Predict and Adjust

November 1st, 2021

Our plan is to secure into a larger range and hopefully several ranges.  “When we sync up both our output (motor movements, vocalizations) and our input (seeing and hearing one another’s movements and sounds), we may extend our body’s awareness and sense of self to the larger collective.” (Sarah Rose Cavanagh, Phd; Hivemind.  Now I think we should look at a concept that will facilitate this action.

In my late teens I discovered the word cybernetics in an article about guided missile systems.  During the “cold war” days weapons were news.  My thought was that it was similar to the way I see humans function.  No computers back then but I did research and follow the development of cybernetic concepts in our local library.  This path led me to Gregory Bateson’s book, The Ecology of Mind.  It was not data per se but inspiration that I received from his works and I formed a loose concept that human brains make predictions and use input to adjust.  It is not stimulus/response but stimulus/adjustment and the stimulus is massive.  This explains why we all are subject to influences and assumptions.  In this model, relationships are essential and they support range development.  That is as long as you don’t always hang with people that “think like you do.”  With similar thinkers, movement and vocalization may secure range size or even reduce it.  The same sharing with diverse topics and thinkers will challenge small range and compel larger conventionalization.  Change is pursuit into the unknown and not dwelling in the familiar past.    

With a theory of constructed concepts and emotions we can reopen the conversations put forth by Steven Pinker in his book The Blank Slate (also work by Chomsky, Paul Bloom, Skinner, Locke, etc.).  Not to challenge theory of mind but to examine how much structure is generated in the nine months in the womb.  How quickly might a brain predict patterns to interface with that first human in contact that is essential for life?  A new-formed brain would have to assimilate patterns to support metabolic needs for life and possibly download all patterns from mother (father, family and culture).  By birth the brain would have a perception of preferences for support and nurture.  I have no idea how such a concept could be tested but I believe this theory is more open to change.

Change does tend to produce states of politicization and moralization but human history demonstrates that over time most humans re-center in range along new threads in thinking and behavior.  I naively thought that over time the difference between camps of thinking would become so small that change would become less burdensome.  That is most certainly not a reality yet.  We are very close to the point technically that an implanted chip could wipe memory and augment the process but who would we trust to program the chip?  I’m not personally quite ready for that step.  Instead, next month we will look at current research to better support and empower our ability to shoulder up and change.  Don’t drink the Kool-Aid yet.

Chriss   

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