|Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 22:25:45 -0800|
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OHS DKR Project
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|Subject:||Future of Learning Power of Microcosm|
George Gilder, mentioned in
Jack Park's letter
today, makes a larger point, perhaps unintentionally, that gaining
control over lower levels of
yields great power, see NWO.
The corollary is that having created powerful technology that compresses time and distance, the human mind has created a world for which it is not well suited, with the result that enterprise will implode into a morass of bumbling, if we fail to heed Gilder's incite in time, by strengthening basic literacy for a future of continual learning. This means reversing powerful social pressures that suppress literacy following formal education, as explained on November 8, 1999.
Applying Gilder's rule on the power of the microcosm to "learning" is accomplished by continually overlaying organic structure on daily working information that organizes the context of cause and effect relative to objectives, requirements and commitments.
Inability to maintain alignment in a world of accelerated information vastly increases the rate of error due to complexity, as noticed by Doug Engelbart in his many writings, see for example on December 22, 1999.
Doug recognized long ago, Jack's point today about the need for continual improvement to raise competency for handling expanding complexity, as noted in the citation of Doug's award last year for the National Medal of Technology.
We have seen in recent months the fruits of laxity as the ravages of war and recession ensue when a critical mass of too many people having too many problems explodes across the land.
Jack has thoughtfully brought into focus the huge opportunity for reversing this trend. His letter on September 8, 2001 disclosed how so many of us, as I have today, succumb to the illusion of power pressing the Reply button, because it seems so fast and easy to perform cursory, spontaneous work in email
that causes continual mistakes, loss, conflict, crisis and calamity, rather than follow Eugene Kim's lead and make a little extra effort to add intelligence that creates useful knowledge, as reported by Eric Armstrong in his letter on September 16, 2001.
Adding organization planned by Eugene and the OHS Launch Community goes a long way toward implementing Doug Engelbart's call for a whole new way of working and thinking.
Starting out on a new way of working is not always a bed of roses. Eric reminded in his letter on January 25, 2000 that connections Eugene will be adding through dialog mapping at first boggle the mind, because people are not used to seeing that many details.
The architecture of human thought inherently hides the many connections that convert information into knowledge, so when made explicit in order to yield more power, the image at first is frightening. We worry about user interface, which link to click, color coding for priority and a host of extraneous issues that hamper judicious review and timely action, until we get used to a more powerful form of literacy, as explained on January 25, 2000.
Those who witnessed the first atomic bomb go off were overwhelmed by the power from controlling lower levels of detail in the building blocks of existence. So too, when I first saw the detail in Eugene's dialog map that was pretty eye opening.
There is a tendency to feel that good work practice takes too much time, expressed by the feeling....
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