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Why life is (not) digital

Recently, I had an epiphany that relates to my 2017 blog Why is life digital? My 2019 blog, Love-Knowledge-Power (3): dualism vs trialism, noticed a link between our digital views and dualism. Now, I see a link between a lack of having digital views, pragmatism and trialism.

A 2017 article in Brain Pickings referred to Bertrand Russell‘s views on dualism. He warned for a paradigm shift from ‘love-knowledge’ to ‘power-knowledge. This article made me aware of the Love, Knowledge & Power triangle, which I call trialism. Later, I added monism in which Power is leading and in which love and knowledge are subordinated to Power.

Ideology requires a black and white view on issues (eg, Left vs Right, Globalism vs Nationalism, macro vs micro) that will create a (new) Great Divide. Having an independent pragmatic view causes skepticism: you’re either with us or against us. A digital view is more simple.

Latter may be the reason why dualism is more popular than trialismsimplicity vs complexity

In other words: is simplicity ruling our lives in order to cope with a complex world? This would be a brand new and fundamental explanation for my recent blogs on human stupidity. Human views are not stupid but simple, which reminds me of the KISS principlekeep it simple and stupid.

For some time, I have been wondering about the validity of the new Great DivideIdeology vs Pragmatism (my blogs). Now, I realise that both sides match the KISS principle.

Humans have adapted to the complexity bias in life and nature by adopting a simplicity bias. This must be the reason why humans have migrated to stage 3 in the collective development stages: Needs (all life-forms), Wants (life-forms using tools), and Beliefs (only humans).

Pragmatism is like business process re-engineering and a 90 degree flip of ideological beliefs: from vertical silos to horizontal processes. This explains why China is able advocating domestic Nationalism and foreign Globalism. These horizontal processes don’t cross and/or meet.

“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet”. An excerpt from the 1889 poem “The Ballad of East and West” by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), “an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist”.

Sure Know Something (1979) by KISS

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless stated otherwise.


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