Learning how to fly
It's not as easy to be creative as it is to be destructive,
There is a strong gradient that pulls all life down, entropy,
and is constantly at work like gravity. Life succeeds in flying
It is death that surcomes to the will of such gravity, and
people in free-fall will clutch and claw at those around them
in fear of falling into that entropic abyss.
People will fall when they are carried aloft by others and let
go, without ever having themselves learned to fly; to be creative.
And too many of such people will, like "dead weight" drag all
the rest of humanity down with them.
But life arose from that abyss, and will always do so.
Before you can learn to fly, you have to learn to float:
1) to learn facts, and 2) to learn how to learn.
"Flying" 3), amounts to Creativity and moving about in the 'space'
opened up by these first two stages.
There are fundamental stages to arising from that depression
era of entropy into that market economy of life .
McClelland and Maslow and Piaget have their own stages and
evolution has a more general and foliated approach. But essentially
it boils down to certain stages which must occur in a specific
order and each stage or era of this progression is often marked
by a discrete milestone which we can call a worldview transition
analogous to physical phase changes.
In general, without too much consideration to detail, the stages
can be labelled fundamentalist, dynamisist, and interpretive,
Each of which contains the previous state as as subset like
Douglas Adams describes the stages of civilizations as:
Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication.
"Survival" marks the era of learning facts and deductive thinking.
It works on small finite sets of "solids", and establishes simple
causual relations between events. It asks such questions as
"Where can we find food ?". It is a stage of specificity and
distinguishment or what we often call "classical" attitudes.
Here we are concerned with deterministic predictions. This is
the era of Keynes, of jump starting the economy of life.
This is the reduction stage or "the stage of subtraction".
"Inquiry" marks the era or stage of understanding the relationship
between 'states' or definitions, and the idea of infinities.
It is the stage of inductive and thinking or "liquid" comparative analogies,
and deals with questions like: "Why do we eat ?".
It is the stage of generality and non-distinguishments which
we can call more "modern" attitudes. Here we are concerned with
non-deterministic predictions. This is the dynamic era of Hayek, or
understanding of the role of the economy in a comparative sense
This is the associative stage or "the stage of addition".
At this stage the "survival" stage is still important and neglecting it,
forfets any chance of remaining in this stage.
"Sophistication" marks the stage of more meta levels of consideration
such as asking: "Where shall we dine ?". Here we are creative
with applications of compositions of tangible facts learned in the
Survival stage and the general ideas, associations, and analogies learned
in the Inquiry stage. We interpret their meanings and apply them in the numerous
combinatorics of 'gasous' mixtures and superpositions. We also in this
stage consider more metaphysical concepts like paradoxes, dualisms, holisms,
etc. which themselves all boil down to considerations of communications
theory, information theory, and measurement theory. This ignites our creative
capacity with the positive feedback needed for that creative activity.
In this stage our considerations recurse and we begin to understand
the workings of our own minds as a complex but understandable system
in relation to its equally complex objective world. This stage is the
transcendental stage which rises above specificity in the Survival
stage and generality in the Inquiry stage. It is the "interference"
stage because here, the subtraction and addition are performed.
At this stage the "survival" stage is still important and neglecting it,
forfets any chance of remaining in this stage and similarly, this stage
cannot function without the mechanisms for association developed in the
These may seem like arbitrarily established stages but there is a
rationality to them that transcends inductive and deductive logic.
This "fuzzy", transcendental logic is not finite nor infinite, nor
is it neither of these, but it is rather a higher level language
composed of thes two logical languages which we are more familiar with
(induction and deduction).
It combines and mixes and superposes these two logics in a
"sophisticated" sense and in doing so reveals the relation between determinism
and non-determinism, between distinguishment and non-distinguishement
and between all such fundamental dichotomies we encounter in life;
the most influential of extremes of these dichotomies being
the wave-particle duality and the mind-body duality.
At this point, the feedback loop is in place, and the dragon
eats its tail. The subjective mind-body problem if philosophy
"eats" the objective wave-particle duality of physics.
The above stages are not discrete in the sense that we are
in one and not the others, rather they are contained in a
'topology' that obviously, we have much yet to learn about.
We can alternatively think of the three stages as being stages
of Substantance, Form, and Function.
The Substantial stage, or stage of Survival is concerned chiefly
with tangibles and bartering.
The Form/formulational stage, or the stage of Inquiry, is chiefly
concerned with the intangible relationships between things and
with speculative valuations.
The Functional/systemic stage, or Sophistication stage, is chiefly
concerned with permutations of 'meta-objects' without the burden
of carrying around the deterministic 'proofs' imposed by the first
stage, and the inductive 'proofs' of the second stage.
This functional stage is only concerned with 'the proof is in the pudding'
or the knowledge that is used without proof. This is often called 'common
sense' knowledge because we usually can't afford the price of space-time
to prove that knowledge deterministically (in time), or
non-deterministically (in space), but we know it to be
useful knowledge none-the-less.
The the thinking of Douglas Adam's is surreptitious in this sense
as he communicates valid knowledge without the having to undergo
the time and space consuming burden of proof. Instead, he lays
out a clear map over the horizon. It is the travelor's problem
if they get lost.
Now you may say to yourself that all this is nothing really novel
and we have understood most of it for some time now. The novelity
is: that this "basis of stages", is as fundamental to all things
as the x, y, z, coordinates are to space.
It is in a sense defining the core design for everything around us
and determines a 'space-time' in which all life moves, thinks,
and evolves to its various degrees. It defines the universe
of subjective ideologies as containing modes no less distinguished
from the modes of the physical universe such as the particles, planets,
stars and galaxies of all varieties.
 see Keynes and Hayek
 It could be argued that Hayek's thinking belongs as a milestone of the next era
and that economics made a quantum leap, but I would suggest that my
attribution of Hayek to this stage reflects my current ignorance of
details economic theory's history. But I am convinced that suitable discrete
milestones of each era can be established in the same sense that we define three
color basis, the three dimensions of space, the three "common" modes of
matter, the three ...
Such "trinities" arise naturally out of measurement theory deepest considerations.
 Douglas Adams