Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Cyberlithicum’s New Man: 10 Negative Characteristics of the Computer Human Being

June 6, 2013

Silverwolf recently mentioned a site which had cottoned on to his post “From Reagan to Obama: The Degeneration of the Human Mind”, but he could not recall its exact name. That site had given Silverwolf several referred hits, so he thought it only gentlewolfmanly to look at their blog. It was a very interesting site, dealing with the conditioning effects of the computer on the human mind, especially on the generations that have only known these technologies since their youth — what Silverwolf would call the post-book generation —and more specifically the smartphone’s and related mobile paraphernalia’s effect on their minds.

The authors seemed to share Silverwolf’s feelings about the subtle conditionings these gadgets are implanting in Humans, and even listed ten negative characteristics of this new “Cyberlithic Man” (Girls included of course).

Now Silverwolf had named three of those ten characteristics in his post on the Dumbing-Down of Harvard — the ones that impressed him the most. But now, thanks to a new referral, he was able to relocate the site name, and will forthwith give it to you, along with the complete list of their ten negative characteristics of this new “Cyberlithic Man” (in Silverwolf’s own words, with original commentary if any available to his mind).

The site is cyberlithicum.org, which says we are in a new age, comparable to the Cavemen when they discovered polished stone tools — a huge technological breakthrough at the time, as I’m sure the reader well recalls from the days of his youth. Cyberlithicum.org views the smartphone as a new shamanistic talisman in the eyes of its users, through which the user’s life must flow, or else they are  outside the network of reality, which for them has become cyberspace.

They also warned of the dangers of almost all knowledge being found on wikipedia and google, and anything outside of these two vehicles will cease to exist as part of reality. The possibilities of sidelining really important human knowledge, and achieving a de facto form of censorship, without having to actually violate the First Amendment, are extremely dangerous. The threat of burying in obscurity valid criticisms and exposures of Governmental and Corporate Malfeasance, and the documentation of genocide and other Human Rights crimes, is obvious.

The Ten Negative Characteristics of the Cyberlithic New Man, according to Cyberlithicum are:

1) Loss of individual cultural identity.

Silverwolf can see this now in the monotonous sameness of clothing around the world versus the Old World where people characteristically dressed in a certain manner in various countries. Frenchmen wore berets, and Dutchmen wooden clogs (these were to help them float on water in case the dykes burst). Internet videos show that architecture around the world in the big metropolii is acquiring a soulless sameness. (Silverwolf believes that the Victorian Gothic style in architecture should beome the world’s standard, but it doesn’t seem to be catching on yet. Give it another 300 years, or so.)

2) No deeper understanding of the terms “education, responsibility, and ethics”

This makes sense, because a mind that is constantly being fractured and interrupted by the constantly changing barrage of sensations delivered by the smartphone can never concentrate on one topic for very long, or go into it in depth. The constant stream of sensations mesmerize the brain. And say that brain was first mesmerized at age eight by computer games, and has hardly ever had a day when it has not been on the internet — how is that brain to explore a topic like “ethics’?

3) Loss of concentration.

Same comment as for Number 2.

4) Loss of the ability to solve conflicts verbally.

5) Lowered ability to talk and write in complete sentences.

Well, anyone who has listened to modern teenagers and anyone up to the age of forty, and indeed anyone who has attended government schools since the widespread introduction of the personal computer-cum-internet, will know what Cyberlithicum means. Listen to the athletes on Radio Australia trying to explain how the game went, if you want to hear what the legacy of  British Commonwealth education has come to.

6) Loss of the ability to handwrite a text.

Soon only over-50s will know how to write a bad check.

7) Use of the thumb instead of the index finger to press buttons.

Pretty soon, most irate motorists will start “giving the thumb”. Don’t do it to a cop.

8) Loss of the ability to put oneself in the place of others.

While this has always been a problem in society, it’s probably worse now than at any time. However, callous indifference to the suffering of other Human Beings or Animals seems to have been a characteristic of Man since time immemorial. But we do not believe this has to be so. Yet the current trend is against empathy and compassion, and a materialistic socialistic bureaucratic society only makes it worse.

9) Loss of the ability to tell important from unimportant, relevant from non-relevant.

Never pondering over what is really important to the individual, the young mind is easily captured by the stream of sensations. One engrossment is just the same as another to it, as long as the brain is occupied. However, reading Schopenhauer may be far more fruitful for the brain and the person than watching a violent movie or watching a fast-edited music video.

Of course, much of this boredom-induced constant demand for new cyber-sensations comes about because minimum wage laws effectively keep teenagers out of gainful employment — and thus out of pocketmoney and experience — and thus with no prospect of engagement except escaping into the world of cyber-sensation.

10) Social isolation

Take the smartphone and the internet away from the Cyberlithic Man for 30 days, and he will go bananas.

Finally, Cyberlithicum lists the positive effects on Cyberlithic Man. The list is blank.

No, Cyberlithicum really has got onto something here, and it behooves the pondering modern observer of Man to chew over Cyberlithicum’s insights.

Man’s brain is being permanently altered, and there seems to be nothing we can do about it.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww — Silverwolf

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Technology, Socialism, and the Human Mind

February 26, 2013

In the last thirty years, under the Western Socialist Democracies like the U.S. and Europe, and especially under the Asian economies, like India and Japan, we have seen a huge amount of human energy put into the development of technology, while at the same time these societies have become more and more bureaucratic. What has been the effect of these two simultaneous developments on the brain of the Human Being?

The development of the computer, and the multitude of gadgets that now incorporate computers within themselves, has meant that the Human Brain and Human Thought have become more and more mechanical. It now requires a mechanical brain to successfully negotiate with the world, while previously it required an intelligent, energetic brain, that was not conditioned by the step one, step two, step three, mechanical necessities of the computer. The politicians have even touted computers in the classroom, and we now are developing generations of humans who have been conditioned since childhood in a completely mechanical way, so that anyone of thirty or under has now probably had their brains deeply conditioned since childhood by this new necessary way of thinking, while those over thirty did not have such conditionings in their early childhood, but have been forced to think in that mechanical way later in life.

What is going to be the longterm effect of this mechanical technology on the Human Brain and the way man thinks?

After all, man has had to rely on his memory and experience for survival since time immemorial, but now, with the computer, a vast number of facts that used to be held in the head of the expert, can now be held in the head of the computer discs, so what need is there for the memory expert, or the masterful reference librarians of the past, who displayed the art of memory, association, and linkage with what was in the library’s collection? Google wiped them out.

So, a vast amount of mental energy, that used to be used in a non-linear way, is now exclusively channeled into mechanical, procedural, step-by-step processes, that make the mind dull and repetitive.

Perhaps in this fact lies the appalling shallowness and superficiality of modern art forms, such as pop music or cinema. These art forms blossomed in the pre-computer age, but now they are moribund and superficial.

So one asks, if the human mind has been made both redundant and second-class by the computer when it comes to calculation and memory, what is the function of the human mind, and what will be its function in the future? Moreover, can a brain which is so heavily conditioned from childhood in the mode of mechanical thinking ever brake out of the patterns it has been put through for years in our horrendous public schools, which merely develop children to be fodder for the corporations?

One might well ask, why haven’t things gone the other way? Why, with such a rich earth that could easily provide all the basic necessities for everyone, haven’t we put all the vast energy we have put into technology and armaments into freeing the human mind from conditioning, instead of reinforcing that conditioning through technology? Say all that energy had been put into philosophy, into understanding why mankind lives such a disordered, problematic life. Perhaps we would now have an orderly, non-violent world, where children were encouraged to think out the problems that will confront them as people — not just as wage-earners.  But mankind seems only fascinated by the latest technological gadget. The problems that occupied the Greek Philosophers, the Buddhists and Hindus, the Rabbis and Church Fathers — all these have very little interest for modern man.

And, added to the deadening of the Human Mind by the repetitive, mechanical technologies, are the Socialist Bureaucracies and Corporate Destuctiveness that is pervasive throughout the so-called Western Democracies. Socialist societies suck up more and more energy from the individual (at least the one not on a pension or some form of welfare), as they make more and more demands on him, and create more and more economic inflation. The Obama medical insurance mandate, his zwang-arbeit “national service” plan, which in Jefferson’s day was called “slavery”, his constant inflation of the currency to bail out the banking interests he represents and takes huge sums from in his campaigns, and the raising of tax rates — all these are examples of this sucking away the life energy of the individual by the Socialist State. The pattern is virtually identical in other socialist democracies like Canada, the Eurozone, Great Britain, Australia, Japan and Israel.

Any individual who manages to survive on their own in these socialist bureaucratic societies, and haa some energy left over for philosophical examination of his own psyche and behavior, will soon find that energy submerged by the mechanical demands of either the computer, or some other gadget, like the new computerized cars. Modern life has become far more complex than any previous age in this mechanical aspect, as well as its governmental-bureaucratic aspects.

So between the mechanical technologies, and the demands on the individuals freedom and energy by the socialist societies, the Human Being is being destroyed, and completely transformed into a mechanically-brained robot, whose mind is incapable of breaking out of its conditioned pattern. The vital energy he needs to wholly confront life, as the Indian did, is now broken up and fragmented into a thousand unintegrated actions, thanks to the computer and the Socialist. His only outlets are amusement and entertainment, which is why television and video media have become so important in modern life. Entertainment is what most people seek in the modern world, not Philosophy or Truth, or transforming this rotten world society.

The Libertarian Philosophy, or Classical Liberalism, is the only response we see in society to this all-pervasive bureaucratic mechanicalism, for it is the only political movement based on a philosophy of Natural Rights, and not merely politics. But in a world so heavily ruled by the socialist’s governments, and the gadgets, Libertarianism has very little chance of breaking through. In the last American election, it garnered only one percent of the vote, which is probably about the percentage of people remaining who have not been completely conditioned by the mechanical world, or brainwashed into the various political ideologies, Left, Center, and Right. Libertarianism is far beyond these mere political ideologies, for it is the only political movement with only one goal: the mental and physical Liberty and Freedom of Humankind.

The Human Mind is dying out thanks to the machine and the government socialist, and only the Libertarian Philosophy of Natural Rights stands in the way.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww—Silverwolf

Janet Napolitano’s Hobson’s Choice and the Russell-Huxley Dilemma

December 15, 2010

We hear that 39 people have been murdered by a suicide bomber in a Shiite Mosque in southern Iran, on one of the holiest days for Shia Muslims. Evidently there is terrorism in the world.

Janet Napolitano and the Leviathan State Democrats, who were preceded by Leviathan State Republicans, have given the public a Hobson’s choice: either consent to having your nude photo taken and ogled, plus a dose of radiation thrown in for free, or else submit to a groping of one’s genitals and breasts. This is the choice given the public by Barack Obama and his administration, and Janet Napolitano. It is the violation of the Jeffersonian principle of unreasonable search and seizure, the right to privacy, and the right to be left alone by law enforcement unless there is a “probable cause” that one has committed some infraction. They have destroyed the right of privacy, and the Rights of Man that were so fiercely championed by Jefferson and Madison, the French Revolution, and the British Old Liberals who supported both. 200 years of Civil Rights progress, flushed down the toilet in a few short years by the bipartisans. And their excuse is “Terrorism”.

This is the same excuse that has caused Britain to install thousands of cameras on the streets, watching for “suspicious” behavior. And that in the country that produced Orwell’s “1984”, the writings of Lord Bertrand Russell, and such anti-totalitarians as the novelist and philosopher, Aldous Huxley.

The dilemma is this: on the one side, we have the destruction of human privacy, the dehumanization of the innocent citizen into a puppet whose most intimate regions and most personal business suddenly becomes the business of the government, or any Nosey Parker, or blackmailer, in the government; and also the symbolic castration of the last vestiges of masculinity in a society by ordering a virtual strip search of any citizen. Notice this applies to planes, but does not apply to buses, subways, trains, etc. At least, not yet. Nor does it apply to Congressmen entering the Capitol Dome, although obviously if one of the Congressman became a fanatic and suicide bomber, he could wreck the whole structure of the U.S. Government. If people are going to be strip-searched to get on a plane, then the Congressmen should be strip-searched, or groped, every time they enter the halls of Congress. National Security demands it!

But on the other horn of the dilemma is the problem which both Bertrand Russell and Aldous Huxley pointed out in their writings. This problem, which Russell mentions early on in his writings, probably in the 1920s,  is, simply put, that technology will boldly advance while religious and nationalistic fanaticism will remain at its old Dark Ages level, and when those fanatics get their hands on the more modern technology, it will be a wet and windy day for Humanity. Sadly, technology will enable the terrorists, while Aldous Huxley, and to some extent Orwell in “1984”, pointed out that that same technology will also be used by some future Leviathan State to condition and control its citizens.

With the coming of the Obama-Clinton-Napolitano strip searches of the Citizenry, that technological control has been achieved by the Leviathan state. And as we heard early this morning from Iran of yet another suicide bomber (and there were now thought to be two in the crowd), terrorists continue to use the latest in technology to butcher other Human Beings with a pathological callousness that is the product of religious (or nationalistic) fanaticism.

The terrorism will continue, and the restrictions on Jeffersonian Freedoms will continue, unless the public stands up for the Bill of Rights, which it won’t.

Religious and nationalistic fanaticism must be dissolved, and Jeffersonian and Randian Individualism can cure that to a large extent. But the technologies race ahead much faster than any improvement in the Human Psyche, while at the same time, the propagandic forces of corporate advertising, melded with government support for their favorite corporations in America, have so heavily brainwashed and conditioned the individual in Western society, that the only de-conditioning agents most people can find are drugs, which is why the use of self-destroying drugs like alcohol, tobacco, and amphetamine is so widespread throughout America and Europe.

Yet, as technology advances, and government bureaucrats get dumber and more mediocre, there are huge gaps where something like the Wikileaks leaks can break out of the mold, and throw the Leviathan statists on their elbows. They cannot control the technology they create, and creative and nefarious brains can usually think up all sorts of ways in which this technology can be used, to which the creators, and the government bureaucrats, are always late to react, and usually do so by trying to implement “reforms” which only dissipate more human energy in compliance, and which inevitably lead to further loopholes.

Recall that Frederich Hayek pointed out that in government bureaucracies, the mediocre always rise to the top. That is certainly the case in both the American Federal Government, and also the State and local governments. At the lower echelons you may find bright and dedicated people, but the supervisors and administrators… hopeless.

So the world has terrorism, and the world has Leviathan States that more and more control and hem in the Individual. It is the Individual who is perceived as the enemy by both, and whether he can survive the dual assaults of Janet Napolitano on one hand, and the terrorists on the other, is in grave doubt.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

The Acid Machine of Music: Liberation Corelli

March 15, 2010

With what conceit modern man thinks his inventions and shortcuts the ultimate in levels of happiness. The invention and intervention of the internet into modern life has made many of its users regard the past hassles of doing without it as a kind of Dark Age, preceding the beginnings of decency. Life was never really worth living, or was insufficiently liberated, before the internet (or B.I. as the new dating system introduced by the World Government now classifies years), is the attitude unconsciously implanted in us by the net. No need to listen to 20 minutes of commercials to get to a weather report that was vital to you 15 minutes ago. Now you have it in advance, and your life is more commodious as a result.

But this conceit overlooks a psychological reality that few ever bother to contemplate, and that is that in previous times every liberating transformation of society, whether through technology or art, was viewed by its possessors as an equally liberating and equally significant event in Human History. Its aficionados were just as enthusiastic and eager about its liberating effects as we are about the internet, or the possibilities of influencing the world through blogging or other net activities. Yet, if they (or we) knew for certain what the next development would be, and could see it,  they and we would not be so currently enamoured with our current paramour.

Such advances in technology can seem puerile now to the modern generation, but to those who lived through the reality of them, they did not seem so. Silverwolf was reminiscing with Blue Dog about the thrill we both experienced as cubs and pups when we acquired our first crystal radios, little diode jobs that you clipped onto a piece of metal, and listened to with one earpiece. In an age when you had to buy batteries to power the “new” 6 transistor radios (made in Japan), the idea of being able to listen to Thomas Cassidy’s incredible voice presenting the Gas Company’s Evening Concert for free, even under the covers if you clipped it to a house ground, was a thrill not incomparable to getting hooked up to hi-speed internet.

Likewise, earlier thrills must have been equally rushy or more so to the participants. A horseless carriage! Well, hoss, what will that lead to? An electric percolator? No need to build a stove fire on a sub-freezing morning to have a hot cup of wolfbane. An electric typewriter? Doubled the firm’s productivity in the first year. A chain saw? Hang up the “misery whip” pushed back and forth for an hour by two men in the fog. The wheel? Well, that sure makes things a lot easier, Pharaoh.

And the electric guitar and amplifier: now every teenage boy whose parents have a garage can sound not that far different from the 45rpm he just played on that newfangled phonograph that even has the speakers come off, so you can put them where ever you want, as long as it’s within three feet of the console.  A band that actually sounds like the band on the record, and without a whole lot of talent needed to do it. Wow! And then Stereo. Why, it sounds like it’s live, right in the room! Who needs a real band?

But Silverwolf thinks that one of the biggest explosions ever of what he wants to call “the acid machine” came with the liberation of music during the transition of Renaissance to Baroque music, under the aegis of the Italian composers like Vivaldi, Corelli, and Albinoni. But let him first explain what he means by “an acid machine”.

An “acid machine” is a social process, technological or artistic, that provides its enthusiasts with a mechanism with which they feel they can control or conquer either the world, or their own artistic aspirations, while eating away at all the restrictions that formerly hampered that art or technology. It usually feels like a revolution. The video recorder and VHS cassette are one example which those readers not yet gaga will still remember. Frailer minds may recall that in frailer times, in the kinematic arts, the same effect was accomplished by the 8mm and Super8 mediums, which gave the amateur a crack at duplicating the effects of the multimillion dollar feature film, for a fraction of the cost. As Jean Cocteau so rightly observed, film would never be liberated until it was as easy to make a film as it was to write a poem. 80 years later, the accurate predictions of that opium visionary have come true with the point and click video card camera.

So an acid machine can be the internet, a crystal set, a Fender amp or pickup, a bicycle, or an entirely new way of looking at an art that has slumbered for centuries and millenia in a comatose state of underdevelopment. Such was the state of Western European music going into the 1500s, and by the emergence of the 1700s it was as radically changed as is our internet world from the world of 1880.

And if you want to hear what this “acid machine” of music really meant to the composers of that time, listen to the works of Corelli, Albinoni, and Vivaldi, and hear for the first time a joy and energy that would have been impossible to express if not for the  advances of Monteverdi and Frescobaldi. In that ebullient euphoria of their music, you can hear the excitement of the men of that time as they discovered their “acid machine”.

787 years from now, Trina Sorensen will be sitting under the palm trees of the University of Uppsala in Sweden, working on her required paper on “early bloggers of the 21st century”. It will seem a bore, and she will wonder how they could get so excited over such a primitive technology as the internet. And she will hardly be able to wait to get home and explore the “acid machine” of her times.

What will it be then?

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf