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 Key Concept2006-03-20 00:28
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Andrius reminded me of a conversation we had on Key Concepts. The idea being that if one is clear on what one's key concept in life is, it is easier to align one's activities and stay focused. What we had arrived at at that time was that my key concept, what I'm seeking, is:
Creative Intelligence Through Synergetic Diversity
Along with that went an investigatory question, i.e. a major project, a major question one is seeking to answer. Mine became:
What are the generative patterns that would allow the global brain to wire itself?
That's a great reminder. So, first, about that key concept there... Most things I'm interested in have something to do with getting something useful out of diversity. Finding a mix of things that is synergetic, i.e. where the sum becomes more than the parts. An eco-system kind of thing, where different diverse parts somehow work together to make a bigger system work. Something generative happens. Smaller holons make a bigger holon. And this is in contrast to the kind of diversity where one mixes different things together and they just become a mix, or a confused mess. There are ways of mixing things together where something great happens that wouldn't be possible by the ingredients alone. And what is interesting to seek to create or discover is an intelligence. A smart system. If we're talking a group of people, it is collective intelligence. A group of people that together is smarter than the individuals in it. But it doesn't have to be a group, which is why I just termed it creative intelligence. Putting things together so that something new, better, creative and intelligent happens. Negative entropy. Creating life, rather than submitting to decay. Looking for signs of life.

And the investigatory question there... Looking for patterns, ways of arranging things, which foster self-organization. Preferably, ideally, hopefully patterns that make wonderfully positive things happen "by themselves", i.e. naturally, with little friction. Memes, contagion of ideas. Bucky Fuller's "Design Science Revolution". Design stuff that is compelling to use, without need for persuasion, which just happens to inspire more sustainable and harmonious patterns of behavior.

The global brain, well, we seem to really need it. As it is right now, humankind is a schizophrenic moron. Or manic-depressive, maybe. Sometimes brilliant and productive, mostly lethargic, largely criminally destructive. Despite that many members of the human race are well-meaning, knowledgeable and resourceful. We desperately need to be connected in a manner that is constructively complex, so as to awaken our collective intelligence. Maybe that is something we can do on the internet, maybe it is a different way of doing a few key things. It appears that none of us are smart enough to solve the puzzle. But we might be smart enough to discover patterns that allow something bigger to emerge. We might not be clever enough to know exactly how to do it, but we might know how to start something that triggers the emergence of a bigger level of intelligence. Patterns that promote self-organization and collective intelligence, even small scale, are a very likely leverage point. One ingredient is to know when to get out of the way, and let useful things happen.

Does any of that give me a title to put on my business card? Maybe not directly, but it is possible. Of course, any kind of organization could use some of that. The knowledge to arrange things a little differently so that good things happen more by themselves. And of course it would be ideal if I could say I have the answers to exactly how that is done. But we're talking about a quest, rather than an accomplished feat. A bit of knowledge might go a long way, though.


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20 Mar 2006 @ 02:28 by jobrown : Ming, I really
like your article!...Not only does it express both the "my intense wish to be able to do something good to trigger A Better World" but it also expresses my feelings of "falling short yet trying and' trying!" I like that!
Also, take a look at the article I just posted -as it touches these same kind of thoughts of endevours.
I think you are "Hot On the Trail" here in your article though! : ) It's gotta be somethin' in those lines, we (Humankind) need to "crack"....
A-d  



20 Mar 2006 @ 09:44 by Benoit Couture @68.149.93.182 : Lighting the pilot of the Universe-City
I spent the last couple of weeks observing how much when we focus on such a matter as the whole and the parts such as the state of humanity, our thoughts begin to bottleneck as they come to where we see the mater and as we draw conclusions together, the manner gets to spell itself out. I use matter and nanner as an example of this. Another example with what you write about here is the quest you speak of. For years I have spoken of a "Quest for Home" because one way to say home in French is "foyer". If you bring foyer back in English, you get, focal(bi-focals), source (of infection), fireplace, sweet spot(stereo music) All that to say "key concept" and "invetigatory questions" have given me a way to complete my personal quest for home and I now grow in the pilot home of the universe-city. The key has unlocked me from out my part into being one of the poeple submerged as a "schizophrenic moron, or manic-depressive, maybe. Sometimes brilliant and productive, mostly lethargic, largely criminally destructive".
To grow personally and intimately with others who pursue their own key concept and investigatory question is the best exercise I've ever done to help myself and family. Integrity and clarity have been growing steadily since I began. I now use it with a group that I started at Taking It Global and it seems to keep drawing members in. I can see that aproach becoming a corner stone of higher education. Thanks Ansrius  



20 Mar 2006 @ 13:21 by swanny : Global Diversity
Global Diversity seems an oxymoron or an antinomy
to me.... a good clue that suggests a good clue....
and Dynamic Symmetry...
yet these both seem a bit scattered ...
how does one make them simple enough to be understood
but broad enough to include most.
How does one "design" or envision the concept of
global diversity in a "foundational" sense...
King Alfred wrote that you worry about building a good
solid and simple foundation and then go on to bigger things
???? that was in a time when the world was thought to be
flat but just how does one conceive a "a simple, solid, and good
global foundation that most can understand or relate to"?
What are the basic elements, principles or components of such.
I suppose you could look to the table of elements themselves.
There are about 200 or so elements in that table when the human
brain can only hold 7 or 8 things in its basic attention
at one time.... 7 to 200.... a quantum leap most surely.
Yet Phi 1.61803399... thats "ONE" a ratio true and an infinite
one to boot but as such both a number, a ratio and a principle...
hmmmm is phi an element? odd strange .... what was the question?

Key concept: "Logical Faith and Phi"  



20 Mar 2006 @ 22:01 by Lionel @83.153.252.180 : :-)
Hi, everybody,

Could you French speakers help me find mine?

Thank you,  



21 Mar 2006 @ 03:23 by ming : French
Ah, I can help you with that, Lionel. A good exercise, as this is sort of another angle than an elevator pitch, but at the same time it is the essence of it.  


21 Mar 2006 @ 03:28 by ming : Key concept
I think that there's something very hopeful in the fact that it even is possible to pick a key concept for what one is here for in life. Because no matter what one's current situation is, and no matter what might be in the way, having a purpose clearly in mind will necessarily reveal some roads that go in that direction. Nothing can stop you from picking an ambitiously positive purpose in life, and nothing can stop you from moving towards manifesting it.  


24 Mar 2006 @ 03:32 by Simon Saisz @69.156.30.194 : Key Concept
Academy of Expressive Interactive Ongoing Unlearning INC
If you have enough amplitude and enough latitude to willingly lower your self-imposed aptitude on everything, please feel free to give me a ding.
Ming, what do you think? I really care to share with care! I trust you.  



25 Mar 2006 @ 18:17 by ming : Expressive Interactive Ongoing Unlearnin
What? There was maybe a link there that dropped out, so I can't see the site in question. Actually, if I understand it right, it matches something I often do. Sort of seeing thigns with fresh eyes. Starting from scratch, even when I don't necessarily have to. Playing dumb. "Come on, Flemming, you know the answer to that!" Maybe, but sometimes it is better to not know, and to find out, from a different angle.  


25 Mar 2006 @ 23:37 by joe holzer @60.234.135.203 : ming the mechanic
.........hi folks and honourable world citizens,
I must have gotten up on my wrong foot this morning 'cause I so grok Lionel, for one I just have the concept that brain is the physical aspect of whatever we carry between our ears and mind the more etheral part that sometimes we manage to merge and apply towards something useful, but hey oneday I might meet Gaia and her beautiful brain -- ..that wrong foot.. but I do kinda get what your on about with those shiny, clever words, .....I had my years of giving all I had to make this world a better place, and I'm still working on it... just now it isn't praying that the Berlin Wall is comming down or fundraising for missionary work, now it's doing up shoelaces for a handicapped girl and wishing,the pensioner that I see walking past now and then a 'good day' besides a few words I share with him, ...the simple stuff, like keeping my personality aligned with my soulstate and thinking there for the grace of god my name were Ming.....
and I bet that wouldn't be so bad either.
I'm lucky to be in a world surrounded by good mates, generally decent people and
friends that take me down a notch when I'm gett'n too uppity, ....
and after the pain of that wrong foot, if you wanna make me smile, hug someone you haven't hugged in a while, in a loving, non-offensive way, go on, I dare you......  



26 Mar 2006 @ 05:01 by Simon Saisz @69.156.30.194 : aeiou on Key Concept
There is no site because at this turning point in time I am the only member and ... well aeiou is not ready to be a website, but soon. What I find helpful is to slow down my process of going in so many directions by writing in some form of poetic rhyming and still proceed in the direction of where I really want to go. Also, I keep reminding myself that I am local and global, always. I am responsible, I laugh at myself when I screw up and keep looking for the bigger picture in everything, everything I do. And at the same time aeiou is more than that and it's best understood one-on-one.  


28 Mar 2006 @ 05:47 by Paul @66.214.96.60 : A Hyper-Holistic Proposal
Ming and all. A brilliant man with an even more brilliant practical manefesto has just introduced his ideas on our site Future Hi. Here are the relevant articles:

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23 Jul 2007 @ 08:51 by brent @203.167.2.124 : science
does not let the handicapped  


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