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    A Gemini in the Future
    A Gemini in the Future


    (This post takes for granted that astrological signs have some relevance in reality [which is not my belief] but eventually strays into solid scientific theory.)

    I've been forced to consider lately the reasons I'm so apt to announce that I am a gemini (and proud of it) in light of the fact that this weekend was the geminids meteor shower and that my touting was finally questioned; put on the spot by someone I respect who is rather good at that sort of thing. On the outset I apply the ability to segway into multiple personalities on the astrological sign. The archetype is a convenient vector into the minds of my peers. I've always found it easy, even pleasurable and fulfilling to get along with any common person on some level. I can somehow identify in the third person with everybody I meet and in reflection view human behavior from outside the experience and judge as well as learn (and therefore evolve intellectually) from the exchange of ideas. In the end of an age and in the face of a future more cybernetically interconnected than previous generations can cope with I think it's key to survival to be intellectually and physically adaptive in every sense of the word. I've read some about complex adaptive systems and have been trying to apply this to human social interaction. In twitter theory (yes there is such a study) and in the study of social networks as a whole and their place in our future it has been found that it is not the number of people one is friends with or the number of times one posts about oneself that determines viability. The success of a personal network is measured in the amount of data and knowledge transferred from an existing node to an entirely new node or better yet from a new node to another new node. Knowledge and power in the network is measured in ones ablitity to make information move and spread and to generate the compulsion to glean knowledge (a virus one might call it) in another human being. A beautiful quote by einstein is "The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." This seems to reflect very well upon the emergence of what network and cybernetic theorists call metaintelligences and the collective consciousness humanity is moving toward. In an environment where moving information is capital, the old, rigid paradigm of heirarchical authority is smashed. Emergent social networks are inherently adhocratic. The ultimate power of authority lies in the ability of multiple minds to sort (by sheer dumb luck? I don't know why organized structures tend to dissolve into chaos whereas chaotic systems tend to form perceived fractal patterns over time.) out the most efficient means of executing a task eventually. As written by Peter Fryer: "A complex adaptive systems does not have to be perfect in order for it to thrive within its environment. It only has to be slightly better than its competitors and any energy used on being better than that is wasted energy. A complex adaptive systems once it has reached the state of being good enough will trade off increased efficiency every time in favour of greater effectiveness." It takes repetition of a previous experience to generate an evolution of intellect. Simply stated it takes time to sort a dynamic problem, to find the patterns theirein. But the more minds the merrier! Singular intelligence seems to lead toward neurosis. Why should "I" end where "you" begin? The collective consciousness in pooled decision making, this metaintelligence, this structure over our minds that connects us (at our discretion), this ability to contradict oneself without ethical quandry in progression from one rapidly changing moment to the next in order to survive and gather ever more information and computational power, this compulsion in me to connect with other human beings in ways beyond the primal, is the transhuman future. It is the weapon with which we will annihilate the obsolete heirarchies and class structures desperately clinging to life and profit. Geminis as I understand them in the classic astrological sense seem tailor-made to contend with, even thrive in this sort of complex adaptive environment. The human mind (and especially the mind of a gemini), the Universe as a whole is continually emergent by design. In the Greater Chaos of the future the place a gemini may hold is a position in which a gemini is empathetic of the intellectual and sympathetic of the passionate. The relationships between minds are more important than the minds themselves. We are the sum of ourselves as a whole, never alone. A final thought once again from Peter Fryer: "Complexity theory is not the same as chaos theory, which is derived from mathematics. But chaos does have a place in complexity theory in that systems exist on a spectrum ranging from equilibrium to chaos. A system in equilibrium does not have the internal dynamics to enable it to respond to its environment and will slowly (or quickly) die. A system in chaos ceases to function as a system. The most productive state to be in is at the edge of chaos where there is maximum variety and creativity, leading to new possibilities." This certainly gives new meaning to the phrase "there is a fine line between genius and insanity."

    Further enlightenment/biting criticism is very welcome.

    The articles I can remember reading that inspired parts of this post (there are many more I can't find):

    http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/kanter/2009/11/power-to-the-connectors.html

    http://www.trojanmice.com/articles/complexadaptivesystems.htm

    http://newsletter.alt.ac.uk/xrctg5ovlfkimsphpsy77s

    http://emergentbydesign.com/2009/11/15/a-metathinking-manifesto/

    http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/bregman/2009/05/why-you-should-encourage-weakn.html

    http://emergentbydesign.com/2009/09/29/the-future-of-collaboration-begins-with-visualizing-human-capital/

    My thoughts were wholly inspired by the posts of the user "Venessa," a contributor to the "Polytopia" project. I encourage you to read her thoughts.

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    collective matt     Mon, Dec 14, 2009  Permanent link
    This reminded me of "The Wisdom of Crowds"

    The opening anecdote relates Francis Galton's surprise that the crowd at a county fair accurately guessed the weight of an ox when their individual guesses were averaged (the average was closer to the ox's true butchered weight than the estimates of most crowd members, and also closer than any of the separate estimates made by cattle experts).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisdom_of_Crowds)

    I also highly recommend Venessa's "Metathinking Manifesto"

    Oh and I'm a Gemini as well.
     
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