hello, world. What categories do you think we should have here on the forums?
  • dfhdfh
    Posts: 35
    Hi guys, David here. I'm coordinating this LITD web community project. Just finished setting up the forums as a first step, and now I need your help. I want to keep a continuous and open discussion around how to develop this site, in terms of everything from content to design to work process. So here we are now, the future a blank slate, up to you to shape!

    Starting off, what categories do you think we should have here on the forums?

    Now, there is only one: Building the community.

    Here are some suggestions that I can think of, in no particular order:

    * General information about LITD – learn and discuss the theory, where people new to LITD would start out.
    * Personal stories/experiences - reports of sleep deprivation, diet, neurochemical analogs, etc.
    * Events - notifying about and planning upcoming events like presentations, festivals, meetups, etc.
    * Practical methods - discussions about techniques like sleep deprivation, diet, neurochemicals, etc.
    * LITD in the news - discuss LITD-related articles in newspapers, appearances in TV, etc.

    What do you think?
  • DACDAC
    Posts: 28
    Greetings. :) I feel the proposed categories are, in terms of content, suitable.
    Good work.
  • Hi everyone , excited to be here and can't wait untill the balls rolling :)
  • _ts__ts_
    Posts: 50
    Thanks for putting the forum up, it looks good so far!

    Those categories sound fine to me. We can always alter or add things as needed :)

    Also, it might be good to have an 'About' page (or something) somewhere on the site for those who aren't familiar with the subject, with a link to it on the side panel or at the top ...It could contain just a general statement on what this is all about and a link to the other website. Example adapted from the other site:

    "For the past 20 years consciousness researcher Tony Wright has been investigating the mysteries of the human mind. His book Left in the Dark expounds the most radical reinterpretation of existing evidence from the disciplines of evolution, ecology, neurology, psychology, anthropology and other academic fields, whilst also placing the ancient ‘Ages of Mankind’ mythology and related traditions within a scientific context. These universal traditions were once the only version of history we had, and they describe the onset and progression of a neurodegenerative condition that really has left us in the dark. Often considered no more than the imaginings of a primitive mind and easy to dismiss as mere myths, they are in fact a more accurate natural history of humankind than modern science has thus far recognized.

    The book outlines the origin and nature of a condition that eventually left us virtually blind to its existence. While this may seem a challenging prospect it promises, amongst other things, the restoration of phenomenal abilities, exceptional immune function and, most importantly, a greatly enhanced state of mind and well being only rarely glimpsed by a tiny minority. If there was even the slightest chance that our perceptual equipment was dysfunctional then obviously the only sane response would be to check and make sure that it isn't. If the cause of our suffering is a severe neurological condition, the pivotal act of exposure is the sole requirement to initiate profound and rapid change.

    This website is to build community, discussion, and awareness of this information. By working together, we can unleash an idea so powerful that it infiltrates the minds at the pinnacle of our hierarchical society--even the minds most deluded and compromised. It is easy to observe our surroundings and sense that we, as a species, are recklessly invested in numerous dire predicaments; but, through the virtues of networking, we all possess the power to make a huge and immediate difference. This is not another band-aid non-solution, another filibustered dispute about how to medicate the symptomology of decay: this one proposal will bring the machinery of insanity to a grinding halt."


  • DACDAC
    Posts: 28
    Good idea TS ;)
  • _ts__ts_
    Posts: 50
    Just a few other minor things...

    It'd be good to eventually have more options when replying; such as inserting hyperlinks and images.... and making text italic/bold/underlined/different colors ect..Also, a little "quote" button, as used on other forums, would be handy at times for responding to people. Don't mean to overload you dfh, i'm just throwing ideas out there ;)

    In the meantime i could try and use my crappy photoshop skills to whip up a colorful banner for the top if there are no objections. But if anyone has any ideas for that, or knows a good photo to use; post them! because i have 0 experience with photoshop really
  • KennyKenny
    Posts: 2
    Hey ts, I've started looking for plugins to add to the site. I've found a bunch so far including extra format options, imbedding media (images/youtube), and one that will let people sign in using other social media sites (like facebook or google). What are you thoughts on that one dfh? They are really simple to install, I just need to test them to make sure they wont introduce any bugs to the forums.

    As for a banner, I think a really colourful artistic banner would go great with the site since the rest of the site doesn't have much color to it. Maybe something that highlights right vs left brain. Since diet is such a large factor maybe we could throw some fruit in it? Just a couple ideas for you. A portion of a diagram from LITD could also be worked into it.
  • _ts__ts_
    Posts: 50
    Hiya Kenny, good ideas

    I realized I'm basically skill-less when it comes to that sort of thing. If anyone is good at meshing parts of images together in the correct size/proportions that we need for the banner, and perhaps a little something along the sides, then i can send a few ideas and images your way
  • dfhdfh
    Posts: 35
    @kenny

    yeah sounds good! formatting, embedding media and connections to other social media sites is all good stuff in my opinion.

    i love the idea of fruit + something more technical/psychedelic in the banner :)
  • _ts__ts_
    Posts: 50
    Qeustion: i noticed that when copy/pasting in a youtube link it automaticall embeds it. Does it do this for pictures?

    Also, is it possible to input a link and possibly change the visible text of that link? (as done on other sites)

    Thanks for all you've done dave!
  • KennyKenny
    Posts: 2
    Hey ts, none of that should be a problem! :D
  • _ts__ts_
    Posts: 50
    Cool, thanks!
  • SLQSLQ
    Posts: 19
    Dear All ....and especially David, there is ample latitude here, in what you've established, for a wealth of serious perspective here. The profound implications of this Reality are certainly amongst the most exciting that could have arisen ....and it comes in the wake of deep knowledge and conviction some of us have been expressing ....whether it be in our lives or simply in writing ....to try desperately to save the beauty we also possess .....before it also perishes.

    Ruth and I have constructed the Edenhope Nature Preserve - an I.C,. Ecovillage, and Campus for 'Higher' Education - at the edge of the world [physically in the SPacific]. It has for a primary purpose to recover the fractured relationship Man has with Nature so that we do not perish from the face of the earth. We are in an emergency! The crises are everywhere, in every structure or pillar of the civilization we've built. And only a small, tiny, minority see or feel it....

    So this forum may be a significant portal for ideas whose Time Has Come, as it were, in the Last Hour....

    I hope I haven't taken up too much time and space. Heartfelt greetings to all. StEvE
  • _ts__ts_
    Posts: 50
    Hey Steve :]

    dfh, it would be good to combine (as others have suggested) the "Practical Methods" and "Personal Experiences and Stories" subforums into a single subforum named "Practical Methods and Personal Experiences"...Since they're so similar anyways.

    Thanks as ever!
  • dfhdfh
    Posts: 35
    hi steve!

    thank you, and i hope to find more time to work on this project as time goes on.

    your eco-village project sounds amazing, if i have the possibility, i would some day love to come visit with you, if that would be okay!?

    i very much share your concern about the future of humanity (i think we all do here), while still not having lost all hope. you are most welcome to take up as much space here as you wish, discussing possibilities and sharing your experiences.
  • dfhdfh
    Posts: 35
    ts, i have now merged "Practical Methods" and "Personal ..." into one category, as per your request!
  • SLQSLQ
    Posts: 19
    Hi David.... we participate in a vision that has already evolved from that of the tired, old paradigm we are all weary of.... that vision is a unified construct in which we are once again on a sacred path as the caretakers and caregivers of this world; a Natural place for a species that came so close to fulfilling its noble destiny ....and sadly failed. Being so endowed as we had evolved into being, coming so close to the Great Consciousness that divines our futures ....if only we had listened. Now, should we be so fortunate, all this has engendered a lot of remedial effort by us ....so we can regain that special path we were on. Yes, we have a lot of LovingKindness to share. And you're welcome to participate in it with us.... As you can see, though, we've made it a real project to get to such a place as ....where we are. DAC might be here too!
  • RobinRobin
    Posts: 11
    How about a category for "Related Thinkers"? I just came across Tony's ideas, and while may they seem pretty "out there" from a perspective of someone who is used to self-styled mainstream media, I immediately connected to them because I had heard similar ideas from other speakers before. So a list of "background reading" might be helpful, both to help broaden our own understandings of the LITD ideas, and to suggest people we might wish to contact as regards spreading them further.

    In the radio show I made last week on LITD, I juxtaposed an interview of his with Charles Eisenstein (reading) [separation], Iain McGilchrist [left hemisphere dominance], and Michael Pollan [co-evolution of plants and humans], while citing Marvin Bram [evolution of social dysfunction]. These are just 4 of many thinkers whose ideas may mesh with the ideas of LITD.

    I think many of us have connected with LITD not only due to personal experience but also exposure to ideas typically outside of the normal commercialised media, so it would be good to have a place to swap references to those whose ideas have turned us on to such thinking.

  • _ts__ts_
    Posts: 50
    Hey Robin, good suggestion! I'll make a new section in the forum this weekend. 

    I also loved the radio show and how you put various views together under the general theme of Tony's theory. I plan on refining and expanding a news article I made a while back doing a similar thing, but with thinkers like Philip K Dick, Robert Anton Wilson, Carl Jung, etc. The connections with those peoples work are fairly obvious but it goes deeper than some might expect.

    I think its important to make these connections and distill them into an easy to understand format since it helps bring a fuller understanding of both the theory itself and how it relates to other areas/influential thinkers who in their own way had their own piece of the puzzle, and who people are already familiar with anyways.
  • Andymcl84Andymcl84
    Posts: 10
    This was such an awesome forum !!!!!!!!! What has happened
  • _ts__ts_
    Posts: 50
    Spam...And lots of it! Its been hard to stay on top of.

    I just talked to David about installing some more safeguards to the forum so hopefully they won't be able to get through them so easily.


  • _ts__ts_
    Posts: 50
    Hey everyone

    I was playing around with some images from Tony's slideshow and found a couple that might go good as a banner for the time being. What do you think? Is it too much? Too large? It can be cropped/edited, or if anyone finds an image we can all agree fits better (i'm sure there's quite a few out there) then I'd love to give it a whirl. 

    It just looked a bit gloomy..what with the dark layout and then "Left in the Dark" at the top.. heh... It needed a bit of color :]


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