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13 August 2007 @ 11:56 am
Edloe Island and the Edloe Model of Land Ownership & Community  
Not too long ago my cousin, Hope Clary, offerred me a tour of Edloe Island, where she lives. I was intrigued because I had just recently heard a podcast about Edloe and especially liked what I heard as the balance between individual ownership and community that had been established there. I was thrilled then to discover that Hope actually lived on Edloe and was, in fact, the same Hope mentioned in the podcast. Here are some photos from our partial tour:


Windsurfing at Hope's House
Windsurfing at Hope's House
The Tower on Edloe Island
The stained glass face of this clock is the face of Edloe is a memorial to Crap Mariner's cat. Crap Mariner is the "leader" of Edloe, but as he shared with me in a recent conversation: "i prefer not to lead as a dictator... i build consensus, make a proposal, and poll for ideas....because i am not 100% owner of the islands. just seen as the "first among equals" for getting them together." If you look into the top of the tower you can see the art gallery that's housed there.
The Tower on Edloe Island
Chatting In Twilight Park on Edloe
My cousin, Hope Clary, and I take a break from our tour of Edloe to chat. This table will serve you meals, too.
Chatting In Twilight Park on Edloe
Yak Ranch on Edloe, Island
Yak Ranch on Edloe, Island
Gazing at the Tower from Raz's Roof
Gazing at the Tower from Raz's Roof
Outside Raz's Greenhouse
Raz's roof greenhouse..in the foreground you can see him (in the purple cape) and a glimpse of Buffy, his wife (in real life and second life).
Outside Raz's Greenhouse
Raz's Greenhouse
Raz himself is in his Venus Flytrap in the background
Raz's Greenhouse



You can read about the Edloe Model here.

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Ericfloorman on August 15th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
SL thoughts
The brain thinks in symbols. Language - words are just symbols. Images, the way we remember - are symbols.

I think the appeal of SecondLife (much like cartoons to a child) is that it reduces objects in the 3D world to symbols - prims if you like. And that way of representing things is well suited to our brains. They don't have to seem exactly like reality, just ... representations of reality.

After all if you talk to quantum physicists, reality isn't what we believe it to be... then again a different way of thinking of it, it is exactly what we 'think' - it's in our minds where 'reality' gets created.

Just the halfbaked theory of the day. :)
nicki_clarynicki_clary on August 15th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: SL thoughts
Absolutely..I'm so totally in agreement with your "half-baked theory". The mind creates reality. Quantum physics, metaphysics, especially the eastern spiritual traditions recognize that. And now modern brain science.