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
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