There's a new burning man camp that some Bay area rationalists put together. There's still some spots left if anyone is interested in making money at or going to burning man with minimal hassle.
Me and Dee are going this year.
Apply here: http://paradigmcamp.appspot.com/
Sounds like burning man is past its prime and it's time to pull the rip cord. No amount of posturing about what it's really about will change anything. That has never changed anything. Burning Man might be best understood as a historical event rather than a living steady-state institution, or at least it will be so soon. Put it to rest with dignity.
The problem of how to maintain cultural/goal/structural stability in institutions as they scale is extremely hard, similar in a lot of way to the goal stability problems in FAI. It is especially hard with radical non-structure. We are flummoxed by this problem on the Forbidden Truth list. Any wise insights that I'm missing?
As for paradigm, these guys are rolling with it and making a quick buck taking it in a new direction. Sounds cool. I won't be going, though.
(heartistian nihilism)Defect. Find prisoner's dillemmas you didn't even know you were cooperating on and defect. Enjoy the decline from poolside.(/heartistian nihilism)
I suppose burn I'm the forest is one of those?