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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wiki Spirit

 Prominent Buddhist Authority Figure

All the geniuses of religion demonstrated the fact that Faith is built from the bottom up, not top down.

The early histories of religions are histories of multitudes remaining as individuals, yet moving as one. The yearning for spiritual fulfillment of whatever nature remained the thrust and emotion of the individual believers, and their Intentions were not defined for them; all were equal in a time of mystery and spiritual explosion.

Later come the theologians and philosophers, the priests and the imams and the rabbis and the monks of leadership; these became the concept-definers and the ontology-tracers.

In Wikipedia, there is a description of the Semantic Web:
The main purpose of the Semantic Web is driving the evolution of the current Web by enabling users to find, share, and combine information more easily. Humans are capable of using the Web to carry out tasks such as finding the Estonian translation for "twelve months", reserving a library book, and searching for the lowest price for a DVD. However, machines cannot accomplish all of these tasks without human direction, because web pages are designed to be read by people, not machines. The semantic web is a vision of information that can be readily interpreted by machines, so machines can perform more of the tedious work involved in finding, combining, and acting upon information on the web.
The Semantic Web, as originally envisioned, is a system that enables machines to "understand" and respond to complex human requests based on their meaning. Such an "understanding" requires that the relevant information sources be semantically structured.
For "semantics" read "meaning".
For "machines" read "priesthoods" or "administrative regimes" or "establishment authorities" or whatever.

Thus, by establishing meanings one enables  "administrative regimes"  to understand and respond to complex human requests.

 the semantic web

Then the following portion of the Wiki article:
Tim Berners-Lee originally expressed the vision of the Semantic Web as follows:[12]
I have a dream for the Web [in which computers] become capable of analyzing all the data on the Web – the content, links, and transactions between people and computers. A "Semantic Web", which should make this possible, has yet to emerge, but when it does, the day-to-day mechanisms of trade, bureaucracy and our daily lives will be handled by machines talking to machines. The "intelligent agents" people have touted for ages will finally materialize.
We have had "intelligent agents" forever - agents who did our vision quests for us:  groups and clever minds who have stepped in between us and the mysteries and truths.
We have had "regimes" devoted to stealing the wildflowers of meaning and pressing them between the pages of unreadable volumes; we have had "authorities of the spirit" who hunted the monarch butterflies and pinned their dead bodies in glass cases.

The above is merely a metaphor, but it does point to the fact that once the information sources are semantically structured, there will be a tendency for them to "freeze" and to lose their lability and flexibility, and the current meaning-regime will endure and endure, since it accepts no demands for change from the bottom layers: the users.

However, it is a misplaced desire to facilitate the discovery of Meaning in the sense of Discovering Meaning For Dummies : as intelligent beings, it is our burden to slog through all the chaff of life to create Meaning...
It cannot be done for us.

We are in the time of Hierarchies.
The Internet gave us our first world-wide taste of bottom-up creation.
Next we experience bottom-up genealogies of morals, not top-down impositions of meaning.

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