Jared Diamond: Societal Collapse

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If you listen carefully to what Jared Diamond is saying in the TED video above, he is describing not a five part, but a six part power curve into a systemic singularity. This has been one of the core themes of discussion of this blog.  We all seem to be too close to our problems to see the commonality.  The interrogatives come into play here:

  1. Goals
  2. People
  3. Functions
  4. Forms
  5. Times
  6. Distances

Times and Distances being the basis on which the higher orders are built.

When we look at the recent economic “crisis” we see 300 trillion in currency circulating and roughly 1 trillion to 2 trillion shifting suddenly and unexpectedly.  We witnessed a systemic collapse, a singularity, a tipping point, a power curve, an exponential change, a phase transition or whatever label you want to call it.  These have been happening everywhere since Time and Distance began in different contexts and orders both in human and non-human systems.

What Jared Diamond and other alarmists are implying is that human society is now a system approaching its final singularity in this century on this planet.  We are implying that today we are experiencing a less than one percent crisis on a power curve into a singularity.  How many more iterations will the global system withstand?  Will humanity make the step into space successfully before we experience a global dark age?  How will the six or more factors in the power curve play out?

The truth to me appears to be that power curves whether they play out or not result in either a systemic climax or anti-climax followed by a systemic collapse.  Would it not be better if we experienced a systemic climax that led to us expanding into the solar system?

Systemic collapse seems to be the fashion of this generation.  Every generation looks with fascination at its own youth, maturition, reproduction and acceleration into mortality.  Some die early, some die late, but all die.  It is an irrevocable law of nature.  It is not about self-interest.  It is about what self-interest is defined as.

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Science: Within and Without the Box

I have been surfing for quite some time looking for a new approach to the Six Hats, Six Coats Framework and I came across this blog entry Is There a Box To Think Outside Of? from ProjectArmannd.com It got my mental muscle pondering the framework and inside-the-box and outside-the-box thinking. I agree with the conclusion of ProjectArmannd’s blog entry “there is no box”, however disciplining oneself and training oneself to master a classification system or systems is a powerful method for exercising control of the universe and we are always looking for better classification systems. And these systems are forever improving at the smallest and largest scales. Which brings me to this character:

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Hugh Everett was the first to come up with what is commonly known as the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics. Basically, Hugh had the epiphany that perhaps what he was attempting to understand with systems at the quantum scales also applied to observers at classical scales. Such an insight is no different that Sir Issac Newton having the epiphany that the forces acting on a falling apple were the same forces that applied to the motion of the planets. Both are grand unifications, Issac’s was called “gravity”.

Issac knew that the natural philosophers of his time would choke on the scope of his grand unification of gravity, it didn’t appear to be simple because of its scale. The Many World’s Interpretation is also simple and resolves many of the paradoxes of attempting to have a universe that obeys quantum mechanics at the subatomic level and classical mechanics at the observer level, but physicists seem to choke on all the parallel universes. The conflict is one of scale rather than one of simplicity.

Now, why do I talk about Everett? Because Everett’s theory was an attempt to bring the universe into the box of quantum mechanics. It required a new understanding of the existing structure of quantum mechanics to resolve the exceptions that Everett wanted to handle.

The Six Hats, Six Coats Framework exists for me because I have been continually restructuring my understanding of what the Framework represents and what the exceptions to it represent. I think within-the-box and without-the-box continually to handle exceptions in the simplest manner possible. And like Everett I include the observer in the systems. When our classification system doesn’t work it is usually because one of the interrogatives is being excluded.

Cause | Observer | Energy | Mass | Space | Time

Why | Who | How | What | Where | When

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