Comment on WE LIVE IN PUBLIC (streaming thoughts)

Spaceweaver Thu, Jun 25, 2009
Meganmay: Very well put and accessible stream of thoughts. Thank you.

At this particular juncture in man's history, we seem to be moving in many directions at once. The desire to absorb and synthesize the interconnectedness of all things: man, his creations, and the environment, seems both necessary and desirable. Indeed this demands a particular adaptation of the brain characteristic of 21st century wo/man.

Not brains but minds. Our minds shape our culture, and of course this is not a one-way influence because culture itself is but an aspect, a dimension of mind. Indeed research shows that our brains are being reconfigured to adapt to the new horizons of the information realm and more profoundly to extreme interactivity they invite. Brain augmentations and enhancers are coming our way at an increasing pace. Still, the image of wu/man, how we reflect our own being and are being guided by such reflection in every dimension of our existence, seems to be pretty immune to change. One example is how Skynet and its killer robots still represent our primordial occupation with survival and any imaginable threat to it.

Interestingly you reflect the following:

In a much earlier post I talked about founding an Internet Nation, similar to the NSK state, but actualized as some sort of rudimentary experience. Ultimately, I think this was Harris' intention, but his framework was too loyal to the totalitarian myth of the state (and ultimately too unconsciously tied to his difficult childhood experiences).

Projecting your critique of Harris into the human collective mind, a burning question arise: is it not the case that our visions for a futuristic civilization might be hopelessly 'tied' to mankind's difficult childhood? Or even more boldly: can we claim that this difficult childhood phase of humanity is about to be over anytime soon?

To make space for a future vision, it seems that we need to leave much of our history behind. By leaving history behind, I do not mean forgetting. This is not about forgetting, it is about consciously releasing the burden of images and patterns that we wish not take with us into the future. It is about curving new aesthetic spaces. It is about reshaping and evolving our minds.