Rigid designators should not be allowed to imply ontology and / or metaphysics. .. reflect the necessity of accurate empirical representation
There's a degree of transference of historical notions into a domain of existential realism to which those notions are not adapted and are factually obsolete
In fact, on first appearance it may seem that due to the motion from the actual to the virtual, much information is lost and thus our capabilities of discernment and discrimination are the poorer for it.. this apparent paucity is in fact a false impression .. based on rigid identifiers
.. certain identities in virtuality are not extensions of our physicality but have, as it were, an independent or semi-independent existence ..
it's highly likely that given enough time and diversification, including mutations, alterations and transformations no [mapping of avatar to originator] will be possible or desirable.. the relationship between the avatar and its originator is an indeterminate one that inherently exhibits the characteristics of ambiguity and fuzziness.
.. we can no longer assume that the motion of intelligence is still, in all cases, directed from the actual to the virtual.. it is an interplay of flows, symmetry is not implied .. asymmetry reigns supreme ..
There are many ways to understand intelligence, and in many contexts, issues of problem solving, capacity of reasoning, adaptability to new environments, learning from experience, pattern recognition, judgment exercising, imagination, originality, artistic and abstract perception, complex interpretation and so on, are all possible interpretations, definitions and usages of the concept
.. our cyborgization processes of becoming .. is fundamentally ambiguous .. and should be considered as a flow of in-betweens .. domains of interests, passions and relations.. a fundamental structural instability .. [an] inherent approximation
I propose to make this particular ambiguity [the Avatar-Originator relationship] a kind of benchmark reflection on the concept of identity. I want to see a radical motion towards a possible liberating procedures in which our concious usage of the ambiguity of this relationship replaces the closely coupled, rigid designations we still transpose from the actual to the virtual
The indeterminacy of our identities in the hyperconnected infocologies we are presently enmeshed in, is, I believe, only an indication or the beginning, if you like, of a much greater fuzziness that is waiting for us in the process of cyborgization, to which the virtualization of identity is a crucial step.
It is my view that the evolution of intelligence, is currently undergoing a dramatic shift towards a greater uncertainty and openness, a deeper ambiguity and larger indeterminacy, a new state of affairs of mind, through which we may, if sensibly and wisely managed, become more free.
W: Whilst embodied identities maintain a formal highly structural and therefore rigid set of indicators, defined primarily as body, gender etc., our virtual identities are factually indicated in a fluid manner and thus pertain to the flaccid designators category. The initial condition of the human thus has changed and can no longer be theorized based on immovable objects of identity. What the Polytopian stance suggests is that our virtual identities are in fact social entities in and of themselves allowing a co-present, inter-subjective, hyper-connected, state of affairs, radically rewriting the codes of social encounters.