Feeling at Home with Indigenous Feelings

Why are gut feelings so often the best, the most reliable feelings? Why are they so often difficult to express using words? It might be foolish to jump to conclusions, to bifurcate into right and wrong, but a careful investigation of what we do and / or ought to base our decisions on might be very useful.

This is a big part of one of my new projects, Indigena — a view of information based in natural science and something like native intuition:

Indigena and propaganda are long-standing concepts based in the Latin language. They are basically opposites. Indigena (from “endo-” + “genus”) means inborn (either as adjective or as a noun). Propaganda is a term from the point of view of the propagandist — meaning essentially to propagate something (such as Christianity) in another environment (from its own native environment). In a zero-sum world, concepts are either native (indigena) or foreign (propaganda).


Indigena information is information we feel at home with, it is expressed in our own native language, it corresponds with our own gut feelings. We can feel at home in many languages, and as we expand our horizons, so too our own community expands with our own expansion of communications. We need not have information forced upon us, nor do we need to force information upon others. We communicate freely and easily the more we interact. We gradually become more and more native in more and more contexts — it is as if fluency is the currency we use to exchange ideas with one another (see also “Linguistic Empathy & Community Boundaries” [ https://socio.business.blog/2022/05/15/linguistic-empathy-community-boundaries ] ).

Speaking of which: WordPress CMS is the new Online Layout

Josepha is a communications expert — that is a very broad statement, and Josepha has a very broad scope.

She communicates very well, and does so on a wide variety of channels. She speaks. She gesticulates. She uses facial expressions. Intonation. She listens, empathizes, considers viewpoints, takes on perspectives. She writes, she reads, she leads and directs. She publishes — naturally, this is to be expected. Why? Naturally, because she is Executive Director of the WordPress project.

Why do I mention all of this here and now?

In just under two months we will both be participating at the WordCamp Europe (WCEU) conference in Porto (Portugal) … together with many other leading participants not only from all across Europe but from all across the globe.

Personally, I aim to be leading discussions and conversations primarily related to natural language search technology and also about the impacts such technologies have on the global media landscape (cf. “Literacy = ! { an on-off switch }” [ https://socio.business.blog/2022/04/09/literacy-an-on-off-switch ] ) … and also about how WordPress — since WordPress has become the open source machine that powers so much of the online world [1] — how this particular and popular standard CMS is now on the verge of establishing open source as the lingua franca of a wide array of technologies (and for me the most significant among these technologies remains natural language search technology).

For more about such Great Expectations, please see leading.business.blog

For more about Josepha and her expertise, please see josepha.blog [ https://josepha.blog ]

For a quick review of my remarks related to natural language search @ WCEU in Paris (2017), please see http://fun.freezine.org/2018/02/22/woohoo-wordpress-advanced-search

[1] The WordPress open source CMS is very widespread and is also the template for many courses and classes worldwide — so this “online” technology is quite analagous to the way that standardized keyboard layouts became the standard machines a century or two ago, and also much in the same way that the scientific method made open publication the sine qua non of science three or four centuries ago.
Featured image via https://josepha.blog/about/speaking
Porto image via https://europe.wordcamp.org/2022/centuries-of-porto-at-your-disposal

Query News — Testing Queries for Algorthims & Algorithmic Search Results Research

This is one of my own projects. Here’s a short introduction:

I came up with a new idea: What if we distribute the research among a large community of researchers? And I came up with an idea for distributed data-sharing and exchange for exchanging information about SQU (Standard Questions & Utilities) analysis … in the hope of discovering how biased different utilities present information for researchers to analyze if they want to use such shared data for their research. This is all in a very old-fashioned approach to science: scientists share and discuss information openly much like today some software is developed by developers without any type or form of security or secrecy within proprietary organizational structures (such software is usually referred to as “open source” software).


Feel free to participate in any way you choose! 😀