Camp 2011 - Version 1.4

Chaos Communication Camp 2011
Project Flow Control

Christiane Ruetten
Day Day 4 - 2011-08-13
Room Kourou
Start time 19:30
Duration 01:00
ID 4428
Event type Lecture
Track Culture
Language used for presentation English

The Joy of Intellectual Vampirism

Mindfucking with Shared Information

What makes us gravitate towards other people? In Intellectual Vampires it is the craving for fresh ideas, and in Intellectual Fangbangers it is the joy of sharing them. A talk on the fine art of communication, channels, contexts, and language.

It was Charlaine Harris, author of The Sookie Stackhouse Novels behind the TV series True Blood, who portrayed vampirism as something potentially mutually enriching for both the sucker and the suckee. Intellectual Vampires need fresh ideas. They crave them, they seek inspiring people, feed on them, and leave as soon as there is nothing new to be learned. Their willing mindfuck partners are Intellectual Fangbangers who volunteer in providing for new ideas, take pleasure in sharing them, and see them evolve in emerging new contexts.

Given that the human mind is all about information flow, interesting patterns emerge if IV/IFB thinking is applied to human relations in all walks of life. Which channels do we employ and what encodings do we use? Can we use them more efficiently? What does the Internet change? Why is secrecy harmful and transparency, openness, and honesty so compellingly satisfying? How do relationships evolve over time? Does intelligence matter? And what makes for mutually pleasing IV/IFB connections?

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