On the morning of 02/12/18, on trips out with Eloise, I had a cascade of insights – hints of which I wrote with pen-on-pad.  I transcribe them below, with comments or links to posted comments.

cogangs   Mafia   cabal   Trump/Putin
competency sets for UPLIFT ** personal uplift competencies

This was an extended insight related to the real potential of the emergent UPLIFT TEAM. It included the realization that Stan Pokras, through his desire to learn more about UPLIFT, has “essentially joined” “our” emergent team.

I had many detailed thoughts about the practical, Down2Earth aspects or our specific doings, this year. We must begin exploring this query, elsewhere.

One thread was about inventorying our competencies (skills and handicaps). What necessary competencies need by the team may not be strong in any of us (five initial members). I remembered my many prior thoughts about developing a Skills Assessment Process and a Skills Database (from my 1976 Mission_2000 manuscript, and many subsequent times).

This is a theme we should attend to, as it is an early, essential component of the UPLIFT Process.  I recommend we each begin drafting a short bio of ourselves relevant to UPLIFT. Should include personal quirks and life-story-sketches, as well as special knowledge and competencies.

nuet’s ASSETS  MSC  weak: specifics/acculturation

The insights and ideas, currently hosted in nuet, may well be of great significance to the survival/thrival of Humankind on Gaia. The future of Larry (Laurence Joseph Victor) is not relevant, other than – initially – to seaf nuet with the UPLIFT Team. This assessment of nuet’s value is, obviously relative to Larry/nuet.  My challenge is to motivate others to devote time & energy to learning about uplift, BEFORE they adequately comprehend its importance. Thus, the need to present other values/ reasons for exploring nuet and UPLIFT.

One “argument”, too long and involved for this post, attempts to establish the savant nature of Larry; justifying why he may be so uniquely-unique as to  give credence to his synergy-of-insights.  How do epistemic and paradigmatic shifts occur? This is far from claiming the significance of Larry, other than he hosts nuet.

What are the meta-characteristics of Larry/nuet that “mark” him as a potentially useful savant? In compensation for Larry’s sever disabilities (lack of mental imagery and autistic traits) he has developed special assets (rare in humankind and useful at this time). He has discussed these assets elsewhere.

My primary asset is automatically activating deep, alternative contexts to most figures of attention within his experiences. Larry/nuet is a super divergent thinker, but with the ability to focus deep in convergence, when necessary. His gift is actually being able to process at all holon levels. Most others are unable to notice his talents in both the highly abstract and the highly concrete. Larry/nuet strengths lie in his ability to navigate all holon levels. Had he the time, he would be an inventor of useful tools. Larry/nuet has recently coined the acronym, MCS (Magnitude/Scope/Complexity), to characterize the architecture of his wrld, called nuet.

Larry/nuet’s handicaps cluster around his difficulty in sharing.

(1) Although he can  privately focus/attend to tiny details related to his own work, he has great difficulty giving extended intention to fine details presented by others. He has literally, no sensory remembrances and lacks visual imagination. His  inner, unconscious models can be highly “spatial”; however, this is never experienced “concretely”. He has difficulty sharing because he lacks a “visual screen” on which to “project” remembrances and created images. Without auditory mental imagery, Larry has no ability to replay a sound, so his speech recognition can be quite poor.

(2) Larry’s “autism” blocked  his psychologically becoming a member in conventional categories: son, brother, father, husband, friend, student, teacher, physicist, American, etc. His mind resists acculturation. Teamwork will  be difficult.

These two  handicaps limit what Larry can do to seaf our UPLIFT Team.

Additionally, Larry’s body is in decline, although his internal organs and physiological systems appear strong. Over  decade ago an MRI revealed a  highly damaged cervical spine, but without symptoms, until recently.

On 10/01/2017, while driving our KIA, stationary, in line waiting for a left turn, I was rear ended. At the time I experienced no body injuries, not even a jarring. Three weeks later I began to have very strange feelings and limited functioning of both hands.  This got progressively worse. I can’t  pick up small objects, button shirts, remove and replace credit cards to my wallet, etc. Three weeks ago this “sensation” moved up both my arms. Yesterday (o2/13/18), during incensed difficulty with mobility,  identified the cause as the feelings in my hands and arms now in my legs. I expect this is due to my cervical spine.  Thursday (o2/15/18) I will have minor carpal tunnel surgery on both arms – to rule this out before they “attack my cervical spine.

I have no trouble keyboarding, except for many typos. Yet, at any day I may not be able to be online. This leads me to be concerned whether nuet and nurt’s writings will be accessible with Larry severely handicapped.

Organizing around Learning , not Economics

UPLIFT has many faces/perspectives like the Elephant and the Wise Men.  When attending to one face, it is easy to ignore the other faces. This is the mis-match between the “band-width” of human realtime cognition and the Magnitude/Scope/Complexity of conceptual schemes to be explored.

One face of UPLIFT that seems difficult to accept: In the human systems processes within UPLIFT, “education” (via OLLO) replaces “economics” as a “driving force”. Analogy: structural integrity is essential for any building construction, but it is never the driving force of architectural design.  In UPLIFT, “economics” retreats into an (essential) background, whereas Organizing-around-Learning become foreground. In designing UPLIFT to optimize “the uplifting of humankind”, various models of “economics” would be applied. We remove all ideology from economics, and view it as a technological discipline, not a scientific discipline.  Another analogy: nutrition is a essential aspect of food, but it need not “drive” our eating styles. Fads in eating styles, based on incomplete knowledge of nutrition, are analogous to different economic styles.

No matter  how progressive or radical proposals appear for a better future, MOST start with tinkering with economic systems. The exceptions are those proposals based on religious conversion. Almost everyone imagines a good, future education as being like our contemporary best. What if our contemporary best is grossly inadequate? (from email to Stan 2/13/18)

Collective Leadership
(Governance Subsystems vs Governmental Components)

This theme is very well attended to today, with many labels and in many guises. Michel Bauwen’s Peer2Peer and Commons   is explicit in both rationales and means to “decentralize”, and more. Tom Greco researches variations of “local currency” systems.  I could search and list thousands of orgs calling for and/or creating human systems without “leaders with power”.

Here, I propose we explore the decision-making of our emergent UPLIFT Team, including our decisions from here on out.

My prior thinking on this theme distinguished between Decision-Making COMPONENTS or  SUBSYSTEMS of a system/org/group/population.  My exemplar is to contrast GOVERNMENTS (components) with GOVERNANCE Subsystems.  Governance being a process without explicit leadership bosses. Although there have been governance subsystems for all of human history, governments have dominated (for many reasons, some genetic propensities which require “handling”).  Our Sci/Tech of governance remains embryonic/primitive, especially in the face of advanced technology (which enhances the “power” of both Governmental Orgs and Governance Subsystems).

Governance and Government are but two modes of organized decision-making.  There will be many times when the Government Model is more appropriate. I climbed high mountains only behind a competent leader (government). Wintering over in the Antarctic, 1960-61, we 19 men chose to follow orders from our young, inexperienced MD, lieutenant – only when appropriate. Doc Walker was so informed. There was never a need to challenge his decisions; but he often consulted with us as would not be done in the military. We were 10 seabees and 10 civilian scientists.

Sandwiching my stint in the Antarctic, I lived in an urban commune at Yale in New Haven, where ALL decisions had to be unanimous. At the time, serving as “president” (with one hour labor credit per week and having the responsibility of busywork representing Rochdale to Yale),  I moderated a meeting where one objection, to a proposal, turned around all others, when their “case was made”.  The four “elected offices”, at The Rochdale Cooperative wielded no “power”.

On the other hand, decision-making should be limited to those who both comprehend the choices (to an adequate level) and are “free”/competent to choose.  Most humans today don’t meet minimum requirements to choose between many options; which is one rationally for UPLIFT.

Designing/Establishing/Maintaining  a Just/Viable/Competent social/societal Decision-Making systems is daunting. I forego further explication, here.

However, the Decision-Making Process needs to be established (yet experimental) BEFORE there is a major increase in membership.

Potential & Emergence

Although the close relationship between potential nd emergence should be obvious, that direct linkage just became explicit.

As I type this, the need to add “ignorance” to this, popped-to-mind. “IGNORANCE” = Positive knowledge OF what you don’t YET know or comprehend; or can’t YET do or appreciate.

In a “sense”, what “is-to-come”, already “exists” – as potential and ignorance.  Potential <=> nu .

History of Sci/Tech – many shifts/disruptions

This is  continuing theme, the implications of the content in the History and Philosophy of Science on our personal/social/societal futures.

Scientific establishments (as human orgs with human members) rewrite they own historical myths to propagandize students into their “discipline”. Although scientists may speak about Scientific Revolutions and Paradigm Shifts, ESTABLISHED  SCIENCE in any era, believes/performs as-if they are “near the truth”; having only to work out some fine details.

As difficult it is to imagine, given the wonders of contemporary Sci/Tech, that we are about to undergo Revolutions and Shifts what will dwarf what hav gone before.  this will primarily be in the human sciences, but will spill over to the material sciences. The naive and false belief in the “nature” of Sci/Tech by both the “elites” and the “masses” blocks their ability to prepare for then. They can’t stop or control them.  Indeed the “elites/masses” comprehension of Sci/Tech lags far, far behind what is already accepted by the Sci/Tech communities.

Note: New Sci/Tech findings in most disciplines are not known by sci/techs in other Sci/Tech disciplines. Most sci/techs are highly specialized and don’t transfer their Sci/Tech knowledge outside their narrow discipline.



MINDSHIFT: Analysis of Comments on Trump’s SOTU

MINDSHIFT: Analysis of Comments on Trump’s SOTU

It isn’t Trump, his tweets and speeches, or his actions that are most relevant today  (01/31/2018).

What all others report about Trump and his behavior is revealing, and vitally significant.

Everyone (from progressive pundits to Trump’s base) ALL report that they KNOW what Trump actually said and intended. They report their personal interpreted experiences of a perceived “objective reality” (video sems and tweets). They may also report their “feelings”, but these are distinct from their reported “direct perceptions”.

We have quality video of the SOTU speech, which is what most persons experienced. We could play them again, and have groups discuss what they experienced, perceived, and believed was “said” and “intended’.

This is not new, that humans confuse their personal, “conscious experiences” with “direct perception of objective reality”: naive realism. This had survival value in tribal times, but can have dangerous consequences today.

Some persons can learn to conceptually question their personal experiences & interpretations; even though they continue to meta-experience their experiences as objectively real. I frequently “awake” from the “hypnotic state” of believing I’m directly observing an external, objective reality. It is from a kind of super-imposed, conceptual “mindfulness” that we can be aware of this “illusion”.

What is STRIKING, in these Times-of-Trump is how these distinctions are being amplified in the media; yet, few seem to comprehend the deep significance – even as the term “fake” goes viral. Our media silos contribute. What surprises me is that the persons on CNN an MSNBC (FOX and Breitbart knowingly speak only to their choir) act as if many persons, of other persuasions, are watching. Most Trump supporters never perceive reports critical of Trump. And if they do, it is enfolded/warped in critiques by Trump defenders. PREACHING TO THE CHOIR. They may be addressing the “undecided.” To my knowledge, there are no studied attempts to infiltrate the pro-Trump media sites and experimentally try to engage them in meaningful dialog.

Another Observation: The future, beyond tomorrow, is virtually absent. Vague reference to the mid-term elections and the 2020 POTUS elections is all there is. MSNBC report as if there will be a “constitutional” decision (court/legislative/electoral) process to decide. However, there may be no longer any legal frameworks accepted by both sides. There are many, different “Constitutions”. Trump/GOP can simply ignore requests from Democrats or the “left” media. Trump and his handlers (Global Organized Crime, including some banks) will not accept defeat. Speculation: Future elections will be either rigged in their favor or prohibited. Another false-flag event may be used to shift emergency powers to Trump. POWER RULES.


Nor does the USA, China or any “nation” or “state” – in the same “sense of existence” as tables, trees, houses, persons, and even villages.

When is the action of a part not considered an action of the whole? The answer depends on our definitions for “action”, “part”, whole”, and “considered”. Is my writing this an action of the USA? Is EVERY action of a legal official of the USA government an action of the government. When The Donald shits, it that an act by POTUS? Are The Donald’s tweets the acts of POTUS? Naive realism  applied to large, complex populations of humans can cause us great difficulty. This is an issue beyond that of naive realism for all experience.

If a rouge group (conspiratorial gang – CG) of members of a formal organization acts (contrary to the policies and bylaws of the org), are these to be considered acts by the org?  Conspiracy defined.

Trump and Putin have known connections with Organized Crime. The organized crime cabal in Russia, (CGs in Russia) may have hacked the 2016 elections in the USA. It can be  “rightly” claimed that Russia (the official nation state) did not formally participate in the hacking of the election. Trump and Putin are radically different players.

What prompted me to revisit this theme was the recent announcement of the rolling back of regulations on the payday loan scams. This is clearly in line with the corruption of Legal-Organized-Crime (LOC).

The slow coup underway in the USA may be the work of an international cabal of CGs. The org structures/processes of CGs and CABALS of CGs is different from that of most institutions. Details of differences need to be worked out. The historical roles of CGs in so-called formal societal systems must also be explored.

The ontology/epistemology of societal systems needs revisiting. We project too much from our naive reality of the immediately perceived onto the non-observable too small or too big. We may discover a Societal Weirdness as strange as Quantum Weirdness.

Because we use nouns as labels for things, doesn’t necessarily imply “how these ‘things’ exist”.

What does the above contribute to our actions in our contemporary real wrlds?