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A couple of A.C . Grayling’s books – recently finished

In books, ethics, freedom, good life, history, moral issues, philosophy, politics, traditions on December 14, 2013 at 14:26

The Good Book: A Humanist Bible.
I normally really enjoy books by A.C. Grayling.  I’ve got few complaints about this one.  I don’t know if it’s only fault of the audio book but I found it frustrating that I didn’t know from where the quotes were taken.

I did really enjoyed the verses chapter. It was great to recognise a piece of poetry I’ve learned at school in another language!  On the whole I think the book should not had “Bible” in the title and somehow influencing its structure. Bible is not a greatest of our ancient texts and has been completely discredited over the centuries. 

I also think that this A.C . Grayling book would benefit from inclusion of modern philosophy.

Liberty in the Age of Terror: A Defence of Civil Liberties and Enlightenment Values.
It is right to be concerned with attacks on Civil Liberties.  However I think the author didn’t really shown how much better informed we are thanks to the technology and globalisation,  how much more opportunities we have to express our opinions to the whole world and to listen to opinions of others. The feeling of interdependence and interconnection (one small world!) does helps to promote the Enlightenment values by itself.

Super-intelligence? Collective consciousness?

In history on November 18, 2012 at 08:57

Life appeared in a bubbling soup of elements. Intelligence gradually appeared among hominids as their interactions with each other were becoming more complex. Since that, intelligence has been growing in the mind of every human child.

Will there be a super-intelligence appearing in the bubbling soup of the Internet? People always exchange ideas: by speaking words, writing letters, using books, radio, TV & movies. This is how our civilisation grows. Nowadays, lots of interactions, exchange of information is under the same roof, available for analysis. All what we need is understanding.

In the brain neurons are firing. In our big world, connections are made between individual humans, more and more – through social networks. Would this form a sort of “Borg Collective” one day? Could this be good for the planet? If this consciousness will want to survive, surely, with all our knowledge at hand it will try to save its home.

I’ve noticed the same idea appearing in the minds of independent people at about the same time. Is it a sight of things to come?

We have never seen a consciousness appearing in a single mind. Humans always were social animals, the closest to us by intelligence are social too: apes, dolphins, elephants, etc. Maybe there will be several super-intelligences appearing in parallel? A bit ironic that some computer scientists are trying to create a single AI. Maybe because of this their efforts will be futile…

To read: http://www.edge.org/conversation/collective-intelligence

Sharing art on the web: a bit of warning

In art, moral issues, relationship on December 11, 2011 at 07:21

You think because in all the art & photography places on the web I know there are “share” buttons next to the artwork you are welcome to press them? Think again.

It is natural to human beings to share their experience – that’s how our civilisation happened. In old days you might show your favourite book to your friends, now you share stuff on line. That’s often how people find out about artists new to them. As an artist I’m always very happy when this occur to my work. To my surprise I realised that not all artists are like this. You may think if somebody has a nickname LadySomething and does nice pictures there is a nice polite person on the other end. It may not be the truth. After pressing that highly visible “share” button you may end up threatened and offended by something who actually things that sharing is “using” and even “stealing” their artwork. And you thought you did GOOD to the artist, help them spread the message, etc. If you hate conflicts as I do you may even loss your sleep for a couple of nights if you get “i report you!!!” “DO NOT USE any other my work there!” ” i didnt asked your help!” “This has not been done with my permission and there is no credit for the image posted on the site (Although I will allow that the image is linked to the original) Doing this has removed the watermark of the image from the image and is in direct violation of my copyright. Please ensure that this image is removed from this site with immediate effect”  “It is normal to ask for permission which is sometimes granted to reproduce images but this is only allowed with proper acreditation and watermarking.” “i’m feed up with user who “share my works with the world” without asking me and my permission and uses my works below his/her name and sometimes earn money/points/credits/admission with them!!! so they stole! pitiable!!!” (and  a nice “Please, viste my gallery Thanks :)”  – after that!) 

I do feel pity for artists of this kind as it may be very difficult to live with such an attitude that everybody is trying to steal from them. People mostly just LIKE somebodies artwork and it’s a nice reason to be happy and get on with you life rather than be angry, chase innocent people across the Internet, threaten and wrongly accuse them. This won’t help with sales either.

On one occasion I contacted a site administration with that question: “Is there any single rule on whether people are allowed to share images (with links to the originals) on social media e.g. Tumblr, Facebook or Pinterest? I know lots of people do this and I know that a small number of artists is getting very angry about this but I can’t find anything about the situation in FAQ.”

The reply was as follows: “Our artists retain 100% of the copyrights for their images. If you would like to use any images, other than purchasing a printed product for personal enjoyment, you will have to contact the artist directly for their permission, as we do not have the right to give permission for the artists using our service. You will find their public contact information on their user page but please note, the artist decides what information is available to the public, and we are unable to give out any personal information.”

How it is possible to have a “share” button next to each artwork if  “you will have to contact the artist directly for their permission“? I realise that it is a common problem with many artists sites but as an artist and a consumer I would like to have an absolute clarity on that. Why not give that “share” button only to artists who want they work to be shared and prevent other images to be shared at all? Otherwise people will end up doing something they think they ARE ENCOURAGED TO DO and then have angry artists chasing after them. I hope it all will be sorted out somehow because at the moment there is a big lie in the air and this is disgusting.

Meet iCurrent

In computers, funny on November 1, 2011 at 11:29

I decided to join iCurrent recently. It is for creating ones own “newspaper”: reading news under the topics one is interested in. But I think their classification is not quite thought through…

Sports: suffering… I know it sounds like surfing but I can’t really imagine that it will become an Olympic sport one day…


In computers on October 28, 2011 at 14:39

It is so annoying when I am about to press something on the screen and suddenly the image jumps and I press on a wrong link. Also when I press on a folder to open and it thinks I want to edit its name…

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