One of the primary principles of evolutionary psychology is that "Our modern skulls house a stone age mind" (saith Tooby and Cosmides). You can interpret all sorts of angst as the friction of a stone age mind rubbing against a modern world that isn’t like the hunter-gatherer environment the brain evolved to handle.
I was recently asked: "Is the plan still to have no rules during Ephemerisle, or does having it in the SF bay mean that there will have to be some rules?"
There will definitely have to be rules based on US safety laws / Coast Guard regulations. There may be other rules as well.
Liz has already started to revamp and expand our online presence. Check out the community page, which now has links to:
Our volunteer website development team needs more help!
Developers: We’ve got a lot of great community-building features we’d like to build — forum upgrades, UI improvements, photo feeds, digg-style ratings for blog and forum posts, donation functionality, and lots more. The bottleneck right now is programmer time. Drupal or PHP experience are a huge plus, but enthusiasm and a willingness to learn is all that’s required!
I am excited to announce that Liz Lacy is joining The Seasteading Institute as Director of Development. Liz has worked at several non-profits in roles such as preparing Annual Reports, writing grant requests, and coordinating volunteers. She brings some much-needed non-profit experience and adds valuable diversity to our set of political viewpoints.
As an experiment, we are going to replace the in-person December 2008 social with a SL event on Wednesday December 17th at 7PM GMT, which is 8PM for most of Europe and 11AM PST. This will be at Jesrad’s area: South East corner of the region Everlite.
From Max More’s excellent essay on dynamic optimism:
You may be against many things: crime, war, being overweight, the budget deficit, intolerance, aging. Optimists restate anything they oppose in positive terms. Rather than being against government, be for liberty and responsibility. Rather than being against your company or office manager, be for making improvements. Instead of saying no to drugs, say yes to healthy pleasures.
The DVD’s for the first Seasteading Conference are here! Couldn’t attend the conference? Now is your chance to see what you missed! The two volume set includes footage from all of the sessions:
Welcome to The Seasteading Institute’s November Update! We’ve been busy, and so there is lots of material. We are making lots of progress and, as always, needs lots of help.