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De-constructing Reality

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 De-constructing Reality2002-11-19 15:58
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One of my interests is to understand how we each construct our reality and how we might change that reality and how we might avoid having it manipulated against our best interests. For that matter, if I had to choose only one field of interest for myself, that would be it.

We make over-simplified conclusions about what reality we're living in, based on our incomplete perceptions and based on our abstract reasoning derived from what we previously have perceived and concluded. The neural pathways of our brains and the unspoken assumptions and fixed structures in our minds form filters that we experience the world through. Filters that make us experience only a very, very small portion of what is actually happening, and to interpret even that portion in a sketchy and generalized manner. Smart people who understand this well can provide us with manufactured scenarios that guide our perceptions into making certain conclusions about reality (which they'd like us to believe) and into avoiding certain other conclusions (which they'd like us not to know about).

Most people are so busy living IN the reality they believe they exist in so that they very rarely are able to even consider that it could be any different. So, I don't meet very many people I can talk to about these things, other than in a fairly general metaphysical context. And I'm interested in the more technical angle on it, of how we do it, and how we change it.

Right now I'm looking at organelle.org. Looks promising, like somebody delving deeply into these things.

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19 Nov 2002 @ 19:08 by paquetse : Morpho-Mechanic?
Another topic close to my heart, I hope I'll find time to send you my thoughts about this. What's up with the name change?  

19 Nov 2002 @ 19:59 by ming : Morpho
Heheh. Maybe I just wanted to see if I could provoke some responses to it. Or maybe a Morpho-Mechanic is somebody who is engineering change.  

19 Nov 2002 @ 20:44 by vaxen : Brilliant!
Thanks friend...  

19 Nov 2002 @ 22:32 by invictus : Ming...
That's a damned good site. And a fascinating topic too. I'm getting more into exploring it these days, though not as analytically as you maybe. I can't decide whether it's better for me to be analytical or more broadly conceptual/intuitive about this type of thing. Probably my reaction to my father (he's an engineer), and to the education I'm getting. Bla... the most important thing now is just doing it all anyway; breaking down the walls, rather than thinking about how to think about it. Stay focused, young Andy. I like the "cognitive activism" thing, in any case. Thanks for the post Ming.  

20 Nov 2002 @ 00:27 by ming : Cognitive Activist
The site is by new NCN member {member:organelle} so we might hear more about it.  

20 Nov 2002 @ 04:17 by istvan : I shure hope so..
If you do not here from them, you will hear some of it from me, for i think it is beyond even exellence.(whatewer that means).
Insights like these explain and point to it:
"Regardless of arguments to the contrary, it will remain such until the basic natures of commuicative and cognitive connectivity are clearly understood. Further, it will remain thus until the people of the world, as an essential unity, have achieved a basic mastery of language.

A mastery that supplies them with liberty from the pitfalls of frozen metaphors, labels, false comparisons - and the circus of cognitive gremlins which infest what we call Aristotlean Logic.

Aristotle himself has certainly evolved far beyond the crystalline cage of a life lived by a single system. We must become alike with what he was doing rather that turn his works or words into frozen or freezable cages. And thus with the many ancient teachers, known and unknown, in the vast and majestic history not only of humans, but of all of the myriad lifeForms of our world."

"This is a world enslaved by the loss of its languages - the people are controlled by labels and definitions which are not complex enough or flexible enough to represent any real cognitive mastery or essential liberty. The people are thus mastered by their tools and languages. Their lived potential for cognitive liberty has been co-opted almost entirely by the systems they were given, supposedly, as hallowed gifts of 'knowledge'."
[ http://www.organelle.org/cog2.html "


20 Nov 2002 @ 04:31 by paquetse : Connection to group-forming
I think deconstructing "reality" is a first step, and reconstructing, or finding alternate ways of looking at "reality" is the second. But most humans need meaningful social interaction, so they usually can't stay for long in a new reality if it is not shared with others, hence the need to form communities that understand things differently. Quoting from kuro5hin founder Rusty Foster (http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2001/4/8/214245/6519):

"The only potential way out of this mousetrap we've created for ourselves is to actually speak directly to each other. Town meetings, open hearings, internet communities, places where people may actually speak as human individuals to other human individuals; these are the only places that we may examine what we have decided will be our reality, and the only places we may possibly decide to change that reality."

To make sure that communities don't fall into the same trap of suspending doubt about their new reality is an additional challenge. (I think invictus' article on Disillusionment at http://www.newciv.org/mem/persnewslog.php?vid=68&xmode=show_article&amode=standard&artid=000068-000004 makes that point.)  

5 Oct 2005 @ 12:34 by Dimitri @ : More on the "How"!
Flemm, I am very interested to share ideas with you relating to HOW we might create realities (presumably together, as mentioned above). Organelle is a wonderful resource, I have delved deeply into its gifts, and can vouch for its being the next step for many of us.

Hope to hear from you


28 Apr 2016 @ 21:38 by Buckie @ : REGTlLZHPhSs
Hola!No consigo instalar CMake en un MAC OS X 10.6. Si lo hago mediante .dmg no me crea el usr/bin/ y cuando pongo en el terminal cmake -v me pone que no existe. Y si lo hago con los binarios, también me da error. Lo he intentado instalar con los macports pero tampoco y no tengo mucha idea de esto porque yo he programado lo básico. Si me puedes echar una ma830#n2o&;  

29 Apr 2016 @ 04:57 by Janine @ : ZgbDsOJDxL
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