From: 1Arcturus (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Dec 14 2005 - 09:22:56 MST
Jef Allbright <email@example.com> wrote:
I am increasingly frustrated by the observation and experience that on
the various transhumanist lists, a graph of posting frequency by
individual would show a hump, with those who have enthusiastic but
relatively incomplete thinking posting far more than those who have
more coherent views or those who may not have strong views at all.
This is to be expected, but it tends to promote regression to the mean
more than leading-edge growth.
Creative growth requires diverse input, but mining these transhumanist
lists for nuggets of leading edge ideas, or planting seeds of thought
when a fertile opportunity seems to be presented, provides such sparse
payback that I and many others question whether we've long since past
the point of diminishing returns.
I think we've reached the point that we need new tools--an improved
framework--for collaborative thinking including concept mapping,
argument mapping, and shared knowledge that goes qualitatively beyond
the wiki and the email list. I don't have the available bandwidth to
create this or even to organize such a project, and I see it coming
just around the corner with all the growing awareness of "web 2.0" and
social software, but I would be very interested in contributing some
time and resources to such a project.
This sounds like a good idea. It would not only help you all work out your theories/proposals, but it would also help explain them to people like me trying to figure out what you all are theorizing/proposing.
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