EXPERIENTIAL TOPOGRAPHY – Paths to a Better Future

PURPOSE & INTRO

For decades I have noticed the virtual absence of quality Big Pictures presented by the best minds, and the seeming absence-of-existence of such in the wrlds of most persons. “Pictures” has long been an inappropriate metaphor for concepts we seek.  I believe this absence of Big THINKING to be very dangerous for the future of Humankind/Gaia.

This essay was catalyzed by a cascade of insights expanding the nested categories of temporal description. Story and Scenario, older terms, shifted to include Scenes, Pictures, and to crystallize Scenarios as composed of Stories. Like “coming into focus”, what was fuzzy, clarified.

I am prone to favor sets & holarchies: e.g., reeee {relevant, effective, efficient, enjoyable, elegant} & galdee {grow, adapt, learn, develop, evolve, emerge}. Here I explore two new holarchies: categories of experientials and categories of wrlds.

I believe deeply that these sharper distinctions are critical to our survival/thrival.  We MUST be working at the requisite level of REALITY, that is relevant to our Crisis-of-Crises.

As in my more frequent posts, I distinguish between subjective and objective realities, and our frquent confusion between them.

MOMENTARY EXPERIENTIALS
FIELDS OF CONSCIOUS EXPERIENCES

Each human has their own private momentary experientials in the so-called specious present. We talk about and report on what we may call our “conscious experiences”; but we cannot ever actually experience what others claim to experience. What we experience when reading these reports may be quite different from the experiences that generated the reports.

Everything I discuss here is related to what I have experienced as features and patterns in my momentary experientials and recorded. I sometimes re-experience my recorded messages in a later momentary experience.

When you ponder this weird, complex whole, we wonder how the complexity of our wrlds (our personal worlds) can exist when all we have are brief experiential moments. How does this immense whole fit in this tiny window? I won’t attempt to solve this puzzle here; and I don’t expect humans yet have the requisite competencies to solve it any time in the near future.

   Wrlds & Worlds:

PHENOMENOLOGY is a multi-faceted academic/research discipline dedicated to the study of Personal Conscious Experience.  I have only “dipped my toe” into this vast ocean of heavy discourse. It is all relevant, but none of it presents the conclusive “truth-of-the-matter”. Nor does this essay attempt an answer – but only to refine the query.

From this perspective of QUERY (in search of unconstrained discourse & exploration), to replace the Question/Answer (or Problem/Solution) Paradigms seeking definitive closure, ALL DOCUMENTS I READ can be subsumed into a continuing query. What is important to note (as “fact”) is that almost everyone writing assume that THEIR IDEAS are objective truths. This universal tendency may be embedded in the foundations of all human languages. This is my “state of mind” most of the time, I believe in my experiential reality and my experienced interpretations. Yet, I conceptually accept that all I experience are patterns in my body/brain. My knowledge of history informs me that much of my “truths” will be superseded.

TOPOGRAPHICAL CATEGORIES OF EXPERIENTIALS:

QUALIA, PERCEPTS, THOUGHTS, REMEMBRANCES, IMAGES, IDEAS, FEELINGS, EMOTIONS, GROKS, INSIGHTS,  Meta-Cognitive-Experiences (MCE).
These terms need to be assigned to tentative descriptions of the components of experiences they label. This list is not complete.

TOPOGRAPHICAL CATEGORIES OF WRLDS

SNAPSHOTS, PICTURES, SCENES, STORIES, SCENARIOS [SSPSSS]  SCHEMES (CONCEPTUAL)

  • SSPSSS  is a nested hierarchy (temporal holarchy) of our mental experiences “mapped in time”.
  • SnapShots result from pulsed sensory information from the sensorium to the brain.

Pictures result from scanning SnapShots
Processing STRUCTURE / Structuring PROCESS

Scenes are composed of Pictures
Stories are composed of Scenes
Scenarios are composed of Stories
Conceptual Schemes discuss atemporal patterns in the temporal holarchy.

Our conventional categories are quite limited. The term “Big Pictures” (in English) dominates anything beyond the immediate; while any critical thinking reveals that the metaphor “picture” is grossly inadequate.  It appears that most persons have very limited competencies in Meta-Cognition – which is the inner category of experientials that attends to the inner topology of all experientials.

Of special interest for this essay are those categories considered “BIG”: Big Pictures, Big Scenes, Big Stories, Big Scenarios. Also: how the non-temporal Conceptual Schemes enable us to integrate the topology.

SSPSSS is a crude model for a much more complex and integrated “reality”. However, it may be useful in assisting us better comprehend ourselves and live.

 CONTEMPORARY EXAMPLE –  SPRING 2017

For decades it has been my practice to actively seek news and analyses from the “best” of all sides. During the Vietnam War I subscribed to English versions of Chinese newspapers – written for the Chinese, and similarily from Cuba. The USA State Department collected my mail and asked me whether I wanted “enemy propaganda”. I also read my government’s White Papers.

Today I daily access Brietbart News and RT, as well as radical progressive sites, and sites where average persons (right and left) vent, emotionally at each other.  I skim the NYTimes and WashPost. Many online colleagues curate and share their findings. I continually look for different sources with different slants.  Most sources are clustered in sharing similar “facts” and “perspectives”.

Recently (May 2017) I noticed that the very same SCENES (video and text reported) were used by both FOX, Breitbart, CNN and MSNBCLawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC) and Lou Dobbs (FOX) nightly weave radically different stories from the very same scenes. Dobbs is quite eager to show a scene, that to O’Donnell clearly reveals Trump corruption, which Dobbs uses to illustrate the fake news from the Deep State. There are some scenes presented by one side that are ignored by other sides; but the bulk scenes are common. In fact, sometimes a scene in Dobbs is richer in the evidence that O’Donnell values than was included in a shorter scene shown by O’Donnell. Both sides use the same “reports of facts”. It appears that  “left” and “right”  journalists sort scenes into the same two piles. They differ as to their labeling the piles: True or Fake. It appears automatic for both sides: what the other says “is true” MUST BE FAKE – NOT TO BE TAKEN AT FACE VALUE!. This attitude precludes any meaningful dialog.

SOLUTIONS

Human have the propensity, in certain settings, to exhibit herd behavior. Within their herd, individual persons can almost never change.  Today, the herds are locked into social media silos.

What might Trump supporters come to perceive, when viewing MSNBC in non threatening & supportive settings – away from others from their herds? We must ask the same for anti-Trump persons viewing Lou Dobbs in similar supportive settings.

IMPORTANT DISTINCTION.  There are those supportive of Trump who are quite willing to condemn Obama and Clinton, but still support most of the myths of established USA history.  There are other Trump supporters who attack the whole history of the USA, as corrupt and imperalistic from the beginning. Jefferson pushing the United States westward in North America was the beginning of American Imperialism. Since WWII the USA has intentionally toppled nations and set the stages for US corporate exploitation. Since WWII the imperialism of the USA has caused more deaths and suffering by any nation in human history.  In this Spring of 2017, there are those fully aware of the psychological dysfunction of Donald Trump and who oppose almost all of his polices BUT WHO SUPPORT HIM AS POTUS because he has stopped the planned first strike nuclear attack by the USA on Russia by Hillary Clinton’s crowd.

Today there is not polarization, but fragmentation. There are no longer just two sides.

In my (Larry/nuet’s) analysis, this trendings cannot be stopped or managed. However, there are many trending scenarios – all negative. The “SYSTEM” can’t be transFORMed! However, some strategic actions might slow the collapse and provide time to initiate an alternative to transFORMation: EMERGENCE via Up2Met (UPLIFT to Cultural/Societal Metamorphosis). This option is based on the proposition that only a well organized, highly knowledgeable and competent GLOBAL POPULATION, can make manifest the desired/needed transition. Contrary to almost universal (false) belief, radical/rapid change, such an UPLIFT, is both possible and viable. The potentials for UPLIFT are growing exponentially in the population, in spite of its suffering. However, the coming together in synergy is blocked and its very conception branded as unrealistic.  I have proposed an experimental model, requiring the engagement of 30-300 persons, PART TIME, to catalyze UPLIFT via OLLO. Once catalyzed, Up2Met should eventually engage 90% of the global population in a few decades, and possibly much less.

Much of the relevance of this depends on our acceptance that we really don’t comprehend what is happening, or what humankind really is, and who we really are. SSPSSS is one of many conceptual tools we can use to BOOTSTRAP OUR UPLIFT.

These are far from simple ideas, but once a person learns many of the components and relationships, their coherence become clear. Here I present a small selection of essays I have written over the decades, as my wrld emerged.

[1] Uplifting Humankind, Spanda Journal chapter 2015
[2] Bootstrap UPLIFT Scaffolding, InnoCentive Proposal 2010
[3] The Fundamental Reality of Text, ISSS Asilomar presentation 1994
[4] Practical Speculations at the Edge of Science, ISSS Asilomar 1994
[5] Learners for Quality Education, Learning Paradigm Conf 1997
[6] Paradigmatic Constraints on Education, NISOD Conf 1983
[7] SEAFwebs for NU, QuickDoc 2005
[8] Commentary on Michael Schrage’s Serious Play, QuickDoc 2001
[9] UPLIFT Dissected in Detail, QuickDoc 2010
[10] Technology of Non Violent Revolution, QuickDoc 1970
[11] COLAB STUDIOS, NEH grant proposal 2007

PASTS & FUTURES

We also tend to divide our SSPSSS into three groupings: Past, Present, Future.

Present is a mix of short term past and short term projected future.

“Temporal Integration” is a scientifically described human process where our current perceptions are integrated with recent remembrances into an experienced  Here&Now  (structures within Momentary Experientials) that has duration.

* Both Past and Futures are hypothetical, in different ways.

* HisSTORY (or HerSTORY) are continually being rewritten.

* NEWS is but a set of recent stories, selected by different biases to report.

* Future SSS (Scenes/Stories/Scenarios) can have a variety ot textures and can involve probability and statistics.

* One need, is for persons to compose different future STORIES to attach to alternative, hypothetical future SCENARIOS.

 

REALITIES: OBJECTIVE & SUBJECTIVE

Dialogs about “realities” are part of our momentary experientials – which are “real” in the sense that we “experience”.

There are patterns within our inner wrlds that imply we don’t invent them (the patterns), but they come from OTHER than ourselves – although our experiencing of these patterns is always within ourselves. We call these “inter-subjective” and are associated with hypothetical “objective” realities.  For local settings within which we move and sense, the match between subjective and objective is good enough not to be concerned about the difference – most of the time.  For “constructed” realities beyond our direct sensory experience, believing the subjective is objective can be very dangerous.

We can experience walls of building and properly infer a 3D building – when we walk around it and within it. The city is more difficult to experience as a whole – even from an airplane. It isn’t the whole city we see – only a view of a region from an airplane. We don’t see inside buildings, underground infrastructures, people moving about, etc.  It gets much worse when we consider the “objective” reality of societal systems (corporations or governments).

The topological categories of wrlds shift from probably accurately objective for Scenes and Stories, to having less and less objective validity for Big Stores and Big Scenarios.  Different human cultures have different Conceptual Schemes they apply to their experiences.

No matter how experienced, we face a Crisis-of-Crises related to our Big Scenarios (including Total Collapse to Extinction). Imaginative, positive Big Scenarios are exceeding rare and always naive.

PLOTTING OUR FUTURES

We are only now acknowledging (due to The Trump Phenomenon as lens)  significantly different global past scenarios for different nations and cultures – for the same ensemble of stories. ALL past scenarios are propaganda, in strong bias for the nation or peoples telling their stories, within their scenarios. Each past scenario is highly selective of what stories to include, which to censor, and which to rewrite or totally fabricate. For example, the past scenarios for the USA range from the best to the worst nation ever existing – and both scenarios have many “factual reports” supporting them.

In 2017 there is no reasonably acceptable OBJECTIVE past (local to global) scenario for which to base future actions.  However, such an objective past scenario could be constructed from the records (our semfield).

I propose that the distinctions present in the SSPSSS model will be useful in our developing processes to uplift ourselves from our Crises-of-Crises and begin to design/create/implement/maintain SCAFFOLDING within which human persons, engaged in OLLO (Organizing-for-Learning=&=Learning-for-Organizing), can bootstrap humankind into humanity, and develop a new, viable multi-millennial relationship with Gaia.

What faces us is a VERY GREAT LEAP to a radically different REALITY.

This is not the time for tinkering with tradition or established beliefs.

Agustin Fuentes,
in his masterful work,
THE CREATIVE SPARK:
How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional
reports on the foundation for our
VERY GREAT LEAP.

on fake news

“FAKE”

is but a popular term frequently used about the

“NEWS”

(becoming more frequent beginning with the Era of Trump)

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NEWS labels information new, with respect to a specific date and time duration, usually a day. But there is also “breaking news”, reports of activities underway concurrent to the reporting. If you returned from a long trip away from your normal source of news, a review for the duration of you absence would be “news” to you.

News, as used here, doesn’t distinguish among: 1] claimed objective descriptions of happenings; 2] interpretations of (1); and 3] commentary about both (1) and (2).

FAKE labels an evaluation of an item (of news) relative to a “CONTEXT” deemed as “REALITY” by those claiming the item to be fake. Fake also implies that the author and distributor of the news called “fake” (as attributed to by the persons calling the news fake) actually accepts the reality of those accusing them of faking, a deliberate attempt at deception. However, authors and distributors of fake news hope that readers of their news statements will believe them to be true.

Accusers of news statements being fake, often have alternative statements, using much of the same terminology as the so-called “fake news”, but formatted to result (for some readers) in meaning “counter” to the news called fake. This they might label, TRUE NEWS.

True and Fake are attributes assigned to statements by persons perceiving statements, which may include their authors.

********  TOPICS FOR DEVELOPMENT  *********

Fake News About Fake News
Weaponized News  Media Matters Radio
The Truth about TRUTH
Theory Laden Facts & Belief Laden Theories

No documents can claim TRUTH,
because the CONTEXT can never be part of the document.
Context is the foundation for interpretation,
which are evaluated re “truth-value”.

SAME INFO ORGANIZED DIFFERENTLY
YIELDS DIFFERENT REALITIES
MSNBC  vs  LOU DOBS
&&&
CNN vs FOX

INSIGHTS ARISE FROM
SUBCONSCIOUS REORGANIZATION OF
EXISTING KNOWLEDGE STRUCTURES
sometimes triggered by new information,
but not necessarily in the knowledge domain of the insight.

******** ALT-REALITIES AT KORALEE HOUSE **********

These local differences
reflect
global differences.

Control – E accuses L of controlling; L’s complaints about being controlled are viewed by E as L attempting to control. E has total say for all of the house and property, at Koralee Place, except the one room used by L – which E would control if she had the power. L’s suggestions to modify the house are seen by E as L attempting control. E cannot conceive that she controls.

Negativity – E accuses L of always being negative. Larry claims that pointing out possible improvements is not being negative; that accurate feedback is essential for progress.  “Positive Negatives?”
Info that triggers negative emotions in a person aren’t necessarily “bad”.  Warning a population of a coming tsunami stimulates negative emotions but is a positive act.

False/True Facts – E, L, and T differ on what “facts” re true and important vs false or irrelevant. E values cleanliness over order, whereas L values order over cleanliness. T is inconsistent as to order and cleanliness. E, L, and T imagine/conceptualize alternative futures differently.  There is no meta-area to compare these alternatives because the differences aren’t about concrete imagined happenings; but are about the deep nature or reality and change.