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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]

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

From within 2017 and 2018 and beyond

In 2017, 2018 and + 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, ores, sand or (lately) rare-earth elements for our housings or technologies. 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  take the next very big step soon – the first 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 and is our purpose. Perhaps this was the reason why billions of people were born into this world, walked over this world, gave their energies into the process and were replaced on a consecutive basis:

To accumulate knowledge* and to finally create a new species that is able to go further than us – intellectually and on a long-term basis – without the huge amount of burned ressources that are typical for humans and their silly fights – when even the tiniest steps consume disproportionate amounts of ressources.

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Well, maybe in 1848 Marx and Engels were right with their idea about the accumulation of money and ressources and their concept that one part of humanity stands against the other. But of course they were not factually right because even in 1848 there was sufficient scientific, social and anthropological data, that this is not the “final” or most important conflict and that the line of interhuman conflicts is shifting on a daily basis. There was an inappropriate and inhuman treatment of workers but this was a specific effect of this time that they effectively helped to lower, yes, but the mass murder that was following their radical ideas was more than just a “contrary” effect and its destructive ideology is hurting or even killing millions of people until today.

Almost the whole 20th century (communism, fascism, Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mao and other stuff like this) was an intellectual loss, except from the introduction and establishment of the binary concept of computation and some very inspired ideas from the 1900s to the 1920s.

It’s a pity that we who live in the early years of the 21st century still have to live in and to suffer from the shadows of already lost and disproved ideas of the mostly dark 20th century. It is even worse that these shadows still infect so many people all around the globe with their negative and destructive intellectual poorness.

All in all we’re standing at the threshold of a bright new century. And some of us already managed to step over this threshold. From this point of view it is a better idea to live in areas of the world where the new world is understood as a possibility, instead of living in parts of the world that still try to suck in the old and used air of yesterday. (Such as.., well, you know)

Welt dreht sich – world is turning

Trans-Formation

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.

sports race competition

About a very basis of evolutionary competition

In order to address always the right people, evolution is always addressing different people of different ages, gender and imaginations at the same time.

This is a very efficient mode of progressive transformation. The more people are fighting against each other the more successful a basic algorithm of evolution is – up to a point.

In a Darwinian way one cay say: The more inspirired people want to kill (abuse, condemn, hate etc.) each other the more efficient is the algorithm – up to a point.

Maybe one day a person might publish the thesis that more than 90% of all conflicts are not for the benefit of humans but for the benefit of the evolutionary algorithm.

Until now we still do not know the difference between the evolutionary algorithm and our human consciousness. But many of us agree that we should try to calm the killing algorithm. And that this is a relevant project.

Thus far, our perception is almost vague, but very creative and very sustainable – if you take our development through the centuries into account.

And maybe the evolutionary algorithm and the development of humankind are paradoxically interwoven. A more intelligent species might develop an idea for a more peaceful interconnection of this strange couple one day.

So, this our path and – partially – the science fiction movies that we create are really sending us our way. This is why the terms “to foresee” or “to anticipate” are actual terms – actually belonging to our language.

 

Wow! Bash, boom, bang!

The Wow World

In the Wow-World one can live his or her life according to her or his inner needs. The Wow-World is a space in which mediocre minds are simply not existing. No one has to deal with averagely talented and violent governments, teachers or parents and it doesn’t matter to whatever cult these people belong to or believe in.

The Wow-World is a free world. A world in which everyone knows that he or she will die and that because of this any kind of ideology is a form of hubris.

The Wow-World allows people to connect across borders and societal concepts. From the very moment when people began to understand themselves as being subject to transformation in time they also started to notice that the world is developing itself on a greater stage than only inside the very space of their individual perception.

We do not know many things about ourselves. In fact, we are just following the expression of the things that we create along the path of our own history. We are following our ideas, our technologies, our inventions. We copy the knowlege of our ancestors, we take it and hand it over to our descendants in schools, universities and companies. This way we are transferring human identity and understanding through time. Each generation is used as a medium in which data is stored, transformed, developed and transmitted.

This ongoing process is a matter of fact. At some time we began to recognize this process and ourselves as being a part of it. Probably we should identify and value this self-perception of ourselves inside the very process as an appreciation of the process towards us or even towards itself – we being a part of the process.

Everything that happens in this world – across all boundaries, political systems, religions, agreements and disagreements – is a part of one ongoing procedure. Once you decided to swim in it instead of taking its characteristics for too real, you will be in the Wow-World which is simply breathtaking! :-)