CORMAC DISCUSSES THE SANTA FE INSTITUTE

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  • 30 Apr 2015 at 1:38 pm #7016

    Peter Josyph
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    Hard to know where to place this announcement, for it is Miscellany, but it’s CORMAC himself on camera reading his blurb about the SANTA FE INSTITUTE:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5A1WcFoxi4&feature=youtu.be


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    30 Apr 2015 at 1:51 pm #7018

    Rick Wallach
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    A big thank you to Michael Madsen for sending Peter n’ me the link to this all the way from Copenhagen.


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    30 Apr 2015 at 2:03 pm #7020

    Odense, actually, but close enough 🙂


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    30 Apr 2015 at 6:05 pm #7021

    Peter Josyph
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    Of Cormac’s original screenplays that’ve been produced, we have to count this as the third, no?

    The ever resourceful Wesley Morgan sent me a PDF of the statement a while ago. It’s nice to see Cormac delivering it in person. Seems like a natural in front of the lens… if Oprah’s not interviewing him…

    Guess it’s time I packed up my SONY and flew back to ole Santa Fe before Wenders or Herzog moves in on the Master………….


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    13 May 2015 at 5:57 am #7090

    Richard L.
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    McCarthy’s flippant irony here is better heard than read, but it would be handy if one of you gents could cut and paste a transcription.

    It would be interesting to know who he had in mind there at the end of the piece, someone whose ideas are lightly certified as crazy but someone that the Santa Fe Institute might learn from. I’d like to see who their invited speakers are–anyone got a list?

    I would nominate Susan B. Martinez, Ph.D., author of The Mysterious Origins of Hybrid Man: Crossbreeding and the Unexpected Family Tree of Humanity (2013). I happened to read this just after reading Loren Eiseley’s still enthralling THE IMMENSE JOURNEY (1957). Her questions about the established theories were a lot like Eiseley’s, and although she uses the likes of Barry Fell, James Churchward, and even more shaky authors to support her theory, I can see that she may be laughingly wrong in her methods and in many of her ideas yet ultimately right about certain things.

    How did man get his big brain? Darwinists thought that there was an evolutionary chain from superior to lesser brains–thus, to Manifest Destiny adherents, justifying slavery and the subjugation of inferior races. It turned out that this is not scientifically the case, that even the hunter-gatherers of backward societies have brains pretty much like everyone else’s. Evolution gave big surplus brains to people despite the lack of their need for one, which went against the ideas that Darwin had laid out.

    The problem was pointed out by Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-discoverer of evolution, who is quoted extensively by Eiseley, but the only satisfactory theory I’ve read after all this time, to fit the fossil evidence, is the idea of rapid changes due to an algorithm in DNA, which may suggest intelligent design or may just be some random click of the tumblers in the lock that holds the Mystery. I was slow coming to Julian Jaynes, who suggested something like this idea in his 1976 book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.

    Anyway, I applaud the Santa Fe Institute’s message via Cormac McCarthy.


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    14 May 2015 at 9:58 pm #7092

    Peter Josyph
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    Here’s the summer:

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    14 May 2015 at 10:04 pm #7093

    Peter Josyph
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    Here are four recent appointees to OMIDYAR FELLOWSHIPS:

    Each year, SFI selects one to six Omidyar Fellows from an applicant field of more than 200. The goal is to maintain a continuous cohort of 12 Omidyar Fellows. All four newly selected fellows will join SFI’s community this fall.
    The 2015 Omidyar Fellows are:

    Marion Dumas comes to SFI from Columbia University with a PhD in sustainable development. Her research centers on social structures and behaviors, and she seeks to understand how different institutions of capitalism and democracy shape a society’s capacity to adapt, particularly to ecological constraints.

    Dan Larremore studies the mathematical recombination processes that shape genes and genomes to better understand the evolution of pathogens, such as malaria. He earned his PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado Boulder.

    Chris Kempes holds a PhD in physical biology from MIT. He seeks to understand how different physical and abstract constraints organize evolutionary and ecological structure at different scales.

    Eleanor Power investigates how human social structures are influenced by religious signaling systems, and the role such signals play in establishing trusting, cooperative, and mutually beneficial relationships. She holds a PhD in anthropology from Stanford University.


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    16 May 2015 at 9:48 pm #7110

    Richard L.
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    Thanks.


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