Currently I am working on two projects, The Cooperating Universe and I am writing a script for a film version of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Both are long term undertakings. On short term I am struggling with Parkinson. Some time this summer I will undergo a Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. I guess that is a major project, too. Please send positive thinking my way.
Zum [Sehen]1 geboren, Zum Schauen bestellt, Dem Turme geschworen Gefällt mir die Welt. Ich blick' in die Ferne, Ich seh' in der Näh' Den Mond und die Sterne, Den Wald und das Reh. So seh' ich in allen Die ewige Zier, Und wie mir's gefallen, Gefall' ich auch mir. Ihr glücklichen Augen, Was je ihr gesehn, Es sei, was es wolle, Es war doch so schön!
The time for the Third Secularism is here. First there was the separation of Church and State. This ended the powerful influence of the Church on governments and people at the end of the Middle Ages. We all know, of course that this struggle took centuries and by some measures is far from over. The Twentieth century brought the Second Secularism, the separation of Military and State, successful in many countries, though not in all. In the USA, the division of power prevents a military take over, – we hope! However, in many countries the military is still firmly in power. The ongoing struggle of the Twenty First century will become known as the Third Secularism, the separation of state and corporations. Today corporate influence on governments around the world is as powerful and controlling as the Church was by the end of the Middle Ages. The Third Secularism needs you! If we want true democracy, of the people and for the people, we must build a firewall between corporate money and elected representatives.
Excerpts from my Beijing Lecture on Sept. 26.2911 on Collective Orchestration
Full Title: Cooperation, Synchronization, and Collective Orchestration
•Collective Orchestration is cooperative and synchronized behavior of otherwise independently existing individuals for the purpose of achieving tasks that are not achievable by each individual in separation.
•Through Collective Orchestration individuals collaborate to achieve a qualitatively higher state of existence, a new whole at a higher level.
•In all these cases individuals come together and synchronize their action. Together they often can do more and sometimes completely new things. This tendency to cooperation and synchronization seems to occur everywhere in nature.
These are quotes from a Blog called The Technium
Why the Impossible happens More Often.
•“As far as I can tell the impossible things that happen now are in every case manifestations of a new, bigger level of organization.”
“What’s new is the velocity at which we are headed into this higher territory of global connectivity. We are swept up in a tectonic shift toward large, fast, social organizations connecting us in novel ways.”
“There may be a million different ways to connect a billion people, and each way will reveal something new about us. Something hidden previously. Others have named this emergence the Noosphere, or MetaMan or Hive Mind. We don’t have a good name for it yet.”
After my lecture in Beijing on Collective Orchestration, a new evolutionary paradigm a student asked me how Collective Orchestration applies to the Integration of rural and urban populations. Here is my answer:
This is an extremely important question. It involves values and value preservation. In a society that moves rapidly toward consumerism it is the country folk who loose, but that is only the surface. In the end we all loose if city culture swallows country life. Consumerism lures peasants and the rural poor into the cities with the promise of jobs, higher wages and an increased consumption of goods. The reality of this rural flight to the cities in search of a better life is often discouraging. It can be observed in many mega-cities all over this world, from Buenos Aires, to Casablanca and Calcutta. The rural migrants often live in primitive Shanty towns under miserable conditions. Work is scarce, especially for those who have nothing left to sell except their bodies and their labor. They have lost the little piece of land that “back home” they were able to work, grow vegetables and perhaps keep a goat or some chickens. Lost is their supportive community and often lost is their happiness.
Collective Orchestration, as I have described it, is not in itself necessarily positive. It is a technology nature uses that sometimes can turn against itself and become destructive. A good example is perhaps the growth of cancer cells in a body. Cancer cells follow the same principle a healthy cell tissue follows. They cooperate with the goal to grow bigger. But cancer cells do not live within a larger system of cells and cooperate with it. They are out to destroy it. The previously healthy human body, incapable of fighting back, becomes ill. The human immune system resists the invader, but all to often the invader wins and the larger system is destroyed. This is an example for the process of Collective Orchestration to turn against its own hosting system. Consumerism is like a cancer within the system of society, and our world community. If people, infected and obsessed with mindless consumption, win the upper hand it will destroy our human community and eco system.
I am not saying we should not consume at all. But we must consume wisely and with moderation. These are values that can easily be found among peasants and country folk. A farmer cannot and will not over-plant and over-use the land, but will handle his resources wisely in order for the land to continue giving. Consumerism purposefully creates false hopes and paints a utopian mirage consisting of shiny automobiles that are built in a way that they fall apart fast, so the consumer has to go and spend his hard earned money on another throw- away item. From my own experience I have learned the values of caring for the land. I was an organic farmer for 13 years. From Native Americans I have learn that in our decision-making process we must keep an eye on the effect we will have on the next seven generation, not just on the immediate gratification and the pocket book.
Consumption and city life in itself is not absolutely bad. It’s just that in the integration process the country to city relationship is lopsided. The country folk are often silent partners and voiceless witnesses of their own destruction. We, who live in the city must take great care not to wipe out completely the values and achievements of our country culture, which at one time all our ancestors shared.