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REVISING OUR HUMAN INTELLIGENCE ON A DIFFERENT SCALE. Can we augment our own perceptions and improve our mentality (not technology) ?

In this modern age of technology that allows any of us to communicate almost instantly worldwide we understand each other no better than millennia ago.
We do experience the laws of our own limitations in perceiving but commonly do not admit them. Can we augment our own perceptions and improve our mentality (not technology) for to exist within the natural world more intelligently?

Lets remember that no living creature can fly out of its own mind to observe the world "objectively", as it is.

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    Jul 27 2011: Our personal experience is what we may turn into our real knowledge. Some remote participation is not about knowing an actual subject, or event, or conditions.

    Therefore Collective knowledge can be very misleading. Only a person can digest his/her personal experience into his/her personal knowledge. We can share with some collective information but without direct experience we only re-play some sound-bites.

    We are drowned in endless information, that no human mind can really digest. However we often call incomplete, twisted information "knowledge", and we believe that usual training in "understanding" collective information that we receive in schools, is "education". We very often call a person who remembers lots of data "intelligent".

    David Shenk calls this "data smog" which is "bad for your health, promoting stress, memory overload, compulsive behavior and attention-deficit disorder."


    Can we really survive within our man-made environment while so drastically limiting our real experience and knowledge?

    What can we discover and learn about ourselves if we look at ourselves from a different perspective, beyond
    collectively put together soundbites?
    • Jul 30 2011: I agree with you on how our personal experiences translate into real knowledge. In terms of science this is very important because if you don't actually delve into a theory, you'll only be able to contribute tasteless soundbites and no real digested commentary.

      Everybody has done this at some point, I know I've done this a LOT. It's also detrimental to those that actually have a passion for a subject but just don't have the basic knowledge needed to actually digest the information (like a High School talking about Quantum Mechanics, but doesn't have the resources to actually understand it mathematically). But that's just how it is...

      As for "data smog", it's good that you've pointed that out because I've been thinking about the ramifications our data infested lives have on our brain. When I went to India to live with my Grandma for a week in the village country, my circadian rhythm reseted itself and I gained a sense of energy that I just didn't experience back in college. It was really energizing. That was because I was away from all modern technology and only had my brain to entertain me.

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