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The Lucifer Principle by Howard Bloom

Howard Bloom's Website
Howard Bloom's Biography

Format: Live interview and chat
Date:     January 2, 2003
Guest:   Howard Bloom

Howard Bloom was our very 1st live interview chat session on BookTalk. Howard was quite possibly the most entertaining and educational of the lot.

Thisinterview and live chat session couldn't have gone better, in fact, we invited Howard Bloom back for a second chat to discuss his follow-up book, Global Brain. You're welcome to visit the forum, read the member posts, and add your own erudite thoughts and opinions. Then move on to the next chat transcript! Which one do you think was more exciting? Please join us and participate in upcoming author chats.

Transcript of live interview chat session

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Chris OConnor:: Hey Michael

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Hi Chris

Chris OConnor:: Howdy

Chris OConnor:: So what is your estimate? How many do you think will show up?

Chris OConnor:: I am hoping for at least 15 total

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: dunno

quibbit joined

Chris OConnor:: It sure would be a bummer if Howard Bloom didn't come

Chris OConnor:: Hello Quibbit

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: hi quibbit

Chris OConnor:: Oh no....Quibbit is a spy and cannot talk to us

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: maybe quibbit is Howard

quibbit:: Hello.

Chris OConnor:: Nah, Howard said he registered as "HowBloom"

Quibbit:: I'm Howard's assistant.

Chris OConnor:: Hello Quibbit

Quibbit:: My name is Stephen.

Chris OConnor:: And how did you hear about this chat, Quibbit?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Hi Stephen

Chris OConnor:: Welcome Stephen

Quibbit:: Howard should be here in just a few minutes

Chris OConnor:: Ahh - is this Stephen Howard's assistant?

Quibbit:: yeah.

Chris OConnor:: Yes, we talked on the phone. Good to "see" you. You are much taller than I expected.

Quibbit:: Just wanted to be around at least the first few minutes to make sure everything is going okay.

Chris OConnor:: I don't blame you.

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: You're the guy who steps in if the group tries to lynch Howard?

Chris OConnor:: Does Howard type about average speed?

Chris OConnor:: Michael - that ruins our plan

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: oh yeah, I wasn't supposed to tell!

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: sorry, sorry

Chris OConnor:: You are forgiven

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: thanks

Quibbit:: I think so, maybe a bit faster if he's really going.

Chris OConnor:: I'm good like that

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: that means I'm in the "in group'

Chris OConnor:: Stephen - well, we have no real format. I think Howard has enough formal engagements. I hope this is enjoyable for him.

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: oh no...William Shatner is going do another album

Quibbit:: More people likely to show up at the last few minutes?
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Quibbit:: Yeah, it should be fun for him.

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: hi xilog

xilog:: hi there

Chris OConnor:: Stephen - Yes, there should be many more people coming over the next 15 minutes

Chris OConnor:: Hey Xilog!

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: "A brutality that speaks to us through the animals in our brain" is a nice line

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Howard should make poetry out of some of his lines in Lucifer

Chris OConnor:: Yes, Howard is a metaphorical master

Chris OConnor:: That is his marketing genius shining through

Quibbit:: I think that he has something like that in the works. I think actually there's been some talk of a musical adaptation.

Chris OConnor:: Stephen - are you serious?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Superorganisticexpialidocious!

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: could be a brutal remake of mary poppins

Chris OConnor:: LOL

Chris OConnor:: Ok, no more egg nog for you Michael

Quibbit:: Yeah.. Actually.. I'll see if I can give you the link to an mp3 someone did of a show he was in.

Quibbit:: I think he's getting on now.

Bugteach joined

Chris OConnor:: Thanks Stephen

Chris OConnor:: Hello Bugteach

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: hi bugteach

Bugteach:: hello room

Chris OConnor:: Let me guess - you are a biology teacher?

Chris OConnor:: Stephen - Howard doesn't sing does he?

Bugteach:: top of the evening to you all

Chris OConnor:: and to you too Bug

Chris OConnor:: Where are you from? ...and how did you hear about this chat?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: sings "bloody bloody genes, playing bloody scenes.."

Chris OConnor:: Is that your own song Michael - it is lovely

Bugteach:: Howard informed me by way of chris

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: just made it up

Chris OConnor:: I would love to hear about all of Howard’s experiences with the music
industry too - but no time for that tonight

Chris OConnor:: Bug - Ahh - so you got my email I imagine

Bugteach:: yep

Chris OConnor:: Michael - you are quite skilled

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I wanna hear about where Michael Jackson fits into the superorganism

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MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: hi Steve

Chris OConnor:: Steve!

stevepainter:: hey

Chris OConnor:: Good to see ya

stevepainter:: I just said to my wife that Chris might be freaking if I don't sign in soon

Chris OConnor:: Bug - where do you live?

Chris OConnor:: Steve - good point

Bugteach:: Gary Indiana

Chris OConnor:: Bug - Ahh well good to have you with us tonight.

stevepainter:: oh, that makes me think of The Music Man

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: "The slightest slip from the true path, they feel, can send Satan's minions writing through every vein of their body."

Bugteach:: Michael Jackson’s hatching point

Bugteach:: thanks for the invite

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: writhing

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MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: hi Howard!

howbloom:: hi

Johnny Neuron joined

moose1567 joined

howbloom:: glad to see you

Chris OConnor:: Howard! Welcome

howbloom:: aha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

stevepainter:: hello all

moose1567:: hi room

Chris OConnor:: Hey Moose - and Johnny

howbloom:: chris, thanks for having me

Jeremy1952 joined

Chris OConnor:: Howard - it is our pleasure

howbloom:: Steve, moose, Johnny

Johnny Neuron:: Hello everyone...and especially Mr. Bloom!

Chris OConnor:: And there is Jeremy

moose1567:: Mr. bloom

howbloom:: it's good to meet you and Jeremy too

Chris OConnor:: So everyone hangs outside the front door waiting for the last minute I see

(on the forum's page there is a counter for how many total people are on the site, and at this point in the chat session the site is filled with people that have yet to enter the chat room)

Jeremy1952:: Hi Howard, thank you !

howbloom:: any interesting things you've been discussing?

Bugteach:: hello Howard thanks for inviting me

Jeremy1952:: I was fiddling with the colors

howbloom:: any interesting questions?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I'm interested in your thoughts on the current rash of middle beastliness

howbloom:: my son Walter says this chat process is cool

howbloom:: oi vey

Jeremy1952:: Middle beastliness? What does that mean?

howbloom:: ok, what is your opinion of what's going on in the middle east?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: the Middle Beast

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: i.e. Iraq

Chris OConnor:: yes, I am interested in the Middle east situation too and I was intrigued by your views on the "barbaric" nature of Islam

howbloom:: why did we pick Iraq as a target?

Chris OConnor:: My opinion is you hit the nail on the head

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I was reminded of Lucifer (The Lucifer Principle - authored by Howard Bloom) when the outbreak of patriotism happened after 911

Chris OConnor:: hmmm

howbloom:: militant Islam has put us at the center of its sights

howbloom:: its gun sights

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: got the feeling America was becoming a militant organism

howbloom:: it's targeted us as an enemy

Chris OConnor:: I am personally concerned that our choosing Iraq has too much to do with Bush Jr. making up for his fathers mistakes

howbloom:: war is built into our biology

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I worry about Bush's use of religious language..."evil" etc

Chris OConnor:: I totally see that

howbloom:: it's been with us for 3.5 billion years

stevepainter:: I don't know, I thought that Christianity among others was just as barbaric - economic prosperity and societal development have just progressed faster for us

howbloom:: so when we're attacked by others who follow our common instinctual heritage

howbloom:: our military instincts are aroused

Jeremy1952:: Perhaps. But biology teaches me that cooperation is ultimately more powerful than competition

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: is there any force in biology to compensate for our need to destroy? Or will the world just fall apart as WMD become available to small groups?

Chris OConnor:: Howard - that was the most impressive concept - war, hatred, violence - all part of our struggle to exist

moose1567:: we are targeted because of our openness of mind and freedom of religions
howbloom:: me too, re cooperation outweigh competition

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think Islamic groups also project repressed sexuality onto us

howbloom:: the western world, western civilization

stevepainter:: definitely- cooperation helps groups survive

Jeremy1952:: You're familiar with Axelrod? His example of WWII soldiers refusing to hurt one another?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: they feel guilty and attack us for representing their guilt

howbloom:: has purged itself of violence more successfully than any previous system of human social integration

Chris OConnor:: Moose - I would think that is a part of it

howbloom:: who feels guilty?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Muslims re: sexuality

Chris OConnor:: Not I

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: America is seen as sexually expressive

Jeremy1952:: Muslims feeling guilty about their own denied sexuality.

howbloom:: Muslims feel guilty about sexuality:

howbloom:: yes, the west is despised for its sexuality

howbloom:: for its depravity

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: the psychohistory guys talk a lot about that

Chris OConnor:: yes, I read "The Arab Mind" which covered that issue

howbloom:: for having no manners

Jeremy1952:: Of course we go a few rounds on that too (USAians, not necessarily all westerners)

howbloom:: no civilization

howbloom:: no propriety

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: are you familiar with Lloyd's psychohistory list, Howard?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: we really don't have a lot of manners

howbloom:: for harboring fornication and homosexuality

stevepainter:: we seem to have a split personality in regards to sexuality

Chris OConnor:: How so Steve?

howbloom:: I’m having trouble reading and writing at the same time

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I'd like to see more research on parallels between Islamic and Christian fundamentalists

howbloom:: how do we simplify the dialog

Chris OConnor:: Howard - take your time

Bugteach:: are the present terrorist attacks a direct result of some infringement of the rats mimi

howbloom:: ok ,let's concentrate on Christian fundamentalism and Islamic fundamentalism, ok?

Chris OConnor:: We will all slow down

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: ok

Chris OConnor:: Ok, sounds like a plan Howard

Jeremy1952:: The usual technique in "chat" is to selectively ignore; I guess that's a ltitle harder for an invited guest, though!

howbloom:: these are two areas I’ve researched

howbloom:: and have spent 20 years fighting personally

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: all the Christians seem excited about Armageddon lately

stevepainter:: on the one hand we harbor a Victorian idea of what proper behavior is, but on the other we sell sex in every way

howbloom:: yes, the rapture

howbloom:: but here's the bottom line

howbloom:: Christian fundamentalism killed over 180 people in Oklahoma ci

Jeremy1952:: True...

howbloom:: one doctor in my hometown, Buffalo, NY

howbloom:: and has planted several bombs

howbloom:: at abortion clinics

Chris OConnor:: yes, very true

howbloom:: it's dangerous and filled with hate

howbloom:: and its promoted absurd forms of censorship

Jeremy1952:: So; are the fundamentalists really a different "thing" than the rest of the religion?

Chris OConnor:: I believe all religions to be dangerous

howbloom:: getting rid of Harry Potter for being satanic

howbloom:: yes

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think so Jeremy, I think they're a distinct subculture

howbloom:: fundamentalists cohere

stevepainter:: religious fundamentalism of every stripe can be barbaric and dangerous

howbloom:: more strongly than others

howbloom:: they cohere around hatred

howbloom:: despising evil

Jeremy1952:: But doesn't any religion have the potential to become more dangerous? Or less?

howbloom:: and fighting ig

stevepainter:: it's fear really I think

howbloom:: fighting is a great bonding mechanism

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: any group of humans, Jeremy

Chris OConnor:: I was not aware of the hatred preaches in the Koran, but our Bible is not much better

howbloom:: do you remember

stevepainter:: the hatred that is

Johnny Neuron:: I definitely feel there is a rise in Christian fundamentalism here in the US; take the "Left Behind" series ie.

Chris OConnor:: How so Howard?

howbloom:: back in the days of Marxism vs. capitalism

howbloom:: how the revolutionaries always called for

Jeremy1952:: Hmmm... well, but groups of humans have the potential for being dealt with rationally. We have goals that

howbloom:: unity, fraternity, solidarity?

Jeremy1952:: can turn in to mutual goals. Religions, on the other hand, seem inherently self serving;

Chris OConnor:: Yes Howard

howbloom:: for camaraderie

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: probably has a lot to do with early experiences with authority too

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howbloom:: all these are bonding terms

howbloom:: people need desperately to bond

howbloom:: deeply with other human beings

Jeremy1952:: death dealing if that spreads the meme, peace dealing if that works today

moose1567:: Hi Nadia!!!

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: do you think it's also a need to purge one's own group of dissonance? guilt, shame etc?

howbloom:: fundamentalism uses a primary bonding mechanism

Jeremy1952:: Hey Nadia

Chris OConnor:: Howard - very true

howbloom:: yes to dissonance guilt and shame

NaddiaAoC:: Hi everyone!

howbloom:: they're part of the brew

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: fundamentalists seem to use a lot of military metaphors

howbloom:: i was just sitting with an Islamic friend

Jeremy1952:: Do you see it, Howard, as a technique being used by fundamentalists, or is it more

howbloom:: who wondered why his community in Brooklyn

howbloom:: is gung ho for holy war

howbloom:: for the idea

Jeremy1952:: an evolution, selection, within the meme of fundamentalism?

howbloom:: that death is more important to us

Chris OConnor:: Howard - individual humans are somewhat predictable, but it is when large groups act as one that we seem to experience horrific results

howbloom:: than life is to you

howbloom:: this is an idea that's taking off

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: is death some kind of ecstatic union?

howbloom:: in an Islamic community of middle and upper middle

howbloom:: class professionals

howbloom:: doctors

howbloom:: dentists

howbloom:: psychiatrists

howbloom:: here in Brooklyn

Johnny Neuron:: Mr. Bloom, I am a former fundamentalist (former Jehovah's Witness) and I agree that most fundamentalists have more in common with other opposing fundamentalists than say, liberal religionists. It seems that social cohesion is more important than doctrine or dogma.

howbloom:: militant Islam has a horrible track record for delivery

howbloom:: it oppresses the poor horribly

stevepainter:: really? I didn't know the more educated were in on the idea of jihad also

howbloom:: by making them

howbloom:: far poorer

howbloom:: than ever before

Jeremy1952:: One of the things I learned from your book, though, is that delivering on promises isn't all that important

Jeremy1952:: to the success of a cult

howbloom:: look at Egypt

howbloom:: you're right

howbloom:: you hit the point

howbloom:: let me tell you

howbloom:: about Egypt, ok?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: you can always blame the enemy for your own failure to deliver

howbloom:: in 1951

Chris OConnor:: Good point Jeremy

howbloom:: Egypt had the same standard of living

howbloom:: as south Korea

howbloom:: today the average Korean

howbloom:: makes 20 times as much

howbloom:: per year

Chris OConnor:: wow

howbloom:: as the average Egyptian

howbloom:: and in the last

howbloom:: 20 years

howbloom:: the Egyptian standard of living

howbloom:: and that in all

howbloom:: the Arab countries

howbloom:: has deteriorated dramatically

howbloom:: its plunged

howbloom:: to the level

howbloom:: of sub Saharan Africa

howbloom:: which has

Chris OConnor:: As the result of what? - what is fueling their demise?

howbloom:: the lowest standard of living

Jeremy1952:: Well, is that a good thing, or a bad thing? Didn't you say that it is success
that leads to warlike behavior?

howbloom:: anywhere in the world

stevepainter:: so are the despotic-style rulers the cause or the effect?

howbloom:: it's a result of military

howbloom:: fetish

Chris OConnor:: Ahh

howbloom:: weapon hunger

howbloom:: killing lust

howbloom:: hate frenzy

howbloom:: righteous anger stoking

moose1567:: the new world order?

Jeremy1952:: aha. Yea, that makes sense. Especially in light of what North Korea is doing

howbloom:: in other words

howbloom:: it's a result of drugging

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I see the US having some problems, states are running out of money and we're diverting social funds into military ventures

howbloom:: the masses not with an opioid

howbloom:: but with a steroid

howbloom:: we can get into the states later

howbloom:: billions of dollars

stevepainter:: promise them power rather than a prosperous future?

Chris OConnor:: explain this steroid concept

howbloom:: have gone through Arab hands

howbloom:: billions of

howbloom:: oil dollars

howbloom:: billions of dollars in aid

howbloom:: and all that money

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howbloom:: has gone for just one thing

moose1567:: hi Tim

howbloom:: pride

Chris OConnor:: Hey Tim - pull up a chair

howbloom:: for courage

howbloom:: for heroism

howbloom:: for victory

Timothy Schoonover:: argh...I’m late?

howbloom:: which means for weapons

howbloom:: for killing

howbloom:: putting all your money

NaddiaAoC:: hi Tim

Chris OConnor:: Howard - makes so much sense

howbloom:: into weaponry produces

howbloom:: poverty

howbloom:: and yet the Arabs

howbloom:: and their fellow Moslems

howbloom:: are more determined

howbloom:: than ever

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: is there a sexual tension between being "manly" and being "weak" involved here?

Chris OConnor:: Howard - but in Lucifer you stress the need to always be at the ready - against the "barbarians"

howbloom:: to spread their message globally

howbloom:: why?

howbloom:: because anger bonds

howbloom:: righteousness bonds

howbloom:: fury bonds

howbloom:: righteous indignation bonds

howbloom:: and humans live

howbloom:: on the oxygen of attention

howbloom:: they live in a sea of bonds or

Chris OConnor:: so true...anger and hatred bond - we need enemies to vent our hatred towards

howbloom:: isolation

howbloom:: isolation kills

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: does it also wash away the feeling of contamination?

howbloom:: bonding brings life

howbloom:: yes

howbloom:: the Arabs and non

howbloom:: Arab Moslems know exactly

stevepainter:: that would explain why isolationism never works

stevepainter:: in the long run

howbloom:: where all the sin

howbloom:: n the world is

howbloom:: it is here

howbloom:: in the west

howbloom:: particularly in the us

howbloom:: so the ultimate goal of

howbloom:: an Osama would be

howbloom:: something like this

howbloom:: to get his hands on Pakistan's nukes

Chris OConnor:: yes

howbloom:: on Pakistan's next generation stealth subs

howbloom:: on Pakistan’s mid

howbloom:: range ballistic missiles

howbloom:: which fit snugly

howbloom:: into the forward portion of the

howbloom:: submarines

howbloom:: missile delivering subs

howbloom:: to set one of Pakistan’s

moose1567:: scary

howbloom:: three subs on a path

howbloom:: to North America’s

howbloom:: Atlantic coast

Jeremy1952:: So , do we need a proper enemy to bond us together? Are we making a mistake not wallowing in hatred of Muslims &/or Arabs?

howbloom:: these subs have a 10,000

howbloom:: mile range

Chris OConnor:: A nuke attack on our nation could bring us to our knees, perhaps cast us into the dark ages instantly

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: is Bush risking instability in Pakistan by attacking Iraq?

howbloom:: to send

howbloom:: another sub

howbloom:: to the pacific coast

howbloom:: and to nuke America’s fifteen

stevepainter:: I don't think so Jeremy - we paint a country as an enemy and that seems to work pretty well

howbloom:: largest cities

howbloom:: it would be the pr coup of th

howbloom:: the 21st

howbloom:: century

howbloom:: it would do for

howbloom:: Osama what

Chris OConnor:: Howard - our country would fall

howbloom:: destroying the populations

howbloom:: of entire cities

howbloom:: did for Alexander

howbloom:: Alexander of Macedon

Chris OConnor:: Howard - 2 large buildings destroyed and our nation completely shut down for awhile

howbloom:: became Alexander the great

Jeremy1952:: I don't know. I'm not comfortable hating. It took me a year after 9-11 to STOP hating Muslims; and that was helped by

howbloom:: via body count

Johnny Neuron:: Isn't the Pakistani govt. an ally of the US though?

Jeremy1952:: a realization that consistency would require hating Christians, too.

howbloom:: don't hate Moslems, don't at all

howbloom:: hate Moslem militancy

howbloom:: just as you hate the

Chris OConnor:: It is not the Muslims, but the meme

howbloom:: militancy of the

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I don't hate Islam at all. I see it as a runaway system, and our system is in danger of the same thing

howbloom:: Christian fundamentalists

howbloom:: holed up in Idaho

howbloom:: our job

Jeremy1952:: Two separate things, though; I was asking if we SHOULD, not if it is rational.

Chris OConnor:: excellent point

howbloom:: is to save Moslems

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I don't even hate the virus of fundamentalism, it's just a psychological disease

howbloom:: just as they think

Jeremy1952:: If it works for them... bonding ...

howbloom:: their job is to save us

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Jeremy, it is a good question, how to bond ourselves

howbloom:: their are better ways of

howbloom:: bonding

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: good point

howbloom:: we need to know

Chris OConnor:: Michael - it is a disease that must be cured before it brings the entire superorganism down

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: opposites attract

howbloom:: what we stand for

howbloom:: what we offer

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: chris--exactly

stevepainter:: but Jeremy - we'd be turning on many of our own Americans who are Muslims

howbloom:: that's worth living and dying for

howbloom:: many Moslems believe

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Steve--as Osama turned on those Muslims

howbloom:: in the western system

stevepainter:: right

howbloom:: as passionately as I do

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: we should emphasize that militant Muslims don’t' care about American Muslims at all

howbloom:: and many more can be cut loose

howbloom:: from the plague

howbloom:: of violence

howbloom:: of militancy

stevepainter:: all the more reason we shouldn't "hate Muslims"

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I worry about the effect of a war in Iraq on this

howbloom:: Osama's reasoning

howbloom:: about our Moslems

howbloom:: is this

howbloom:: we can afford

howbloom:: he says,

howbloom:: to lose 100 million Moslems

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I've heard a lot of Americans in chat rooms say "first we'll take Iraq, then Saudi, then Iran"

howbloom:: in order to do

howbloom:: what Allah demands

howbloom:: to take over the world

howbloom:: the Moslem websites are now

howbloom:: talking openly about

howbloom:: "taking Europe back"

stevepainter:: Saudi Arabia is really the force behind most of this

howbloom:: to make Europe the

howbloom:: Moslem territory

howbloom:: it was always

howbloom:: meant to be

howbloom:: with no us

howbloom:: in the picture

howbloom:: no united

Chris OConnor:: and this is indeed the goal of the Islamic faith - world domination and stated in the Koran

howbloom:: states

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: so does this boil down to a third world war?

howbloom:: Europe would have to bow

howbloom:: obsequiously

Bugteach:: sight a web sight please

Jeremy1952:: Well, that was the stated goal of world communism too...

howbloom:: on its knees

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: if you read Revelation, it's an almost identical vision, only with Jesus as the ruler

howbloom:: to Osama

howbloom:: the new what

howbloom:: does he call it

howbloom:: not the emir

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: caliph?

Timothy Schoonover:: It's inherent to the nature of memes, no?

howbloom:: but the new leader yes

howbloom:: caliph

howbloom:: of a global empire

howbloom:: global

howbloom:: the world is going global

howbloom:: Islam was built for

howbloom:: globalism

Chris OConnor:: wow

howbloom:: its the only religion

howbloom:: that offers a

howbloom:: global system of

howbloom:: laws and government

stevepainter:: but the fundamental version is just as repressive as any other

Chris OConnor:: our position as world leader teeters on the edge of collapse

Jeremy1952:: One ray of hope in my world view, is that parasites tend to get less dangerous over time

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: was just reading a paragraph from Lucifer: "If we ever save ourselves from the scourge of mass violence, it will be through the efforts of millions of minds, networked together..."

howbloom:: yes, this

howbloom:: is a turning point

howbloom:: in history

howbloom:: the things we discuss

howbloom:: today, now

Chris OConnor:: Michael - I think that is what Global Brain is about

howbloom:: in this chat

howbloom:: may make a difference

Jeremy1952:: If you look at old time Christianity it looks about as bad as 21 century Islam

howbloom:: in the direction history takes tomorrow

stevepainter:: absolutely

Chris OConnor:: yes, there are seeds being planted right now

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howbloom:: old time Christianity was

Jeremy1952:: but it seems to have "mellowed" over the centuries

howbloom:: ghastly

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: do people end up acting like the gods they follow?

howbloom:: BUT WE DON'T HAVE IT

howbloom:: ANYMORE

howbloom:: we've evolved beyond it

howbloom:: to new forms of competition

stevepainter:: for the most part

howbloom:: creative competition

Jeremy1952:: Just like the diseases we live with; pneumonia has been around a long time, so we have come to terms with it. A truce, more or less.

howbloom:: cooperation

howbloom:: that enriches

howbloom:: not impoverishes

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: one girl trained as a suicide bomber decided not to go through with it...she felt the jihadists were playing with the blood of the martyrs

Jeremy1952:: Malaria is relatively young and quite destructive

howbloom:: let me tell you a story

stevepainter:: many seem to want to bring back "old time Christianity"

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howbloom:: about cotton

howbloom:: ok?

Chris OConnor:: yes, please do

Bugteach:: k

howbloom:: once upon a time

howbloom:: 200 years ago or so

Chris OConnor:: true Steve

howbloom:: cotton was

howbloom:: something only the rich could

howbloom:: afford

howbloom:: it was comfortable

howbloom:: as all get out

howbloom:: it was easily laundered

howbloom:: which means

Timothy Schoonover:: yeah it is!

howbloom:: no more lice or bugs

howbloom:: but it came from India

howbloom:: via the Indian ocean

howbloom:: down to Yemen

Bugteach:: excuse me :0

howbloom:: and

howbloom:: Oman

howbloom:: ok bug,

howbloom:: what is it?

howbloom:: should I

howbloom:: return to the tale?

howbloom:: normal folks

Jeremy1952:: <-- listening to tale

howbloom:: wore wool clothing

Bugteach:: no joking on my name I am very interested continue please

howbloom:: that couldn't be laundered easily

Chris OConnor:: Please do Howard

howbloom:: smelled

howbloom:: itched

howbloom:: irritated the skin

howbloom:: and was a great home

howbloom:: for bugs of all kinds

howbloom:: then we had several innovations

howbloom:: remember back

howbloom:: in the days of Henry the 8th

howbloom:: when Henry got

Chris OConnor:: I don't personally

howbloom:: a wild idea

howbloom:: and did something the Turks had

howbloom:: already done

howbloom:: but multiplied it exponentially?

howbloom:: he put

howbloom:: cannons on sailing ships

howbloom:: tons and tons of them

Chris OConnor:: Ahh

howbloom:: and England went from a lesser power

howbloom:: in Europe

howbloom:: to a world force

howbloom:: over the next 200 years

stevepainter:: military innovation

howbloom:: thanks to its navy

howbloom:: right?

Chris OConnor:: Yes

howbloom:: but England needed wood to make its ships

Jeremy1952:: with you so far

howbloom:: and the wood in England

howbloom:: had been pretty much used up

howbloom:: to keep homes warm

stevepainter:: we need oil for our war toys?

howbloom:: the country was running out of

howbloom:: the stuff

howbloom:: now think back to those lazy

howbloom:: sons of bitches

howbloom:: the aristocracy

howbloom:: what do they talk about incessantly

howbloom:: in pj wodehouse novels?

howbloom:: breeding

howbloom:: breeding things

howbloom:: how to improve a

howbloom:: breed of

howbloom:: bulls

howbloom:: a breed of pigs

howbloom:: a breed in the family

howbloom:: the breeding obsession

howbloom:: of the English aristocrats

howbloom:: gave us Darwin’s theory

howbloom:: of natural selection

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: sex?

howbloom:: and it gave England

howbloom:: something more

howbloom:: not sex alone

howbloom:: we're talking early genetic engineering

howbloom:: the British

howbloom:: learned the value

howbloom:: of mono cropping

howbloom:: of concentrating on just one crop

howbloom:: per estate

howbloom:: finding out which

howbloom:: crop worked best

howbloom:: on the sort of land you had

howbloom:: and pouring your

howbloom:: heart

howbloom:: your soul

howbloom:: your energy

howbloom:: into genetically

howbloom:: engineering the stuff

howbloom:: via breeding

howbloom:: England needed

howbloom:: wood to build more ships

howbloom:: so they mono cropped trees

howbloom:: they build a new

howbloom:: agricultural innovation

howbloom:: called

howbloom:: are you ready?

Chris OConnor:: yes

howbloom:: the plantation

howbloom:: the single crop super producer

howbloom:: par excellence

howbloom:: they raised oak for

howbloom:: masts

howbloom:: they raised, I believe

Jeremy1952:: Ah! so the plantation was invented to grow trees for warships. Fascinating.

howbloom:: fast growing pines for

howbloom:: the less important things

howbloom:: ok

howbloom:: so the British now had a

howbloom:: fleet

howbloom:: let

howbloom:: 's go back

howbloom:: to an earlier innovation

howbloom:: allow me to take you to

howbloom:: 200 bc

howbloom:: ok?

howbloom:: wait,

stevepainter:: why not

howbloom:: sorry

howbloom:: that’s 200 ad

howbloom:: now the Romans had been importing

Bugteach:: k

howbloom:: Chinese and Indian

Jeremy1952:: <- takes time travel pill and plunges ahead

howbloom:: goods for a very long time

howbloom:: in fact they ran

howbloom:: a heavy balance of payments

Chris OConnor:: :0

howbloom:: deficit with

howbloom:: china

howbloom:: because their noblewomen outdid

howbloom:: each other to wear the best

howbloom:: silk gowns

howbloom:: silk was shipped

howbloom:: overland

howbloom:: via the old silk road

howbloom:: the trip took

howbloom:: i believe

howbloom:: 3 years or so

howbloom:: and was dangerous

howbloom:: as hell

howbloom:: so silk cost a fortune

howbloom:: then a clever arab

howbloom:: 400 years before Mohammed's

howbloom:: birth

howbloom:: did a very evolutionary thing

howbloom:: he figured out

howbloom:: how to make catastrophe

howbloom:: into something positive

howbloom:: opportunity

howbloom:: the catastrophe

howbloom:: was the monsoon

howbloom:: whose impact you know

howbloom:: flooding and destruction, right?

howbloom:: but he saw more than carnage

howbloom:: he notice a pattern

howbloom:: in the way the monsoons go

howbloom:: for one part of the year

Chris OConnor:: yes

howbloom:: the blow northeast

howbloom:: and in the other part of the year

Chris OConnor:: Travel

Chris OConnor:: He used the winds

howbloom:: they blow southwest

howbloom:: meanwhile, the Arabs

Chris OConnor:: and currents

howbloom:: had invented

howbloom:: something called

howbloom:: the lateen sai

Chris OConnor:: yep

howbloom:: a triangular sail

howbloom:: you could use it to

Chris OConnor:: both ways

howbloom:: outwit the wind

howbloom:: and tack

howbloom:: you've got it chris

Chris OConnor:: very impressive invention

howbloom:: using ships

howbloom:: equipped

howbloom:: with this sail

Chris OConnor:: incredible step forward - no longer were we slaves to nature

howbloom:: he realized you could sail to India

howbloom:: via a sea borne

howbloom:: shortcut

howbloom:: then wait for the winds

howbloom:: to change

howbloom:: and sail back to

howbloom:: Oman

howbloom:: or Qatar

howbloom:: once again

howbloom:: meanwhile

howbloom:: other Arab inventors

howbloom:: had come up with a way

howbloom:: to create a virtual

howbloom:: sea lane

howbloom:: across the Arab peninsula

howbloom:: to the Mediterranean sea

howbloom:: the didn't dig a canal

howbloom:: they domesticated

howbloom:: camels

howbloom:: and organized them

howbloom:: in a cargo carrying caravan

howbloom:: the high price the Romans

howbloom:: had paid

xilog left

AvatarofPower joined

howbloom:: for goods from the east

howbloom:: went down dramatically

howbloom:: that meant the price of cotton and of silk

howbloom:: and ceramics--

howbloom:: teapots

howbloom:: tea cups

howbloom:: saucers

howbloom:: and, yes

Chris OConnor:: welcome Kevin

howbloom:: tea

howbloom:: but still only the super rich could

howbloom:: actually afford these

howbloom:: these ultra luxuries.

howbloom:: now for the British ships

stevepainter:: (a cup of tea sounds good)

howbloom:: we'll skip the

howbloom:: Portuguese

howbloom:: who found the sea route

howbloom:: around the tip

howbloom:: of Africa

howbloom:: and cut the price of eastern goods in half

howbloom:: again

howbloom:: the brits acquired

howbloom:: India

howbloom:: as the Jewel in the crown of empire

howbloom:: right?

Chris OConnor:: True

howbloom:: the French built the Suez Canal

howbloom:: all this brought the price of cotton clothing down

howbloom:: considerably

howbloom:: then the brits

howbloom:: used their invention

howbloom:: the plantation

howbloom:: to raise cotton

howbloom:: in some of the new places they'd conquered

howbloom:: the islands of the Caribbean

howbloom:: and the American south

howbloom:: we'll skip the very sticky

howbloom:: and wretched issue of slave

howbloom:: trading, which was

howbloom:: invented by the Arabs

howbloom:: using those old

howbloom:: monsoon winds

howbloom:: to establish slave trading

howbloom:: entrepots in east Africa

howbloom:: so now we had

howbloom:: mass production of raw cotton

howbloom:: the price of cotton goods went down again

howbloom:: now the upper middle class

stevepainter:: slave trading was invented by the Arabs? - Please get back to that later

howbloom:: could afford the stuff

moose1567:: please

howbloom:: like Jacques Louis David's wife's sister

howbloom:: whose father had made his money

Johnny Neuron left

howbloom:: like Osama's dad had

howbloom:: in construction

howbloom:: building the Louvre

howbloom:: in 1800

howbloom:: the power loom was invented

howbloom:: it was England's top

howbloom:: secret technology

howbloom:: now cotton goods were produced

howbloom:: in such profusion

howbloom:: that the price was low enough for the

howbloom:: ordinary man and woman

howbloom:: and a new cry went up

howbloom:: a nation's civilization

howbloom:: is measured by the amount of soap it uses

howbloom:: the death rate went down

howbloom:: why?

howbloom:: because you could buy

howbloom:: enough cotton clothing

howbloom:: to actually change it

howbloom:: frequently

howbloom:: and unlike wool

howbloom:: you could wash it

howbloom:: but here's the real point of the story

howbloom:: today

howbloom:: when folks like my old client

howbloom:: Stewart Copeland

howbloom:: or my anthropologist

howbloom:: friends

howbloom:: go to Africa

howbloom:: in search of the most primitive tribes

howbloom:: with the purest indigenous

Chris OConnor:: And if anyone has a question for Howard - feel free to throw it out there when he finishes

howbloom:: cultures on this earth

howbloom:: what do they find?

Jeremy1952:: Cotton?

howbloom:: what do their photos show?

howbloom:: yes

howbloom:: people living in squalor and poverty

howbloom:: people making almost no cash

howbloom:: living at all

howbloom:: are wearing cotton t shirts

howbloom:: cotton shorts

howbloom:: and cotton hats

howbloom:: the western system

howbloom:: has elevated the poor and the oppressed

Timothy Schoonover joined

howbloom:: the goal of every religion

howbloom:: we've achieved it

howbloom:: now we have to believe it

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: don't forget Nike logos

howbloom:: to defend it

howbloom:: the system of competition via creativity

howbloom:: rather than competition

howbloom:: via the gun

howbloom:: competition via

howbloom:: fundamentalist militancy

Jeremy1952:: So, not to go off on a total tangent, but may I ask a question about the "Lucifer Principle" itself?

howbloom:: buying weapons has impoverished the Arab nations

howbloom:: ummm, should

stevepainter:: go for it Jeremy

howbloom:: we first answer the

howbloom:: question about

howbloom:: Arabs inventing African enslavement?

Chris OConnor:: Sure

stevepainter:: no - I asked that - let Jeremy go

Chris OConnor:: We just don’t want to let you slip away

Bugteach:: yep

howbloom:: the Arabs and their wonderful ships were capable

howbloom:: of jihad in Africa

howbloom:: they traveled up and down the eastern coast

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I'm interested in the process of projection...people projecting their own "evil" onto others and becoming immune to communication

howbloom:: establishing cities like Mobassa

Jeremy1952:: LOL Well, it struck me that the "Lucifer Principle" is the second half of something... the breaking down side

howbloom:: and languages based on Arabic

howbloom:: like Swahili

Jeremy1952:: of construction; but there has to be a "building up" side to chip away at

howbloom:: you're right

howbloom:: the Lucifer principle

Chris OConnor:: Good point Jeremy

Jeremy1952:: I'm wondering if the "other side" has a name, an identity

howbloom:: deliberately focused on the negative side of creativity

howbloom:: no

Chris OConnor:: How could we summarize the Lucifer Principle

howbloom:: alas

howbloom:: science is blind to the other side

howbloom:: which is something I'm working on

Chris OConnor:: Ahh

howbloom:: I'm working on helping science

howbloom:: see the inherent

Jeremy1952:: Ah.

howbloom:: creativity in this cosmos

howbloom:: creativity

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: is there an email forum for Lucifer principle or related?

howbloom:: and to find a way to explain it

howbloom:: there's a global brain chat group

howbloom:: but none that I know of on

howbloom:: the Lucifer principle

howbloom:: creativity is at

Chris OConnor:: I will give you all the info for the Global Brain chat group

Chris OConnor:: I am a member

howbloom:: the heart of what we have to defend

howbloom:: at this time in history

howbloom:: why Iraq?

howbloom:: that's what I wonder

Chris OConnor:: Yes, great question

howbloom:: here's what my Islamic friend

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: so it's really a war between cultural creative and fundamentalists?

howbloom:: said the week after 9/11

Jeremy1952:: So you truly feel that nature has a direction, a goal; that isn't just metaphor?

howbloom:: yes, it's a war between the creative and the destructive force of

howbloom:: human social evolution

howbloom:: yes, I feel that nature takes quantum

howbloom:: leaps upward

howbloom:: in creativity

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: it seems like we put most of our creativity into the machinery of selling things, rather than spreading positive ideas about culture

howbloom:: on a fairly regular basis

howbloom:: with us or without us

howbloom:: but if we want to survive

stevepainter:: by nature do you mean "human nature"?

howbloom:: it will have to be with us

howbloom:: no

howbloom:: I’m talking about a big bang

howbloom:: emerging from a singularity

howbloom:: I’m talking about a singularity

howbloom:: emerging from a nothingness

howbloom:: I'm talking about a

Chris OConnor:: yes, what is your take on that?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think Muslims look at our culture and they see our fragmentation and our chaotic grouping...should we set a new example by bonding without violence?

howbloom:: throbbing soup of high speed particles

howbloom:: a plasma at

Bugteach:: what about mother earths alter ego?

howbloom:: the beginning of the universe

Chris OConnor:: A singularity coming from nothing makes no sense

howbloom:: when no plasma had ever existed before

howbloom:: I'm talking about the pressure waves

Jeremy1952:: The universe is not obligated to make sense to us

howbloom:: the first music

stevepainter:: MG - I don't think most non-Americans see how we are a group (even though we seem to disagree a lot)

moose1567:: [_]D

howbloom:: that rang that plasma like a gong

Chris OConnor:: Jeremy - true, but damn I want it to

AvatarofPower:: but isn't 'creativity' a human invention? Creativity is just the human definition for a consciousness discovering utility... how does creativity exist as a function of the universe?

howbloom:: and I'm talking about 100,000 years later

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Steve--as an American I see a lot of aimlessness

howbloom:: when an extraordinary

howbloom:: creative leap occurred

howbloom:: protons discovered

Chris OConnor:: Avatar - excellent wording - I have to agree

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: a long term war would give us purpose but would it really bond us or would it make the culture wars toxic?

howbloom:: that they were attracted to particles

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think human creativity is similar in many ways to natural processes...evolution being one

stevepainter:: but when challenged we form a fairly cohesive group

howbloom:: only one 1,850th their size

howbloom:: and atoms emerged

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: artists don't create from a plan, they recombine and sift like nature does

Jeremy1952:: But what is driving it? Is it blind evolution, "Santa Fe" principles of self-organization? Or some actual directional, what?

Chris OConnor:: Howard - you seem to speak of natures creative forces almost as if there is some sort of sentience or "life" to it

howbloom:: this is the big question

howbloom:: i do not believe there

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think any system would tend toward greater complexity, at least under the right conditions

howbloom:: is sentience to it

howbloom:: but it has direction

Chris OConnor:: Howard - pheeww

howbloom:: it is an impulsive

Chris OConnor:: Howard - Ok, I am with you

howbloom:: and propulsive force

stevepainter:: I don't believe it has a direction

howbloom:: that produces grandeur

Bugteach:: the alter ego right?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: trajectory might be a better word

howbloom:: it produced atoms from a shou

Jeremy1952:: Propulsive force... what does that mean?

Chris OConnor:: Bug - explain?

howbloom:: a huge jump upward

howbloom:: I know what he means.

Chris OConnor:: Ahh

howbloom:: look

Chris OConnor:: Howard - so what would fuel this - as Jeremy asked

howbloom:: this cosmos began with one of the biggest energy rushes you can imagine

Chris OConnor:: True

howbloom:: it's been taking that energy

howbloom:: and making things ever since

Jeremy1952:: (I can't imagine it)

howbloom:: think about it

howbloom:: there was a time when

Chris OConnor:: I am so bewildered by the concept of a singularity

Bugteach:: how said in his book the Satan is mother earths alter ego and is motivating the world now

howbloom:: there were no things at all

Jeremy1952:: So what is "it" that "makes"?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: recombination produces complexity by its nature doesn't it?

howbloom:: no matter

howbloom:: no atoms

AvatarofPower:: right, Howard, but why is it necessary to define it as creativity?

howbloom:: none of the things we take for granted

Chris OConnor:: Bug - ahhhh

stevepainter:: it had to go somewhere - given infinite time to work with

howbloom:: all popped into being

Chris OConnor:: Howard - how the hell could that happen?

howbloom:: do you have a better word for it than

howbloom:: creativity?

Chris OConnor:: Steve - true, but did it all begin?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: there could have been something before the singularity, just
nothing we can get a handle on

howbloom:: I could use it

Jeremy1952:: Aside from gravity and fundamental forces of nature, which is what
mainstream science attributes it to?

howbloom:: there was pretty obviously a nothing

Chris OConnor:: Michael - I so agree

howbloom:: with simple rules of its own

AvatarofPower:: as time moves forward, energy is moved around... by probability, more new things will happen and more new arrangements will be found...

howbloom:: no

howbloom:: not probability

howbloom:: forget probability

howbloom:: this is not a totally determined universe

Chris OConnor:: Michael - I think we don't have a clue when it all comes down to it - there could be multiple universes, and infinite cycle of expansions and collapses...

AvatarofPower:: you're telling me it is a sentient creativity rather than a random probability

howbloom:: but it is a very constrained universe

stevepainter:: no one knows Chris - try Guth again for a Big Bang friendly idea

howbloom:: bear with me and let me tell you a tiny tale of universal

howbloom:: creativity, cosmic

howbloom:: creativity

howbloom:: and its limitations

howbloom:: its rigid boundaries

AvatarofPower:: (yes, Guths inflationary universe is excellent, Steve)

Bugteach:: go for it

howbloom:: unless I’ve worn you out with stories

Timothy Schoonover:: listening

howbloom:: ok first there is a nothingness

AvatarofPower:: no, please go ahead

Chris OConnor:: Yes, this is interesting

howbloom:: you and I are sitting around at an outdoor

howbloom:: cafe table

howbloom:: before the beginning of the universe

howbloom:: you are a dreamer

howbloom:: I'm a skeptic

howbloom:: you tell me, Howard

howbloom:: just watch out

howbloom:: something's about to happen that you've never seen before

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: <---relieved there is coffee before the beginning of the universe

howbloom:: there's going to be this infinitesimal twist

howbloom:: called a singularity

howbloom:: and from it will burst forth

howbloom:: a new thing that you've never seen

Jeremy1952:: Sounds like we're drifting into Italo Calvino's territory

stevepainter:: what else do you think fueled it, MG?

howbloom:: four forces and an energy

howbloom:: and I would say to you

Chris OConnor:: Michael

howbloom:: you're nuts

howbloom:: you’re absolutely crazy

howbloom:: I've been here as long as this nothingness

howbloom:: has existed

howbloom:: and no self- constructing

howbloom:: self unfolding infinitesimal

howbloom:: blip with almost infinite eagerness and energy

howbloom:: has ever existed before and

Jeremy1952:: But... but... absolute nothing violates the heisenberg uncertainty principle.

howbloom:: it is so improbable and impossible that it never will

howbloom:: then comes the singularity and proves me to be a fool

Jeremy1952:: Making something inevitable, required

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: "nothing" is relatively defined by "things"

howbloom:: 100,000 years later

Chris OConnor:: Jeremy - maybe the principle doesn't fit

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: "no thing we are familiar with"

howbloom:: we are still sitting at our cafe table

Chris OConnor:: drinking coffee

Jeremy1952:: But true nothing would have an exact momentum - zero - and an a exact
location - no where

stevepainter:: vacuum violates the uncertainty principle?

howbloom:: you've predicted all manner of utterly

howbloom:: wacko things

howbloom:: quarks

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: <--wondering how star buck’s got a monopoly on pre-existential cafes

howbloom:: trios of quarks

Jeremy1952:: Absolutely, Steve. In the real world there is quantum foam.

howbloom:: protons stuck together with gluons

Chris OConnor:: ewww

howbloom:: leptons

howbloom:: the whole deal

Chris OConnor:: ok

stevepainter:: you always have quantum fluctuations in the vacuum

howbloom:: and I've been stunned and

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: kleptons - the ones that keep stealing the other particles

howbloom:: amazed that you're lunacy has proved true

Chris OConnor:: LOL

howbloom:: kleptons, I love it ")

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: feel free to steal my memes

Bugteach:: hehe

howbloom:: ok, pay attention because the universe

howbloom:: is about to pull a rabbit out of a hat again

Chris OConnor:: Yes, Michael is our entertainment at BookTalk - where is Kenny though? I'm not sure how we can define him LOL

howbloom:: I've been watching this plasma bonging

Chris OConnor:: I'm listening

Chris OConnor:: Bonging?

howbloom:: for 100,000 years

moose1567:: lol

howbloom:: yes, pressure waves

stevepainter:: that explains a lot

Jeremy1952:: (i hope its not a cud chewing rabbit, though, like the one a certain desert religion came up with)

howbloom:: physicists call it music

Chris OConnor:: Ok

howbloom:: and you say

howbloom:: Howard

howbloom:: I know you're not going to believe this

howbloom:: but I predict that in a couple of whatever

howbloom:: we substitute for days

howbloom:: this banging

howbloom:: wangling

howbloom:: jostling

howbloom:: ricocheting

Chris OConnor:: tussling

howbloom:: super highs speed broth

howbloom:: of particles, constantly

AvatarofPower:: rustling, bustling, tussling

howbloom:: wangling into each other

howbloom:: and ricocheting

howbloom:: like bullets

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: zinging

howbloom:: bashing each other at high

NaddiaAoC:: Hehe. This sounds like one of your poems, Kevin.

howbloom:: speed

howbloom:: will slow down

howbloom:: and something new will appear

moose1567:: molecular orgy

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: schlepping

howbloom:: something with properties beyond anything we've seen

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: schleptons?

howbloom:: protons are going to discover

howbloom:: an attraction

howbloom:: that makes them glue themselves to electrons

howbloom:: these itty bitty things

howbloom:: things

howbloom:: that, as I said

howbloom:: are one 1,850th their size

Chris OConnor:: Moose

AvatarofPower:: I don't like this personified 'discover'

howbloom:: and I'd say you are nuts

howbloom:: you're crazy

howbloom:: I've watched this universe for 100,000 years now

howbloom:: particles have always

stevepainter:: what's a year?

howbloom:: bounced off each other

howbloom:: and they always will

howbloom:: the idea of this dance

howbloom:: that your predicting

howbloom:: this particle mating and romance

howbloom:: is just plain crazy

howbloom:: and the next day

Chris OConnor:: Steve - I see your point

howbloom:: the first electron and proton

howbloom:: slow down enough to meet

howbloom:: and sure enough

howbloom:: they mate

Timothy Schoonover:: I'll be damned.

howbloom:: and form an atom

howbloom:: with new properties

howbloom:: radical new things

Jeremy1952:: I think , when you try to visualize and use intuition at the cosmic and /or quantum scale, it is useful to recall

howbloom:: like the following

howbloom:: bear with me

Chris OConnor:: ok

howbloom:: there has never been matter in this universe before

Jeremy1952:: that our brains evolved for no such purpose; envisioning quantum interactions and atomic forces

howbloom:: you tell me it's going to come fairly

howbloom:: quickly

stevepainter:: good point Jeremy

Jeremy1952:: is a totally alien exercise to our intuition. SO naturally it seems strange to us

howbloom:: and you try to explain matter to me

howbloom:: and once again I think you're loony

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: "something that matters"

howbloom:: especially when you tell me

howbloom:: that it's going to be yanked

howbloom:: together by a

howbloom:: force I've never seen

howbloom:: some nutcase frenzy that you call

howbloom:: gravity

howbloom:: now I really know you've lost it

Chris OConnor:: Howard - do I sense a 3rd book on the horizon?

howbloom:: but what happens

howbloom:: yes, the big bang tango

howbloom:: but first i have to write The Hidden

Chris OConnor:: That will be the name of the book?

Chris OConnor:: Ahh

howbloom:: Heartbeat of America--Reinventing Capitalism

howbloom:: Soul and

Timothy Schoonover:: hmm

howbloom:: the Wealth of nations

howbloom:: and I have to do it

howbloom:: for a reason someone

Chris OConnor:: I think someone already wrote "The Wealth of nations"

howbloom:: mentioned several minutes ago

Timothy Schoonover:: That's what I'd like to hear about!!

Chris OConnor:: What reason?

howbloom:: because we need to know what we're fighting for

Timothy Schoonover:: Sam Adams =)

Chris OConnor:: Tim LOL

Timothy Schoonover:: or something

Timothy Schoonover:: doh

howbloom:: the only system I know of that's ever elevated the

Chris OConnor:: Howard - I totally agree

howbloom:: poor

howbloom:: and given them t shirts of cotton

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: is oil conservation really a "personal virtue"?

howbloom:: with Nike logos

howbloom:: it

howbloom:: s not matter

Timothy Schoonover:: Adam Smith. even

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: can we have Ben jerry’s logos instead?

howbloom:: that we're missing

howbloom:: its meaning

howbloom:: its a goal

moose1567:: Islam right?

Chris OConnor:: Tim - ROFL I didn't even catch that

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Meaning Inc.

howbloom:: its idealism

howbloom:: to have idealism, you need to see

howbloom:: clearly the

stevepainter:: only if you get Deep Dark Chocolate ice cream too, MG

Jeremy1952:: Our culture has also given the world Viagra, which, through the law of unintended consequences, is saving

howbloom:: benefits of your system

howbloom:: we don't

howbloom:: we call it a consumerist

Jeremy1952:: endangered tigers in Asia

howbloom:: culture

howbloom:: we demean it

howbloom:: this is the only system that ha

Chris OConnor:: Jeremy - those tigers should not be taking Viagra

howbloom:: has ever produced

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: we participate without thinking and we accumulate guilt

howbloom:: the surplus and

howbloom:: the communications devices

howbloom:: that make movements

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: people need to feel they are contributing to something when they buy and sell, not just robotically killing time

howbloom:: to save animals a possibility

Chris OConnor:: So you do not bash consumerism

howbloom:: yes, Michelangelo

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I like the Smart Mob idea

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: got that book

howbloom:: you put it perfectly

howbloom:: it's not just a smart mob

howbloom:: it's a mob with

howbloom:: a hidden heart

Chris OConnor:: this is fascinating stuff

howbloom:: with a hidden utopia

howbloom:: with hidden moral imperatives

howbloom:: there is creative capitalism

Timothy Schoonover:: How can capitalism work without unemployment, and how can such inherent oppression be empowering?

Jeremy1952:: I just don't see how tying the superiority of pluralistic democracy (which I support unequivocally) with

howbloom:: and criminal capitalism

howbloom:: we use a Marxist vocabulary

howbloom:: built on a base

Chris OConnor:: Tim - I read your post on the boards about that

howbloom:: laid by Adam smith

Jeremy1952:: a "force" that we can't define and can't pin down and can't explain, I don't see how that whole side

Jeremy1952:: does anything but weaken our case.

howbloom:: a system of words

howbloom:: a vocabulary that

howbloom:: demeans the creativity in what we've got

moose1567:: dose anyone remember the photo taken in Yemen, of kids celebrating in the streets after 911, one was wearing a Houston Astros T shirt?

Timothy Schoonover:: such could be said of idealism in general

howbloom:: that fails to see what one member saw above

stevepainter:: you seem to be saying that we're borally "better" than everyone

Chris OConnor:: Moose - nope

howbloom:: to exchange goods or services

howbloom:: is to save each other

stevepainter:: that was morally not borally

Chris OConnor:: Steve - perhaps both

howbloom:: yes, we are better than the Arab countries

Jeremy1952:: Lol, moose, now that's a keeper

howbloom:: that have mass produced poverty

Chris OConnor:: U oh

howbloom:: we are better than the Yanomamo

Jeremy1952:: And of course everyone in the world wants American greenbacks

howbloom:: who collect wives

howbloom:: by killing others

moose1567:: ironic, huh?

Chris OConnor:: who have practiced ...yes

howbloom:: we are better than the battlers of the Balkans

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: are we undermining our position by waging war or are we right to pursue military dominance?

howbloom:: who are constantly at each others throats

Chris OConnor:: Howard - it takes some courage to say that...and I am not 100% sold on the idea, but it does make sense

howbloom:: competing with weaponry, not creativity

stevepainter:: of course we're morally "better" in our opinion - if not we'd be crazy

Jeremy1952:: It was suggested, when hard to counterfeit $100. bills came out, that the old ones be invalidated after a time;

howbloom:: we are better than the Islamic fundamentalist

Chris OConnor:: Howard - Jared Diamond would differ I believe

howbloom:: killers

howbloom:: listen to this

Chris OConnor:: ok

Jeremy1952:: no longer legal tender; but they decided it would be destabilizing

howbloom:: here's a rough death toll

stevepainter:: that doesn't mean that we're "Better" in some absolute sense

howbloom:: of modern Islamic jihadism

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: keep in mind a few of our own leaders believe God elected them

howbloom:: over 100,000 have been killed in

Jeremy1952:: because the Russian central bank has us $100. bills that they use to back their currency

howbloom:: Algeria

stevepainter:: non-fundamentalists are better than fundamentalists perhaps

howbloom:: by the jihadists

Chris OConnor:: Steve - as a general rule I suppose

howbloom:: roughly 50,000 have been killed in Kashmir

howbloom:: over a million have been killed

Chris OConnor:: This is all true

howbloom:: in battles between Moslem and non

howbloom:: Moslems

moose1567:: 155,000, go on

howbloom:: in the Sudan and Somalia

howbloom:: and no one pays attention

howbloom:: no one cares

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: is the only way to fight fundamentalists to kill them, or can you undermine their support base?

howbloom:: no one puts it in the headlines

stevepainter:: what about our sanctions in Iraq?

howbloom:: I want to undermine the support base

howbloom:: by giving a voice

howbloom:: to the modernist

howbloom:: pluralist

howbloom:: tolerant

howbloom:: Moslems I know

Timothy Schoonover:: So the US is better because our coercive tender is creativity rather than weaponry?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I'd like to see moderate Muslims gain enough support that they can speak without fear

Chris OConnor:: It is just completely against the "politically correct" stance to ever illuminate anyone’s flaws or differences

howbloom:: I've been seeking them out

stevepainter:: with or without them - makes no difference to Saddam except that he can paint us as the "bad guy"

howbloom:: yes, the us is better because we fight economically

Jeremy1952:: That sounds like a terrific approach

howbloom:: Japan learned that after ww2

howbloom:: so did Germany

Jeremy1952:: Seeking out and supporting the moderates, I mean

stevepainter:: I don't know Tim, we make damn good weapons

howbloom:: no we have to teach it to Islam

howbloom:: now

howbloom:: not no

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: will invading Iraq produce a happy liberated population or will it involve mistakes on our side that will give the fundamentalists more propaganda fuel?

howbloom:: we have to pacify this world

howbloom:: here

stevepainter:: exactly MG

howbloom:: my problem with Iraq

howbloom:: what we really have to do

howbloom:: is castrate Islam’s

Timothy Schoonover:: I don't think that coercion in any form will lead us to a better society unless you define better to be "physically safer"

howbloom:: nukes

moose1567:: to be beat by the US, is the best thing for any country

howbloom:: and its chemical an biological weapons

Bugteach:: they will never give up their paradigm

howbloom:: one of my Islamic

howbloom:: friends

howbloom:: said to me

howbloom:: two weeks after

howbloom:: 9/11

howbloom:: which I could see from

howbloom:: the window to my right

howbloom:: that we,

howbloom:: meaning we non Moslems

howbloom:: had to do the

howbloom:: following

howbloom:: we had to immediately

howbloom:: immediately

howbloom:: take out the nuclear capabilities

howbloom:: of four countries

howbloom:: and he counted

howbloom:: them out

howbloom:: on his fingers

howbloom:: they were Iraq

howbloom:: Iran

howbloom:: Libya

howbloom:: and Pakistan

howbloom:: and he wanted ME meaning

moose1567:: North Korea?

howbloom:: you and me and all of us

howbloom:: to do it TODAY

howbloom:: Korea's a whole different problem, but to protect Japan and the former Asian

howbloom:: tigers, yes,

Jeremy1952:: I don't see any possible way we could take action against Pakistan. Pakistan is an ally.

howbloom:: denucleate the madmen of

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: how do we do that without creating millions of mobile enemies which could get biological weapons?

howbloom:: Korea who've reduced

howbloom:: their population to poverty

Jeremy1952:: What happens to our iterative relationships if we turn so quickly on our allies?

howbloom:: and enslavement

stevepainter:: now wait a minute - I'm proud to be an American - I believe in what our country originally stood for...

howbloom:: there are tons of problems

howbloom:: in this imperative

Jeremy1952:: And wtf are we doing in Korea? The U.S. violated our treaties with N, Korea; and then our response is,

stevepainter:: but we walk into many places, take what we want and piss on the inhabitants...

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: the whole thing is a precarious game...I really don't trust our leaders to understand it deeply enough

stevepainter:: then we get mad that they're upset

Jeremy1952:: "neener neener, we won't talk to you?" Refusing to negotiate,

howbloom:: that's what gets me about Iraq

Jeremy1952:: what kind of position is that

howbloom:: regime change is irrelevant

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: the way our leaders talk, they are herding us into a game we aren't willing to understand

howbloom:: denucleation is the goal

moose1567:: Korea is a potential supplier to those countries mentioned

howbloom:: there's no negotiation in these matters

Chris OConnor:: Steve - we must consider the consequences of our actions - so true

stevepainter:: to top it off, the whole thing is sold to the public as us being the "good guy" all the time

Timothy Schoonover:: regime change is worse than no action

howbloom:: if you wrote about negotiations to bring peace

howbloom:: and what their consequences were

howbloom:: you'd scare yourself half to death

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think the meme "you can't negotiate" is pretty well ingrained on our side, and theirs

howbloom:: did you see the story of the Treaty of Lucarno In 1920

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: and therefore true

AvatarofPower left

howbloom:: in the Lucifer principle?

Chris OConnor:: Howard - are you not concerned with WWIII starting over our goal of "denuking" the Middle East?

Jeremy1952:: I don't get it. Nonsense, Michael, they are saying they want to negotiate. We are refusing

howbloom:: yes, I'm concerned

howbloom:: about a war

stevepainter:: why not dredge up how the US government treated the native Americans?

howbloom:: that spins wildly out of control

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think a lot of people WANT a world war

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: it gives them a feeling of purpose

howbloom:: look, we can talk about the past

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: especially the rapturists

Chris OConnor:: Howard - I am very afraid that the next 20 years will be the downfall of the US empire

howbloom:: as much as we like

howbloom:: but the goal here is to learn from the past

howbloom:: how to survive

Chris OConnor:: Howard - very true

howbloom:: this is survival time

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think the US could fragment into multiple regions at some point

moose1567:: they really don’t want to negotiate, only want to stall

howbloom:: we have something precious

stevepainter:: but is our goal to help or to conquer?

Chris OConnor:: Michael - very possible

howbloom:: this debate could not take place in the Islamic nations

Jeremy1952:: I don't get that either, moose, if you are talking about Korea.

howbloom:: with the possible ex

howbloom:: exception o

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: would weaning ourselves off oil be a good thing? or would it destabilize even more?

stevepainter:: and a number of other places

howbloom:: Indonesia

howbloom:: and Malaysia

Chris OConnor:: Steve - perhaps just to survive at this point

stevepainter:: damn right MG

Jeremy1952:: WE broke the treaty; THEY suggested negotiation; stalling for what?

moose1567:: Iraq and Korea

Bugteach:: we are too concerned about world opinion

howbloom:: and even in Malaysia it's would be tricky

Chris OConnor:: yes, oil dependency is going to bring us down

Bugteach:: we wont do this

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Bug, we're in this mess partly because we weren't concerned with world opinion

howbloom:: the freedom to do what we're doing now

stevepainter:: either that, Bug or we're not concerned enough

howbloom:: is precious

howbloom:: fragile

howbloom:: and under attack

stevepainter:: can't have it both ways

howbloom:: from folks

howbloom:: who are sure they will win

howbloom:: because no matter how

howbloom:: many of them we

howbloom:: take down

howbloom:: they will produce more

Jeremy1952:: Oh well. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, members of the jury; Time for me to go. Howard Bloom, thanks very much

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think we're under attack from ourselves as well...the culture wars. There's a lot of resentment against the 60's and sexual freedom etc.

howbloom:: more martyrs

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: bye Jeremy

Jeremy1952:: much for joining us!

howbloom:: more muhahidan

Bugteach:: china has that same mo

howbloom:: Jeremy, thanks

Chris OConnor:: Goodnight Jeremy

Jeremy1952:: See y'all next week (& on the board!)

Bugteach:: aren’t they next

Jeremy1952 left

stevepainter:: bye Jeremy

howbloom:: China

Bugteach:: yes

howbloom:: you've got it

Chris OConnor:: Howard - so what is the ultimate solution? Or is there none?

howbloom:: China is going to stay quiet

Chris OConnor:: china is a sleeping giant

howbloom:: and let the Jihadists and the Westerners duke it out

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: what would Bush do if China attacked Taiwan?

Chris OConnor:: Howard - yes, so true

howbloom:: it is sleeping for a strategic

howbloom:: reason

Chris OConnor:: China scares me

Bugteach:: they feel that they have a lot to give / if you get my point

howbloom:: we will weaken ourselves

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: America and china both scare me

howbloom:: and weaken another ally and enemy of china

howbloom:: Islam

howbloom:: China's

Chris OConnor:: yes, I believe they have a very good strategy

howbloom:: Xingiang province

howbloom:: is perpetually under attack

howbloom:: from Islam

howbloom:: there are

howbloom:: al qaida

howbloom:: cells in Singapore

Chris OConnor:: Michael - I agree

howbloom:: Malaysia

stevepainter:: not to go off on a tangent, but my kids noticed almost all the gifts they got this holiday season were made in China

howbloom:: and Indonesia

howbloom:: China is a target of militant

howbloom:: Islam

howbloom:: but why not

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: is there an opening for a global grassroots creative group to offset all the strategic gaming by superpowers?

howbloom:: sleep peacefully

howbloom:: build more factories

howbloom:: export more goods

Bugteach:: prepare for war

howbloom:: horde your income from exports

howbloom:: and wait while your enemies

howbloom:: come close to annihilating

howbloom:: each other

howbloom:: so they can leave the world

howbloom:: to you

Bugteach:: sounds familiar

howbloom:: a new hegemony

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: can humanity survive the next century if the war machines
keep bashing into each other?

howbloom:: something china is shooting for

stevepainter:: go back to Michael's point about weaning us from oil

howbloom:: ok

howbloom:: one huge bush mistake

Chris OConnor:: Yes, oil is a major issue

howbloom:: was started by Ronald Reagan

stevepainter:: we are the world's biggest consumer - stop buying from them and they lose power

howbloom:: here's another brief story

howbloom:: if you can stand one

moose1567:: go

howbloom:: in the 1970s we were

howbloom:: in Jimmy Carters

howbloom:: moral equivalent to war

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: we've been taught to forget how our consuming affects the world

howbloom:: we were pouring money

howbloom:: into the development of

moose1567:: solar

Chris OConnor:: Steve - true, but I have heard it argued that if you starve your neighbor they will soon go to where the food is

howbloom:: sustainable technologies

howbloom:: yes

Bugteach:: the third bear

howbloom:: solar

howbloom:: I was involved in the solar

howbloom:: movement

moose1567:: me too

howbloom:: we were on the verge of

howbloom:: developing wind harvesters of a

howbloom:: radically new kind

howbloom:: we'd done the research and had built the

moose1567:: carters goal was to be 20% solar by 2000

stevepainter:: it's all about money

howbloom:: prototypes

howbloom:: then came Reagan

Chris OConnor:: Wind power would be incredible

howbloom:: and nearly wiped the project out

howbloom:: withdrew the funding

Chris OConnor:: Moose - that would have eliminated many of our problems

Timothy Schoonover:: damn the GOP

moose1567:: Reagan killed it

howbloom:: killed the technology

howbloom:: in its cradle

howbloom:: but the Danes and Scandinavians

howbloom:: were not as stupid as Reagan

howbloom:: and were not beholden to

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I'm amazed at how regressive political rhetoric has gotten...there is the same division between "commie peacenik liberals" and "family values conservatives"

howbloom:: oil companies

howbloom:: as he was

moose1567:: Israel is close to 35% solar now

howbloom:: so the Scandinavians took our new wind harvesters

howbloom:: and mass produced them

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: let's bomb them!

howbloom:: when Bush took power, he cut what little was left

Chris OConnor:: Moose - are you serious?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: bastard Scandinavians!

howbloom:: of an alternative energy development budget

Chris OConnor:: Yes, bomb Norway

howbloom:: and lopped it in half again

howbloom:: meanwhile

moose1567:: yep

howbloom:: when his buddies took down Enron

stevepainter:: we're more dependent on fossil fuels than ever

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Bush seems to be running on fear politics alone...he'll have to keep pushing us into war in order to stay in office

Chris OConnor:: true

howbloom:: there was one profitable part of the company

howbloom:: left standing

howbloom:: and that was of all things

Chris OConnor:: solar

Chris OConnor:: ??

howbloom:: Enron’s wind power division

Chris OConnor:: Ahh

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: the one thing bush cannot do politically is appear weak

moose1567:: oil companies bought up a lot of patents too and sitting on them

howbloom:: solar is the same story all over again

Chris OConnor:: I didn't even know they had such a div

howbloom:: as for the politics of fear

howbloom:: there are times when fear is paranoid

howbloom:: times when it is manipulative

stevepainter:: is that true, Moose? I always thought that was a conspiracy theory view

howbloom:: and times when it is necessary

Timothy Schoonover:: There's always another side of the story...I'd be interested to here it.

howbloom:: fear arises to protect us

howbloom:: to galvanize us

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Howard--that's the thing. I think fear is rational, but ALSO being manipulated.

howbloom:: against an enemy

Chris OConnor:: Moose - that would make a great topic for the message boards

moose1567:: from my readings

Bugteach:: who is the enemy

howbloom:: and we are up against the biggest enemy we've faced since

howbloom:: Adolph

Timothy Schoonover:: Machiavelli though as much.

howbloom:: shicklegrupber

stevepainter:: Bush?

Chris OConnor:: Who?

howbloom:: a global enemy that’s in a position

moose1567:: WHO?

Chris OConnor:: LOL

moose1567:: lol

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Bush believes God put him in office.

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: that worries me

Chris OConnor:: Does that mean Bush in Swahili?

stevepainter:: oh yeah

Bugteach:: the ideas of that group or their anger towards us/

howbloom:: like that of Adolph in 1933 to 1936

howbloom:: when he was vulnerable and could have been stopped

stevepainter:: "ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand"

howbloom:: if we don't have fear today

howbloom:: we'll have nightmares of mass murder tomorrow

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: the problem is we can't separate rational fear from irrational fear

Timothy Schoonover:: /g I would prefer to use the word concern rather than fear

stevepainter:: what is "rational" is subjective to the individual

howbloom:: right now if we're not prejudiced against jihadists

howbloom:: we are crazy

Chris OConnor:: I agree

Chris OConnor:: Totally

stevepainter:: that's true

howbloom:: because the jihadists want to kill us

moose1567:: [_]D

howbloom:: and that's for real

Chris OConnor:: Moose - thanks

Bugteach:: we are fearful but it apparently hasn’t fully manifested because we cant even say that we are in a war with Islam

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: our own fundamentalists bother me...

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: not sure if we're properly afraid of them

stevepainter:: me too, MG

Chris OConnor:: Bug - excellent point

howbloom:: our own fundamentalists have become irrelevant

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: think so?

Chris OConnor:: Bug - we are so caught up with being "tolerant"

stevepainter:: some seem to have taken over lately

Bugteach:: not all of us

howbloom:: and you're hearing that from a fundamentalist fighter

howbloom:: the most accurate assessment

howbloom:: of our current situation I've seen

howbloom:: came from

stevepainter:: I don't agree Howard

howbloom:: an old enemy of mine

howbloom:: Pat Robertson

Chris OConnor:: enemy?

Chris OConnor:: Ahh

Timothy Schoonover:: *hiss*

howbloom:: who said we have two dangers

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I downloaded a US army manual the other day, and someone had imbedded a White Resistance Handbook in the zip file

stevepainter:: they are relevant in that they seem to enjoy their vision of Armageddon

Chris OConnor:: he is an enemy of anyone who values reason

howbloom:: that we're up against

Chris OConnor:: LOL Tim

howbloom:: one is Islam

howbloom:: the second is the danger of new legislation

stevepainter:: fundamentalist Islam

howbloom:: to our civil rights

Chris OConnor:: Michael - that’s weird

howbloom:: yes, fundamentalist Islam

Bugteach:: homeland security

Chris OConnor:: Ok, thanks for clarifying that

howbloom:: here's something else

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I've been surprised how much racism and hate exists in my own country

howbloom:: it has become common

howbloom:: to refer to Islamic Moslems as islamists

howbloom:: I hate that term and

howbloom:: oppose it

stevepainter:: "They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security " B. Franklin

howbloom:: it hints that all Islam is our enemy

howbloom:: I prefer the term jihadists

Bugteach:: radicals?

howbloom:: only those who want jihad are our enemies, not all Moslems

moose1567:: i agree

Chris OConnor:: Steve - Ranklin had more great quotes than anyone

howbloom:: but there's a twist

Chris OConnor:: Steve - and so did Franklin

howbloom:: 20 minutes

howbloom:: before this chat began

howbloom:: one of my Islamic friends

Timothy Schoonover:: Chris - except Eminem

stevepainter:: even jihad has been perverted - it means "struggle" and might mean a war or a more personal thing

howbloom:: read over the proposal for The Hidden Heartbeat

Chris OConnor:: Tim - Yes, his vivacious vernacular gives me chills

howbloom:: of America--Reinventing Capitalism

howbloom:: He looked at my summary of Osama's views

moose1567:: and....

howbloom:: and said that these were exactly the views

stevepainter:: ack - not Eminem - say it aint so, Chris

Chris OConnor:: Howard - can you provide a summary to us? via email or URL?

howbloom:: in his upscale, professional, Brooklyn, modern community

Bugteach:: t cells?

Chris OConnor:: Steve - I was kidding

howbloom:: the summary of Osama's views?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Howard--so does that mean American Muslims will find
themselves in internment camps eventually?

howbloom:: no, not cells, the general

NaddiaAoC:: Eminem will be president some day.

stevepainter:: whew!

howbloom:: population

howbloom:: men, women, and children

Chris OConnor:: Howard - I thought you meant of your next book

howbloom:: nearly all his friends

howbloom:: the tenants in his building

howbloom:: who are Pakistani

Chris OConnor:: Naddia - when you speak - its powerful

Bugteach:: we’ve been infected w/o our knowing worse than we thought

howbloom:: the folks in his mosque

howbloom:: his imam

moose1567:: I’ve been waiting for Naddia to say something... but...

howbloom:: everyone around him

NaddiaAoC:: I know Chris. I'm very profound like that.

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: do they all support the use of attacks on civilians?

howbloom:: ok, let's hear Nadia

howbloom:: yes

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: that's frightening

howbloom:: the do support murderous jihad

Chris OConnor:: Howard - give a guesstimate of what percentage of Islamic people are our enemies - or fundamentalists

howbloom:: they cheer it

moose1567:: yeah Naddia, go ahead!

howbloom:: I thought the fundamentalists

howbloom:: were

howbloom:: 20% of the Islamic community

howbloom:: which would mean 240 million people

Bugteach:: more like half

Chris OConnor:: Howard - ok, thanks

howbloom:: roughly the population of the us

howbloom:: but my Moslem friend said I was crazy

Chris OConnor:: Howard - huge superorganism

stevepainter:: I'd buy the 20% figure

howbloom:: the figure was 60%

Bugteach:: right

Chris OConnor:: Wow 60 is scary

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: how do you defeat that?

howbloom:: roughly 720 million people

Chris OConnor:: yes, how?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: need an antivirus

howbloom:: and tonight he acted as if that percentage has gone up in recent weeks

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: will war alone work?

Chris OConnor:: Michael - LOL You are correct!

howbloom:: partly because of what we call our tolerance

Bugteach:: nortons?

Chris OConnor:: Howard - explain

Chris OConnor:: Howard - what tolerance?

howbloom:: our desire to escape stereotyping and prejudice

stevepainter:: but most are followers - improve their lot and they suddenly lose the will to act violently

Chris OConnor:: Yes, damn

Timothy Schoonover:: I don't see how denucleation will solve that.

NaddiaAoC:: Fundamentalism sucks. That's my observation for the night. I'll sign autographs later.

howbloom:: LOL

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: conservatives put down "tolerance" a lot

Chris OConnor:: Tim - but isn't it a step in the right direction?

Bugteach:: they will only respect a decisive hand!

howbloom:: who will only

howbloom:: respect

Chris OConnor:: Naddia - omg

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Bug--will they?

howbloom:: a decisive hand?

moose1567:: can i have a signed 8x10 naddia?

Bugteach:: the radicals

howbloom:: ok

Timothy Schoonover:: I don't think radical change is ever a positive step.

NaddiaAoC:: Sure Moose

howbloom:: here's the thinking

moose1567:: ty naddia

howbloom:: in another intellectual community

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I don't know if they would respect us for our power alone

howbloom:: the HBD group

Chris OConnor:: What a scary topic, but one that absolutely MUST be addressed

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I certainly wouldn't respect us for that alone

moose1567:: I’m your biggest fan

howbloom:: the human behavioral differences group

howbloom:: wanna hear it?

Chris OConnor:: Yes

Chris OConnor:: Please

howbloom:: the HBD group

Bugteach:: go for it

howbloom:: is an elite email

howbloom:: gathering of folks who lean to the right

stevepainter:: that respect only lasts until the downtrodden gain the upper hand

NaddiaAoC:: I know you are, Moose. That's why you get and 8 x 10 and everyone else gets a wallet size.

howbloom:: people like

moose1567:: lol

howbloom:: Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve

Chris OConnor:: ok

howbloom:: and a lot of us liberals whose

howbloom:: liberalism is now too narrow

howbloom:: and needs serious reinvention

howbloom:: folks like Francis Fukuyama

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: the "elites" fail to impress me with their intellect...

howbloom:: and like Lionel Toger

howbloom:: do you know their names?

moose1567:: its become a dirty word thanks to Reagan

Bugteach:: vaguely

howbloom:: they point to militaristic Japan

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: fukuyama I've read a few things by

Chris OConnor:: I've always considered the "elite" to be the scientists and educators

howbloom:: in the days leading to WWII

Chris OConnor:: I don't know their names

howbloom:: a war Hitler and Tojo couldn't wait to start

Bugteach:: why

howbloom:: Japan was so militaristic that when we advanced toward their

howbloom:: country

howbloom:: every citizen seemed prepared to be a martyr

howbloom:: to attack as many Americans as possible and to die

howbloom:: trying to kill more

howbloom:: Truman had the

howbloom:: figures on the probable death toll

howbloom:: calculated and the figure was

Bugteach:: they had no conscious

howbloom:: humongous

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: before the clash of civilizations, we had school kids shooting up their schools...maybe the global organism is having problems all around

howbloom:: he had seen in Okinawa that the Japanese prized death

howbloom:: more than we prize life

howbloom:: instead of losing a total of a million people

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I get the sense that martyrdom is release from shame for jihadists

howbloom:: Japanese suicide warrior civilians and

stevepainter:: they prized pride and their version of honor

howbloom:: American troops

howbloom:: Truman decided on the lesser of available

howbloom:: evils and chose

howbloom:: to nuke Hiroshima

moose1567:: da bomb

howbloom:: that ended the military hold

howbloom:: on Japan permanently

howbloom:: and Japan joined the western system

howbloom:: of competition via

howbloom:: creativity

howbloom:: and trade

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I worry that if we ever use extreme means to win a war, we will fragment and be at each other's throats the day after.

moose1567:: and is now kicking our asses economically

howbloom:: competition caring about and serving other people's needs

Bugteach:: so da nuke is the answer/

stevepainter:: so are you trying to say that we should nuke Iraq and go from there?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think undertones of guilt make our culture unstable

Chris OConnor:: hmmm

howbloom:: I would like to pinpoint

howbloom:: targets

howbloom:: the deep military tunnels

howbloom:: Khaddafi has dug

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: does Libya have nukes?

Bugteach:: how many/

howbloom:: for his weapons development

Timothy Schoonover:: how can capitalism inspire anything other than self-interest?

howbloom:: it's working on them but it's out of the press limelight

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think capitalism can be creative

howbloom:: which has given it an opportunity

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: should be

howbloom:: tod do anything it wants

howbloom:: capitalism

howbloom:: the topic I'm working on

howbloom:: to make money

howbloom:: in the capitalist system

stevepainter:: rational self-interest isn't necessarily "selfish" in a bad sense

howbloom:: you have to care for other people tremendously

Chris OConnor:: Steve - true

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I do think a lot of creative people, for one reason or another, aren't able to make a living being creative

howbloom:: you have to have the virtues of a saint

howbloom:: rational self interest

howbloom:: is a travesty

howbloom:: it is not the way things work

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: the system elevates people with a small range of talent and those who are really renaissance minds don't make much money

Timothy Schoonover:: can you be a little more specific about what is creativity?

howbloom:: in economics or psychology

Timothy Schoonover:: econ

howbloom:: the trick is to feel out others needs

howbloom:: and to service them with genuine care

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think we need a capitalism with an awareness of interdependence rather than the illusion that you buy something and it doesn't affect the world

Bugteach:: we failed that test

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I agree Howard

howbloom:: that's what makes a small business or a major industry work

howbloom:: but most folks just don't get it

howbloom:: they don't understand the capitalist imperative

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I've been reading some stuff on neurolinguistic programming in sales...strange field

Bugteach:: our govt. flip/flops with its policy changes

howbloom:: save thy neighbor as thy would save thineself

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: :Agrees

howbloom:: serve they neighbor as one would serve thyself

stevepainter:: that's true - but that is rational self-interest in my opinion - helping the others helps yourself in that case

Bugteach:: from dems to reps

Timothy Schoonover:: It's easy to say what capitalism *should* do, but *how* is what matters.

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: employ thy neighbor as one would employ thyself

howbloom:: when I was doing my fieldwork in the entertainment industry

howbloom:: I worked out how to do it and made billions

howbloom:: of dollars

howbloom:: for major companies

Timothy Schoonover:: I'm listening.

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: that's another thing, I'd like to see music deal with real issues again...I'm tired of the lyrics that get played

Bugteach:: that’s the goal but we drift away from those moral imperatives

howbloom:: but I had to fight with the companies that made the profits

Chris OConnor:: Tim - so true

howbloom:: to make those profits for them

howbloom:: why?

howbloom:: because they swallowed

moose1567:: i gotta go, nice meeting you Howard Bloom, thanks for being here, goodnight friends, esp. naddia, muah!

howbloom:: the Marxists picture of capitalism

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: later moose

Timothy Schoonover:: night moose

howbloom:: they thought capitalism was about greed

Chris OConnor:: Howard - have you written any essays on your work in the music industry?

Chris OConnor:: Bye Moose

howbloom:: about stuffing your pockets and manipulating human needs

moose1567 left

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I'd like to see that too

howbloom:: I've got 300 Mb of stuff written in the computer

howbloom:: 3,700 chapters

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: anthropology in the entertainment scene

Chris OConnor:: Howard - I would love to read about your music background

howbloom:: and a problem getting it into books

howbloom:: because right now I'm concentrating on television

Chris OConnor:: Howard - I would imagine that would be a challenge

howbloom:: science needs to reach people

Chris OConnor:: Howard - yes, that’s what I heard

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I agree

Chris OConnor:: Howard - I totally agree!

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I wish they'd had participatory sociology in high school

howbloom:: there's an anti science movement that's been brewing since roughly 168

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: ever read the Un-TV and the 10MPH car?

howbloom:: 1968

Chris OConnor:: Howard - are you familiar with Ann Druyans attempt at bringing science to the masses? Project Voyager?

howbloom:: and it has to be reversed

Bugteach:: they are too busy trying to genetically change us

howbloom:: what was project voyager?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: we see that every day in chat, Howard...people with very little knowledge of science trying to shoot down science

Chris OConnor:: Howard - it didn't fly

Chris OConnor:: Howard - Yes

howbloom:: my project, I hope will

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: you need to get pop stars to put science in their lyrics

stevepainter:: it's depressing, MG

howbloom:: I’m working on it

howbloom:: I have commitments to do just that

Chris OConnor:: Howard - I wish you luck with it and think it is soooo important

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: need rap music with nerd lyrics

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: great

howbloom:: I'm trying to go multimedia, totally panoptic

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: that would be a fun field

stevepainter:: not that, MG

Chris OConnor:: Michael - You are so right

howbloom:: to reach people with the message that we can change the world

howbloom:: we can change each others lives

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: Eminem teaching science...that would be great

howbloom:: science is a tool of understanding

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: britney spears teaching psychology lol

howbloom:: technology gives us the equivalent

Chris OConnor:: Howard - wow...if you could use the language of the youth - music - you could reach the most important demographic - the impressionable youth

howbloom:: of new eyes, new ears

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: scary though

howbloom:: new limbs

stevepainter:: all kidding aside, this is true - mass media pop culture teaching science instead of anti-science would be great

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I had a vision of that long time ago, entertainers mounting a sociology campaign

howbloom:: and that capitalism is about caring for other people

howbloom:: for being open to your own emotions and your fantasies

howbloom:: find a way to fill them and you will find a way to

howbloom:: fill these dreams for multitudes

howbloom:: that's capitalism

Chris OConnor:: Now that excites me

howbloom:: Look, in industry

howbloom:: in major corporations I functioned

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I see a lot of dreams going stale in this system...people feel they have to be someone else to succeed

howbloom:: like a prophet

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: dreams taken by the system with the dreamers left out in the cold

howbloom:: I looked for emotional truths in the center of the soul of the artists I worked with

howbloom:: and rammed those truths home

Chris OConnor:: wow

howbloom:: cut straight through the corporate bureaucracy

howbloom:: like butter

howbloom:: so I could take this flame of soul

howbloom:: to a public hungering for it

Chris OConnor:: I bet you have some interesting stuff typed up about this

howbloom:: the companies fought and kicked and screams

Chris OConnor:: Howard - you should join forces with Ann Druyan and Dorion

howbloom:: but they made money that saved them

howbloom:: Ann and I are supposed ot meet

Chris OConnor:: Howard - she is awesome

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I don't know who that is chris

howbloom:: her financial backer is a major fan of this plan

Chris OConnor:: Howard - she would be an asset

Chris OConnor:: Carl Sagan’s widow

Chris OConnor:: And Dorion is Sagans son

howbloom:: the wraparound-all-media plan to get science across as a secular religion

howbloom:: Dorion has been

howbloom:: a good friend for eleven years

stevepainter:: Howard, who have you worked with besides Michael Jackson and John Cougar (both listed in Lucifer Principle)?

Chris OConnor:: Dorion is not an astronomer - but has books out - biology I believe?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: that will make the fundies happy lol

howbloom:: who have I worked with?

howbloom:: Michael Jackson, John Mellencamp, Prince, Billy Joel, Joan

stevepainter:: in the music industry - just curious

howbloom:: Jett, Billy Idol

stevepainter:: interesting

howbloom:: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: mellencamp's "we are the people" was an interesting song

howbloom:: Run DMC

stevepainter:: thanks

Chris OConnor:: Those are big names, and from what I have read you are largely responsible for taking them up the ladder of success

howbloom:: I helped establish the

Timothy Schoonover joined

howbloom:: a bunch of sub cultural movements

howbloom:: which was really one of my major interests

Chris OConnor:: Howard - ok, weird question but what music do you listen to?

stevepainter:: saw Prince once - heel of a performer

howbloom:: they included

howbloom:: country crossover

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: what sub cultural movements would you identify as being important now?

stevepainter:: that was hell of a performer oops

howbloom:: getting Nashville across to America

Chris OConnor:: I love country

howbloom:: establishing disco

howbloom:: which was the music of the gay community

stevepainter:: ack - I can't stand country

howbloom:: its statement that it had a right to be

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: country-disco?

howbloom:: punk music in 1978

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: "My pickup truck died and I can't stop dancing..."

Chris OConnor:: Steve - I said that too until I was given 10 country CD’s for free. I listened to them with the "open mind" I value so much and couldn't believe what I heard

howbloom:: rap music in 1981

NaddiaAoC:: LOL Michael

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think rap with better lyrics would be great

howbloom:: and the kind of black crossover that gave Michael Jackson and Prince

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I like some rap a lot but the lyrics are an impediment...and MTV isn't helping

stevepainter:: can't do it Chris - I like some, but in general I can't stand it

howbloom:: a place on MTV

howbloom:: also

howbloom:: fusion jazz

howbloom:: and

Chris OConnor:: I love rap, heavy metal, jazz, blues, opera, classical, folk, etc...I am a music nut

stevepainter:: same with Rap - I like some, but that's about it

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I want to hear more rap with science lyrics

howbloom:: new age music

howbloom:: oh, and heavy metal

howbloom:: especially theatrical rock

stevepainter:: listen to Rush's Roll the Bones for a lame white-boy nerd rap

howbloom:: like David Bowie and Alice Cooper

Chris OConnor:: Howard - if you can fuse the message of science with music you will change the world

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: this is making me want to go write songs

howbloom:: I worked to establish these things

howbloom:: whether I liked the music or not

stevepainter:: they didn't try it again

howbloom:: because these humans had a right to be

Chris OConnor:: Howard - do you listen to all of that?

howbloom:: and in expressing themselves they expressed and validated

howbloom:: multitudes of others

Bugteach:: thanks for your invite - Howard and Chris enjoyed the chat - Bug's out

howbloom:: telling them they had a right to be

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: bye bug

howbloom:: night bug

stevepainter:: bye bug

Timothy Schoonover:: night

Chris OConnor:: Bug - I hope to see you in BookTalk

NaddiaAoC:: Bye Bug

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I'm here till the end. I have no life

Bugteach:: thanks will do again

howbloom:: I’m glad you think that fusing music with science is important

stevepainter:: hehe

Chris OConnor:: Bug - email me

howbloom:: I've been working on it thinking I was a lunatic

Bugteach:: k

Bugteach left

howbloom:: so you've validated me

Chris OConnor:: Howard - it is something I have thought about for YEARS

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I agree, I've wanted to hear science in music for years

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: smart lyrics

howbloom:: really? amazing

Chris OConnor:: Howard - you know the song "What if Gods like one of us?"

howbloom:: well I've written the lyrics

Timothy Schoonover:: I agree also, the best way to affect change in society is not through idealism but through the actual members of society

howbloom:: no, the music

Chris OConnor:: Howard - I listen to lyrics intensely

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: especially sociology...a lot of kids have insights that their friends don't listen to

Chris OConnor:: Howard - the lyrics are powerful

howbloom:: I'm aiming for is more like queen's bohemian rhapsody

howbloom:: who did the song?

stevepainter:: a very good sound

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: if you could liberate all those insights and validate them, that would do something powerful

Chris OConnor:: Howard the message can be disseminated in just about any music style

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: the things isolated teenagers think about

Chris OConnor:: Joan Osborne?

NaddiaAoC:: Chris: I heard that song on the radio the other day. It's the first time I've heard it in a long time. It used to really offend me. Now I find it amusing.

howbloom:: who made it?

howbloom:: how do I get it?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I thought that song was kind of poignant

Timothy Schoonover:: One of my favorites has always been Bullet with Butterfly Wing by Smashing Pumpkins...a philosophical treatise in a way.

Chris OConnor:: Children NEED to love reality, thirst for knowledge, think it is "cool" to be smart

Chris OConnor:: Howard - I will email you info on it

howbloom:: let me try to get you a Bloomism that

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: yeah, smashing pumpkins has a vibe

howbloom:: reflects the spirit I'm aiming for

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: chris--definitely

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I remember high school, I was smart. Not cool.

howbloom:: it seems to fit "what if god

howbloom:: is one of us"

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: what if god was all of us?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: brb one sec

Chris OConnor:: I will post the lyrics

howbloom:: can you hang on while I depart for a second to fetch it?

Timothy Schoonover:: I will hold my breath!

stevepainter:: you know, lots of lyrics are "smart". I think people don't always really listen to them

howbloom:: Since there is no god, it is our job to do His work. God is not a being, he is an Since there is no god, it is our job to do His work. God is not a being, he is an

Chris OConnor:: Ok, here are the lyrics

NaddiaAoC:: True Steve.

howbloom:: aspiration, a gift, a vision, a goal to seek. Ours is the responsibility of making a cruel

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: "We are god's hands" - Jewel

Timothy Schoonover:: Sometimes I think the words are there is an underlying emotional message independent of actual words.

Chris OConnor::

howbloom:: universe turn just, of turning pains to understandings and new insights into joy, of

Chris OConnor:: Sure

howbloom:: creating ways to soar the skies for generations yet to come, of fashioning wings with

Chris OConnor:: Steve - true

howbloom:: which our children's children shall overcome, of making worlds of fantasy materialize as

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: we are cells in god's body?

howbloom:: reality, of mining and transforming our greatest gifts--our passions, our imaginings, our

Chris OConnor:: Damn I love music - it is a language that all cultures speak

NaddiaAoC:: Tool has some interesting music. There's a lot of meaning behind their stuff.

howbloom:: pains, our insecurities, and our lusts. This is the work of deity, and deity is a power that

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: let's start a booktalk band, chris

Chris OConnor:: I do play the drums

Chris OConnor:: LOL

howbloom:: resides in us.

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: A Perfect Circle (Tool offshoot) has some GREAT lyrics

howbloom:: did that statement come through

howbloom:: as readable

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: yes Howard...

howbloom:: chopped up like this?

stevepainter:: hmmm - smart people who don't believe in god - Nerds for Nothing

Chris OConnor:: Yes, totally

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: it reminds me of Jewel's song

NaddiaAoC:: Really Michael? I'll have to check them out.

howbloom:: Jewel, she impressed me

Chris OConnor:: Yes, this chat room chops things

Chris OConnor:: But we got it

howbloom:: she had heart , she had soul

howbloom:: I would have loved to work with her

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: music video would be a fun thing to do

howbloom:: music video is on the list

Chris OConnor:: Hoard - so what is the next step? ...with music?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: someday I'll have the money to do fun things

Chris OConnor:: Woops - didn't mean to call you Hoard

howbloom:: do you want to see a treatment for a nine minute

howbloom:: long history of the universe

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: sure

Chris OConnor:: Sure

howbloom:: from the big bang to what's going on in your brain right now?

howbloom:: hang on while I fetch the URL


MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I think you have to type othy Schoonover:: Unfortunately, the lyrics don't form a cohesive message...and it is consequently least to me anyway.

howbloom:: I've typed it out from memory, so hopefully it's correct

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: can't cut and paste url in this window

howbloom:: you can't cut and paste?

Timothy Schoonover:: err don't in some songs even

Chris OConnor:: I will post the URL - it can be done - one sec
howbloom:: thanks, Chris

Chris OConnor:: yes you can - use Control-C to copy, and Control-V to paste
howbloom:: good

howbloom:: I think I'm about done for, how about you?

howbloom:: you've given me tons of support in some areas

howbloom:: where I needed it

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: that was a nice discussion

howbloom:: the music thing

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: made me want to go play some music

Timothy Schoonover:: /cheer

howbloom:: the Hidden Heartbeat of America

Chris OConnor:: Yes Howard - this was great

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: nice meeting you Howard

stevepainter:: Thanks for interacting with us Howard - I look forward to reading Global Brain

Chris OConnor:: Howard - I really appreciate you taking time out of your busy life for us

howbloom:: thanks guys and ladies

howbloom:: you've been terrific

howbloom:: night

Chris OConnor:: Howard - am feel free to post on our boards

Timothy Schoonover:: I look forward to HHA...can't wait to see if you can deliver!!

NaddiaAoC:: Howard: Thank you for coming tonight.

Chris OConnor:: Night

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: night

Chris OConnor:: little plug there hehe

NaddiaAoC:: goodnight

howbloom left

Chris OConnor:: wow - 2.5 hours - that was awesome

Timothy Schoonover:: Grats Chris

Chris OConnor:: I really like him

NaddiaAoC:: Wow. He really came! How cool is that?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: thanks for setting that up chris

stevepainter:: Interesting - did you get the chat transcript Chris?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: if I’m ever in your area we can play some science rock

Chris OConnor:: I got it all guys

stevepainter:: great

Timothy Schoonover:: I disconnected at least 2x =(

NaddiaAoC:: Awesome! Great job arranging that Chris.

Chris OConnor:: I really think the idea of doing something with music is incredible

howbloom joined

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I agree

howbloom:: chris

Chris OConnor:: yes?

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: wb Howard

howbloom:: can you send me a

NaddiaAoC:: Missing us already?

Chris OConnor:: The transcript?

howbloom:: transcript of this conversation

stevepainter:: just you, Nad

howbloom:: yup

Chris OConnor:: Sure like 5 minutes

howbloom:: missing you all

Chris OConnor:: Thanks again!

NaddiaAoC:: LOL Steve

Chris OConnor:: LOL

stevepainter:: we're touched

howbloom:: ok, thanks, have a good night--and one thing

Chris OConnor:: haha

Chris OConnor:: Night

howbloom:: I've said this before but it's remarkable

quibbit left

howbloom:: so it bears saying again

howbloom:: us idea makers are way out there in space exploring things so strange that it gets scary

Chris OConnor:: Yes

howbloom:: the music/science thing is one example

howbloom:: it makes us insecure as hell

howbloom:: so to get validation is a blessing with a power almost beyond belief

Chris OConnor:: I can imagine

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: if I write any lyrics I'll send them to you Howard

Chris OConnor:: You are a brilliant man and you have really got us all to think deeply

howbloom:: you've given me heart and courage to do what I was going to do with or without the juice to do it

Chris OConnor:: I love thinking - we all do

howbloom:: you've fueled me powerfully

Chris OConnor:: that is what BookTalk is all about

howbloom:: and I thank you enormously

howbloom:: night all

Chris OConnor:: Thank you Howard

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: we thank you

Chris OConnor:: Night

NaddiaAoC:: Goodnight Howard.

howbloom left

stevepainter:: here's an oldie but a goodie:


Chris OConnor:: I am surprised Howard spent that time with us

NaddiaAoC:: Goodnight Steve.

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: I'd like to talk to penn and teller someday

Chris OConnor:: Me too Steve

Chris OConnor:: LOL

stevepainter:: my son is bugging me to watch this movie with everyone

Chris OConnor:: wait

stevepainter:: what?!?

Chris OConnor:: I am posting this transcript in the Chat Central forum

Chris OConnor:: You can post there guys

Timothy Schoonover:: damn lag

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: ok

Chris OConnor:: If you want to further discuss this

Chris OConnor:: Ok, night

MichaelangeloGlossolalia:: night all

NaddiaAoC:: Watching a movie at 11:30 on a Thursday? Wow. What a cool dad.

Timothy Schoonover:: night mg

Chris OConnor:: I will also post it in the Lucifer Forum

Chris OConnor:: Night guys

MichaelangeloGlossolalia left

stevepainter:: they don't have school until Monday

Chris OConnor:: No PM's - I am copying the whole discussion right now

Chris OConnor:: Bye guys

Timothy Schoonover:: I don’t wanna leave

stevepainter: but I have to work tomorrow

Timothy Schoonover: I really wanted to hear how he saw his conceptual capitalist society

NaddiaAoC: Ok guys. I'm going to go too. I need to make sure my kid aren't arresting.

Timothy Schoonover: lol, cya

NaddiaAoC: isn't

stevepainter: 'night everyone

NaddiaAoC: Bye everyone!

(stevepainter left)

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