The Liminal Web: Mapping An Emergent Subculture Of Sensemakers, Meta-Theorists & Systems Poets – Joe Lightfoot

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The Liminal Web: Mapping An Emergent Subculture Of Sensemakers, Meta-Theorists & Systems Poets
Joe Lightfoot

The Liminal Web: Mapping An Emergent Subculture Of Sensemakers, Meta-Theorists & Systems Poets

Somewhere along the way I seem to have unofficially joined a subculture or memetic ecosystem that I’ve come to think of as The Liminal Web. While there aren’t any hard and fast edges to this international constellation of thinkers and theorists it becomes pretty clear you’ve joined the fray when at least thirty percent of all the intellectual media you consume tends to emerge from this particular noospheric relay.

The Liminal Web: Mapping An Emergent Subculture Of Sensemakers, Meta-Theorists & Systems Poets

The Liminal Web: Mapping An Emergent Subculture Of Sensemakers, Meta-Theorists & Systems Poets

I commented in a rambling way at the twitter thread (comments on the blog, oddly, are turned off?):

What I said (including cross-links to other pages herein:

My little list

https://stream.syscoi.com/2020/10/08/who-are-our-fellow-travellers/

and

https://t.co/SXpzbADD6c?amp=1

It’s hard to say this without sounding ‘off’, but/and – liking the reflections and dimensions in your actual piece, I feel there is in this list a lot which is:

  • facile/perfomative/pseud-y
  • positioning/insincere/shallow
  • dangerous

stream.syscoi.com

Who are our fellow travellers?

I very much see that there are a large number of movements aligned with my views on systems/cybernetics/complexity and their application, including but not limited to the list below

I’m not sure that’s *helpful* (sorry) – and it says something about me for sure… but somehow I think it needs to be said.

(And there’s a lot missing – of course – because these are imaginary lines that can only be turnd into history in retrospect).

More and more these days, I find myself referencing and thinking about

@Meaningness’s https://meaningness.com/geeks-mops-sociopaths (and

@vgr’s Be Slightly Evil).

This may be all a reflection of my discomfort with the accommodations necessary for success (or jealousy at success).

For me, there’s a set of retreats in:

  • postrat sincere, nonlegible, warmth and whimsy
  • grounded practitioners who are doing and living the life they espouse

(and, for the latter, it’s those who are doing so with a consciousness of continuity of history, with their traditions honestly come by – I’m deeply suspicious of those who claim something new, or have dredged up the old)…

sorry – half-formed thoughts – but I think there’s something (important) there.