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Rhizomatic Bibliomancy #rhizo15

In many literate cultures there is a practice called bibliomancy, which consists in opening a book randomly and producing an oracle from the passage you get. In the old times people did this with the Bible (St. Francis is known … Continue reading

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The Open Source Definition

 (from: http://opensource.org/definition) Introduction Open source doesn’t just mean access to the source code. The distribution terms of open-source software must comply with the following criteria: 1. Free Redistribution The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away … Continue reading

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Silence on Metaphysical Problems (Hajime Nakamura)

From: Nakamura, Hajime. 1975. Parallel Developments: A Comparative History of Ideas. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd. (p. 225): “The Buddha refused to give a definite answer on most metaphysical problems discussed in his day. Many ascetics were fond of asking questions concerning: … Continue reading

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Naess’ concept of normative system

1. The word “system” has different meanings, but here it refers to a system of ideas which can be expressed in ordinary language – a philosophical system. 2. The word systéma (from the Greek σύστημα) “is a combination of syn, … Continue reading

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Cartas: Microsoft & Villanueva

Collected from the blog Código Fuente: Carta de Microsoft Perú al congresista Edgar Villanueva Nuñez San Isidro, 21 de Marzo de 2002 Señor: Edgar Villanueva Nuñez Congresista de la República Presente.- Estimados señores: Primeramente, queremos agradecerle la oportunidad que nos … Continue reading

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Communication and interdisciplinarity

“True communication is possible only between equals, because inferiors are more consistently rewarded for telling their superiors pleasant lies than for telling the truth.:” (from the The Jargon File version 4.4.8: SNAFU principle) “Communication is possible only between equals: that’s … Continue reading

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Open Letter from Edgar Villanueva to Microsoft

This is a historical document of open source philosophy found on the net. I grabbed it from Petter Reinholdtsen’s blog. The letter was reportedly written by Edgar Villanueva, a congressman in Perú at the time, in response to Microsoft’s complaints … Continue reading

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Arne Naess’ Empirical Semantics

My friend G. pointed out a problem that is very relevant in verbal communication between people of different backgrounds, and which needs to be addressed if we want to produce useful knowledge interdisciplinarily. In her words: “Finally another aspect that … Continue reading

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Activism in the Netherlands

This is a list of links directly or indirectly related to activism in the Netherlands. More suggestions are welcome. Activist Netherlands magazines/sites: http://www.doorbraak.eu/ Breakthrough, Left grassroots organization that fights for an ecologically sustainable world without exploitation, oppression and exclusion. Against … Continue reading

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Bios Technika Project

Copied from Bios Technika: ABOUT THE PROJECT Our commitment is anthropological, a combination of disciplined intellectual work and empirical inquiry. Our challenge is to produce knowledge in such a way that the work involved enhances us ethically, politically, and ontologically. … Continue reading

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