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    Beyond the speed of thought
    An often recurring discussion on SpaceCollective concerns the limitations of language, typically meaning the written word, which seems most closely related to human thought. While other languages, like music or visuals, appeal more directly to our ‘intuitive’ capacities, written or verbal language, along with the abstraction and logical reasoning of mathematics, seems to appeal mostly to our ‘intellect’.



    According to the classic Myers-Briggs typological theory a relatively small percentage of
    people perceive the world intuitively. These individuals “tend to trust information that is more abstract or theoretical, that can be associated with other information (either remembered or discovered by seeking a wider context or pattern). They may be more interested in future possibilities. They tend to trust those flashes of insight that seem to bubble up from the unconscious mind. The meaning is in how the data relates to the pattern or theory.”

    This sounds like a reasonable explanation why, even though most people on this site communicate their futuristic ideas through writing, they simultaneously have an ambiguous relationship to a language which subjects their reasoning to a simple rule-based syntax.

    Most people contributing to SC are thinkers, who are very much tuned into the above mentioned “possibilities” and “patterns,” and whatever else the brain processes in between the thinking and the words. As a rule, futurists have a strong intuitive side. Where others experience the world in concrete terms, they see reality as a scrim revealing the future potential of things, so they understandably want to adapt the modes of expression to fit their advanced paradigms. Yet we continue to be highly dependent on a linguistic tradition which is firmly tied to conventional processes of thought and, although frustrating at times, at this point it must still be considered the best available option to futher the discourse. Just think about how often we launch into a sentence, stringing along words with only a general sense of where they are leading us. Somehow the words keep coming out of our mouth (or word processor) trying to catch up to the speed of thought while the stream of consciousness moves its argument forwards as if it had been preconceived. Just like the improvisation of a jazz musician or a shaman speaking in tongues to conjure a vision.

    Look how Wildcat pushes language around and coins new phrases in his relentless attempts to hone his Polytopian vision, while expessing his frustration that “we are in dire need of a new kind of language, a language that may be able to bridge the immensity of the gap we have created between the perception of the world and the manner by which we describe the same world.” Also check out the writings of Meika and Xaos’ Montevideo posts , which shed light on future realities by elevating their words to a more evocative intuitive level. Or read Obvious’ post in which he observes that “language is revealed through text as the mode of our conscious experience – a truth which furthermore transforms the very capacities of the thoughts which think it. Once text, in its essence, is transmitted and elucidated via readership there is transformation “of the process of coming-into-being of the world.” Meanwhile Al wants SC to “create its own dictionary containing new words and new understandings of old words,” Folkert calls speech “a bottleneck for modern thinking and communication” and wants us to “come up with richer forms of idea-exchange,” and Carel suggests “non-symbolic, non-representative ways to communicate.” All of these appear to be the stirrings of the non-linear associative mind that mark the beginnings of a new typology.

    Lately, I’ve been doing a little exercise, trying to imagine some actual experiences if the brain were to seamlessly interface with machine intelligence. We have to assume that once technology turns inwards it will change our very way of being and profoundly transform our sense of Self because we will be known in much greater detail to our newly enhanced mind, from the minute data of our human genome to the collective awareness of our constantly updated life on this planet. This “invasive” brain/computer interface will deeply effect the experience of our surroundings, providing new layers of immersion and annotating every aspect of our reality, adding a whole new dimension to wherever we go and whoever we meet. In the streets we may know what lies behind the facades of every public building, giving us an instant impression of its tagged contents, and people will have devices, as they did in a Japanese experiment, transmitting and receiving each other’s personal profiles, alerting them to the presence of compatible others. In this ultra-serendipitous environment we will experience far more advanced forms of socializing which will infuse the world with a plethora of romantic opportunities that have eluded us so far. Access to immediately available data anywhere will bring the world alive, creating connections, synapses and links that will keep us connected to everyone and everything in our immediate surroundings and the world at large. As our minds will attain the non-linear associative powers that will do away with the static mold of analog information we will finally break through the speed barrier of thought. At this juncture, our brains may more frequently experience the precious moments when suddenly everything seems to be falling into place, like the occasional epiphanies we have today. In such a hyper-conscious world a majority of people may be able to achieve a form of machine-enhanced intuition bordering on telepathy, which in the days of Myers-Briggs used to be the exclusive domain of a privileged few. Finally, through the scrim of “reality,” the future potential of things will be revealed to all.

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    aeonbeat     Fri, Dec 12, 2008  Permanent link
    a bit of offtopic, maybe unappropriated to SC, but really thank you for this one, it changed my day in such a way that it had a major role, a huge effect. part of it was that i haven't had such epiphanies for a long time. thank you again!
    gamma     Mon, Dec 15, 2008  Permanent link
    That's a great post, written with high standard of language quality. I'd still comment on few things to which I view differently.

    The first part of the post was informative. However, when reading further I come to few critical statements...

    Somehow the words keep coming out of our mouth (or word processor) trying to catch up to the speed of thought while the stream of consciousness moves its argument forwards as if it had been preconceived.

    I perceive it differently since I place that observation into a different context. I don't wonder about it, I use it as my right. I throw my words and they grow up, they are a seed of divine code and a reason for sensational incidents. I see no problem there.

    “we are in dire need of a new kind of language, a language that may be able to bridge the immensity of the gap we have created between the perception of the world and the manner by which we describe the same world.”

    I disagree to this too because someone who is in need of a better language is currently crying instead of talking which is natural thing for a baby, and I might add for the rest of us too. So that's where I want to place and sort the quoted sentence. To be able to talk takes work work work on the language which given by nature's laws will stick close to being simple, close to the rudimentary in a sense of energetic and informational efficiency and inner workings of the mind. Any further improvements happen here and there every day by - work work work and sometimes forgetting, being excited and by a process of being a teenager.

    Most important thing is to have something to say. I think its liberal that you can start yelling out that and we will listen.

    language is revealed through text as the mode of our conscious experience – a truth which furthermore transforms the very capacities of the thoughts which think it

    I find that the language and form are correlated guides to one another, present fundamentally in the inscribed neural pathways. They are glued together and become imperceptible, adaptable and intelligent way of guiding the human character. The plasticity of neural pathways is miraculous and allows dissolving the solid guides that glue together terms and things. That phenomenon is serving endless surprises and liberation for the perception which leads mind to become aware of the neural streaming signal as a purely mathematical noise.

    Lately, I’ve been doing a little exercise, trying to imagine some actual experiences if the brain were to seamlessly interface with machine intelligence.

    All experiences possible and impossible, memories and dreams should be trained to maniphest in the mind. I can't believe how rarely anyone suggests that. In addition to the work on silence it seems that my message calls for more - work work work. :-)

    Japanese experiment, transmitting and receiving each other’s personal profiles, alerting them to the presence of compatible others

    I'm going to Japan. They're all Japanese but hey, kewl.

    As our minds will attain the non-linear associative powers that will do away with the static mold of analog information we will finally break through the speed barrier of thought

    I disagree. I was like that, offering everyone a non-linear candy. In time I learned more math or something and I don't believe it is true. Non linear nature of mind allows for dedicated focus (using the majority of mind's content) on certain affair. In fact, non-linear mind is capable of dealing with aspects of the chaotic world despite the chaos due to that focus of attention. With such mechanism we hear higher harmonics of music, feel natural ordering, recognize meaning and patterns become objects of reality.

    I think that in all topics there is a fundamental need to talk concretely about what are the possibilities or how something is done. Mostly any experience is not current. There must be a distribution of experiences per sensory input per time. Some are more current, others are memories as old as few seconds. The solution is to associate the regions of the body and mind and qualify them with the distance in time.

    aeonbeat     Wed, Dec 17, 2008  Permanent link
    I don't know... it may look like way too much of ranting gibberish, because of a poor manner of expression, but if I am right, then I'll be right even if I'm wrong... Here's my answer to all this.

    eyeclipse     Thu, Dec 18, 2008  Permanent link
    I recomend to see any video or documentary about Dalí (for example), and you will see how, if your are a great brain with great things to comunicate, you will find the words. Another thing is if you are ready to understand these unusual relation of concepts on a same phrase.

    I have "Dalí by Dalí" DVD, and it's amazing how he can explain all the details of his work, with a all knowed words.
    aeonbeat     Thu, Dec 18, 2008  Permanent link
    what i think it's all about having the courage to do something while actually doing it, otherwise we are somewhat doomed to fail with the message. in the same time if we are too much self-reliant we may fail as well, not able to see we're stuck. this is why i think communication is important too. thanks for the link, it was funny :)
    gamma     Sun, Dec 21, 2008  Permanent link
    Funny movie... I haven't seen Dali by Dali.

    I'm not sure if I mentioned before, but there is possibility that people are talking about functional language. Functional language means to say or write words that are exceptionally effective in giving exciting experience to subjects, less relying on interpretation or intellect. It can be called rubbish sometimes or it can become meaningless to strangers in different setting. After all, language is a set of instructions. I wonder what would be the guidelines for that?
     
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