Online Creative Research Project by HeThens
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…
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@Bryan Hellard, Building is SUCH a useful skill. You know how to plan your time, select materials, build a framework, and execute. VERY VERY useful skills to have! :)
I really like the idea of online collaboration, I think I will be most helpful if you guys get a project going and then somehow leave it open for others to leave comments on and perhaps help revise. Sort of like a Google Doc with several layers of comments.
Due to the collaborative nature, it also might make sense to research something that would require a lot of data points, each “researcher” helping to provide a data point. We are fairly randomized by geographical location; if we decided to take a random sample of something “irl” then we would have a good randomized sample.
I like language a lot – would love to study it with you fine people.
I’m definitely willing to do this. I think the biggest hump will be actually coming up with something to research.
As far as unique skills go, I’m a music producer and I have a full studio at my disposal. So, anything music related I can help out with.
@anonymity, This is a side note, but I think that the growing popularity of rage comics is an example of an organic evolution of a visual vocabulary. There’s a paper in there somewhere, I just know it.
I think a broad project that is built upon examining the advantages of internet usage is both intellectually stimulating and increasingly practical. The advantage being how exactly a certain tool improves our ability to interact with both the virtual and the real. I am leaning towards a hybrid of what Max and Anonymity have suggested, whether internet tools that track our progress in certain areas are actually reinforcing enough to warrant adoption, and how that is reflected in their usage. We could create an original internet tool, or examine already established ones i.e how social networks enable us to be social creatures. We are still in Phase 1 as we need more ideas, and more people interested.
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.
@anonymity, That is intriguing. To me it sounds like you are integrating various tools of media in order to enhance virtual communication. I think this has promise as a kind of augmented reality app for communication. I like that people can have the option to be as elaborate as they want in how they want to express themselves. Let’s keep brainstorming this one.
@Bryan Hellard, @Uza, I’m hearing a growing sentiment for this kind of wide “Canvas of Discoveries” idea, and it is rather ambitious. It’s promise is in involving people with a variety of different interests all specialized in their areas and creating something expansive. However, we still need a methodological midpoint. How do we ensure that the way we examined/navigated this information is original, innovative, and creative, while being collaborative? For this idea to grow, we need to start discussing this. I think the tag cloud idea I mentioned is along those lines, because you can make a tag cloud for any piece of text technically speaking. So we need to start considering technology along those lines; something that is universally adaptable and relevant to all domains. I know it seems like a difficult thing to do, but that’s why we’re all here ;-)
@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.
Interesting. Maybe a site on 30-Day Trials, but turn each one into a collaborative effort, then create a document at the end that contains anecdotal evidence, correlations, feedback, effectiveness, etc..a research paper, if you will. Although you don’t need create a website, for that..
@BirdFlyingHigh, The Evolution of Online Meme Culture? Yes, sounds fascinating. I would love to examine this in some way, perhaps chronicle the frequency and contexts in which the meme images are used, or just the process by which an online meme is born. Interesting….
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!
This sounds intersting… Perhaps if we are going to associate this with the use of internet, focus on the social or physcological factors. Or if this is going to be more creative, perhaps a contrast on how the internet allows people to learn (like an instrument, language, anything really) compared to physically going out to learn it? I’m not sure, just trying to get some ideas to flow. This is intriguing though.
@peteroth, I love this idea! It’s very broad indeed yes, but such a good idea that I think most people on HE could find something to take interest to. I like how it will be an encyclopedia like document relating to the universe from the perception of earth. I think it should include all such as music, art, philosophy, goverment and politics and the general physcological state of humans to be able to summarise the document accuratley. (Meaning everyone could find a topic they have passion/interest for). I understand that we need to make this easy methodically as a collaboration and many people have different thoughts: Which is why I ask, would this project be broad on different views or biased upon one? Because if we were all to write a chapter it may become contradictive, is your idea to have it all confirm one major idea? Maybe we should have a hypothesis then we can venture of into sub-chapters ect?
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
FUCK YEAH this has to be done. but it needs to be good. I think we should get more creative with it.
Im a visual studies major (philosophy and vision of seeing) so that hits on neuroscience, philosophy and metaphysical shit. So I have some knowledge in that area and access to professors with lots of knowledge in that area. Also lots of creative people in my major who concentrate in the fine arts sector instead of the philosophy sector.
In terms of what I think we should some sort of giant collective story of the universe from the perspective of earth (or from within a human mind today):
from the big bang, to the creation of earth, to the beginning of life, go through evolution (of brain, animals consciousness etc), go through humanity (collapse and rise of civilation) the constants of human society- joys etc, previous failings, current failings, then the start of the information age, then into the future…technological singularity all ending with ultimate intelligence being infused into the very atom.
Could really combine a lot of philosphical ideas in a very creative way. Use it to promote some of the ideals of this site.
We could make chapters or something.
Could combine writing (put in some drama, action, narration, lots of philosophy, lots of science etc), video (animation, film, found footage, new footage, abstract, some extremely abstract like impressionistic would be great i think), music (have lots of different music styles from different people)
Should make it free to the public.
I love the idea of a collective internet creative project where everyone works together using their unique skills. Really love it.
Since a lot of us have gone down the rabbit hole I feel like we may as well try to bring everyone else down as well. The hard part would be to make it interesting for those who don’t think about the stuff we do.
Different people would research different areas, then people would write kind of creative scripts/direct the artwork for the different chapters, then all Hethens who wanted to create the art could do it
I think that would be pretty cool but whatever works I just love this idea in general of a collective use of our HEthen knowledge. Looking back this seems way to broad, but still, could be cool. Either way I think taking our research and putting it into a multi-media form would be great and doable using HEthens.
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.
This is a fantastic idea. When I have more time I’ll read through everyone’s posts above me but for now I’d just like to state what I can bring to the table. I’ve been studying and working towards my degree in Psychology and research has been a fundamental part of what I learn, for obvious reasons. This has made it easier for me to navigate the web and find information from valuable sources. I also have access to hundreds of thousands of online journals and research studies because I’m a student. These journal databases have every possible topic and research that goes along with it. So, sign me up for HEthen research!