Raphie Frank :: business artivist

Introducing Social Cogeneration (& Cognitive Physics)

Originally posted on the Cognitive Physics Thread at Physorg.com Forums

Social Cogeneration
photo by Mattijn

excerpt
We need to learn to “cogenerate” — meaning we need to start “creating together” (i.e. synergy) — with our teachers and they, in return, ought to think about how to co-generate back with us in a recriprocal manner because I’ve news for you, StevenA. The relational mind and the symbolically oriented mind is the wave of the future. Not only are we learning faster than ever before because we have more “data inputs” and the time between question and answer has decreased exponentially in my life time alone, but the way we are learning has changed also.

Dear Steven,

Let’s look at the exponents of that 2^(Fn) summation series I posted yesterday, because there’s an interesting connection between that and “convolution,” and I suspect it could be applied to signal processing, but first let’s look a little at…

WHAT WE’RE ACTUALLY DOING HERE…

… because contributing to, not polluting, the truth, is really what we are all about, or at least what I am all about, and we want to make sure that our critics understand that up front, because our goal is to work WITH and not against them and we believe the greatest form of “pollution” is to not ask the questions that need asking because we’re afraid to ask them.

When you get right down to it, StevenA, I suggest you conceive of the “Cognitive Physics” thread as an “exploratory lab.” What we are doing here, at least in part, is trying to prove the lie to this notion that you need a piece of paper to contribute to the broad spectrum of scientific knowledge and inquiry, or that you need a certain amount of “experience” in our expert-dominated culture, or that if you didn’t do it yesterday that means you can’t do it tomorrow.

What we are also doing here, at least in part, is that we are trying to open up the public mind to the value of innovation and experimention and learning through action and pattern recognition and constructed relationships, and allowing for error and failure, which is how many of the greatest thinkers of our time have thought, and also how at least Time magazine thinks we need to start thinking again in order to move our educational system out of the 20th Century.

How to Build A Student For the 21st Century” – Time Magazine, December 18, 2006

Furthermore, what we’re doing here is using “dialectical math” aka the “math of approximation” — like Paul Erdos, the “Man Who Only Loved Numbers” or the character Valentine in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia — in order to try to “crack open” problems in a contextual manner utilizing, in ethno-mathematical manner, social science-derived confidence levels instead of natural science ones. (i.e. 99.95% correlation is considered “significant” in most social science experiments) to determine if a relationship is worth pursuing.

About Paul Erdos

Chaos, Fractals & Arcadia

And why are we doing this? Where’s the value?

Well, that’s EASY! Because we understand the nature of PROGRESSION and understand the absurdity of a rule book that says you can’t begin a sentence with “because” when you just did, and that maybe when things get so out of whack like that, that maybe it’s not you that needs fixing, but the rule book. Because if the rule book doesn’t change with the times, then folks are just going to break the rules any way, but they’ll do it outside the system instead of inside, which isn’t very good either for those forced outside the system or those inside it, because, you see, what happens is that the pressures build up from outside and can threaten to “pop the bubble” like so many dot-bomb flash-in-the-pans.

Not something we want. Not by a long shot.

We also understand that sometimes you have to go back in order to move forward, sometimes all the way straight back to the basics, which is often referred to as a “First Principles” approach, at least by me. Because, after all, you’ve just gotta figure that if the Mayans were able to come up with a calendar more accurate than our own Gregorian calendar, based on Base 20, then perhaps maybe they knew or at least intuited a thing or two that we don’t, specifically the value of OBSERVATION THROUGH TIME, but also the value of position and rank and order through the chaos in a Cosmos guided by ongoing and overlapping and threaded together repeated harmonic cycles of varying magnitude and duration.

But even if they didn’t — and you “can’t start a sentence with “but” either, but I just did — well, you’ve just gotta figure that Richard Feynman, that merry prankster who warmed the hearts of countless people with his lock-picking, devil-may-care life and laughter loving ways wasn’t exactly exactly a dummy, right? That maybe, just maybe, if he thought it worthwhile to study Mayan hieroglyphics and played the conga drums for fun, then maybe, just maybe, that had something to do with all those Feynman diagrams and his notions of superfluidity and his admiration of both Euler’s identity and the fine structure constant as well as all his many other accomplishments?

Here’s the thing, we know we can’t do it all by ourselves, but that doesn’t mean this soon to be new discipline of “Cognitive Physics” has nothing to offer in a world society that should think about new and fresh approaches in an effort to mobilize every powerful mind it can in a day and age confronting pretty monumental challenges (yada yada. we know what they are…)

The bottom line?

SOCIAL COGENERATION

We need to learn to “cogenerate” — meaning we need to start “creating together” (i.e. synergy) — with our teachers and they, in return, ought to think about how to co-generate back with us in a recriprocal manner because I’ve news for you, StevenA. The relational mind and the symbolically oriented mind is the wave of the future. Not only are we learning faster than ever before because we have more “data inputs” and the time between question and answer has decreased exponentially in my life time alone, but the way we are learning has changed also.

Who’s the the leader of Mali? Do you know?

Probably not, but you could in a heart beat. 20 years ago, though, when I was last in school (officially), you would have had to go to the library or a teacher or a book store or knowledgeable friend to find that out. No longer. A couple clicks and there you go: President: Amadou Toumani

Take Care,
Raphie

P.S. We’ll save the number progression for another time…

October 27, 2007 - Posted by | Non-Partisan Activism, Philanthropy

1 Comment »

  1. […] Introducing Social Cogeneration (& Cognitive Physics) excerpt We need to learn to “cogenerate” — meaning we need to start “creating together” (i.e. synergy) — with our teachers and they, in return, ought to think about how to co-generate back with us in a recriprocal manner because I’ve news for you, StevenA. The relational mind and the symbolically oriented mind is the wave of the future. Not only are we learning faster than ever before because we have more “data inputs” and the time between question and answer has decreased exponentially in my life time alone, but the way we are learning has changed also. […]

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