A Call to ARMS (and to MINDS & HEARTS)

This is the draft of a serial story of
humankind birthing Humanity,
to survive/thrive our Crisis-of-Crises,
and launch a multi millennial expedition
into a glorious future for Humanity/Gaia.

The MSC
(Magnitude/Scope/Complexity)
of the Solutionateque
must be commensurate with the MSC
of our Problemateque.
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The Second Law of Cybernetics, or
Ashbys Law of Requisite Variety

**” This is a central law for the proper functioning of every mechanical and biological entity. It has been totally ignored by the social scientists and their patrons, the state elite, because it constitutes a refutation of the pretended absolute necessity of concentrating power in a central apparatus (the state) as the only way to solve problems (or, in general, to deal with reality) in a complex society.
** In fact, the law expresses the exactly opposite view, declaring, with the support of logical reasoning and empirical evidence, that only variety can master variety, reducing disturbances and promoting harmonious order.
** Regulation is then possible only if the regulating system is as various and flexible (responsive to changes) as the system to be regulated.
** This principle then disposes of the myth (still cherished by journalists and sociologists in search of easy popularity) that extraordinarily complex situations demand the concentration of extraordinary powers in a central entity.
** Once we get rid of that myth we are ready to explore all the rich implications of the Law of Requisite Variety and we, as individuals, can advance greatly towards finding real and appropriate solutions for the (supposedly) intractable problems of contemporary life.”

This scientific law is as strong against violation
as the physics law of energy conservation.

WE CAN DO IT.

What must be shared and engaged cannot be explicated briefly.

We cannot post an AD to attract a following.

Here, I start a ramble, not knowing what I will say next,
although I sense what must eventually be shared.

Our world, as I know it, is experiencing a Crisis-of-Crises.

Crisis = Danger / Opportunity

Humankind faces multiple dangers:

  1. The collapse of globalized civilization
    (due to internal contradictions & conflicts),
    with an accompanying die back of the population,
    and a great increase of violence & suffering.
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  2. Massive destruction of our supportive biosphere,
    including but not exclusively due to global heating.
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  3. Destruction, without recovery, of our
    habitats, workspaces, & infrastructures,
    as a consequence of changes resulting from global heating
    (e.g., storms, floods, fires, landslides, epidemics).
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  4. The significant potential for
    Abrupt Climate Catastrophe,
    that may lead to the extinction of humankind,
    and leave a terrible scar on Gaia.

Humankind faces the loss of multiple opportunities:

  1. Humankind to unite/synergize, and
    utilize all our knowledge gains to survive/thrive
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    2. Humankind to continue evolving/emerging,
    becoming a viable, planetary “organism”, Humanity,
    with new relationships with Gaia.
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    3. Humanity to develop technical competencies
    to protect Gaia from future events
    which would destroy most life,
    such as asteroid collisions or super-volcanic eruptions.
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    4. Humanity, with its unique conceptual competencies,
    to guide the multi millennial evolution of Gaia
    to become a “conscious biospheric organism”
    prepared to relate with other such systems
    in the Cosmos.

Note, that – although the threat of extinction is due to human caused global heating – climate change is not our only challenge. Yet, all else is moot if we trigger runaway global heating and become extinct.

To me, the loss of our potential future is far more distressing,
than the death of all humans – no new births – ever!

There are no human traditions, customs, beliefs or creations; and
no human persons or specific populations whose preservation
takes precedent over the survival/thrival of Humankind.
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GLOSSARY:  nu is contrasted with new,

nu refers to novel changes in the present with reference to the future.
new refers to novel changes in the present with reference to the past.
Our Here&Now is a mix of new & nu.

INSIGHT 01

Humankind Migrates to Humanity

Imagine a future “state” of Humankind/Gaia,
where most of the new ideas being explored today
are working in balance – a viable Humanity.

Don’t be concerned about how that “state” was achieved,
that challenge will be addressed later.

Yet, imagine that Humanity starting small,
with only a few persons, living an early form of that new “state”.
Imagine further that new persons join that young “state”
and participate in its growth and improvement,
until all of humankind are fully participatory citizens of the nu Humanity.

This story, in analogy, is one of persons, one-by-one,
migrating – over time -between parallel worlds.
The nu world gets better and better,
attracting more and more, faster and faster.
to walk through the magic mirror,
from the old to the nu.

NU
is the name I have given this nu world.

In this “idealized” story,
there is no interaction between parallel worlds.
Each person, in the old world, simply “picks-up”
and migrates to the nu world.
There they will be assisted and oriented,
becoming a participatory citizen of NU.

Migration is in human inheritance. We moved on, when things got bad and when we discovered somewhere else was better. We populated the planet and the great diversity of environments contributed to our great diversity.  Propensities are inherited.

Today, spatial migration is difficult because there a no uninhibited spaces to migrate to. Unfortunately, that never stopped our ancestors from colonizing spaces already occupied.  War and terror are fueling new waves of migration and climate change is anticipated to fan the flames. With almost everywhere sinking into harder times, few will welcome the migrants.  Warming temps are forecast decimating much agriculture, leading to food crises and more migration.

The migration I anticipate is desired migration-in-time.  We systematically transit from one culture/community/society to a different culture/community/society. The transit will vary, depending on circumstances from rapid to gradual. We don’t transform the old to the nu; we move from the old to the nu.

One very important difference about migrating-in-time is that the nu culture/community/society will immediately welcome you and assist your adapting and learning.  This will be radically different from most cases of migration-in-space, where the migrants are often alone, isolated, and opposed.

We will explore migration-in-time in more detail later, when we have some other insights to use in weaving a better vision/mission.

One additional observation. It is only the patterns of human interaction and organization that characterize the old and nu “humankind”. The physical infrastructures and environments are transformed by the “humankind” living within them.

GLOSSARYhumankind

The sum/total of all human bodies/brains/minds as they interact with each other within the context of their material environments (which includes their material creations and texts).

In a humankind=physiology analogy, the food in our bodies, air in our lungs, and even our microbiol communities are not considered part of our physiology – which includes only our biological cells.

This invented distinction is necessary to comprehend how changing humankind is enabled/constrained, BUT NOT DETERMINED, by our material environments.

Humankind is a biological/psychological/social/cultural system, but limited to only the biological, living human beings. Imagine only the human bodies are observable, all else is invisible.

 

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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