Re: virus: "Confuse word with thing"

Sun, 21 Mar 1999 19:58:20 -0800 wrote:

> Perhaps so, but I don't think the 'cognitive model' cognitive model, with the
> symbiosis of critical thinking and tolerance that its logic implies, has been
> popularized sufficiently as a meme. My perception is that, in this regard,
> the masses still view the world as 'flat'.

Well, that Bradley guy, the one who wrote the book I mentioned, was on Oprah recently, so it seems that the word is getting out to the masses.

> >Pick a purpose for yourself or one will be selected for you, and the
> >default purpose-settings aren't likely to promote your happiness. I
> >think I read that in a book somewhere. I forget the author's name...
> >Brady, Brodly... something like that.
> (I would be very interested to know what purpose I come across, e.g. to
> yourself, as having, strictly for feedback purposes of evaluating my own
> 'approach'. :)

I take you at your word as to your intended purpose, i.e. to generate and propagate an adaptive cognitive model. That's roughly the purpose of this disscussion list, so you've come to the right place.

> >Sorry, Chris. I'm being sarcastic here.
> Not a problem. I didn't, and _choose_ not to, 'react' :) to it as a such,
> so it was quite 'painless'.

I genuinely respect your (non)response. If you stick around, you'll have lots of opportunities to exercise this kind of discretion and restraint. I'm done poking at you, but I'm the lowest ranking ego-buster active on the list these days, so take a deep breath and find your center, 'cause you're on stage in front of a tough room.

> I have in mind a meme which views the human being as a "Reaction Machine", for
> lack of a more accurately evocative term, and for which the subject post is
> the basis of a thesis. I intend that this meme will consolidate various
> contemporary scientific models into a new 'cognitive model' of man for
> himself that will be 'popularly' accessible (or 'user friendly'), and which
> will serve to better integrate the human complex adaptive system, both
> individual and social, toward the maximization of its systemic well-being.

You get bonus points for not including the phrase "new paradigm" anywhere in your statement of intent.

> I would greatly appreciate any collaboration from any interested parties in
> clarifying my still somewhat vague notions of precisely what that 'systemic
> well-being' might entail, and the further development of this meme.

My suggestion would be to jump into one of the established threads going on the list right now and then direct it in the direction of your interests and concerns.

> Thanks KMO for your feedback,

My pleasure. Welcome to the CoV.