A dialogue on G+


source: Bernard Vatant  in this dialogue

Collisio is a bit of a violent word. Hope we can meet without collision. In aïkido we speak of putting together the differences. A key principle is indeed to accept the contact, and even to provoke it actively, but avoiding shock by always maintaining a right distance between partners. This correct distance, called in Japanese Maai, can be seen as either and both a separating and linking space (akin to an edge in a social graph). It's in this space, very difficult to find and in constant motion, that aïki (coordination of energy) can happen.

Continuing the dialogue on G+ ...

source: me

Well in a human mind i suppose that mostly the "priorities of the edges" that emerge in any given moment are inevitably caused by good old social interactions.  In the current web-mind they are also given by social interactions, and, of course, things like Google search algorithms.  So, me thinks, the simile persists.

How far can we push this simile?  Out of the myriad interactions of the neurons of a brain emerge our subjective experiences ... our thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and deeds.  But these do not feel like millions of neurons firing ... rather it feels coherent with only certain things bubbling  up into our awareness.   Is that not like trending topics,   what hits main stream media national news, and what ends up in places like our scope.it , our  digg.com , and our G+ and Facebook streams?   Filtered by each of the neuron's (er, person's) trusts and associations. 

At what point do we acknowledge that this might not be just a rhetorical simile ... but rather be the same kind of thing supervening on a totally different substrata?

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Tags

  1. aikido
  2. martial arts
  3. mind
  4. leviathan
  5. mind of man
  6. dialogues
  7. david amerland

Comments


Seth says

David Amerland
pointed outthis scientific finding about semantic space in this context.

The abstract even has a video.

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