Do you know the story of the vase? The vase is a glass jar designed to hold flowers. Simply cut the stems of the flowers for the size of the vase. It will present many kinds of flowers, holding the beautiful buds upright at eye level and appropriate for sniffing. Often elegant in design, yet made to accentuate the glory of the flower rather than the vase itself.
Do you know the story of the human? The human is a vessel designed to process data for logical presentation. Simply allow for unlimited input, and the human will prune the data to a size that fits. The human will then present to the world many kinds of opportunity appropriate for others to act upon. Often elegant in appearance and personality, yet made to accentuate the glory of the community rather than the personal self.
The simply answer to the question, “What are we humans here for?” is inherently answered in our design. Just as with the vase. You could use the vase for many things… your afternoon tea, or to hold a bouquet of weeds. But when used as designed, then there is beauty to life and ease and sustainability.
So, what is in the design of humans that answers what we are here for? That we have five senses and a brain means we are here to process data. That we are animal means we are here to engage the biosphere, as part of the biosphere, sustained in the same ways the biosphere is sustained (e.g., sexuality, death, communication, cooperation and competition). That we have an exceptional prefrontal cortex among the animal kingdom means we have a special duty to modify our behaviors in line with exceptional processing of data. That we used this ability to create technology is not really the point. The real point is the whole of our design, being made to listen to all of life and then respond to all of life using communication, cooperation and competition in behalf of beauty and function. To pass the design test, people must do these things we were designed for.
Just as a vase can be used to hold weeds, so can intellect be used to create functions that humans were not designed to perform. Productive use of technology would be to accentuate data collection, communication, cooperation and competition in behalf of beauty and function. Our prefrontal cortex is designed to project usage of our functions into the future and across the globe. People are remarkably equipped to enable sustained beauty. This is our function.
Such being the case, there was just one more thing to do. Activate our function. To activate the human purpose we will use our exceptional minds to operate a web platform. The web platform will function according to its design, to enhance data collection, enhance communication, enhance cooperation and enhance competition in behalf of beauty and function. Welcome to our real life.
In theory, if a platform’s operation is crowdsourced to become a useful crowdsource tool, then crowdsourcing is on its way to new heights. Say how to crowdsource on the Improve Matrix on iAS.
In theory, if one person takes their years of educational experience, and uses this to study what is current on Google and Wikipedia and Quora, and then presents a summary on iAS for people to vote on, then crowdsourcing has reached a new height.
In theory, if ten people form a team, and use their combined expertise, and their group creativity, to present a summary on iAS, then crowdsourcing will have reached a new height.
In theory, if individuals and teams from around the world compare input on ias, and then revise their input, then crowdsourcing has reached a new height.
In theory, if multiple sites repeat the above crowdsourcing, and then the top results from all are presented for voting and comment, then crowdsourcing will reach a new heights.
iAS is available to others as a franchise, to modify and apply their own best method of crowdsourcing. In theory, working together, we are empowered to do what makes life work.
We have all done it. We use a bank card or a check confident that the payment will be made, but then we find failure has occurred. There is the fact that people want an outcome. Then there is the fact of creating an outcome. Where does faith reside on this line between want and creation?
If true, as scientist believe, that time is an illusion, then we can rest assured that the outcome we designed did occur. If true, as some believe, that God empowered us with choice for an outcome, then we can rest assured that this outcome will come to pass. Either way, we may have faith that what seems to be our choice is the outcome we get. Alternatively, perhaps the outcome is out of our hands. The greatness of the universe will succeed in where it is going no matter how grand or how diminished the choices of humans. Our choice just does not count for anything in the great scheme of things. Still, today, I am happy or I am sad, and I am the one choosing relationships that bring this outcome. In all three cases, I can have faith that my choices had something to do with the outcome that I experience.
So, the premise is, if my payment method fails, then I can have faith that my choices had something to do with the outcome. Hoping for a different outcome, that is a different post. Currently, we have determined that people create their own experience. Further, let us say that faith in personal choice is the same as saying that my perceptions and my thoughts and my actions can be congruent enough, and powerful enough, to create desired outcomes. It is faith in one’s self.
So, where does faith reside on the line between want and creation? It resides in personal choice. iAS is a statement that not only is this true of individual choice, but also true of community. In relationship, we are all deciding. iAS is simply an opportunity to move toward social congruity in making our choices.
People are biologicals. Because of their brain chemistry these biologicals apply meaning to just about anything. They love the color of their clothes and a good cup of coffee. They cherish a new car and a new house. They hope for the next ocean cruise and marvel at the next technological invention. A new marriage and a newborn baby will receive their utmost attention. Still, people are biologicals. The meaning they discern is little more than the chemical reaction within their minds.
Given that our biology, and our applied meanings, are all we have, what are we to make of life? Does life matter? Well, it still hurts when I prick my finger. A perfect friendship still means more to me than a gold watch. I would rather picnic in a beautiful place in nature than on a sidewalk in the city. Actually, the answer to what matters is quite simple. Obvious choices for health, relationship and beauty are what is meaningful. No great theology or philosophy is necessary to arive at the meaning of life. As biologicals we have built in appreciation. This appreciation is our survival.
Given that life is so simple, how is it the biologicals have made such a mess of life? Spending hours in traffic jams each day is not what we had in mind. Skyrocketing prices for food and healthcare do not make life easier. On a planet of extreme abundance and extreme sophistication, how is it that even the first things are not managed to our liking? Who is responsible for this mess?
I’m tempted here to wax philosophical. Perhaps nothing matters because we are making this all up. Or I could be cynical. Perhaps they are to blame… you know, them… the white people, the black people, the yellow people, the brown people, the red people, and even the greys. Its the democrats, the republicans, the libertarians, the Green Party, or even the secrete societies. We biologicals have a unique understanding of life… simply assign responsibility either to the unknown or to the person standing next to you.
Biologicals are so smart. Or at least they think they are. But if they were smart, what would that look like? Would it be hundreds of shelves of books? How about computers running at 10 Gigabytes per second? Maybe smart is a United Nations where all the leaders come together to resolve all world problems. Smart should have been students running to their schools with excitement and joy and anticipation. Smart should have been daily news papers proclaiming the genius of various groups who work selflessly so to make life beautiful. Smart should have been a government that helps these schools and groups work together, activating all of us toward a brilliant future.
iAS is a place to work together.
Yes, it is all so daunting isn’t it?
The government is not mine to control. The climate is not mine to control. News media are not mine to control. I can barley pay my bills and keep the house clean. Little more can be expected of me. Those fleeting moments of happiness are all that keep me going. Thank heavens for friends who join me in small talk or in ranting how others should be more responsible.
Life is a really big happening. We understand so little of it, and affect even less. Our part has little or no bearing on what happens in the future. The anxiety it causes us to even consider change feels debilitating. Besides, if we did try to make a change, so many people would come against us and only a few would support us. No one has the money or the time even if we did have the desire.
If I am honest, then I have to say the real issue is, I’m afraid. Or, maybe it is something even deeper than fear. It seems like, if I change my direction in life, if I step into something new, that death is on the other side of that door. It feels like I would die. I won’t go there.
We know what life is. We know what is routine and how to survive. What more does anyone expect? We do the best we can. Who is ready for a beer?
Does this essay express the lives of people today? I’m with you. This is a strange and daunting world in which we live. But it is also amazing, beautiful and miraculous.
Engaging all of life is the deepest act of courage.
Just as water runs its course from cloud to drops to river to ocean, so does knowledge have a course.
- Knowing begins in the mind as distant imaginings. Clouds of data take shape overhead as one thing or another. Gradually various forms develop. We form ideas what family looks like, how government should function, and why we exist. As vague ideas, their application won’t make a quality difference. iAS is a place to study these ideas, develop them, and make a difference.
- Knowledge accumulates into drops that shower our cities. We don’t know for sure what knowledge will work until tested socially. In our conversations we drop our ideas on people. If accepted, this is permission to rain similar ideas. On iAS your best voted ideas are ones you share more of.
- Knowledge coalesces into flows. Drops of knowledge become rivers of knowledge as many people add their drops to the storm. Rivers of knowledge transport change to society. Fluidity is essential to social change. iAS coalesces drops into rivers with new courses into the future.
- Knowledge has destiny. If dispersion is entropy, then the coming together of knowledge is life. Somehow the many flows of knowledge must find a home in the future. On iAS the flows of knowledge come together in one place, joining for a great purpose. On iAS knowledge is directed to form something vast and sustained, a future full of potential.
To give life to knowledge and make it bloom:
• Make knowledge personal… On iAS you associate, improve, valuate, connect and share.
• Make knowledge relative… This is better than that. That belongs with this.
• Make knowledge important… On iAS knowledge is positive, for empowerment, for possibility.
Do iAmSapien by feeling…
Happy sharing the gift of your wisdom.
Excited learning something new.
Hopeful for a brighter tomorrow.
Loving of your children, your friends, and a beautiful planet.
Grateful for a wondrous journey empowered by you on iAS.
Human will is a force that moves society. Our will has moved social change at a pace that increased exponentially. Population and technology have exploded. The world has transformed overnight. A grand shift has already occurred. Whether things will change in the future is not the question. The question now is if people will move the change or be moved by the change.
Human ingenuity developed our agriculture, transportation, government, communications, chemistry, industry, and the techno revolution. Each of us learned our part, and then together we implemented change. With passion, with friendships, and in hierarchical structure we became a force to remake nature into technology and a new way of being.
This tremendous force of humanity, is there an intention to match our exponential creativity? Are we intending to just create, or are we intending to create something? In the first case, any volcano exploding, or any mold growing, is a creative force. In the second case, a level of intelligence is at work. There is intention at work planning a method and planning a future.
Human will was intended to be more than just a force. Human will is an opportunity to exponentially increase creative intelligence. This is possible because one person’s leaning can educate others. The other’s learning can educate the one exponentially. The many can work together to expand education globally. The global community can educate the individual profoundly. This is all made easy because everyone can share a method and a future on iAmSapien. People are intelligence to move the change to a brighter future.
Humans arrived here a moment ago. “Here” is a clay pot. The job of the pot is to hold water. This fact exist simply because the pot of water exist.
The job of humans is to create a spoon to access contents, and a lid to protect the contents. This is true simply because humans have the capacity, the consciousness and the technology, to do it. But the humans were not careful, and they cracked the pot. Now the water is leaking out. Still humans have a choice to do what they came to do.
The choice people have… it is not a demand. It is a request. The request is apparent simply because that is the choice at hand. We also choose to see an individual choice or a community choice. However, there is more than one person here using the clay pot. Therefore, it is a community choice.
Now what do we do? One person wants to fix the pot and one person wants to kick the pot. Actually, the initial question has not changed because the pot and the person are the same thing. Also, the choice has not changed.
Is it our job to make this choice a community request or a community demand? To answer this question, again we remove all elements but the most basic. If the actions taken by a person are not predetermined as good or bad, then there exist a choice to go left or right. Perhaps in one direction we believe experience will be less joy. In the other direction, more joy.
Now what do we do? Simple, if more joy is desired, and certainly that is at hand, then the choice is to turn in that direction. Because humans are equipped to make a spoon and a lid, and to fix the leak spilling joy, then that is the choice at hand.
Here is the short list of what it means to be Homo Sapiens Sapiens.
- As conscious and self-directed, my actions are responsible choices.
- I use my triune brain to evolve internally as a person, accentuating the forebrain.
- I use our social consciousness as an external intelligence to evolve socially.
- My intention is to use beauty and sustainability as opportunity to explore creatively.
- My positive input on iamsapien optimizes me as an activated person using principles 1 – 4.