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Just after we competed the Jung, Alchemy + The Tree of Life, I found this image [it found me] and I was going to submit it into our Post-Webinar discussions there, however, upon attending the 2nd Panel Discussion and first read of this story, and if we consider, I have had a lack of interest in political and religious arguments [not my area of passion]; I am trying to find areas where I may be able to contribute to the board panel discussions in a meaningful way - now.
Therefore, I will go into the body of this story to see if I can capture the gist of this man's "political narrative fiction" that streams across the sands of time and check out the influence of his work and what happened to him as a result of this work.
Today in conversing with Eva, I thought [can be deceptive], she had said to us that we would start to see the "tree everywhere." and correctly posed that it is the "stone" we begin to see everywhere. Eva commented that this Utopia image comes from the same time-frame as the Tree-of-life image.
I will get distracted into the "stones" realm that have manifested in my life, but will add that the Philosopher's Stone was unknown to me [never heard those words expressed together before until I took TRB course]. Perhaps men and women gaze upon and search for different stones.
Must leave stones behind for now and focus my attention to the details contained in this piece of work and my task at hand for it may be helpful within this group.
If you want to read this story it's on: http://www.Utopia (story) - Wikipedia
True to form, a song comes to heart/mind: "Barnacle Bill the Sailor."
Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there. My Dad sang this song to me in my tender years! Warm, fuzzy memories. It's summer solstice and Charleston is having a "love fest" for healing of grief today! Peace + Love Linda
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There are many people doing all kinds of stuff and publishing books and articles. It's very difficult to tell the difference between a new insight and distraction (and that's what this comment is about - about many potential hints and insights, but also distractions). In that sense, one of presentations on that ISSS Conference mentioned in my previous comment will be about traditional Chinese medicine and Anthropocene. There will be some other presentations that on the first sight look like pseudoscience, although it doesn't mean that it necessarily is the case. Some participants and their colleagues are serious scientists and engineers working with systems. There is also a vision by INCOSE, another organization friendly to ISSS, with the vision (the year 2025) of more efficient and robust (both stable and flexible - the jury is still out whether it makes sense; it doesn't mean that it can or will happen) systems engineering. David Rousseau (mentioned in my previous comments) will discuss about his manifesto on transcidiplinarity and an assumption of the General System(s) Theory, the ultimate pattern that seems to exist (feedback, synergy, emergence in different systems). There were many attempts to do that and they are interesting and useful for inner work and meditation, even for the outside realm, but seemingly fail to be the ultimate one. A useful pattern doesn't have to be the ultimate, some of them can be good enough for interaction between people, technologies, engineering, and ideas exactly because they aren't the most fundamental one (whatever that is).
My candidate (too deranged for its own good) for the ultimate pattern and the background story is here: http://communityalchemy.com/eWorkshop1/Will.pdf. Here http://www.igi-global.com/book/rethinking-machine-ethics-age-ubiqui... is the chapter (the last one) written by me with the same central idea (but not the only) from the table. It was inspired by Jung and Pauli's work on synchronicity, meaning that my entry in that "research" was from a strange side. As I had read John Kinneman's (the new president of ISSS) paper on Robert Rosen (a previous president of ISSS; anticipation; the reason why I was reading that Kinneman's paper) and Aristotle's four causes, I decided to include Aristotle in the table. After that, a DPA member Kent Palmer recommended to me Terrence Deacon's book Incomplete Nature (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incomplete_Nature). Alicia Juarrero's both book and article Dynamics in Action (available online for free; the same title but the content isn't identical) is very similar to Deacon's work, so much that she has accused him for plagiarism. That's a shame because Deacon's work seems to be potentially bigger for some future people with better understanding. In that sense, even if my Jung-Deacon-Aristotle-Rosen-... connection is wrong, it has nothing to do with brilliance and future recognition of each individual.
To quote Linda: "for us, we may die without knowing the personal side of the man and the gist of your knowledge base and promise for future contributions to help stabilize societies across the globe" - That's a very serious potential distraction. There is a difference between being weird and relevant. Both of those texts I've written are outcomes of very disjointed (to the point that sometimes I can't believe what I've written) playing with imagination.
It's a huge topic with all kinds of potential (god or bad) directions.
JULY 1, 2015 – More Utopian Images + Stories:
I found a painting that predates More’s image and looks utopian:
Hieronymus Bosch [1450 – 1516] painter’s most famous works is The Garden of Earthly Delights. Art historians have added a further dimension again to the subject of ambiguity in Bosch’s work. They emphasized his ironic tendencies, which are fairly obvious, for example, in The Garden of Earthly Delights, both in the central panel (delights),  and the right panel (hell).  By adding irony to his morality arenas, Bosch offers the option of detachment, both from the real world and from the painted fantasy world. By doing so he could gain acceptance among both conservative and progressive viewers. Perhaps it was just this ambiguity that enabled the survival of a considerable part of this provocative work through five centuries of religious and political upheaval.
A utopia (/juːˈtoʊpiə/ yoo-toh-pee-ə) is a community or society possessing highly desirable or near perfect qualities. The word was coined by Sir Thomas More in Greek for his 1516 book Utopia (in Latin), describing a fictional island society in the Atlantic Ocean. The term means “no place – the perfect place.” Utopia has been used to describe both intentional communities that attempt to create an ideal society, and imagined societies portrayed in paintings, fiction books, maps, comics, fantasy games, TV series and movies.
In 1516, two utopian images emerged; Thomas Moore’s book and Abraham Ortelius map.
At first glance, More’s island image looked like a side view of a head-in/arising-out of a body of water supported at the base by an early explorer’s ship [the neck]. At the top of the ship’s mast, a tower emerges midline through an internal structure [inner circle] that looks like a cerebral hemisphere [intelligence, power dynamic]. This tower image is seen as spine/nerve center [rulers/Lords] of the peasants who work the land. The phrase “sticking one’s neck out” or “into other people’s business” comes to mind.
At the top/crown of the cerebral cortex is the image of a palace symbolic of royalty, aristocracy, owner, ruler of the land, and head of state [Lords/tower on the left and doctrine/church on the right].
This is the map image drawn by Abraham Ortelius in 1516. Apparently, Ortelius used some names that were viewed as ridiculous, embarrassing him, so he kept the map private, and it did not surface for 400 years.
I also found a good article by The Red Phoenix that helped me understand Engle, Socialism responding to the inquiry if socialism Utopian:
From 1972 to 1992, ‘The Barracks’ is an entire utopian engineered community to house the SHARMA Initiative scientists, support staff, and their families for the Swan Orientation film and popular series, Lost.
Map of Early American Utopian Societies: before 1860 shows dozens of communities that were founded as far back as 1684. For centuries, people have sought idealistic [Utopian] societies based upon the common good.
Lomaland was a Theosophical community located in Point Loma in San Diego, California from 1900 to 1942. Theosophical Society leader Katherine Tingley founded it in 1900 as a school, cultural center, and residential facility for her followers. The American headquarters of the Theosophical Society Pasadena was also situated there. The facility was important to the growing city of San Diego for its cultural offerings, and it left a lasting legacy in its campus (now Point Loma Nazarene University), which still retains many of the unique architectural features of the original Lomaland. The residents of Lomaland also transformed their Point Loma neighborhood by planting so many trees, orchards and shrubs that the formerly barren neighborhood is now known as the "Wooded Area".
This is the 2011 image of The Venus Project designed by architect Jacques Fresco.
The game, Bioshock: Underwater Utopian City - Rapture Utopia or Seasteading predicted by 2130.
Peace + Love Linda