Beyond Civilization

We are passing from a long, multi-millennial era of civilizations.  nuet views the era of civilization as late embryonic in a birthing metaphor, from our mammalian conception.  Civilization is the caterpillar in the metamorphosis metaphor. Our past record is a mix of material structures, some with information embedded.  The societal structures which channel much of human behavior can well disappear. We will transform the physical infrastructure while the societal infrastructure is replaced (not transformed).

A great amount of beauty has been created, as humankind is naturally creative artistically – which is their fortunate condition, not a feature of human creation.  We didn’t create our creativity, it is a deeper part of our emergence. While we highly value much of our artistic production, we shouldn’t get carried away with needing to preserve it all.  So much Ohhing and Awwaing over visuals which have only aesthetic value – nice to experience for the moment but don’t contain any greater meaning – in themselves.  A viewer’s meaning related to a visual may be highly relevant, and for that the visual played its role.

This time it will not be another civilization building on the rocks and ruins of a prior civilization. The contrast is exemplified by the extreme differences in life styles of caterpillar and butterfly, neither could imagine the life of the other.

Might the “highs” experienced consciously when viewing (art) or listening (music)  or moving (dance) be “but” artifacts of the play of emergent patterns of math & art & technique that will render the emergent Humanity/Butterfly in its flight with an continuing emergent Gaia an emergent aesthetic in new domains and dimensions?

Author: nuet

01/24/1935. BS-physics RPI 1956; MS-physics UofChicago 1958; PhD-physics Yale 1965; PhD-Edu Psy Uof MInnesota 1970. Auroral Research Byrd Station, Antarctica 11/1960-02/1962. MINNEMAST curriculum dev 1964-68. Woodstock. faculty Pima Community College, Tucson 1974-1997. Transdisciplinary scientist, philosopher, educator, futurist, activist. PC user since 1982. "Wife". daughter, 2 grandsons. 5 dogs & 7 cats. Lacks mental imagery in all sensory domains.

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