Meta-Systemic Musings cont.

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In my considered opinion, conscious, collective alignment grounded in non-duality, which undeniably underpins reality in its totality, will remain beyond accessible usefulness to the complexity and diversity of the lived experience of collective myriad beings – just as knowledge (realisation) of the integrity of the individual self aware entity is beyond the reach of the myriad contributing systems that participate in the process of animating its life form.

“The whole system” in its undivided wholeness is quite literally beyond the capacity of any given individual, embedded, emergent mind to grasp, describe, or understand beyond acknowledging that it exists, that we exist, and that these are not separate phenomena.

I find it useful for my limited human mind to break the big picture down into cognitively manageable parts, without losing sight of the fact that it is a whole living system that these parts combined render functional. The full details of knowledge of any one of these parts represents a huge information set, which takes whole communities of practice in order to be processed and applied effectively.

Systems of value and material exchange such as the human engineered economic system, can be understood from this meta-perspective as analogous to the metabolic process of a complex species of biological organisms taken as a collective, with all the relational dynamics and combined basic needs of the myriad individual members included.

This insight can provide clues as to how ‘we’ could approach building a “system that works for everyone”, which needs to be built on the premise that it IS ALIVE.

Where this basic insight is lacking, what ever is designed to render the “whole living system” WILL fail (die).

Diversity is Life

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Natural systems and biodiversity

When we go outside and look into the living environment, whether it be into a small pavement bounded lawn, a public park, a local waterway, or a vast nature reserve, we will notice that there are many things there existing together.

What we know from earth systems science is that for a living environment to be healthy and sustainable it requires as high a degree of biodiversity as it can support. The environments ability to support this biodiversity is a direct measure of its health. When natural systems are healthy, they are constantly changing and evolving, lifeforms are adapting to the prevailing conditions as best they can, some species thrive, others fail and the balance changes over the course of time. What all healthy thriving natural systems have in common is reliable sources of water, integrity of the soil, adaptive vegetation and populations of microbes, fungi, and insects which anchor the food chain for larger plants and animals. In turn these tiny keystone species are dependent upon a conducive environment in which to flourish, so we can see that a natural system is a set of interdependent sub-systems.

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Whole Planet as Sentient Entity?

This post introduces my lifetime project:

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Introduction

This document describes a perceived potential movement toward a coherent, integrated planetary paradigm, in which our best intelligence, technology and ethics combine to underpin a new era of truly ‘civilised‘, as in gracious, and relatively enlightened, behaviour among beings.

The thought experiment driving the evolution and development of this idea for over 8 years is: “if I were a sentient entity at the scale of our planet, what would I need in order to become functionally self-aware?” the subtext to that inquiry is, “what evidence, if anything, is there which points to the possibility that a higher order entity (existing governments, ngo’s and corporations not withstanding) may be emerging from the sum of human interactions?”

So this document, and the diagram it describes are one possible example of a high altitude overview, or meta-perspective,addressing the inquiry set out in that thought experiment. Using this type of perspectival lens through which to assess the available information, we can begin to formulate a hypothesised set of basic pre-requisites that a planet sized being might need to become functionally self-aware. This is admittedly a hypothetical metaphysics for a hypothetical paradigm. The experience of living the reality of such a paradigm, if actualised, could be well worth the time it takes to develop and test this kind of model. Please note that this example is not suggested as an absolute in any way, this is simply an example of applied experimentation in metaphysics.

Obviously, there is much more to the picture than can be illustrated in a concise overview such as this, and many nested levels of complexity could be revealed through further research. I have endeavoured to limit the inquiry to genuinely meta-level structures and dynamics for the sake of initial simplicity. I hope to continue refining this inquiry, as I believe that useful and relevant information will be revealed which could enhance our capacity to continue evolving as a species, while finding our balance in relation to our planet and the rest of the living beings in our galactic neighbourhood.

I welcome feedback as the scope of this project is as wide as those who participate.

On Choice.

I realise as I move forward that I have choice – I can choose to assume knowledge and thus inadvertently affect incoming information in the form of pre-judged experience to which I pay selective attention >OR< I can simply allow perceptions and experiences to arise and observe them as they are while recording details using only as much pre-existing data as necessary to do so. The results of these choices will render differently experienced states of consciousness.

Choice 1 – assumption of knowledge applied to selectively attended experience results in a more or less “as expected” resolution or rendering of received information, as well a general tendency to discount or deride alternative perspectival possibilities. Applied assumed knowledge allows me to remain in a comfortable relationship with the flow of information as I have already judged it and categorised it, and I protect it’s familiar form through application of further assumptions and denial or ignorance of proposed or possible alternative insights. My experienced conscious condition in these instances tends to be easily agitated and I tend to become somewhat defensive and contrarian. The quality of attention I experience in these conditions is tightly focussed on what I think I know.

Choice 2 – allowing and observing the flow of information/experience using perceptual faculties in full awareness of the possible effects that these have upon the information itself and monitoring those effects to ensure adjustment of said faculties in order to apprehend the information in as unconditioned a form as is possible given initial conditions. This approach allows an open reception to insights and new ideas about what the information stream may contain, how I may be influencing my own perception of it and thus rendering my own experience of it. The quality of the conscious condition I experience arising in such instances is one of curiosity, gratitude and humour, with a pervasive sense of patience, and inherent respect for revealed aspects of the observed. The quality of attention in these circumstances is diffuse and often quite naïve.

Mining for Meaning – work in progress!

Mining for Meaning (working title)

Proposed human/machine cognitive information processing methodology, compatible with automated equivalent, i.e nooron, to be applied by human agents to and as living information systems.

Intended outcomes are; more coherent communication, more reliable and relevant available information, enhanced capacity to satisfy inquiry, less confusion and ambiguity, less potential for conflict to disrupt vital interactions among agents.

Meaningful outcomes are the essence of coherent communication. These are enhanced and made possible by willing and honest effort to learn, ability to make sense and extract meaning resulting in mutual understanding between agents (human and virtual) and information objects within a shared, defined information space. Precedents for this are; scientific research methodology and academic institutional information creation and curation techniques, both of which are inherently limiting in ways which this methodology seeks to transcend.

Meaning in context is dependent on and is conditioned by both the structure and the content of the information space. Factors to the process are; available knowledge resources, the structural dynamics among the information objects, the cognitive processors (minds) and the condition of the participant mind/body units of consciousness engaging the information space and it’s content.

Mutually agreed meaningful understanding of specific information sets is the result of a process of aggregate “best thinking”. Data made available through such a process can be relied upon to be well documented, researched and peer reviewed, as well as critcally analysed and compared with all available alternate perspectives so as to return a high quality information set.

The development and deployment of a navigable, virtual, meta-cognitive environment with high fidelity knowledge processing capability will enhance the effectiveness of the “mining for meaning” method and it’s outputs.

The ideal information environment will be one that enables the creative evolution and emergence of generative, collective, “energised thought forms” and complex memetic eco-systems which can be represented within the information space as experiencable phenomena.

Information space, in this context is defined as a structured set of states and state transitions which result in both descriptive and formative information sets.

Reflections upon Science, Nondual Spirituality and the role of Philosophers.

For aeons humans have sought knowledge of the universe. The great spiritual traditions, the mystics, sages and saints of all times, have taken the path of direct familiarisation with the source of all that is leading them to embodied realisation and profound insight.

Curious and intelligent people in humanity’s emerging civilisations came to seek their own understandings through permutations of the mind and observational capacities, from which developed the field of philosophy.

In answer to the deep and powerful questions raised by philosophers over the centuries, the fields of science arose. Leaving aside for now all the political reasons why science has taken the stand it has in regard to matters spiritual – we can understand it as a natural part of the evolution of human consciousness, and as an exacting and thorough attempt to answer some of the most perplexing problems which arise on account of the human capacity to think.

There are ‘shortcomings’ with all of these paths to knowledge of the universe;

– the direct approach leaves us short on adequately accurate, and satisfactorily applicable descriptive terminology,

– the philosophical path also has this problem, at a higher level of abstraction,

– the scientific path, whilst it renders accurate and verifiable descriptive, analytic and representational models, is difficult for the human mind to grasp without special training in the methods of abstraction used. As well science generally fails to connect at the level of direct appreciation available to practitioners on the spiritual path, and to a lesser degree possible to attain with the inspiration available to philosophers.

At the current stage of conscious evolution we have all three streams emerging simultaneously, rendering various interpretations of the information available to them via their respective methodologies. Some of these interpretive frames are very complex indeed. However, the fact that an individual has the opportunity to engage with all three streams concurrently is a recent development (as least as far as the current civilisation is concerned).

Endeavouring to simultaneously inhabit these potentially complimentary yet apparently disparate vantage points, seems to be the next major task of the units of consciousness which are adequately prepared to do so. To these fortunate folk will fall the task of rendering the various discourses comprehensible to each other. No minor challenge! Just developing the capacity to comprehend each of these approaches at the depth of profundity they provide, is in itself an admirable aspiration. We have a situation arising, however, which dictates the imperative for this work to be done, both efficiently and effectively as well as relatively expediently.

For this, we are required to inhabit an enhanced, evolved structure of consciousness – one which is being built from out efforts to do so as much as it is drawing us toward itself by the imperative which drives us. So, the philosopher can be the bridge builder and unifier in the situational context, by disciplining them self to the task described, and thus serve the evolution of consciousness, and the best interests of all beings.