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Shortage of panoramic thinking: signs seen everywhere
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Civilization Security division at the UN has to be
Bankruptcy of intelligent people in civilization process
Civilization omissions to be found and filled in
Nature's recommendations for international institutions
New dimension of human rights
Universal Declaration of Human Planetary Responsibility
Humankind must have been fooled
Coauthoring with Voltaire
Secret of humor from depth of the evolution
Evolution classification of John Warfield's minbugs

 



Shortage of panoramic thinking to ask about and answer

{In brackets {} are given my remarks to have nothing to do with the interview}

— Whom in the largest (the least) degree is inherent shortage of panoramic thinking (SPT), and why: workers of intellectual labor, employees, workless, declasse people, believers, adherents of totalitarian cults?
— As I imagine, to be devoted to any totalitarian cult means that an individual gradually lost the ability to think independently and became with no criticism accepting all issuing from hierarchs of the cult, i.e. turned into a distantly governed plaything in their hands. Among people named by you, zombificated executers of alien wills has I think the most expressed SPT. On the contrary, workers of intellectual labor should appear SPT at the least degree as for them openness of the reason, independence of the thought, and critical thinking are professional qualities.

— Are human vices a cause (consequence) of SPT?
— SPT finds generally in causation with immorality. All people turned out once and again in situation of moral choice. Majority want at that to do this choice taking into account their different interests – personally biased, business, merely material ones – in correlation with near future plans, and moreover to remain in harmony with their conscience. Because of SPT, some of them may “come to agreement” with their conscience (it is so when as an argument to choose any variant a «prop» profitable is accepted or convictive “explanation” is given for indecent deeds). Thus, among «morally slovenly», «light-fingered», and «with tarnished reputation» there are such who could not make their choice in the framework of decency because of under-thinking or laziness of the thought, i.e. because of the same SPT.

— What vices are mostly guilt of that SPT exists, and why: moral defiance, ignorance, bureaucracy, dogmatism, fanaticism, excessive romanticism, rosy optimism or something other?
— Ancient people accounted that truly wise human (I'd say: being able to think in panoramic way) should be necessarily virtuous. If so, moral deficiencies are without doubt going out of SPT as from common backwardness of our mentality. In particular, ignorance, bureaucracy, dogmatism we may consider as appearances of moral damage; panoramic style of thinking has especially nothing to do with fans that have obvious SPT (because of their absorbedness by something). As far «rosy» optimists and romanticists, they have obstacles on path to panoramic thinking because of their striving for psychological comfort. Their psychological defense works so to ignore facts of the living negative not letting these come in consciousness.

— What ways you see for SPT to overcome and which are possible hardness of the process?
— For any human being the genetically transferred living experience of generations is only insignificant part in comparison with the experience got in result of social inherence. This fact from comparative physiology of animals gives a base for inference that the humankind has principal possibility to rebuild the existing systems of education onto development of the panoramic thinking in order to upgrade to higher mentality. However the system of education of any country has big inertia, so even the very realization of necessity to change in radical way directions of education — from to master knowledge onto towards a better thinking – is presupposed to be hard. Not simple task is as well experimental checking of how many panoramic thinking has been mastered in result of education reform. Really, a group of teachers-enthusiasts, in order to prove principal possibility to overcome SPT, may present their final-year students taught in the new fashion at best via 10—12 years.

And even after that, it is entirely not obvious that these results will be convictive for education ministry workers. After my prognosis, panoramically thinking pupils prepared by panoramically thinking teachers may appear in 2060—70, not earlier.

However strange it might appear, especially unhappy circumstances may only accelerate this transformation of educational systems. The question is about an imperative of survival, i.e. possibility to perceive that people with SPT being narrow-minded, i.e. “specialized to realize programs of jungle”, are found under awesome threat as they to be pulled out to civilization tops may be likened deep-water fishes pulled out from kilometer depths to oceanic surface . It is known such fishes can't be taken out of there alive . People, with the “narrow specialization” of their thinking, as well don't correspond to new heights of civilization complexity, and this disparity is increasing. It means that catastrophic events are unavoidable, and just these and only these might “assist” for the educational transformation to have occurred. …under condition that its imperative necessity will be plenty realized.

There is a cause here to remember a Democritus thought: “ Not the words, but unhappiness is a teacher of blockheads ”. But – paradoxically! – that massive “teacher” may appear unsuccessful even if after millions of people have died. Global catastrophes may not get a decisive argument in order to make the transfer onto the 3 rd Millennium thinking, panoramic one. Cause is we are “blocked” by our evolution backwardness for it to remark and perceive!

— Whether there are people with no SPT? Who are such people? How you evaluate your personal SPT?
— Entering the notion “SPT” I tried with help of it to have fixed that integral species feature of human mental ability what shows itself in adherence to binary, “white-black” logics (“true-false”), intention to separate dichotomy-divided notions, aiming onto analysis to the detriment of generalizing, synthetic mind activity, dominantly successive principle of actions, appreciation of utterances to be of paucity-notion volume (aphorisms, proverbs, sayings, jokes, witticism).

Of course, I dislike my level of panoramic thinking (as I get insight of apprehending quite often not at once or lost sight of something), but I see that my SPT is now for all that no so appreciable as earlier. There is optimistic moment what consists in that in order for you to “widen mind” is appeared to be sufficient to give yourself only one warning directive: “Prove, whether all necessary was taken into account!” I was trying to imagine what others might omit, and that the only helped me to hit upon new ideas:

*a language (any!) carefully (just so!) saves and transfers from one generation to the next the language viruses to be considered as language norms ;
* the human science is subjective many more that it is accepted to reckon ;
*because of SPT in the science might and may long time exist hidden delusions;
*there are possibilities in some cases to give recommendations where and how to look for and have found fundamental civilization omissions ;
* radical transformation of the world educational system and creating civilization “brain” (i.e. any all-planetary Internet resource) is getting imperatively vital.

{Some of the ideas I am going to present at FSPTh as separate lections for you to see results of the arrangement onto switching on the panoramic thinking.}

— How one can evaluate one's own SPT?
— If you being in company:

•  once and again produce witty, joking replies;
•  go ahead with initiative proposals;
•  give counsels even if you were not asked;
•  pick up others' initiatives developing them in constructive and/or critical way;
•  find unexpected explanations of the life events;
•  give stunning interpretation of that everyone is talking about it , —

then you are able consciously or not consciously to overcome SPT, so it is not for you any keen problem.

Well, if you show nothing of the above or almost nothing, then you should work for your SPT to be overcome.

— Whether there is any quantitative measure of SPT or it is only qualitative index? If the first “yes” then how to measure (a) individual SPT, (b) in framework of a social group, (c) of the all society?
— It should be realized that panoramic thinking is in essence an euphemism to mean “in comparison with not-panoramic one” . The modern Homo sapiens is characterized by a psycho-physiological law 5 + 2, i.e. not more than N = 7 objects may “be placed” at a moment in the field of his attention; then we may anticipate that for those thinking in panoramic way the upper N possibly will reach 9—10. Taking into account factorial dependence of possible number of combined notions on N it'd be a significant break in the thinking. {Really, 10! = 720·7!, i.e. higher in almost 3 orders.}

Principal possibility of such the break we may admit as really humans use, after physiologists' evaluations, only about 10% nervous cells of the brain.

If ever a sociologic service appears to determine quantitative measures of shortage of panoramic thinking, then psychologists surely will prompt them that it is more agreeable for people when quantitative measures of their panoramic thinking (PT) are determined, not of any their shortage.

So, a carefully elaborated testing questionnaire will be needed for the measure of panoramic thinking (MPT) to be determined on (a), (b) and (c) levels. The level (c), i.e. a representative cross-examination of all the society, is to envelop all more-less significant social groups and is necessary because it may give answer what are normal (average) MPT, as well as low (subnormal) and higher MPT (over normal). Then, after correlation with the norm, will get more apprehended MPTs both individual (a) and groups (b).

The beginning point for the questionnaire to complete has to be an intuitive understanding of more/less MPT as wider/narrower operative field of the consciousness (OFC). As current OFC may be within maximum-minimum diapason, the thinking may be not verbal one, wide OFC gives evidence concerning a predisposition to PT only, not the very PT, then the questionnaire should foresee as well such questions to elucidate indexes of PT proper, i.e., in particular, how many the thinking is creative, not-standard, witty, associative, operative. All this shows that to create such the questionnaire on MPT will be for psychologists and sociologists not simple affaire demanding possibly a whole row of preparing studies (especially in a part how, on which criteria to evaluate results got).

{That was The Mind Needs to Change group ( http://www.wiserearth.org/group/To_higher_mentality ) where the problem of straightforward MPT calculation was discussed for intuitively natural situations when few-notions utterances studies.}

I may not omit there a remark about the known Canadian psychologists' “tests on IQ”, only sufficient high IQ being ground to join the organization Mensa International. Those tests are oriented onto solution of, as a rule, graphic tasks and at that having single answers, that is why those are responsible only for comparatively little sector of the panoramic thinking, whereas problems of the life (and even of science) far not always have the only correct solutions.

— How do SPT and happiness correlate? Whether that who doesn't know all the panorama of truth is happy or such his happy is false?
— There is necessity here to make more correct. Our sub-consciousness lets pass in consciousness only little part of that perceived by organs of senses, and such filtration chez different people, of different fates, is doing very differently. That is why only because of it we may not say about “panorama of all truth”, as any truth is relative. Moreover, such panorama is associated with erudition, wide-reading, but not with ability to think panoramically, i.e. effectively, creatively, our-of-standards.

Taking the second question logically, it omits possibility not to “ know all the panorama of truth” and to be quite unhappy. However the first question is interesting for discussing . I think so: if one, overcoming one's inherited SPT, upgrade to the wisdom what presupposes not only developed intellectual apparatus, but wish and ability to be governed by the conscience — then that one will have more chances to be happy. Really, as Jean-Jacque Rousseau said , “ nobody may be happy, if he have no respect for himself”.

— May be happy a person, more than others realizing and feeling all happened in the world?
— If the person have realized and felt all so good, then he/she may look for happy moments to get satisfaction of being realized his/her neediness for people, deeming and promoting social projects to better the life. I remember a propos ancient Greek wiser Plato's utterance: «Being troubled about others' happiness, we find our own happiness».

— Medical ethics forbids saying incurable patients truth about their illness. Whether it is possible that whenever an all-planetary ethics will ban people to cognize the all-planetary negative from therapeutic considerations?
— I admit that Areopagus of the very wise people of Earth will ever gather for them to analyze the human prehistory, history and tendencies of modern development to come to conclusion: “the patient», i.e. Humankind, is hopeless, no hope to recover. Only under such obstacles to close “all-planetary negative” for free access may be proposed in order not to bring to global psychoses and not to poison the lost days of the humanity's existence.

But such fully irreparable situation will hardly appear whenever: we know it is a hope that dies last. Sages without doubt will propose any variants of saving to give a hope -- even if as a straw to clutch.

Any way, for the present there are exits to exist without threats of extermination. One of them is to launch creation of that “Areopagus” of global scale, i.e. any all-planetary intelligent web resource equipped with technologies of collective problem-solving and provided with all necessary scientific, information, sociologic services. Such the action is already clearly seen as an imperative of Humanity's survival. The resource would have more chances to realize its destination if it tackles at first the ripened, even over-ripened transformation of the world education aimed to overcome that SPT of human minds. World-wide dialogue on happiness-unhappiness being organized as a global web forum would be for people of enormous significance per se (giving any pacification in the world), but it'd be of especial importance for the global Areopagus giving it huge current information on the world situation to correct the elaborated strategy of survival “on the life”.

{As you can see, then, in earlier 2000s, I was less concrete in my vision of the future and more optimistic: neither the report Creating a system of the civilization security in the 3 rd Millennium ( http://uladzimir.bravehost.com/civ_secure.html ) nor article All humanity must have been fooled ( http://uladzimir.bravehost.com/betise.html ) were then written…}

— What is the structure of high-quality (ideal) panoramic thinking? Which knowledge and about what are for it paramount / secondary?
— Let's begin from that knowledge is placed not in the thinking but in the memory. Moreover, ideal panoramic thinking is not existing as each separate human can have seen and comprehend in during of the life only paltry part of whole continuum of possible facts and events. That is why one may say only about panoramic thinking more or less developed.

I imagine that an individual with developed panoramic thinking, in addition to one or some specialties, should be necessarily as well a philosopher “on the life”. So, any panoramic thinking is needed not only to achieve professional objects, but as well to have a general orientation in the life in order to be sure that he/she will cope with problems arising in during of the life and that the adopted life principles permit him/her to be “on the level” in situations of moral choose, and his/her life strategy elaborated won't be needed to radically change because of it was insufficiently considered. Moreover, such a person is concerned to choose and achieve any over-personal aims, intends to take a part in affairs of others, has genuine interests to public and even common human problems.

Thus, the storage of paramount importance in a panoramically thinking person's memory contains:

•  wide kit of techniques of problem-solving and methodological base to replenish similar techniques;
•  elaborated abilities to generate new ideas;
•  methods, tricks, means to reveal mistakes of under-thinking, at first turn his/her own ones;
•  to have in near sub-consciousness in causally-logical way tied professional notions and concepts;
•  the same concerning life philosophy and worldview;
•  deeply elaborated life and ethic principles;
•  strategic tasks of the life, in correlation with its comprehended meaning.

All the last but personal information may be considered as having secondary significance.

— Either SPT is only negative phenomenon or it has any positive moments?
— I count this phenomenon is not only negative but in long perspective being incompatible with existence of human civilization – just because of that SPT “opens wide expanse” for:

•  appearances of aggressiveness to be of diverse kinds, from irritability up to murders in the affected states ;
•  managing solutions of different levels, from family to state and even over-state ones, that carries out to “defaults” of corresponding levels;
•  sequence of catastrophes of the planetary scale if overcoming SPT doesn't get common affair of the humanity.

I heard such objection when talking about transformation of the educational system onto development of the panoramic thinking: “Intelligent people are inclined to reflection. Being taught to think panoramically, they at all won't be able to accomplish whichever resolute deeds!”

Of course, such resolute deeds as murder in state of affectation or self-murder are not for panoramically thinking people. Because of this even if there is reason to renew in radical way all public education. But there is here a “ moreover ”. I mean that the cause of a murder in result of confrontation of two may be both. But if one of them is thinking panoramically, then that, showing self-possession and being informed on the psychology of aggressiveness, may remain alive and, not being under the aggressor's thumb, not accomplish once more “resolute deed”, the murder as an act of self-defense.

— There is a problem of information oversaturation of the society. Is it possible that overcoming SPT in radical way we will come against a dead-lock of the saturation?
— If the question of information oversaturation really exists , then mass of people mastered with PT will come against this dead-lock later (if ever) than these without PT. It is understandable as people thinking panoramically, for them to be adequate in the world it is needed lesser volume of information because they may supplement lacking information necessarily. The same optimistic inference is fair for a society overcoming evolutionary obsoleteness of their thinking with transformation of the education system.

— How do SPT and worldview correlate? Does panoramic thinking guarantee a “high-quality” worldview?
— One's own worldview is not for those ones with significant SPT; for them there is the only possibility to adopt already ready worldview worked out by others. But even being mastered with PT, to elaborate a worldview “for self”, at that of “ high quality ”, is super complex task, and the intended result may be guaranteed then only when you will be yourself to set criteria of quality. You are needed to “integrate” so much to find integral code for this improbable complex world to be scanned for short human life with our narrow band information channels, and what is more to look into interrelations with people – next of kin, other relatives, familiar, friends, colleagues, enemies, — in order to elucidate your destination in the world, not speaking about to have a notion on the main and “not-main” philosophical questions.

Then, having mastered with panoramic thinking ( relatively panoramic, taking into account commonly human character of SPT), a person may in end of his/her life to have sureness that mainly is oriented in the life, has found clear, thought-out view on the wo topmargin=/strong p3rld and himself/herself in. It costs very dear . At least the last minutes of such the person's life won't be darkened regret for the life spent to no purpose.

— How does SPT link to possibilities of the science to be not exhaustion?
— The problem appears to be rather exhaustion of the science then not exhaustion . In early 1990s, working as a scientific journalist, I had a conversation on prospectives of scientific development with a philosopher, DSc. Eduard Soroko. The text prepared and published in Belarusian The Banner of Youth newspaper, I named following the main thought of the interlocutor: “The effect of saturation. A new sense needed ”. It was mVerdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serifeant that linear period offont color=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif scientific development had ended or was ending, then sciences had be studied in double, triple and multiple interaction, being mutually enchained each other.

One may see these are already studied in intersection, and this hard process is going on. Taking into account that the panoramic thinking for this intersection of specialties in one scientific head is more appropriate than not panoramic one, the question about exhaustion of the science won't be to come up so keenly against the limited possibilities of its human component, because this “component” is characterized by the panoramic thinking.

— Do you admit that panoramic thinking is obligatory stage for humans to open deeply their essential forces and creative potentials? Whether benevolence, humanism and altruism are necessary conditions for people to upgrade?
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It was my interview granted for http://modernthinkers.narod.ru in middle 2000s. Obtained by Lev Polikovskiy (Vitebsk), Editor-in-Chief, «×åëîâå÷åñòâî» (The Humankind) Minsk magazine.


   
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