I have come to several conclusions after years of following economic and political news. I believe only real tragedy will effect real change, that power trumps reason and “Truth”.
Why, because the human brain is a computer whose output is affected by our unique perception of the world. We each produce our own conclusions which we own and defend. We also each occupy or wish to occupy a specific position in the world, which may require varied actions good or bad.
What I believe we lack are the constructs of reason, conclusions that are produced in ways observed in science. The testing, reproduction and refinement of technology brings new and better results. Our reasoning and hence our conclusions have stagnated or even regressed. As stated earlier we each have personal conclusions. When we do reason together, perceptions still mitigate the results and applications. Power also may influence perceptions, conclusions and outcomes more than reasoning. So I ask a question; what does a mutual conclusion or understanding look like, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights? Where though can I find the reasoning for these documents, the logic or understanding? How can I prove them correct a second and third time by reproducing the results? So my proposition is that as technology rises in a parabola, human thought and the conclusions we reach remains at a standstill. What we do now is what we have always done. We pick leaders. This is our effort to find the best computer / operating system to navigate the turbulent world. Why do we do this?
We do this because our computers will not sync.
Several years ago I came across an article about “Collective Intelligence”. This article told how some number of average people together could outsmart the student from MIT. If you explore this subject today you may come to the same conclusion that I did. It seems to me that this works because it is the greater variety of ideas that wins the contest. With collective intelligence as it is today it is still just the “perception” of the greater number to a solution. What seems to be lacking is a scientific way to produce better avenues of knowledge and conclusions.
Later I came across the study of Epistemology. Epistemology is a branch of philosophy concerning the nature of Knowledge. I stumbled upon fallacies, which are errors in reasoning. These gave me great hope that yes we are capable, we can create better conclusions, reach better understandings. The research is there, it is just not common knowledge. It is not being utilized.
Now comes the twist and the turn where I lose the people I have not already. How do we marry our language our reasoning with modern-day technology? Can you do calculus in your head? Do you know what calculus is? We have calculators for math. We have computers that can speak and analyze facial expressions. Why can we not develop software that can analyze language patterns, usage and context? Why can we not show visually a proposition and the supporting arguments with the likely conclusions? Do you have to understand the ins and outs of Epistemology? Can a machine do it for you? What would it look like?
You and your friends get together and you get more meaningful and clearer understandings. Everyone takes the new perspective home with them, wherever home may be. Your friendship does not suffer because of your conclusions and the viewpoint which aided your understanding. Your name or any personal representation is not there next to your thoughts.
This advancement or progression is not owned by you or anyone else and does not cast a shadow on anyone. This is a common electronic brain aiding in a collective thought process. There are so many ways I can see this changing human behavior. Those Vulcans on T.V. they always seem so peaceful. I think I know why. They developed the technology I mentioned centuries ago, so long ago they don’t even need it anymore. Compare this imagining to what we have today. Have you ever seen 15,000 postings underneath a hot topic? What conclusions did all these individuals come to? Who knows? I am sure some perspectives may have changed even if they won’t admit it, otherwise what an orgy of hate.
Who are the players in the modern world and who rules? How do they rule? They rule by changing perceptions. Are perceptions accurate? If they thought you were a witch could they burn you at the stake? No, but are the people alive today really any different than those people who did just that? Do the apathetic and the willfully ignorant hold greater power than the engaged? Does disinformation work? Do you ever really know the real reasons why? What if all this muck went away? What if you could upend the playing field not just change the rules? What if every relevant argument was there for you to see at your disposal? What if power and money could not distort that? What if your contribution had nothing to do with your station in life? What if answers only make sense if they made sense and what made sense could not be ignored or given the slight?
So how do we begin? We begin in futility. We begin with a website asking for solutions. We keep the ideas alive. We hold onto them and learn to work and develop them, to test and recreate them. We add to what we know and preserve what we have learned. We keep our emotions at bay. We go Vulcan.
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