2010.06.27 07:00 - Neurons in the Nervous System

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Adams Rubble. The comments are by Adams Rubble.

    The theme of the session was from Eden who threw out the phrase "Experiencing themselves as neurons in the nervous system of the passage to a new civilization"

    Eden Haiku: Hello Adams. What an elegant outfit!
    Adams Rubble: Good morning Eden,how nice to see you
    Adams Rubble: I made it :)
    Eden Haiku: Wow! I'm impressed. I did not know you were designing clothes!
    Adams Rubble: I usually tweak my outfits and this time I kept tweaking and it turned into something else
    Eden Haiku: Wonderful!
    Adams Rubble: How are you this morning?
    --BELL--

    Adams Rubble: Are you affected by the G20?
    Eden Haiku: I'm good, thanks. A beautiful sunny morning in te country, after breakfast in bed :)
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Adams Rubble: sounds wonderful
    Eden Haiku: No, not affected by the G20, I'm a bout 600 kilometers away :)
    Adams Rubble: my geography is not so great it seems :)

    (nor my memory)


    Adams Rubble: Is there anything you would like to talk about?
    Eden Haiku: Found this beautiful sentence somewhere on the Web (can't remember where); Experiencing themselves as neurons in the nervous system of the passage to a new civilization"
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Eden Haiku: I think it was connected to a project called "I can" someone tweeted about. I find myself handling many fragments of info, loosing the source :)
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Eden Haiku: But I like feeling like a neuron in the nervous system of the passage to a new civilization ;)
    Eden Haiku: Do you feel like that sometimes too Adams?
    Adams Rubble: there are two parts of that :)
    Eden Haiku: yes?
    Adams Rubble: I find myself focusing on the former as a metaphor to how we are part of something bigger than the way we often think of ourself
    Adams Rubble: As a historian, I am not sure of the "new"
    Adams Rubble giggles
    Adams Rubble: seems that humans do things much the same way over and over again
    Eden Haiku: Yes, being part of something bigger, like in a group of birds flying in formation. Is there a word for that in English?
    Eden Haiku: Ah, I see the historian point of view yes...:)
    Adams Rubble: not that I can think of; I am not so good with birds :)
    Adams Rubble: how do you see the "new"?
    Eden Haiku: Pondering your question.
    Adams Rubble: It can be an optimistic view
    Adams Rubble: that maybe we will finally get it right :)
    Adams Rubble: everyone getting along and lioving in harmony
    Eden Haiku: A new level of collective intellignece at play maybe?
    Eden Haiku: *intelligence
    Adams Rubble: the world has gotten smaller
    Eden Haiku: With the fantastic tools of technology, we can access each other's knowledge so much faster now.
    Adams Rubble: yes
    Eden Haiku: And it is also very democatric.
    Eden Haiku: When first learning about my new computer, I would watch videos made by a 14 year old boy who was very good at showing you how to use it!
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Eden Haiku: Is history always repeating itself, really?
    Eden Haiku: Did it happen before in Time that 2 years old would know how to switch on a computer while an old wise person would still be afraid of it?
    Adams Rubble: more or less. there are forces threatened by the changes in the world and they are using the new technology to spread hatred
    Eden Haiku: Maybe it happened with the wheel ;)
    Adams Rubble: It happned before that older people learned from youngsters but the world has not see the dehgree of chage that it as in the last 150 years
    Adams Rubble: seen the degree
    --BELL--
    Eden Haiku: To spread hatred? I see...I always think the light is somehow stronger and will dispell all darkness...
    Adams Rubble: Of course I hope you are right :)
    Eden Haiku: I hope I am :)
    Adams Rubble: I belong to a group called the Southern Poverty Law Center that sends me a magazine each month documenting how the hate groups are using the internet
    Adams Rubble: I get very depressed for the entire next day
    Adams Rubble: I keep promising myself not to read the next issue
    Adams Rubble: but thaat is a form of light being shed on the subject
    Adams Rubble: we need to know
    Eden Haiku: Oh, tell me more?
    Adams Rubble: can't bury our heads in the sand
    Eden Haiku: I know evil does exist but I have a strong tendency to deny it.
    Adams Rubble: It is just a easy for the neo-nazi, KKK or other hate group to get a computer and find people in the city 50 miles away, etc. etc who agree
    Eden Haiku: Can you remember an example?
    Eden Haiku: Eliza is still in her pyjamas from the pyjama party!
    Eliza Madrigal: :) Hi Eden and Adams :)
    Adams Rubble: In general, they can collect money and recruiot members and plan hate events
    Adams Rubble: Good morning Eliza :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Yes, I look a little silly don't I? hah
    Eden Haiku: Ah, yes, it becomes a powerful tool in their hands too, unfortunately...
    Adams Rubble: We are discussing a passage that Eden remembered
    Adams Rubble: I think it is impossible to look silly in SL (gigles)
    Eden Haiku: Experiencing themselves as neurons in the nervous system of the passage to a new civilization"
    Eliza Madrigal: Oh, okay. I will listen (after saying that happy to see Eden figured out how to coordinate new skin with lovely face, and that you look very nice today Adams)
    Adams Rubble: thanks Eliza. I hope you ave a lovely trip
    Eliza Madrigal: Thanks :)
    Adams Rubble: I am a little jealous (giggles)
    Eden Haiku: Thanks Eliza, yes, I feel better with a humane face...
    Eden Haiku: Will you be able to stay in touch Eliza, while in Japan?
    Eliza Madrigal: I think I won't be able to process the trip until coming back :) And yes, I'll be taking my son's laptop...
    Eliza Madrigal: but having a diff. schedule I'm still asking for replacement Friday, etc
    Eden Haiku: Oh great, so you could at least tweet us some haikus! Must be an inspiring land for haikus;)
    Adams Rubble: someone will step in :)
    Eliza Madrigal: If it helps Adams, I'm sure you would be far more useful but I'll do my best :)
    Adams Rubble: it may be hard for people to know their schedules this early
    Adams Rubble: I hope you get to see some of the monasteries in Kyoto
    Eliza Madrigal: We'll see :)
    Eden Haiku: Next Friday I will be busy with my Indian friends visiting...
    Adams Rubble: I never got a passport which now restricts me to one little country :)
    Eden Haiku: ;)
    Adams Rubble: can;t even go to Canada any more and learn about geography :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Mine came in just a week before the invitation, Adams, and I'd ordered it only in prep for Nova Scotia
    Eliza Madrigal: !
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Adams Rubble: good for the speedy government
    Eliza Madrigal: But ... what is the new civilization the passage refers to?
    Eden Haiku: My father got his first passport last year at 85 years old. To cross the border, we need one too now :)
    Eliza Madrigal: yes, Canada-US used to be so simple :)
    Adams Rubble: so in another few years I will be due. hehe
    Eliza Madrigal laughs
    Eden Haiku: I should go fetch the link Eliza, Will be right back (with a whole new civilization :)
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: so resourceful... heh
    Adams Rubble: It was nice you could stop by this morning Eliza. you must be busy
    Eliza Madrigal: Yes, a bit, but being here calms my nerves :)
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Eden Haiku: It is called Corporate Druids. Froma link Eos tweeted. Still looking...
    Eliza Madrigal: Oh. Okay :)
    Adams Rubble: can you fly directly?
    Eden Haiku: http://cli.gs./NzqTJ (Eden editing later, here is the correct linkhttp://bit.ly/9qAViw)

    --BELL--

    Eliza Madrigal: I'll fly to Chicago first, then from there the flight will land in Tokyo, then a train...
    Adams Rubble: Ohhh. a long ride :)
    Eden Haiku: You will find yourself in a whole new civilization :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Ah, yes this link! :)
    Adams Rubble: The link will not work for me Eden
    Eliza Madrigal: http://www.corporatedruids.com/wordp...-in-sri-lanka/
    Eden Haiku: Link doesn't work, sorry. Anyway, what I liked was the metaphor.
    Eden Haiku: Yes, that's the one Eliza, thanks. (Eden editing later.Confused two links. Link I quoted is http://bit.ly/9qAViw) how small acts can affect the world for the best.
    Eliza Madrigal: yes, a 12 hr flight... remarkable how little 'random' things can set off such intricate processes...
    Eliza Madrigal: YES :))
    Eliza Madrigal: "Be brave, be foolish"
    Eden Haiku: Were you able to pack light? (Always curious, it is such a challenge for me)
    Eliza Madrigal: Hah, Well... rather light. My wardrobe consists of black and white, then a few little things with color... so it is rather simple. That said, I am bringing the laptop this time so a bit more to carry on.
    Eliza Madrigal: I kept packing and unpacking books...
    Eliza Madrigal: don't think I'll have much reading time aside from the flight itself, plus a diff schedule to adjust to sleepwise...
    Adams Rubble: day is night and night is day :)
    Eden Haiku: How long will you be staying in Japan Eliza?
    Eliza Madrigal: four days, and two days travelling
    Eden Haiku: Oh my God!
    Adams Rubble: wow, exhausting
    Eden Haiku: You are brave!
    Eliza Madrigal: :)) yes perhaps, but exciting too
    Eliza Madrigal: For me the project sounds really interesting
    Eliza Madrigal: so feel honored to be asked... even if flying two days and spending one! :D
    Eden Haiku: It is quite an experience yes!
    Adams Rubble: yes
    Eliza Madrigal: but those little things.... yes, its funny....
    Eden Haiku: Pema seems to handle jet lag beautifully, he said something like being in a dreamstate almost...
    Eliza Madrigal: we've often talked about how clicking on Second Life is such a random act...
    Adams Rubble: Pema is an extraordinary traveler, that's for sure :)
    Eden Haiku: Ah yes, how we find ourselves here and then in PaB, and then in Japan, boom! ;)
    Eliza Madrigal giggles
    Adams Rubble: will the train ride be during the day?
    Eliza Madrigal: early evening... I'll land there at roughly 3PM
    Eliza Madrigal: then it is 4 hours or so
    Yakuzza Lethecus: hey everyone
    Adams Rubble: so you will see much Japan then :)
    Adams Rubble: Hello Yakuzza :)
    Eden Haiku: Still daylight enough to enjoy the landscape I suppose :)
    Eliza Madrigal: yes and I love trains :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Ya :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Is that a different box above our heads? from the usual that sometimes appears?
    Eden Haiku: We had a wonderful session about trains once, so poetic...
    Adams Rubble: such a difference between night and day. The little lights passing by at night are so myseterious
    Eliza Madrigal: mmmm
    Eden Haiku: Hello Yaku!
    Adams Rubble: the landscape looks sparsely populated at night
    Eden Haiku: Memories of taking a train when I was 5 years old: the little lights in the night, yes, so mysterious...
    Eliza Madrigal smiles
    Yakuzza Lethecus: where in japan are you going to be ?
    Adams Rubble starts humming Riding on the City of New Orleans..."
    Eden Haiku: In the Netherlands, we can even see inside cause very few houses have curtains, just lacy see-though.
    Eliza Madrigal: the first real trip I took , was a train ride to Cape Cod... such a wonderful little adventure. I'd never been farther than Georgia until then, that I could remember anyway
    Eliza Madrigal: Oh, love lacy curtains. :)) Ah, Yakuzza I'll be in Kyoto
    Adams Rubble: the train from NYC to Boston is nice

    Yakuzza began to play a version of the song "City of New Orleans"


    Eden Haiku: Yaku ;))
    Adams Rubble: along the sea
    --BELL--
    Eliza Madrigal: oooo
    Yakuzza Lethecus: i didn´t know that song :)
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Adams Rubble: wonderful song
    Eden Haiku: Very moving Yaku. Felt like in a virtual train ride with you all, waving an handkerchief to Eliza about to board another train!
    Adams Rubble: bye Eliza :)
    Eliza Madrigal smiles
    Yakuzza Lethecus: take care eliza
    Eliza Madrigal wonders whether to leave... just to fit the moment...
    Eden Haiku: (((ELiza)))
    Yakuzza Lethecus: hehe :)
    Eden Haiku: Not yet, not yet...
    Adams Rubble: Yaku still has to play "Leaving on a Jetplane"
    Adams Rubble giggles
    Eliza Madrigal: (((((Eden)))))) (((((Adams)))))) ((((((Yaku)))))
    Eliza Madrigal: So kiss me and smile for me, tell me that you'll wait for me...
    Eden Haiku: Oh yes, and we will miss you :))
    Yakuzza Lethecus: ah, but ur still only in pema´s timezone
    Yakuzza Lethecus: so we´ll gonna see you at 7 am propably :)
    Yakuzza Lethecus: ?
    Eliza Madrigal: love this song...
    Eden Haiku: Greedy Yaku..
    Eliza Madrigal: Not sure Ya. I suppose there will be many factors as to whether I'll sign on much
    Eden Haiku: WE have to practice "dropping' Eliza
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: me too ;-)
    Eden Haiku: We can take a measure of our attachment...

    Eden gave Eliza a bouquet which made her do handstands


    Eden Haiku: This is a bon voyage bouquet Eliza!
    Eliza Madrigal: OOOOH :))))))
    Yakuzza Lethecus: ((((ELIZA))))
    Adams Rubble: :)

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    Eliza Madrigal: Thank you! What a ball!
    Eden Haiku: CosmicFlower gave that to me on May ist!
    Eliza Madrigal: hahaha, what a funny gadget

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    Eliza Madrigal: this should help any tension in the guardian meeting
    Eliza Madrigal: hahahha
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Eden Haiku: 'I'm so happy CosmicFlower is a new guardian!
    Eliza Madrigal: Me too :) And sweet how she jumped right in, in email
    Eden Haiku: Yes ;)
    Eden Haiku: You must do a lot of yoga Eliza, you are very flexible :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Eliza has endless energy and flexibility
    Eliza Madrigal: and great hair that doesn't get messed up doing flips
    Eden Haiku: Yes, our avatars do their partices religiously while we sleep...
    Eliza Madrigal laughs
    Adams Rubble: hehe
    Eden Haiku: It is funny how your feet drop in the pool too as you do a backward bend...
    Eden Haiku: Must be refreshing for your toes...
    Eliza Madrigal: Morgan Freeman has a new show on the Science Channel, and one of the episodes someone was saying that virtual worlds are a good model for our programming our 'next selves' perhaps...
    Eliza Madrigal: yes, very refreshing... though tweed pants are not so comfortable after being in the pool...
    Eliza Madrigal: hehe
    Eden Haiku: Oh, how interesting, Maybe this is one of the ways we are playing being neurons in the nervous system of a new civilization?w
    Eliza Madrigal: hah, sorry Eden.. flipped onto you
    Eden Haiku: Ok with me...
    Eliza Madrigal: yes, maybe! That's what caused me to remember
    Adams Rubble: nice to come full circle
    Eliza Madrigal giggling so much with this animation.... better wander to the Hall
    Eliza Madrigal: Thanks for a lovely Sunday morning :)
    Eden Haiku: Full circle yes :) Thank you Adams for this nice session!
    Adams Rubble: I have something I need to do, may or may not be able to make the next meeting
    Adams Rubble: whoops
    Adams Rubble: bye all :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Okay, if you can try that's great. Bye and Thanks!!
    Eden Haiku: Bye for now Adams! Bye Yaku.
    --BELL--
    Yakuzza Lethecus: cya at the guardian session

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