Published on: 1/25/2011

The collective culture of nature.


After having read your notes, Leonardo, on the Collective Mind, I turned to a number of books on the shelf that I shall read in greater detail in the future for I do not want to be over influenced by other minds when I want to express my own thoughts.


Well, Leonardo, here is something which will amuse you that I found in a book that I haven't looked at for some 10 years or so by Merlin Donald, “A Mind So Rare: the evolution of Human Consciousness.”


Collectivity has thus become the essence of human reality. . . . (giving) our minds a corporate dimension (usually referred to) as institutional entities.


Corporations can distribute the intellectual work over many minds. They can develop corporate perceptions, ideas, agendas and even personalities.


Individual minds are thus integrated into a corporate cognitive process, in which single individuals rarely play an indispensable role.”


So there you have it, Leonardo, a reflection of your thoughts. I have for some time been looking at institutions in the same way. I've had the opportunity to closely observe the workings of this in the community in which I have been living for many years. It functions in a corporate cognitive preordained process.


The process only gives hints while it is working. It usually is not completely observable until a specific action as been taken. And it is more recently that I've been able to point out specific events. I've been referring to this phenomenon, as a culturally derived process. Being cultural, one can usually predict the outcome quite accurately.


Also, I have a recent note to myself on the seemingly madness contained in the idea of the corporate cognitive process: “All reality is socially constructed. And if society is mad, then all reality follows the lines of what is insane. Politicians especially are comfortable in that atmosphere as are many others so-called professions and agencies.”


I suppose that I brought this subject up to you rather subconsciously, Leonardo after having quickly scanned an article in the current Scientific American, on Cognitive Psychology, “How Language Shapes Thought: the languages we speak affect our perceptions of the world,” by Lera Boroditsky.


In part, the summary to the article explains: “The latest findings also hint that language is part and parcel of many more aspects of thought than scientists had previously realized.”


So, Leonardo, we cannot get away from it, for the collective nature of our thinking will be within our mother language but what of those who in their childhoods learn more than one?


And will we, those with only one mother tongue have to struggle to get away from the very collective nature of language and its effect on original thought? There is more to be considered here, Leonardo.