WORLD PEACE PLAN page is up

4 Dec

Water droplet in moss forest
WORLD PEACE PLAN

I was waiting to have this more perfectly polished or until my book, DIRK McLANAHAN and the PERFECT ONES was published (as I’ve woven the principles throughout the tale) but came to realize that since life is fragile and uncertain I should get this out now.

I have thought about this for some time and have come up with a working list of fifteen principles for world peace. I would love to have input from others and will happily make revisions and give credit where due. Of course this is TOTALLY unworkable in our current illogical world but that does not mean it is not timely or that someone will not find value in it. For now, here are the fifteen:

  1. Eliminate the concept of WE vs. THEY; aka, the formation of GROUPS
  2. Eliminate our policy of meeting AGGRESSION with AGGRESSION
  3. Let go of our desire for REVENGE
  4. Let go of ANGER
  5. Eliminate FEAR
  6. FAIR and JUST treatment of all
  7. A universal BELIEF SYSTEM based upon science and reason
  8. Cultivate the ability to see things from the PERSPECTIVE of others
  9. Equal access to RESOURCES including (and especially) EDUCATION
  10. Voluntarily limit OUR NUMBERS.
  11. Be a CULTURE of PEACE
  12. ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT without borders
  13. FREE TRADE
  14. Move beyond our system of COMPETITION
  15. Opportunity for SELF-ACTUALIZATION and self esteem for all

Please find detail of the above on this page: PEACE PLAN

Thanks,
Ivor

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The Need for a New Paradigm of Humanity

4 Dec

Steps, Yakusugiland, Yakushima, Japan 2016
Humanity’s Paradigm for the Future
or
Paradigm for a Sentient Self-replicating Intelligence’s Self-Directed Evolution

At some point a self-aware organism will ask existential questions such as:

  • Is there a fundamental purpose to my being?
  • What more is there (or can there be) than biologically driven functions, impulses, reproduction and then ultimately, a death?

Many will reach a conclusion that there must a fundamental purpose (or indeed we yearn for one). This may occur upon deep reflection or simply on watching a sunset in the presence of a loved one.

If we are the natural result of Universal laws then it seems the Universe has orchestrated our appearance. If so, what might be its purpose? Perhaps there is an intention to break free of the cycle of expansion and collapse and we, this self-aware organization of information and energy (among others) have sprung from this desire and are its method, or its gamble.

Nature, victorious in having spawned self-aware intelligence must allow its child the next leg of the journey. Nature has performed her task in bringing us to this point. To move beyond our present level we must move beyond nature.

The process of organizing information and energy into systems of greater and greater complexity results in a decrease in entropy. One can imagine the culmination of this enterprise where a very advanced system of intelligence is able to jump to another Universe before the one which spawned it collapses thus preserving its own version of order and metaphorically, all the previous Universe had worked for. This seems theoretically possible, however we have many down-to-earth challenges before it can be a true possibility. An intelligent but misguided civilization could easily destroy itself before it can engage in self-directed evolution. (This could be the norm throughout the Universe and be an answer to the Fermi Paradox. In other words, it is possible that no sentient intelligence has yet survived past the nature(warring) stage of its development.)

This is the stage we are at presently. From here We can go one of several directions: continue in our practice of competition with each other and that of putting our future in the hands of an imagined deity leading to stagnation and possibility destruction or we can continue our advancement along a path of increasing order.

If we are to get to a transhuman future we must solve some very basic problems first. Competition, uneven distribution of resources, tribalism and unchecked population growth all lead to aggression and war and along with faulty belief systems are but a few of the issues that can freeze our advancement or destroy our civilization entirely.

Our propensity to form groups, to compete with others, for individuals and groups to hold conflicting belief systems and to value those in their group or family unit above all others is ‘hardwired’ into us by nature and served a purpose at one time. That time is long past.

If we are to move forward we must do so as one enlightened people. To have varying agendas is in itself synonymous with disorganization. At our current development this seems an impossible task. It is our very nature to compete and this assured that the fittest genes for a particular environment were passed along and ultimately sentience would be achieved.

Humankind, with its intelligence did indeed arrive on the scene and this very fact announces that it is time for humanity to move beyond nature. We cannot continue warring and expect to direct our evolution. Just as competition assured that fit genes survived in our ancestors, only an intelligently reasoned plan embraced by a united humanity will assure our continued survival and self directed evolution into the future. Some may argue that if competition was good for primitive man then it is good for us. However nature can only take a species so far and we have reached that limit. Primitive man did not possess the ability to destroy his whole species.

First we must eliminate the causes of conflict and war. These issues will be addressed on my Peace Plan page…

How to Stop Illegal Gold Mining in the Rainforest

29 Jul
Inotawa-insect2013-2
I saw this article (link below) the other day and was dismayed since I have been twice to the Tambopata region of Peru and love this part of the world:
Peru Scrambles to Drive Out Illegal Gold Mining and Save Precious Land
How can we stop the illegal gold mining in Peru? I believe we need to approach any issue from a systemic point of view. Laws are never one hundred percent effective even if a government has the resources to enforce them. The underlying problem must be solved rather attacking its symptoms. In order to do so in this case we need to ask ourselves the question: “What would motivate a person to labor at an illegal activity in a hot mosquito infested environment?” The answer is that gold miners simply want to support their families in a dignified manner and they have been marginalized by the rest of society. Society has two choices: 1) spend massive amounts of resources stuffing their prisons to overflowing and taking care of the children they have effectively made into orphans and wait for the next inevitable manifestation of the underlying issue, or 2) deal with the underlying social issue and watch as the problem dissolves.
In this case, how does a society go about correcting the marginalization of a group; a group whose current level of functionality is to labor at pulling a mineral out of the mud and destroying a precious resource as they do so? How do we increase their level of functionality? How might they become an asset to society rather than a destroyer of a resource? How do we help them become physicians, technicians, inventors, entrepreneurs and researchers? The answer is Education, Education, Education and Support. It is obvious that I have written ‘education’ three times. Here is the basic detail of the answer:
  • Universal access to higher education (even for those in small towns). This will increase the level of functionality of those who currently have no choice but to make an attempt at a living any way they can.
  • Education regarding the harmful effects of gold mining to the environment, the forest and the children living downstream. It is likely that many of the miners are unaware of the effects of mercury (children are the most vulnerable).
  • Education about the fragility and value of a fully intact rainforest
  • The international community must for now, support individual government’s efforts at enforcing their environmental laws and educating the public.
 Any economist will tell us that there is no free lunch or free education either. It does cost society (all of us) but providing an education does not produce a net deficit but a net benefit to all of society. Those educated will go on to add to the bottom line as they prosper and they will share the cost of educating the next generation and so on. This makes it worthwhile from a purely economic standpoint let alone that of the alleviation of suffering. And the economic benefit only gets better as one looks at what we will no longer have to spend, billions to enforce ineffective laws and incarceration.
These ideas are just a start. What would other smart folks add to it? Let’s start a dialogue and maybe an online brainstorming session and see what we can come up with. You will find me happy to add your constructive comments and ideas here and of course show credit where due.
Note: the photo at top was shot at the Inotawa lodge in the Tambopata region of the Peruvian Amazon; the same general area the article discusses.
For more photos of this region of Peru please visit these photo blogs:
Inotawa Lodge Tambopata, Peru 2013
Inotawa, Tambopata Peru 2015
Tambopata Research Center – Refugio Lodge, Peru 2015

One People

20 Jun

Unity – no one ever acts against “we” or “us“, only against “they“, “them” or “those“…

Would not most of our problems simply vanish if ‘we‘ were to make ALL of ‘us‘, ‘we‘?

Reality

10 May

Yes, indeed. Was it Carl Sagan who said something like, “We are how the Universe observes itself.”?
Thanks, Ivor

Bleeding Edge Blog

Reality Manifesto:

I’m in a permanent lifelong relationship with reality.

The whole universe is in front of me.

And I’m part of it.

I am a manifestation of the universe looking at itself.

Yours,

Dr Kroko

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Paradigm for a Sentient Self-replicating Intelligence’s Evolution

1 Mar

This post announces a new page on the site. The new page is an attempt to communicate some of my thoughts on humanity’s greatest questions and challenges and how we can move forward. Among the questions are as follows:
Is there a purpose to life?
What lies ahead for humanity?

What follows here is a copy of the first draft of the page.

Paradigm for a Sentient Self-replicating Intelligence’s Evolution
aka Humanity’s new Paradigm

At some point every self-aware organism must ask themselves questions. I believe the important ones are, what more is there than living and reproducing then dying? and is there a purpose to life? I feel that we do indeed have a fundamental purpose.

We are the natural result of the physical laws of information and energy. I believe that the Universe somehow desires to break free of the cycle of expansion and collapse and that the development of a self-aware organization of information and energy has sprung from this desire.

Nature has brought us to this point. To move beyond our present level we must move beyond nature. Organizing information and energy into systems of greater and greater complexity decreases entropy. One can imagine a very advanced system of intelligence jumping to another Universe before the one which spawned it had collapsed thus preserving its order and metaphorically, all that Universe had worked for. This seems at least theoretically possible however we have many down-to-earth challenges before it can be a true possibility. An intelligent but misguided civilization could easily destroy itself before it can engage in post-natural self-directed evolution. (One answer to the Fermi Paradox is that no sentient intelligence has yet survived past the nature stage of their development.)

This is our present stage. We can go either way: destruction or continued advancement along a path of increasing order. If we are to get to a transhuman future we must solve some very basic problems first. Competition, distribution of resources, tribalism, unchecked population growth, war and faulty belief systems are but a few of the challenges ahead. Our propensity to form groups, to compete with others, for individuals and groups to hold conflicting belief systems and to value those in their group or family unit above all others are ‘hardwired’ into us.

If we are to move forward we must do so as one enlightened people. To have varying agendas is in itself synonymous with disorganization. At our current development this seems an impossible task. It is our very nature to compete and an evolutionary technique to assure that the most fit genes survived to be passed to future generations. For, if they were not, the prime goal of achieving sentience would never have been achieved.

Humankind, with its intelligence did arrive on the scene however. And it is this very fact which announces that it is time for humanity to move beyond nature. We cannot continue warring and expect to direct our evolution. Just as competition assured that fit genes survived in our ancestors, only an intelligently reasoned plan embraced by a united humanity will assure our continued survival and evolution. Some may argue that if competition was good for primitive man then it is good for us. However nature can only take a species so far and we have reached that limit since primitive man did not posses the ability to destroy his whole species.

First we must eliminate the causes of strife, conflict and war…

These will be addressed next, please check back or follow…

The Religion Problem

24 Sep

I am sure many people will disagree however I think the majority of people who say they have a religion do not really believe that their god is an older gentleman with a flowing white beard sitting upon a cloud demanding their worship. For the vast majority, religion is cultural. Why would a supreme being feel compelled to demand worship anyway?

Albert Einstein, when he reached adulthood did not follow any formal religious belief yet once the Third Reich started to persecute the Jews he felt a kinship to “his people”.[1]

Growing up in the Christian Midwestern U.S. as I did, if someone asked you, “do you believe in God,” you would say, “yes of course.” From there however it would get rather murky if one were to question further. At least in my experience we picked and had chosen the “commandments” that we felt were valid or personally acceptable.

Religion is fine as a refuge for those who find it helpful to have a belief system based only upon faith when the sensate world is troubling or has let them down. It can also be fine as a template for living in a civilized world if one is careful and thoughtful here.

The trouble comes when young, impressionable and disadvantage people are swept into a religion which has in its holy scriptures any mention of “the good fight” a “holy war”, an “eye for an eye” and so forth. This includes any reference to respected or esteemed historical religious figures undertaking violence for any reason at all. This is because if these young people take the scriptures literally they will find themselves condoning and even participating in violence because, “it is in the book”.

The Christian bible talks of keeping slaves and of slaves obeying their masters yet we find that sort of behavior or talk appalling today. When we read in any holy book about past wars between differing groups why do we not find that appalling now as well?

It is time that we understand that:

  • Tit for tat, meeting violence with violence or responding to a perceived offense in kind does not work, Does not create peace and Does not solve any conflict.
  • Revenge while it momentarily feels good and just, does not solve anything either.
  • We are all more alike than different and the concept of war with one’s self is ridiculous.

I know some of you will not want to take my word for it but, you can trust me when I say, that if a god needed you to fight on his behalf, he is not a supreme being. A supreme being would simply, ‘click her fingers’ and all would be right in the world. By the way, a supreme being would not have a gender either since a supreme being would have no need for sexual reproduction. Such is our silly language where we must determine first if the subject has XX or XY chromosomes before we can address IT.

WE need to call on all religions to police their own ranks, educate their masses on peace and tolerance and explain that the world of two thousand years ago was a much different one, that the stories of the holy scriptures were told in a different context and communicated to a much different audience then and that your god does not wish you to kill others in his or her name.

Hopefully someone will read this and add to it or it will spur them to come up with their own plan for sustainable peace. The word must be gotten out that if we continue to do what we have done for the past two thousand years nothing will change except that it may get much worse since we now have the technology for complete destruction of all of our brothers and sisters.


[1] Walter Isaacson in “Einstein His Life and Universe”

Human Operating System (expounding on June 14 post)

10 Jul

Most of us rely upon a collective perception to get along in life. It is a template of preconceived ideas, beliefs, responses and viewpoints that our society has agreed upon through which we view the world. It is useful because it eliminates the need to “think” through each of life’s situations and tells us what to do based upon what the “average” or typical citizen would do. This keeps our responses uniform and helps us to remain a cohesive group. This saves time and energy and helps us feel united but it also hems one into a collection of beliefs and automatic responses developed by not only other people but the average of a group.

Just one of the difficulties with this is that conventions become outdated. Witness the “generation gap” of the nineteen sixties and seventies. Adults in their forties and fifties simply didn’t understand the thinking of the youth and vice versa.

The other risk of adopting a rigid, automatic operating system of united beliefs and reactions is that it may be based upon inferior reasoning done by previous persons who happened to be respected in their time. (Think about a society which evolved over time basing their system upon the belief that a supernatural entity ran things behind the scenes – because they had no other explanation.)

There are certainly other problems with making life decisions based upon a herd mentality. If everyone did this we would not advance. The “crowd” is the entity which tells us that everything worthwhile is already known. We are fortunate that a minority of the population, people like Dr. Einstein, Copernicus, Lincoln and others did not follow convention or collective wisdom.

Can we believe for a moment that collective perception is not a powerful determinant of behavior? It is difficult for us to believe today that less than two hundred years ago a near majority of Americans thought it OK to enslave other people. Not only that but that so many Americans were willing to fight a war to protect their right to do so.

It would be wise for each individual to occasionally become conscious of this hidden collective lens of perception through which one sees the world and adjust it accordingly to his or her understanding of current knowledge.

Just a few hundred years ago our ancestors thought that sickness was caused by unseen evil spirits. They were partially right of course. The cause of sicknesses were invisible but they were not spirits, evil or otherwise. Think about how far we have come because a few of us refused to follow convention.

It is not a good idea to assign meaning just because it makes us feel more comfortable and helps an occurrence fit within our collective belief system. It is better to have a free, open mind and constantly seek understanding through logic rather than to assign meaning where there is none. If we presently do not have an answer it is better to just acknowledge that.

Occasionally we must open our minds and suspend our collective perception of reality if we wish to personally evolve and add to society’s body of knowledge.

Human Operating System (2)

5 Jul

Especially for those of us with a rather active imagination, we may not be capable of achieving all that we dream of (at least not at our present level of evolution). To continue to hope for and pine after something which is currently impossible leads to frustration. The key is Acceptance.

What is the relationship between desire and acceptance? Is there a borderline at a certain level beyond which desires are fruitless and mere fantasy? If so, how can we know our own, personal boundary? One would not want to stop short of one’s full potential nor exist solely in a fantasy world.

Maybe the best course is to act on our life plan progressively a little at a time and continuously evolve it by updating our interests, desires, goals and activity as we experience life and gain knowledge. To do otherwise is to either live a fantasy life or to continue pushing the same impulse satisfaction buttons each day (those learned in the past which made us feel ‘OK’). This would be akin to stagnation or merely ‘going through the motions of life’.

To summarize my suggestion of the best approach in life to Desire, Potentiality and Acceptance: Identify present desires and continually strive for and evolve them while accepting life as it currently is.

Human Operating System

14 Jun

The average person relies upon collective convention to get along in life. This is sort of a templet of preconceived ideas, responses and viewpoints. It is useful because if adopted one no longer needs to “think” through each life situation that occurs. This saves time and energy but it also hems one into a collection of beliefs and automatic responses which become outdated. Witness the “generation gap” of the nineteen sixties and seventies. Adults in their forties and fifties simply didn’t understand the thinking of the youth and visa versa. Another risk of adopting a rigid, automatic operating system of beliefs and reactions is that it may be based upon inferior reasoning done by previous persons who happened to be respected in their time. (Think about a society which evolves over time based upon a strong and structured belief in a supernatural entity which runs things behind the scenes.)