March 7, 2008

MetaLinking - 2008/03/08

Today we are introducing something new on Integral Praxis: 'MetaLinking'.

Recently Bill Harryman discontinued his amazing "Speedlinking" on the Integral Options CafĂ© blog. We were huge fans of Bill’s daily offering of interesting & informative articles and weblinks. With Speedlinking, Bill was able to provide his readers with links to a wide range of easily accessible and relevant information. Although Bill’s Speedlinking was not the only incarnation (similar features can be found on SEED and various science blogs) of this type of blogging.

Therefore the IRG has decided to offer our readers our version of easy access linking. We hope readers find MetaLinking informative and rigorous in the promotion of innovative research, debate and public interest stories - addressing topics that span the whole spectrum of integral thinking.

Links will reflect IRG’s 4 main strategic research domains:
1) Bodymind Dynamics – human development, consciousness, cognition, physiology and personal health.

2) Communication, Culture & Discourse - collective discourse, information, art, values, ideas, semiotics

3) Environment, Health & Sustainability - habitat, ecology, technology, community and collective health

4) Polity, Justice & Organization – governance, war, social movements, power, resistance and law.
Individual links will not necessarily provide integrally-informed content; however, when the various streams of information are considered in relationship to each other integral patterns emerge.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy and make ample use of this new feature. Feedback and comments about MetaLinking or this weblog as a whole are always welcome.

Look for more positive changes here at Integral Praxis in the near future…


What Are We?
– “Anyone who has thought about the title question "What are we?" can easily attest how the seemingly straightforward question leads to conceptual quagmires in no time. [philosopher Eric] Olson acknowledges this difficulty, and points out that regrettably many discussions in contemporary metaphysics (on personal identity over time in particular) presuppose that we already have an answer to the title question.”

Thinking With the Body: Embodied Cognition
– “A newer theory that is gaining ground among neuroscientists, embodied cognition, departs from the "computer-as-mind" metaphor. Instead, the body is seen as playing an important role in cognitive processes. Cognition evolved to guide real bodies in the real world, argue the researchers in favor of this idea. Our thoughts are constrained and influenced by the details of our flesh. How you move your arm or leg actually shapes the way you perceive, think and remember. The latest research in embodied cognition demonstrates just how entangled the body and brain are…”

Can a Person Change their Brain Structure?
- “…you can actually affect your brain struct5nure without drugs or any strange or life-altering treatments. Simply by doing something repetitively, or doing something differently, can affect a change — not only in your life, but in your actual brain’s structure…”

The Art of Cognitive Reframing - “We never, ever, see the world as it is. Our awareness – our beliefs, past conditionings, upbringing, the list goes on – these distort everything we see. They creep into every interpretation and misinterpretation. This is obvious; you must have seen it for yourself… One of the most painful misinterpretations lies in self-perception. How do you see yourself? Realistic self concepts are rare, but a negatively distorted perception ruins lives. Weaknesses are magnified, assets and strengths are ignored. We have a tendency to compare; this leads to low self-esteem; a strong feeling of inadequacy and constant unhappiness…”

Fragments of Consciousness - “Dissociation is a term that's used rather loosely in modern psychology and psychiatry. It is sometimes used to be synonymous with derealisation or depersonalisation, describing a feeling of being detached from reality or not being 'grounded' in your usual sense of self. However, in its original and most interesting formulation by the French psychiatrist Pierre Janet, it describes the splitting of consciousness so one part of conscious experience is compartmentalized, becomes inaccessible, is literally 'dis-associated' from the rest.”

Gender Differences Found In Forgiveness
- “In seven forgiveness-related studies conducted between 1998 through 2005 with more than 1,400 college students, gender differences between men and women consistently emerged. When asked to recall offenses they had committed personally, men became less vengeful toward people who had offended them. Women reflecting on personal offenses, and beginning at a lower baseline for vengeance, exhibited no differences in levels of unforgiving. When women had to recall a similar offense in relation to the other's offense, women felt guilty and tended to magnify the other's offense.”


Culture matters in foreign policy – “All of last week I have been travelling through Southeast-Asia as part of an official delegation accompanying the German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier. Having blogged about him before on Culture Matters, I was really interested to find out how “culture matters” in international politics.”

The Shift And The Hundredth Monkey Effect - “The Hundredth Monkey Effect was first introduced by biologist Lyall Watson in his 1980 book, ‘Lifetide.’ He reported that Japanese primatologists, who were studying Macaques monkeys in the wild in the 1950s, had stumbled upon a surprising phenomenon.”

Desmond Tutu on Compassion - “Compassion is not just a sentimental, passive action, according to Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He also ponders apartheid, justice and forgiveness…He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 not just for his struggle against South African apartheid but for his outline of a just society for all. Archbishop Tutu spoke to PT about the limits of conventional justice.”

Tim Black on Integral Naked: Where Worlds Collide – “A published author in the areas of trauma, group counseling, and applied Integral theory in counseling ethics engages Ken Wilber on why it's so difficult to find Integrally-minded individuals in the indigenous peoples of his native British Columbia—an issue experienced globally, but...”


World’s First Positive Energy Building in Masdar, Abu Dhabi - Not settling for mere zero-energy, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Masdar Headquarters are setting new design standards for green building, with their scheme that generates more energy than it consumes. The Masdar Headquarters building outside of Abu Dhabi is also the first building in history to generate power for its own assembly, using a solar roof pier that will be built first to power the rest of the construction.

The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) model simulation archive
- “In the lead up to the 4th Assessment Report, all the main climate modelling groups (17 of them at last count) made a series of coordinated simulations for the 20th Century and various scenarios for the future. All of this output is publicly available in the PCMDI IPCC AR4 archive (now officially called the CMIP3 archive, in recognition of the two previous, though less comprehensive, collections). We've mentioned this archive before in passing, but we've never really discussed what it is, how it came to be, how it is being used and how it is (or should be) radically transforming the comparisons of model output and observational data.”

Maya May Have Caused Civilization-Ending Climate Change – “A satellite program designed to improve environmental policies in Central America has found evidence of ancient, self-induced climate change—offering lessons on how to combat today's warming.”

Sustainability Goes to College – “From using biodiesel in their buses to serving locally grown food in their cafeterias, universities that belong to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact and build stronger, more self-sufficient communities. AASHE began in 2005 and now boasts a membership of more than 250 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada…”


PODCAST: What Human Rights Activists Want from China – “China's policies have had groups like Human Rights Watch on its case for years. Now the upcoming Olympic Games is bringing attention that may force change, says HRW's Minky Worden, editor of China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges.”

Samantha Power on stopping genocide – “Samantha Power has a hell of a resume. She’s a celebrated journalist, a Pulitzer-winning author, a Harvard professor and an Obama advisor. She deserves the recognition she gets - she’s one of the smartest people in the world on foreign policy, and especially on the subject of mass atrocities…”

Towards Politics with Heart
– “Heart Politics gatherings have been a regular fixture in the lives of a wide variety of New Zealanders involved in peace, social justice, indigenous and environmental issues. The first ‘Festival of Heart Politics’ in 1989 was held at the Tauhara Centre, a retreat and conference venue overlooking Lake Taupo, at the centre of New Zealand’s North Island…”

Seattle-Area Fires May Be Ecoterror – “Fires gutted four multimillion-dollar model homes in a Seattle suburb on Monday, and authorities found a sign purportedly left by ecoterrorists that mocks claims that the homes were environmentally friendly. "Built Green? Nope black!" said the spray-painted sign that bore the initials of the radical environmental group Earth Liberation Front...”

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