2009.08.16 19:00 - Privilege as Apprearance

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    The Guardian for this meeting was stevenaia Michinaga. The comments are by stevenaia Michinaga.

    I changed the title of this log a day after I posted the session on the night of the meeting. Sometimes it takes more time to name than to edit post it.

    doug Sosa and Paradise Tennant joined me

    doug Sosa: hi steve
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Doug,
    stevenaia Michinaga: brb, delivery needed upstairs
    doug Sosa: just finished dinner, some new green tea, and the light is beautiful. content.
    stevenaia Michinaga: back, I was cooking all day for guests, more of a cooking party
    doug Sosa: ah paradise!
    Paradise Tennant: hiya doug .. steve :))
    stevenaia Michinaga: Hello aradise
    stevenaia Michinaga: P
    Paradise Tennant: how are you two tonight ?
    doug Sosa: i had just written, finished dinner, some new green tea, content.
    doug Sosa: Self?
    Paradise Tennant: nice :)) very well too . enjoyed a nice lazy day :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: I had a busy day cooking tomato sauce with friends
    doug Sosa: secret ingredient?
    Paradise Tennant: fun .!
    stevenaia Michinaga: as little effort as possible, and fresh ingredient
    doug Sosa: and what does lazy look like Par?
    Paradise Tennant: breakfast out .. mostly around a nice antique market ..nap .. 5 mile run .. a little cleaning . make a stew .. long bath . all good
    Paradise Tennant: went to a jason mraz concert last night
    Paradise Tennant: wonderful .. concert if he is playing in your town .. I would go
    doug Sosa: five miles, that's why you look so good :)
    Paradise Tennant: hmm what you get use ..not running fast .. but listen to great music and it really fun
    Paradise Tennant: *is
    doug Sosa: i like to put on jazz at night and dance a bit before sleep.
    Paradise Tennant: simply a great idea !
    Paradise Tennant: what was our topic tonight ?
    stevenaia Michinaga: we both just got here, I am listening to some interesting Australian music as I enjoy didgeridoo, listening and playing
    doug Sosa: ?
    stevenaia Michinaga: http://www.indijika.com/
    doug Sosa: I am thinking about my being here a bit more this week, getting ready for the retreat. What being here feels like.
    doug Sosa: I notice the feeling of the space here between us. it feel much larger than when there are four or five people.
    Paradise Tennant: thanks for the music link steve ..
    Paradise Tennant: shall we banish the fountain again
    Paradise Tennant: :)
    doug Sosa: sure.
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: if I can just remember the command

    The magic incantation is revealed!

    doug Sosa: feels better.
    Paradise Tennant: :)
    doug Sosa: I've been reading a french philosopher, not well known, who says that all things are equally real: countries, clouds, cats, smiles, atoms. none are privileged except through their connections.
    Paradise Tennant: our subjective connections to them ?
    stevenaia Michinaga: interesting way of putting it, never considered what is and what isn;t privileged
    doug Sosa: no. just connections among us all, people cats pillows...
    doug Sosa: and there is no subjectivity objectivity split. totally artificial.
    stevenaia Michinaga: connections sounds like consciousness, even to a pillow
    stevenaia Michinaga: awareness
    Paradise Tennant: ok what is a connection
    doug Sosa: yes, but things have connections that are not conscious.
    doug Sosa: a connection is just some interaction, any kind.
    doug Sosa: It seems to me to very supportive of PaB. Appreciating appearance.
    stevenaia Michinaga: wonders how things are or aren't privileged
    stevenaia Michinaga: not sure I understand how the term is used
    doug Sosa: well, usually people think people are somehow intrinsically more important.
    doug Sosa: the two people i am reading are souriau and bruno latour.
    stevenaia Michinaga: they certainly become more important when noticed
    doug Sosa: right and PaB has us noticing more.
    stevenaia Michinaga: certainly what;s on each other's minds in new ways
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Amira
    Paradise Tennant: so there is no real subjective or objective difference between a gum wrapper and a person in terms of real importance
    doug Sosa: I am reading that stuff to see if i can think about economy in some new way, to get us out of the money trap.
    Paradise Tennant: blinking not sure I understand
    doug Sosa: well the person and the gum wrapper have different connections, many. think of the people that have touched the gum for it to get to us.
    Paradise Tennant: , who says that all things are equally real: countries, clouds, cats, smiles, atoms. non are privileged except through their connections.
    Paradise Tennant: so our importance rises with our connections and I would guess our awareness of those connections
    stevenaia Michinaga: or.. the appearance of connections
    doug Sosa: bruno latour, interesting fellow, son of the LaTour vineyads in france, and the world's most influential sociologist of science.
    Paradise Tennant: jots down the name .. sorry I have never heard of him
    doug Sosa: wow, the light!
    stevenaia Michinaga: sunset? Doug
    doug Sosa: no need for sorrow. he has a web page you can google. french and english.
    stevenaia Michinaga: feel free to send me a pic for the log
    doug Sosa: hm, won't let me save it to inventory without paying $10 !!
    Paradise Tennant: smart philosopher !
    stevenaia Michinaga: thought it was a rl sunset, use my email
    stevenaia Michinaga: once things go into my inventory they are lost forever
    stevenaia Michinaga: lost
    doug Sosa: well, by the time i figured it out, it wouldn't let me do the first one which was glorious, so sent the second. not as good.
    doug Sosa: which makes you say smart, Par?
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Paradise Tennant: well . oft times philosophers are not monetarily oriented .. :)
    doug Sosa: And times when the rest of us aren't either.
    doug Sosa: Very interesting article in the New York Times this morning by Alison Gopnik. She has a new book out on the amazing intelligence of babies.
    Paradise Tennant: jots down another name :)
    doug Sosa: Way beyond that of adults in many dimensions, such as awareness of probabilities.
    stevenaia Michinaga: should be the same for dolphins
    doug Sosa: and psyching out the adults around them.
    Paradise Tennant: how so
    stevenaia Michinaga: we presume much abut others until we become "smart" enough to realize we are not smart enough
    Paradise Tennant: ;) it is a great realization !
    doug Sosa: well, i'd need to describe, so i leave it to the article. Sweet read, it will make you feel googer about humans. Especially young ones.
    doug Sosa: googer=gooder
    doug Sosa: confused with goo-goo.. :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Paradise Tennant: ;)
    stevenaia Michinaga: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/opinion/16gopnik.html
    doug Sosa: magic.
    stevenaia Michinaga: if it's there it's here too
    Paradise Tennant: :)
    Paradise Tennant: thanks steve
    Paradise Tennant: often wonder about the intelligence of animals .. I think they are so much smarter than we understand .. temple grandin wrote a great book called animals in translation
    doug Sosa: yes, i've got it right here. Amazing that people thought animals had no soul, no feeling, were just machines (descartes). The reaction to eating them?
    stevenaia Michinaga: http://www.littletownmart.com/dolphins/
    stevenaia Michinaga: if we are just understanding children, how can we possibly presume we know about other warm blooded mammals
    doug Sosa: another, animal dialogues by Craig Childs.
    doug Sosa: steve we can understand them both the same way, we notice their reactions, feel their worlds.
    doug Sosa: maybe badly, but the affect us profoundly.
    stevenaia Michinaga: but we tend to anthopomorphsize
    stevenaia Michinaga: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetacean_intelligence
    stevenaia Michinaga: if that;s a word
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    doug Sosa: its ok, we do that even with ourselves :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: agreed it is the "same world"
    stevenaia Michinaga: but reactions can mean the same or different things, there was an article abut whales in the NYT a few weeks ago and how they approach human in new and almost gentle ways
    Paradise Tennant: :))
    stevenaia Michinaga: lifting boats on their backs and placing them back in the water
    stevenaia Michinaga: boats
    stevenaia Michinaga: what we might do to a bug in hand
    stevenaia Michinaga: but does the bug notice
    Paradise Tennant: there is a great deal of gentleness in nature .. once watch a family of duck grow up .when they are young they play hide and seek ..they made up a little hopping game on some steps .. they have a sense of humor have not been able to eat duck since
    doug Sosa: i read that, the mothers were leading their young over to the boats.
    doug Sosa: whales that is.
    stevenaia Michinaga: wonders of the impact of communications of this type
    stevenaia Michinaga: on us
    doug Sosa: we are so much more wonderful than we give ourselves credit for, us and the ducks and the whales and the insects.
    doug Sosa: which one of us is providing adult supervision for the other two?
    Paradise Tennant: ;)
    stevenaia Michinaga: time will tell
    stevenaia Michinaga: when they hand us a computer and tell us to log on to their SL
    doug Sosa: no, time is mum.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I must go, May be back in a bit if you remain
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite steve :))
    doug Sosa: night!
    doug Sosa: either going to the retreat?
    doug Sosa: going
    Paradise Tennant: was thinking about it .. but just took two weeks holidays so may wait for the next one
    doug Sosa: where was holiday?
    Paradise Tennant: pema mentioned there would be another one this year
    doug Sosa: i like this cause its close.
    Paradise Tennant: ahh kk
    doug Sosa: ?
    Paradise Tennant: I am in toronto .. so a bit of a jaunt for me
    doug Sosa: at mcgill?
    Paradise Tennant: Mcgill is in montreal
    Paradise Tennant: :)
    doug Sosa: if mcgill is in toronto.
    doug Sosa: right. been a long time since eitgher.
    Paradise Tennant: but it should be a really interesting experience
    doug Sosa: i think like our sessions, on the surface and then suddenly..
    doug Sosa: but par, i need to go weed some in the garden before dark. i've enjoyed being with you.
    Paradise Tennant: hmm i find the conversation very good at these sessions.. usually always come away with something
    Paradise Tennant: kk doug
    doug Sosa: oh yes. always useful.
    doug Sosa: bye.
    Paradise Tennant: I hope you have a nice night
    doug Sosa: wave wave!
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