Metaphors about the Shifts We Need

Brief metaphors about the magnitude of paradigm shifts we need:

The “vehicle” you are driving through life is having difficulty.
It will be critical whether you treat it analogous to a
CAR   or   HORSE.


What is “humankind”?
Are we using the appropriate “categories”?

What if “humankind”
doesn’t always function according to
the Laws of Logic & Physics?

What if everything everyone experiences
is part of Humankind.

“Objective Realities”
are conceptual, constructed/woven contexts
“created/emergent as maps”,
but always experienced within Humankind.

What the term, in our language, “Humankind” labels,
cannot be “defined” in a few paragraphs,
or even in a few books.

The “entity/meaning” (for “Humankind”) will emerge in our mind/brains
throughout our lives;
different “surfaces” for each,
but with a shared “essence”.

(Surfaces and Essences – Doug Hofstadter


This is NOT a shift to “consciousness/spiritual” perspectives.
It is a meta shift, transcendent of the duality of the
Material (matter/energy) vs Transcendent (mind/spirit).
Human REASONING will apply to both.

REASONing is a process of dialog,
with self or with others,
seeking REASONs for taking important actions,
within out Lives, within Humankind.

Reasoning doesn’t seek truth,
nor must be logically valid.

My interpretations of:
The Enigma of Reason, by Hugo Sperber   2017


The awesome Magnitude/Scope/Complexity [MSC]
of Humankind’s POTENTIAL,
at this juncture in our evolution/emergence,
is invisible to human experience;
so is not recognized or acknowledged.

Our POTENTIALS are expanding exponentially/fractically,
gaining in utility and viability;
meaningful only in the context of a
SCIENCE” of Humankind ,
not in the
science of material reality.

Our challenges in Material Reality
can only be adequately met
by a nu, uplifted Humanity,
metamorphosed from Humankind by

These potentials are evident only as patterns
in our collective semfields, primarily online.

These patterns emerge as Conceptual Schemes
that serve as contexts for our
Pictures / Scenes / Stories / Scenarios,
little to BIG.


our collective, symbolic/semiotic records (sems),
are the essential/critical “environments” for Humankind.

Conversations are temporary semfields, in sound.
Texts are symbolic patterns “printed” on material substrates.
Architectures are “shaped” materials, imposed “form”.

Our SEMFIELDS are as important
as our material ENVIRONMENT.

Today we witness the fragmentation
of our semfields,
as they expand into new media.

This is not a decay from a “ideal”semfield,
a “perfect state” of our myths.
Our semfields are yet embryonic,
in early stages of emergence.


is in the overlap of the
Material World and Humankind’s 7,000+ personal Wrlds.

are features of Humankind Science:
patterns in semfields,
experienced by humans.

Material Reality “exists” independent of humankind;
but, our experiences of Material Reality
are created by ourselves.


All the above points to a system of Perspective/Paradigm Shifts,
of equivalent importance as the:

GeoCentric to HelioCentric shift,
or the
Classical to Relativistic/Quantum shifts.

Humans + Semfields
as significant as
The Cosmological Universe


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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