CYBERNETICS UPLIFTS HUMANITY

{This short post was just discovered in draft on 4/10/2017, but was initially authored in 10/28/2016. I “remember” now, tht at this time last fall, I had begun to draft potential posts with this blog app. Apparantly, I had forgotten and only now discovered these draft posts.}

I start with the assumption that there are no primary, fundamental rules or conceptual schemes. Thus, although this doc focuses on a conceptual scheme labeled “cybernetics”, and that it is very important, I am not proposing that “cybernetics” be THE foundation idea. This is not to say that what we label “REALITY” won’t have a ranking structure, but that is to be determined – and I assume that humans will never have access to or fully comprehend an ultimate REALITY.

I recently discovered that there are now FOUR ORDERS of cybernetics; the last I looked there were two – and I have yet to digest the two, new levels.

CYBERNETIC BALANCE

Cybernetics labels the processes by which components and subsystems of a complex ecoholarchy of sysnets interact via the exchange of information.

We can imagine situations where the ability of a node to emit, receive, or process types of information may not be adequate for optimal functioning of the whole. This could occur if parts were damaged, or if evolution has not yet led to the formation of necessary structures.

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

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 yet adequate to “handle” the information flows required for sustainability and viability of the whole of humankind, and major subsystems. But, we have the ready potential to quickly gain these competencies. This will involve   OLLO [Organizing-for-Learning=&=Learning-for-Organizing], where Organizing includes the creation of appropriate technology.

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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