FASCISM re-defined

FASCISM
CORPORATE CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT
dictatorship not required

Corporations have engineered the definition of fascism to highlight  governmental authoritarian rule, usually with a individual dictator – with implication that corporations are also under the dictator’s rule. This is not the case, except – sometimes – at the end of rule. The corporations manipulate the dictatorial system, but the inside propaganda (for the people) claims the dictator is in fully in charge. It is a corporate sponsored myth that a single person can actually dictate a nation. The dictator is manipulated to believe he is really in charge. A dictator is always at the mercy of his most trusted lieutenants.

One person can command only to the extent that he can get others to obey down a chain-of-command. It must be in the interest of those in the chain-of-command to be willing to obey the dictator. Those below the dictator agree that the image of MAN-IN-CHARGE, is necessary and a relationship develops between the dictator and his chain-of-command.

American corporations’ continued relationships with Nazi corporations during WWII, many factories were not bombed, and The Marshall Plan resources went to the same corporations that supported Hitler. Some top leaders of the Nazi corporations were tried as war criminals, but the corporations continued. Many in the top chain-of-command in the Nazi system emigrated to the Western Hemisphere after the war ended.

The corporations also engineered the definition of other terms:  anarchism, socialism, democracy.

Democracy = Batch Process Voting for Elite Selected Candidates. This creates the myth that “the people” are the deciders. They only get to chose between competing elite systems.

Anarchism = Mutual Aide, Governance without Governments. That governments were not necessary for societies was heresy for the economic powers in the early decades of the 20th Century. Anarchism was feared far more than Communism.  The corporate controlled media branded anarchists as “bomb throwing nihilists”, from which the term and concept has yet to recover.

Socialism should simply mean that the whole society should be considered as primary, and not the economic subsystem; either as capitalism or communism.

According to the above definition of “fascism”, the USA (with Citizens United and the killing of the Voter Rights Act) may have crossed the threshold to being primarily fascism (as to this definition). The Trump Phenomenon is a move to give greater “forced control” over the population. The gridlocks between and within all three branches suggests that the “better aspects” of the USA are all but dead-and-gone. There is little evidence for a potential reversal of this process.

TRUMP’S INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EMPIRE IS A FRAUD

Have you noticed the lack of background about the large business empire now being discussed about Donald Trump. The focus is exclusively on his conflict-of-interest as POTUS. Months ago, the talk was about his failure to release his tax returns and about his businesses in the USA. His trip to inaugurate his Scottish golf course.  That he had business dealings in Russia was the first MSM hint of Trump’s international involvements. Suddenly we discover Trump towers rising in many nations.

The media initially questioned Trump’s real wealth, millions or billions; starting with challenging his claims of great wealth. The media doesn’t, now, discuss what his wealth might be with all his international businesses. What is going on? What Trump “businesses” have failed, and what are “succeeding”? Are the many Trump Building actually owned by Donald Trump or the business he shares with his children? Does the Trump Business actually construct and manage buildings having the Trump brand, or does it only promote the brand for the real owners? Enterprises like Trump University and his TV show were props for his brand marketing, many which didn’t do well.

FRONTLINE EXPOSE

On Sept 27, 2016 Frontline released a 2 hour program, The Choice: a uncensored history of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. There are reported a number of unsavory deals and persons involving Trump’s early business years that have not been mentioned anywhere else in the media. But a blockbuster section beginning shortly into the second hour provides evidence that Trump is a failed businessman, and it claims that he doesn’t actually own most of the businesses that carry his brand: TRUMP. Donald Trump is a hired barker for bankers. He has no business competencies to be POTUS, as he falsely claimed during his campaign.

About 15 years ago almost all of Trump’s businesses were failing, he owed 40 banks over 3 billion dollars. These bankers met with Trump in Trump Towers to decide what to do with him. They all agreed that Trump was an incompetent CEO; but a great promoter.  His brand, TRUMP, was worth gold for the bankers. So, with his image “too big to fail” they continued to buy the TRUMP brand, but The Donald was no longer in charge of the businesses. I expect that The Donald owns a small percent of stock in “his” businesses and is permitted to tout them as HIS. It appears that the TRUMP businesses after this decision have basically succeeded – Trump no longer being CEO.  Trump and family have a business of selling his name – that is all.

The Frontline segments for this and other relevant urls can be accessed at the following sites and times, but the whole two hours are well worth viewing:
VIDEO   starting at 1hr/21min/53sec
AUDIO STREAM    starting at  1hr/14min/10sec
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TRUMP BUSINESS   listing  (no mention of international businesses)
REPORT IN REUTERS ABOUT TRUMP’S “COMEBACK”

“Trump says his comeback began when he recognized a downturn in the real estate market and quickly asked banks to renegotiate his loans. “That decision was perhaps the smartest thing I did,” he wrote.

The six bankers and lawyers involved in the talks say the bailout wasn’t based on any overture Trump initiated with the banks – and the terms of the deal were dictated by what was best for the banks, not Trump.

Three of the participants say Trump didn’t acknowledge he had a problem until his lenders reviewed his books, realized he was on the brink of collapse, and summoned him for debt restructuring talks.

While much has been written about Trump’s financial troubles at the time, there has been little examination of his description of the bank negotiations in “The Art of the Comeback,” including his assertion that he chose to initiate those talks.”

One of Mr. Trump’s most lucrative initiatives has been the licensing of the Trump brand – and name. There are Trump-branded properties like towers and hotels in some 20 countries.

FAMILY POWER ANALOG => Aliyev. Azerbaijan’s President

IVANKA TRUMP, CLIMATE BELIEVER

Why is this information not being further spread in the media that is fearful of a Trump POTUS? How was it permitted in the Frontline episode, still being available online?

A query:

IS TRUMP
A TOOL OF THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM
TO NORMALIZE GLOBAL FASCISM?

Donald Trump is not POTUS. POTUS will be the Cabal of Bankers with Trump as their frontman. This is a threat well beyond Citizen’s United. Conflicts-of-Interest will extend well beyond the personal interests of Trump & Family. THIS should be sufficient for the Electoral College to declare Trump ineligible. Anyone reading this please try to get this information to the Electoral College members and others concerned.

There is no unified “Wall Street”. Economic and financial forces are diverse and competitive, nationally and globally.

“Objective Reality” is in radical transition, but we humans don’t have direct access to it. We each create inner maps (wrlds) of simplistic stories in hope that they will be valid enough to guide appropriate action. Our old stories are no longer sufficient.

ALTERNATIVE BIG PICTURES. Every human is limited to access only information in their immediate environments, claimed to be about events elsewhere on Earth. Objective Societal-Reality is not observable; we only have access to reports. As we enter 2017, the ascendancy of Fake News and claims that THERE ARE NO FACTS, shoves us into a very dangerous, evidence free game. All that is left is personal opinions and beliefs, psychologically supported by engineered news within new media technologies. What is actually going-on is very hard to determine – we are limited to speculation based on what evidence based reports continue to exist.

Consider a highly speculative story, of competition between two global economic/financial cabals, represented by Clinton and Trump in the recent election.

The Cabal using Clinton: Their goal is to strengthen USA/West hegemony, if necessarily by force, to preserve the dollar, and to compete with BRICS over world dominance.

The Cabal using Trump: Their goal is a multi-centered global economy of corporate/nation systems that compete among themselves without war. There will be few international requirements on how each corporate/nation rules its population.

Neither Cabals are smooth running systems and there are many other forces at play than these two.

“THE PEOPLE” don’t exist

Do, “The People”, exist ?

For some years
I have avoided using the term “people”;
and use “persons” or “populations” instead.

What motivated me was the overly frequent misuse of the phrase, and its variations such as “The American People”, by politicians and media pundits. Unconsciously, they deceptively imply that the whole of a group or population supports what only a smaller subset of persons do support (or oppose).

In support of the term, “The People”, I remember stories of Native Americans referring to their whole tribe by terms that translated, in English, to “The People”.  Social systems with homogeneous cultures might be able to claim an almost universality to beliefs and assumptions within their populations. This cannot be valid beyond the tribe.

The cognitive diversity of “humankind” (term to label all humans and their cultural/social/societal systems) is far vaster than expected and the full range yet to be determined. Observable body differences is a small variation compared to our cognitive differences. Many cognitive differences are DNA inherited; many as propensities dependent on environments for their actualization. Cognitive diversity is so vast that it is improper to speak of an average or normal human, in terms of their cognitive functioning. In analog, we can’t identify the “average” dog, or bird, or house.

Use of “The People” masks this essential diversity. Even when “the people” refers to a well defined population (by only a few criteria) the variation within that population remains large. Remember, it is logically and scientifically valid to rank a population of entities only one characteristic at a time – and then the ranking refers only to that characteristic. The ranking of human persons as to “overall importance” should be outlawed, as invalid and deceptive; yet it is a common practice. This relates to the logical fallacy of identifying a person with a category. It causes conceptual trouble when we identifies a person as “a husband”, “a taxi driver”, “a Muslim”, “a Republican”, ” a criminal”, etc. We aren’t instantiations of categories, only members of them.

This and thousands of similar, small “errors” contribute to our current “Crisis-of-Crises”. My use of this term, Crisis-of-Crises, is to label but one (large) aspect of contemporary humankind. It should be noted that “Crisis” refers to both dangers and opportunities. “Crisis-of-Crises” also implies that the interaction of different “crises” may be as important as the “crises” themselves.

I borrowed the term, Crisis-of-Crises, from my old mentor  John Ryder Platt from his 24NOV1969 article in SCIENCE, “What We Must Do”.

Do, “PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS” exist – in the “real world”?

The Problem/Solution Paradigm is a successful strategy primarily in artificial or laboratory situations. There we sometimes can, by design, limit the number of variables “in the problem situation” so that an “action entailing only a few variable” will suffice, a “solution”.

Advancements in the material sciences (including biology) were many because the systems researched did submit to simplification into Problems with Solutions.

Systems with humans as primary components seldom meet this criteria: only a few independent variables. It is typical of humans to seek out a few “causes” and attempt to limit or control them – even when there are a great many contributory factors involved in how the system functions. All candidates in the 2016 elections made such claims, and it was to such limited thinking that motivated the voters.

Although The Club of Rome identified the limitations of the problem/solution paradigm more than five decades ago, and coined names for the real issues facing humankind (solutionateques for problemateques), there has been no significant advancement in creating processes for fully identifying problemateques and developing solutionateques.

The phenomenon I label “TRUMP”, both in the USA and globally, must shake us from our complacency about PEOPLE CREATING/SOLVING PROBLEMS as a grossly inadequate strategy for our survival/thrival. “WE” must begin to re-imagine humans and human systems confronting problemateques.

The “WE” must be “participatory democratic”, but only within those persons accepting this “reality” and challenge. WE should not attempt to promote “it” to the whole of humankind, until “WE” have a nu system/process working for “ourselves” What we might be doing will start being discussed in future posts.

Election Campaigns MUST be primarily EDUCATIONAL

ALL election campaigns are primarily PROPAGANDA, designed to influence poorly informed voters. There is almost zero effort to uplift the competencies of the electorate.

On reason to keep the electorate poorly informed and stupid (unable to reason) , is that all parties and mostly all candidates wouldn’t survive scrutiny by a properly knowledgeable electorate.

Study reveals

Education, Not Income, Predicted Who Would Vote For Trump

The new online media and citizen participation in cyberspace, provides a unique opportunity to seaf [support, enable, augment, facilitate) the competency of citizens. What is lacking are the insights and interest in this significant paradigm shift re politics.

Might we benefit from an OLLO Party?  Effective Organizing and Relevant Learning are complementary strategies for a nu PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY. The PARTY organizes around a PROCESS, not an IDEOLOGY.

OLLO = Organizing-for-Learning=&=Learning-for Organizing. This involves “2nd order thinking”. Concurrently we must “Organize-for-Learning” and “Learn-for-Organizing”. They interact, and are not sequential.

OLLO-type process apps are needed !!!!!

UPLIFT is a THEME!  UPLIFT is far, far beyond learning facts and  routines. It involves “changing” the whole inner/woven/creative “WRLD” of each human person – in synchrony with the “collective” uplifting of everyone.; AND the Social/Societal/Cultural systems within which each person is embedded.

What did NOT happen, on November 8, 2016

The American people did
NOT

democratically select a strategy
for POTUS and the USA

for the next four years.

What they did (with little knowledge of what they were doing) was participate in a complex process (with many hidden components) that determined a specific human person who will (probably) assume the office of POTUS in January, 2017. That person may be Donald Trump, but there are possible scenarios where it won’t be Trump. And, it is likely that the process was manipulated and not conducted as to proper rules.

I am reminded of the Brexit vote in the UK.  A great many of those voting for Leave-the-EU had no idea of what that entailed and the consequences they might experience. Their referendum was also a complex process, severely limited in terms of what the voters learned about their choices and their consequences.  What the population learned after the vote, if they had known before referendum, “Stay-in-EU” would probably have won. Yet, there was no movement to hold another vote. Why not?

In this USA election 2016 few persons “adequately comprehended” what they were voting for-&-against; although most believed that they did.

Most Americans, even those directly participating in the campaigns, blandly believe that the outcome of the process must be accepted; even though there are multiple ways that the process may have been manipulated and hacked. Indeed, there is strong evidence that the total vote count in a few key states were altered in favor of Trump.

It isn’t the flaw of our Electoral College system, it is because that system can be manipulated to tip the election away from who would have won the Electoral College, without the manipulation. This, I believe was done in the elections of 2000, 2004, and now 2016. Is there any process to bring this to “trial”, and why isn’t it being done? Possibly any attempt would incite civil war.  Yet, many were concerned, before the election, that Trump would actually do something to derail the election, if he didn’t win.

Is it the tragic case, that there are no constitutional methods to question whether an election was honest, or how to fix the outcome? The gross inadequacy of our “heralded” Constitution is being revealed. The American Constitution has no Teeth!

Electoral Democracy in the USA is a grand farce. I say this not because I fear one candidate over the other. I have no confidence in knowing what a Trump POTUS will do, or what a Clinton POTUS would have done. I can imagine strong negatives for each, and some positives for each. I am also totally convinced that neither would/will do what I believe must be done to avoid the slow slide into oblivion for humankind/Gaia in the next few decades.

For me, whatever the next four years brings, I and others must treat those happenings as the societal environment within which our alternative, uplifting/learning/organizing “movement” will engage/move-through.

Although it will not be our primary goal to reform the established orders, we must be aware – in sufficient detail – of our critical societal environments created by those established orders; so our actions can be optimally successful. Our societal environments will contain both dangers and opportunities, toxins and resources.

There are so many different dimensions to the farce, that one might laugh if it weren’t so serious.

DIMENSIONS

POTUS is not all powerful. Even with the House and Senate Republican, there is no guarantee that Trump can do anything he wants. The President of the United States is not dictator or King. Democrats are organizing to slow Trump/Republican actions, as the Republicans have done for Obama.

It is unlikely that Trump can have the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, or FBI take actions that the leaderships of these entities strongly oppose. Nor can Trump move for legislation or actions that major corporate forces oppose.

And, if I read my history correctly, presidents have been assassinated if they threaten too radical change. The “ship” of the USA is massive, with great inertia and resilience.

On the other hand, what power does a new POTUS have in creating his own, new Executive System. Might they write their own “Plum Book“.

As I write this, the Trump/team is slow on making arrangements to fill the slots of staff and to make contact with agencies. Instead of filling these positions, what if Trump/team plan to dismantle the whole, “drain the swamp” (an inefficient and corrupt bureaucracy) – and create a new organization. Could a new POTUS demand new patterns of relationship with the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, etc.?

Most really important issues facing the USA were never part of the campaigns. Where some were briefly mentioned, they were trivialized and misrepresented. Yet, most Americans believed that the so-called issues that were discussed ARE what is most important. As important as those issues that now impact persons and families are (e.g. “rights”), they will be moot given the major Crisis-of-Crises unfolding everywhere on Planet Earth. The true Magnitude/Scope/Complexity of our Crisis-of-Crises is beyond the ability of most humans to comprehend; and will continue to be outside the deliberated concerns of governments (and media).

Today, the USA is far, far from what the MSM (including entertainment) presents to the population – and it is only through media that persons can learn of life beyond their immediate environment.  The alternative media (cyberspace) can provide some other information, but no one can learn what is really going on “at the top”. Furthermore, most Americans haven’t learned what to look for and have been propagandized to believe myths fed to them.  One example is the technological reality of JOBS in the tailwind of technological advancements.  The decaying infrastructure of the USA makes us very fragile. Many of our communities have militarized police that prey on their populations. Etc.

I could go on, outlining other dimensions of the USA that reveals it, to not be as “good” as we believe it to be – a “system” to trust in the future. On some dimensions, other nations are better than us. For example, health care. But, no nations, no governmental or economic systems are improving so we can succeed in facing our Crisis-of-Crises.
There are no CAUSES to what is happening in the USA and Gaia.

A “SYSTEM” of enormous Magnitude/Scope/Complexity “EMERGES”. This emergence is a continuation of the evolutionary processes within our Living Gaia, modified by many fundamental innovations accompanying the emergence of humankind within Gaia. There were no definitive causes to the phenomenon of Elections 2016 in the USA.  There were many interacting factor involved, “countervailing forces”, their “interference” often as relevant as the factors themselves. For example, the “media” impacts everything else, and is itself the result of the interaction of many other factors. The education/knowledge of each citizen is a primary variable.  Can “democracy” really exist without a fully competent citizenry?

Of primary concern to me, is the shift of personal wrlds to extreme polarization bordering on WARFARE TO THE DEATH, between “worldviews”. Recently, Jonathan Haidt, in a TED interview, characterizes this shift in the USA effecting more than half the population, as one of deep disgust.. I have long worried of an outcome analogous to the civilwar/genocide in Rwanda, occurring in the USA.

Social media in cyberspace is an ideal “pressure cooker” for runaway madness, as is evidenced when reading the viscous tweets and FaceBook comment threads. Now we witness the explosion of Fake News and Fake Scientific Reports. These fuel The Donald, as much as The Donald fuels his audiences.

There is a positive side to the recent happenings. There is clear evidence that our Sci/Tech knowledge about humans and human change is grossly inadequate to our needs. This realization, requires that we attend to OUR inadequacies and dysfunctions, and begin applying our best in bootstrapping OURSELVES to greater and greater competencies/knowledge. The “OUR” refers to the small number of positive change agents aware of this; we cannot expect to convince the majority at this time.

We need to better comprehend OUR emergence, and the future emergence of Humankind into Humanity. We can influence the directions of change within an emerging nu SYSTEM. What we can’t do is successfully TRANSFORM existing societal systems. The ascendance of Trump and his supporters (85% of the land area voting Trump, 46% of the voting population voting Trump) renders the transformation of humankind more unlikely (it can emerge by metamorphosis, transformation is not the only option).

The USA will be different depending on its POTUS and other political factors. Different peoples will gain or lose. What we cannot say is which will be better for us, and the whole of humankind, in the more distant future. In my view, all the existing models for governance and economics are inadequate for our survival/thrival. Take this setback as a warning sign that we have been deluding ourselves that we have been doing what we need to do. Humankind today possesses vast potentials to creatively emerge a nu humanity in the midst of our decaying humankind (societal environment).

I call for this option to be explored.

TOLERATING INADEQUACY: re Trump

Why do Americans tolerate
a severely flawed electoral process and democracy?

This must be a query, not a question,
as there are no short and concise answers.

Most persons only grok the inadequacy and
usually accept a simplistic faux reason or
unproven (or proven invalid) solutions.

Even I, only now,
sit down to collect all the dots and
begin discovering different ways of connecting them
(discovering how differ issues impact each other).

The DOTS:

No Constitutional Means to Correct the Following:

    Electoral College Flawed
    Other Structural Dysfunctions
    Gerrymandering
    States Ability to Hack Federal Elections
    Hacking Final Vote Counts
    Money Buys Influence
    Corporate Influence
    Corruption
    Criminal Exploitation
    Agency Influence
    Conspiratorial Gangs

        Informal groups in an agency, pentagon, or other org “conspire” to act outside rules and standards. Through various means these “gangs” can significantly influence the actions of the formal org for which they are parts.

Example: subgroups in the FBI force release of information and claim independence of POTUS.
Example: subgroup of legislators block selection of SCOTUS member.

    Limiting Franchise & Suppressed Voting
    Deceptive Media
    Deceptive & Greedy Politicians
    Inadequate and Deceptive Civics Education
    Competitive Dominance in Decision-Making
    Gridlock Permitted
    Propaganda Supported False Exceptionalism
    Flawed and Inadequate Constitution for Today
    Grossly Inadequate Knowledge & Wisdom Distribution in Population
    Educational/Media System Structured to Keep Population Ignorant

 

Living Organism or Deterministic Machine

 

Those persons with naive, “spiritual” perspectives, favor imagining societal systems as living organisms. Their visions may be good, but their assessment of humans, human nature, and humankind-as-a-whole-sysnet-holarchy is grossly inadequate. This is not a fault of these good persons, but due to our general false assumption that humans persons with tribal brains can function independently in societal systems of great Magnitude/Scope/Complexity (MSC).

I once contributed to this perspective when supporting James Greer Miller’s LIVING SYSTEMS model of a (nested) holarchy of holons (systems). The model starts with the cell, progressing upward through tissues, organs, functional subsystems, autonomous organisms. Then on to higher holons as societal organizations, such as governments and corporations. Earlier, Lewis Mumford posited the city as the first machine.

Today, with digital intelligent technology, some debate the coming Singularity when our AI Machines dominate.  Might we view our societal structures as machines where humans are programmed to perform mechanistic roles. We are often not competent in performing our roles, and the “organic” (living systems) nature of social (as distinct from societal) often interferes with the “smooth functioning” or our societal machines.

Much of the time, we  humans perform as complex Stimulus/Response Mechanisms. We react as to “who we are” at the moment. “Who we are” can be influenced by our creativity; but our “story” of always “freely” deciding between alternative behaviors is mostly myth.

Human “creativity” in artistic and sci/tech domains is both “real” and “contingent”; and not automatically transferred to moment-by-moment willfulness in everyday living.

All our categories are imposed by humankind struggling for adequate comprehension of their inner, created/emerged “wrlds”, hypothetically embedded in objective worlds of great MSC. Living and Mechanical are useful conceptual tools. Out there, in an objective reality (which need not totally follow our so-called, discovered rules or scientific laws), of which we never have direct contact/knowledge, there need not “BE” living things and non-living things.

Students of humankind have highlighted the strong influence of our technological competencies, going back to our tribal times. We have created material structures of great complexity and have become highly dependent on them. Some would say humankind is a cyborg = Human/Machine. I am attempting to call attention to our visual language, our semfields, as a unique innovation in the overall structure/process of Gaia.  WE are an emergent triad: Human/Machine/Text.

It is important that we examine the Trump Phenomenon from this expanded context. Even the very best analyses of 2016 fail dramatically in connecting the dots or acknowledging unspoken contexts.

What Next? Is Highly Uncertain!

Almost all of our institutions and cultural processes appear (to me, as) grossly inadequate to our needs in these times, of Crisis-of-Crises.

Yet, I continue to be shocked by how I can easily be captured by the dynamics of the moment. Although highly critical of the electoral process, and not liking Hillary, I never explored what a Trump POTUS might imply. Unconsciously I assumed Hillary’s election. I was swayed by the media to consider ALL Trump supporters as “deplorable” (because they were able to “accept” the dysfunctional Trump).

Contrary to my colleagues, I found many of Trump’s critiques of contemporary American valid, although wrapped in an abhorrent context. I welcomed his willingness to challenge USA establishment assumptions about the intentions of Russia and China.

I came to comprehend Donald Trump as a psychologically dysfunctional human, literally incapable of functioning as POTUS. This evaluation is totally independent of his ideologies acquired during his life with father and business. I sense his being overwhelmed  by his new status, and highly vulnerable to manipulation. Donald’s intention to really help all Americans may be very real. He has many times acknowledged that his use of loopholes gave him the ability to close them. Donald Trump is not a demon. The systems converging around him are demonic.

If Basic Fundamentals of THE USA are not radically changed in the next four years, Donald Trump may be replaced as POTUS by a Democrat in 2020. Can the Democrats and some American persons block negative fundamental change during a Trump Administration? Time will tell.

Nuet on Trump – The Phenomenon

Donald Trump as POTUS may, in the longterm, be better for Humankind/Gaia than a Hillary Clinton POTUS.

All along the campaign, this was my speculation. I voted for Hillary because I was lazy. The near future under a Trump POTUS will not be pleasant for many, and my own life and efforts re UPLIFT may not be so easy.

In Nuet’s analysis, there has been insufficient vitality and viability in the “progressive movements”, including those about Climate Change and Human Livelihood.

Contemporary movements for change are as wimps compared to the anti-war and civil rights movements – even with enhanced technology. Contemporary activity may be stronger in objective terms, but relative to the circumstances and need, they are lacking – and showing no evidence of improving.

Trump supporters were unable to evaluate whether Trump could actually do what he proposed. What to do after the Swamp is Drained? The same for Hillary supporters: how will she be able to do what Obama didn’t do? The vast majority of voters can’t comprehend how complex societal systems function and change.

We can best comprehend this lack by viewing each person as a whole internalized “wrld” and not as autonomous persons living in a common, objective “world”. This distinction may be subtle, but possibly very significant.

Donald is a dysfunctional person; he is not a fascist – but could be manipulated by fascists.

There are two Donalds to be concerned about.

The first Donald is the severely dysfunctional person, lacking the competencies to perform as POTUS, and be open to mistakes that could be serious.

The second Donald is the person-in-society with many, negative acquired traits – such as racism, sexism, and greed.

Lessons Learned:

There are no reliable experts on human systems.

We have reliable experts on tech systems not having humans as components.

Generalizing: The Sci/Tech of Human Systems is vastly inferior to the Sci/Tech of systems not involving humans as components.

Hypothesis: The Sci/Tech of Human Systems has not basically progressed in millennia. Contemporary Human Systems may be more powerful because of their use of non-human Sci/Tech (which has advanced, exponentially).

The failure of polls reflects, more generally, on the failure of our “best” models of human behavior and change. Actually, the results were within the statistical predictions by the polls. It was our limited human statistical intuition that resulted in our interpreting the poles as predictive of outcome.

Trump’s success is also evidence of this. His “style” accidentally resonated with a popular need.

There are no primary causes for Trump success and Hillary failure.

Note: Trump is last name, Hillary is first name. Implications?

Experts and pundits propose their favorite CAUSES.

The many factors, their distribution and interaction, makes the election a phenomenon without clear/clean causes.

This is typical of our reality.

The roles of corporate/financial economy on the election process was not even mentioned in either campaign – other than use of the terms “Wall Street” and “Election Financing”.

Humans are programmed to seek only a few fundamental causes, which evolved for tribal situations.

Most situations today are beyond the capacity of human persons to adequately comprehend.

Most contemporary humans are “stupid”, and even the best have many limitations.

Most humans have no accurate conception of large social and societal systems; they imagine them as big families.

Analyze human statements – most so, so far “out of context”. Try working backwards from these statements to the reality experienced that supports such statements. This includes experts and pundits, as well a persons off the street. Our inner “wrlds”, that provide context for our experiences and actions, are severely limited – when it comes to societal issues.

“Interpretation” doesn’t exist; REALITY, for each person, is directly experienced as inner woven wrlds, patterns of neural-molecular processes in each person’s body/brain. This subtle distinction may be very important.  Informing (via messages) won’t change wrlds.

No one is to blame, gaining appropriate competency is not easy or natural, and not supported by our societal systems.

Democracy, as practiced, is a major fraud; yet promoted as THE SOLUTION to a better future.  (explication elsewhere)

Alternative Futures

Trump vanishes.

By assassination or criminal convictions, Donald Trump is removed from POTUS. He may also simply QUIT.
He doesn’t want the job/responsibility.
Trump is PAID to resign.
We may have even worse problems without Trump.

Agencies attempt to control/remove Trump.

CIA, FBI, NSA, Pentagon seem to be beyond the control of POTUS.

Trump is manipulated/orchestrated brilliantly.

Trump (+ supporting orgs) block USA imperialism, and catalyze multiple power center futures.

Trump may be good for Climate Change.

I go beyond Naomi Kline and am deeply convinced that humankind won’t survive climate change unless it abandons both “capitalism” and “electoral democracy”, which are now as Siamese Twins. Furthermore, the nu societal systems (local to global) must (collectively) be capable of deciding what to do and then do it. And, for this, the distributed competencies of the global population must be significantly uplifted (more than simply educated). Viable, “participatory democracy” requires competent and knowledgeable citizens – who would never tolerate the corruption and deception of “electoral democracy”.

Speculation. With a mix of competitive cultures/societies within a “nation” (a societal system often imposed from the outside, often after wars), the “best” society may be an enlightened dictatorship. The examples were Iraq under Saddam Hussein and Libya under Muammar al-Qaddaffi.  Just before their overthrow (from the outside) they were the “best” developing nations in their regions about personal freedom and well being of those citizens who supported them (because of the peace and prosperity  – and which were a majority). They were dictatorially violent against those who threatened their rule, for which – in an imperfect world – can be justified. The USA and NATO (desiring regime change consistent with their globalization strategy) supported rebels that required the dictators to up their oppression of rebels, creating a rationale for intervention/invasion. Look at Turkey today as how an “electoral democracy” can go wrong.

Periodic mass elections create the false myth of citizen participation in governance. Corporate lobbyists have realtime influence on governments; citizens only periodically, usually with a pre-selected set of options.

Today, no major government or corporation is competent or “free” to do what is needed (and their reform to adequate competency is systemically blocked). The deep inter dependency of component systems prohibits such actions. Furthermore, this SYSTEM cannot be reformed, anymore than you can transform a tractor into a horse. Even those orgs most active and committed can’t do what is needed; let alone those who actively deny and sabotage actions to stop catastrophic climate change.

Obama and Gore lack sufficient vision. Periodic conferences on global issues are systemically unable to SEAF necessary human processes needed to resolve major issues. ONLY when the elites give up their privilege and power will change be sufficient. Even those many NOT POOR will resist the level of changes needed.

With the USA controlled by climate deniers, committed activists may re-examine what changes are REALLY needed and begin the OLLO process to accomplish these goals. OLLO = Organizing-for-Learning=&=Learning-for-Organizing.

They may discover and accept that the first challenge is to change the human system so it will be competent for changing the human/Gaian interface.

Scientists and engineers could discover what is needed but wouldn’t be able to get humankind to do it.

Humankind should continue R&D for working with the human/Gaian interface; but the primary effort must be the Social/Cultural Metamorphosis of humankind – independent of the specifics of Gaia.  Sorry, but relating better with Nature won’t necessarily give humans the competencies to migrate to a radically different lifestyle.

What is needed cannot be supported by established systems (that must later be abandoned).

Nor will mass, grassroots movements lead to sufficient change – as their strategy is to force established systems to change. The metaphor of a lawn of grass masks the great diversity of humans required – which already exists in potential (but suppressed).

The best analog for the emergence of Humanity is the growth/development of a nu human from conception to birth. Instead of cell division (the biological process to increase/organize the members), persons in the emergent Humanity invite/orient new recruits from the general population. In this they are seafed (supported, enabled, augmented, facilitated) by the well organized sysnet of already existing members of the embryonic Humanity emergent within collapsing civilizations.

In summary, Trump’s denial may be the catalyst for Climate Activists to scale up their visions and strategies towards sufficient action.

The System will Survive – Maybe it Shouldn’t ?

Media pundits attempt to comfort us by claiming the our SYSTEM will survive Trump, as it has survived other bad presidents.

They assume that our SYSTEM was, and is, the very best. On many traits the USA is deep down in the listings. Our composed history is one long coverup. True, no society or nation is perfect, and all coverup their negative (and continuing) records.

Our current SYSTEM is very far from what we need to survive/thrive our challenges, current and future. All leaders are incapable of honestly facing our authentic Crisis-of-Crises. Their mind/brains permit them to comprehend only to a level where a “solution” can be imagined.

Unfortunately, our Crisis-of-Crises is a problematique, for which the interaction of problems is often as critical as the problems themselves, and no set of “solutions” (treated independently) can suffice. Many decades ago The Club of Rome labeled our “condition” a Problemateque, requiring a Solutionateque; to no avail as we are all mind/brain limited – in practice – to the Problem/Solution paradigm for doing and the Question/Answer paradigm for learning.

Our current gridlock is systemic – and can only get worse. The UNITED States is dead, a zombie walks the Earth.

CYBERNETIC UPLIFT

Dear Friends, I don’t know where your minds are today. Mine is roaming new territories, discovery nu domains of reality emerging within humankind.  Amidst decay at every fractal-like level and place on planet Earth there is an equivalently massive explosion of new creativity of such variation to challenge our imaginations.

Kevin Kelly, in THE INEVITABLE, exposes me to the magnitude beyond BIG that has occurred and is occurring in the realm of digital creation. We have no useful access to this rapidly emergent nu reality – and hope we can soon, or it may destroy us.  The near infinity that EACH of us encounters, as we extrapolate, our positive “ignorance”, from what we know, is but a small part of a much bigger infinity. [Infinity is a process, not a number.]

Quoting from Chapter 7, FILTERING: “An exhilarating avalanche of new stuff is created every year. Every 12 months we produce 8 million new songs, 2 million new books, 16,000 new films, 30 billion blog posts, 182 billion tweets, 400,000 new products. About 180 million songs have been recorded on the planet.” All this with only a small percent of the population creating. The interactivity of these creators is minimal.  Imagine everyone uplifted and organized.

My latest insight is that humankind lacks CYBERNETIC BALANCE.

 

I propose that humankind has grown in terms of population and global distribution to form cultural/societal systems where the cybernetic competencies of both individual human persons and human social systems are not adequate to “handle” the information flows required for sustainability and viability of the whole of humankind, and major subsystems. Humanity must be designed to account for the real distribution of cybernetic competencies of humans, even when uplifted.

SECOND ORDER CYBERNETICS, Ranulph Glanville
THE CYBERNETICS OF CONCEPTUAL SYSTEMS, Stuart Umpelby, (1994)

In a new humanity, humans agree to make social or societal decisions only if they adequately comprehend the issues and consequences. Our skin, bone, blood, and stomach cells don’t make decisions about our brains, lungs, or hearts! Some decisions require trained crews as unit decision-makers; individual humans lack the competency. Currently no human social system is cybernetically competent.  Each of us must learn our responsible functions in Humanity, unlearn our obsolete beliefs, and propagate this change, augmented virally, through the whole population.

CYBERNETIC UPLIFT has only to be ignited/catalyzed, meta-managed via OLLO, and it will sweep contemporary humankind in a decade.

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I encountered this on TEXTURE as 4th Order Cybernetics. ( I just learned there are 3d and 4th orders of cybernetics.) It reminds me of Alex’s art.  I have no comprehension of what this says; as I have not studied it.

And, this long article seems from an alien reality:

I grok the proposal that we need to explore our realities with different topological contexts, and not assume the Flat Cartesian; but have no idea of what that would entail.  I skimmed this whole, long doc and read sentences here and there.  Yet, there is not one sentence in this long doc that has closure of meaning for me.  Each sentence seems to link – for meaning – to other parts of the document.  I first thought this doc a hoax, but then discovered that IOP is the Institute of Physics. Might this text be written on a different topology?  IOP has had an explosion of journals & books in the last decade:

Another wild one, with reference to Doug Hofstadter:

I have no time to explore these, and am more curious as to how such nu knowledge is exploding in other disciplines, sub-disciplines and sub-sub-disciplines. Do you detect a “strangeness” in these?

[ PATTERN ( ? ] LANGUAGE )

Article/doc by Helene Finidori
Patterns that Connect: Exploring The Potential of Patterns and Pattern Languages in Systemic Interventions Towards Realizing Sustainable Futures.

Helene, I have just “read” your excellent “doc”.  I have never encountered a doc like this, and I am hard put to say that what I did with it was “reading”. I want to say it is the most “complex” doc I ever encountered, but I’m not satisfied with calling it primarily “complex”. It might also be the most “comprehensive” doc I’ve encountered.  I attended and presented at two ISSS conferences: Budapest 1987 and Asilomar 1994. Now, there are many docs I might attempt to read, but be unable to process them. I claim that I comprehend the basic themes of your doc. Otherwise, I couldn’t make statements about its “complexity” or “comprehensiveness”. I will discuss these themes later in this doc.

Yet, the terms “pattern” and “language” and their coupling can’t find traction anywhere in my mental reality. I am well aware of examples of patterns and languages, and even might consider what I am typing now as a “pattern language”; but these examples are NOT what you refer to in your doc. Yet, throughout the doc, every time I saw those words there was a blindspot behind it. This is, for me, a weird phenomenon, totally new and challenging.

Everything I have ever read about “pattern languages” has been like this. For me, the docs are pure abstraction, as if “pattern language” was the variable “x” in a concrete mathematical treatise. I see mention of concrete examples, but they are never part of the docs. I have not searched all of the references, but those I have looked at did not help me.

I have seen mention of diagrams on cards, as a crude example – but never know how these are used by persons in a manner I might call “languaging”.  None of the icons related to me as representative of the concept they were to represent. Those without visual imagery would be unable to participate. A video of their use would be very helpful.

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Helene, I grok that you and I are working in the same domain, but coming at it from widely different approaches. Many of the persons and topics you mention I am aware of.  The last time I looked at cybernetics, there were only two orders; and was interested in learning there are now four. I wish I had the time and mind to study your doc and read many of your references. You have identified and collected so, so many essential distinctions. [I still think back on Spencer-Brown’s LAWS OF FORM, making “distinction” the fundamental of reality.]

I had to read most sentences more than once, and often only got a inkling of what was being said. Each would require study – for me. In a way, you write as I do – trying to make each sentence as general as possible, with strings of words instead of only one. I know what I would need to do to optimally comprehend each paragraph.

Each paragraph, and there were many, was a different cross-section of reality. Each was a “pattern”. How they “hung together” in themes was the beginning of a “language of conceptual schemes”. Patterns within patterns within patterns, etc.

I am told my ideas are too complex for most people to comprehend. This doc makes mine look like a kindergarten sketch. Yet, I think we share two challenges, and maybe are imagining the same “vehicle”.

The longterm survival/thrival of Humankind/Gaia is our shared goal. You phrase it as achieving a sustainable global humanity this century, which I agree must be our first step.

I characterize our contemporary “reality” as high in MSC (Magnitude/Scope/Complexity). You provide many variations of this theme. We humans share the problem of trying to do too much with too little. I have recently encountered my personal threshold: that what is necessarily relevant to me is beyond my reach – a virtual infinity of information to access and process. I play with many insights of how to meet this seemingly impossible challenge; as do you.

We both seek solutions in how we humans interact, with nu tools, technologies, languages, insights. I speculate that what I am calling “semfields” you are calling “pattern languages”. I propose  sem = pattern. We need to explore this later.

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My strategy involves radically changing humans and human social systems, as well as inventing/using new technologies. I not only propose the need for UPLIFT, but that individual humans may not be capable of being the primary deciders working with pattern languages or semfields.  This is more than we must learn to work well in teams and crews, as individuals; but that when working on societal issues it is the team, crew, or tribe that is the primary decider. The bandwidth for human cognition is too narrow. I am very early in thinking on this, as I am becoming aware that our best knowledge about ourselves is both inadequate and often inaccurate.

Finally, I remain very concerned that our direct objectives, at this time, may NOT BE sustainability, or even surviving climate change. These must be our goals – the consequence of achieving our objectives. Our objectives must be to create a nu global humankind competent to implement steps required for sustainability and avoiding climate catastrophe. At this time humankind lacks the competencies to do what is needed, even should we discover what to do.

[This distinction between objective and goal I find essential – and it was a distinction use by the National Science Foundation in their grant proposals in the 1960s. They also distinguished between evaluation measures for behavioral objectives AND activity performance.]

To this end, attempting to transform governments and corporations to heal Gaia – even using pattern languages – may be impossible.  If so, then UPLIFT to Societal Metamorphosis may be the only alternative.

I expect that emerging a functional pattern-language/semfield would be much better working within an “isolated” UPLIFTING movement than within collapsing social and societal systems. All the variables you identify in your doc might better emerge within populations fully committed to it, and not having to face opposition.
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PATTERN

Crudely, I think of a pattern as the geometric content of a structure, its form. The text or sequences of symbols (letters) on this screen is a structure, which I perceive. I am not ready to call my experiential perceiving this structure as a pattern. The hypothesized neural-molecular processes with my brain architecture might eventually be empirically associated with my reporting about my experientials. I find it important to distinguish between hypothesized patterns or structures “out there”, the hypothetical associated processes in my mind/brain, the actual “conscious” experientials, and the patterns in my report of my experientials.

Decades back I invented a distinction: Processing STRUCTURE and Structuring PROCESS. I had to re-edit it from an outmoded format and post it as a file in my blog. My current reading leaves parts confusing – but I still believe the distinction is important.

I speculate that the distinction between patterns within nature and patterns created by humans is very significant – although the boundary may not be precise.

The star field constellations, the structure of our solar system, our DNA, and the pattern of the human face invariant over a lifetime (used in facial recognition) are patterns within nature AND we can represent these patterns in drawings and data sets, human created patterns to be perceived on a digital screen.

Elsewhere I have proposed that patterns-within-structures CREATED by humans ARE UNIQUE IN OUR UNIVERSE. I call them sems (for semiotic structures) and in configurations I call semfields. With sems, humans liberate information from all prior embedment in matter/energy systems. This has added new fundamental dimensions to Gaia and has shifted our future beyond the laws of evolution. The implications are, at this time, well beyond imagination. Humankind’s lack of comprehension of its dependence on its semfields may be the root cause of our current Crisis-of-Crises; but with comprehension may provide what we need for multi-millennial survival/thrival of Humanity/Gaia. This proposal calls for evaluation.

A book read a while back continues to bug me as to its potential relevance. Coming to Our Senses: Perceiving Complexity to Avoid Catastrophes, by Viki McCabe. It is proposed that some patterns are not perceived as usual, but are directly inputted into our brains. Facial recognition patterns is the exemplar. I have forgotten the details of this book, as I have of all books I have read. I cite it here as I intuit it will be significant.

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LANGUAGE

I grok that the “language” in “pattern languages” attempts to generalize how humans interact by mutual reference to patterns beyond the spoken and written languages of our traditions.  I imagine a team of persons mutually making a building, through gestures and sounds, but no spoken or written language; but with reference to symbols on cards – a very primitive semfield.

Your citing Wiki as a meta-pattern generator is significant. I interpret Wiki as an OS for creating/maintaining/using semfields.

Over the decades I have explored the need for new/nu visual, digital “languages”. They need to permit the integration of both nested and networked patterns. They would incorporate symbols (both words and icons) with standardized visual attributes (color, size, font) distributed in 2D space where “syntax” is coded to location in 2D space. Sounds can be independent patterns, along with movements of symbols. Readers may “drive” the visual. This language can’t be spoken, although spoken language may accompany its use. The current visual language being used here is grossly inadequate to represent the MSC of our conceptual schemes.

The vast diversity of human cognition must be accounted for in the development of pattern languages and semfields. Not all patterns can be perceived, let alone comprehended by everyone. Nor will “translations” always be possible. Only a small population will ever comprehend your doc, no matter what language expresses it. Although the global population can be very significantly uplifted, and even more with future generations, there will always remain wide distributions of variation among individual persons.  I grok that many “issues” will require specialized crews to work on; and where no individual person can comprehend the whole or be sole decider.

I foresee many generations of development for humanity, to make full use of our potentials. Looking forward from a few generations ahead, after successful UPLIFT and Cultural/Societal Metamorphosis, is well beyond our current capacity to imagine, today. We are cultural/societal infants. Yet, there will be a minimum we must accomplish in the next few decades.

Helene, which of the many features you cite in your doc should be given priority?

NEUROTRIBES – Deep Review/Analysis

NeuroTribes:
The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

Steve Silberman

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email reply from Steve Silberman 09/26/2016

Larry:

Thanks so much for your deep and thoughtful reading of my book.
(I was able to read the first link too.)
You totally get it, and I appreciate it.
Thanks!
Steve
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INTRODUCTION

At 81 and with millions of things I really should do, reading carefully a long book is not what I do anymore. Except for NeuroTribes. I was attracted to the book by its title, as I have been promoting the concept of Cognitive Diversity for decades and NeuroDiversity resonated. My initial intent was to see if there was a useful connection.  I started reading and became engrossed in Steve Silberman’s story telling and was learning what I should have known long ago. His introduction told me there was much good to come from reading on.  After reading the introduction, I read the last chapter and epilogue and realized that I must give the whole book a careful read.

Each chapter was a revelation. Steve is not a scientist, but a journalist with strong interest in the history of science and ideas. This book is a masterpiece of reporting scientific, medical, and social misadventures – and was becoming an exemplar for my new thesis that the Sci/Tech of systems with humans as primary components hasn’t progressed much in millennia. This is contrasted to the exponential growth of the Sci/Tech of systems without humans as components. I explicate on this elsewhere.

The multiple ventures in the treatment (social and medical) of persons with so-called Autism is the astonishing tale of the stupidity and arrogance of modern humankind – when it comes to trying to understand ourselves. Yet, it is also a story of eventual success in human grit, creativity, and intelligence. Some of those persons who would fit the new “autism spectrum”, described in the book, are certainly far better off today than they were in the not too distant past.  It is ironic that Asperger, working in Nazi controlled Austria, had the core insight that took five decades to see the light – and that yet by only a minority of humans today.

By chapter 3 I knew I had to read the whole book, and eventually buy it.  Having to rush with this library book, I abandoned many of the activities I had planned. Unfortunately, I now tend to get sleepy when reading books, and had to chunk it during many sessions. I returned it to the library today. I rushed reading without taking notes, and with my poor memory I will need to get a Kindle copy for details. I have the LOOK INSIDE from Amazon up now, to review the Table of Contents.

While reading Chapter 6, strangely titled: PRINCES OF THE AIR, I speculated that this was much more than the detailed narrative of the emergence of the “autism spectrum” conceptual scheme.  Without coming out and directly saying it, Steve Silberman was midwifing a fundamental paradigm shift in how we humans conceptualize ourselves. This is clear in his use of the terms NeuroTribes and NeuroDiversity. In Chapter 6, the sharp focus of “autistics” gave them an advantage in the early radio (air) of both Morse Code and later voice dialog – and on into The Internet. These new media enabled social activity within the spectrum.

The book also implies that the extraordinary development of modern Sci/Tech was possibly dependent on persons from the “autism spectrum”, as many (if not a majority) of innovators in the communication/radio/computer technologies were able to maintain focus on task because of their special abilities. These “abilities” had been viewed as disabilities until very recently. These persons weren’t diseased, needing a cure; they were a very essential subpopulation in the Cognitive/Neural-Diversity of Humankind. More on this below.

I digressed from reading at this point and searched for and skimmed  16 reviews of the book, 12 positive and 4 negative.  These reviews need to be studied carefully; but from my brief skimming I failed to find any reviews that reported on this deeper aspect – the paradigm shift. Some reviews did mention a few details about the special skills of those on the autism spectrum, but didn’t generalize. Most reviews appeared to be outlining the medical/scientific story. Many of the positive reviews complained about the length of the book and the many details that weren’t “necessary”. I wonder how many of the reviewers actually read the book (and how many reviewers of most books actually read the books). One reviewer explicitly complained about Chapter 6 and said it should have been eliminated. The negative reviews were by those who still pushed the negative views of autism as had existed in the past: from parents wanting to cure their children to those believing still that autism is caused by vaccinations. Many reviewers strongly objected to what they called “unfounded speculations” – what I found as the core essentials of the book, the history of autism being the surface.

Two negative statements in the reviews:

“His affection for detail can get in the way, as in a chapter on the development of radio and electronic bulletin boards.”

“It’s full of long stories and blah blah blah, rather than getting to the point.”

URL links to the reviews can be found at  NEUROTRIBES REVIEWS.

CAUTION

One objection has merit. The perspective of disability
does have relevance for those seriously disabled.
We must always bow to complementarity,
no single perspective is universally dominant.
With wide diversity, there will always be populations
that require assistance and compassion.
However, in many cases,
disability couples with ability.
EXAMPLE:
Narrow Focus vs Broad Scans.

A moment ago, while searching for the TOC, I discovered a companion book: Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review (of Neurotribes by Steve Silberman) by Eureka Books.  Reading the reviews of this book, most reported being tricked into believing it was Silberman’s book, and only a few said it was a useful CliffNotes-type summary. I expect that it totally missed what I wrote about above. It appears that Eureka Books is an author of a great many short digests of popular books.

I had hoped that it would have been a depth analysis, as I found in a book by Slater on Eddington‘s posthumous Fundamental Theory.

Each chapter was filled with rich detail on historical happenings that I hadn’t known and which were enlightening. I won’t report on the exciting detail in this essay. For one, with my poor memory, I don’t remember them and will need to consult back with the book. Also, I don’t want you not to read this book because I summarized all the choice parts.

NeuroTribes is of a type that I find absolutely necessary to read fully, amd in detail, to experience what the author is opening you up to. It is more than the sum of information on different pages, that many persons jump around seeking the “gist” of a book. If you permit it, Silberman will lead you to the edge of a paradigm shliff.

Another example of this type of book is Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking, Doug Hofstadter & Emmanuel Sander   It took me well over a year to read this book – but it was worth every moment.

A very personal outcome of my reading NeuroTribes was the confirmed discovery that I am on the “autism spectrum”. I knew I was a far outlier in the diversity field, but had not seriously considered myself “autistic”. This primarily because, when talking to Temple Grandin, whose visual mental imagery her medium of thought – and I have no visual mental imagery.

I just discovered that I have a thread of autism among my other profiles.  I have “stimmed” since when very young.  Not flapping my arms in public, but picking the skin off my fingers. When trying to go to sleep, I do flap my arms and feet – which I had called “restless legs syndrome”.  About two years ago I peeled off some fingernails and had to start using those little rubber tips for turning paper, to let my fingers heal.  I am now addicted to using them. I must have many on reserve, some in each pocket. I move them about with my other fingers. Sometimes one on each hand.  When my beard was long I was known as a constant beard twirler – as I lectured to students. I would also stroke my cheeks, saying I was only proving to myself that I was still here – as my proprioceptive sense are weak.  It was only after reading NeuroTribes that I learned the term “stimming” and that I have stimmed all my life.

My poor social skills also can be attributed to the spectrum. I would like to be liked – as do almost all on the autism spectrum. What they fear is how to handle popularity. This, also, has been me all my life. POPULARITY DEMANDS RESPONSIBILITY.  I don’t want to be responsible for those who seek my attention.  Yet, I do – I am usually over responsible when other persons are involved.  My email inbox is too full for me to keep up – but they are there calling. Long ago I invented a concept: The Screen of Renown.  When a person gets so popular than they can’t process requests, they must create a screen/filter.  I would feel obligated to everyone – which is impossible. Before the Internet, almost every person of renown I attempted to contact I was turned back by their Screen of Renown. Erich Fromm was the only exception.

However, I have some other features in my personal Cognitive/Neural-Diversity that make me not a usual representative on the spectrum. Most significant is that I lack mental imagery in all sensory modalities, thus having no sensory remembrances or imagination, no experiential past. I am also  conative dysfunctional (by the Kolbe test and an adaptor ( by Kossyln’s Top/Bottom Brain test .

TWO THEMES SUPPORTED BY NEUROTRIBES

These two themes have been emergent within nuet for a long time, gaining significance and support yearly. Below, I only summarize them and merely point out how Silberman’s book supports these themes. It is not my priority to show this in detail here, as I don’t expect many others to read this at this time. I highly encourage the book be read in its entirety, attending to the details.

These two themes are closely related, the first contributing to the second. When these themes mature they will have impact on par with those of Newton, Darwin, or Einstein.

Cognitive/Neural-Diversity of Humankind is Vast

That our scientific and technological advancements may have been dependent on persons on the autism spectrum is sobering. Their roles may be more than quirky exceptions. We may find that teams of persons with complementary attributes and competencies may result in a much healthier and viable humankind.

There is much more than humor in the atypical’s characterization of the typical/normal: “Neurotypical syndrome is a neurobiological disorder characterized by preoccupation with social concerns, delusions of superiority, and obsession with conformity. There is no known cure.”  Much of our Crisis-of-Crises can be attributed to a societal dominance of a narrow and warped view of who we humans “really” are. Finding a viable path to survival/thrival may require a broadening of who we view as human – which will be difficult in this critical time of enhanced racism and ethnic discrimination.

Our cognitive/neural-diversity goes well beyond the traits on the autism spectrum.  We vary vastly in our use of mental imagery, memory, attention, creativity, various intelligences, etc. I propose that the cognitive/neural-diversity of humankind would be better represented by a higher taxonomy, beyond species, as genus, family, or order. Within the cognitive/neural domain, there are no “normal” humans – any more than there are “normal” mammals or insects.

The Sci/Tech of Human Systems is Inadequate

The many failures of science and medicine, during the decades of attention to those experiencing what we now call the “autism spectrum”, typifies how the Sci/Tech of human systems has failed to compare with the exponentially emergence Sci/Tech of non-human systems. These tragedies can be added to the many others in the history of medicine and human sciences. On top of these failures is the cover up of this history and the perpetual continuation of the illusion that our knowledge of ourselves is great, let alone adequate.

To make matters much worse, the “best” of our (inadequate) Sci/Tech knowledge/competencies of human systems is only known or used by a small fraction of the human population. Even in the case of the “autism spectrum”, if you search online today you will find most of the information still the outmoded and dangerous views supposedly supplanted by the advances cited by Silberman.  It is still viewed as a disease to be cured and the conspiracy theory about vaccinations causing autism is still very active.

I recommend we transcend any anger about this, nor attempt to assign blame.  As I “argue” elsewhere, everyone’s behavior tries to be consistent with their experienced wrld. Yet, we need to accept this important distinction between the Sci/Tech of human and non-human systems and begin working immediately to bring the Sci/Tech of human system to a level required for our taking appropriate actions to ensure our survival/thrival in the face of our Crisis-of-Crises.