Posted by: antyx | September 19, 2009

The 1st Dream. [Chapter 1 of Season 5 sci-fi story]

I always try to find ways of reinventing myself. This just another example of that process. I came to become bored with my blog writing style so i started finalizing the chapters a sci-fi story i had started writing just before i was recruited in the army. Now my previous mindstate is almost regained so i’ve published here the 1st chapter of this fictional story which is inspired by many things mostly what i’ve lived and read till now. Enjoy!

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He was alone. Alone though extremely comfortable with that idea that because he was glad he was there. All this felt so close and strangely familiar to him he never hesitated to explore his surroundings and interact with other people around him. Strange as they may seemed all these geometrical patterns filled with colours that surrounded him, glowed  delicately in the night blending with harmonically with this transcending place he seemed to be.  Numerous individuals sharing all great enthusiasm about all this place were there, scattered all around the place or just resting on their personal spaces. Each one was using a different communication code than each other, styling and acting according to his own expressive capabilities, though all this felt so natural and accordingly to this whole experience  that took place. Everyone could feel the vibration all across this mystical place from any distance. All came from the part where the main ritual held place. The ritual held there was the epicentre of this whole act and everyone emphasised to its taking place. It was the main reason everyone was there, in order to be a part of it. Each one with his own expressive colour of vibration became a part of this megascale ancient ritual accompanied with the energy that came from the drum of the shammen, the main coordinators of this whole happening. This energy was an amplified vibration which could be felt through the ground and ofcourse through the surrounding atmophere. All this he knew, was too important to ignore, too important to pass away. He knew all this was something that would eventually shape his existence and personality.

Moments of pure joy piled up and emotions spilled out from him. All this although made him also so sad deep inside. Why? Because he was unable to truly share all this tremendous feelings he experienced with someone else. He knew though he had to ignore this loneliness and just walk on. Although he felt bad about that he  just walked on as everything was ok, back to his reserved resting spot. On his way back as if in a dream he started to perceive things differently. Colours, feelings, smells, and sound came not only from his surroundings, but also were reproduced and mixed in his mind forming patterns unknown to him till then. A whole new way of perceiving the world and nature around him felt more real and right than he could before. Was all this something he had forgotten all about? He knew that his mind was capable and deep inside built for experiencing in such a lucid manner. All these hallucinations did not make him uncomfortable but rather seen as a great opportunity to feel the essence of all the elements that surrounded him. He eventually after that enormous burst of sensations, felt that he needed to be physical alone. Too many thoughts dripping from his mind and speeding upin his head. He never the less felt very capable of dealing with them, in his resting bubble away from the occupants of this small village he mysteriously became  and felt a part of.

To his way to his bubble the night sky stood as his navigational compass. He just walked by the sea, lay down and just tried to have some rest and become inspired by the view above him. Hallucinations gave way to deep and existential thoughts. Just facing his head up, was enough to make him hold his breath from the beauty of all this image he saw. This jewel (κόσμημα) as his ancestors called was a small part of something greater. The cosmos (κόσμος) he knew, was all that was, is or ever will be. He very deep inside felt a part of all this greater beauty. His heart was filled with enthusiasm every time he looked up and sometimes made him spill tears of joy. He could not face his eyes away from this eternal cosmic canvas which he knew was there much before he himself lay foot on that planet. It lay there almost eternally, standing as an inspiration for all those who lived before him and all those who will love after him. Looking at all this that lay above him as something to remind him of his origin, made him feel so little and big at the same time, knowing deep inside that he came from up there. He catched notice of the bright star of Sirius which for no apparent reason made him feel homesick. All this was too silly to explain, though it felt so right to him.

Joy gave eventually way to sadness. There was no apparent reason of feeling sad, though he knew why. He was there alone. Physicaly alone, just he and himself under all this beauty. No one there to hand out this jewel he was given just like that as a present only by being born. Somehow facing up he knew deep inside that he wasn’t alone to appreciate all this. Only someone who was meant to take part on the same ritual could share all this with him. Was that person there in that small colourful town but failed to notice each other? Maybe yes or maybe not. Nothing was sure enough. The only thing he was sure was  that he felt deep inside that he belonged in that summer solstice ritual and only  a person that could become a part of all this as well , was worthy of earning what he wanted so eagerly to give. All these hidden secrets he kept in the deepest corners of his mind. all the complexity and structure he held inside him was needed to be shared, but he was afraid to do so. All these puzzling thoughts made him feel so uncomfortable and uneasy. So heavy and sad thought he wanted to avoid facing himself and these  troubling thoughts. Sleep was the only cure for all this sadness. He decided to head back to his resting place and just try to sleep and dream of finding that person he had in mind. His dreams were his only shelter. The physical exhaustion was so great he lay down, and fell to sleep with only with comforting thought: he deep inside knew that soul is also walking on this planet and through time they will  eventually meet. This soothing thought erased all the fear and sadness of loneliness. He could now sleep and rest into the sea of  tranquillity of his dreams under the endless sea of stars that hung just above him silently, almost as if they stood there eternally.

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He woke after the alarming chime that had been transmitted to him by someone or something he was unaware of. He could clearly remember a dream he saw. Pheanor was happy to see that he now he was able to take his task closer to completion. He was convinced deep inside that he was capable of reaching to that point and had devoted his whole existence and finally someday soon he would achieve his  goal. The sleep had lasted for several days, the frequency of which changed progressively according to the completion stage of his task. His sleep could be described as a deep state of trance. Waking up abruptly when sleeping was almost infeasible, though when that happened the consequences could be irreversible. The interruption of such a deep mental state disturbed the rhythm of all this process, where in many cases made the sleepers suffer irreversible consequences. Sleep was required in order to preserve the inner rhythm of the body they were born with. It was an ancient mechanism which altered the individual’s mindstate, and originally served the purpose of provideing physical and mental rest in order to strore energy of everyday aphysical ctivities. Now it resembled hibernation, a process which they had implemented in their genetic information in order of achieving higher goals of conscious awareness. Their sleeping booth were placed deep inside the ground of the celestial body they inhabited. That was done so in order to sync with the energy frequency patterns of their planet.

Pheanor clearly knew that without this time consuming process he could not achieve the goal of enlightenment which he had devoted his life and purpose and existence. When he woke up he vaguely remembered some dreams he had, which most of them were lucid, a technique he had steadily perfected throughout time. Remembering all the details of his dreams could be only done through time where he narrated to his teachers in order to guide him on his mission. In his dreams he regularly confronted his fears and needs and consciously altered the outcome of them. He knew all these were lessons he ought to be tought, though was somehow unsure who or what actually affected his dreams and paved new paths he ought to cross in his deep sleep sessions. He was unsure of the true origin and nature of this parallel reality he experienced every time he slept, though deep inside he felt safe and sure that whatever shaped and affected his dreams, led him to deeper understanding of who he was and what he ought to achieve. He could not remember all his dreams in high detail, though he was aware that all those even if he could not recall them, made him more mature and capable of reaching to a higher understanding of everything. They subconsciously affected his decisions which consequently opened a new path in his life. The only thing that he ought to do was to learn from his dreams and take advice of the elder and wise individuals of his community, on what he ought to do next. All this was essential in order to unfold the prophecy that was about to become true which he somehow strongly felt he would play a protagonist role in it.

Posted by: antyx | September 14, 2009

The role of information on social evolution

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We now, without doubt live in a phenomenal fast pacing and highly dynamic era. Even from the beggining of the 21st century the internet as a technology was wide spread mainly in western societies. The hype was so big ack then it led to the famous dot com crash. During the 90’s this new medium was introduced enthoysiastically though in many cases it was treated as something dark and corrupted and addopted after a lot of sceptisism although in mos of those cases it led to its systematic use as time passed. This new medium or in technical terms a wide network web which it’s main use is to transimit information from one computer to another today is used by many different electronic devices and appliactions (mobile phones, embeded systems etc). I could go on examining all the technicalities of this complex distributed network though it not one of my aim in this article. This technical term or better enough concept which originaly the internet was created is called information. Infromation stands as an illustration that comes in many forms today. A piece of paper with a text printed on it, a colourful picture in our case an organised flow of electrons througha a cable or silicon or even an electromagnetic wave transmitted into the atmosphere consists what we call information.

Information of course prexisted before the biological formation of the human consiousness or mind, even before our main information chemical stream was formed, our DNA. It comes back to the days the first forms of organised matter were formed, just after the big bang, with the formation of particles and organised patterns of radiation. Ofcourse the human consious arose into being much after this long cosmological evolution in order to observe and define what we know today as information. Without any doubt it is a concept that is able to explain and describe  every form and pattern that can be observed in our physical reality and beyond our biological capabilities of observtion. From the particles of matter to the groups of galaxies that form the cosmos, information is embeded into every pattern of this physical universe.

It was and definatelly still is today the main driving force behind the everlasting increase and organisation of our society. Originaly we invented speech as a very good tool in order to transmit information and ideas to each other, a very effctive tool which is embeded into our evolutionary line and probably transformed our DNA into making us more capable biologically of speaking and understanding speech. Speaking alone was not enough into making information last in time and was not able to be transmitted in different moments in time and location so writing was invented. This led to the increase in complexity of ancient languages as babylonian, greek, latin ettc. Historicaly then with the use of  differnt matterials each time (stone plates, papyrus, paper) an effective information transmittion took place. Sciences and culture was widespread through written language and generally a systematic and organised way of representing information. In every cases the quality of this knowledge in addition with the cultural level of each time and place or society played a crucial role on the progressive evolution of  the economy, science, culture, technological achievements of its people in addition with the geopolitcal turning points of each time.

The introduction of large scale typography during the 16th century accelerated the cultural and scientific evolution o western societies. Modern media such as magazines, newpapers, radio, television etc during the 20th century highly impacted the way we tend to learn and educate our selves today. In this everlasting evolutionary timeline of techniques and ways of transmitting information the internet holds its own special place in all the electronic media and has succeded on rediging on how we percieve and do many things.

It connsists of a highly dyanmic and distrubuted medium where the end user can interfere and interact with the formatiion of a given piece of information and contnt. With the use of specialized tools and abilities we are able today to contribute to a very high level and be a part o this new medium. Today the content that can be found on the internet covers alomst every part of human activity. It’s very important for us to understand the undermeaning of all this revolution that comes after the wide use of this new tool and use this challenge in order to evolve into something better as a society. We ought to see all this with a maturity which we ought to have after thousand of years of social evolution and avoid recycling old and problematic attidudes and ideas of the past. This ought to stand as a great challenge of world wide coopoeration and commonly trying to achive our defined goals as a society. Technology today is maybe more than we can use effectively and productively. We lack of proper oganisation on forming common interest communities which can impact societty outside the sphere of this electronic medium itself.

You may wonder why i have not examined extensivelly on the ways this new hypermedium affects our every day lives. I try to avoid repeating myself on this blog because i had published an article on that matter before almost exactly one year:  The Internet: The Ulltimate Hypermedium

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Posted by: antyx | September 6, 2009

Progressing in life : Winter’s Resolutions

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In this life i owe to a lot to many, mostly my parents to what i have done with my life till now. I have almost ended my IT degree and finally finished with my army duty in the 12th of August ’09. After getting over with my army duty and turning 24, i decided that it’s about time to stand by some decisions i ought to stick to, in order to achieve some goals in my life. Creating and learning are two things i want start get more systematic with through a job and some hobbies i wish to expand. These resolutions can be outlined to the following:

  • Find a job that could make me financially independent
  • Finish all those thing i ought to do in order to get my IT degree at last
  • Become accustomed with the LAMP web architecture and some web programming languages
  • Buy a new Laptop and really make some creative use of it (Preferably a Mac with also Linux installed)
  • Learn a music instrument and a piece of music software and dare to produce some piece of music
  • Start a programming/applied tech blog
  • Become involved in graphics and actually have something to publish when opening a deviantart.com account
  • Not forget that life is all about being happy, having a good time, seeing new places, travelling  around, enjoying yourself  and falling in love.

I should not have any excuses anymore, why i should not work in a somehow permanent job. In this country finishing the army means that you ought to confront life more seriously especially when having to earn your own money. It is for me the next challenge i ought to take, in order to express my full potentials in the skills and abilities i believe to have. I tend to try to think outside the box and i dont think that i am meant to do anything but only if i feel like it.

All the above dots are expanded bellow, outlining my goals and expectations:

  • Find a 6month practice job which is required and furthermore is subsidized by the government which earns you  living of minimum wage plus the extra money my college gives. Also want to eventually finish with my degree, which mostly because of laziness has taken me so long to acquire. Because money is important, thus not the most important thing in life a permanent income from working may be the best way to come around.

  • Evidently IT is my field of interest and study so someone would expect me to have an occupation in that field. I have mostly web service developemnt in mind, though i do not exclude any other IT field that my come around. It is hard to know what ill be invloved with before starting to work, because it really has to do which field will become promising.
  • I cannot say that i was the most hardworking student there was around because i tend to leave things i do not like to do behind from scedule. Having finished my army duty, the next thing i should do is to finalize all the elements required in order to gradute. That invloves a 6month paid work as an learner in a certain field close to my field of studies. I also have to take on a διπλωματική which has to do with developing something.
  • I tend to use opensource software and tend to think in the same philosophy generaly. Many web services and websites relly on the LAMP (Linux – Apache – MySQL – PHP) platform which has proven very successfull. The field of the appliaction that can stand on this platform are broad, so getting use to setting up and administrating it would be an advantage in the job market and would also be a very powerfull tool in case i want to develop any idea of my own.
  • I never go anywhere far without my beloved laptop. Now i own a small netbook, the Asus eee pc. This time speaking it covers all my needs, although i do not have the ability on spending a lot of time with it because of the army. It is fully portable though it lacks to stand as a machine which could make me fully productive (small screen, low cpu speed). I have been using GNU Ubuntu Linux as my main OS platform. I am very happy with it, though it lack support from the multimedia software vendors (Video, Graphics, Sound). A MacBook would be a good choice for me, which will give me the ability to use the very powerfull MacOSX and take advantage the great support it has from multimedia software. Offcourse i will not forget to install Linux on it, in dual boot mode. The quality of its design combined with these two powerfull operating systems will be the first step on becoming involved on the IT fields i hope to make a living from. A laptop alone is just a tool as any other, so being productive invlolves a lot of hard work and imagination as well
  • Evidently music is one of my passions and addiction in everyday life. I spend a lot of time listening to music, which on one thought could be considered as a waste of time, though i mostly percieve it as my main creative inspiration and favourite relaxing passtimes. I find it hard to read a book, write or me involved in any mental act done when being alone without listening to some tracks from my music collection. For me it is a good way to concetrate on what i am doing and sync my brain with what i am doing. Because i consider myself as a creative and expressfull person, being involved in music production may be a good challnge and passtime which i should stick to. The main music theme i have in mind is some form of electronic music which does not lack the imagination of bleing in natural sounds and instrumnts in it. Ofcourse everything show up when trying to produce something and may end up somehow different than originaly imagined. Trying offcourse never hurt anyone so it may the best piece of art i ought to be involved with
  • Blogging is maybe a new hobby i have taken up, though i consider my style of writing rather general and not of any imediate practical use. I tend to express notions, ideas and thoughts which are not in a certain thematic category. That may prove that i like to be involved any various thematic categories, each time digining something else which has come to my notice. I dont think by any chance of stoping this blog but rather to make a more specialed programing one, which will have to do mainly with opensource, programming web services and applicable knowledge stublembled upon when working with something. Many time i have found random troubleshooting information when searching the web usefull so it would be usefull to and out anything that i may consider usefull. Ofcourse this knowledge will come progressively, through my job and projects which i hope to be involved with.
  • Visuals and grahics always arouse my interest so why not learn the tools in order to produce something myself. Photoshop, gimp and 3Dmax may be some examples of these tools, which ofcourse demand skills, work and imagination in order to produce something pleasing and creative
  • I tend to forget that although in life achieving goals, earning money and being more serious on somethings is important, having a good time and enjoying yourself is also utterly important in everyday life. Money is only a mean of having a pleasant life and we many times tend to percieve it as the most important thing. Partying, going out with friends, laying back and just enjoying the monent are something i dont want to miss out in  my everyday life. Life for me is just a bag of experiences that pile up, which are obtained throughout time, through my need of having a good time, travelling, meeting people and interacting with them and generaly experiencing the world to its full extent. Till now the numerous experinces i have lived have shaped my personality and helped me to percieve the world differently tha before. So another goald of mine is to pursue a life with all its chills and thrills there are but never forget that i should also work hard on achieving my goals so i eventually become a part and contribute in the best way to the global civilation

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Posted by: antyx | July 29, 2009

Science & Cosmology vs Religion & Metaphysics

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From the age of renaissance and after the rebirth of science and classical thinking, the mainstream religious authority of its time was consisted by the catholic  and Byzantine church which frequently used its power and influence in order to fight against new ideas and views of the physical world. Bold scientists and thinkers, contrary to the everyday perceptions dared to make the step ahead in order to introduce new ways of analysing and perceiving the physical world around us. In one hand mainstream Christianic religion lead by the catholic church based its cosmological model on the Judea-Christianic writings of the old testament and never let anyone question the common spread analysis of them.

Through the book of genesis the 7 day process which the cosmos was created was literally perceived and preached by the church as the  plausible explaination of how the universe came to be. On the other hand Western scientific thinking which led back from Ionia and classical Greece was consisted by various theories of how the world came to be. Through logic, logos (Λόγος – Pure Though) many thinkers managed to introduced a new ways of how things came to be. Of course all this was done clearly through observation and analysis of nature and the phenomenology of the physical world around them they managed to lead to trustworthy conclusions. Technological means for experimenting were obsolete compared to today’s standards. Nevertheless it still stands astonishing the great leaps on just theorising about things. During the renaissance a systematic effort to revive this way of thinking was made by mathematicians, physicists, biologists and theoretics. Introduction and quantitative analysis of concepts such as gravity, matter and energy are some examples of the leaps some minds in that era made using mathematical and logical tools in order to come to trustworthy conclusions. A mechanistic model of the universe was steadily introduced where no greater power (otherwise god) was needed in order to make thinks work. That scientific concept was the main reason of the up to this time opposition of the church towards fundamental scientific theories.Originally the fight against these new ideas were widespread throughout Europe with the burning of books and handwritings. Today though, science is not treated like those days and is more likely to be controlled by various other economic and political factors. The church nevertheless still stands by its old views about the world and universe through its mistaken analysis of the symbolisms and parallelisms of the bible itself.

Till now through scientific method and reasoning, in order to explain some physical phenomenons there was no need for the God hypothesis. Each event could be systematically analysed and explained through logic. New advances in cosmological theory and observation introduce new challenges to our way of thinking. They consists on their own a new revolution. Astronomy, mathematics and modern physics blended together & evolved into what is called New Cosmology. Modern cosmological theories have come to a point where they can analyse and explain numerous metaphysical phenomena, where traditionally classical science just ruled out as non scientific. With the use of neurophysiology, biology and psychology ,some metaphysical phenomenons which have to do with humans and their interaction with their physical environment can be fully analysed and explained with the use of the above scientific methods. Phenomenons like telepathy, telekinesis, aura, healing powers, clairvoyance are some examples of phenomena that have been analysed, each time to a different extent, showing how new cosmology and  science have come so far in our days.

Traditional scientific areas like astronomy, mathematics, physics, psychology, biology, medicine and informatics which seemed to have little to do with each other, now collide and blend together into a new way of thinking and analysing the world. They manage to come to revolutionary results and conclusions which defy traditional views of the world and cosmos. Many of these conclusions strangely enough seem to be very similar to views of non-Christian religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. Originally a coherence with the Christianic church was made when the big bang theory was introduced , which was compatible with the book of Genesis. So in the middle of the 20th century the pope came to agree and approve this fundamental scientific discovery which explained to a great extent the formation of our cosmos. That to the church maybe meant the proof of god event through scientific method, though for scientists themselves it made no proof of anything more than the big bang theory itself. Research continued independently of whether god was agreed to exist or not, because science itself is not a philosophical research but rather a research using logical and analytical tools. It very frequently though comes down to very thoughtful philosophical inquiries through its findings and conclusions giving way to new discoveries and research. Theology itself is the evolution and wide spreading of a certain esoteric philosophy and way of viewing the world which during time became religion through the need of using a tool in order to control a big sum of people. When looking religion itself neglecting the way it was forced or misintreprited it stands as a very strong philosophical and ethical tool which if examined without preduces, can lead to very interesting results which in many cases come very close to new scientific discoveries.

During my stay in the army which is expanded through the article published just before this one, i had the chance to read some very mind-expanding books during my idle time. These books revolutionised to such big extent how i tended to perceive things that i have not fully indulged into my thought system. This new cosmology needs extensive examining and studying in order to come to a point to grab that enormous leap in our way of thinking. Some of the books were called: The Universe and cosmological evolution, New Science and the akasic field, Cosmic Consciousness, Chance and Chaos in addition to 2 sci-fi novels of Arthur Clarke (The city and the stars & Childhoods end). From all the above i read i have not come to any organized conclusion in order to form an article. I know though all this is just too fascinating in order to ignore. Time will regain my previous creative and explorational mindstate that i was in before the army. Ofcourse i did not have the tools and personal space i needed in order to use this revolutionary information during my stay in the army. All this though will be the driving force in order to compile some new articles, based on new cosmology, singularity and inter-consciousness.

The fascinating cosmological voyage has just begun! SingularityGravity

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My activity on my blog has been stalled because i had to join the Greek army. Of course in there i could not use a computer, have the suitable mind state and desired personal space in order to form any kind of article. Now in July ’09 when all this non sense came to an end, i decided to restart expressing my thoughts through what i lived and thought in the past 9 months, via this personal electronic journal.

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Till now, after the formation of the modern Greek state, each young man has is legally obliged to spend a part of his life in the army. So decided after my college life was almost over, to continue with this chapter of my life and join the army. I found out that being employed in the IT field is really hard without having this done, because employers don’t want to see you go away for a year after you start learning to be productive in the field.

So in June i decided to end my army postponement so i could start serving my so called army duty , starting in November. I really did not know what to expect, although i had heard a lot about it, through friends and relatives. It is hard to realise that when joining the army for one year or less you have to report your absence every now and then. The army is thus another system of control over the lives of young Greeks like me. I soon realised that i could not have any long term plans for a year, no holidays, no uncontrolled travelling and nothing that really consisted free and unplanned movement. It is a controlled environment which an individual is not treated as a free citizen, rather than a soldier in training who is obliged to obey and follow orders.

Logic and reason is something that is not a virtue in the army, especially for the soldiers who are not paid in there and rather pay through tax and manual labour in order to serve the country. In every reasonable question, no reasonable answer corresponds. That is a paranoid statement, which may make someone frustrated on how the people in this environment tend to act and think. Eventually you have to live with that way of thinking and not ask or be worried by all the pointless time you have to spend for this part of your life. You have to live with the idea that contrary to the constitution and laws you are deliberately put in an environment that contradicts them. In the army environment democracy and rights no longer applie. Your personal freedom of actions, expression and way of life are confined in this pale hacki colour, making you a part of the place of eternal nothingness. I could go on days narrating the amount of pointlessness of this place, though eventually learned to ignore it, knowing that i could never belong in that place and i was just touring there for a small period of my life. Through all the frustration i sometimes felt  lucky because from a small age till now i learned to avoid locking down my thought system and felt just sorry for those people in the army who do so even in a personal level through the influence of how they choose to make their living in.

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During the first months of my army duty, i found it somehow hard to adjust to this place, logic and everyday routine. Somehow though i strongly believe that everything has a reason to exist and moreover everything i happen to live has a reason as well. To be honest luck was by my side and i fortunately did not have to bare any hard training and living condition whatsoever. I spent one month in a recruit army field just 20 mins from my place, then spent one month in Giannena which resides in the Northwest part of Greece and eventually stayed till the end of my duty in a field just 5mins outside Alexandroupoli. I strongly felt that the army was something so not compatible with my state of mind and way of living, though i found out that i could use this serving time in order to en richen my experiences and knowledge. As most say that the army is a big school, in the aspect of having to live and coexist with people of different ages, places, educational background and personality. I found all that diversity rather intreeging and enjoyable because everyone was moreover different to every aspect to each other, thus treated by the same manner as plain soldiers.

Throughout my stay in the army i had the chance to meet some very interesting personalities from different backgrounds and share the same thirst for acting outside the permited lines of action and the everlasting need of self expression. The most important thing i gained from serving my army duty are the thoughts and experiences i shared with the people i met, who were just like me, struggling and trying not to forget who they were, what they loved and what they dreamed of. Through the process of projecting  ones mind into each other and sharing ideas i think my time spent did not go in vain after all. I had so much free time to speak, listen and think about almost everything you could imagine. Ofcourse my freedom of my psysical actions was limited and given the fact that certain creativity tools were not so easily accessible i could only use my memories and experiences in order to make something worthwhile.

As the days and months passed by i tended to ignore all the foolishness and pointlessness around me.  I just mechanically acted like i ought to do mostly in cases where it was impossible to avoid  doing so, which would end to my punishment through charging me with extra days to serve. Ofcourse wherever i could and was possible i did as least as i could. Generally i need to have a  motive when trying being active and productive, though in the army i deliberately avoided doing chores because in reality the army profits through manual labour, so found no reason whatsoever in doing anything more than i was strictly forced to. It is very clear that forcing every young personal to serve the army is clearly for saving money on manual labour and has almost nothing to do about training him for the event of a war.

In the end of May i decided to bring my small car with me in Alexandroupoli, as a great opportunity to explore and experience the more i could of the north-east part of Greece. In June i was sent for one month to serve in an army guard house half an hour north of Ksanthi, into the mountains towards Bulgaria. I had the chance there to experience a much different culture and religion than i was use to till now. It was a village of Pomakis, a slavish origin minority who happen to be Muslims. Contrary to popular belief they were very friendly and willing to help out. My stay there could be characterised as a month of chilling time and experiencing a place i would never stayed else wise. After that i returned to Alexanroupoli where i just waited to get my last days off. I risked of getting punished through my not so army like behaviour, though eventually i got 22 days off till the 10th of August.

Details, facts and names that have to do with army life are not of such importance after you finish all this eternal foolishness. The people though i met inside, who also served time like me, the experiences, places and thoughts we shared i think is something priceless and pays off the lost time spent in there. Luckuly i was able to use my mobile phone which takes rather nice shots. I’ve embed a small flickr slideshow with all the flavours, colours and places i had the chance to live in this small chapter of my everlasting voyage in life

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Posted by: antyx | November 11, 2008

2 Months in an occupied anarchist residence

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I have a tendency of getting bored of staying in the same place and environment for a long time. After my grand euro tour in August and the psy/ambient festival in Greece that followed it in August i had to go back to Crete in order to attend my course exams, in order to complete my IT course, something i have to get over with soon enough. During the exams in June i stayed at a friends place in Heraklion, Crete, though in September i decided to stay in an Occupied building in my college campus. The self organized residence has mainly a left wing political character. The main theme of this residence involves people who are against hierarchy, racism and control of any kind. It is a place of free expression, political, artistic or existential, a group of people highly tolerate to alternative lifestyles and belief systems. Eventually i decided to stay till the end of October, afterwards stay some time in my hometown, Khalkis and then join the army in the 12th Nov, as i am obliged when being born in Greece

Luckily enough i found it rather easy to fit in this group of people, each one with different though systems, political views and lifestyles. The building use to be the old college dorms and was abandoned after the new ones were built in another part of the campus. Before 3 years as i was told this building was occupied forming a place called an occupation with mainly a political character. The inner need of expression could be seen in any part of the building, from colorful wall paintings to political flyers and posters. The building involved the rooms each resident had, the kitchen, the main lounge, coffee place, outdoor kiosk, studio, inner garden, toilets, showers as well as rooms for visitors which i lived in during my 2 month stay. Every room had Internet access, which combined with the 2 speaker set i brought with me could, made my stay more enjoyable and productive during the time i stayed in my room. In the beginning of September i bough a cheap eee pc, which will probably cover my needs till next year. I brought with me my car, packed with the essentials, from speakers, clothes and accessories i would need for a 2 month stay.

I myself political was never active in any leftist political group, though i found many common ideas with my political identity of decentralized and unhierarchical systems. For me it is important to keep a distance when learning about something new and not incorporating it immediately to your belief system, but rather to reason with it first. I do not consider myself an anarchist and i don’t tend to get involved in political activism, though i tend to incorporate this belief system when dealing with various systems and structures (software, energy etc) Nevertheless personally it is very important to be able to experience new things and learn from them without getting directly attached to them.

I had the chance of meeting some very interesting and diverse personalities, ideas and views from people highly stimulated from injustice and unconformised with the systems of control, governmental or capitalist. Each resident with a different life style and way of viewing society altogether. Each one came with a unique personality, thought system, music linking and appearance. I used to walk by that building viewing it with a hostile manner, though eventually figured out that despite the negative image it may project to the outsider, the atmosphere was very friendly if you get to knew the residents. They were a mix of students, workers, dreamers, political activists, hippies, musicians and travellers. I myself have a small mix of all those, so i managed to have a common ground with most residents i had the chance to meet.

The residence was organized in an unhierarhical fashion, where decisions were ade during the weekly meeting in the coffee room. Tasks and jobs that were needed to be done were handed out volunteraly during that weekly meeting as well as issues which bothered the residents and had to do with buidling as a whole. Most of the times the resident were able to discuss reasonabely though many times the opossite occured.

Overall it was a great 2 month stay, where i experienced so much and will consider living again in order to finish my IT course next year. I will also consider visiting some similar residences in Spain and else where in Europe during my 2009 summer eurotour. It is a great example on how people with not much can live trully live out their everyday. Just by combining something few you have can sum up for the benefit of the many. Thinking that our society could be transformed in such manner may seem utopic, decontructing the western capilistic system, though i find it realistic to build unhierrchical and community driven social structures. It mostly has to do on our willing to cooporate, interact and communicate with each other defying our short term benefits, through deep social tranformation and progression we manage to gain a better living for all.

Posted by: antyx | October 5, 2008

Biological Evolution vs Technological Progress

Evolution and change is always persistent in any form of biological species. Studying the evolutionary timeline of biological species on earth we can note according to Darwinism, that through natural selection simpler biological forms evolved through random changes in their genetic information, adapting to their surroundings according to primal survivalist and reproductive instincts. Simple forms of biology progressively evolved, forming complex immune systems, neural networks and specialized organs. All this process carried out for millions of years, had mainly to do with the ability of biological species to store information with the use of genetic code. Our genetic code, the DNA may be the most efficient way of storing million strings of information , in order to carry it on throughout the generations. The progressive state that steadily perfected this information according to outer circumstances and survivalist needs led to forming of the human species. We as a human species are the product of the ability of biological species to adapt, evolve from simpler lifeforms to something as complex as ourselfs.

From an very early stage of our inhabitance on this planet technology was always the key to our survival. Hunting for our food and keeping warm could not have been done without the use materials found locally and though reasoning we could build our first tools in order to achieve our primal survival goals. Our survival depended on it and mainly expanded our physical abilities which were not given through evolution. Many people when hearing the word technology think that it has only to do with electronics and computers. In fact it was a term with ancient Greek terminology. Τεχνολογία (Greek) is formed by Reasoning and Technical. Through reasoning the first forms of technology were formed using technical elements from nature. The axe, spear, fire, clothing are all primitive forms of technology. The way this technology was built was carried out through generations only by our ability to communicate the techniques (information) so this technology could be built. The forming of technology was carried out strictly because of survivalist reasons, because as a human species we are physically inferior to other animal species. The means of carrying out this information was done through spoken and written language. It is still today the most efficient and human like way of communication. Many times the communication medium changes when using telephone landlines, mobile phones or the internet. The principle though remains the same.

Comparing the two progressing processes of transforming information someone could note some same basic principles. They are physical processes which:

  • The ability of this given system to store and transmit information throughout time is highly efficient
  • Use of elementary building blocks, chemical elements in order to form complex mechanisms and tools
  • Simple forms, transform into more complex ones
  • Causability is the basic driving force
  • Randomness also plays a very important role
  • The most simple but efficient-effective designs were those which lasted in time
  • Designs that failed to adapt throughout time were lost once in for all
  • The designs that last tend to use and transform energy very effectively
  • Good designs tend to have the ability to reproduce this information very easily

Offcourse there are many differences between them though it is very interesting when examining their similarities. Human made technology though does not always as efficient as it could be and frequently is used for many harmful causes that affect us directly. It has to do with society itself, its basic forms and needs. It is a mirror of our needs, wants, mentalities and attitudes towards each other. Technology itself is the ability we have to use elements found on this planet to make tools for a certain purpose. It cannot be labeled as good or bad, and has mainly to do with how we intend on using it. The 21st century has shown profound new ideas and tools we are starting to use and build. Ecological and efficient systems, from LED house bulbs to solar-wind-wave energy producing islands, the internet, biotechnology and many other applications seem to make reality what we not very long perceived as science fiction. We have the ability to produce new ideas and concepts in a very high rate than any other time in history. A small change of information on our genetic code that took thousands of years now through technology is a matter of days.

Prometheus, a figure from Ancient Greek philosophy who stole the fire from the gods and gave it to humans stands as a good symbolism to technological societies itself. We seem to have a great ability on inventing new tools and tehnologies though we many times dont have the best causes and education on using them. so many people have the impulse on using new technologies without the proper education concerning their use. Consumer electronics seem to be thrown out very frequently nowdays. They end up in landfills because the consumers have no education on why they should recycle them in the 1st place. Causability concerning uses of everyday products has seem to lost. Most purchaces today are made through impulse and not through need. Modern concumer society does not regard that less is better and we tend to be satisfied by quantity and not by quality. Comparing the basic driving forces of how technology is spreaded and used with the biological diversity of our biosphere we can note several differences. In my view biology is far more sophisticated, complex and effient than man made technologies . Structures found in nature are the best teachers for implementing them. Through the passing of time formations and mechanism in nature steadily perfected in terms of efficiency and through the need of survival-reproduction. Human made technology has different driving forces, whereas many inventions are made just by luck, military uses, space and aeronautics uses or just for profiting by it when releasing to the consumer market.

Society itself though shows many similarities in a different scale with the natural ecosystem. They are both have a dynamic structure and somehow in both cases, the most effient and effective design lasts through time. So technology from carved wood to the internet is just a process of natural selection occurring in our society. There are needs and uses where technology steps in and fills that gap. Offcourse for once again the most important thing on developing new uses of technology is reasoning of it’s use, side effects and causability. We must not forget that the most advanced and complex technology/organ of nature today, is the human brain, which we ought to use more of these days.

Posted by: antyx | September 21, 2008

The Internet: The Ulltimate Hypermedium

The Map of The Internet as shown above

Throughout the human history i can note several critical transition points on our ability to express, distribute ideas to each other efficiently to a person to person level. It led to our ability to cooperate and know how to build primitive technology we would rely on our survival. The need of having a way to store and distribute this information led to the formation of written language, making information more resistant to time and  geographical area. These two points in human history were crucial in order to be able to form complex social structures like political, educational and technological systems in society. Written language at first was carved on plates of stone making it somehow an inefficient means of distributing information. With the invention of typography this barrier was brought down and when widely accepted books could be easily carried around making knowledge and information available to almost everyone. This led to the reinvention of science, social sciences and the rebirth of human spirit during the renaissance. This eventually led to an ever increasing development in technology paving its way to the industrial revolution. During the 60’s a new science was born called Informatics. The science of the technologies, teqniques and ways to store, distrubite and transform information on an electronic and electromagnetic level. A cold war bi-product was the network used to distribute this information called the ARPANET, todays internet’s presuccessor. After the end of the cold war during the 90’s this new sophisticated network was commercialized, making it an highly efficient way to distribute information globalwide, ina very short time.

During the first years of its commercial life it was mainly used for e-mailing and viewing static HTML pages through a web browser. The dynamic architecture of this new communication network always succeeds to its constant redefinion of its own form, web technologies and ways people can collaborate and distribute information. Web services we were never able to be predicted became reality like electronic shopping (eBay), collaborative encyclopedias (Wikipedia), collaboratively built software called opensource platforms (Linux, BSD), always surpise us of the numerous possibilities this new hypermedium will provide us in the near future. The quality and quantity of information stored on the internet is growing geometrically. Consumer electronics and computer’s started to become everyday appliances, leading to the mass reduction on the overall manufacturing cost. According to Moore’s law which claims that the computer power doubles every 1,5 year leeds to the reduction of computer power cost throughout time. Today it is feasible to buy a small laptop computer for under 350$ – 300euros. Storage has also become cheap and extremely flexible. Free network storage is also a new phenomenon, where it is able to publish and share large amount of information on the internet (Flickr, Youtube, Box.net, GMail etc). Offcourse there are alternative means of the storage suppliers to earn the cost of network storage through advertising, subscriptions and not charging the storage space directly. Google shows a great ability to buy and hand network storage for free in a mass scale. Complete desktop operating systems like Linux or MacOSX and Windows to a smaller extent, are built in a manner to have a close interconnection with this vast network. A new trend in software platforms like Debian Linux, iPhoneOS installer etc shows that through a well built package and feed catalog, software can be directly installed and used. It automatically updates with any new release and security fixes without almost any human interaction at all.

Offcourse when taking about software platforms we mistakelly think about desktop pc’s or mobile-portble devices. There are many to name Linux, Windows, MacOSX, BSD, Unix (PC Platform) Symbian, iPhone OS, Google Android (Mobile Platform) though we seem to forget to mention the forecoming and possibly dominant platform of the next decades. That is no other that this vast network itself, the internet. It was made because of the need of information distribution between desktop computers during the 70’s. The big turning point through was when the so called Web 2.0 which started after the .com boom in the begining of this decade. Wonderful collaborative and innovative services were formed, expanding the static html web pages into a dynamic and interactive service. Multimedia started to be widely used, apart from pictures and sounds, mainly with the use of the proprietary flash language. AJAX a relatively new web technology, which is opensource as most of the rest web technologies that exist today, shows gret signs of progress into making webpages, application alike. Google services where AJAX is widely used, manage to simulate popular desktop software like mail clients, organizers and calendars, office suites etc. Offoucerse their capabilities are limited compared to a complete office suite, though seem to be widely accepted because they are platform independent and accessible from anywhere. There are also some examples of web services which simulate a desktop OS to a very limited extent though. All these services though are mostly new, have only been around not longer than 5 or 7 years. Web technologies them self are not static as well, and luckily enough seem to evolve in an open manner, constructed one in top of another, mostly at first for practical reasons. As a decentralized network open specifications, on how things work, are crucial on the success of a technology and its wide adoption. Offcourse only time can tell of which web technologies will evolve from the existing ones and which needs will leed them on their creation. Dynamic web laguages for instance were made because there was a need for user interaction, flash because of the need of vector motion graphics and web video etc. The same manner will apply to any new web technology arises. Ofcourse in the internet sphere it is extremely hard for a software vendor to monopolize any given web technology because developers from all over the world which will actually use this web tool in order to construct web services need clear and distinct specifications of how this given technology works.

Appart from the everyday applications, uses and software tools the internet is consisted of, it is an interesting approach when examining the internet as a network itself. It is consisted of interlinks between servers, clients through switches, routers using many communication mediums like fiber optic cables, coper cables, wireless networks, satellite networks etc. Processing units which use this network such as desktop pc’s, servers mobile devices seem to act as a unity altogether, forming a worldwide neural network. This overall processing and storage ability seems to be in many cases redistributed with this network. Offourse when dealing with technology we mostly forget that various technologies have to do with us, humans using them. So in the case of computers, it can be considered as a technical tool to process, store and distrubute information we use in our everyday lifes. This information can consist almost anything from ideas, thoughts, multimedia, structures and pasterns in society. So this network has to do mainly with us and how the product of our intellectual can be stored, distributed, organized, restructured, transformed in order to reshape the impact of our thoughts themselves in everyday pasterns of society. Noosphere, is one expression of this consciousness unification via this new medium as it can be shown in the wikipedia quote below:

In the thought of Vladimir Vernadsky and Teilhard de Chardin, the noosphere (sometimes spelled noösphere) can be seen as the “sphere of human thought” being derived from the Greek νούς (“nous”) meaning “mind” + σφαίρα (sfaira) meaning “sphere”, in the style of “atmosphere” and “biosphere.” In the original theory of Vernadsky, the noosphere is the third in a succession of phases of development of the Earth, after the geosphere (inanimate matter) and the biosphere (biological life). Just as the emergence of life fundamentally transformed the geosphere, the emergence of human cognition fundamentally transforms the biosphere. In contrast to the conceptions of the Gaia theorists, or the promoters of cyberspace, Vernadsky’s noosphere emerges at the point where humankind, through the mastery of nuclear processes, begins to create resources through the transmutation of elements.

For Teilhard, the noosphere is best described as a sort of ‘collective consciousness’ of human-beings. It emerges from the interaction of human minds. The noosphere has grown in step with the organization of the human mass in relation to itself as it populates the earth. As mankind organizes itself in more complex social networks, the higher the noosphere will grow in awareness. This is an extension of Teilhard’s Law of Complexity/Consciousness, the law describing the nature of evolution in the universe. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, added that the noosphere is growing towards an even greater integration and unification, culminating in the Omega Point—which he saw as the goal of history.

Some examples of how the internet has started to impact society can be found in educational systems, banking systems, everyday communication (IM’s) and has started to impact and threaten traditional mediums like radio, tv and newspapers. Offcourse the internet is in a very, very early stage, with just of 15 years of comercial addoption. It’s use has to do directly with the structures in society itself and always ought be so. The pace of its evolution can be seen in an everyday timescale, which also coresponds with the geomemetrical growth of computing power and storage capacity. Offcourse this system called the internet feeds upon itself and constantly gets rstructured and reorganized. Many science fiction writters i had the chance to read their work, seem to have predicted this new medium far before the initial introdution of the internets presuccesor the ARPANET. I guess it is a indespensible need of an organised society which many had seen so far ago. It is interesting enough to see how Arthur Clarke for instance throough a fiction book managed to predict an far more evovled version of the internet in the 1950’s. In his book “The City and The Stars” hs describes a developed future society that is forced to live underearth. Their own personal space, like our known living rooms are consisted of a floating spheres where personal thoughts and dreams were projected onto its surface. This idea mirror could interconnect with any other person in this city, and physical presense was not needed in order for human interaction. This mind tool could step in any place or time if the user wished to do so. It was unsure even to the people using this mental tool whether it was real or not. To me this which was written 60 years ago, instanstly strikes me as the internet evolved far in the future. This concept was percieved far before digital networks, computers in a home level, mobile phones and all the gismos of consumer technology. It was concieved through the need of our thoughts and mind to interconnect with each other and defy the limits of space and time. Time will show on how this new complex and dynamic system will evolve and how it will be adopted in various social structures. There is a big need of keeping this new medium open, decntralised and uncotroled from certain political, finanical and coorporate control. Offcourse all the above must be a part of this system though it is very important to avoid the shaping of it in strictly their individual intersests.

As usuall i have embeded a small video of the perspective of this new network to evovle in an intelligence itself:

Posted by: antyx | September 8, 2008

Destination: The Cosmos

Man was always an explorer and always will be. Starting from a simple nomad and collector of food, he organized, forming complex societies, institutions, science, technology, arts, transportation and just before 50 years we came to the point where we were able to defy gravity itself. Reluctant at first, the first humans just orbited into the higher parts of our atmosphere, just being able to see the earth from a very near distance, visualizing our small blue planet as a unit, without all the numerous divisions we tend to apply in every social and political level. Unfortunately though, through conflict during the cold war era, space technology progressed and we managed to explore the biggest part of our solar neighborhood. Several maned missions were sent to the Moon, although they had small scientific value. Numerous probes were sent to the nearby planets, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Uranus etc which managed to uncover so many secrets they withheld from us for thousands of years.

The night sky, always stood as an amazing piece of art of the cosmos itself. It was the only night entertainment for thousands of years, before electricity and amusements were invented. Through observation alone, we managed to understand so many things of our place and coordinates in space. The movement of the night sky is so accurate, it stood as an astral clock and navigational beacon for centuries. Sciences like mathematics and cosmology were introduced in order to explain and modelize this piece of art. Constellations were given forms from everyday society, pinpointing the most observable groups of stars in the sky. Every religion attempted to explain the origin of the cosmos and our place in it. Each religion managed to give a somehow plausible explanation of how everything observable came to be, though some succeeded to confirm modern cosmology. The Hinduistic model of creation comes in parallel to an amazing extent with the big bang theory for instance. Eitherways we can conclude that the cosmos was always incorporated in belief systems globally. The human species has always felt as a part of all this breathtaking picture we are able to see every night. The theoretic scientific work kept going for thousands of years, so we became able before just 50 years ago, to send something of our own technological achievements into our solar system. Voyager is already out of our solar system, heading to the stars. It holds upon it the basic information of the species that sent it, standing as a modern bottle into the cosmic ocean. We may someday stumble upon it when touring the cosmos in the following eons, making it a relic of our historic timeline in space.

The heart of civilization started in Mesopotamia (Babylonians, Sumerians), moved to the coastline of the Mediterranean sea (Ancient Greece, Egypt, Roman Empire), spread throughout Europe and finally head overseas (North & South America, Oceania, Asia). We colonized the whole planet, fulfilling our thirst for exploration, profit and being challenged by the unseen. Moreover today we stay home, preserving the old divisions and mentalities that have always held us back. Taking in mind the present state of technological & scientific progress, colonizing other planets and solar systems is just a matter of time. I personally am in favor of such an idea, though in order to do so, countless of obstacles have to be overcome. First of all we must redefine our motivation on doing to. If we take the colonization of the European nations as an example, it can easily stand as something we should avoid. Profit and exploitation alone will only led us to making the same mistakes, seen throughout history. Society today stands immature to act as a colonizer of other planets and star systems. The realistion that we ought to stand as a unity has not been fulfilled yet, where division and conflict can been seen in every social and political level everyday. We seem to find it so hard to agree, cooperate, and act for the benefit of the whole in the long term. Each political action in every nation is measured in short term economic and diplomatic profit, forgetting the anthropic values they ought to promote. Fundamental social values play the last part in the higher levels of decision making. So concluding i personally believe it is too soon to start talking or planing about moving to other worlds. Space colonization may be soon feasible technologically though there is a need for fundamental social and political transformation in order to do start doing so.We have just started to show signs of achieving that goal. Environmental issues like global warming which demand action in a worldwide scale have made us realize this need. The impact of closed cooperative and idea systems like the internet have just started to impact society itself. Time will only show if we are mature enough to fulfill unity in a large scale. Economy, media, society, communication are being more global, dynamic and fast paced. Each one with different aiming and technique.

As for space exploration itself it was initially boosted through conflict in the cold war era, though today great signs of progress can be seen overall causability is concerned. US, European, China’s, India’s and Japan’s space agencies very often corporate into achieving a common scientific and technological goal. Achievements as the International Space Station, Hubble, numerous space probes and many other planned  missions seem to show great signs of change of our ability to work together and pursue clear scientific goals. Mainstream science fiction most of the times fails to foresee social advancements and mostly rely on our existing forms. Though many sci-fi writers manage to invent new structures and mentalities in advanced hypothetic future societies. Space exploration cannot be treated as something distinct from society itself. Every human species and every country must play a crucial role in this process. Transformation and change will maintain our sustainability and balance on our heading into the future and finally to the stars. Nothing is set to develop into a certain manner, thus future is made today, constructed by every aftereffect of our present action. Finally i have to name a man which always stands as a great inspiration for me, where if it wasn’t for his documentaries and ideas i may not have started this article and blog in the first place. That man is Carl Sagan, a great scientist, exobiologist and most important of all anthropist, humanist and great thinker of our modern times. He was involved in many of NASA’s achievements and never ceased to note out the anthropic value every human action and achievement we ought to have in mind. The least i could so is to embed one small part of his documentary series which underlines man’s visions in space

Posted by: antyx | September 8, 2008

The collapse of centralized systems

From the dawn of human civilization, the way we organize any complex social, economical or any other system has the greatest impact to our future development. There are many examples of centralized social systems which in their principle have not changed after many centuries. Monarchy as a form of governmental system was one of a great example of how some few self elected people managed to conserve their authority over other people for many centuries in numerous occasions. Historically societies tend to hand authorities to the few, which in most cases led to the halt on social and scientific development.

The biggest social change that occurred throughout history began in my home country, Greece. In a time period of 400years numerous of social, scientific and political changes occurred, challenging the old thoughts and preserved mentalities. The most profound change in the political system was through the introduction of democracy. A political system which in theory everyone as an Athenian citizen had the ability to decide over or against any decision made in his town/country. Contrary to old Monarchic and Oligarchic political systems, it decentralized the decision making into the whole spectrum of the Athenian citizens. Ancient Greece was also one of the first civilizations that introduced the modern scientific method. Reasoning and experimenting were common in scientific circles. The expansion of this way of thinking was done through introduction of educational systems and social forms that helped the further development of any promising mind.

I can find numerous of other historical examples where society managed to overcome the old way of thinking and foresee new structures in order to head into the future. An interesting era to watch this transformation occurring is today. Most of the nations on this planet have capitalistic economies, democratic governmental systems and the dynamics of any country is influenced by global changes in economy, diplomacy etc. Although at a first glance someone may speculate that our complex systems are decentralized, infact they are not. I have tried to distinguish some of modern societies main elements and examine where to what extent they are centralized or not.

Economy

Western Capitalistic Economies rely on the dynamics of the free market and the ability of any private person to buy, sell goods or services. The value of local Currencies and their availability in a country are regulated in each countries central bank. Banks in general play the role of the money agents where they have the ability to buy and lend money for private interests. Someone may speculate that Western Capitalism as an economic system is fully decentralized because it mostly depends on the dynamics of the free market, it is strictly regulated by financial entities, the central banks, feds etc, where the structure of them can be visualized into a pyramid of regulators. Many economic elements in societies like inflation, unemployment, interest rates, value of money in order to lend, the cost of energy (oil) are strictly regulated by a group of banking and financial entities. Though capitalism may appear as a decentralized and a dynamic system, it is highly regulated and centralized. Before the introduction of banks money was invented as a practical way to represent the value of goods and services. Because of practical reasons a centralized authority regulated the printing and flow. I dare to be reluctant in stating the above because i have no economic educational background.

Modern applications semi-decentralized economic technologies is internet banking, paypal where they manage to directly provide their financial services at a fraction of the original cost. Electronic economy is becoming global, faster and far more accessible to end consumers. Paypal for instance, n internet payment financial entity has managed to form a highly effective e-money system, which has started to widespread almost everywhere. Offourse it is still centralized though it manages to overcome the dependence of local banks and regulators.
Zopa, an emerging concept, involves social lending (p2p lending), where lending and borrowing money can be done from person to person through the internet. Borrowing money through this service becomes far more decentralized and personal, with also an amazing low borrowing rate. Numerous other internet financial services exist which manage to redefine old concepts.

Government/Political Systems

Throughout history though many thinkers managed to challenge the old and introduce new economic and political systems. Communism, a political system introduced in the start of the 20th century, in theory tried to hand the proletarian (the people) all the production and economic shares. In practice though to my view it led to become another oligarchic political system, having in many cases the same mentality as fascism. China today, and Stalin’s Russia were some examples of these practices. Today most agree that communism was a failed and declined political system that belongs to the past. US capitalism on the other side managed to contradict the above political system. It mainly relies on the dynamics of the capitalistic economy, it’s growth, consumer spending etc. It manages to achieve a freedom on private investments and generally a freedom of movements when private financial interests are involved. Today most countries have capitalistic economies which vary from place to place and have some form of democratic political system. Democracy as we know it today is one of the most widespread political systems. Unfortunately as many other concepts, in practice it has nothing to do with its original definition. In ancient Greece where is was first conceived and practiced it had to do about handing out the decicion making to the many. Today democracy invloves a complex electing and respensentative system where throuhg political parties accoring to their political plan and ideology are elected to form a goverment and alltogether are involved in voting for or against new govermental laws. With this way modern democracy is practices it virtualy confines the citizens into just electing a political party amongst few. They are confined just to decide every 4 years, virtually keeping them out of the decision making process. Offcourse in a democratic country there are many ways of being politcical active through various non-profit organisations, political activism, strikes, public referendums and many more. Democracy today is by principle centralized and confined to the few elected. Offource the constution defines in which way authority and dicision making is practiced. Decantralizing this system in every level is still a utopia. Public referendums are avoided mainly for political reasons, making them almost unexistent in people’s minds as a form of deciding about a crusial political issue. Redifing and reforming a more decantralized system is feasable with the use of technology, public awareness and acting local though this process cannot only be done through the redifinition of concepts in the constution. Offcourse the only one with the authority of doing so are the pre-elected representaives who by no means want anything to do with redifing their place in the pyramid of authority and handing it out to the many.

Information/Education/Software

Information, as strange as it may sound was the reason we evolved into human species today, through the evolution of our genome, the DNA. In social terms the distribution and spreading of information, initially through speech led to the advancement and increase of complexity of out local societies. The biggest boost of that everlasting process was done through the introduction of typography, books and modern educational systems. A new medium which was initially developed in the cold war era, was introduced commercially in the early 90’s. This medium is no other than the internet. Initially poor in content, it managed to evolve in a huge scale, and has become today the most dynamic, complex and well structured information sphere. Contrary to other preexisting mediums as the radio/tv etc it differs to the extent of user interaction. Information does not flow vertically, from the few that own a tv/radio station, but horizontally from the end users to each other. The web technologies and structures of this network led to the building of amazing services and knowledge databases like wikipedia, youtube and numerous special interest communities like forums, message boards and wiki’s. Offcourse no one could have predicted all the above. Some may say that the internet is a form of applied democracy, where each one can interact, change and form this new structure. To my view though the internet as a network/technology/medium is still in it’s early infancy though. The rate of it’s growth in size, complexity and userbase is surely profound and will start to impact everyday society/economy/politics/distribution systems worldwide. Offcourse everything we adopt should be done after some extensive reasoning. This dynamic and interactive structure of this network has surely started to impact the way software is produced and distributed. Open source software is a great example of this transform, where following an revolutionary philosophy, it practically managed to provide free software, as in freedom and price, through a decentralized manner. Unfortunately open source software has many obstacles to overcome, in order to become widely adopted. Nevertheless it is a great sign of how the introduction of a new way of thinking combined with the use of the internet started to challenge the old and had a positive impact on society itself. An observer could easily notice that through the wide adoption of the internet, it’s really hard to force the use of centralized techniques. The end user, to a different extent each time, has realized that the spreading, growth and evolution of this new medium, depends on his freedom and ability to fully interact with it, contrary to old centralized mediums. To me though the internet as i mentioned above is in it’s early infancy, not because web technologies are inefficient or underdeveloped, but because it has only just started to impact social forms and structures. Electronic democracy is still a utopia, although the technology fully exists. That is because politicians on the one side cannot imagine loosing any of their decision making authorities and handing them virtually to the whole spectrum of society.There is also almost no realization of this need and feasibility from the part of society. To me the progress of human civilization can by no way be achieved through progressing technology and science alone. The true progress occurs in society itself, on our ability to self- realize, reason, interact, cooporate and overcome old and preserved mentalities with the use of education, self knowing , technology and extensive reasoning.

Energy & Transportation

Energy distribution today unfortunately is one of the most centralized systems. Oil, gas, electricity is distributed and produced by a few corporate and government entities. Ofcourse this centralized system could not have been created by mistake. Some few, early realized that energy would be the main element of the 20th century society, so electric cars were never produced in a mass scale and fossil fuel was presented as the only way of gaining portable and efficient energy. This centralized system played a crucial role in the evolution of modern economy and industry. Not recently enough though, a side effect of all this was the destabilization of the global climate from the CO2 emission on a massive scale. The environmental hazards were realized decades ago, though industrialists and economists which influence global politics managed to persuade us of for the opposite. The environmental damage caused was named as science fiction, rumors, urban myths etc. The 1st sign of political realization of the hazards we faced from the existing energy distribution system occurred in Kyoto, with the signing of the well known Kyoto protocol. It was an ambitious atempt to radicaly change in the way we produce energy. Offourse the lobbyists were not persuaded once again, so it was almost neglected by the US government, the biggest CO2 emitter globally. Though in 2008 things have changed, realization of this environmental problem has started to spread and at last numerous political and technological practices have started to focus on the environmental problem. Eco friendly technologies and techniques though seem to be in most cases decentralized. With the present state of environmental technologies it is feasible for a home and car owner to be energy sufficient. Efficient solar and wind installations, electric plugin vehicles manage make this fully feasible. The electricity grid network has started to become more decentralized and horizontal. Offourse it is very early to say that the above are reality. Peer to peer energy networks may appear soon enough, mimicking the structure of the internet itself. To achieve this transformation it mainly depends on political will, where through new laws and regulations, monopolized energy markets will be forced to become open and horizontal. Environmental technology itself has progressed to a promising level, though to fully build a decentralized energy distribution network, energy efficiency must be the 1st aim. Ironically i predict that this transformation will occur mainly by need, because environmental hazards have become everyday reality. Achieving a decentralized energy distribution system is a very big task, that requires political will, realization from the civilians of this need, mass adoption of renewable energy technologies and long term investment on them. For once again change will be the key element to maintain and sustain our balance in energy demand and supply, where fortunate enough this decentralized model can only use renewable energy sources and technologies.

Products & Goods Supply

Historically the supply of goods was mostly done between small scale producers (vegetables, meat, clothes, goods etc). Societies used to be far more less demanding on specialized goods and products so they were more over selfsuffient on a community scale. Offourse human needs progressed so did the distribution and production system. It became more complex an global, leading to the global economy. Nowadays prices on basic food commodities like wheat, corn and sugar are somehow regulated by various economic entities. 3rd world countries which do not have direct access to these basic food sources have to bare this increase on food prices. Biofuels appear to be one of many reason of this price increase, though they probably are just the transitional tool to overcome our dependence in fossil fuel. In a local level food prices are most of the times regulated by the supply and demand from the producer himself and the buyer. Offourse when intermediate suppliers intervene with the food distribution, food prices are mostly regulated by them. That is mostly seen in large urban areas where it is not possible for the producer himself to directly sell his goods to the whole spectrum of the population. Local markets though seem to achieve this peer to peer selling system, where prices are mostly regulated by supply and demand. Intermediate suppliers are in most cases the ones that are responsible for high prices. Also a basic factor on price formation is the cost of producing goods. Water, machinery, loans, pesticides etc manage to affect the final price to a big extent.

An emerging distribution system on suplier consumer products are internet shops. Amazon, ebay are just some examples of this trend. Sellers who directly buy in bulk from product manufactures themselfes, manage to sell directly through the internet in amazing low prices. The same product in ebay for instance may sometimes cost a 1/4 of the cost compared to local markets. Offcourse this happens because intermediates, tax, customs and general selling costs are eliminated. This new distribution system is something fairly new, though is most of the times confined to products that can be easily sent through postage. Nevertheless it manages to challenge the old distribution systems, paving the way for new applications and decentralized distribution networks. Peer to peer product selling is much more feasible through the internet, where the end consumer benefits from the low cost.

Emerging decentralized technologies and networks

Offourse it is mostly up to us to rethink and challenge the old, where with reorganisment and existing technology we can redifine and decentralize  existing centralized systems. TV and wireless networking are some ideas i have expanded in some other blog articles, which unfortunately are still in a conceptual stage. My main impulse when dealing with this mind provoking concept is to make everyone realise that he/she has the ability to change and interact with any given system around him. Offourse this has to do mainly with the manner each system is constructed. The internet is a very good example of such system, but it is really important for this philosphy to be implemented and practiced in every level of society, so we could say that we are progressing as a whole and not just recycling old concepts and techniques.

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