January 2019


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Mark Stahlman <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 5 Jan 2019 05:59:57 -0700
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Happy New Year (yes, 2019 is going to be a *big* one) . . . !!

As you know, in addition to being a "psychologist," I'm also a  
"computer architect."  So, I'm familiar with both the human psyche and  
how computers actually work.  And my conclusion is that "information  
processing" is a very problematic metaphor in both cases.

What is "information"?  What does it mean to "process" it?  None of  
that is clear.

There is no simple or agreed-upon answer to these questions.   
"Information" has become a substitute for "energy" (which, in turn,  
has many of its own problems) -- as "data" becomes the "new oil."  If  
the ToK System is going to use this metaphor, then I suspect that some  
careful analysis is needed.

If this is a "word-game," then what do these words mean and,  
crucially, what don't they mean (references, controversies, conundrums  
seriously needed) . . . ??


Quoting "Henriques, Gregg - henriqgx" <[log in to unmask]>:

> Hi All,
>   First, happy new year!
>   These are really important conversations. See attached ppt for how  
> the ToK/Garden approaches this issue. It makes two key points.  
> First, “digital” is MAJOR because it represents externalized (i.e.,  
> outside human behavior) information processing and communication  
> systems. In the ontology of the ToK, novel information  
> processing/communication systems give rise to MAJOR transitions in  
> the wave of behavior (i.e., genetics-Life; neurons-Mind;  
> language-Culture—now digital is happening and we are starting to see  
> the emergence of a new dimension).
> Second, the ToK/Garden hopes for a synthesis between digital and  
> wisdom philosophies, and offers a version of what such a wisdom  
> philosophies might realistically be. I have called it “MetaCulture”  
> and envision a sort of “World Sensorium” (Oliver Reiser’s 1958 term)  
> of a higher/meta self-to-global consciousness that involves a  
> healthy symbiotic relationship between human persons and the digital  
> sphere.
> Best,
> Gregg


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