Strange as it may sound, the universe is aware of itself—through each and every one of us. Consciousness has been a core mystery of the human experience ever since our rise into sapience, and The Library’s virtual aisles are filling up (admittedly at a glacial pace) with various perspectives on this wondrous phenomenon.
However! Remember to remain grounded and humble. The moment you get too serious about all this, you’ll miss the point. Consume the information as you would music, not gospel: play with it! Have fun! Tease it a little! But don’t for a moment delude yourself into believing that it’s anything other than entertainment. Just rummage around, sync up your neural net with some far-out intellectual artistry, and admire mental sculptures of cosmic proportions!
Welcome to the Gaian hive mind. We’re so thrilled you’re here :)
P.S. Visit www.organism.earth for a meditative audiovisual experience of these ideas.
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- Text editor: Sublime Text 3.
- Database management: DBeaver.
- Hosting: Dreamhost.
- Know-How: MSDN Web Developer Guide.
- More know-how: Stack Overflow.
- Some specific know-how: HowCode.
- PHP know-how: PHP.net
- AlanWatts.org. Mark Watts has generously digitized his father’s lectures and insights. Please help him out.
- The Internet Archive.
- Typography: My own layout design populated with Google WebFonts: Alegreya, Dosis, and Roboto Mono.
- MathJax for the mathematical typography.
- mhchem for MathJax for the chemical typography.
- Icons: FontAwesome.
- The hive mind that created HTML5, CSS, PHP, MYSQL, and all other logic languages in existence.
- Everybody keeping the internet (Global Brain?) running.
- Everybody who keeps those people going.
- And all the rest, because it takes every one of us to make this social organism work.
- A planet with a stable(-ish), non-hostile biosphere (Can we try to keep it that way?).
- A magnificent and awe-inspiring universe.