Implementation – “goal oriented self-organization, not ideology”
Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong. – Lao-Tzu
H.G. Wells expected the World Mind would grow “without a plan” in an “unpremeditated” manner. He avoided setting up any process of implementation, which CWM explains was primarily due to “the overwhelming need to defeat first the Nazi ideology, then the Communist one” of his time. Wells had a “frank loathing for political ideologies of any description as the means of implementing a collective human will and intention.” His outcry against the “Right and Left hysteria” of a “do nothing democracy” underscores his belief that every system of government is “made crazy [as] its struggle to survive becomes desperate”.
Wells foresees humanity confronting the “terrifying realization of the limitless uncontrolled changes now in progress” and that the World Brain emerges “at divergent points… inexorably as though there were no Leaders on the scene at all.” According to CWM, Wells envisages “a science of pure observation” he calls “constructive sociology” which as a study could not avoid an “irreducible element of purpose to its problems,” and that it would be “impossible to disentangle social analysis from literature.” In CWM, Wells points out how learning can help implement “political cooperation at every stage” during the growth of “the world’s knowledge apparatus”.
In CWM, Peter Russell shares how “cultural creatives” are engaging in higher levels of consciousness and seeking “wisdom rather than knowledge”. A new discipline he devised called Psychotechnology involves techniques that improve the mind’s functions using Eastern and Western ways of thinking. He suggests the discipline can “increase the quality of experience and the level of consciousness”. CWM summarizes Russell’s observation that “the number of people on the planet is fast approaching 10 billion, which happens to be the number of neurons in the brain cortex and the number of atoms in a single cell” going on to Russell’s point that “this figure may represent the approximate number of elements needed for a new level of evolution to occur”.
I read in Psychology Today something strategic consultant and blogger Moses Ma said about the implication social networks have on our minds He writes “we’re all interconnected now – each of us acting like a single neuron in humanity’s brain” (Ma’s italics). Unlike Russell, he doesn’t foresee the implementation of a world mind involving world population, but a single tweet on Twitter, which “like the butterfly’s wings eventually leads to a big bang of global meta-consciousness”.
Simon assures me that the views aren’t scientific, but that they contain useful metaphors. He speaks with enthusiastically of us being ‘neurons’ that share memories and intelligence in the ‘world mind’ and foresees a way that Open Intelligence might help cultivate a “gestalt-effect”, whereby a large number of users share a visual interface that helps them experience the “collective recognition of something that can’t be created any other way.”
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