What is Technology?

What is Technology?

“You’re soaking in it.”

If You, like me — and many billons of others — were marinated in millennia of western exo-centric, reductive materialist thinking, it is understandable you might have come to believe ‘technology’ can only come in material form.  Stuff and things with capacities, like computers, cars and satellites.

Since we are today worldwide we seem to be soaking in it, it would be nice to know, is what we understand ‘technology’ to be the half, or the whole of it?

Is there a bigger picture?

Must technology only reside within things?  Is technology only made manifest in matter?  Does technology need to reside within a material physical object?  To not coin a phrase,It that all there is?  Or is there perhaps, something… less?

Things. the world is filled with them, but ‘stuff’is not all there is. There is context. There are relationships, patterns, and some curious proprties or aspects, like gravity, that can can be difficult to discern, unless an apple metaphorically hits you on the head.

In this vast magical living universe we are still getting to know, it seems safe to say, therr is more than just the forest and the trees, there the environment itself.  There is the figure, and there is the ground. There are objects, and there is negative space.  And dark matter.

In fact, in the last couple of decades, Cosmologists have recently begin insisting something 97% of the whole universe is literally not made out of what we presently understand is matter.  Oh, and there are thousands of other planets, now it seems mostly dwarf planets circling dwarf stars. That makes sense.

However, if you have been paying attention, you will be aware that for more than a century,  even if God does mot play dice withe the universe, still atoms are mostly nothing. Particles are waves and matter is merely condenced energy frozen into seemingly physical form. That you can never touch – only move into electron cloud repulsion proximity.

Spoiler alert: neither the final frontier is nor the truth is out there. you will only find these things inside you.

when i first came into awareness in the mid 20th century america, man, there sure was a huge focus on stuff and things. and wow! technology!  over and over again, new things were created and embued with different kind of capacity.   some technology you might hold in your hand like a cell phone, or a gun .

But these are not the only kind of technology there is.

Yes, guns cars and computers are physical technological objects — exo-technology if you will; things with technological capacity built into them. objects outside of your self. But do  not make the mistake of thinking the half is the whole.

As there are these externalized aspects of technological manifestation, so too are there endo-technologies, our innate inner abilities and systems of understanding.  Capacities that need no machines or externalized material objects to have their reality shaping impacts on the world.

Our present tense emergent western recognition of these inner and non-material technology has been been a long time coming.  But if you consider the last 70 years of computer technological development, a pattern quickly emerges; as each decade has past, less and less stuff  somehow has developed more and more computing power.

As computers have de-materialized from gigantic machines – virtual information factories – that took up whole basements, into something we  now can lose in our laundry — now is a great time to re-explore what is ‘technology’.  Does it exist only outside of our being, and only in material things?

What of our vast interior universes? Are there slumbering interior technologies inside us all?

Technology is any system of organized knowledge, and the Materialist Western technologies are not the only kind.

What of our inner-technologies – our generationally created ineriors , our genetically  organized systems of knowledge – the actual fabric of our accrued being ?

the growing awareness of epigenetics – the awareness of systems intelligence, the recognition and awareness that we are more than mere cognition – all this is perhaps happening now in the west as consquence of of a broad cultural awakening.

Because of the exo-technologies of global communication and connection now entwine the world, more and more of us can now comprehend what the most succeessful, balanced and enduring human cultures have known for thousands of years.

we are all one.

consider meditation.  is this astonishingly refined ancient system of organizing knowledge a technology?

you bet your sweet ass it is!

and if you cant go to the mountain, well then, the mauna will come to you!

congratulations! we made it to now! of course, the now party has been going on already for billions of years, but don’t worry – you didn’t miss anything, it’s all still here — in fact,

welcome to the present!

an infinite gift we are all soaking in

now everywhere

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seeing more of the picture, largely as a result of the staggering connectivity we are experiencing in this global historical moment.

 

 

that are so sophisticated and refined, no material objects are required.

Just as we are now discovering the so much more of the universe we are living within is made of so much more than merely ‘stuff’ and ‘things’, so too are there non-material technologies

 

many of them from cultures not so materialist fixated, many of them beautiful, and highly refined, many of them inside you, as of yet, perhaps not well recognized as “technology” because it is not manifest in the form of our culturally shaped expectations.

technology is any formal system of organized knowledge

 

 

 

Mauna Time

The Ancient Greeks might have said “χ marks the moment” the Greek letter ʻchīʻ  (“kai”)  being the first letter of the their word for time  ʻchronosʻ.   In Latin we could just as easily use ʻtʻ for tempus or in English for time to describe this brief moment.

In the hawaiian language, “olelo hawaiʻi”  the term for  ʻa brief moment’ is ʻiki.

And so for Mauna Time, ʻiki  is the term to describe the subtly elastic duration of 1/100,000 of the apparent solar day. Elastic?  Apparent?  What???

the ancient hawaiians were, and remain to this day, an astonishing culture of amazing and subtle sophistication. Their notions on space and ʻtimeʻ describing motion cycles and duration into language and calendar systems, and the cultural frameworks they brought to the motions and cycles of the heavens and the living environment in which they thrived, are profoundly different from ʻWesternʻ base assumptions and mechanistic models. Indeed, they are a delightful to discover.

Unlike the Western materialist/mechanistic standardized/stabilized and fixed model of time, Mauna Time is quite different

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the ʻiki is wikiwiki – fast! Clocking in at  under 9/10ths of a second, the ʻiki is slightly faster than the (legacy Babylonian) second.  Instead of the more familiar tempo of 60 bpm of the (Babylonian) second, the Hawaiian ʻiki streams along at almost 70 bpm.

Unlike conventional models of time, Mauna Time is fluid, not rigid. A wavelength, not a particle.  Averaging 864 milliseconds each, the ʻiki is not of fixed duration, but remains subtly elastic and alive to the earth’s actual decimal angle of rotation in respect to the Sun at the center of mass of our solar system, such that 100,00 ʻiki always equals one complete day no matter the longest nor shortest of the year.

100 ʻiki make up the ʻHawaiian minuteʻ , which is almost one and one half ʻlegacy minutes long,  or about 90 seconds).

10 minuke (1,000 ʻiki) is 1 kē, a duraton equal to about 15 legacy minutes (or .24 hours; exactly 1% of the 24 hour day), so named for the sound of a bell or gong struck to indicate the passage of time.

10 kē adds up to 1 wā hawaiian for an interval of space or time, because the Hawaiians saw the two qualities of space and time within our universe as inextricable linked more than 1,000 years before Albert Einstein had his insights a mere 120 years ago  No wonder they beat the rest of the world to these islands by

In the image above – a three dimensional bathymetric view of the youngest volcanic cluster islands feature the last 6 million years of erruptive  output of the Hawaiʻi deep mantle plume;

the million yr old bigisland hui of 7 volcanoes,

the 2-3 myo maui cluster of now seperate islands, of kahoʻolawe, lanaʻi and molokaʻi

the 4 myo Oʻahu

and the 5 & 6 myo Kauaʻi-Niʻihau group

Far out of frame, are the significantly older islands of “Nihoa” and MokuManaMana, roughly 150 and 250 miles further to the northwest. At roughly 8 & 10 myo, these severely diminished rocky islands are the hardest and most durable stubs of much larger islands that may have been similar to the more familiar hawaiian islands on their youth. What remains today are but the remnant lava cores, stumps hardened in the throats  of the volanos that created them. The only parts that could endure millions of years of pacific pumeling, that will eventually level everything.  The ocean always wins.

Intriguingly, even though these older northwestern islands are small, inhospitable, remote, difficult and dangerous to voyage to, there is a bewildering concentration — in fact, the highest density  of sacred religious observation platforms and artifacts in all the archipelago — all out in the middle of “nowhere”.  Clearly to the Hawaiians, their significance and importance to the Hawaiian culture is vast  What might seem like “nowhere” today, was clearly somewhere very important to them.. Why?

As luck might have it, Moku ManaMana the remnant basalt stub of an islet that juts 400′ from the surface of the sea 300 miles nw of Kauaʻi,  is  a j-shaped fishing-hook island located at almost the precise latitude of the tropic of cancer – the northernmost latitude on earth where in late June (of the Gregorian Calender), the sun appears to pass directly overhead.  The name they give to this latitude is poetic and deeply evocative; ‘The great shining black road of Kane’, This name suggests volumes of a kind of profound understanding it is difficult for us today to fully fathom.

As one of the premier navigating cultures in human history, able to locate themselves indelibly on the surface of this world – intrinsically and directly from observation – with no inference from nor corroboration from any ‘external’ technology – and  move about with comfidence and precision, the ancient Hawaiians were well aware of this unique geo-spatial condition. Likely, they used these islands as geolocating navigational beacons.

And so too does Mauna Time reflect and celebrate the sacredness of these and other summits — the planet over.

Somewhere, there is a mountain that is sacred to You.  It could be any of the submerged table-tops in the seamount arc north and west from the main Hawaiian cluster, that extend under the surface of the pacific ocean thousands of mies away where finally, these flat-topped sea mounts that have been majestically conveyed by the vast conveyor belt of the spreading pacific plate for the last 70 millpn years, dive deep into the subduction trench under the Siberian continental shelf to be recycled into the  molten 4.5 billion year interior of our planets inner liquid layers.

Somewhere,  right now — and it is always now — for there is no other ʻwhenʻ on this incredible spinning planet — a new Mauna now rotates into view and  illumination from our central sun.

Is this Mauna You?

 

 

Got an App for That?

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Mauna Kea Hawai`i, Center of the Pacific.

Located just north of the equator in the center of the watery half of our world – the mighty main-bay of the world-ocean known generally as The Pacific- summit of Mauna Kea soars above 40% of our atmosphere.  At more than 10 kilometers from sea-floor to summit, Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi is the tallest mountain in the world.

It is from here — this unique planet-marking place — we make a break from the tottering Empires of Babylon Time, and begin our third world millennium.  Not from the puny vantage of some faded 19th century naval empire, but from the piko of creation, the single  point with the most reliably clarion views of the largest swath of  the heavens in our world, it is here that we define the zero meridian of the world.  From sunrise on the summit of this million year old slumbering volcano, Mauna Kea ‘White Mountain’, more fully known as Mauna a Wakea ‘Mountain of Sky Father God’, it is from here we mark each revolution of our world. Not in broken Babylonian sexigesimal units of hours, minutes, or seconds, but flowing in connected and continuous moments, iki of a higher frequency – an adagio tempo of now -manawa dekimala.

Thru recognition of our shared Global Now, we spark an evolution in our hearts and minds.  Thru re-connection to the Now that always has been, we unify our hearts and minds.  Thru our combined network power, we begin to change with the world.   This is our moment in time – we are the people weʻve been waiting for – this is the time of hour evolution.  Breath it in, deeply; itʻs been a long time coming.

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I kēʻia Manawa. Ma na wahi āpau

ʻNow.  Everywhereʻ

 

Helping develop and distribute this (r)evolutionary global realtime app is one of the most important projects i have ever been involved in.  Why?

Before he died back in 1963, Carl Jung was to have said, if humanity did not go through a fundamental wvolutionary change in counciousness, within 50 years, we would face extinction.  Not just of giraffes, democrats and blue whales, but of the entire human race.  In a psychotically accelerated pace, the aggregate behaviors of industrial societies have been barreling down a dangerous path.  In spite pf all the beauty in the world, this command and control ethos is steadfastly destructive, and seemingly oblivious to the obvious and mounting evidence of the profoundly negative consequences of this worldview.  If we are to make a break from this tragic dystopian trajectory, I submit it is time to re-examine some of the foundational philosophical components of this alienated – and alienating – worldview.

It is time to rethink time.

In a very subtle but profound way,  I feel Mauna Kea Time  can help tip the balance and fundamentally alter – not the world- but our world view.

Where legacy time is predicated on separation, MKT is deeply grounded – literally – into the largest, most massive, tallest and most geologically active volcanic complex on the planet – the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.

Sometimes it feels (like right Now!) there is just no point to spending another hour, minute, or even 1 second in the temporal cul-du-sac of Babylon time.  In the currency of Now, time is not money – money is time .  

Invest wisely!

20 years ago, there were no apps, ʻsmartʻ phones or watches.  The world-wide-then was just blossoming networked desktops and a brand new thing called laptops. But with the coming of the new millennium, and Y2k time was in the air.

Now,  20 years later, a growing population of highly mobile and connected people with increasingly portable and powerful platforms are connecting in realtime around the world.  More and more folks — perhaps like You right Now — are also beginning to bump up against the contradictions of legacy time.

Ever look at a dozen clocks on the wall in an airport in the 20th century and realize all the different numbers actually strive to describe the same shared moment in time? What were they thinking!  How quaint!

16 years into our 3rd millennium, today lovers literally a world apart can connect to each other in realtime — from a bicycle backstreet in Bologna Italy to a tiny isle in the center of the Pacific — and share the same passionate living moment. Does  it still make sense to pretend time comes in zones?  That hours spring forward and fall back?  That Now is still too small to encompass our blue world?

If we were to begin anew with time from an deeper understanding of our natural world, and our shared connection — not a mechanical legacy designed to run factories & control a workforce  — but time grounded in the rhythms of the natural world.  Not a model, but an understanding.  Built on love and explicitly designed to foster global connection — time would begin to look much different.

Instead of separating, standardizing and regulating,  Mauna Kea Time connects & liberates,  pulses & breathes. Instead of following a fictitious sun, Mauna Kea Time flows as the world turns.

This is the intention behind Mauna Kea Time – to foster  living realtime connection around our world. As we begin to upgrade our understanding of the here and the now, we become the change we wish to see.  As we change and connect, so too shall we accelerate the change of connection — the fundamental (r)evolution we are already in the midst of.

Some people think we’ve got a lot of work to do to, to reconnect with each other, to our common past, to heal the world and our shared future, but the truth is, it is already happening. Mauna Kea Time is just another point of recognition on that path.

As we unify, our ‘work’ becomes networked, and so our pace is vastly quickened.   As my new friend Steve Tucker from BAMM just shared with me — why work when we can network! And when we do become globally networked in love, we  become unstoppable agents of this change.

If you are inspired to raise your frequency and accelerate the distribution of Mauna Kea Time and a more broadly shared global now, drop us a line! Then we’ll know another has joined “hour evolution”

aloha@benow.world

Welcome to Mauna Kea Time!

Now Everywhere.  Now Everyone.

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Natural Time 2.0

are you ready for time 2.0? say aloha to Mauna Kea Time - a whole wide world of now everywhere!

    Say aloha to a whole world wide of now.

 

As we move further into the third millennium, perhaps now would be a great time to turn away from machine and atomic time, and return to the actual rhythms of the real world.  Not the model.  Not the fabricated.  Not the fictitious nor mean.  But the real.  So, what is real?

Hours, minutes, seconds and weeks – they are all made up. There is nothing intrinsically 7, 24, or 60 about time.  Time simply flows.  Time zones, daylight savings too – all social constructs, designed by people for their particular self-interests, mostly as a means of social control, and in the world we live in today; technological, industrial, and increasingly sophisticated, yet still machines.  All the data in the world will never teach you how to kiss, or love, or gaze in wonder at the heavens above.  This is vastly more profound.

The sun, the moon, and  stars these however, are real.  They gyre and swoon, eccentric and elliptical, and ever in flux, often at teim-scales that exceed our capacity to easily recognise.  The universe is not a clockwork; it is made of energy.  It is not fixed; it vibrates.  We are not separate from it, we are of it.  In the natural world, time is elastic; it is liquid.  it pulses and flows.   It is fluid, not mechanical.  Continuous, not zoned. Flexible; neither standardised nor mean.  And yet legacy time systems rebel against these realities at every turn.  Why?

The Industrial world view, and the time model it perpetuates is separated from reality.  Separation seems to be a central principle; It literally exists apart. Rather than observe and conform to what actually is, the industrial time model asserts conceptual supremacy over the natural world it perports to desribe.  Reality is too variable, too inconsistent — too alive — to be controlled, and so the actual univere is jettisoned for a more complient and regulatable model.

And yet it remains as true today as it was in 1841 when Ralph Waldo Emerson observed “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

Some people say, time does not exist.  It is an illusion, created by the mind, founded on separation.  Which is exactly the what industrial time system is.  Alienated. And, alienating.

But  Mauna Kea stands calm and connected.  It is a place from which the the earth almost touches heaven.  Where even the industrial astronomical community will admit as having some of the most ‘stellar’ seeing from anywhere on the surface of this world.  So much sky!.  So still, and dark, dry and dust free the little atmosphere that slides above the summit.  Overhead at night  the stars shine and wheel across the sky, but hardly sparkle — the laminar flow of air over the summit so smooth flows.  The moon and the sun swoon and dance the tides.  And beneath them all, the mauna slowly revolves, breathing in and out once a day, the end and the beginning of each revolution.  Not the suberb of some 19th century  european empire, but the tallest pinnacle on the planet surrounded by the broadest ocean in the solar system.

Welcome to the Mauna.

Welcome to Time 2.0

 

Time to Upgrade!

smart time for your smart watch is a no-brainer!
Mauna Kea Time — world-wise time for your smart watch.  Time to upgrade; Now everywhere — I keia manawa, ma na wahi apau

 

Begining Now,  benow.world is sending out the kahea, and asking You to answer the call.

We are Now building a team of talented co-creators inspired like You by the potential of Mauna Kea Time to foster global connection & collaboration.  From every corner of the world, we will come together and create a series of stunning global manawa dekimala MKT.apps to liberate time by bringing Mauna Kea Time to the desk-top, website, and mobile device of billions.

Would You like to get invovled?

If You are inspired to think like a mountain, love to share teach & learn, and want to unwind the world — please email your contact info, background, skillsets, insights & passion before the end of the year to:

jjkauai AT gmail DOT com

In 100 words of less, please describe how you feel Mauna Kea Time can change Your world, and how much time you can contribute next year from Jan-Jun 2017.

Our primary goals are to soft-launch a first MKT.app for the Equinox Mar 20,  and full-launch a second for Jun 21, the 2017 Northern Solstice.

Looking forward to hearing from You, because I would love to be on your team!

The Flipside of the World

Where is your flipside -- halfway around the world?
Where is your flipside — halfway around the world?

 

 

Intriguing Update: unbeknownst to me before first making this post, there is  a small Greek Island called “Kea”  — directly astride the Mauna Kea Line, exactly halfway around the world from Mauna Kea.  What are the odds of that?  Evidently, 100%!

Because the world is round, the other side of the world from where You live, is your flipside.  When you have day, there it is night.  When your sun sets, there it is rising.  Your pm is their am, and vice versa.

When the midday sun beats down upon your brow – where does the midnight full moon cast her cool silver shadows ?  Are you curious where?  Who lives there?  What they are doing — right now?

Well for starters, to you they are probably upside down!  The ancient Greeks had a name for this place they imagined into being, calling it Antipodes (Greek for ʻopposite feetʻ aka the ones who walk upside-down; their feet nearer to you, but impossibly  ʻbelowʻ their heads!).  Oh what a curious thing gravity, and magical shape our round world… and how did they know!

Where in the world is your flipside?

Intriguingly, as far around the world as you can sail from  Mauna Kea in the center of the Pacific, swell the wine dark seas of Homer and Ulyses, and Na Lehulehu Mokupuni o Helene — the many-many Aegean islands of the Greeks

Is it not absolutely delightful that opposite one of the premier  navigating civilizations of the Western world, turns out to be “Polynesia” (Greek for ʻmany islandsʻ), the premier navigating culture of the Watery  side of the world!

What are the odds Hawai`i Nei would turn out to be the Antipodes of Lehulehu Mokupuni?

Evidently, as it turns out:  100%.  This world is so delicious!

Oh, ocean planet!  Is there room & time enough for love across your Polytopia?

Infinite Now.  Everywhere!

Manawa Malama Honua

 

Time to Care for and Protect Earth
Time to Care for and Protect Earth

Last year,  I overheard one of the Mauna Kea Protectors retelling the tale of her conversation with one of the then heads of the Division of Land and Natural Resources, one of the the primary state agencies charged with the responsibility – and failing – to protect the summit of Mauna Kea from industrial development.

She calmly explained — not only was the entire summit area designated a special Conservation Zone by state environmental law to protect the rare and fragile ecosystem — tropical tundra! — from habitat destruction,  it was also a Sacred Summit, a place so holy and profound that to alter or disturb it in any way — yes, including an eighteen story sky-scraper too tall to build in downtown Hilo with dumpsters and parking lot on a five acre facility — is an unthinkable  and despicable act of cultural desecration.

In an obvious state of agitation and frustration, he responded “You say this place is sacred, so you canʻt build here.  And that place is sacred, so you canʻt build there.  The problem with you people — every place is sacred!”

Slowly, a delicious smile lit up her face, as his light-bulb flickered into understanding:  “Yes!  Now you getting it!”

Finally, we are all beginning to get it.

Manawa Malama Honua, means time to care for, nourish and protect this planet, our home world.  Mauna Kea Time reminds us that every place is indeed sacred, that we should summon our inner mountain, and rouse ourselves into action and alliance to protect that which upon all life depends.  Now.  Everywhere.

Since Honua has protected and nourished life for billions of years, fostered and shaped us into being, it seems only fair to return the favor.  Perhaps, even a profoundly wise course of action.  For without her, we literally are lost in space.

 

The Mauna Kea Line

Introducing the Mauna Kea Line:

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Perhaps you are familiar with the International Date Line.  The IDL is an imaginary line (conjured into being in the late 19th century by ambitious industrialists of the day), that meanders drunkenly across the Pacific, basically as far away as humanly possible as they could get it from themselves.  Out here — in the middle of their nowhere — their equally imaginary ʻzonesʻ of time meet up with their illogical conclusions, and ʻtodayʻ is divided from ʻtomorrowʻ… and all temporal hell breaks loose.

Hypothetically,  along the IDL you could sail back and forth in time between yesterday and today just by criss-crossing this line… a notion so delightfully preposterous Umberto Ecco wrote a book about it, The Island of the Day Before.  As a modern twist on the old saying might go, “Imaginary this, imaginary that — pretty soon youʻre talking pure BS about nothing.”  Umberto would simply say “Reductio Absurdum”.

The Mauna Kea Line is somewhat less imaginary, in that it references an actual thing — Mauna Kea, the tallest peak on the planet — rather than a nebulous 19th century international agreement.  As you may guess, the Mauna Kea Line is the meridian of longitude of Mauna Kea.

Alternatively, this meridan could equally be described as 155.5 east of London, or 204.5 west of London (if you remain perversely inclined to define the location of everything in the world in relation to London…).  However, the Mauna Kea Line as the foundation of a new geography of time, is the new zero, and “now everywhere” is defined as:

“a percentage of planetary revolution in respect to the Sun from the Mauna Kea Line.”