Research Reflection #3

During this week, I had enjoyed reading Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework, it had given me another perspective towards how humans will be able to solve complex problems in a more efficient way and in depth.  I started to think about what kind of world we would live in if we implemented these strategies at a early age. Our understanding of the world would change rapidly for the better. It means we would start working on difficult real life issues we have. It would require to start early and make sure our society is spending a lot of time and energy on it. 

I have read my fellow classmates blogs, and I really like seeing their interpretations of the article and how they relate it to their experience in the real world. I have also caught up on some of my assignments I turned in late. But I am starting to really like this course, but better than my previous university college classes.

INQUIRY PROJECT PROPOSAL

Something I have always been interested in was consciousness. What is consciousness? The eastern culture’s has dived pretty deep into what it actually is. The western culture in the other hand, are too focused on economy, politics, and technology. There isn’t necessarily wrong with the way the west was living their lives, except their culture was run by the idea of making money, which leads to greed and other problems.

The eastern cultures like Japan, China, Tibet, India, and many other countries, knew that humans were much more than what we preceived to be. We were born into a slavery, were our only source of information was soley based on our five senses, and our mind to analyze it. The eastern cultures discovered, that our mind is hijacked with thoughts. Thoughts about our past or future, on what were going to eat, on what to do for tomorrow, etc. They never stop. So what they discovered is meditation and yoga. Which gets you to focus your mind on one thing, which changes your brain wave length, that can be measured using an EEG. Apparently, the wavelength that the brain is in while meditating, is the same wavelength found in everywhere in nature.

While being in this state of mind, its called a higher level of consciousness. Where you are not limited by your body, nor your thoughts. This will help you understand what life is really about and how we can better ourselves as a human being.  A Canadian psychiatrist named Richard Bucke, wrote a novel called Cosmic Consciousness.  He explains who humans began to first experience our self consciousness, and are the only beings to do so on Earth, as we know of. Eventually when our species starts to experience these higher levels of consciousnesses as a whole, our minds will evolve into a the highest type of consciousness called cosmic consciousness.

I would like to write about how we, as a specie, can do so. Starting from teach children,  from a young age and not filling their heads with imaginary worlds, or stories that are irrelevant to what we actually are.  The help of technology will educate people, and showing them proof of how exactly our minds work, cause right now, its all theories. With religion, it becomes all about faith and believing, but with meditation and yoga, it becomes about experiencing.

Nugget #3: AUGMENTING HUMAN INTELLECT

By “augmenting human intellect” we mean increasing the capability of a man to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to suit his particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems. Increased capability in this respect is taken to mean a mixture of the following: more-rapid comprehension, better comprehension, the possibility of gaining a useful degree of comprehension in a situation that previously was too complex, speedier solutions, better solutions, and the possibility of finding solutions to problems that before seemed insoluble. And by “complex situations” we include the professional problems of diplomats, executives, social scientists, life scientists, physical scientists, attorneys, designers–whether the problem situation exists for twenty minutes or twenty years. We do not speak of isolated clever tricks that help in particular situations. We refer to a way of life in an integrated domain where hunches, cut-and-try, intangibles, and the human “feel for a situation” usefully co-exist with powerful concepts, streamlined terminology and notation, sophisticated methods, and high-powered electronic aids.”

I believe in order for a whole human population to increases their complex problem solving skills and their understanding of how to derive the best possible solution; a society must focus on teaching those necessary skills at a young age. The way our public school system is run, from kindergarten all the way to 12th grade, shows us that we start teaching children to solve complex problems in a much later age in America. Looking at countries in Asia, they are taught higher level of math, linguistics, and the use of technology at a early age, which gives them more time and practice to work on complex problems.

With the increase of how technology is affecting out current world and the future, we need to teach younger kids, not only how to use computers, but how to program them and use it to help us solve tough problems. By the time they graduate high school, they will have the knowledge as a third or fourth year college student. In order to do this though, we must either replace some classes that is being taught in our schools that are simply not as important, make school hours longer, or teach kids these real world complex problems in a way were it’s interesting and maybe give them an incentive of doing so, in their free time.

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The grey matter in our brains expand and grow the most when we are in our adolescences; instead of filling it with junk or less important information, we must teach them how to solve complex problems and apply critical thinking into their everyday lives. This will make them smarter, and will be able to do well in their careers, and help the future grow much faster than we can imagine. Our future is only bright as the new generations, so we must invest their future and the future of our species.

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Research Reflection #2

During my second week with this summer course, I would have to say that it has been very interesting so far. I love how we connect each other’s post and the comments really do help with getting feedback. I feel like every student should take this type of course, with Dr. C.

Man-Computer Symbiosis was a very interesting article, that explains how technology is such a wonderful tool we are lucky to have. It’s only going to get better and help us with more difficult problems we are facing. Although technology has been abused with our addictive personalities, it still does a lot of good over harm.

I am very excited to continue this course and see what else new I may learn!

Concept Experience 2: Formulative vs. Formulated Thinking

During this experience, my obvious statement was “The sky is blue”.

When I had to analyze this statement and do research on it, I was puzzled. We were taught at an early age that the sky is blue, the grass is green, etc. But why is the sky blue? When I was researching that question, I found a explanation on it, “A clear cloudless day-time sky is blue because molecules in the air scatter blue light from the sun more than they scatter red light. When we look towards the sun at sunset, we see red and orange colors because the blue light has been scattered out and away from the line of sight”.

Now I am sure most people didn’t know that, yet they know the sky is blue. Another question arises, what is the color blue? The explanation above tells us that their is more blue light from the sun than red light. This tells us that we first must understand the electromagnetic spectrum, and why their is more blue light from the sun. After doing more research, I found out that the blue light has a shorter wavelength than the red light, and with how heat and light works, it makes sense why the sky is blue during the day time, and more reddish when the sun is about to set.

This experience has taught me that computers are EXTREMELY helpful tools, not only for pleasure and fun, but to answer any question or curiosity that may pop in your head. It is wonderful to know that were was someone else once before you, who asked that same question, and with their knowledge they gathered, they would share it to the rest of the world, via on the internet. The internet is probably one of the most important and useful inventions we humans have created in a long time. Make access to information and knowledge so much more viable and simple, makes learning fun!

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Nugget #2: MAN-COMPUTER SYMBIOSIS 2.0

“In one sense of course, any man-made system is intended to help man, to help a man or men outside the system. If we focus upon the human operator within the system, however, we see that, in some areas of technology, a fantastic change has taken place during the last few years. “Mechanical extension” has given way to replacement of men, to automation, and the men who remain are there more to help than to be helped. In some instances, particularly in large computer-centered information and control systems, the human operators are responsible mainly for functions that it proved infeasible to automate. Such systems (“humanly extended machines,” North might call them) are not symbiotic systems. They are “semi-automatic” systems, systems that started out to be fully automatic but fell short of the goal.”

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It is a fact that technology has innovated all industries in the world, and continuing to do so. It make’s our jobs much easier, giving us more time and freedom to do other things, which overall gives us a better product or service. The rate that our technology is growing is extremely rapid, and hard to predict how the future will look like. As technology advances, we are starting to replace workers with computers. This was very common last century, when workers in factories got laid off because some machine can do their job faster and cheaper. Overall, technology gives us more opportunity to create new jobs for the future.

Reading some of the other students post on this nugget, I would have to say we all agree that technology is taking over our lives. Humans like to live life a way were we make a comfort zone for ourselves, and decide to do things in a habit; which technology is our addiction. We are constantly looking to upgrade our possessions to the newest things. We are too focused on materialistic “things” were we never focus on ourselves, and growing as a human being. Maybe there is a reason why depression is increasing each her, and why divorce rates are about 50% of all marriages in America.  We are too focused and distracted by technology that we loose ourselves in it.

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ogy is bad and we should stop trying to expand it. But instead understand how to use technology as a tool and in moderation. We lack face to face conversations every day due to cell phones or instant messaging. Not only are we using technology a lot, but it is taking over our lives, and only someone in denial would argue against that.

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Nugget #2: Man-Computer Symbiosis

“In one sense of course, any man-made system is intended to help man, to help a man or men outside the system. If we focus upon the human operator within the system, however, we see that, in some areas of technology, a fantastic change has taken place during the last few years. “Mechanical extension” has given way to replacement of men, to automation, and the men who remain are there more to help than to be helped. In some instances, particularly in large computer-centered information and control systems, the human operators are responsible mainly for functions that it proved infeasible to automate. Such systems (“humanly extended machines,” North might call them) are not symbiotic systems. They are “semi-automatic” systems, systems that started out to be fully automatic but fell short of the goal.”

It’s funny, because when I read this article, my mind kept going to all those Sci-Fi films and shows were robots end up taking over the human race. There is no way of knowing what will happen when we start giving computers consciousness, and eventually higher levels of consciousness.

I remember hearing about this Russian billionaire named Dmitry Itskov, who hired the worlds best cognitive scientist, neurosurgeons, computer programmers, and even some spiritual teachers, to come up with this hologram version of human species, were when our body dies, we can load our consciousness into this hologram, and we wont be restricted to a weak, flesh made body. He’s goal is to use this hologram to live a longer, better life, and also explore higher level of consciousness, which is when the spiritual teachers come in.  Their end goal is to finish by 2045, hence “Project 2045”.

Who knows what will happen if this takes over the human race, or if we live among holograms and humans. No one can predict the future; technology gives us great power to help or harm ourselves, I guess the true test is to see what we do with the power we wield.

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First Research Reflection

Although I have done some of the assignments a bit late due to family emergency, I have had time to complete the assignments, and read other students posts. I am glad to see I have peers who are as intellectually  stimulating, which makes commenting and reading their post that more interesting. I love this course so far, it has a lot of critical thinking and asks philosophical questions about our daily lives. I was expecting this course to be a boring “English” type class, but I was completely wrong. It’s both engaging and compelling, which is exactly what I am looking for!

I plan to be ahead with my work in the future and read more blog posts students post, since they are very interesting. I also didn’t expect my professor to be such a nice and sophisticated person, who challenges their students to think, not just to do busy work. Overall, I am excited to be part of this course, and can not wait to learn more and dive into the unknown.

As We May Think Concept Experience

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Eckhart Tolle TV | About – Kim

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Eckhart Tolle on Meditation – Meditation as a method for synchronizing body and mind

www.eckharttolle.com

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the power of now meditation – Google Search

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The Six Planes of Higher Consciousness

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higher consciousness meditation – Google Search

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Meditation Time: What’s the Difference Between 3 Minutes and 11 Minutes? | 3HO Kundalini Yoga – A Healthy, Happy, Holy Way of Life

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Meditation Guidelines | 3HO Kundalini Yoga – A Healthy, Happy, Holy Way of Life

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Meditation | 3HO Kundalini Yoga – A Healthy, Happy, Holy Way of Life

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Kundalini Yoga | 3HO Kundalini Yoga – A Healthy, Happy, Holy Way of Life

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Kundalini Yoga – Google Search

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Why We Have Our Best Ideas in the Shower: The Science of Creativity – The Buffer Blog

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The Power of Meditation and How It Affects Our Brains – The Buffer Blog

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What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate (And How it Benefits You)

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meditation benefits – Google Search

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meditation benefits – Google Search

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In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of research on consciousness, meditation, and yoga. I’ve been reading a book called The Power of Now, which has changed my life. I have been reading each article, and moving on to another similar article that has caught my curiosity and me wanting to learn more about the subject. This pattern has been repeated throughout this exercise.

Humans naturally look for and go after things that grabs their attention or their curiosity. I have also gotten bored with one article and my mind races to another similar subject that I can learn from. This means we nice to challenge ourselves and when one thing becomes too easy, we don’t find the interest or fun in learning more about it. This same pattern you can see in today’s technology trends, when it comes to apps, or technological devices; we like to  engage ourselves with new and interesting objects or ideas. This pattern also explains how we are this far in the technological and science field. As we are constantly learning new things, we are applying it to our lives and our curiosity is just exploding within us to come up with something new and interesting.

Nugget: As We May Think

“Presumably man’s spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems. He has built a civilization so complex that he needs to mechanize his records more fully if he is to push his experiment to its logical conclusion and not merely become bogged down part way there by overtaxing his limited memory. His excursions may be more enjoyable if he can reacquire the privilege of forgetting the manifold things he does not need to have immediately at hand, with some assurance that he can find them again if they prove important.”

This passage gave me goosebumps the first time I read it, then I read it again and again. We Humans are extraordinary beings, with so much potential, and every year we gain smarter and stronger. We are not perfect, and we do make many mistakes; but like in life, we are bound to make a lot of mistakes, all that matters is how we learn and grow from each mistake.

I feel like we are advancing extremely rapidly in technology and science, which always makes me wonder what we will do with all this power. Man is capable with intelligence, beauty and creativity; and with all of that, we are constantly changing as a species. Our minds is a great tool we have to tackle on new problems and to think outside the box. But yet, it’s just a tool.

We are not our minds, and humans sometimes forget that. We are much more than this body, which experiences life with these five senses. No matter what faith or ideology you believe in, there is an underlying truth to all of them; which is we are special beings.  To have self consciousness and look at the world from a way no other living being (as we are aware of) can.

The future should not only be constantly focusing on what new advances we are doing to this world, but also to ourselves. In this day in age, in the western countries; we are “programmed” to innovate for the future, which is perfectly fine. But we also have lost our way of expanding ourselves within. True happiness and health doesn’t come from money or technology, but within.