1 Jul 2017
Training people in the man-made structures and methods of our assessment of ourselves and the environment we have found ourselves in
Man has advanced from striking rock against rock in the creation of fire. Soon after the Greeks developed a love of philosophy; science, academics, and engineering took our society to new and unprecedented heights. We developed time-tested systems that then began being taught to young, bright new pupils. Carried along by the development of sociopolitical circumstances, military science progressed to a fine art, garnered by specialties exhibited unique to each nation.
The language of structure has become the foundation of education in our present day – where the systems in place are being defined in very specific fields. The manufacturing, deployment and usage of satellites exists as one glaring example of the technological blind spot we have found ourselves in. These large low-earth orbit data conduits are nothing more then glorified communication apparatus’ functioning to do an enhanced version of what we have been doing for millennia: communicate. While the internet seems to be an immense technological triumph, it isn’t really exploring the world around us – it is really just one tool among many.
The knowledge has grown due to the complexity of our society, understandably, and rightly stands to reason that these complex systems of operation would develop. But now there are systems to help us understand our own systems? Take the field of computer science. Those who pursue this route can anticipate to spend numerous hours in front of code, handling manufactured hardware, and troubleshooting networking conflicts. The complexity of any given office building or campus creates the demand for several full-time certified network tech’s. These individuals are well-informed of the technical operations of the man-made hardware and how they interact with other man-made hardware. They serve to meet the needs of a corporate setting’s expectations to connect to the internet, and to each other, but primarily the internet.
Piggy-backing off of this, education is becoming a bigger push these days as well. Those who have carried the academic torch on from prior generations have to properly prepare our posterity to pass it on well, in each of it’s respective fields. And yet, while religion, and philosophy, ethics and rhetoric were the intellectual standards at the advent of universities – today the push is to create algorithms that can teach themselves. Programming languages are being encouraged to our youth, along with simple 3d modeling, as a means of creating intelligent bots that can simplify our way of life. The philosophy of education has moved from informing young minds with an enlightened worldview to conforming unique perspectives into creating a more technologically-astute society.
The systems have begun to write themselves. The best we have is that which has been reverse-engineered from what is outside of ourselves, and that which can’t be solved by our systems can be defiantly articulated by predictive formulas and computations. Yet the world isn’t as binary as the Isaac Newton once thought it was, nor is it restricted to the mathematically-fixed formula’s Einstein believed in. Mankind is teaching itself has to takes it’s hands off, while turning on to the idea that it’s own ideas are working so well that reality that is virtual is more entertaining then that which everything is ultimately composed of. While the idea of populating Mars is certainly novel – won’t it also be incredibly lonely? What makes life sweet, in the end? Is it our sophisticated gadgets, highly-developed systems of measurement, of articulated organization of taxonomy? As our study of our own systems pushes further into developing better means of enhancing what we already have – how will we ever reach beyond what we know? Where are the Alexander The Great’s of old? Is Mars really going to be the stellar new brakethough of mankind – or just a glamorized exhibition of the equipment we used to get there?
The further science relapses into enhancing what is already known, relying on man-made microscopes, metric systems, and periodic tables, the less it will be able to explain the future haphazardly-discovered quantum superposition and “God Particles”. Science set out a millennia ago to objectively observe the world (and universe) around us. It stands to reason that this remains highly controversial, as the very eyes with which we see, ears we hear, nose we smell, and hands we touch (though anatomically and physiologically understood) are subject to interpretation. We need not add more and larger filters to our perception of the reality around us. Science ends where it doesn’t observe. Technology ends where the blueprints are unmanufacturable, and communication ends when our social interaction is void of that which is outside of ourselves. Our existence is valued because of the mystery of that which we don’t know. Why are walls slowly being constructed to block it out?