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How our own nature could lead to disaster

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posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 06:25 PM
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In exploring how our own human nature could lead to disaster it's important to first look at the word “mimesis”

Definitions of mimesis on the Web:
• the imitative representation of nature and human behavior in art and literature
• any disease that shows symptoms characteristic of another disease
• the representation of another person's words in a speech
wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
www.google.com...


(This definition is fine for the purposes of this thread, though I would like to add one more definition to it: mimesis is also the same principle as when a monkey in a zoo imitates an observer )

Humans have an ancient history of adoring theater and spectacle. Spectacle on planet earth is reaching its zenith here in 2010. Outside of some hidden earth history, this day, the world as we know it, is filled with more spectacle than any time ever to come before.


The human love for theater (and arguably all forms of art) is something deeply emotional and most likely spiritual. This love is deeply rooted in the desire to reflect the inner world of humanity into the outer world. It’s rooted within our consciousness and it is also in our genes.

Now, think about what any of the lower primates might do when encountering something shiny or pretty in the jungle. A primate in the wild discovering an extraordinary looking jewel, for example, might pick up that jewel and ponder it for a while and gaze at its pretty color. The primate will be dazzled for a while and this is normal and natural to its nature to demonstrate this behavior.
But this changes on a much bigger scale, the one for humans, the domesticated primates…

Vegas glitters like nothing any of our ancestors could ever have seen. Hell, our computer screens and phones alone have enough lights and symbols to capture our complete attention, never mind Vegas.

Now consider that babies learn to walk through this same process of mimesis. Ever wondered what was going on in that toddlers’ mind as it sat there in the middle of the room watching each and every adult that came and went? It’s watching and its baby brain is calculating what the adults are doing as they walk. Each time it gets up and falls down its brain can delete one more combination of movements and planning that did not work. Each failure is one more synthesis of thought and movement that can be scratched off the list of viable ways to achieve a standing position. (Achieving a standing position is difficult not just for a baby, it’s difficult in terms of evolution as well, as in it’s quite an accomplishment)

This mimic technique is found all through nature and is not just limited to the primate species.
But primates are master mimics and great mimes and this could be our greatest gift as well as our greatest weakness. Primates use this mimic/mime technique to acquire new skills. It is, as I explained above, how we all learned to walk as toddlers.
As masters of mimesis we are dazzling ourselves more and more in the western world and reflecting this to each and every generation, with more and more shining lights, and this could be disastrous…
Imagine our society falling not because of nukes, or famine, or plague, but because humanity is one day dealt a royal flush, a cure for all disease, the secret to a peaceful planet, I don’t know, anything on a massive scale, but we are so dazzled by the lights of the casino we have built to live in that we don’t even notice...




posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 07:08 PM
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So nobody understands this?
Hmmmm



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 07:08 PM
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I think it's interesting that you brought this up. I've often thought of how people would adapt to such a massive event. I feel like people are constantly evolving, and sometimes even important events do go unnoticed by the majority. Deep down, I think we're all still apes examining jewels.

Things like art, music and theater would appear to have a deeper, or as you said, spiritual bond with humankind. It's one of those things that seemingly 'makes us human' and has stood the test of time, and doesn't seem to be going anywhere


Life is an amazing thing, more complex than we can imagine.



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 07:20 PM
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Originally posted by the_raven_mind_body_soul
I think it's interesting that you brought this up. I've often thought of how people would adapt to such a massive event. I feel like people are constantly evolving, and sometimes even important events do go unnoticed by the majority. Deep down, I think we're all still apes examining jewels.

Things like art, music and theater would appear to have a deeper, or as you said, spiritual bond with humankind. It's one of those things that seemingly 'makes us human' and has stood the test of time, and doesn't seem to be going anywhere


Life is an amazing thing, more complex than we can imagine.


Thanks. I like what you have to say and it makes me wonder how much we've already missed, just like on accident?
Life is extraordinary.



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 09:11 PM
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I think that what you describe is a wonderful analogy for what we've been experiencing for some time now. Shattering world-views around the globe. A mass awakening type event. I'm hopeful no cataclysmic catalyst is needed to force the pace.

gj



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 09:30 PM
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Originally posted by ganjoa
I think that what you describe is a wonderful analogy for what we've been experiencing for some time now. Shattering world-views around the globe. A mass awakening type event. I'm hopeful no cataclysmic catalyst is needed to force the pace.

gj


Thank you.

Learning to walk is what humankind is just now learning to do IMHO.



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