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TAXONOMY OF WORLDS Add your comment on this item1

>> an experimental exercise << Add your comment on this item2

 

Laurence J. Victor Add your comment on this item3

7/27/2008

“nuet” Add your comment on this item4

 

 

"TOP OF HEAD" PROLOG Add your comment on this item5

 

            This is not a summary, or an introduction. These are rough notes made during an active exploration of a new domain. Many return trips here with some editing, re-writing, and expansion. Yet, not a crafted document. Add your comment on this item6

             

            What are the "first cut" distinctions (a la George Spencer-Brown's  Laws of Form) in the vast diverse fields of human constructed worlds? I need this rough tool now to distinguish my "episteme" from  the epistemes of others, whose lives I hope to influence (in win-win ways, for the good of all - no exploitation). Add your comment on this item7

             

            jorl, nuet intuited a rough overview of your episteme and how it differs from nuet's. Below is the start of an essay outline where I will attempt to explicate the context in which I hope to compare our epistemes, without an aura of competition. Add your comment on this item8

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            What I have read of jorl's world so far I classify among a reasonable number of new visions of human emergence (past to future). Each variant in this category of epistemes is a reform/modification/improvement/tweaking of the most advanced contemporary knowledge in many relevant disciplines. This category is the "foresight" class, which contains considerable diversity. Add your comment on this item10

             

            Members of this foresight class are the avant-garde, "new" in they define themselves primarily in contrast to what was. Add your comment on this item11

             

            Some other books where this category of episteme is expressed (in some way) are: Add your comment on this item12

             

            COMMENTARY Add your comment on this item13

             

            This minor task of creating a list of books possessed me. It trumped all other things I was to do. As I added more books to this list I began to question the definition of the category to which these books were to be members. I added books from two sources: books currently on my shelves and books in my book list of having "recently" read. As process, I simply copy/pasted book data to my outliner or entered book data from books taken from my shelves. My intuitive sense drew me to these books. About 20 books have been deleted from the list, primarily those I had not really read adequately. However, although I have read all of the books listed, I have not studied or researched most of them. For many, I cannot how remember details. Add your comment on this item14

             

            I started with the intention of listing other books I would place in the same category of John Ringland's compositions accessible online (of which I estimate I have read less than 10%). The characteristics I started with were 1) broad in scope, 2) innovative and "out of the box", 3) a sense of being "integral" and "holistic", 4) open to significant change, 5) deep commitment to quality cognition. Add your comment on this item15

             

            As I proceeded I was surprised to find so few books selected. I was having difficulty with the first characteristic, broadness of scope.  Few authors cover the breadth and depth-of-analysis as John Ringland. I am excited because I felt I shared the above traits with John. What slowly emerged as books were added and removed from the list, was a change in the set of characteristics. My difficulty had been with "scope". I realized that the scope of John's work (of which I have not yet read most - but I have scanned them most) is less than mine (which is natural given our years). There are many domains that John is far more knowledgeable than I.  If we could devise a quantitative comparison of "scope" I am not sure that nuet would out-score jorl.  Both have only but penetrated the rich field of knowledge domains. Add your comment on this item16

             

            I realized that most of the books I selected were less in scope than jorl or nuet.  Yet, although the focus of the book may have been narrower, a larger context was clearly evident. Traits 2-5, above, are in evidence in all book in the list (but not equally).  It would be an interesting exercise to ascribe a measure of attention to each cell in a matrix of domains, for each book (and for the author, who may spread scope with many books).  For each of the books listed here, the authors are far more knowledgeable than I (nuet) in their area of speciality. Yet, in all their areas I have some knowledge and some "holistic insight" as to how contexts may influence the "meaning and significance" of that knowledge. Add your comment on this item17

             

            I am proposing that when the scope gets large, and integral, and open -- there may be a threshold after which the "whole" can contribute comprehending details in the specifics. The prior sentence was slow in coming, and points to a related topic, to be explored at another time.  In more practical terms, nuet can intuit (grok) how well a detailed hypothesis in a limited domain would fit with the "integral whole" of nuet's world - and may give recommendations for research, even though nuet has no formal education in the domain (which often leads to an automatic rejection of nuet's recommendation). However, quite a few have weathered the years. Add your comment on this item18

             

            Why am I dithering on?  I can't answer, from my consciousness.  I certainly have devoted many, many hours to this whole project, not only THIS LIST !!!!!!  The actual books in the list may not be of much value -- until I attempt to rank them on as to different criteria.  This long exercise has had considerable value, to nuet and Larry.  In attempting to share with jorl, nuet had discovered more about himself. [What a warped use of language!]  John/Jorl is in good standing, from nuet's perspective, being in the company of the authors in the list (and many who should be in the list). As each is unique, jorl is unique, nuet is unique.  nuet and jorl may have much more in common with each other than with those on the list.  This we can explore. Add your comment on this item19

 



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            THE LIST - Alphabetical; a "+" after author indicates relevance of other books by this author, known to nuet as also valuable. No "+" only means nuet has not read other books by that author. Add your comment on this item20

             

            A Simpler Way,  Margeret Whetley+ Add your comment on this item21

            Anticipate the World You Want: Learning for Alternative Futures, Marsha Lynne Rhea Add your comment on this item22

            Apocalypse and/or Metamorphosis , Norman Oliver Brown+ Add your comment on this item23

            Beyond the Brain, Stanislav Grof+ Add your comment on this item24

            Blessed Unrest; Natural Capitalism,  Paul Hawken+ Add your comment on this item25

            Breeds of Men: Toward the Adulthood of Humankind,  Joseph Samuel Bois Add your comment on this item26

            Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On The Matter Of The Mind,  Gerald Edelman+ Add your comment on this item27

            Confronting Consumption, ed. Thomas Princen+, Michael Maniates, and Ken Conca Add your comment on this item28

            Creating Better Futures , James A. Ogilvy+ Add your comment on this item29

            Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge, Etienne Wenger , Richard Arnold McDermott, William Snyder Add your comment on this item30

            Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software, Stephen Johnson Add your comment on this item31

            Empire  &  Multitude,   Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri Add your comment on this item32

            Escaping the Matrix, Richard K. Moore Add your comment on this item33

            Evolution's Arrow: The Direction of Evolution and the Future of Humanity, John Stewart Add your comment on this item34

            Five Minds for the Future,  Howard Gardner+ Add your comment on this item35

            Gaian Democracies: Redefining Globalisation and People-Power, Roy Madron & John Jopling Add your comment on this item36

            Global Survival: The Challenge and Its Implications for Thinking and Action, Ervin Laszlo+ & Peter Seidel, Ed. Add your comment on this item37

            I Am A Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadter+ Add your comment on this item38

            In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life; The Evolving Self,  Robert Kegan+ Add your comment on this item39

            Looking for Spinoza: Joy Sorrow and the Feeling Brain, Antonio Damasio+ Add your comment on this item40

            Love and Soul: Creating a Future for Earth, Robert Sardello Add your comment on this item41

            Manifesto for a  New World Order, George Monbiot Add your comment on this item42

            Microcosmos, Lynn Margulis+ & Dorion Sagan Add your comment on this item43

            Myths of the Archaic State: Evolution of the Earliest Cities, States, and Civilizations,  Norman Yoffee Add your comment on this item44

            Nature Via Nurture , Matt Ridley Add your comment on this item45

            No Limits To Learning: Bridging the Human Gap,  Botkin, Elmandjra, Malitza Add your comment on this item46

            Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny,  Robert Wright Add your comment on this item47

            Origination of Organismal Form: Beyond the Gene in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology,   Ed. Gerd Muller & Stuart Newman Add your comment on this item48

            On Learning to Plan and Planning to Learn:The Social Psychology of Changing Toward Future-Responsive Societal Learning,  Donald N. Michael+ Add your comment on this item49

            Our Inner Ape,  Frans de Waal Add your comment on this item50

            Out of Control: The Rise of Neo-Biological Civilization, Kevin Kelly+ Add your comment on this item51

            Parapsychology, philosophy, and spirituality : A Postmodern Exploration, David Ray Griffin+ Add your comment on this item52

            Presence : An Exploration of Profound Change  Peter Senge+, Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, Betty Sue Flowers Add your comment on this item53

            Reinventing the Sacred , Stuart Kauffman+ Add your comment on this item54

            Revolutionary Wealth, Alvin & Heidi Toffler+ Add your comment on this item55

            Science and the Akashic Field : an integral theory of everything , Ervin Laszlo+ Add your comment on this item56

            Self and Society: Studies in the Evolution of Culture, William Irwin Thompson+ Add your comment on this item57

            Serious Play: How the World's Best Companies Simulate to Innovate; Shared Minds, Michael Schrage+ Add your comment on this item58

            Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, Howard Rheingold+ Add your comment on this item59

            Social Epistemology, Steve Fuller+ Add your comment on this item60

            Social Intelligence by Daniel Goleman+ Add your comment on this item61

            Social theory for a Changing Society,  Pierre Bourdieu Add your comment on this item62

            Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change, Don Beck & Chris Cowan Add your comment on this item63

            Steps To An Ecology Of Mind: A Revolutionary Approach to Man's Understanding of Himself, Gregory Bateson+ Add your comment on this item64

            Stolen Lightening: The Social Theory of Magic, Daniel Lawrence O'Keefe Add your comment on this item65

            Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life, Steven Strogatz Add your comment on this item66

            Technologies of Knowing,  John Willinsky Add your comment on this item67

            Thank God For Evolution,  Michael Dowd Add your comment on this item68

            The Aquarian Conspiracy: Personal and Social Transformation in the 1980s, Marilyn Ferguson Add your comment on this item69

            The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Taleb Add your comment on this item70

            The Cerebral Code, William Calvin+ Add your comment on this item71

            The Chalice & The Blade, Riane Eisler Add your comment on this item72

            The Collapse of Complex Societies, Joseph Tainter Add your comment on this item73

            The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power,  by Joel Bakan Add your comment on this item74

            The Creation of Settings and the Future Societies, Seymour B. Sarason+ Add your comment on this item75

            The Cybernetics Group, Steve J. Heims Add your comment on this item76

            The Emergent Organization: Communication as its Site and Surface,  James R. Taylor , Elizabeth J. van Every Add your comment on this item77

            The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, David Korten+ Add your comment on this item78

            The Greening of America, Charles A. Reich Add your comment on this item79

            The Ideology of Tyranny: Bataille, Foucault, and the Postmodern Corruption of Political Dissent, Guido Giacomo Preparata Add your comment on this item80

            The Last of All Possible Worlds (a novel), Peter Drucker+ Add your comment on this item81

            The Logic of Sufficiency,  Thomas Princen+ Add your comment on this item82

            The New Earth,  Eckhart Tolle Add your comment on this item83

            The Next Enlightenment: Integrating East and West in a New Vision of Human Evolution, Walter Truett Anderson+ Add your comment on this item84

            The Order of Things: An Archeology of the Human Sciences, Michel Foucault+ Add your comment on this item85

            The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Julian Jaynes Add your comment on this item86

            The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the habits of Nature, Ruptert Sheldrake+ Add your comment on this item87

            The road to 9/11 : wealth, empire, and the future of America,  Peter Dale Scott+ Add your comment on this item88

            The Revenge of Gaia,  James Lovelock+ Add your comment on this item89

            The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Kline Add your comment on this item90

            The Support Economy,    Shoshana Zuboff+ & James Maxim Add your comment on this item91

            The Technological Society; Propaganda; Political Illusion,  Jacques Ellul+ Add your comment on this item92

            The Transparent Society,  David Brin+ Add your comment on this item93

            The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size,  Tor Nrretranders Add your comment on this item94

            "title to be determined", Thomas Greco (Alternative Money Systems in Context) Add your comment on this item95

            Utopia, Sir Charles More Add your comment on this item96

            Warped Passages, Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimension,   Lisa J. Randall Add your comment on this item97

            Wholeness and the Implicate Order, David Bohm+ Add your comment on this item98

            Your Life as Art; The Path of Least Resistance; Creating,   Robert Fritz+ Add your comment on this item99

 



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            Categorization, classification, creating taxonomies are useful tools; with limitations. No tools are universal. Add your comment on this item100

             

            I have come to view ALL theories as cognitive tools to assist order emerging from the chaos of experience. Theories may serve as "maps" for navigation. Theories make no claims for ontological truth, for what "really, Really IS".  Different tools/theories are often applied to different situations and thus cannot be ranked as "more useful".  The "all purpose tool" often isn't really that good in any situation. Add your comment on this item101

             

            Here, I will attempt to explore using this tool to create a classification scheme, or taxonomy, for what I have called personally constructed "worlds". Add your comment on this item102

             

            jorl, I remember from my surf of your SemWrld that you had a negative connotation to the term "person".  Unfortunately, I have been using "person" as a positive connoted term to counter the disconnect associated with "individual".  I use "person" to label the "whole" of the cosmic node for a "being", including their "constructed world".  Likewise, I tend to use "persons" instead of "people". "Persons", in my use, are not "selves" or "egos". They may contain selves and egos, and many other such "constructs", such as "worlds".

             

            At the second level of the taxonomy, I will focus on a category I call "episteme".  I leave the first level undefined, as well as how many  top categories are siblings to "episteme". Add your comment on this item103

             

            "Episteme" is a term I borrowed from Michael Foucault, primarily from his "The Order of Things".  For nuet, "episteme" labels a "system" of "culturally determined" perspectives, paradigms, and barriers that constrain/enable a "reality" for each person in a specified population. Rough categories of epistemes (associated with the "classes" of persons as members): "the multitudes, the masses, and the people";  our ruling elites; professional elites (rational/ethical/aesthetic/spiritual/scientific/technical/legal elites/political elites/ etc.), those critiquing (all) elites, and  those (nuet)  providing meta-critiques of critiques (of elites) - . Add your comment on this item104

             

            Why "episteme" ? Add your comment on this item105

            "Episteme", in nuet's world,  refers to basic epistemology, a system of ways of knowing (including confirmation/refutation of knowledge) that is (relatively) independent of knowledge content.  In widely different circumstances the same episteme could result in radically different knowledge systems and worlds. Add your comment on this item106

             

            Stages of Adult Development - an alternative to epistimes. Add your comment on this item107

             

            "Episteme" is usually associated with a culture, and is shared by many members of that culture. Given my view of (internally constructed "worlds"), each person would also "possess" an episteme. Add your comment on this item108

             

            A number of different models for "adult stage development" can be viewed as transitions through different epistemes.  I personally prefer the Subject/Object model of Robert Kegan, although the competing models of Spiral Dynamics (Graves, Beck, and Cowan) are more popular. Add your comment on this item109

             

            This theme (adult stage development) and the associated theme of adult cognitive diversity are essential for comprehending our challenge. Add your comment on this item110

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            Distribution of populations in epistemes or developmental stages. Add your comment on this item112

             

            The concepts, "norm" or "average", lead to much confusion. "Distributions" must be given reality parity along with "objects" and "events". It is dangerous to view a population of persons in terms of the dominant or majority episteme, where the episteme of primary decision-makers may be held by only a small minority. Add your comment on this item113

             

            This is another PRIMARY topic, only peeking out here. Distributions (an other math forms) must become as "cognitively real" as "things perceived". We CAN perceive distribution visually in quality graphical presentations.  Only "representations" of distributions "exist" in the observable Here&Now - yet distributions have as much "reality" as other things. Add your comment on this item114

             

            Listing of Primary Epistemes (one model, of many): Add your comment on this item115

             

            jorl, nuet is spiraling up and up, as a hawk in an updraft, far above a sem he has been working many hours to construct.  What is it?  A semiotic structure of text. It may be viewed as a "work of art" by nuet - but rough and unpolished.  nuet was trying to create scaffolding for us to explore our similarities and differences; but at this point I cannot judge on the efficacy of this sem.  In a separate sem I will propose some alternatives for us to ensure our interaction with be REESEE.  {I am especially pleased that you noted and approved - most are oblivious.}  My mantra is:  reesee seaf galdee nu. Add your comment on this item116

             

            Relevant, Effective, Efficient, Sufficient, Enjoyable, Elegant –vector evaluative criteria Add your comment on this item117

            Support, Enable, Augment, Facilitate – vector of HELPING detail Add your comment on this item118

            Grow, Adapt, Learn, Develop, Evolve, Emerge – nested types of change Add your comment on this item119

            NU – Noosphere Add your comment on this item120

 



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            The following seven episteme types are a rough categorization scheme, open for change and improvement.  I have yet to compare it with other schemes. Add your comment on this item121

             

            SEVEN EPISTEMES Add your comment on this item122

             

            Pre Scientific - Patterns of Resemblence Add your comment on this item123

             

            Our bodies/brains evolved to optimize functioning in a local, perceived environment.  The many, nearly direct mapping of stimulus "objects" onto neural patterns demonstrates this. Naive realism is the natural perspective for this (perceptual-motor) domain. Early humans knew and lived local. What was beyond how far they might walk was another domain, as were the domain of dreams, visions, and mysteries. Invented and retold stories sufficed for the domain of mystery -- which included the spirits and gods, which were ascribed a unique but different ontology. We don't know the "qualitative nature" of early human experientials. Given the vast contemporary diversity in the field of human experientials we must consider theories where early humans had radically different experientials as compared to (the diversity among) contemporary humans. Add your comment on this item124

             

            Foucault explicates the worldview before systematic/experimental science as one of primary attention to perceived resemblances and similarities. A pattern of moss on a tree that looked like a face was a "fact" in this worldview. "Classification" in this episteme was very complex, and not according to "simple features" as came later.  The diversity of worldviews within this domain of the sensory immediate is yet unknown. According to Foucault, in France, there were two major shifts from this episteme (for the educated): first to a worldview of "systematic classification" and then to a worldview of "dynamic systems". There are many different ways the shifts occurred in different populations at different times.  What is important to remember is that at any place and time, there exist a mix of different epistemes in that population.  In this 21st Century a large percent of the human population continues to live in the pre scientific worldview of meaningful resemblances; which may include persons of all economic and power levels. Add your comment on this item125

             

            Early Scientific - Galileo to Newton Add your comment on this item126

             

            A symbiosis of Formal_Experimentation & Organized_Data, Mathematical Theories, Technological Instrumentation, Printed Texts, Formal "Scientific" Education emerged.  Although specific, isolated scientific behaviors go back to antiquity, I attribute to Galileo (or those he got it from) as the turning point for a new and systematic process of gaining knowledge about our environment.  In those early times, reporting very explicit descriptions of equipment and process was as important as reporting results {a practice virtually abandoned the last decades of the 20th century}. Of course, no transitions are smooth. This early period saw the emergence of an "established" scientific process (far more complex than the propagandized "Scientific Method").  In spite of his deep interest in "metaphysics", Newton launched the purely rational social institution of SCIENCE.  {This is nuet's superfical model.} Also, the centuries long shift in mathematics from the geometric-frame to the algebraic-frame occurred in this time and the ultimate scientific patterns were enshrined in equations. Add your comment on this item127

             

            Classical Scientific Add your comment on this item128

             

            This is the rapid developmental period in search for the LAWS of NATURE (limited to what phenomena were suitable for scientific study).  To me, Maxwell's synthesis and his field equations is the high point - but there were many, many other significant discoveries - both empirical and conceptual, and in a third domain of symbolic notation and graphical representation. This last and often under noticed domain, which emerged as I designed curricula in math/science for elementary school children, defined "maths" as a large family of concrete languages - algebra being the language for system description and calculus being the language for system change. The utility of maths is their ability to represent abstract patterns in concrete (observable, modifiable, and replicative) forms.  This is a branch topic for later exploration. Add your comment on this item129

             

            This scientific epistemology continued in disciplines other than physics all through the 20th century, with the so-called "physics envy" (to the Classical ideal). It was in this episteme that nuet got his first introduction to Science, but with exciting teasers of what was to come (from reading the popular works of Sir Arthur Eddington in hign school - Eddington's "heavy" work in "Fundamental Theory" became a passion for nuet in graduate school). Add your comment on this item130

             

            If an assessment instrument were developed to measure the percent of association with these epistemes of science among practicing scientists, I speculate that most practicing scientists work in the classical episteme - even though the phenomenon of their research is associated with more advanced epistemes.  I would like to see a team or two take on this project. Add your comment on this item131

             

            There are many subtle differences between the Classical and the Early epistemes.  Science develops its own philosophy in the Classical and diverges from academic philosophy. Advances in mathematics and technology (experimental instrumentation) became more synergistic. Researchers became members of scientific communities. In some populations "science" became a popular topic for the educated many. Science trumped Religion among many. Add your comment on this item132

             

            Alternatives to Classical Scientific Add your comment on this item133

             

            I know very little about the alternatives to mainstream science during this classical period. Alchemy, astrology, and other explorations continued in Europe and the Americas - and the science of the Middle East, Far East, and the science/technology of indigenous peoples made progress during this period. Non scientific worldviews were the majority worldviews. "Science" became a term known to more, but most only knew of scientific "stories" (descriptions of causal, mechanistically "explained" processes) and had little knowledge of the intricacies of scientific epistemology and methodology.  Indeed, even today I would wager that most practicing scientists do not believe in the "full" process of scientific epistemology.  They can play by the "rules" when not confronted with difficulty; but they reveal an underlying "faith-based" epistemology (faith in their scientific dogma) when challenged. The influence on science by economic, political, and military forces has captured many R&D projects into a variety of hybrid practices that "look like science" to those not deeply knowledgeable on the deeper foundations of science. Add your comment on this item134

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            For a deep study of the social aspect of science, as covered by the new academic discipline of Science/Technology Studies, read the works of Steve Fuller; specifically Social Epistemology  (1988). Add your comment on this item136

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            Relativistic-Quantum Scientific Add your comment on this item138

             

            While "normal" scientists (ala Kuhn) forecast the end of scientific advancement, "exploratory" scientists were picking at the few knots the "normals" expected to be easily untangled and absorbed. The serendipitous discovery of radiation leading to nested micro-worlds and the need for a probabilistic/stochastic (instead of classically mechanistic) frame for theory (also driven by the changing nature of data and techniques for data processing) led to so-called Quantum Theories [which may eventually be revealed as but a very elaborate curve-fitting procedure for data analysis, without ontological content].  Concurrently, Einstein resolved a number of paradoxes in theoretical electro-dynamics by an elegant reframing of the concepts of space, time, and measurement. The tweaking of Classical equations for Relativity is essential for all contemporary science; but the phenomenal metaphorical shifts involved in the foundation of relativistic cognition -- offered by Einstein and Eddington -- has had negligible impact on contemporary scientific practice (except for a few playing with strings, multiple-dimensions, branes and other mathematical fantasies -- who do get some public attention).View comments on this item Add your comment on this item139

             

            Science in the 20th Century was primarily driven by the cascading improvement of instrumentation and experimental systems, data collection and processing, economic and military demands and support, and an archaic educational system grossly unsuited for the education of scientists and engineers. Science education, provided the growing scientific establishments workers for ordinary scientific tasks - building up dynasties or "schools" of indoctrinated followers - but at the same time curtailed the preparation of persons for "exploratory" science and to protect science from increasing social interference. Add your comment on this item140

             

            Data and consequent "knowledge" exploded in many disciplines, and cross-disciplines - although many in the older, classical, scientific frame. Due to multiple forces, established science morphed into a flurry of highly competitive religious-like cults. Yet, the feed forward synergy of technological advancement pushed science, in the early years of the 21st Century, to a state of awesome overload of data gathering and processing potentials.  What is revealed daily about new "point" discoveries in many domains is only a tiny fraction of what is now possible. Add your comment on this item141

             

            This world of "modern" science is very poorly known by the vast majority of humans.  I speak not only of the very poor who have not had access to scientific information, but also to the world leaders of economic, financial, governmental, intelligence, and military institutions.  These decision-makers "know" selected tid-bits, which they may champion application without consideration of consequences. The "world of science" for most humans is a "Matrix", a distorted, constructed world. Add your comment on this item142

             

            Although many may report having heard key scientific terms, most would be unable to define them. Some may "know" simplified scientific stories of "how things happen" or "how things work" - but most would stumble if asked to explicate on their knowledge. But, the utility of science as a very useful epistemological process is "known" by very few - and they are in strong controversy about the fine points of SCIENCE, THE PROCESS.  To muddle the scene, video and print fiction (and pseudo non-fiction) confuses "fact" and "fantasy" among their audiences; and science (as a method) is under challenge by faith-based religions. The real and significant limitations of science are almost impossible to discuss in this atmosphere. In addition, on deep analysis, the different scientific disciplines are very diverse in methodology and criteria, and the imagined, universal  "The Scientific Method" appears to be a myth.  I believe there is a stable core to scientific practice, but it has yet to be explicated. Add your comment on this item143

             

            The fact that most competent scientists and engineers have limited comprehension of the basics of their disciplines is disturbing. Those who appreciate science, as an epistemology are a very small minority, although the IMAGE of science as presented by the media leads most persons to believe they "know" what "science is", even though they "aren't good at math". Add your comment on this item144

             

            Pseudo Science/Tech processes can be applied to many limited ventures by entrepreneurs, criminals, and sociopaths. In some interpretations, there is very little science being conducted today, only technological innovations.  Are Science and Engineering more sibling disciplines that so-called "Father and Son"? What is the line between applied science and engineering? Is "atomic physics" basic science or applied quantum physics (the basic)? Add your comment on this item145

             

            Liberation Scientific Add your comment on this item146

             

            In every era there are a few who are liberated from faith in the established worldview. Some write, other act, in challenge. Most are quite accurate in pointing out the weaknesses of established views; but are often confused and naive when they propose alternatives. I have always been attracted to so-called "crackpots" for this reason - to better understand establishments and their weaknesses, but not for information about alternatives and solutions. Add your comment on this item147

             

            Recently I started reading Utopia by Sir Thomas More, only to discover that commentaries on the book that I had read attended to More's somewhat superficial attempts to answer his own deep queries about the nature of human social systems - these queries being  the primary focus of the author. Sir Thomas presented queries and gave a few examples of possible responses; readers and commentators grabbed the examples, found them wanting (as expected, given the times and the "real" magnitude of the task required) and ignored the significance of More's queries. Similar queries today get the same treatment.View comments on this item Add your comment on this item148

             

            The 20th Century saw a wealth of alternative ideas about reality and truth that either challenged or expanded on the established scientific worldview. Most of these alternative ideas were rejected by the scientific establishments - and many for quite legitimate reasons: they were not science.  But a few were consistent with scientific processes and yet the data was not looked at by established scientists - or was rejected using non-scientific arguments. Add your comment on this item149

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            As we struggle with our Crisis-of-Crises many seek to establish their foundations in "all-powerful"  SCIENCE, of which most have poor understanding.  Many cherry-pick from established science those ideas that support their beliefs; some reverting to classical science, others to distorted forms of modern science.  This has resulted in a confusing hodge-podge of pseudo-scientific proclamations and ravings.  This may be too harsh.  Most are very well intentioned. Many are truly excited by seed metaphorical ideas but are naive as to how to turn their metaphorical ideas into practical action. Add your comment on this item151

             

            To me, the proof of the pudding is success.  What defines success? Being able to organize a stable group of persons who dialog on an important issue, is never - in itself - a measure of success.  They have "succeeded" in creating a viable dialog network; but what are the larger consequences of the network? That a great cotemporary  proliferation of critical discourse has not led (and is not, as yet, in nuet's opinion, leading) to viable self-organizing, hints to the probability that discourse alone is insufficient to our need. What are we to do if our "best" is inadequate?   The basic techniques of science (and technology & mathematics) must be applied to THE REALITY OF OUR CRISIS-OF-CRISES, not as a new scientific discipline but as an R&D agenda. This agenda must assess our current knowledge and competencies freely and without bias --an impossible task, but for which this "impossibility" can be compensated for.  Tune in Tomorrow. Add your comment on this item152

             

            Beyond - Critique of Established Epistemic Process Add your comment on this item153

             

            From as far back as I can (poorly) remember, I have critiqued the radicals, the opponents of establishments, those very hard at work trying to create a better world. I have always done this with the intent to improve their functioning by helping place what they were doing in a broader context - where they might establish synergistic relations with others and create collaborations.  For many reasons, these critiques are usually taken as criticisms and attacks on persons and visions - as I fail to adequately present the issues to meet the unique personal cognitive styles of those I hope to "reach".  Many activists adamantly don't want "to be educated".View comments on this item Add your comment on this item154

             

            I won't attempt to explicate this episteme here. The topic titles don't even fit into an accepted list of important issues. Ordinary "communication" is not an adequate medium for sharing across paradigms.  The process for sharing across paradigms must be deeply interactive, highly participatory, and adequately facilitated. This is NOT a simple process to be accomplished in a few brief, often passive, settings.View comments on this item Add your comment on this item155

             

            It has been my strategy, from the beginning - back in 1975, to concentrate on building an organically, self-organizing movement (a network of social systems) LIMITED INITIALLY to those of this "transcendent" (beyond the establishment AND their opponents) worldview -- imagineering BEYOND THE BEST.  This is not done in the spirit of elitism; but with the acknowledgement that our nu "system of paradigm shifts" can only be shared by a viable community of teams of dedicated and competent persons.  A lone individual or even a loose network of activists cannot engage this challenge. Passive, mass-media strategies cannot succeed. Add your comment on this item156

             

            Without using deception and violence, we cannot force others to behave consist with our views. And we strongly reject any violent strategies.  We cannot control others; but we can provide quality education, seafing (supporting, enabling, augmenting, facilitating), catalysis and enzymatic acceleration and augmentation, and maps for navigating the turbulence at the boundary between chaos and order; where the origination of living entities abides. Add your comment on this item157

             

            This episteme will appear highly naive to many. We are a minority within a minority within a minority within a minority. We are never adequately perceived and our behavior turns off others (to be open with us). So, do we give up (what)?  I have been designing success strategies, and I believe I have many (although none are guaranteed). nuet's strategic scenarios are attentive to every difficulty (we can imagine) and design work_a_rounds for all (known) difficulties.  It is a strategy that will fail ONLY if it is theoretically impossible to succeed! There are no (valid under cross-examination) arguments against success that cannot be successfully challenged. Add your comment on this item158

             

            LESSON: New paradigms (new habits of behavior) emerge only when practiced. Old paradigms are never abandoned using logical argument. A two-front strategy is always best: create the nu concurrent with shutting down the old.View comments on this item Add your comment on this item159

 



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            jorl, on superficial surfing of a small part of your SemWrld nuet had tentatively concluded that most of what you write falls in the category of Liberation Scientific. nuet characterizing jorl's (a construct in nuet's world) proposing variations of what others have proposed - but with jorl's unique style. Jorl's mix of relevant topics is unique;  and jorl's scope expands over many relevant domains. Yet, there is also a clear under-current of the Beyond, in support of the Critique of Established Epistemic Processes. Add your comment on this item161

             

            When I was your age (in 1971) I was still just beginning to learn about deep politics, conspiracy, and the dysfunction of activists. I was frustrated by the conflict between hippies and radicals (experienced during the 1960s), and was enabled in abandoning anti-establishment activity by moving from Minneapolis (a hotbed of activity) to Tucson (a backwater of complacency). As I developed distance from anti-establishment activity I began to examine why we (the anti-war, civil-rights, environmental, anti-establishment, movements) failed.  I discovered Seymour Sarason, community psychologist at Yale, who had studied social activist movements during the 1960s.  Although I was a thorn in many dysfunctional organizations I was part of in the 1960s, reading Sarason and my isolation (in Tucson) from activists facilitated my self examination, and I began looking more deeply into existing activist organizations and movements. That started my slow emergence from seeking "new" to seeking "nu". It has been a slow and often painful process, discovering one-by-one that those movements I had almost idolized were seriously flawed. This shift came at the time I learned about metamorphosis, the potential of radically accelerated & meaningful learning, and the powers of creative emergence over transformation. Add your comment on this item162

             

            nuet's comprehension has greatly improved over the decades, but his ability to share with others and organize has not been successful. A big flop. But, much of my learning over these decades has come from a study of flopping - myself and others.  I'm not sure what I am doing, but I continue - and am open to radical change, a personal metamorphosis.View comments on this item Add your comment on this item163