These are images from one of my recent “punditry” gigs. The
client was BP.
Appropriately enough, a cartoonist took notes.
One of themes I talked about is the sense of a metaphorical “ramp of
progress” that people often internalize to frame the past and future in
technological and dynamic societies. I compared the technological
ramp (which has fire and the wheel in the distant past and perhaps Star
Trek and The Jetsons, or a singularity, in the future) with the moral
ramp (which has the Ten Commandments in the Past and peace in the
future), and then presented a third ramp, which concerns ever expanded
means of interpersonal connection. This ramp has the inception of
language in the distant past and perhaps something like shared,
intentional, waking-state dreaming, what I sometimes call
“post-symbolic communication”, in the future.
Cephalopods come up a lot in my talks.
Given the natural ability to animate and morph found in some cephalopod
species, along with their wonderful intelligence, they might have come
upon something like post-symbolic communication by now if only they had
nurturing childhoods, and therefore a platform for the development of
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