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Critical Mass Budapest April 2006

Critical Mass

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critical mass

critical mass noun
1. The smallest mass of a fissionable material that will sustain a nuclear chain reaction at a constant level.
2. A very important or crucial stage.

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The internal linkprocess has not stopped. It is still creating new meme-copying devices. While human internal linklanguage is a vast system for transmitting internal linkmemes with high fidelity, it took the invention of writing to enable memes to be stored. Now internal linktelephones, fax machines, photocopiers, computers and the internal linkInternet all increase the speed and ease of meme-replication. We may think that we invented all these machines for our own convenience, but once memes got going, these devices--or something like them--were inevitable. The real driving internal linkforce is the internal linkevolutionary algorithm. And the real beneficiaries are not us but the selfish memes.

 - Susan Blackmore - _Meme, Myself And I_


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"Never before in all history have the inequities and the momentums of unthinking money-power been more glaringly evident to so vastly large a number of now literate, competent, and constructively thinkingall-around-the-world humans.

There's a soon-to-occur critical-mass internal linkmoment when the intuition of the responsibly inspired majority of humanity, in contradistinction to the angered Luddites and avenging Robin Hoods, faced with comprehensive functional discontinuity of nationally contained tecno-economic systems, will call for and accomplish a world-around reorientation of ourplanetary affairs."

-- internal linkR. Buckminster Fuller, _Grunch of Giants_, p. 89

boundary dissolution... Terence McKenna...the force will be with you, always...

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Think about this for a moment: If the human mind does not loom large in the coming history of the human race, then what is to become of us? The future is bound to be internal linkpsychedelic, because the future belongs to the mind. We are just beginning to push the buttons on the mind. Once we take a serious engineering approach to this, we are going to discover the plasticity, the mutability, the eternal nature of the mind and, I believe, release it from the monkey. My vision of the final human future is an effort to exteriorize the soul and internalize the body, so that the exterior soul will exist as a superconducting internal linklens of translinguistic matter generated out of the body of each of us at a critical juncture at our psychedelic bar mitzvah. From that point on, we will be eternal somewhere in the solid-state internal linkmatrix of the translinguistic lens we have become. One's body image will exist as a holographic internal linkwave transform while one is at play in the fields of the lord
and living in internal linkElysium.

internal linkTerence McKenna - _Tryptamine internal linkHallucinogens And Consciousness_

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Chapter: _Hive Mind: More Is More Than More, It's Different_ - internal link_Out Of Control_ (1994)atomjacked inventory cacheby internal linkKevin Kelly
Out Of Control by Kevin Kelly circular vortex... spinning, spinning...

A sink brims with internal linkwater. You pull the plug. The water stirs. A internal linkvortex materializes. It blooms into a tiny whirlpool, growing as if it were alive. In a minute the whirl extends from surface to drain, animating the whole basin. An ever changing cascade of water molecules swirls through the internal linktornado, transmuting the whirlpool's being from moment to internal linkmoment. Yet the whirlpool persists, essentially unchanged, internal linkdancing on the internal linkedge of collapse. "We are not stuff that abides, but patterns that perpetuate themselves," wrote internal linkNorbert Wiener.

Norbert Wiener

As the sink empties, all of its water passes through the spiral. When finally the basin of water has sunk from the bowl to the cistern pipes, where does the form of the whirlpool go? For that matter, where did it come from?

The whirlpool appears reliably whenever we pull the plug. It is an emergent thing, like a flock, whose power and structure are not contained in the power and structure of a single water molecule. No matter how intimately you know the chemical character of H2O, it does not prepare you for the character of a whirlpool. Like all emergent entities, the essence of a vortex emanates from a messy collection of other entities; in this case, a pool of water molecules. One drop of water is not enough for a whirlpool to appear in, just as one pinch of sand is not enough to hatch an avalanche. Emergence requires a population of entities, a multitude, a collective, a mob, more.

More is different. One grain of sand cannot avalanche, but pile up enough grains of sand and you get a internal linkdune that can trigger avalanches. Certain physical attributes such as temperature depend on collective behavior. A single molecule floating in space does not really have a temperature. Temperature is more correctly thought of as a group characteristic that a population of molecules has. Though temperature is an emergent property, it can be measured precisely, confidently, and predictably. It is internal linkreal.

It has long been appreciated by science that large numbers behave differently than small numbers. Mobs breed a requisite measure of complexity for emergent entities. The total number of possible interactions between two or more members accumulates exponentially as the number of members increases. At a high level of connectivity, and a high number of members, the dynamics of mobs takes hold. More is different.

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The weakness of internal linkconspiracy theory is that human nature is to fuck up. Yeah, of course!  I said that in _The Invisibles_, the idea that no matter how many surveillance cameras you put up, the guy in the surveillance screen room is jerking off.  He's not watching;  he's playing computer games and looking at some magazine or whatever it is he's doing.  You don't have to worry about it.  I think we live in a self-perfecting system and we just don't know it.  Everything is fine.  It's working perfectly; just let it correct itself, and do what you can to help it correct itself when you become aware of it.

Isn't that a justification for apathy? It only looks like apathy.  It's why Buddhist monks seem apathetic to us.  I think it's because they've figured it out.  But it's the kind of system that perfects itself.  Even if you become apathetic, there's always someone else who'll come up who hasn't reached that stage yet and will do all of that.

- Grant Morrison re: the comic series _The Invisibles_

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Critical Mass is an event typically held on the last Friday of every month in cities around the world where internal linkbicyclists and, less frequently, unicyclists, skateboarders, inline skaters, roller skaters and other self-propelled commuters take to the streets en masse. While the ride was originally founded with the idea of drawing internal linkattention to how unfriendly the city was to bicyclists, the leaderless structure of Critical Mass makes it impossible to assign it any one specific goal. In fact, the purpose of Critical Mass is not formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and internal linktime and traveling as a group through city streets.

Critical Mass rides are self-organized, internal linknon-commercial and non-competitive, and they operate with diffused and informal decision-making, independent of leaders. They are often also unofficial, foregoing permits and official sanction from municipal authorities. Typically, only the meeting place, date, and time are fixed. In some cities, the route, finishing point, or attractions along the way may be planned ahead. Participants have differing purposes for the event, such as celebrating their choice of the bicycle for transportation, and enjoying car-free social time on city streets.

Critical Mass rides have been internal linkperceived as protest activities. A 2006 New Yorker magazine article described Critical Mass' activity in New York City as "monthly political-protest rides", and characterized Critical Mass as a part of a social movement; and the UK e-zine Urban75, which advertises as well as publishes photographs of the Critical Mass event in London, describes this as "the monthly protest by cyclists reclaiming the streets of London." However, Critical Mass participants have insisted that these events should be viewed as "celebrations" and internal linkspontaneous gatherings, and not as protests or organized demonstrations. This stance allows Critical Mass to argue a legal position that its events can occur without advance notification of local police.

Critical Mass rides vary greatly in many respects, including frequency and number of participants. For example, many small cities have monthly Critical Mass rides with fewer than twenty riders, while on the opposite extreme, in what have been the largest events using the name Critical Mass, cyclists in Budapest, Hungary hold only two rides each year on 22 September (International Car Free Day) and 22 April (Earth Day). They attract tens of thousands of riders. The April 22, 2007 Budapest ride participation was generally estimated at 50,000 riders.

Critical Mass differs from many other social movements in its internal linkrhizomal (rather than hierarchical) structure. Critical Mass is sometimes called an "organized coincidence", with no leadership or membership. The routes of some rides are decided spontaneously by whoever is currently at the front of the ride, others are decided prior to the ride by a popular vote of suggested routes often drawn up on photocopied flyers. The term xerocracy was coined to describe a internal linkprocess by which the route for a Critical Mass can be decided: anyone who has an opinion makes their own internal linkmap and distributes it to the cyclists participating in the Mass. Still other rides decide the route by consensus. The "disorganized" nature of the event allows it to largely escape clampdown by authorities who may view the rides as forms of parades or organized protest. Additionally, the movement is free from the structural costs associated with a centralized, hierarchical organization. In order for the event to function, the only requirement is a sufficient turn-out to create a "critical mass" of riders dense enough to occupy a piece of road to the exclusion of drivers of motorized vehicles, pedestrians, and other road users. Authorities in New York, California and Oregon have expressed concern with the difficulty of coordinating with the riders, due to the lack of leadership.

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