Simulate choiceless community, providing social and cultural structures that allow us to live as if in a close-knit traditional tribe, but with the benefits of a postindustrial civilization.
Relativize systems, restoring respect for their aesthetic elegance and practical effectiveness, while dispelling their foundational certainties so they can accommodate alternatives.
Enjoy mass-culture creativity, as in the countercultures: appreciating their optimistic visions, their motivating drive, and their thickness and breadth of meaning.
Rework subsociety boundaries, so they provide diverse communities for diverse people, without parasitizing larger-scale cultural and social structures.
Embrace atomization, the technology-driven force that makes nebulosity inescapably obvious, and develop better cultural, social, and psychological tools for finding sense within it.
Observations: coffee makes people tell a story, perfume encourages people to mention other people, wine is most likely to make people recall an event. Locations can be very specific or general. All smells have emotions attached.
The opposite of the specialist is not the generalist, but the Liminist. Where the generalist picks the low hanging fruit of knowledge, the Liminist operates in the liminal interzones between them.
In a world of disconnected silos stretching vertically into the sky, the Liminist stretches horizontally across them. They function as guides, navigating people across these intersecting planes to comprehend the work and ideas of their unrelated peers.
It is very much its own specialization, but where all other domains specialize in Form, the Liminist specializes in Non-Form. The evidence of their work exists at the intersections between objects.
These intersections have their own space, presence, and tangibility. They are just as “original” and “unique” as the objects that the intersection weaves together.
A talented Liminist must be a master translator, able to communicate and comprehend across domains. They must be a master weaver, able to take individual strands across many domains and pattern them together. A master diplomat that can manage the egos of others. They must be comfortable operating in ambiguity, which is their playground.
h/t to Carsten & Georgia for the conversation that gave rise to this concept
Jagadis Bose, who developed some of the earliest work on plant neurobiology in the early 1900s, treated plants with a wide variety of chemicals... He covered large, mature trees with a tent then chloroformed them. (The plants breathed in the chloroform through their stomata..) Once anesthetized, the trees could be uprooted and moved without going into shock.
“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”
— R. Buckminster Fuller