engineer.sci March 2, 2012, 7:21 PM
If one looks at the socialization of individuals evolving into higher mind, the story of course goes two ways. This articles focuses on the more obvious one before us, but not necessarily the more important of the two.
Suppose we change focus from the analogy of our brain to this society of bees, to rather how the individual bees incorporated into a single entity — a single perception and goal, a single mind and heart. Now, lets not focus on the prehistoric past, but rather the rapidly approaching future — for our evolution is, per force, clearly accelerating.
My fellow bees! The hive is in danger. Socio-economic tsunamis meet with watery ones, as our problems grow daily. And what’s our answer so far? Its an individual-bee science, based really on an every queen bee for him/herself and her publish-or-perish prestige “collaboration,” enhanced by grad-student worker bees. Corporations purchase money-makers, and countries purchase market advantage and military edge.
Murphy laughs while his hapless prophet Einstein declares: “The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.”
What we need is true networking — the sense of global self, mutual responsibility. From here, we develop the sensitivity and mentality to bring about that level of thinking that Einstein calls for.
Adapt and survive (nay, thrive!) Birds do it, bees — do it (so says the article), and we can do it too. Imagine the civilization that will result about the lower functions already available in our Internet/wireless nervous system.
Were Einstein alive today, would this not have been his vision?