Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tao Jonesing on the human fractal

My working theory is that the true elite (however you label them) are able to shape and control the illusory complexity of society by manipulating a very simple, fractal function that underlies how human beings make decisions and, therefore, act. I've described the base fractal function qualitatively numerous times in the past, including in all of the linked-to posts, above. To understand how the same simple fractal function can lead to widely different results, see here. You manipulate the human fractal through the social institutions that set societal values (i.e., the coefficients in the equation). The founders of Neoliberalism understood this and set out to control those institutions. And they succeeded.

My approach to reality forces me to look for the human fractal and its manipulation. I can't help myself. For example, whenever I see somebody boil down macro-politics to an either-or, binary choice, I usually confirm both the human fractal and its manipulation. The fractal is apparent from the urge to drive certainty by limiting the available options to only two. The manipulation of the function is apparent from the fact that the two options are both ALWAYS dictated by the manipulator. How is that? Because the manipulator defines the status quo, and the human fractal naturally creates the opposite of the status quo through the process of normative inversion.
Read it at Tao Jonesing
The Simplicity of Complexity That Orders the Chaos

A commenter asked how to relate this to the Tao Te Ching.
Those who understand the Human Fractal recognize that you can use it to control human action by (1) defining expectations (e.g., through societal values, which are normative) and (2) shaping observations (e.g., through propaganda).
The Tao Te Ching understands the Human Fractal for what it is and offers a path away from it. More specifically, the Tao Te Ching offers a path to stop interpreting life through the lens of the Human Fractal and to start actually experiencing it.

Don't be concerned if you are not familiar with the Tao Te Ching. It still makes its point.

But if you aren't familiar with the Tao Te Ching, you should be. It seems strange and counter-intuitive, because it is based about living an expanded state of awareness in which contradiction (either/or) is seen as paradox (complementarity in the whole). But to be aware of complementarity in terms of the whole, one's consciousness must become holistic instead of dualistic. The I Ching, or Yi Ching, is an elaboration of the bi-value logic expresses in terms if yin and yang as complementary poles of the whole, where consciousness = reality. Grasping this is key to the way that Chinese think. The Western minset is predominantly analytic and discrete. The Eastern mindset is chiefly synthetic and continuous.

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