Bob Jonkman, Matt Albrecht, Michael Chumakin, and Peter Jantzi discuss the meaning of nonviolence, how to achieve it, and their personal experience in practicing nonviolence.
On the International Day of Nonviolence WR Nonviolence held a film showing as part of ANIFF, the Active Nonviolence International Film Festival.
Celebrating the International Day of Nonviolence with two short selections of the fourth ANIFF, the Active Nonviolence International Film Festival. Followed by discussion.
All are welcome! This is a free event!
Clash of Morality
YouTube: Clash of Morality trailer
Cajamarca, el Viaje del Desengaño
YouTube: Cajamarca, el Viaje del Desengaño (subtitled)
On the United Nations International Day of Peace on Friday, 21 September 2018 members of WR Nonviolence and friends met to talk about peace. This was a Supplemental Discussion Night, to complement our regular project planning meetings held every Tuesday. The topic was supposed to be Finding Peace In Our Local Community, but discussion strayed to politics, and also on how to engage people in the community to participate in the projects put on by WR Nonviolence.
Participating were Peter, Michael, Allan, Barb and William, who were joined by David, Laurel and Bob. Unfortunately, Barb and William had to leave before Laurel had a chance to take pictures.
Pictures copyright © 2018 by Laurel L. Russwurm, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Only license.
On 12 July 2018 Matt Albrecht appeared on Blue Sky Radio with Yenny to talk about the upcoming WR Nonviolence Day In The Park.
Matt Albrecht is here in the Radio Waterloo studio on Blue Sky Radio to talk about the Nonviolence Day in the Park. Event on the 21st of July, starting at 12 PM EST in Victoria Park, Kitchener.
Posted by Blue Sky Radio on Thursday, July 12, 2018
Lecture plan 4
“Ipsa scientia potestas est”
(‘knowledge itself is power’)
Sir Francis Bacon. Meditationes Sacrae (1597).
1. Review consciousness works:
1st signal system (fiziologically based and genetically inherited):
— senses (vision, tactile, balance, hearing, taste, etc. Up to 20 various sense perceptions)
— emotions (joy, sadness, excitement, curiousity, love, surprise, etc. Up to a 100)
— modality, attitudes, ethics. (good-bad-neutral-comfortable-threatening-must-taboo. Up to 20)
2nd signal system (I. Pavlov):
— speech. Biologicaly potential, evolvs only within social interaction.
‘Social component’ in human rides its animal base.
Monitor (screen) of consciousness: similar to a flash light.
Categories/notions help directing that light.
2. Living organism as a system.
Difference from a mathematical (scientific) system.
Organs of an alive system (animal) duplicate each other functionally to increase its endurance.
Classical example of a change in a social system: capitalism to socialism.
3. Q.: How to approach Reasoning (Re-) scientifically?
— to view it outside of human body.
— use Math (e.g. approach based on statistics)
— use terminology.
Objectified content –> symbol (texts).
Levels of human perception
Electron, boson, gamma
Aspects of individual psyche
One human, small group
One separate human cannot sustain a minimal cell of standard human existence (under standard circumstances).
One separate human is an atom of the whole system, and cannot see it in its totality.
4. The minimal (irreducible) cell of Human.
— activity: autopoietical (self reproducing) pattern of human group actions.
— a separate human: a node of group relations with regards to major social activities, such as education (learning), manufacturing, and leisure.
— Reasoning activity: human activity to solve fresh problems. Includes understanding, reflection, communication, and operations on symbols.
Storage of knowledge, information flows, people.
Consequences from the scientific approach:
— idle thinking is not Re-;
— it is spread in time and among people: one step forward per 100 years in filosofy;
— can be traced on paper, viewed in diagrams.
5. Minimal cell of Re- (Hegel, Bertalanffy)
Conclusion: Human is a super complex system in terms of:
— Substrate: several types of matter (dead, alive, information, social interactions).
— Structure: one system is a component of another one (matryoshka).
— Morfologically: discontinuous in time.
— Functionally: diversified.
— Processes: diversified.
5. Filosofical Digression about Mind being.
Life can exist only when there is a living organism.
Information can exist only when there is a device to process it.
Governing makes sense when there is a stable functioning institution.
Is there an Absolute Ethics? Notions of good/bad irrespective of individual stratum?
It’s possible if there is another conscious (solicitous) system that embraces our noosphere.
Mind (the same as life, or running) is not a thing but a process or a function.
6. The Most Generalized Theory of Governing (for any size of a team).
Have you ever managed a team of
— 3 people?
— 15 people?
— 200 people?
— 2 000 people?
— 45 million?
Where to learn to be a canadian minister?
Any system (or a process) can be directed, governed, controlled, managed, operated, driven, ruled, steered.
7. Pre-requisites of the MGTofG.
The object: society. View it as a system:
material: people relations, info flows, social patterns, eggregors.
function: sustain society autpoiesis (selfreproduction),
structure: several interlaced systems.
The subject: individuals and groups who excercise willpower.
(real) Power: ability to bring an object (a process) to a desired (planned) state (condition).
Hierarchy of power levels:
Methodological (worldviews, reasoning culture, the concept of governance)
Chronological (history, concept for historical trends)
Facts (science, technology, links among various processes, belief systems)
Economical (money flows and industry)
Genetical (alchohol, substances, ways of life and diet, environmental issues)
Power is performed (and viewed) in its full functionality.
The full power function:
1. determine the environment in totality of all its aspects.
2. train the skill of recognizing these aspects.
3. formulate the objective vector with regards to a certain factor. Coordinate this new vector with the set of other existing objective vectors.
4. formulate the general concept of guiding (ruling, steering) this vector.
5. form (start, organize) new stuctures to deliver on the formulated vector and its concept. Re-organize (reform) existing structures that deal with this vector.
6. Monitor (control) those structures while they function to deliver on the objective in course of governing.
7. Either demolish the new structures after the objective is accomplished or maintain them in working order.
8. Non-structured governing.
9. Scenarios for our modern society.
Global Predictor. Aristotle, Herbert Wells (1886-1946), “The Time machine”( 1895), Henry Kissenger (1923).
Responding to the siren has become inborn, and the Eloi now do so like cattle. The Morlocks use whips to herd them.
Inner predictor for RF. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjMzt5EYHQygFV70jjQ2L0g/videos subtitles.
The idea is that both Georgia_Guidestones and Denver airport murals are messages from those elites that disclose their plans for the future.
2. Denver murals
— wiki reference https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver_International_Airport
Conspiracies and controversy
There are several conspiracy theories relating to the airport’s design and construction such as the runways being laid out in a shape similar to a swastika. Murals painted in the baggage claim area have been claimed to contain themes referring to future military oppression and a one-world government. However, the artist, Leo Tanguma, said the murals, titled “In Peace and Harmony With Nature” and “The Children of the World Dream of Peace,” depict man-made environmental destruction and genocide along with humanity coming together to heal nature and live in peace.
Conspiracists have also seen unusual markings in the terminals in DIA and have recorded them as “Templar” markings. They have pointed to unusual words cut into the floor as being Satanic, Masonic, or some impenetrable secret code of the New World Order: Cochetopa, Sisnaajini and Dzit Dit Gaii. Two of these words are actually misspelled Navajo terms for geographical sites in Colorado. “Braaksma” and “Villarreal” are actually the names of Carolyn Braaksma and Mark Villarreal, artists who worked on the airport’s sculptures and paintings.
There is a dedication marker in the airport inscribed with the words “New World Airport Commission”. It also is inscribed with the Square and Compasses of the Freemasons, along with a listing of the two Grand Lodges of Freemasonry in Colorado. It is mounted over a time capsule that was sealed during the dedication of the airport, to be opened in 2094.
Denver and jurisdictions surrounding the airport are involved in a protracted dispute over how to develop land around the facility. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock wants to add commercial development around the airport, but officials in Adams County believe doing so violates the original agreement that allowed Denver to annex the land on which the airport sits.
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On Saturday, 24 March 2018 a rally was held at Wilfrid Laurier University to show support for the victims of the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on 14 February 2018.
Bob Jonkman from WR Nonviolence spoke about the meaning of Nonviolence, and there were spoken-word presentations from the students in the Crossing Borders Program. The event was organized by Rupinder Mangat.
Other media coverage:
More pictures are available in the March For Our Lives Rally at WLU album on Flickr.
On Saturday, March 10, 2018 Michael Chumakin held the third lecture on Anthropology for Social Activists.
Notes for March 10, 2018
We cannot comprehend some fenomena not because we lack reasoning powers, but because those fenomena are not in our books.
Kozma Prutkoff, 1854.
1.0. Sense perception, nervous system as the 1st signal system of an animal. Speech makes the 2nd signal system (I. Pavlov).
Emotions and modality: good-bad-neutral, comfortable-threatening, must-may-can.
1.1. The leading role of fiziological components.
“Eureka!” by Archimedes of Syracuse example: emotions are part of abstract reasoning.
The idea that there are certain virtues formed a common thread in Socrates’ teachings. These virtues represented the most important qualities for a person to have, foremost of which were the philosophical or intellectual virtues. Socrates stressed that “the unexamined life is not worth living [and] ethical virtue is the only thing that matters. Socrates went on trial  and was subsequently found guilty of both corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens and of impiety (asebeia  – “not believing in the gods of the state”), and as a punishment sentenced to death, caused by the drinking of a mixture containing poison hemlock
1.2. Ogden Triangle.
Ogden and Richards. “The Meaning of Meaning”, (1923)(see an illustration #1).
1.3. Hans Jørgen Uldall, 1907—1957.
a Danish linguist known for developing the linguistic theory of glossematics with Louis Hjelmslev.
“Real reasoning is like dancing horses: it happens as seldom while we do not need it very often; one has to learn it specifically; even well trained to reason people fail reasoning on the next try after having done it once.”
1.4. Plato: people do not think, they remember instead.
1.5. The Reasoning Square: by the Moscow Methodological Circle,1962.
(see an illustration #2)meaning square MMC.
— who is Stalin? (objectified content, meaning)
— a child learning to speak;
— calculating the speed of a car; v = s / t
— finding the location for running;
— similarities and differences between a computer and a human.
2.0. ii taxonomy (typology of intellectual implements).
2.1. Big ideas, leading principles. They do not need to be proven.
— stop and equate;
— evolution as a general principle;
— the idea of taxonomizing;
— General Systems Concept
Ludwig von Bertalanffy, 1968, “General Systems Theory”.
Carl Linnaeus, 1707 – 1778, the “father of modern taxonomy”.
Mendeleev’s Periodic Table, 1869.
— materialism (‘Snow Queen’ by Hans Andersen: Kai is trying to compose the word ‘eternity’ out of given ice cubes. The current scientific mood, belief is that we have to find some universal laws of everything; those laws do exist, all we have is to keep aligning existing pieces into the winning combination.) Kabbalah.
— behaviourism, freudism, neuro-linguistic programming, etc.
— Cooperation among people vs competition.
Prince Peter Kropotkin. “Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution”, 1902.
A 100 people can do 10 thousand times more than 1 person.
10 thousand people can do a million times more than 100.
300 hundred million people to support one aircraft company.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider, the most complex experimental facility ever built, and the largest single machine in the world
How about Re-? Yet we need to find an adequate task that suits efforts of many people.
2.2. Two modes of reasoning.
— understanding as the major intellectual activity; allegory, fairy tales, Pythia. Categories and notions. Reflection.
— naive simplicity; ‘play dumb’: “what is your definition of God?”.
Felix Martin. “Money: The Unauthorised Biography.” 2013, ISBN: 9780099578529.
p. 10. Adam Smith. F. Martin: the entire conventional theory of money is false.
p.12. “The conventional theory holds that money is a ‘thing’ — a commodity chosen from amongst the universe of commodities to serve as a medium of exchange…”
p. 273. As a matter of fact, “ … money is, like language, … a social phenomenon…”
K. Marx. “Das Kapital”.
Part One: Commodities and Money
• 1.1 Chapter 1: The Commodity
• 1.2 Chapter 2: Exchange
• 1.3 Chapter 3: Money, or the Circulation of Commodities
• 2 Part Two: The Transformation of Money into Capital
Chapter 1: The Commodity (Section one)
In this section—which is subtitled “The Two Factors of the Commodity: Use- Value and Value (Substance of Value, Magnitude of Value)”—Marx introduces us to his analysis of commodities. A commodity is an external object that satisfies a human need either directly or indirectly. He says that useful things can be looked at from the point of view of quality and quantity. They have many attributes and can therefore be used in many ways.
2.3.1. The current trend in public intellect: humans got more ii as a whole while demonstrating general decline in individual mastership of ii.
The role of The Internet and smartphones, FB and Twitter.
2.4. Existing various ii taxonomies based on various approaches:
— filology (criticism in literature);
— text analysis (a la Oleg Anisimov: schematized trains of thought found in the text instead of dealing with images thus exteriorizing one’s understanding and easily following the most complex concepts);
— logics; (‘logical conclusions’: first we jump to the conlusions, then we explain them, find a logical train of thought to support them. Kant, Fichte. )
— filosofical approach (notion and category analysis).
— TRIZ is “a problem-solving, analysis and forecasting tool derived from the study of patterns of invention in the global patent literature”. literally: “theory of the resolution of invention-related tasks”). It was developed by the Soviet inventor and science-fiction author Genrich Altshuller (1926-1998) and his colleagues, beginning in 1946. In English the name is typically rendered as “the theory of inventive problem solving”, and occasionally goes by the English acronym TIPS.
— Spiral dynamics (Spiral Dynamics is a data-based, psychological approach to understanding worldviews or systems of thinking held by individuals, organisations and societies. It is concerned with:
• how people respond to the world around them in given circumstances and with their particular coping abilities (rather than categorising people as ‘types’)
• how people think about things (conceptualisation), rather than what they think about (concepts) – for example, is their thinking binary and absolutist (‘if it’s not black, then it must be white’), or do they acknowledge and seem comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty?
complex questions about change including ‘HOW should WHO lead WHOM to do WHAT and WHEN?’ )
Clare W. Graves (1914 – 1986) was a professor of psychology and originator of a theory of adult human development. He was born in New Richmond, Indiana.
Don Edward Beck and Christopher C. Cowan. “Spiral Dynamics”. 1995.
Dr. Clare W. Graves’s Emergent, Cyclical Levels of Existence Theory Applied: COLORS of Thinking in SD (1995). Originally Dr. Graves used letters.
(see illustrations #3, 4, 5).
— construction: design, research, finance, workforce, edifice structure.
— filology: complex sentence.
— engineering: a clock.
— fuzzy problems: mostly society related.
4. Moral values.
“He who does not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10)
The Ten Commandments, Moral Code of the Builder of Communism,
Develop 5 points like a star: excel in:
— community work (e.g.: newsreporting, volunteering),
— private life (family included),
— health (sports included),
Boy Scout Rule.
Rules for cooperative behaviour: everyone works for the common good (end result) while understanding each other’s functions and following one’s team members’ actions.
5. How does Grammar work?
6. The fourth lecture is scheduled for
Saturday, April 7
at Waterloo Public Library (35 Albert Street)
Boardroom (first floor, near kids quarters).
Start: 9:45 am, finish 11:45 am.