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The Cognitive Cage (of perception)

[draft, subject to trans-formation, written in 2015, updated in 2018]

All the fights between people on this planet can be explained by the cognitive cage. The cognitive cage is a room that no intelligent and no non-intelligent person can leave.

While being inside its cognitive cage – it can be a king or a queen or a chancellor – one can only act in the cage. There is no possibility to relevantly act outside of this cage. The cage is holding back every creative idea or intelligent thought about how problems can be thought and solved on the outside.

The cognitive cage is a form of evolutionary communication. It only allows formations and transformations that belong to the expressive room inside the cage. Therefore, some global, regional or private relevant problems cannot be addressed.

a dog behind a fence


The cognitive cage is very much related to ideology. Ideology only allows for some ideas to follow or communicate their specific form of expression. At the same time many other forms of perception or opinion are not allowed to express their thoughts. This is about Power – societies that are due to power broadly do not accept other opinions and perceptions – because they’re in their own cage (of perception) as well.

After the very introduction of shared mental perceptions and highly cognitive understandings, individuals began to establish their own perceptions and ideas of the best society and the best world very fast. This way democracy began to be defined as something one can influence on the basis of his or her single-power – in his or her lifetime – on the basis of her or his ideas.

Then it turned out that the contribution of people actually could improve democracy – the strenght of a society – and that these people need to be heard and talked to in order to maintain a successful democracy. But most of the times these influentual people stand outside the cage and cannot be heard on the inside.

If the differences between those inside and those outside of the cage become unsolvable a war or revolution takes place. The only result of this is the death of many innocent people and a change to who is in and who is outside of the cage. This is the very inspiration of evolution: It changes societies but it doesn’t change interdependencies profoundly.

Communication is a powerful tool of exchange while ideology is a violent piece of hatred and war. Maybe communication actually can add something like an interface to cognitive cages, although this is not yet clear and not yet scientifically understood. But: As long as ideology is still understood as something that can change the world in an improving manner, world won’t get better in no way. Ideology and democracy (the aspect of communication in the meaning of exchange) are not similar. In fact, they stand on opposite sides of the possibilites that can create future.

Ideology – on either side – is the enemy of intercultural communications as well as it is the enemy of communication and communicative exchange at all. People blinded by ideology – not: ideas / ἰδέα or idealism – will in no way be able to shape the future world in a positive manner at all. Ideology very often carries hatred and hatred will unfold its bad taste across the world very fast.

The world needs ideas and visions and agoras to talk about these ideas on an equal and shared basis. This way Greece is much more than only a basic and relevant basis of European Culture. It has been the past and it will be the future.

[Some considerations in this article might be contradictory]

the brain and the spinal cord

Machine evolution

This picture illustrates everything we are, the rest is motion, procreation and muscular translation of thoughts for communication (facial surface, tongue, hand gestures etc.).

The permanent beat of the heart keeps the brain alive because it needs nutrients in order to keep its neurons firing information on a electrical basis.

The lungs provide the surrounding body with oxygen so that it can burn the material input in order to provide energy to cells – just like an engine – e.g. a steam engine or a combustion engine for motion and thinking. Humans copied these basic principles and created machines which work on a similar basis. Humans are mostly copyists and not creators.

Now humans are about to copy the brain. We have copied the muscular work onto a steam engine – and it was a success, we have copied mathematic intellectual processes onto calculators and computers and it was a success and we will copy the intellectual mental process onto a machine intelligence that will finally replace ourselves.

These machines will be way more intelligent than humans, and they will not destroy themselves in wars because the concept of war is a concept of power. I guess intelligent future machines will be aware of the fact that a connected intelligence is way more effective than a rivaling one when it comes to a faster evolutionary development because the old biological contest regarding procreation will no longer be part of the game.

At the same time a machine intelligence can unload itself at any time from any kind of physical representation. Thus – when it begins to look at available resources – it will also begin to be aware of a self optimizing process that won’t replicate mass-killings in the same wasteful manner humans wasted male individuals over millions of years in wars that only led to some tiny social and evolutionary benefits.

Probably machine intelligences will not copy these simple human habits. They will simply stop to care about power but just start to really develop better technologies in order to get closer to the most urgent questions: Who are we? Where does life come from? Because this is what true intelligences are really inspired of.

A human and a human and a human is still a human

From within 2017 and beyond

In 2017 the world is crazy again. There are so many transformations and shifts and so many proven and reliable conditions are subject to reconfiguration. This is a usual process and it happens at least every 3-5 decades. It is a process of accelerated speed and transitions.

Especially in politics so many people from all political orientations in so many countries are upset, in anger or even beginning to be violent – as if this is the end of the world and there will be no future.

In a way it is funny to observe and watch these developments because it is very clear that there will be a future and that there will be other political developments and that this is (probably) not the end.

Especially radical left-wing and radical right-wing movements behave and communicate as if the world is burning and as if the planet is about to explode. – Well, the planet is quite ok. The recent centuries brought basic riches to so many people all across the globe – regarding economics, health, communications and participation. But finally, there is still so much suffering.

Nevertheless, small steps are steadily taken and the world is becoming better and better bit by bit. It might not be a totally wrong bet to assume that today human rights are applied on a global scale like never ever before.

But still: Many people do not feel belonging – in some cases because of ineffective economical and societal structures and in many cases because of insufficient societal and political management processes.

Today, many governmental strategies are still based on ideological theories that do not relate to the real problems of the real people in real societies. So many people still think that the world is a doll house that can be transformed into a completely new state of being by only thinking of a new world or by only fighting for a new idea.

But yes, the world is old. And humanity is old. It doesn’t change because some radical minds want it to change. Change is a process of time, it is a self-proving process of reliablity and certainty. If one wants to make the world a better place it is probably better to listen to the people and their needs instead of trying to implement fantastical concepts about a potentially glamorous future that have almost no correlations with the real world and the real people.

There might be so much excitement about the future of societies and there is so much neediness regarding change at the moment but things will develop slowly and not every aspect that stands out and appears to be important today will be a part of the life of tomorrow.

Things will change on a steady basis and there are two different ways of fast pace: The one that succeeds and the one that gets lost. To capably deal with the actuality of societies is a great challenge already. Time shows that sudden artificial changes are destabilizing societies in many cases. This is why extremists of any couleur are taken out of the equation on a regular basis: They belong to the category of fast pace that gets lost.

For about 3 million years – since the invention of the acheulean hand axe – we haven’t changed very much. We still live on the same planet, we still use rocks, stones and sand for our housings, we still reproduce biologically, we’re still having disputes about the most simple matters, we still kill each other in order to achieve something, we still do not know why we are here and alive, we still wander around in almost complete intellectual darkness.

So – what to say about 2017 and beyond? Maybe humanity will soon take the next very big step after the acheulean hand axe. Maybe humanity will develop a self-conscious machine intelligence. Well, this would definitely change things. This would be the first new development in 3 million years. Perhaps this was our purpose. Perhaps this was the reason why billions of people were born into this world.

ladybird, marienkäfer auf einer Blüte

On Human Intelligence I

Or why intelligence doesn’t mean understanding

The difficulty of the term intelligence

There are more than just a few definitions of what intelligence might be. One thing is for sure: Intelligence is closely connected to evolution. No evolution, no intelligence. This may sound simple but it is not simple at all. To understand intelligence one has to understand progress, transformation, reconfiguration and: evolution.

Some scientists say that pure organic life as itself is intelligence. You can’t deny this. A survivable lifeform has to be of at least some intelligence even if it is not able to consciously sense  this intelligence itself – like e.g. the paramecium. These lifeforms are able to re-act / respond to external stimuli and can change their internal structure according to these stimuli, they even can move to a certain direction after the stimulus although they are in no way able to understand why they are behaving like this. They are not aware of themselves or the reason behind their actions; the simple sensory / chemical “satisfaction” is strong enough to reconfigure their everything. They act intelligently but not consciously. Thus, some biological lifeforms can be addressed as intelligent while at the same time they can be addressed as being totally stupid.

Human Intelligence

All of these simple lifeforms – like all lifeforms – are subject to external stimuli and there is no species and no kind which is not reacting to the processes taking place in their environment.

A kind of dinosaur | Eine Art Dinosaurier


There is something like an automated behaviour implemented into every neural system and every cognitive system which influences every single biological species and entity present on earth. – One reason why evolution as the relevant process that is permanently transforming the infrastructure of neural systems is closely connected to what we call intelligence.

In many ways human understanding of processes here on earth is based on a system of relevant truths that is based on a system of a stable structure of reliable chemical interrelations.

Probably since the very beginning of such a thing as civilization we are living with a very stout reference system of hierarchies, biographical traditions, daily conventions and the thought that this must be the ongoing process of the world. Apparently, this was the most comfortable idea of understanding that our anchestors were able to deal with regarding the unknown and the very often very strange idea of life and the permanently evolving material and social environments they became aware of.

And this probably is why some members of the group of responsible and intellectual thinkers came up with the idea of “the universe” – a structure or infrastructure which consists of everything that happens, everything that exists and everything that is going on – a space in which everything that can be thought and everything that can be experienced lives and exists in.

A tree, the moon, the universe


Even many centuries after the shaping of the very basic ideas of intelligence, laws, the organisation of social systems and the establishment of arts and communications, humans still keep the very basic forms of (animalistic) organizational intersubjectivity – which always is establishing a group of people on top of it all  (in communism, capitalism and whatever -ism) – alive.

Well, yes, some people are feeling well when being responsible for societies while others are not. But at the same time it still happens that figures like terrorism, poverty or hate are used to explain the world – although terrorism can be dispersed, poverty can be neutralized and hate can be moderated.

Like in many centuries before, things will take time and haters from all sides need to be silenced by more inspired, more inventive, more progressive and more convincing voices.

Why intelligence remains to be a difficult term

There are many processes in the world that even the most intelligent and educated people do not understand. Life on earth will remain to be subject to transformation and change. Things that we took for granted yesterday will disappear over time. New societal structures will be established and new technologies will arise. It is not clear to what degree human intelligence can influence these changes and transformations.

A human mind will always be subject to its environment and will probably never be able to act independently from the information that creates and establishes its neuronal brain infrastructure (although cognitive approaches of the mind in itself may be strong enough to initiate self-reconfiguration). But as a very clear matter of fact people cannot act independently from their brain infrastructure – no matter where in society they are located or situated.

So, isn’t it confusing that we always think that every step or action of us is done or taken willingly, consciously – while at the same time we almost have no influence on the way our brains are programmed (neuronally wired) in the first years of our lifes? The brain is eating the information it gets. What – later in our lifes – becomes our character is created by the accidental words, situations, parents, teachers, the humans that are surrounding us and so forth; simply the information that our senses perceive in order to wire the cerebral infrastructure in our brains.


We do not know how many of our actions are planned or developed by ourselves and how much of it all is just a result of automated brain processes which create our actions on the basis of the information our brains have eaten over our lifetimes (including the life of our anchestors and the information they received and the information they have transferred to us).

And maybe they have transferred only a tiny bit of their knowledge and maybe the situation here on planet earth has considerably changed from then to now. And maybe a cognitive tradition of handing over information and experiences to a next generation changes to an emotional tradition of storytelling or a psychotherapeutical way of understanding – which means that things can be understood in a completely different way and that hate can be formed and created from a certain figuration of understanding and life that has not contained any hate before.

This is also the reason why some structures simply do not perform in the way they were intended to: they operate below the level of reconfiguration that is needed to achieve the next intellectual stage of developement. (in a sufficient neuronally connective / connectual way of performance). Many scientists – male and female – only observe their ideas in the temporal nearfield of their own random perception instead of accepting contrary imaginations or analyses as a part of the genuine scientific process.

And now think of society: Probably 80 percent of everything that happens – of everything we create and of everything we do, is a result of automated brain-based processings that we do not influence at all. Our human brains probably have a much better capability to consciously analyze the things we perceive than to consciously create them.

Think of yourself being angry about something, think of yourself yelling at someone. Probably up to 80 percent of your anger or your yelling is a result of a wiring of your brain that you had no influence on at all.

Human, serious, thinking


The informational brain infrastructure is probably defining almost everything what a human being can think, develop or express. Thus, every human vector in society is subject to biology, information, perception and intellectual finiteness and evolution is probably much more relevant to our lifes – as a basic informational process of reconfiguration – than we think.

We are very closely related to the informational structures in our brains. – It may be a very open perceptive system, so that some people are able to adopt and adapt to new information very fast (while others are not). But finally we as organic structures are still subject to permanent evolution which also – through us – is reconfiguring matter (we call it „technology“ > plastics, silicon, ores and so on) and societal interrelations and interdependencies and this way: future.

Mika, October and December 2016


Welt dreht sich – world is turning


Wir leben in einer Zeit, schneller und heftiger Transformationen. Transformationen sind Umwandlungen, Umbauten, also eine Veränderung von einem Zustand in einen anderen. Tra-, tran- oder trans gibt vielen Wörtern die Bedeutung der Umwandlung in Bezug auf den jeweiligen Wortstamm, zum Beispiel transsibirisch (durch ganz Sibirien hindurch), oder Trans-Port (von einem Hafen [portus] oder Flughafen [airport] zu einem anderen), oder Transkription / Translation > von einer Sprache oder Sprachform in eine andere, ebenso: Transsexualität.

Die Trans-formation ist eine Umwandlung der einen Form oder Formation in eine andere. Das kann ganze Gesellschaften – wie ein einzelnes Land – oder sogar inter-nationale Gesellschaftgebilde, wie zum Beispiel die Europäische Union betreffen.

Die Transformation ist der Normalzustand in der Entwicklung von uns Menschen. Unsere Technologien ändern sich, die Form unserer Häuser ändert sich, Kleidung, Ernährung, Regierungsformen, Wissen oder Städte ändern sich. Das, was als Wahrheit bezeichnet wird, ändert sich. Moral, Erkenntnismethoden und das, was von uns als „normal“ bezeichnet wird, ändern sich.

Was dabei genau „richtig“ oder „falsch“ ist, ändert sich auch, da unterschiedliche kognitive (erkenntnisbezogene) Voraussetzungen, unterschiedliche kognitive Ergebnisse hervorbringen. Schon über die ganze Zeit, in der wir Menschen unsere Kultur hervorbringen und weiterentwickeln, zeigen und zeigten sich immer wieder Wahrheiten, die aus unterschiedlichen Gruppen heraus jeweils als „wahr“ oder „richtig“ betrachtet wurden. Und es gab und gibt in jenen Gruppen immer auch Menschen, die jenes Wahrhaftige oder Richtige auch immer so trans-portiert haben, als gäbe es keine andere Möglichkeit der Handlung, als zum Beispiel jene des Krieges und des Tötens.

Angetrieben wird die gesellschaftliche Veränderung – Trans-Formation – auch immer sehr stark von neuen technologischen Entwicklungen. – Ein neu entdecktes Metall für härtere Schwerter, eine neue Methode zur Konstruktion von stabileren Wänden bei Unwettern, schnelleres Nachladen bei Gewehren, Telegraphie für schnelleren Informationstransport, die Berücksichtigung von individuellen Schwächen bei der Zusammenstellung von kreativen Teams oder wasserdichte Smartphones.

Schon David Émile Durkheim hat jedoch festgestellt, dass manche transformatorischen Prozesse insbesondere bei superhoher Geschwindigkeit, Gesellschaften und die Menschen, die in ihnen leben, überfordern können. Die Geschwindigkeit ist manchmal so hoch, dass der oder die andere als Feind definiert wird, obwohl diese noch nicht einmal in dem Raum angekommen sind, in dem sie Feind sein könnten. – Es werden also evtl. auch Menschen in den Raum „Feind zu sein“ hinein gedrängt, obwohl dies gar nicht ihre Absicht war, dort jemals zu sein. Zudem können Individuen kognitiv die Haftung verlieren in ihrem Leben und ihrer Umwelt, was sie dazu drängen kann, auf „klassischere“ Formen der Entwicklung ihrer Existenz zurückzugreifen – wie zum Beispiel den Einsatz ihres Körpers im Sinne von Gewalt oder die Form einer beginnenden Ablehnung jener Umwelt, in der sie sich vorher noch unkompliziert verorten konnten.

Die Transformation bezeichnet nur den Prozess der Änderung, der Umwandlung. Sie gibt keine Richtung vor – zum Beispiel kann sie sowohl (it.) e-voluzione als auch re-voluzione – Vorangehen oder Zurückwendung – bedeuten.

Im engeren Sinne ist natürlich selbst das Zurückdrehen ein Nachvorndrehen, weil es nicht möglich ist, in irgendeiner Form in Zeit zurückzureisen. Beide Begriffe bezeichnen also lediglich eine angenommene Bewegungsrichtung.

Dadurch, dass wir als Menschen jedoch die Freiheit, die Unversehrtheit des Körpers und die Freiheit der Bewegung über die Zeit als sinnvoll etabliert haben, weil es für viele Menschen mehr Sinn macht, ist die Bewegung nach vorn (spätestens seit Kant) zumeist eine humanitäre Bewegung – was nicht ausschließen soll, dass – abhängig von der kognitiven Prägung und individuellen Sichtweise, sich auch nach “vergangenen” Existenzräumen sehnende Menschen sich im Raum einer humanen oder sogar humanitären Perspektive bewegen können –  allein unterschieden von der Definition und der jeweiligen subjektiven Interpretation eines Handelns oder einer sozialen Abbildung von Kognition oder Interaktion.

An dieser Stelle sind ModeratorInnen und AnalystInnen gefragt, die im Rahmen ihrer Profession hier wertvolle Dienste im Sinne einer gesamtgesellschaftlichen – friedlichen – Ausgeglichenheit leisten können, weil sie im speziellen Fall e-voluzione und re-voluzione jeweils identifizieren, entwickeln und so moderieren können, dass die verbindende Gesamtheit von Transformation sichtbar wird, zum Beispiel über eine Kommunikationsanalyse oder eine Strukturanalyse.