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While the brain dreams the narrative self is quiet and 'the elephant in the brain' dances.

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πŸ‘‹ Hello!

My name is Nicholas Perry, but I tend to go by my username (or as "Ape" when people let me).

I'm basically your classic trope of the absent minded professor: obsessive interests, nerdy disposition, poor social skill, and prone to strange moods.

I have an alt-account @ultimape with more details about my interests pinned.

I decided to set up a space here to interact with this community better. The local timeline on the flagship instance is too chaotic for my tastes.

Kinda sucks that we get to pilot mechs but they're only made of unreliable wet meat. Terrible biotech.

One thing I can't find is van cats.

Dogs? yeah, all over the place. Almost every van millennial has a van dog.

But I haven't seen a cat.

Can't get more domestic cozy than living in a van.

I'm finding a surprisingly high number of millennials who are raising children in them, often renovating their van to make more accessible bedding. Even a big enough market that you can buy collapsible cots that hang off the back of the seats of some well known vans.

I've been looking at it in terms of risk reduction - with a limited income, I don't want to be subject to landlords or time precarity.

The flip of that is avoiding people?

With that in mind, the other thing I've been exploring is the notion of and alternative mobile dwellings.

My thinking is that the next step up from camping and hiking is to do what the american settlers did with horse-draw wagons. Tho a van has a few more horses than the vehicles of old.

I may take a tangent thru stuff, but only because I don't have a licence. It depends on how willing my SO is at being my driving buddy.

are.na/ultimape/vanlife-vans-s

The "Bootstrapping" part of the idea is in trying to figure out how to go from nothing and build our way back up to modern infrastructure. All the while also making more conscious choices about how we build things.

Part of that is casting off the normal ways that we structure our society. Embracing 'Waldenponding' ideas as a temporary way to reanalyze how we relate to each other.

As a side project to my "Bootstrapping Civilization" / Homeostatic Mechanisms thing I'm dong, I've also been working on reviewing and exploring aspects of camping.

I see basic camping stuff to be one of the simplest forms of holistic human survival we have.

Learning about camping/survivalism is a great way to flesh out stuff like primitive fire making and base ways to purify water.

It inherently explores the space below a level of infrastructure a society brings.

are.na/ultimape/camplife-campi

"Wittgenstein’s theories gave them a breakthrough in making their translation services more effective, but somehow, this key connection between philosophy of language and artificial intelligence has long gone under-celebrated and overlooked."
qz.com/1549212/google-translat

Why is it about science experiments that make them so great at going viral?

Update: the Comfy Chair has a cat on it

The End of Days is temporarily postponed until the cat is ready to move.

Thus Intelligence itself does not necessarily belong to the individual biological system but may be a result of this underlying non-local information field. holofractal.net/2015/02/20/the

"AI's Big Challenge"

"To go forward into this future, we must first go backward and grant our machines a period of infancy in which to stumble through the structure of the world and discover the intuitive physics upon which all intelligent inference depends."
blogs.scientificamerican.com/o

This group (Homeostatic Mechanisms) is loosely based on the "Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps" framework from resiliencemaps.org/ and can be considered a start at building out an interactive 'Hitchhiker's Guide' for exploring ways of acting on the problems it highlights.

My intention is to open the group up to contributors, but for the time being I am keeping membership closed. This is to avoid chaos while I work out better ways of structuring content/ build out guides on its use.

I've opened up a semi-private ARE.NA group for curating {ideas, projects, initiatives} stemming from an obsession I call "Bootstrapping Civilization".
It is a work-in-progress.

Read about it here:
are.na/block/3553378

Explore ala the 'index' view:
are.na/homeostatic-mechanisms/

Email is a great case of Lindy, worse-is-better, totally unkillable.

The federated protocol is the layer that will stick around.

The software implementation however will rot and reborn over time.

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