terça-feira, 17 de julho de 2012

which singularity?

When wrote about "ecosophy" the philosopher Felix Guattari used the therm "singularity" to mean something very connected to the inner part of each person to achieve a balanced level among someone's subjectivity, the community and the nature. It is a concept that implies human respect and recovery of mankind in the subjective aspects of each human being.
In the end of 20th and beginning of 21th century "singularity" became a kind of an "almost sci fi concept" about the human being achieving some kind of "transhuman condition", made by technology, under circumstances where doens't matter how much humanity could be lost: the aim is to achieve some kind of "imortality". But could it be a kind of a imortality of a "not anymore human being"...
This "transhumanity" is different of that used by Basarab Nicolaescu when he meant a kind of "transcultural condition".
So, maybe the "singularity" of the "almost sci fi human being" could mean some "dehumanized human being"?
At the same time that more than 1 billion people are starving and more than that has obesity, what of the two singularities could be more useful to humankind?
Metaphorically, the "Bicentennial Man" (the movie) chose to be human instead of to be immortal...
Now, when the efficiency of postmodern is weak, and the humankind is searching for meaning of life, maybe we could remember the singularity of Guattari...
We know that the technology of that "postmodern singularity" could bring some benefits to human life, but it is important that we do not forget the "singularity" of each human being in the world...   

sábado, 7 de julho de 2012

after-postmodern social bindings

The economic crisis is the same since 2008.
It is not only "economic" or even political, but it has other "transversalities".
Under a complex approaching we can see that history is in a bigger change that we could first suppose.
Each human community is looking and discovering its own roots at the same time that communication and deal among human beings is easier than ever.
People are looking for their own identity. This identity has universal bindings but it has also local, ancient and sometimes almost lost bindings.
After the end of the Cold War, step by step human communities are discovering aspects of their identities that was repressed under political power and other factors.
This segmental process is a movement in the pendulum of history.
In the end of the Roman Empire the occidental nations were divided in smaller groups linked more by cultural   aspects than the former political and economic binding with the empire.
We cannot say that we are going to a "new feudal era", but the pendulum of history shows that there is a moment for humankind to look back to inner collective values and not just to external economic bindings.
Maybe this is a side of the crisis that could be better understood under the after-postmodern complexity. 

segunda-feira, 2 de julho de 2012

unsustainable sustainability - part 3

How to work for sustainability with insatiable human beings...
If sustainability implies some limit, what are the limits of insatiability...
... or satiability...
Maybe Complexity is the field where those limits could work, or could be worked...
Even with a insatiable human being, there is not possible to build sustainability without the human being.
There is not environment without human being.
So, the balance must be found inside complexity, among all actors of worlds scenario.