02 : This Week’s Hyper-reading
The Garden of Forking Memes: How Digital Media Distorts Our Sense of Time
Written by Aaron Z. Lewis
Published on July 2020
“Amidst the unsettling chaos, it’s tempting to crawl back to the time cage of the 20th century media environment. But we are as time travelers now, and we might as well figure out how to imbue our digital “clocks” with a more ecological, human-readable sense of time.”
Read the article
Note for members of The Billion Seconds Institute: Throughout the week, we'll be discussing this article further in the Intercitizens Agora of the Campus.
04 : Q&A
Independent Critical Designer and Intercitizen Council member, Ted Hunt, shares four links for expanding your interthinking.
1. A story that deepened your understanding of interdependence:
"To exist is to coexist" — The Dalai Lama, A Call For Revolution. This is probably one of the most succinct articulations of the fundamental human / non-human condition I've ever come across. Put in another, far more existential, way by the polymath Bertrand Russell: "It's coexistence or no existence".
2. A perspective that taught you something about collective intelligence and action:
Orca neurology is wired for a distributed sense of self (ref: Black Fish, 2013).
3. A fact that helped you with long-term thinking:
I was once told by a climate scientist that the basic difference between climate and weather is 3 day increments of data vs 30 year increments of data. I subsequently used this insight as the basis for my critical speculation Weather & Climate. I think one of the key actions we'll need to take in order to adopt long-term thinking into mainstream discourse is domesticating the interdependencies between greater and lesser 'orders of magnitude' with our everyday behaviours - such as checking the weather.
4. A concept that shaped how you approach your practice:
The world is actually made of events, not things. This is one of the core ideas of the renowned quantum physicist Carlo Rovelli - and a concept that has greatly influenced most of my own work. I recently tried to unpack the significance of the idea in my talk Design with Time (5:30-8:00). Or you can find a far better scientific/poetic explanation as told by Carlo Rovelli here (23:00-25:00).