Hello everyone. I presume we all have different reasons for being a part of this online community, but I also feel that we all share the desire to attain new knowledge. That is why I think we are capable to creating new knowledge simply by the synergy we can harvest through our collaboration. Research projects are the domain of academics, but who says we can’t conduct a secular project not tied to any institution, that is funded by our collective creativity, efficacy, and motivations? This is what I am proposing to anyone who is interested: to undertake a research project that is entirely original and powered by the enthusiasm for new knowledge, facilitated via the world wide web.
To undertake something like this, we’ll need affirmation of who wants to be involved, and the facilities we have at our disposal individually (unique skills such as programming) and collectively. Firstly, we have this website for communication and organization purposes. We need to chart out a domain of knowledge that we want to pursue i.e it could be anything from politics to neuroscience. Then, we need to establish a methodology; a technology that can facilitate our research and analysis. What I ultimately hope is that this project can demonstrate the power of collaboration via the world wide web, and add second-hand insights to the domain of knowledge we seek to pursue, perhaps even raising awareness of this website.
Part of the vagueness of my proposition is that I would like to have a lot more input from people here as to what this is going to be. So Phase 1 is called “Idea Building”. Once we have a good idea of what we want to do, we can start talking about the “how” and “when” questions. To create the “domain list”, we can simply use this website’s discussion section categories:
Creativity (music, art)
Body (exercise, diet, sleep)
Mind (psychology, neuroscience)
Social (relationships, sex)
Following Your Bliss (money, business)
Personal Mastery (goals, productivity, motivation)
Metaphysical (lucid dreaming, astral projection, out-of-body experience)
Knowledge Mastery (science, technology, philosophy)
Global Awareness (news, politics, global issues)
I suppose we can have a “verbal vote” on these domains, and once selected we can try and narrow down exactly what we want to examine. We don’t have to narrow it down, and can have an overlap of domains that we would like to investigate simultaneously. This is why this is in the Epiphanies & Ideas section. Ultimately, this is going to be a process that evolves according to what we deem feasible, but lets start big for now.
Initiating Phase 1…
@feren6, I love the charity idea, although maybe it would be to ‘unlock’ certain tracking sections of HE, you would have to donate on the front-end. Something like 80-85% of proceeds going to charity, other 15% going to Jordan to keep HE up and running.
We have enough skills on this site to be able to provide services that we could ‘charge’ for!
Although maybe forcing donations takes the beauty out of it, maybe just encouraging donations will be sufficient.
I would be most interested in investigating “Following/Finding your Bliss” , for I haven’t found my own yet.
I’m studying history. I could translate (Dutch, English, French) I could help with design (photoshop), you name it!
Not sure if this fits in to the idea here but I’ve been intrigued for a while now about the role of media in shaping human consciousness. I just finished reading a short book by Marshall mcluhan in which he suggests that a differentiated general public has been replaced by a mass audience due to electronic information spaces (and this was long before the internet as we know it existed). Id be super interested as a neuroscience student to measure how this shift has occurred and what it means on social, political, ideological, and moral platforms. Also curious about the potential widespread prevalence of ADD throughout the western world
I would be on for this. I study music technology which amalgamates a surprisingly large amount of ideas which come from other sources such as neuroscience, biology, physics, computer technology and mathematics.
It might be interesting to have a site set up in such a way that for instance if you are in the music technology section links to any other related topics could be displayed within same window on a sidebar or something. anywhoo my email is email@example.com send me a mail if you would like to collaborate on this project
I would love to be a part of this, I’m just not sure how to get started or what information to obtain or talk about, I’m a hands on learner so admitting I’m a bit lost is embarrassing but I hope that I could be of some service because the idea of everyone collaborating together to create something like this sounds extremely exciting and intriguing! Please tell me what to do or what I can do to help.
It appears new life has been injected into this. I think the constant moving of this thread from different discussion sections contributed to its activity decline, but I’m glad people have found it.
The project will move along how people want it to move along, simply put. I don’t think the “idea-generating” phase of this project went as well as I thought, so we may need a more direct approach. I don’t know how to create a poll here but I think that’s the best way to go to develop some consensus in terms of what topic to explore.
@pseudojudo, This topic looks like it can be very productive and I will be willing to assist in any project put forth. The hardest part seems to be making an organized system to get the job done. As you have said Phase 1 didn’t go as planned, I see a lot of people telling about there skills before even given a project. This shows that people will support any goal set out by an authority. I think the first step to creating a system would be finding people to join a set group to act as a foundation. The foundation will then come up with a topic collectively. I’m not sure how the rest of the plan will work out but we should start from there.
WE CAN DO THIS!
We just have to use baby steps
I’m completely on board but like many of the rest conclude, we need to find a research project to conclude on. Perhaps we can start by making a list of Ideas already offered. It would be neat if we could find a way to utilize the CouchSurfing program as an associated asset for this project!
@frustratedpanda, @feren6, @laskey, @lechuza, @epgohlke, @alexmayle, @feren6, @strawnament, @peteroth, @eldude, @mumbojumbo63, @xyver, @birdflyinghigh, @clementine, @roguenet, @beyond, @mowgli1, @eyesopen, @nan0fire, @killopatra, @billhicks, @cgriffiths90, @cantbe123, @nilocortex,
Good work – what is it? How do we do it?
I know it’s hard work and it’s important for you to know that. Finding out how and why it’s hard, and how we can work better is part of our research.
If good research involved no pain, we’d see and do a lot more good research. It involves pain and, while we’re trying to minimize that pain, it’s good to know its sources. There’s uncertainty. Of course, you want eye-opening, if not world-changing results and one’s in constant ‘danger’, so to speak, of not getting the kinds of results you want. Furthermore, you can often get into the emotional roller-coaster that happens when believing you’ve got ‘something’ (some significant findings) that then become ‘illusion’ when further analyses are done. Somehow we’ve got to develop ‘equanimity’ about what we’re going to find – and not find – and see it fitting into a bigger picture of the scientific and cultural change of our society.
Then, there’s the cognitive exhaustion that occurs. It takes several forms. There’s the anticipated exhaustion and then there’s the reactive exhaustion of feeling fundamentally fatigued after hard intellectual labour. The fatigue doesn’t necessarily ‘lift’ once you stop working, or even when you finish a ‘body’ of work.
Neurophysiologically, it makes sense your brain gets exhausted. I can personally attest to deep states of cognitive exhaustion when the idea of thinking another thought, or word-processing another word seemed impossible.
The important point is trusting in your own resilience (capacities). I’d say I get cognitively exhausted each and every day (at some point) until I take time to ‘let go’, meditate and notice the resilience in mind and body as a completely natural process. What we call sometimes, meditation, is just a way of stopping yourself and allowing that natural resilience to happen. It’s just a way of turning off your mind by embracing simplicity. ‘Simple’ but, it does help a lot…when you need it.
Last, but not least, there’s what I term the sublime and ridiculous of research. It’s bad enough you have to think hard and come up with subtle, well formed thoughts and ideas, but then you must move from the ‘sublime’ of verbal expression to some ridiculous clerical task that’s very tedious but entirely necessary to the research process: there’s organizing; collecting data; forming a method; and sometimes hassling with each other, rather than supporting your progress.
Despite the pain (which is again overcome with resilience, humour and patience), research is like mountain climbing. It doesn’t involve climbing average peaks but, instead, some real high peaks where the oxygen gets thin near the top. You can get an amazing view but very soon afterwards you need to get down quick, where the oxygen is thicker and the surroundings more familiar and ‘normal’.
The important part is realizing you can always get down and take in the needed, thicker oxygen. Your visitation to the mountain top hopefully helps transform society, healthfully and peacefully. You have communicated some part of having seen the mountain top and others can now see better, as a result.
Today is our convergence day….let’s try to cultivate collective creativity. That will make it much less painful and much more enjoyable. I hope I’ve inspired you to recommit, for some, or become more seriously involved in the undertaking we’re going to be embarking upon. Let’s not only think harder, but imagine with force and purpose, and arrive upon a pursuit of knowledge we all deem worthy.
Re-initiating Phase 1…
I haven’t had time to read every message but I would like to say that I am absolutely interested in joining this project. I don’t know how effective my contributions can be but I do have access to a plethora of research material through my college’s library system and I have a propensity for learning and interpreting material quickly. I’d want to be able to help in anyway possible. This endeavor excites me.
This seems almost like a web based version of the TED conferences maybe? – “Ideas worth spreading”. Maybe I’m wrong. I’m not sure where we’re going with this.
Free or close to free information for the general public? Is that what we’re going for? It’s hard to tell. I think so far Phase 1 is pretty sporadic.
I like the idea of teaching skills for free or at an extremely discounted price (for charity?). Video podcasts like an online classroom, hosting workshops connecting people locally with people of similar interests. I know there are other websites that do things like this already, but if it could be a more broad based matter, maybe?
Free information for anyone looking for new knowledge. Why not?
Again, maybe I’m totally off from what you guys were going with, but here’s some of what I have to offer (it may not be much):
-College student, resources, resources, and more resources
-I am studying the field of Early Education and Family Studies in a nationally accredited program, so anything to do with this obviously
-An open mind
I have other skills, but it would help to know exactly what our project is first before I can offer anything more.
If I am totally off with my points, please someone redirect me. I am interested in this project.
I agree with theknotted piper. I totally interested in doing this. Why in a month and a Half no word? That sucks. Did we lose momentum here or something. I’m a researcher/journalist and can help greatly on the scientific end. I got foresight and operational abilities, and if I knew exactly what was going on I’d probably know exactly what to do to get the ball rolling. As far as what exactly to do and ideas…shhh I’ve got ideas for days. Just need to know the collective interests. If for some reason this goes dead email me firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on my academia page independent.academia.edu/TateM on there you can get my Facebook YouTube and music page. I really like the idea of where this seemed to be going. This is actually something I’ve thought of doing but never had the ability to get so many people involved to be feasible. It’s really cool that all of you are down to participate in something like this. Don’t let this idea die!!!
I’ll throw some sh!t out here and tell me what vibes, ya?
Well then how about:
Drugs legal or non
Dec 12 2012
I’ve researched them all and then some. I think the fact we have so many people interested and willing is inspiring. Anyone else got something?
Please don’t let the momentum die. I think this could really go somewhere, even if it goes off of HE and onto something else or someplace new.
We did lose momentum as we were brainstorming ideas. However, I don’t see why we can’t start up again…perhaps we shouldn’t just throw out topics to pursue, but rather each of us individually proposes a research study we can conduct online and we can offer each other support/criticism. At least this way we’re talking about concrete ideas. There have been some specific ideas in some of the earlier posts, so take a look, and throw some of your own out there if you like.
Wow lots of ideas floating around. Seems that the first hill is an agreement.
I am good at scanning for organization. I am a writer and general communicator.
Personally…. I would love to work on something that would be like a fb for voting in my community and all of the US/other countries.
A book called Citizenville came out this year. (http://www.amazon.com/Citizenville-Square-Digital-Reinvent-Government/dp/1594204721) In in the San Fran governor discusses how behind we are in gov technology. Helping that aspect of interaction out would be beneficial and exciting.
I want to vote in my community while sitting on my tush… I want to chat with my actual neighbors……… and I want access to all public info to be clear simple and fun to look through.
Just a random. <3
I think that @veritus had the right idea, we need to get access to a database, which allows for better communication than a forum like this. I really love the idea of collaboration, but someone would have to put it all together. Either way I’m seeing themes of internet and education. Perhaps something involving these themes?
Maybe we could all send in a piece of writing on these subjects or a subject that we collectively decide upon. and then @pseudojudo could do one of those tag chart things. And we could categorize and share our discoveries.