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To: ES readers’ attention: an invitation from co-author Jeremy Shtern, email, Fri, 26 Nov 2010

Re: Joint book launch

Raboy, Marc and Jeremy Shtern. (2010). Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Raboy, Marc, Normand Landry and Jeremy Shtern. (2010- October). Digital Solidarities, Communication Policy and Multi-stakeholder Global Governance. New York: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.

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Dear colleagues,

We are proud to announce the publication of our new book: Digital Solidarities, Communication Policy and Multi-stakeholder Global Governance:
The Legacy of the World Summit on the Information Society.

Digital Solidarities (New York: Peter Lang, 2010) is written by Marc Raboy, Normand Landry and Jeremy Shtern. The book examines the actors, structures and themes that shaped the 2003-2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), with a particular focus on the role played by civil society. The book investigates how civil society self-organization has continued post-WSIS through the formation of the UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and other policymaking venues, and reflects on what the WSIS experience reveals about the challenges and opportunities embedded in the notion of multi-stakeholder governance and its implications for understanding global communication.

The book can be purchased on Amazon or directly from the publisher:
http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=54123&cid=537

You can also access a free read-only copy of the entire book here:
http://media.mcgill.ca/files/DigitalSolidarities.pdf

For anyone in the Montréal area, Media@McGill ( http://www.media.mcgill.ca ) is organizing a book launch to celebrate two releases –  Digital Solidarities and Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada (by Marc Raboy and Jeremy Shtern, with William J. McIver Jr., Laura J. Murray, Sean O Siochru, and Leslie Regan Shade. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010).

The book launch will be held on Thursday, 2 December, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Room W220, in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies,  University, Arts Building, 853 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal (see
http://media.mcgill.ca/en/double_book_launch for map and more info).

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initial Nov 8 post edited and reposted:

This post deliberates the Profundity of Communication ~ Relatedness ~ Consciousness, which from the perspective of the “average statistical person”, can hardly bridge the human world and the animal, and even less so the plant world, let alone dive into the depths of Existence (at the quantum level), where no distinctions obtain between matter (particle) and energy (wave), and Time and Space are invalidated.

After all, we inhabit a macro world, where Time is a near-global scourge and Space is an eternal bone of contention.

Taking the Heideggerian etymological-analytic way, Lat. pro “for, forth” and fundus “bottom, adj.” (cf. reference), English “profound” is precisely the qualifier to render 1) along the physical dimension, the meaning “registered throughout the full extent of the structure of the universe”, as traced in the Profound Communication post (as deep as anthropologist-evolutionary geneticist-cybernetist  Gregory Bateson looked, and deeper), and 2) along the metaphorical dimension, the connotative hint of “(reaching for/attaining to) ultimate understanding thereof”.

An extra point in “profound” ‘s favour, compared to “deep”, which boasts a similar semantic bifurcation, is the phonetic fact of rhyming perfectly with “sound”, thereby adding the bonus of an Eco-son-ic tickle.

As for the Communication~Relatedness~Consciousness trinity, P-Communication conceptualized as a vehicle for P-Relatedness presupposes commensurate structural reach of the latter, and in turn, P-Relatedness conceptualized as predicated on P-Consciousness presupposes that the latter term in this latter pair avails itself of commensurate structural spread.

Delving directly to the quantum level, where distinctions between biotics and abiotics disappear, two staple (at least for science-savvy generalists such as a smartened up Carl Sagan fan) phenomena  appear to exhibit signs of consistency with the above theorization.

Recognizing that there’s always a “catch” in translations of scientific knowledge for the benefit of a wider audience, I invite the patient reader to take a look at and deliberate on age-universal and fun (for the favourably disposed)illustrations of Quantum Entanglement and the Observer Effect in the Double-slit Experiment from the movie What the Bleep Do We Know (2005), on the “Profound” Resources page.

Quantum Entanglement demonstrates a powerful connection (cf. Relatedness, in ES terms) between two “electrons created together”, which endures irrespective of subsequent variations in the location of the “twins”. If one is affected/observed, the other changes polarization. Setting aside the puzzling fact that this close coordination takes place instantly, irrespective of the (measurable?) distance between them, for the purposes at hand let us note that the two “electrons” exhibit behaviour analogous to being 1) conscious of each other, and 2) indisputably in relation, since they appear to be 3) in communication.

Adding to Entanglement the Double-slit Experiment, initially devised as a test to determine whether light is a wave or a particle, the so-called “observer effect” would appear to produce behaviour analogous to communication and mutual awareness between “electron” and human (through the “measuring device” operated by the latter). That is, not only is the observer effect mapping an analogy to conscious-like behaviour at the deepest level “known to current science”, but it also appears to testify to Relatedness and Communication-like behaviour between physical structures of vastly different scale, which in Gregory Bateson’s terminology would likely have been categorized as significantly different “logical types”, with several (all the other, really) of the hierarchical levels in between.

A sprinkling of queries, which may not hold any attraction/validity to one who is scientifically versed:
== What is the scope of applicability of the Observer Effect? Should it be factored in in all and any quantum-level observations, which we would have no way around, if we are to stick with empirical/experimental science?
== If the Entanglement clip authors are probing into, even straightforwardly advocating, “entanglement” of All Existence, assuming that it came about as a result of a Big Bang, should there be in some sense and form levels of strength of entanglement corresponding to generations of matter–call it successive cumulative outbursts (of quanta ???)–if, in crude terms, change in quantity of matter (over Time) is assumed?; or periodic multiple (re-)groupings of various scope, if all there is now was there from the start?
== Could it be that Entanglement is accountable for the phenomenon of distributed cognition, which is, basically, soaking up knowledge by being one of a group, with no other known way of info transmission/communication.
== And, since I so easily fall into Time and Space thinking: When/how/why was it that Time and Space started to matter? Are they a construct of the human mind, entirely? Which is what people with (certain) psychic abilities have claimed for quite some time–see, e.g., Michael Talbot’s introduction to his book The Holographic Universe.

OK, OK, let’s call it a post…

update Nov 9, 2010: the “gypsy summer wind” voice is Vezi Tayyeb Cherib  (producer&artist)

Click image and jacuzzi in sound:

[photo Aug 2010, Mississauga]

Love Will Keep Us Alive cover by Linda Hanchar & satiny (or velvety?) male voice, © November 3, 2010

I still have to add the ID of the second artist, BUT:

LINDA!!! You 2 SOUND FABULOUS!!! [I think I’ve got it: “Spanish guitar strings caressed by gypsy summer wind”?]

Looking forward to the CD, with–for starters–the 3 totally ecosonic tracks we talked about (?)

Crucially to Ecosonance Theory, which encompaces Human, other Biotic and Abiotic Relatedness, “communication” goes beyond (non-)verbal human communication. It allows, e.g., two-term combinations of H-H, H-oB, H-A, oB-oB, A-A, oB-A, …

It  includes anthorpologist-evolutionary geneticist-cyberneticist… Gregory Bateson’s “patterns of connectedness”* (such as what tells a human or animal embryo, a plant seed, a dividing amoeba, etc. what morphology to develop), which drive his “mental” evolution of all biological species. Taking the idea to its logical conclusion, Ecosonance explicitluy extends communication to abiotics, imparting to them “mental”, or communicative, capabilities by recruiting Bateson’s admission to “mentality” of nonconscious processes of biotics.

For shouldn’t the guidelines that genes communicate to bodily morphology in ontogenesis be thought of as analogic to “patterns of connectedness” that regulate what mainstream science treats as “natural” laws regulating physical interaction between galaxies, planets, moons, as well as processes of chemical composition and decomposition? Or going even further into the realm of technological cybernetics, what coordinates processes applicable to artefacts ranging from the plough through the steam engine, telegraph and radio, all the way to TV, computers and Wi Fi?

Given the enormous wealth of intellectual heritage on the subject of communication, ES’s Resources as of today open up space for tributary/concurrent bib sources of “profound communication”, comprising

  • Engineering-technological aspects per Shannon and Weaver’s theory
  • The Toronto School of Communications’ explorations, thus work by Innis~Havelock~McLuhan, at its core, and
  • Many subsequent diverging and converging theoreticians of media and communication technologies
  • Other – to be fair to existing and yet to be acknowledged branchings of intellectual endeavour

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* Note that this is a loaded concept in Bateson’s evolutionary theory, worthy of a separate post.

The book Sacred Unity: Further Steps to an Ecology of Mind appeared in 1991, the product of 8-9 years of dedicated editorial work by a student and disciple of his, Rodney E. Donaldson. It is, for all intents and purposes, Volume II of the collected works of Gregory Bateson–a continuation to a collection published during his lifetime, Steps to an Ecology of Mind, whose title insightfully fused with the latter title and that of  Mind and Nature: A Sacred Unity inaugurates the conceptual composite staple of Bateson’s legacy.

A book cover quote from the Introduction:

    Bateson sought continually to elucidate the basis of form and pattern. As a result he is a primary harbinger of what may be a major shift in Western thought, a paradigmatic shift from mindless biosphere to one arising in and through mental process. The implications of such a theoretical–and lived–unification of mind and body remain to be unfolded.
    Bateson’s work is unique. Using the findings of anthropology, cybernetics, and ecology, he worked forward from very simple principles to construct a view of the world relevant to current problems, providing a solid foundation for understanding what is wrong with current ways of thought about humankind and nature…

Far from contrarily, I’d like to make a couple of related points in response, which are important to the epistemological stance that the development of the presently unfolding Ecosonance Theory entails.

To start with, “current ways of thought about humankind and nature” refer to what Canadian epistemologist Lorraine Code in her 2006 book Ecological Thinking and elsewhere terms, in various phraseological incarnations, the mainstream Western masculinist epistemology of domination and privilege. “Western” and “mainstream” properly situate said attitude as nonexhaustively representing “current Western thought”.

I’d insist that–importantly–there have been (were, at the time) scholars within the pragmatist framework (at least), and at the time as well as later on within feminist epistemology among multiple views presenting justifiable and well-justified alternatives, such as systems theory, ecology, ecotheology, who resisted the Cartesian compression of a Newtonian universe, not that either Descartes or Newton themselves could have envisioned the fallacious extremes into which the creation, legitimation and conceptiualization of knowledge could have fallen. Let me say again, within certain circles of scholarship not reprieved from constraints of geographical spread, during a specific historical period.

So the “mindless” biosphere mentioned by Donaldson coexisted with the Native American tree of life of cyclical cosmology, as well as the non-schismogenic Balinese society, studied in detail in collaborative anthropological field work by Bateson, and his wife Margaret Mead (see one of their joint publications here).

Add to the above fairly well or partially documented ancient teachings (see sources of ecosonic enterest), and we’re looking at this point at just the tiny tip of the tip of an iceberg, whose full grandeur can be expected to be very rewarding to reveal. Not presuming to be taking the above-assigned “harbinger” and “unique” titles away from a current favourite, I’d say that Gregory Bateson is in fact the stronger for being a link in a holistic philosophical stream reaching as far back in our epistemological past as it can spread wide in our present and just as far as it has the potential to go into the global future.

Collaborators and like-minded explorers are welcome to get and stay in touch 🙂

Last updated: November 26, 2010 | July 29, 2011 | Nov 25, 2011


Some ISBN ## listed below are provided grâce à wikipedia.org or amazon


MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION (TECHNOLOGIES)

  • Herbert Marshall McLuhan (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) ==
    ES post re Prof. McLuhan’s 99th Anniversary:  Does the McLuhan Itch Persist @ 99?
    Profile at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology (archived site, unavailable as of access attempt in July 2011), heir to the Centre for Culture and Technology which Prof McLuhan headed from 1963 till his death
    Publications by, with and about
    (prepared as an MPCT resource, 2007, unavailable as of access attempt in July 2011; download available here) Only a few outstanding works below:
    == The Gutenberg Galaxy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1952)
    == Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Critical edition, edited by Terence E. Gordon. Corte Madera, CA: Gingko Press (2003, copyright 1964, 1994 by Corinne McLuhan)
    == Understanding Me: Lectures and Interviews. With a forward by Tom Wolfe, edited by Stephanie McLuhan and David Stains. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (2005, first MIT Press ed.; copyright by Stephanie McLuhan, 2003)
    == Letters of Marshall McLuhan. Edited by Molinaro, Matie, Corinne McLuhan and William Toye, Oxford University Press (1987)
  • Cremo, Michael and Richard Thompson. Forbidden Archaeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race. Torchlight Publishing; 2nd Revised edition (Jan 25 1998);
    == for a quick read: The Hidden History of the Human Race: The Condensed Edition of Forbidden Archeology. Torchlight Publishing; New ed of Abridged ed of edition (May 25 1999)
  • Crowley, David and Paul Heyer, eds. Communication in History: Technology, Culture, Society. Boston MA: Pearson Education Inc. (2007, fifth edition)
  • Ellul, Jacques. The Technological  Society. With an introduction by Robert K, Merton. Toronto, Canada: Alfred Knopf Inc. and Random House Inc. (1964). Translated from the French by John Wilkinson. Original French title La technique, ou l’enjeu du ciècle, Librairie Armand Colin (1954)
  • Franklin, Ursula. The Real World of Technology. CBC Massey Lectures Series. Montreal/Toronto: CBC Enterprises (1990)
  • Gardner, Howard. Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons. New York, NY: Basic Books (2006, completely revised and and updated, first ed. in 1993)
  • Gardner, Howard. Five Minds for the Future.  Boston, MA: Harvard University Press (2008)
  • Innis, Harold A. The Bias of Communication. With an introduction by Marshall McLuhan. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press (1951)
  • Kerckhove, Derrick de. The Skin of Culture: Investigating the New Electronic Reality. With an introduction by Christopher Dewdney, editor. Toronto: Somerville House Publishing, A Patrick Crean book (1995)
  • Kerckhove, Derrick de. Connected Intelligence: The Arrival of the Web Society. With an introduction by Wade Rowland, editor. Toronto: Somerville House Publishing, A Patrick Crean book (1997)
  • Raboy, Marc and Jeremy Shtern. (2010). Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Raboy, Marc, Normand Landry and Jeremy Shtern. (2010- October). Digital Solidarities, Communication Policy and Multi-stakeholder Global Governance. New York: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.
  • Reeves, Byron and Clifford Nass. The Media Equation: How People Treat Computers, Television and the New Media Like Real People and Places. CSLI Publications, Stanford University, and the Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge (1996)
  • Small, Gary and Gigi Vorgan. iBrain: Surviving The Technological Alteration Of The Modern Mind. Harper Paperback (Sep 28 2009)

INFORMATION THEORY

    Shannon, Claude and Warren Weaver. The Mathematical Theory of Communication. Urbana, Illinois: The University of Illinois Press. (1949) ISBN 0-252-72548-4

ANTHROPOLOGY, GENETICS, CYBERNETICS

  • Gregory Bateson (9 May 1904 – 4 July 1980 🙂 he was British-born)
    [credits: for the very generous leads, thanks go to P.E.B.]
    == Naven: A Survey of the Problems suggested by a Composite Picture of the Culture of a New Guinea Tribe drawn from Three Points of View. Stanford University Press (1958 (1936)) ISBN 0-804-70520-8
    == with Margaret Mead. Balinese Character: A Photographic Analysis. NY: New York Academy of Sciences (1942) ISBN 0890727805
    == Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology. University Of Chicago Press (1972) ISBN 0-226-03905-6
    == Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity (Advances in Systems Theory, Complexity, and the Human Sciences). Hampton Press (1979) ISBN 1-57273-434-5
    == published posthumously: with Mary Catherine Bateson. Angels Fear: Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred. University of Chicago Press (1988) ISBN 978-0553345810
    == published posthumously: compiled and edited by Rodney E. Donaldson. A Sacred Unity: Further Steps to an Ecology of Mind. Harper Collins (1991) ISBN 0-06-250110-3

OTHER (taking the easy naming way out)

  • Ervin László (born in 1932 in Budapest, Hungary; 2-time Nobel Prize nominee)
    László’s World Shift Notebook and Science and Spirituality Forum His is one of many formulations of an adage which, in all evidence, captures well what he himself thinks and lives by, on the solving side: “We can’t solve our problems with the same kind of thinking that gave rise to them…”
    Just a few out of his 83+ books translated into 21 languages (per 2008 count in QSGB):

    == WorldShift 2012: Making Green Business New Politics & Higher Consciousness Work Together. McArthur & Company (2009)
    == Quantum Shift in the Global Brain: How the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and our World. Rochester VT: Inner Traditions (2008)
    == The Connectivity Hypothesis: Foundations of an Integral Science of Quantum, Cosmos, Life, and Consciousness. New York, NY: State University of New York Press (2003)
    == The Systems View of the World: A Holistic Vision for Our Time, Hampton Press (1996)
    • Radin, Dean. The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena. Harperone (reprint edition, paperback, Jun 22 2009)
      —————  Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality. Paraview Pocket Books (original edition April 25 2006)
    • Rifkin, Jeremy. The Empathic Civilization. Polity Press (hardcover Dec 29 2009)
    • What the Bleep Do We Know? Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality
      == movie
      by William Arntz, Betsy Chasse and Mark Vicente, released in 2005: interviews with PHYSICISTS William Tiller, Ph.D.; Amit Goswami, Ph.D.; John Hagelin, Ph.D.; Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D.; Dr. David Albert NEUROLOGISTS, ANESTHESIOLOGISTS & PHYSICIANS Dr. Masaru Emoto; Stuart Hameroff M.D.; Dr. Jeffrey Satinover; Andrew B. Newberg, M.D.; Dr. Daniel Monti; Dr. Joseph Dispenza MOLECULAR BIOLOGY Dr. Candace Pert SPIRITUAL TEACHERS, MYSTICS AND SCHOLARS Ramtha; Miceal Ledwith, Ph.D.
      == book
      by William Arntz, Betsy Chasse and Mark Vicente, © 2005 by Health Communications Inc, Deerfield Beech, FL

I am linking to a couple of cartoon clips from the movie and invite those who may watch/enjoy them to treat them as FABLES. Scientific accuracy is not the point here.
== Quantum Entanglement clip:

credit: tubeposter88 | December 17, 2008The clip talks about “electrons”.
Cf. David Jarvis’s site on Quantum Entanglement To quote: “… the instant that the first photon‘s [he explains the notion of “photon“] polarization is known, the second photon’s polarization will be the exact opposite.” An April 2010 article in Nature talks about Quantum entanglement in photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes

== Double-slit Experiment clip:

credit: referred from official Bleep site, Trailer page


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