What hyperlogos.org is all about

Hyperlogos - hyper, from greek Huper, "over, beyond", and Logos, "the active, material, rational principle of the cosmos" (among other things.) Thus, the principle over all. The word Logos was utilized in the book Snow Crash as the word which expresses a thought; basically, the concept in sumerian mythology is that the word and the reality go hand in hand, and are basically inseperable from one another. You can see this concept at work as well in Ursula K. LeGuin's Earthsea series.

Cover of Walter Jon Williams' Aristoi However, the name of this website comes from Walter Jon Williams' Aristoi,1 a book about the next phase of human evolution. In this book, they have a sort of cyberspace known as the Oneirochronon which is generally perceived as sort of a reality overlay. The Oneirochronon itself is based on a repository of all human knowledge, stored inside the moon of Terra, which has been more or less completely hollowed out and filled with nanobuilt machinery for this purpose. This repository is known as the Hyperlogos.

Now, strictly speaking, either Wikipedia or Everything2 would be a better candidate for the name than anything this particular site is likely to ever turn into. However, I intend it to become something like the sum of my knowledge. As this primarily centers around cars and computers, that is probably the bulk of what this site will cover. However, I write about anything that interests me.

There is a pragmatic purpose as well, however. The surest way to drive traffic to your site is to develop unique content, and so I am doing this. I will grant you that some of it is simply rehashes of other data, but it provides me with the chance to provide my views on the matter. It is not necessarily going to remain a solo effort, but I am not actually looking for people to help me maintain the site. While the site and the content are likely to remain free in perpetuity, it will probably grow tendrils of commerce as well. So far the only form of advertising I'm using is in the form of Amazon associate links from product reviews which I wrote myself. You can see these reviews in the sidebar on every page; sorry. The site is intended to (eventually) pay for itself; so far it has fallen miserably short of this goal.

The Slogan

The slogan, Read Everything, is about assimilating all the knowledge you can. This doesn't mean you have to remember everything you read, and it doesn't mean you have to learn what someone else thinks you should learn. Even Einstein said that you should never memorize anything you know you can look up. Why waste your time on that? On the other hand, the premise is that you should study and try to understand everything you possibly can because everything is related. Just as no man is an island, no discipline stands alone. Even if we go back to the days of cavemen, the hunter does better with a weapon, but the man who makes weapons has no purpose without the hunter.

Sure, sometimes we simply have to deal with items and situations that don't interest us. That's life: what happens to you in between making plans. No one can change that, and no one can make all the decisions for themselves; some decisions are made for us. But you ultimately have control over yourself - more than anyone else has over you, in any case - and only you can decide what will be made out of the life you have. My philosophy, then, is to be all that I can be (U.S. Army recruitment jingles notwithstanding) so that when life comes at me, I have some idea of what to do with it.

The Motivation

You might ask why anyone would even bother putting this information up on the internet. It costs money, and it takes time. Pure altruism seems unlikely. A quick glance over the site will tell you that I'm not making big piles of cash, either. While there is a bit of both involved (I would, of course, like to make some money) I think ultimately I'm motivated by a desire to improve the internet.

Take a quick look around the web and you'll see, well, a bunch of garbage. It's typically slathered with advertisements, some of which are actually trojan horses in disguise that will pour out malicious software into any computer that isn't sufficiently protected against them. A great deal of the information is pure propaganda engineered to trick you into doing or buying something (or not doing or buying something else.) In fact a significant portion of advertising for high-dollar items is actually created specifically to make buyers feel less remorse over their purchase, especially car advertisements.

Meanwhile the big media companies are working hard to diminish the value of the peer-to-peer internet. I'm not talking about file sharing here, I'm talking about the basic nature of the internet. TCP/IP, which (in a really dumbed-down metaphor) is the language spoken by computers on the internet, is inherently peer-to-peer. The difference between a router and any other computer is that a router is willing to take packets from one network interface and send them on to another one. Pretty much any computer will do this if it's been configured such. Similarly, a web server is just a (fairly) simple program that listens for connections and sends back files or other data, while a web browser connects to that program and inteprets the data. The big media conglomerates act like this is a big deal but frankly, it is not. By the same token, internet email and basically any other service you can think of (save for what we today refer to as "P2P") is similarly simple.

On the other hand, web hosting is getting cheaper all the time. Thus, I am developing content and making it freely available on the internet. While I am retaining copyright on this material, I'm still making it usable by anyone. Part of the learning process as it works best for me is that I write things out when I learn them. Organizing my thoughts in this fashion means that I am better able to remember them. I've always done this, but often the documents were simply lost, and in any case they typically did no good to anyone but me. This website represents an attempt to not only prevent this knowledge from being lost, but to share it with the world that it might benefit others. It also represents an understanding that so-called "deep linking" is a perfectly acceptable practice, although I do get off the boat when you link images from someone else's site into your pages. Please don't do that here, thanks.

Users who derive value from this site are encouraged to generate one of their own, leave insightful comments here, or make entries on a website like Wikipedia or Everything2. Or, you know, you could just send me money or gifts.

Comments

I love that you took one of my newest read and now one of my favorite books and made a web site about its ideas. I want to do this same thing, but I don't have the internet connection to keep up with it. As is I will check back in now and then to see what has been added, and leave some information of my own. Currently I am thinking that the best access to information will come from total access for the population to Google Glass or some derivitive of that tech. I would use it to practice my own coding and between wiki and the connection of small infomation based people accessing the grid this will develop. Hopefully the ideas that lead to Earth2 in the book are not also replicated in reality. If you need any suggestions I am open to giving them. I just dont want to force my ideas uppon unsuspecting individuals. But I do have to leave two ideas here. Study of the Coanda Effect & also Planck Energy. Thats all! Enjoy

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