape accompanied one edition), and insight with beauty.

One book reviewer (NYTs) called Always Coming Home 'lyrical and luminous'.


What would you suggest?


... Generate conceptions?

... having kids can reshape how people plan for the future a lot :)

( - April 10, 2011)

Melo: Milieus - cultures - that generate loving bliss (this neurophysiology)?, Grateful Dead, Raga, Piping, How sweet to learn & teach openly, Omegas

Milieus - cultures - that generate loving bliss (this neurophysiology)?

What an idea

... add your thoughts to the Loving Bliss Eliciting wiki page at WUaS which you'll find here ...

... How sweet it can be to learn & teach openly & innovatively.

Grateful Dead, some raga ... piping music ...

Could this WUaS page become a milieu, culture or opening, itself, to Loving Bliss Eliciting ... ?


just added a new WUaS subject on 'Omega 3 Fatty Acids' - - which I find beneficial in a variety of ways .... linked to the Science and World University Medical School subject pages

( - April 10, 2011)

Yuntai Mountain: World Univ & Sch wants to produce great (MIT caliber) engineers for SOLAR innovations, Earthquake & Water Sciences post Fukushima

World Univ & Sch wants to produce more, more great (MIT caliber) engineers for SOLAR innovations, for example,

... degree granting ahead ...

Where's that 12 in x 12 in solar panel with related battery that will power a truck? Add your innovations to World Univ & Sch's Solar and Energy Technologies' page, accessible here:

WUAS is like MIT OCW with Wikipedia where you can TEACH, Learn and Add.

The Sunnev is a start, and it works ...

... infinity miles per gallon

.... and very little co2 output


added new Hydrology subject at WUaS,

in addition to an updated Geology subject,

as well as Oceanography and

Nuclear Science and Engineering:
Nuclear Science and Engineering: subjects,

all in SCIENCE - -

One BIG earthquake with Diablo Nuclear Plant can RUIN California FOREVER. Nuclear WASTE is a TIME BOMB forever, too.

Abolish Nuclear! - it's not worth the risk, post Fukushima, especially.

... will develop further WUAS's Geology wiki subject page -

especially vis a vis tectonic plate subduction, and link both ways with WUAS Nuclear Science.

WUAS is like Wikipedia with MIT OCW.

Nuclear WASTE is a TIME BOMB forever and the earth moves & changes over time ...


Please add references and resources ... World University and School has an 'Ocean and Climate Change Management Plan' wiki subject page, a 'Nuclear Science and Engineering' page, many Energy Technologies' wiki pages, all accessible here:

... I hope some of these will turn into academic departments over time...

with a lot of good science, innovation and planning for the future

... invitation to edit these pages at WUaS wiki.


will look to add this 'Pennsylvania seeks new water tests for radioactivity' article -

- to a new WUAS Hydrology subect in

... with MIT OCW courses where you, too, can teach, add and learn ...

( - April 10, 2011)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

California: Shut down Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant on California coast now, First built to withstand a 6.75 earthquake, then a 7.5, - Fukushima was 9.0

Shut down Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant on California's coast now.

It was first built (in 1968) to withstand a 6.75 earthquake, then re-designed to withstand a 7.5, and Fukushima Dai-ichi was a 9.0 earthquake ...

One BIG earthquake with Diablo Nuclear Plant can RUIN California FOREVER.

Nuclear WASTE is a TIME BOMB forever, too.

Abolish Nuclear.

Nuclear is not worth the risk, post Fukushima.


Brugman, Bruce. 2011. [ Editorial: Shut down PG&E's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant]. March 22. San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Revkin, Andrew C. 2011. [ On Quake History and Climate Warnings]. April 9. New York, NY: The New York Times.


I've added all three of these links to the growing World University and School's "Nuclear Science and Engineering" subject:


Back in the 50s and 60s, what was the Language that the Nuclear Industry in California used to override enormously sensible SCIENTIFIC concern about putting California Nuclear reactors in two earthquake zones.

What an awful, horrible legacy the Nuclear Industry has left us ...

Nuclear plants and waste are TIME BOMBS forever ... ... added ...


Aftershocks in northern Japan - 3 more Nuclear reactors crippled - this is awful - - Let's shut down Diablo Nuclear Reactor in Calif BEFORE such an ongoing nightmare scenario occurs here, for example. Abolish Nuclear.


What a poor accounting science is having in Japan with ongoing Nuclear horrors ...

I think if such a UC Berkeley Nuclear Science department's hypothetical partial letter (below) were followed up by similar ones from Stanford and MIT, there'd be change on the nuclear front - just for the most risky nuclear plants, to start - as we're seeing nuclear plants in earthquake zones have horrific forever consequences.

Science should have prevented the Fukushima nuclear horrors ... Abolish Nuclear ...

Post Fukushima, the letter from the UC Berkeley Nuclear Science Dept. to PG&E and the CA State legislature to close Diable Nuclear plant might read 'We have reviewed your earthquake / Tsunami preparedness, and sea-level rise due to climate change, plans, and find them woefully ...

It's by science and public outcry in the Internet media that the next three Fukushima Dai-ichis will be avoided.


I doubt the costs of a RUINED California can be offset by any gains in power generation or profit ... so difficult, post-Fukushima, to scientifically engineer for the next big earthquake especially on this geologically moving earth, and Nuclear WASTE is a TIME BOMB forever (22,000 years).

The time to act is NOW, California ... BEFORE, not after the next big earthquake that hits Diablo Nuclear Plant ...

And why hasn't this risk been acted on for decades?

Abolish nuclear ... !

( - April 9, 2011)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Colca Canyon: Connecting Harbin's buildings and art with Harbin's valley and property, Interpreting them in the context of the natural

Harbin ethnography:

... While I'm not an architectural historian, I would call all of this art, and these structures, and Harbin places, vernacular art and architecture, meaning here emerging from place and Harbin's local codes, ethnographically-read, and influenced significantly by both '60s thinking and Harbin's vision.

When I connect Harbin's buildings and art with Harbin's valley and property, and interpret them, in the context of the natural, and even as a kind of people-centric, living, organic, artistic, building and growth process, I suggest that this connection between Harbin 'builds' and Harbin's nature – Harbin as place – is an ongoing expression of counterculture, emerging from the 1960s, relating to Harbin's unique topography and lay of the land, and, especially, its waters. Harbin has built all around these geothermally-heated underground water, pools of water, waterfalls, rain, and rivers and creeks in the wet season, and its valley, and enfolded into an unfolding Harbin vision, - which waters then flow away at the low end of the Harbin property, eventually to the sea. These builds and artistic objects each become a living instance of the Harbin experience, and of what all the folks who have come through the gate at Heart Consciousness Church have created. It's specifically this connectedness of 'builds' and 'designed' objects to land, that gives form to the possibilities for, in my experience, heightened experiences of release and enjoyment, and of alternative, New Age delights, in the Harbin pools and at Harbin, as a whole.

Harbin residents' builds themselves, for themselves, are unique expressions of resourcefulness …

( - April 8, 2011)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Geothermal energy from the earth: Harbin as place - Buildings and Art - How it Happens

Harbin ethnography:

... While not built by Heart Consciousness Church, Harbin has made numerous improvements to them (first built in … ) from their initial, run down and dilapidated states in 1972, to make them ongoingly rustic.

So all of this building occurred when Harbin's M.D.s (managing directors), but significantly when Harbin residents, especially J.A., in recent years, decided to develop it further, especially by making it beautiful, and collaborating with specific Harbin residents with unique vision and skills. Most of the builds and art at Harbin are developed from within HCC itself (Boellstorff 2008:97), as a kind of organic process, itself. Generally, J.A. and other residents did this while residing at, or spending much time, on Harbin property itself. Other Harbin residents certainly participated and also might watch, learn on the job, teach each other, or figure it out anew on their own. Harbin's artistic and artisanal counterculture is quite rich. Harbinites know how to recycle, and there have been enough financial resources, at least a times, to build the Harbin Conference Center in the early 1980s, the Harbin Domes in the early 2000s(?), the Harbin Temple (which was completed in 2005), the Harbin Flow Art-Walkway (early 2000s) as well as remodel structures, build the Harbin Market, and so much more building. It's especially the art at Harbin, as expression of place and milieu, that I find so fascinating. It's fluid, reflects the pools, and Harbin's countercultural thinking. There's especially a lot of fascinating artistic details around these days. It's actually a flourishing time for art at Harbin, and it seems like this will only continue. While I'm not an architectural historian, I would call all of this art, and these structures, and Harbin places, vernacular art and architecture, meaning here emerging from place and Harbin's local codes, ethnographically-read, and influenced significantly by both '60s thinking and Harbin's vision.

When I connect Harbin's buildings and art with Harbin's valley and property, and interpret them, in the context of the natural, and even as a kind of people-centric, living, organic, artistic, building and growth process, I suggest that this connection between Harbin 'builds' and Harbin's nature – Harbin as place – is an ongoing expression of counterculture, emerging from the 1960s, relating to Harbin's unique topography and lay of the land, and, especially, its waters.

( - April 7, 2011)

Yosemite Valley river: I looked into the valley and saw bliss

I looked into the valley and saw bliss

I looked into the valley
and saw bliss,
in Napa,
upon leaving Harbin, for a spell.

It's the light on the dormant vineyards,
the wild hills just behind,
the Dead on the sound system,
the Omega 3s from flax,
and the driving ...
O, Napa and Harbin.

Things are mellow,
there's jamming in the air,
and I was wondering,
just a little bit ago,
while in the pool, warm,
whether the Harbin pool area itself
is a human, visual, Bonobos
forest-in-the-pool thing, -
erotically, yes.
Are we all left-bank, sapien primates,
rocking out, Bonobo-wise,
on Harbins's clothing-optional-ness, -
such space-releasing wonders, -
the women, especially?
Have we learned,
just a little,
to return
to the freedom
of natural attraction,
while softening in the warm, clean,
waters at Harbin?

The sky is mottled,
with grays, whites and blues,
making vivid yellow grasses
underneath stumps of
lovely grape-potentiality,
in this California winter.

The sun is setting,
on the other side,
of where I be, and
'Dark Star' is playing.
Turn it on,
and jam with
all the way home
from the pools,
to Canyon,
where bed awakes, -
but without her,
so far.

On we so go, -
why this constellation of beauty
in north Napa Valley,
upon leaving Harbin?
Think I'll sing this love,
anew, inventively ...

And the Dead play
on and on ...
what space ~~~~~~~~~~~ for such long times ...
my o my, ...
feels like long orgasm,
but in tones
yet laid back,
and flowing.
They're happening,
and I just sit and wonder
at these ear flowers,
and smile, and write, -
all with, ... while

'Mirror shatters
in formless reflections of matter,
glass dissolving ...

and I, merging and crescendoing,
all the way home,
bubble love ~

On & on home ...

( - April 7, 2011)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Manchurian Crane: WUaS's Museums' page, wiki-linking all museums, in all languages & nation states, Itself a world class museum

I'm excited that WUaS's Museums' page, wiki-linking all museums, in all languages and nation states, with substantial online content, will itself become a world class museum - -

where we can interact, -

and make art with, as well, in ways we create this possibility :0)

in virtual worlds, as well ... expandable, interactive, immersible al., - trippy even ...

( - April 6, 2011)

Japanese Tancho Crane: Is Zen an appropriate response to open, uncontrolled, uncool-able nuclear fission earth's surface, in northern Japan?

Is Zen an appropriate response / practice to open, uncontrolled, uncool-able nuclear fission on the surface of the earth, in northern Japan?

Japanese people in other parts of Japan are probably still practicing Zen in monasteries even as TEPCO continues to dragon away, and radioactive waste ripples into the environment ... may add to WUaS Nuclear Science page's ideas ...


I don't think TEPCO has 'owned' its little problem, yet (as one might say to a therapist)

... and neither has the world

... Abolish Nuclear before ...

‎... the practice of physical distance makes much sense.

... at least 100 miles, absolute minimum? - barring further earthquakes ...

( - April 6, 2011)

Sierra Mountain stone: Harbin's guest buildings and Stonefront Lodge, were standing in 1972, Harbin has improved them, as place

Harbin ethnography:

... Retaining the natural, developing Harbin very slowly, and self-restraining development, have helped keep Harbin beautiful, as an expression of integrity of vision of place.

The guest buildings themselves, and Stonefront Lodge, were standing when Ishvara bought the property in 1972. While not built by Heart Consciousness Church, Harbin has made numerous improvements to them (first built in … ) from their initial, run down and dilapidated states in 1972, to make them ongoingly rustic.

So all of this building occurred when Harbin's M.D.s (managing directors), but significantly Harbin residents, especially J.A., in recent years, decided to develop it further, especially by making it beautiful, and collaborating with specific Harbin residents with unique vision and skills. ...

( - April 6, 2011)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Eagle's Aerie: The redwood Sleeping Deck was built in 1985 at Harbin, Like an eagle's aerie, for humans, with wondro

Harbin ethnography:

... Each of these decks is like a little glade in the forest for sunbathing, in general, though, they are free from the detritus of the forest floor, and elevated, with views.

The redwood Sleeping Deck was built in 1985. It's kind of like an eagle's aerie, for humans, with wondrous views. People can sleep on pads and sleeping bags there, or just hang out in the sun. There's a long, spacious wooden bench along its hill-side, (abutting the village path), on which people can sleep, although I haven't often seen this. I've slept, or camped out, on the redwood deck a lot over the years I've been coming to Harbin. It's almost a perfect camping place, because it's close to the pools and the community kitchen, and its high, dry, and has beautiful views and clean air. This deck has a waist high railing, and along the eastern side of the deck, people are sheltered from the early morning sun; in the corner of the deck on the eastern side and near the hill, is a lovely, small conifer (a white pine or something), which needles create a nice canopy under which to sleep. Its colorfulness at times, with sleeping gear strewn all around, sometimes reminds me of Woodstock Music Festival in 1969 (of which I've only seen photos; for example – http://).The sleeping deck is elevated and located right at the beginning of the village path, on which you can walk to a kind of sleepy village area, possibly a mile away, where some residents live in little houses; this village somehow feels unfinished, and is directly across a creek from the Harbin warehouse. The dirt path from the pool area, which is mostly cement and decking material, and walkable - without getting your bare feet dirty - and also, therefore, the pool-side cafe, which is at the eastern end of the pool area (Fig. ), and the redwood sleeping deck, may lessen the number of people coming from the pool area to the sleeping deck, by just a little. While Harbin does continue to build and add things - slowly and in a kind of organic hippy way - their not having paved this roughly 25 meter stretch of earthen path, is another example of the choices it makes about place, and the people who visit Harbin. Retaining the natural, developing Harbin very slowly, and self-restraining development, have helped keep Harbin beautiful, as an expression of integrity of vision of place.

The guest buildings themselves, and Stonefront Lodge, were standing when Ishvara bought the property in 1972. ...

( - April 5, 2011)

Continent antarctica: Nontheist Friends, Social theory is a broad field, Quakers, Creativity

Nontheist Friends,

Social theory is a broad field. You'll find some links to various fields in Social Theory here, half way down -, and here in the Social Theory subject - As a practicing anthropologist (I'm writing an actual / virtual ethnography of Harbin Hot Springs in northern California -, I (can) see social theory in anthropology to be an interpretive practice of a cultural milieu through participant observation.

Anthropology has deep roots in cultural relativism's comparative approach to questions of 'cultural' difference, which has long cast questions of bigotry into question, by offering approaches for us to learn about others and ourselves, through anthropological kinds of immersion in the lives of others, and sharing of such knowledge representationally in media.

I find Friends / Quakers have historically recast questions of bigotry through a kind of experiential code of seeing the light in everyone, often formulated in variations on "There is that of God in everyone" language.

I wonder how nontheistic Friends might nontheistically create anew, vis-a-vis this historical Friendly code. I understand some of us as engaging in a kind of nontheistic parallelism with much Quaker code, as approach or method - mostly online in email, but also in gatherings and publications - where Friendly language is a basis. But nontheistic Friends also seem, as a kind of method, to create anew through divergent yet unifying tendencies with Quaker process, expressed here in words, and spanning continents.

Might we engage the interpretive practices of social theory vis-a-vis nontheistic Friends to suggest "there is that of Friendly atheists, or nontheistic f/Friends, in everyone"? (I personally draw on the primate record in my social theory interpretations). In the process we might transform bigotry in nontheistically friendly ways. There is that of the nontheist Friend not only in the 7 billion people on the planet, but also in the two species of chimpanzees, two species of orangutans, etc. (Of course, there may not be, as well).

As nontheistic friends, we may create our own 'subculture,' or identity, in a sense, in the U.S., 'within' - sociologically - modern U.S. society which includes the elements you mention (New Deal social and economic policies, and with agency/choice, and via information technologies), but also including aspects of caring and progressive thought (e.g. approaches to peace, anti-war activism, social justic and nonharming ... ) - in my experience. This ongoing creative generation of nontheistic language is thus open-ended, and capable of developing new responses and language to the problematics of bigotry, (and even Quakerism?), for example, but furthers, too, developing continuing networks and community within the Society of Friends, as a whole.

With friendly greetings,

( - April 5, 2011)

Coral spawn: Great, informative web site - CO2 Now - with CO2 data since 1958 on Mauna Loa in Hawaii ... long data set and fascinating information

Great, informative web site - CO2 Now

with CO2 data since 1958 on Mauna Loa in Hawaii

... long data set and fascinating information

... added to WUaS's Ocean and Climate Management Plan

... the costs of oceans' rising are enormous - beyond imagination.

We're at 390 ppm now according to this web site, and Bill McKibben's goal, to prevent climate change leading to ocean's rising (?), is 350 ppm, at, for example.

( - April 5, 2011)

Lyrebird: The generativity potential of World Univ & Sch is extraordinary, like generating iPhones, Androids, and at the univ. level, in ALL language

The generativity potential of World University & School - -

is extraordinary

... like generating iPhones, Androids, iPads & Google everywhere, as teaching & learning resources

... and at the university level, in ALL languages :)

infinite, even

... and at the idea-level in the context of 'school,' especially

... and as wiki, where we all create it together.

( - April 5, 2011)