Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tablelands: WUaS Corporation Board Meeting from Stanford? WUaS is in Google Suite for Education, N-P World Univ and Sch is awaiting a "knowledge panel" with Donate Button from Google, Coursera seems to be heading for Google IT support per Andrew Ng, and (Apple's) Woz U too per Google's head Sundar Pichai, In what ways could WUaS best bring to the table CC-4 MIT OCW in its 5-7 languages, with Stanford for Medicine and Law OCW, for these degrees - Bachelor, Ph.D., Law, Medicine and I.B. high school, in ~200 nation states and their official/main languages - and with Wikipedia/Wikidata's 299 languages, to plan and build wiki schools in all 7,099 living languages / 8,461 entries in languages?, Google's Sindar Pichai USA Today article by Reed College's Jessica Guynn about education and jobs, "Finding / creating a job you really love" wiki subject at WUaS, Wondering too if somehow Google / Alphabet's Chairman, Eric Schmidt, who just stepped down as executive chariman of Alphabet could take the WUaS Corporation public in all ~200 countries' official/main languages


Hi Kyle, 

Thanks for your emails. WUaS Corporation Board Meeting from Stanford soon? (I think we'll keep Hong Kong and Romania time zones in mind). 

Yes, WUaS's emails - e.g. like info@worlduniversityandschool.org - are in Google Suite for Education email, which worlduniversityandschool.org has been "registered" in for a couple of years now. 

I'm creating a new F-P WUaS Co email address - probably in Gmail to come - and re WUaS's 10 F-P planned revenue streams in all ~200 countries' official languages and all 7,099 living languages - https://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/2017/06/wuas-corporations-10-planned-for-profit.html

As you may have seen in recent minutes/announcements, N-P World Univ and Sch is awaiting a "knowledge panel" with Donate Button from Google on our non-profit side, (which is what N-P World Univ and Sch is in in Google Education).

F-P WUaS Co may also get a Google "knowledge panel" too eventually. 

And like Coursera which seems to be heading for Google IT support - https://twitter.com/AndrewYNg/status/954031734969921536 - and (Apple's) Woz U too per Google's head Sundar Pichai - https://twitter.com/jguynn/status/954464049202278400 - (who was just in Pittsburgh, PA at Google per this article, and where Sundar first landed in the US when he came from India, and where I also first started talking about WUaS back around 2007) - so WUaS may head in this Google Educaction direction too for the A) F-P WUaS Co and B) N-P World University and School.

Thanks for your thinking. Will keep you posted about the upcoming WUaS Co Board Meeting, hopefully from Stanford with you in Hong Kong. 

Best, Scott

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In what ways could WUaS best bring to the table CC-4 MIT OCW in its 5-7 languages, with Stanford for Medicine and Law OCW, for these degrees - Bachelor, Ph.D., Law, Medicine and I.B. high school, in ~200 nation states and their official/main languages - and with Wikipedia/Wikidata's 299 languages, to plan and build wiki schools in all 7,099 living languages / 8,461 entries in languages?

https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Nation_States

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Jessica: 

Nice to e-meet you. 

Re LinkedIn this morning: I just retweeted your Google's Sundar Pichai Tweet - https://twitter.com/jguynn/status/954464049202278400 (re "Google to give $1 billion to nonprofits and help Americans get jobs in the new economy" https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/10/12/google-give-1-billion-nonprofits-help-americans-get-jobs-new-economy/756703001/) - here - https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch - and blogged today about it today - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2018/01/tablelands-wuas-corporation-board.html - too. I went to Reed from '79-85 (and lived in a Reed house until 1987), so we overlapped in Portland a bit (and there's a "Reed College" label in my blog as well).

(See, too - "Google CEO Sundar Pichai: Digital technology must empower workers, not alienate them: Coding alone will not prepare workers for our tech-filled future" ... https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/digital-technology-must-empower-next-generation-workers-not-alienate-them-ncna838806 ... https://twitter.com/sundarpichai/status/954090982437343232).

Do you go to the Stanford Law / Rock Center SVDX meetings on the 3rd Thursdays per the picture in the background of your Twitter profile - https://twitter.com/jguynn? I've gone fairly regularly for the past 2+ years, and would invite you to the next one, if you don't go and are interested. I was just there last Thursday - https://www.svdx.org/calendar/2018/18/january-morning-speaker-series. Were you there, by any chance?

As you'll read in the blog entry above and per your article, I started talking about CC-4 MIT OCW-centric (in its 5 languages) wiki (like Wikipedia in its 299 languages) World University and School in Pittsburgh around 2007 (leaving Pgh in Jan of 2008 to return to write an actual/virtual anthropological book). WUaS not only has a free online University degree focus in all ~200 countries' official/main languages, but also a number of job and career oriented wiki subjects - e.g. http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Finding_/_creating_a_job_you_really_love (soon to move into WUaS's new wiki below) - for open teaching and learning. 

May I invite you to the next Stanford Law/Rock Ctr Silicon Valley Directors' Exchange? 

Regards, Scott 

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Blue-ringed octopus: Cryptocurrency co-pilot projects, ... And can we add every single picture and every single video ever to a realistic virtual Universe (think Google Street View with Time Slider, with Maps / Earth ) ... and convert them into 3D virtual world interactivity with interactive avatar bots (with all 7,099 living languages ... eg Google group video Hangouts into 3D virtual worlds) ... visit the Harbin Hot Springs' gate here ~ http://tinyurl.com/p62rpcg ~ and "WALK" down the road 4 miles to Middletown, California, ... Re Cryptocurrency, conceptually, very TurboTax/Quickbooks' centric since they follow countries' tax code developments and have a research focus on the blockchain ledger in Canada (see the 3 Intuit links here), A few state legislatures in the US to write the legal code to create a cryptocurrency?, P.S. Very Google-centric (and Wikipedia-centric) here too, and it could make sense to include Finland in this legislation co-pilot project. Also WUaS seeks to create online law schools in all ~200 countries' official languages, and our law students in each of all of these nation states could help write some of this law code too, e.g. here Law Schools at World University and School



Can we add every single picture and every single video ever to a realistic virtual Universe ...
https://plus.google.com/u/1/+ScottMacLeodWorldUniversity/posts/EnEkAScj6pK

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Can we add every single picture and every single video ever to a realistic virtual Universe (think Google Street View with Time Slider, with Maps / Earth ) ... and convert them into 3D virtual world interactivity with interactive avatar bots (with all 7,099 living languages ... eg Google group video Hangouts into 3D virtual worlds) ... visit the Harbin Hot Springs' gate here ~ http://tinyurl.com/p62rpcg ~ and "WALK" down the road 4 miles to Middletown, California, (in one form) ... https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2018/01/old-growth-forest-calling-all-poets.html ...



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Cryptocurrency co-pilot projects ...



https://twitter.com/CodeXStanford/status/953355173824376832

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Oliver, 

Great presentation yesterday at Stanford Law CodeX. Per LinkedIn - "I asked the question at the end about cryptocurrency co-pilot projects in VT, MA, DC and Canada (and Mexico City?)." And California and India, too?

Re a cryptocurrency with blockchain, and Stockton, California's pilot Universal Basic Income ($500/month to residents of south Stockton?) as a way to make a cryptocurrency an international currency, here's what I'm thinking  -  https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/12/magnolia-champaca-potentially-create.html . Conceptually, I'm very TurboTax/Quickbooks' centric since they follow countries' tax code developments and have a research focus on the blockchain ledger in Canada (see the 3 Intuit links here - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2018/01/cedrus-deodara-unitarian-universalist.html ).

So I wonder about getting a few state legislatures in the US to write the legal code to create a cryptocurrency (such as you and your wife are doing in VT) with exchange value between them (taxable too) and combining this with getting a few state legislatures to write the legal code for an universal basic income (such as California's), and both as a way to help people, as well as to grow and spread a cryptocurrency with blockchain (and do this internationally too with a few related pilot projects). (What comes after the dollar as an international cryptocurrency?)

At a key moment in developing WUaS's new wiki in all ~200 countries' official / main languages - https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Nation_States  - (and in all 7,099 living languages), World University and School seeks to PLAN for coding for 7.5 billion end users for an universal basic income - and potentially via a cryptocurrency with the blockchain ledger. See, too - https://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/2018/01/saturday-january-13-2018-monthly.html

How best to communicate further about this? 

Regards, 
Scott

P.S.
Very Google-centric (and Wikipedia-centric) here too, and it could make sense to include London/the British Isles (and per "Cryptocurrencies given major boost by Google" ...  https://www.em360tech.com/tech-news/cryptocurrencies-receive-major-boost-googles-entry-market/) and Finland in this legislation co-pilot project. Also WUaS seeks to create online law schools in all ~200 countries' official languages, and our law students in each of all of these nation states could help write some of this law code too, e.g. here


Law Schools at World University and School (planned in main languages in them)

Afghanistan Law School at WUaS: http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Afghanistan_Law_School_at_WUaS

Brazil Law School at WUaS: http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Brazil_Law_School_at_WUaS

China Law School at WUaS: http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/China_Law_School_at_WUaS

Egypt Law School at WUaS: http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Egypt_Law_School_at_WUaS

India Law School at WUaS: http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/India_Law_School_at_WUaS

Jamaica Law School at WUaS: http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Jamaica_Law_School_at_WUaS

Mexico Law School at WUaS: http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Mexico_Law_School_at_WUaS

World University Law School: http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Law_School




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- Scott MacLeod - Founder & President  

- World University and School


- CC World University and School - like CC Wikipedia with best STEM-centric CC OpenCourseWare - incorporated as a nonprofit university and school in California, and is a U.S. 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt educational organization. 





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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Old-growth forest: Calling All Poets, Ekphrasis, Allman Bros or the Grateful Dead (which musics can get me into a kind of wonder-zone, as can Basho's haiku), Continue to explore how to create a virtual Harbin experience in a realistic virtual world (aspects of poetry here), Poetry wiki subject at WUaS planned in all ~200 countries' languages, and indeed in all 7,099 living languages ~


Hi Tim and Susan!

Thanks so much, and very nice to meet you on New Year's Eve, Susan!

Here's my very recently published book of poetry ~

"Haiku~ish
and Other Loving Hippy Harbin Poetry"

- https://www.amazon.com/Haiku-ish-Other-Loving-Harbin-Poetry/dp/0692049037/
( http://www.scottmacleod.com/HaikuishPoetryBook.html ).

Found this about your poetry -
https://mikemaggio.net/projects/springtime-in-winter-an-ekphrastic-study-in-art-poetry-and-music/

While there's also some of my poetry in my much larger book and actual-virtual ethnography

"Naked Harbin Ethnography:
Hippies, Warm Pools, Counterculture, Clothing-Optionality & Virtual Harbin"

- http://www.scottmacleod.com/ActualVirtualHarbinBook.html

... where Tim and I visited Harbin together in January 2012, :) ...

the ekphrasis - as a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or imagined - of my poetry and poetic books will further emerge around the growth of

a realistic virtual
Harbin Hot Springs, which you can visit here ~ 

http://tinyurl.com/p62rpcg 
and "WALK" down the road 4 miles to Middletown, California, 

(in one form) ~ even while heading back to actual Harbin, after some of its trees grow back. Tim, when are we going to head back to Harbin together?

What are you writing about these days, Susan?

Regards,
Scott

some other books / published writings here:
- amazon.com/author/scottmacleodworlduniversity


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Hi Susan, and Tim,

Great to hear from you as well, Susan! And thank you, Tim, for connecting us!

Sounds like you make writing poetry a very social process. Is a modern haiku something that diverges stylistically from Basho's for example - http://oaks.nvg.org/basho.html (which I found by searching on Basho's most beautiful Haiku ... translation of Haiku being a different question)? I'd like to use my new "Haiku-ish" book to explore translation even (both machine translation for poetry in the @WUaSPress with time even, but also into German, which language I know, and have played with translation in as well). While there are 50 of Basho's Haiku here above, I just came across Basho's "The Narrow Road Through the Deep North" (1694) translated first in 1966 into
English, which also looks great ( https://wikitravel.org/en/Narrow_Road_to_the_Deep_North ).

And, creatively, I've never read Basho while listening, for example, to the Allman Bros or the Grateful Dead (which musics can get me into a kind of wonder-zone, as can Basho's haiku) ... to heighten a reading of Basho's haiku, let alone with Zen Buddhist music or other kinds of
music that move me a lot ... but doing something like this would be an interesting direction to head in. Tim and I may have touched on Zen 'non-thinking' at Reed in the early '80s a little.

In a kind of related vein, I've enjoyed re Basho and music, and a kind of poetry, do you know Robbie Basho's North American Raga -

Robbie Basho - A North American Raga (The Plumstar)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ezp0WMTAzc - which is cool in these regards, and even a little re a kind of poetry in this, and also playing in innovative ways with Indian raga and American '60s acoustic guitar.

While Harbin is still closed due to a devastating fire in Sept 2015 which razed it, I continue to explore how to create a virtual Harbin experience in a realistic virtual world (aspects of poetry here). And in a parallel way, seems like I can hear better Grateful Dead experiences on Youtube these days, cherry-picking even their 1965-1979ish music (which I enjoy more than their 1980-1995 music) ...

Grateful Dead - Dark Star_China Cat Sunflower_The Eleven_Feedback 1-17-68

https://youtu.be/i5xvp4dofk8


... or better Allman Bros music in video (especially since Duane Allman died around 1971) ... than I can with either of their many offshoots live or online, except that Derek Trucks with Greg Allman et al manage to get "there" in the contemporary - to a kind of wonderzone - here and related in 2009 ...

The Allman Brothers Band - 40: 40th Anniversary Show


https://youtu.be/jhXj6VIgJtE
 ... which recalls newly and creatively the Allman Brothers' soaring musically in the late 1960s ...

Your travels to the Napa Valley sound fun ... writing group-wise eventually too? :)

Nice to be in touch. Tim are you heading to making newly a kind of "poetry" in music with time?

Cheers,
Scott

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http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Poetry



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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cedrus deodara: Unitarian Universalist friends in western Pennsylvania over the holidays, and heard nice singing and music as well, Share my holiday letter with you here in GDocs, World University and School's virtual choir awaits further wiki collaborative inspirations, WUaS has a new wiki, A variety of online choirs in each of all ~200 countries' major online MIT OpenCourseWare-centric universities?, Universal Basic Income as an expression of caring for 7.5 billion people in all 7100 living languages and ~200 countries (at WUaS Corp) with block chain ledger, Matriculated class at WUaS


Hi Choirans, Bruce, Robert, Jack and All,

I'm writing to share my holiday letter with you here -

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ythI_87jV8ERrpPDOV2kxO0p-qgE7UJn/view?usp=sharing

- which also explores the possibility of an Universal Basic Income as an expression of caring (in the spirit of the holidays) with a bit more here ~ http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2018/01/boundary-waters-canoe-area-wilderness.html.

Saw some Unitarian Universalist friends in western Pennsylvania over the holidays, and heard nice singing and music as well.

World University and School's virtual choir awaits further wiki collaborative inspirations - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Virtual_Choir.

And I'm very glad to say WUaS has a new wiki - https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Nation_States - which I don't think we had when I sang with you in the spring of 2017.  A variety of online choirs in each of all ~200 countries' major online MIT OpenCourseWare-centric universities? I hope people will create these (and in the all-instruments in all-languages' music school - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Music_School - which is not yet moved into the new wiki!)

Happy New Year, and happy singing!

Warm regards,
Scott


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Hi T Tomato (and Larry), 

Thanks for your email and the information about the Coursera platform, Tanya. I've tried both one (Stanford) Coursera and one edX / HarvardX courses (one called JuryX by Harvard Law Prof Emeritus Charles Nesson - https://www.edx.org/course/juryx-deliberations-social-change-harvardx-hls3x-0 - who may have been very instrumental in the Cannabis legalization process and successes) to completion. Search on Board Meeting here - http://scottmacleod.com/papers.htm - and you'll see a part of the 2012 Advanced Startup Boards' Coursera course (which doesn't seem publicly archived) I took in the Google Hangout. 

Good to hear about what makes this course enjoyable and relevant for you, platform-wise. 

With World University and School's MIT OCW-centricity, I'm particularly interested about learner experience with these - https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mitx-related-courseware/ - and how MIT OCW translates into edX. Wondering if there's a MIT OCW>MITX re your free WUaS Business degree we could experiment with after you complete, AND WITH WUaS seeking to get the P/F record from MITx at its conclusion.  

Sounds like you are still heading for a Business major at World University and School, and by next taking the MIT OCW course in the WUaS catalog - BUS 201 Technology Based Business Transformation. How's this going? (Larry, are you going to be her academic advisor for this "independent study" again ... or? ) Any courses interest you here https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mitx-related-courseware/ which we could explore substituting for your current planned remaining courses toward you BA?

I think my taking a HTML5 / CSS / Javascript course from Coursera or edX could have relevance  (but World University and School's all ~200 countries' languages' web sites' coding and all 7,099 living languages web coding would be way beyond this ... and especially with planning for the blockchain ledger and for health care data in the WUaS Medical Schools with online teaching hospitals), and my plate is also otherwise very full, and I'm still waiting to hear back at the MIT Media Lab faculty position for this autumn, which will call for preparation as well. On too with writing a few further books here. 

What are you thoughts about independent study courses vs. courses taken via a educational platform? 

Cheers, 
Scott

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T Tomato and Larry, 

Thinking very broadly and in terms of your WUaS Business BA degree, here are some interesting and timely questions re blockchain ledger and WUaS on both wings. 
I found this blockchain ledger video one of the clearest I've seen so far - https://twitter.com/ValaAfshar/status/952276983307698176- and it uses a real estate ledger over a century as an example . 

And here's an accessible Quickbooks and blockchain example of current developments ... in Canada:

... and, conceptually, since Quickbooks is anticipating the blockchain ledger (for finance), and in it's in many countries /  languages ... WUaS could build around this in a variety of ways ... 




And while I shared this edX course on blockchain with you before, Tanya - https://www.edx.org/course/blockchain-business-introduction-linuxfoundationx-lfs171x - it's from teh LinuxFoundationX, and while timely, possibly not germane to "brainstorming" / planning / thinking through how you might engage these ideas toward your degree, and how the block chain might emerge at WUaS ... hypothetically if you were a kind of project manager of this, for example. 

I'm curious how WUaS could build in the blockchain ledger for health care into our online teaching hospitals with, for example, planned Stanford Medicine tele-robotic-surgery data (conceptually non-financial) in 200 countries' languages, and with, at the same time, say, clinical trials of specific pharmaceuticals, and genetic therapies, in some of all ~7099 living languages (not to mention, re diversity of the block chain ledger, housing contracts in GDocs in the Malayalam language in the state of Karnataka in India, for example ... all on World University and School's nonprofit side.

How to begin to think about the replicating aspects of blockchain technologies in all their "octopus" (e.g. 10s of thousands of spreadsheets over tens of thousands of computer networks) ramifications, and re your upcoming business OCW (OpenCourseWare) ... possibly partly beginning with Quickbooks as a pragmatic starting place?  World University and School as a nonprofit already has Quickbooks for finance, while these Canadian QuickBooks' blockchain innovations may not be available yet in the States or on any QBs but may come to be. (And Quickbooks is in at least 150 countries, and WUaS conceptually planning for all ~200 nation states is very TurboTax centric, which is big in both at the least the USA and Canada, and develops as these two countries' tax codes develop).

How could the blockchain be helpful, in a similar vein, with algae to biofuel production and scaling this?  

... Some potentially  interesting questions for a Business major at MIT OCW-centric World University and School. 

Sincerely, Scott

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Hi Tanya and Larry,

As a followup and FYI, TurboTax and Quickbooks (in more than 150 countries, and presumably many languages),  and Intuit's Multi-store are all made by Intuit, so are richly interoperable - and would keep up with nation states' tax codes.

WUaS is seeking to plan for an Universal Basic Income (and with block chain), and for all 7.5 billion learners / people, conceptually ... and this could, conceptually, be distributed through Quickbooks and be taxable too, making it attractive to all ~200 nation states to facilitate (and also potentially pay for) ... if automation puts massive numbers of jobs in jeopardy into the future.

Could you see yourself applying to and heading for a MIT Ph.D. in the future?

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Earth forest: Glad IRS accepted nonprofit World Univ and Sch's 990 tax form, "Desiderata," and "Hippy-angali Yoga Notations," Expansive "ecology" conception I refer to here - http://www.scottmacleod.com/yoganotations.html, Suggesting explicitly that people are language using human primates, something that's not really taught explicilty or extensively in schools or society (in any country that I know of) in this post Darwinian world we live in, or in psychological theorizing ... let alone connected with hippies, Yoga, or coming into CONVERSATION with or Angela and Victor's yoga :), Not easy to do ecological studies based on the current science literature ... impossible in fact ... except that in coding a realistic virtual earth with time slider for these species including human primates (think 10 person group video hangouts into interactive avatar bots) / all species, steps could be taken toward new creative STEM studies about this, Universal Basic Income talk this afternoon at Stanford - as an expression of racial justice


It's a kinda curious world we live in, but I'm glad the IRS accepted nonprofit World Univ and Sch's 990 tax form on Sunday morning (and that the WUaS Corp incorporated as a for-profit parallel wing in 2017, with a separate Board and Officers).


Desiderata -
http://mwkworks.com/desiderata.html -

and Hippy-angali Yoga Notations -
http://www.scottmacleod.com/yoganotations.html -

as ideas-ways forward and re the Web/internet? This latter creation posits that we're human primates ... something not many texts like this do. :) (What kind of text is this? :)

Curious whether you've read my short recent book "Haiku-ish" in one sitting? Reading it quickly is very do-able because it's a slim volume, and Haiku-ish are generally around 17 syllables ... kinda
taking the burden of a long book off the reader here. :)

L,
Scott

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A bit confused but more sometimes discouraged about the poverty for academic innovation process I've been engaging over 10 years. Why does no one except basically L pick up on these good academic growth ideas further?

Why am I so poor, traveling so little, have no kids - probably partly re the lack of money question.

What do you think, M?


L, Scott


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Hi M,

How's your day? How are you?

Re poverty and ongoing academic innovations, and speculatively...

Did Dad sonehow sign me up to be in the running to become the president of the USA without my knowing, in the truth is stranger than fiction world we can sometimes live in? 

And is my poverty part of this "ecology" I'll call this and re the conception of ecology herein - http://www.scottmacleod.com/yoganotations.html - and Lacanian-wise, where talking about this is a way through such a curious legacy.

Could possibly make a good novel ...

But ecology ahead, where's a friend with whom I can share love, and begin a family ... for a whole new "ecology" unfolding ... since the future is ahead, and looking back in these regards probably isn't fruitful?

So here I am, president of one organization (World Univ and Sch), acting president of another forked organization (WUaS Corp), which has begun to hire, in a sense, a CEO and 2 Board members, but which isn't generating revenues on either wing. Somewhat "California" I'd say.

Some musings here ... soon to play through the tunes for tonight on both instruments, and for my piping gig on Saturday too.

Has your recorder group started playing again?


L,
Scott

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Hi M,

The expansive "ecology" conception I refer to here -
http://www.scottmacleod.com/yoganotations.html -
has to do with suggesting explicitly that people are language using human primates, something that's not really taught explicilty or extensively in schools or society (in any country that I know of) in this post Darwinian world we live in, or in psychological theorizing ... let alone connected with hippies, Yoga, or coming into CONVERSATION with or Angela and Victor's yoga. :)

So primate ecology in the whole earth household (an idea for ecology partly from the hippy Reedie poet Gary Snyder idea, and a book by him too called "Earth House Hold") of forests with great apes into language using human primates communicating via the forest or web of the internet is partly what I mean, but where Yoga's approaches to positing nonharming might inform the great apes' primate narratives I draw from to explain human primates (here orangs are semi-solitary, common chimps can seem to do primitive war, bonobos seem to be peaceful (yoga-wise too re 'Ahimsa" in their species?) and gorillas seem to live in harems, and none evolved in India, but all in the forests of Africa and Indonesia. And yoga neither has a conception of evolution, nor one of such-knowledge generating conversation.

Some musings and unusual thinking ...

Not easy to do ecological studies based on the current science literature on all of this ... impossible in fact ... except that in coding a realistic virtual earth with time slider for these species including human primates (think 10 person group video hangouts into interactive avatar bots) / all species, steps could be taken toward new creative STEM studies about this, and interesting ones, like about the consciousness, partly as neurophysioligy, of each of these species.

Wonder if Joi Ito's decision about my teaching in the Media Lab will be partly informed in conversation with  Charles Nesson.

On to piping and music-making now ... you?


L, Scott


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Good evening, M,

The last SCD tunes I just played were piping tunes with piping settings, and kind of jubilant in the way piping music can be.

Happy Dr. MLK jr. day!

Somewhat productive day here, and creative too.

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L,
Scott

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Hi M,

Thank you!

MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito is a meditator - and in the context of the MIT Media Lab - and with Tenzin there too, with whom he co-teaches a MIT course (and I met Tenzin fairly recently on a panel at Stanford). Here are some blog posts of mine with Joi -
https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/03/biocoenosis-fascinating-mit-media-lab.html
- and - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search?q=Joi+Ito . He's brilliant, a bit of a drop out, and has good/great vision/ethics I share and is very skillful and excellent in his actions (virtu and arete to use two ancient Greek words I learned about at Reed). And I've been a daily meditator as well for about 10+ years ... find it beneficial.

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Both WUaS Corp Board members got back to me, and seem to be saying they will participate in monthly board/business meetings. Wow ... good news.

Heather Jane MacKay at Scottish Country Dancing last night, who's a lawyer, said she is is re-writing a prison and law manual ... could be relevant in all ~200 countries' languages at WUaS in the future.

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Not sure how to explain meditation's efficacy for me - and which partly started for me in the Harbin warm pool (in non-theistically f/Friendly sense too, but Joi's parents are Shinto, so I don't think
the divine plays too big a role in Japanese thinking / meditation either) and re the biology of the relaxation response ... but I have a blog label for meditation - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/meditation - where I do seek to explore questions about this as well.


What are you up to today? (Really nice to talk ... and it's time to change my financial situation ... ) ... and perhaps help others financially as well with exploring an Universal Basic Income further.

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Hi David,

Very nice to see you over Christmas, and thanks for the gift card and other thoughtfulnesses over your visit. Receiving this gift card, it lead me to think about such a simple card as a way to facilitate an Universal Basic Income for 7.5 billion people in all ~200 countries' law systems, such that I even touched on this gift card idea in WUaS's most recent business meeting (adding it my blog too here) -
http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2018/01/loefgrenianthus-minutes-for-a-minutes.html
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I'm planning to head to this Universal Basic Income talk this afternoon at Stanford -
https://ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/events/dorian-t-warren-and-mia-birdsong-basic-income-and-racial-justice - as an expression of racial justice.

Any thoughts about following up with and hearing back from the MIT Media Lab about the faculty position for which I've applied?

Thanks for coming to visit at Christmas!

Warm regards,
Scott








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Monday, January 15, 2018

Blue passion flower: My religion professors (which was my major) at Reed College in the early 1980s were John Kenney and Bill Long (and sociologist John Pock) among others, Spent a lot of time in the Reed College library, and enjoyed my friends there, and living in "Reed houses" (communal houses, or collectives, or even kinds of hippy communes, I'd say), but which weren't owned by Reed College, and enjoyed too the open ended-ness of Reed's vision for "the life of the mind," and a rigorous liberal arts education, but was ambivalent about my studies themselves, Was interested in mysticism at Reed, as well as in the context of the unprogrammed Quaker Meetings, I'd trace a connection between my ongoing focus on generating the neurophysiology of loving bliss (in a non theistic f/Friendly way too) and my interest in mysticism in the early 1980s


My religion professors (which was my major) at Reed College in the early 1980s were John Kenney and Bill Long (and sociologist John Pock) among others.

I was a student at Reed from 1979-1985.

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Here's a bit about them:


The Kenney Years15

Despite students' enthusiasm for the department in its early years, and the many contributions of early Religion faculty members and students to the formation of the department's structure and sense of mission, perhaps no event was more central to the department's continuing success than the appointment of John Peter Kenney16as assistant professor of Religion and Humanities in 1981. One year later, with the departure of Prof. Segal, the department comprised only two members, Prof. Kenney, and the newly appointed Dr. Rev. William R. Long, a historian of early Christianity. The two had been graduate students together at Brown University. For fifteen years Prof. Kenney worked to solidify institutional support for the young department, to strengthen the department of Religion's ties to the departments of philosophy and history, and to integrate the discipline's perspectives into the Humanities program. In the early 1980's, a number of the faculty, perhaps unfamiliar with critical approaches to the study of religion, continued to harbor serious reservations about a "department of religion" at "non-sectarian" Reed.
Under Prof. Kenney's oversight, the department's mission continued to be expressed in terms of discrete traditions and the variety of methods of critical inquiry, but the curriculum, perhaps more accurately to reflect the interests of the Religion faculty, was divided between the philosophy of religion and history of religions. 1986 witnessed the arrival of the distinguished scholar of Sanskrit and Indian religious culture, Edwin Gerow (now emeritus Professor of Religion) and, with him, the introduction of Asian religions to the curriculum. Steven Wasserstrom, who would, in 1991 be awarded the Moe and Izetta Tonkon Chair in Judaic Studies and Humanities, was also hired in 1986 as a visiting assistant professor of Judaic Studies (religion & history). His position in 1987 became a tenure-track position, and it was the first and only permanent position in Judaic studies in Oregon through 2000. The department's mission statement was formally broadened in 1989 to reflect what had in fact been the case since the arrival of Prof. Gerow. No longer limited to the major religious traditions of the West, the department formally purposed to introduce students to major "world" traditions. With Prof. Kenney's acceptance of an appointment as dean of St. Michael's College, the John Peter Kenney era concluded in 1996.
http://www.reed.edu/religion/department-history.html


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And here's Prof John Kenney's current academic position and web site:






John Kenney, PhD

Professor of Religious Studies
View Curriculum Vitae






Ph.D. Brown University
A.B. Bowdoin College
I studied ancient philosophy at Bowdoin, majoring in Classics and Philosophy. I did graduate work in Philosophy at the University Pennsylvania, and then completed my Ph.D. at Brown in Religious Studies. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard, I taught for 15 years at Reed as Professor of Religion and Humanities. I came to Saint Michael's to be Dean of the College in 1995. Since 2006 I have been teaching full-time as Professor of Religious Studies. I also offer courses in the Humanities Program

Areas of Expertise:

Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Christianity

Courses I Teach:

  • Ancient and Medieval Civilization
  • Catholic Christianity
  • Medieval Christianity
  • Understandings of God
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Christian Mysticism

http://www.smcvt.edu/pages/get-to-know-us/faculty/kenney-john.aspx


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I also studied German at Reed, and during the course of this study, lived in Munich for a year (1981-'82), in Studentenstadt, while taking courses at Ludwig Maximillian Universitaet, and, through this Reed College program, in Olympiazentrum, (so in a way, German was my minor, but Reed doesn't really have/offer minors that I recall). I spent an extra 2 1/2 months in Germany after the study year abroad ended living with a Quaker family, the Kruegers, whom I had met through the little Quaker Meeting in Munich, living in their small apartment in Garching, about 10 kilometers north of Munich.

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My Reed College senior thesis was in the social science of religion / feminist theology, and I examined Rosemary Ruether's book "Sexism and God-talk" (so it was a kind of feminist thesis).


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IN MEMORIAM

John C. Pock [sociology 1955–98]



http://www.reed.edu/reed_magazine/june2012/articles/features/pok.html

https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.reed.edu/reed_magazine/june2012/articles/features/pok.html


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In one "Sociology of Religion" course, Pock suggested we visit churches as a kind of ethnographic field work, and, for a class project, invent our own religion.

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I spent a lot of time in the Reed College library, and enjoyed my friends there, and living in "Reed houses" (communal houses, or collectives, or even kinds of hippy communes, I'd say), but which weren't owned by Reed College, and enjoyed too the open ended-ness of Reed's vision for "the life of the mind," and a rigorous liberal arts education, but was ambivalent about my studies themselves.

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There is a kind of freedom in thinking/thought at Reed, that is in its culture / discourse / milieu (perhaps with its focus on the scholarly text i.e. writing).

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Here's Professor John Peter Kenney (in 2015 and 2016), on Augustine, and Aquinas (both authors in the Great Books' series too), and teaching about very similar themes re mysticism:

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President's Lecture Series
John Peter Kenney, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Michael's College
"The Mysticism of St. Augustine"
Annual Augustine Lecture
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Francaise

John Peter Kenney, Ph.D., 3/22/16 from Assumption College on Vimeo.
https://vimeo.com/160140427

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“The Mysticism of Saint Augustine” by John Peter Kenney


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXeF_F1WI08

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I was interested in mysticism at Reed, as well as in the context of the unprogrammed Quaker Meetings (i.e. Howard Brinton in "Friends for 300 Years"). I was also interested in mysticism in Germany taking a course at LMU on Meister Eckhart from a Professor there.

I'd trace a connection between my ongoing focus on generating the neurophysiology of loving bliss (in a non theistic f/Friendly way too) and my interest in mysticism in the early 1980s.



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