When we attempt to explore and create in radically new and rapidly changing realities, our top priority must the creation/development/application of new/nu technologies, to assist us in our activities and projects. Today, most human activity directed to everything beyond direct person-to-person interaction must be mediated by technological systems.
Long ago humans added the “societal” domain to the “social” domain, an important distinction seldom recognized. “Social” remains vital, but is strongly influenced by “Societal”. “Social” is enhanced mammalian behavior based on face-to-face interpersonal relations – exemplified by tribal mono-cultures. “Societal” are constraints/enablements on the “Social” by semiotic, language based structures (e.g. texts, constitutions, bylaws, financial systems, etc.). Technologies exist for both the social and the societal. Applying social technologies to the societal can lead to great difficulties, and the laws governing each domain are different.
The societal is no more directly observable than the actions of quarks and electrons. We only observe effects in our world of naive reality. Yet we treat institutions as complex physical, observable objects. Societal systems are theoretical constructions based on patterns of data, just as our knowledge of atoms are based on data from measuring instruments. There may be “societal weirdness”, as we have discovered “quantum weirdness” in the domain of the unobservable small. We cannot simply extrapolate laws from our immediate, sensory reality to unobservable domains.
The reeee (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, enjoy-ability, elegance) of our actions are highly dependent on the quality of our technological systems. Historically, human “progress” was achieved by applying innovations in technology. Technologies include both physical, personal, social, and societal.
By “technologies” (TECH#) I refer to a cluster of interdependent and interacting, systemic features: Tools, Techniques, Training, Tasks, Testing, Teams, and Time. Most contemporary technologies don’t adequately attend to all features or their inter-relations..
The MSC-Assets we bring to our living and working must be commensurate with the Magnitude/Scope/Complexity (MSC) of our Persona-to-Planetary Challenges.
In my (Larry/nuet’s) analysis, our MSC-Challenge as a few primary features:
- Global Inter-Dependency.
- Potentially Catastrophic Consequences (Collateral Damage)
- Deterioration of Human Competencies (Sliding into Madness)
- Accelerating opposition, polarization, intolerance, and fear/hatred between populations, made worse by technologies encouraging silos.
- Emergence of Awesome Innovation, Discovery, and new Knowledge and Competencies. However, this Emergence has no relevant intentional coordination or organization.
MSC – Magnitude/Scope/Complexity.
Our Challenge requires that we attend to the WHOLE relevant reality, including our MSC-Challenge. We cannot only work at the bottom, hoping that all will come together at the top, in the future. For example, we cannot depend on osmosis or “going viral” as a dependable means of propagating memes.
I am open for someone to suggest a 4th or 5th variable (beyond Magnitude, Scope, Complexity), and to suggest improvements on this analysis/recommendation.
These are truly EXTRAORDINARY TIMES.
The evolutionary emergence of humankind in our recent (millennial) past, MUST BE COMPREHENDED & ACCEPTED as a COSMIC EVENT. HUMANKIND is truly unique to the COSMOS (at our level of comprehension of Realities). However, our greatness is within our yet-to-be-actualized awesome potentials, and not in our current achievements. We have the potential to be “gods”, but we are yet only embryonic, recently emergent, newbees. Our Gaian responsibility is to evolve/emerge as a creative/developmental/educational influence seafing the emergence of the whole of Gaia into a sentient, intelligent, compassionate planetary biosphere prepared to connect with other such biospheres in the universe.
OLLO and SEAF are two MSC-Technologies necessary for the success of UPLIFT and Societal Metamorphosis.
OLLO = Organizing-for-Learning =&= Learning-for-Organizing, a bootstrapping of complementary processes, learning and organizing: interwoven processes involving unique interactions between human and non-human intelligent, technological systems. This may be a new definition for “education”.
SEAF = Support, Enable, Augment, Facilitate: four functions of a unique technological sysnet of humans that provides a catalytic and enzymatic “force” to all other human endeavors.
Both OLLO and SEAF are probably necessary to accelerate and secure the galdee (growth, adaptation, learning, development, evolution, emergence) of such MSC systems as Humankind/Gaia in the face of “natural” and “essential” forces of destruction and renewal (entropy, in physics analysis). As we increase our MSC we need commensurate technologies to survive/thrive. Increasing our MSC shifts us into new and unexpected “domains of reality”, requiring nu technologies such as OLLO and SEAF.
OLLO and SEAF don’t yet exist, other than as sketchy ideas. Their galdee must be experimental and initially will not require great finances, permissions, or work-forces.
Think awhile on the radical differences in body form and movement and relevant environment between a caterpillar and the metamorphic emergent butterfly. Then, consider an equivalent difference between “civilized” Humankind (with its history and contemporary configuration and behavior) and the potential societal metamorphic emergence of a nu HUMANITY.
The seeds of this nu emergence are sprouting within humankind, but are severely bottled up by our locked-in belief that we are going to transform “civilization”. Teams innovate components of the emergent HUMANITY BUTTERFLY, but are failing in their attempt to assemble them into a transformed, economically sustainable Civilized Caterpillar.
All societal concepts are theoretical, and don’t match the data. Yet, we tweak and cherry pick the data to Save the Theory – Capitalism and Electoral Democracy, both unrealistic fictions (among many others). Our theories about ourselves as “humans” is also a fiction. Many insights/data for new theories/visions of HUMANITY/Gaia are accumulating, but the powerful meme called CIVILIZATION blocks their achieving synergy.
The Caterpillar can’t invent the Butterfly!