ISSN 2567-6458, 24. January 2022
Author: Gerd Doeben-Henisch
This post is part of the uffmm science blog.
This is the place for short summaries of topics about which the author is writing in his German blogs (cognitiveagent.org (Philosophy, Science ), oksimo.org (a new paradigm how people can together turn everything in a simulation by only using their everyday language))
NEWSLETTER January 24, 2022
Since the beginning of the development of the oksimo software I was urged to distinguish between the oksimo software and the oksimo paradigm. The oksimo software is some software which appears to the user as an interface by a web browser, able to do some work, and the oksimo paradigm stands for the whole ‘action space’ which is possible for human actors using the oksimo software. We know from daily practice that the ‘software’ — until now in use — is important and big; the software is somehow the ‘store of knowledge’ coded in some language. In the context of the oksimo paradigm the software is ‘small’ and ‘unimportant’. The only contribution of the software is to support human actors to talk about the world in their everyday language in a way, that these talks will automatically be turned into simulations as well as full fledged theories. That’s it. The computer as such does not understand anything. This is a new kind of ‘collective man:machine intelligence’.
Because the main experience while communicating the ideas of this new software paradigm is, that people do not understanding this new paradigm — especially the computer science guys have problems, locked by their ‘usual understanding’ of computers — we stopped ‘advertising’ and focus on first practical examples. This year we spent time to set up a real simulation of a real county in Germany named ‘Main-Kinzig-Kreis (MKK)’ (Perhaps the same will be done in South-Africa with the Gauteng Province and there mostly from the Tshwane District.)
Clearly these models will to the end of the year 2022 only cover some main aspects of the county including the related towns and cities, but it will be a real model and can be further developed in the upcoming years.
Because these models are completely WWW-conform and reachable by the ‘ordinary World Wide Web’, everybody can read the results, can try the simulation mode on its own, and can add his own version as an HTML-page. One can also unify different models by ‘only pressing a button’. The main intention is, that distributed people can work together as ‘a group’ to share their ideas, visions, experiences.
Although we had in the beginning a kind of a Roadmap, what we wanted to have finished at some time, things went differently: because this whole paradigm is radically new we had in the beginning a basic idea, but not a complete understanding of everything. And thus it happened that we step wise learned better what it really is. It became more ‘simpler’ and at the same time ‘more powerful’. From a theoretical point of view it looks now as if it can do nearly everything which humans want from a ‘software for a sustainable future’.
A nice point just now was the understanding how we can use radically everyday language and at the same time all of mathematics. If one understands what mathematics is, how it works in our thinking, than it became very simple.
This whole oksimo (reloaded) software project became only possible because there was during many years a truly multi-disciplinary thinking alive relating different disciplines in a truly trans-disciplinary (= meta-theoretical = philosophical) fashion. What we observe today is a steady growth of always more ‘special disciplines’ but a pondering lack of ‘integration’, of meta-thinking. Nowhere we have really working trans-disciplinary programs, there exist not even ideas/ concepts, how to do it.
The united nations series of conferences starting in 1992 until 2015 brought to the front that the course of life on the planet earth is facing more and more a crisis, because the human race has meanwhile occupied 3/4 of the usable areas of the planet and has changed the whole bio-systems and many important resources. The climate change as such is not a problem, but because the human population — and a working biosphere — is highly sensitive to climate change, it is a growing experience of humans that the conditions of the planet are becoming ‘pressing’. Because these problems are working on a global scale they cannot be solve by single nations alone. The time of ‘nations’ seems to be ‘out’. Either we are ‘one mankind’ or we will lose.
To understand ‘sustainability’ one has to look to the biological evolution with the eyes of many disciplines. Besides biology (with many additional disciplines) it seems to me that ecology is highly important, theoretical ecology!
As part of the biosphere we humans as biological systems have introduced culture, technology and society in the game of life. As part of technology we have also introduced machines called ‘computer’ embedded in networks of ‘everything’. All this can be very valuable tools to master the different kinds of future including the whole biosphere. But this can only happen if the human race learns a bit more what it means to live in a truly sustainable fashion. This begins in the kind of ‘thinking and sharing ideas’. We are — it seems to me — far from such a ‘sustainable thinking’. The minds are very ‘closed boxes’.
In this uffmm blog I did never write about spirituality, also not in the oksimo.org blog, but I have written several posts in may philosophy blog (about 20 – 30, or even more), and elsewhere.
Most people associate the wording ‘spirituality’ with strange, esoteric things, with religions. This reflects the course of history where different kinds of religions and partially strange movements used this term as ‘their’ term. But this must not be so, not necessarily.
Spirituality is a genuine property of all biological life which in turn is an ‘outcome’ of the whole universe. The ‘spiritual’ is not owned by special persons, it belongs to every human person as a part of it. If one understands ‘life’ in it’s full reality, it is ‘the’ most important event in the whole universe. To understand this one must use everything we know today by the empirical sciences, but clearly more, because the empirical sciences are still lacking a true meta-science. The ‘old philosophy’ has not ‘grown’ ‘with’ the sciences; both are still ‘highly separated’ ….