Physarum polycephalum is a single-celled organism invisible to the naked eye. However, in its ideal conditions—dark, wet, and bacterial—it multiplies into a visible bright yellow mass that spreads ostentatiously, fanning out in veins or erupting in polyp-like protrusions. The population of autonomous cells acts like a single being, moving and spreading with efficiency and coordination to find food and avoid light. Though it has no brain or nervous system, the group organism demonstrates advanced spatial intelligence.
7th MEETING 20.06.2017
INVITED GUEST: Jenna Sutela
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References from the publication “Orgs: From Slime Mold to Silicon Valley and Beyond” by Jenna Sutela (Ed.)
FOREWORD by Aslak Aamot Kjærulff:
Arendt, Hannah. The Human Condition (Recommended book). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1958.
SLIME INTELLIGENCE by Elvia Wilk with Jenna Sutela:
Chomsky, Noam. Lecture on Artificial Intelligence (Lecture). Harvard University, April 26, 2013.
Easterling, Keller. Extrastatecraft (Recommended book). London: Verso, 2014.
Epstein, Robert. The Empty Brain (Full text). Aeon, May 18, 2016.
Haraway, Donna. Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Making String Figures with Biologies, Arts, Activisms (Lecture). Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene, October 30, 2014.
Jabr, Ferris. How Brainless Slime Molds Redefine Intelligence (Full text). Scientific American, November 7, 2012.
Kirman, Alan. Paraphrased by Kate Douglas in After the Crash, Can Biologists Fix Economics? (Full text). New Scientist, July 22, 2015.
Pepi, Mike. Asynchronous! On the Sublime Administration of the Everyday (Full text), e-flux Journal 74, June 2016.
Robertson, Brian. Organization at the Leading Edge: lntroducing Holacracy™ Evolving Organization (Full text), Integral Leadership Review, June 2007.
Rose, Steven. Lynn Margulis Obituary (Full text). Guardian, December 11, 2011.
Ryle, Gilbert. The Concept of Mind (Full text). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1949.
Shaviro, Steven. Discognition (Recommended book). London: Repeater, 2016.
SUBLIME ADMINISTRATION: BETWEEN PLATFORM AND ORGANISM by Mike Pepi:
Agile Methodology. Understanding Agile Methodology (Full text).
Bernstein, Ethan et al. Beyond the Holacracy Hype (Full text). Harvard Business Review, July/August 2016.
Beedle, Mike et al. Principles behind the Agile Manifesto (Full text).
Bratton, Benjamin H. The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty (Recommended book). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015.
Kant, Immanuel. The Critique of Judgement (Full text), trans. J. H. Bernard. London: Macmillian & Co, 1914 .
Lazzarato, Maurizia. “lmmaterial Labor”, in Radical Thought in ltaly: A Potential Politics (Full text), eds. Paolo Virno and Michael Hardt. Minneapolis: University of Minneseta Press, 2006.
Palmer, Mark. The Emerging Darwinian Approach to Analytics and Augmented Intelligence (Full text). TechCrunch, September 4, 2016.
Pepi, Mike. Asynchronous! On the Sublime Administration of the Everyday (Full text). E-flux Journal 74, June 2016.
Robertson, Brian J. Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World (Text excerpt). New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
Wilk, Elvia with Jenna Sutela. Slime Intelligence (Full text). Rhizome, August 16, 2016.
TRANSFORMATION a conversation with Chus Martinez:
Martinez, Chus. The Octopus in Love (Full text). E-flux Journal 55, May 2014.
AFTERWORD by Dennis Bray:
To illustrate the kind of evolutionary connection that can exist, consider that the cytoplasmic streaming of Physarum is power ed by the same two proteins – actin and myosin – that produce the contraction of our muscles.