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DIARY: January 28, 2000 10:15 AM Friday;
DKR objectives for macro problem solving.
2...Decline of Religion Causes Moral Compass to Drift Off Course
3...Morality Requires Vigilence to Align Conduct with Standards
4...Communication Predicate to Action, Required Leadership Broader Vision
5...Charity Should be Core Value Shared by All; Action Should Match Words
6...Technology Template Project Defines OHS and DKR
7...Cognitive Technologies Enhance Education and Collaboration
8...Technology Capability Facilitates Advocacy
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Colloquium Unfinished Revolution,
Objectives, Collective IQ
Competition, Cooperation, Innate Conflict to Integrated Tools
Global Problems Too Vast Lack Focus
Binary Forces of Nature
1608 - ..
1609 - Summary/Objective
161001 - Follow up ref SDS 48 0000, ref SDS 47 0000.
161003 - Clark Qyinn supports Paul Fernhout's call for charity, and argues for
161004 - morality. He says an OHS/DKR should support education in developing
161005 - values, and support "legitimate participation." Clark asks whether
161006 - such support should be explicit or implicit. Analysis suggests an
161007 - OHS/DKR is a technical capability, like the alphabet, which can help
161008 - people form beliefs, support education and manifest their objectives.
1613 - Progress
161401 - ..
161402 - Decline of Religion Causes Moral Compass to Drift Off Course
161404 - Follow up ref SDS 48 4028, ref SDS 44 4028.
161406 - Clark Quinn submits ref DRT 1 0001 citing generally letters from Eric
161407 - Armstrong, and commenting on a letter from Paul Fernhout received
161408 - 000127, ref SDS 48 4636, that addresses the need to balance market
161409 - forces with values of humanity, global resource depletion that impact
161410 - the strength of community. ref DRP 8 0868
161412 - [On 001219 Paul Fernhout submits strong letter in support of using
161413 - DKR for important values. ref SDS 51 0208
161415 - Clark argues "we" have lost a moral compass because the influence of
161416 - religion has declined, as communities grow, become heterogeneous,
161417 - mobile and connected, which impact shared values. ref DRT 1 3212
161419 - Just to be analytical, who is the "we"?
161421 - Clark and his family?
161422 - Clark and friends?
161423 - Just friends?
161424 - His group at work (e.g., department, division, company)?
161425 - His children's class at school (the entire school, a team at
161426 - school, the district, the state school system)
161427 - His professional, fraternal organization?
161428 - The city, county, state, nation, culture, civilization?
161430 - Thus, it seems that values and community are organic, existing in
161431 - different forms and levels. A globally connected community may
161432 - lead over time to a situation of agreeing only on the lowest
161433 - common values, e.g., food, safety, etc. Clark may be noting that
161434 - this design, reduces the character of life for cultural segments
161435 - who have hit upon a set of narrower values, e.g., the work ethic,
161436 - charity, which do not bring immediate rewards, and so are not
161437 - universally shared. How can a globally connected community permit
161438 - a diversity of sub-communities to pursue conflicting values?
161442 - ..
161443 - Morality Requires Vigilence to Align Conduct with Standards
161444 - Communication Predicate to Action, Required Leadership Broader Vision
161445 - Charity Should be Core Value Shared by All; Action Should Match Words
161447 - Clark advocates that core values to help the less fortunate should be
161448 - shared by everyone in the community. He supports coherency between
161449 - values professed and the actions of the community, and explicit
161450 - education and feedback on actions, for that value system to be
161451 - persistent. (I believe that myth and ritual play a part, and am
161452 - interested in how that happens.), ref DRT 1 3021
161454 - [On 001219 Paul Fernhout submits strong letter in support of using
161455 - DKR for important values. ref SDS 51 01YQ
161457 - Andy Grove, CEO at Intel and Time Man of the Year in 1997, calls the
161458 - difference between executives calling for change and improvement, but
161459 - failing to take affirmative action...
161462 - strategic dissonnance
161465 - ...from review of Grove's book on 980307. ref SDS 19 5517 Overcoming
161466 - the ignorance, fear and denial to turn words into action requires
161467 - leadershp with a broader vision, ibid. ref SDS 20 4485
161469 - ..
161470 - What sets the moral compass and "shared values"?
161472 - People share values for food, water and sex fairly uniformly.
161473 - People value sunsets, freedom, charity... at varying levels
161474 - over time.
161475 - ..
161476 - Charity is explained in anthropology as a process of
161477 - storing up favors for recriprocal treatment under different
161478 - circumstances, i.e., it is an investment, per analysis on
161479 - 000127. ref SDS 48 6888
161481 - Deferred rewards that require investment or forebearance of
161482 - immediate gratification, are harder to share at a constant
161483 - level by everyone. "Coherency" advocated by Clark is at war
161484 - with diversity, in that people's feelings necessarily vary over
161485 - time and circumstance.
161487 - God jotted down guidelines for Moses to help maintain coherency
161488 - in aligning conduct with a "moral" direction that increases the
161489 - chances of sustaining a viable community.
161491 - Jesus later supplemented the guidelines.
161493 - England added the Magna Carta to re-focus on guidelines.
161495 - America added a Declaration of Independence and Constitution to
161496 - secure the blessings of freedom, and arranged to place the
161497 - forces of hegemony in eternal competition, so that no single
161498 - force would have a good chance of dominating.
161500 - This record suggests we never entirely lose the moral compass, and
161501 - we never attain morality, but rather are on an eternal journey
161502 - from life to death, struggling through vigiligence to be "good" or
161503 - like "god," in the face of bilogical drives to compete for limited
161504 - resources, or invest and cooperate to synergize capabilities in
161505 - expanding resources for a better future. Farming is the prototype
161506 - of investment, reviewed on 950426. ref SDS 5 4404 Business
161507 - meetings are the prototype of impulsive foraging for immediate
161508 - gratification.
161510 - What pressures suppress awareness of the moral compass?
161512 - Technology provides mobility that makes it easy to avoid
161513 - accountability by pulling up stakes and starting over, rather
161514 - than suffer consequences from failure to maintain alignment
161515 - with standards. Fear of accountability was reviewed on 980405.
161516 - ref SDS 21 5065
161518 - Information overload from a busy life crowds out from span of
161519 - attention awareness of conduct that is not aligned with
161520 - standards, reviewed on 970829. ref SDS 16 2878
161522 - Diversity in the culture has many advantages, but, also, blurs
161523 - the focus on narrow issues of conduct by exposing a wide range
161524 - of alternative conduct, which requires experimentation to
161525 - discover conflicts with core values.
161528 - How does religion help?
161530 - Religion offers a process of alignment that avoids drifting off
161531 - course, by maintaining alignment with objectives; and, it thus
161532 - was the first management science, as set out in the New World
161533 - Order... paper.
161535 - Religion offers a common set of stories that focus on benefits
161536 - of being good, and disadvantages of being bad, with the aim of
161537 - maximizing deferred rewards. These stories are related once a
161538 - week, to bring back within span of attention awareness of
161539 - standards that help people align their conduct with these
161540 - forces in their lives and communities.
161542 - Religion does not have to teach it is a bad idea to place our
161543 - hand in the fire, because the time period for learning that
161544 - lesson is very short. It teaches instead not steal because
161545 - that lesson takes longer to discover downside impacts, as set
161546 - out in the record on 921205 explaining faith. ref SDS 3 8493
161548 - Catholic religion offers a "metric" system called "confession"
161549 - that provides time to reflect on alignment of personal conduct
161550 - with standards.
161552 - What forces support religion's role of maintaining focus on good?
161554 - Technology provides...
161556 - Soap operas
161557 - Television situation comedies
161558 - Nightly news and radio talk shows
161559 - Books, magazines, newspapers
161560 - Elections, candidates presenting their arguments for votes.
161561 - Strong economy
161563 - These forces tell modern stories that reinforce standards of
161564 - good conduct, ranging from manners to humanity.
161566 - A strong economy helps people buy homes with lawns, and buy
161567 - lawn mowers and other instruments that enable people to
161568 - experience the benefits of a well ordered enviroment that is
161569 - conducive to a constructive role in community life. This
161570 - experience is the strongest glue that binds people into a
161571 - community of shared values. Even though is often a felt
161572 - experience due to information overload and less attendance at
161573 - church, it is immediately recognized when threatened or
161574 - withheld.
DKR Needs Architecture, 000426, Jack Park
OHS DKR Integrate
OHS Open Hyperdocument System
Education On-demand Teaching Tool
Technology Template Project Defines OHS, DKR, Doug Engelbart 980128
Technology Template Project Defines OHS, DKR, Doug Engelbart, 980128
231001 - ..
231002 - Technology Template Project Defines OHS and DKR
231003 - Cognitive Technologies Enhance Education and Collaboration
231005 - Clark suggests an OHS/DKR can support education and collaboration. He
231006 - cites the Technology Template Project /OHS Framework shows addresses
231007 - and links are readable and interpretable, and recommends making the
231008 - conceptual model clear as well. ref DRT 1 1107
231010 - [On 000614 Eric Armstrong cites Technology Template Project for
231011 - support of v0.9 for OHS requirements. ref SDS 49 4710
231013 - [On 001115 Eric reported he had not seen documents that explain
231014 - OHS and DKR scope. ref SDS 50 895L
231016 - On 951012 reviewed enhancing education using SDS technology to
231017 - lift the capacity to think, remember and communicate. ref SDS 10
231018 - 1940
231020 - This reflects the fungible nature of information and knowledge,
231021 - and technologies that support these cognitive constructs, for
231022 - example the alphabet. The alphabet supports education by enabling
231023 - people to give external form to internal thoughts, which affords
231024 - the opportunity to expand knowledge, and improve the quality of
231025 - what is already known. Work product can be shared with others
231026 - for education and collaboration.
231028 - The Internet supports the World Wide Web which provides an open
231029 - system of hyperdocuments, and a dynamic repository of knowledge.
231030 - These capabilities support education and collaboration.
231032 - Doug's objective is to enhance these capabilities, which seems
231033 - likely to enhance education called out by Clark.
231036 - ..
231037 - Technology Capability Facilitates Advocacy
231039 - Clark says an OHS/DKR may need to support developing beliefs and
231040 - values, as well as ideas, to support legitimate participation. What
231041 - this may mean, concretely, is linking arguments and assumptions to an
231042 - underlying belief structure. The question is, is this explicit to the
231043 - system, or merely a use of the system to document another facet.
231045 - [On 001219 Paul Fernhout submits strong letter in support of
231046 - using DKR for important values. ref SDS 51 0208
231048 - OHS/DKR is a capability, like the alphabet, backhoes, automobiles
231049 - and hyperdermic needles. Each can be used for good or ill in the
231050 - same way that the human mind is constantly balancing binary forces
231051 - of nature, discussed on 000125, ref SDS 46 3089, and again
231052 - yesterday. ref SDS 48 3089
231054 - What is "ligitimate participation"?
231056 - Linking to a belief structure is always both explicit and
231057 - implicit, in that beliefs and values are organic, existing in a
231058 - hierarchy discussed above. ref SDS 0 3843 The notion of a single
231059 - belief system may work for basic values like life, liberty and the
231060 - pursuit of happiness. Seeking agreement on a wider agenda becomes
231061 - exponentially problematic, as discussed on 000125 reviewing a
231062 - concept of "Oneness." ref SDS 46 3089 Forcing people to link
231063 - everything to core values takes time. Monks and similar
231064 - professionals invest all their time in this activity, so that
231065 - others are freed to address higher level issues that sustain such
231066 - practice.