FOR THE RECORD – NOT SYNONYMOUS: Metamorpohosis and Transformation

email to  on 2/2/2013 — no response as of 3/29/2013
Bill Veltrop and fellow Metamorphosis Supporters.

Bill just replied briefly to my recent post in TNE introducing me to GlobalGEA.   It will take me a while to explore your site, and since there are thousands of viable sites emerging it will be hard to keep up. Our convergence on metamorphosis will move some of my attention to you.   All my online docs can be accessed from, a new blog/website and scattered posts and comments on Facebook and Google+.

The first thing that caught my attention was your proposition METAMORPHOSIS AS METAPHOR.  For over four decades I have been proposing that we treat metamorphosis as a concrete gameplan/strategy/scenario for action; more than metaphor. I find it is so very easy for persons and movements to slip back into supporting transformational morphing of Civilization into the Societal Butterfly we need. The societal butterfly must be created and civilization replaced, it won’t just happen.

I won’t go into my arguments here, as they are covered in my online docs.  To point you specifically to them:
This is a version of my scenario for Y2K, but contains links to my initial 1975 version, MISSION_2000 and other background.

I just reread an email I wrote to George Por in 2004 that gives some different history and controversy.  Many of the links from this doc don’t work.

I call my current scenario UPLIFT with a specific starter: BUS (Bootstrap Uplift Scaffolding) – which is in revision.

item in FAQ of GlobalGEA  
 Is there a difference between “metamorphosis” and “transformation?”
    We use both terms and see them as synonyms in the context of our work. We use “metamorphosis” because it turns out to be a wonderfully robust metaphor that helps us appreciate the profound nature of the transformation we see as essential throughout today’s social systems. The metamorphosis of the Monarch caterpillar is magical. The metamorphosis of our social systems can be equally magical in terms of the potential for generative ripple effects.
    Another reason is that “metamorphosis” emphasizes both appreciative inclusion of the old and its transcendence.
    Lastly, “transformation” is widely used to refer to any kind of big change. Its utility to describe the profound changes we want to evoke has been watered down.


my comment to this FAQ on 3/29/2013
As a person who has been working to catalyze Societal Metamorphosis through Learning Expeditions since the 1970s (and using those terms), and struggling to clarify the essential distinction between transformation and emergent metamorphosis, it both saddens and frustrates me to see them declared as synonyms. The caterpillar doesn’t morph into the butterfly, which you acknowledge using the inaccurate description of insect metamorphosis provided by Norie Huddle. She confuses “imaginal cells” with “imaginal buds” or “imaginal discs” – which are embryonic components of the coming butterfly present in the caterpillar from very early on. To my knowledge the scientific literature of metamorphosis doesn’t refer to imaginal cells, a term unfortunately now viral – all leading back to Norie Huddle. Nor am I aware that the caterpillar destroys imaginal cells. However, metamorphosis is a process in many species and there will be variations.

The critical issue is that by declaring synonymy you exclude from consideration the very viable model of a true emergent metamorphic emergence of a nu humanity which avoids the probably impossible task of transforming global civilization. This is a difficult enough meme to share without having it declared null & void before evaluation.

Everything else you are proposing in GlobalGEA is impressive and I was initially very excited when I discovered you. What you call Regional Metamorphosis is valid, and the creation of imaginal buds appropriate. Whether they lead to attempted transformation or metamorphic replacement will depend on circumstances. I hope to engage some participants in GlobalGEA in constructive discourse on the option of full metamorphic emergence of Humanity from humankind, models for which I have worked on for many decades.

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.