A group email on how to connect the mind’s concept language with nature’s process language, earning one “KaShu!” from Alanna.
To get things to connect it really does help to first see how they are disconnected. People put no particular value on where their money comes from or goes to, for example. As that is a major pathway for our own accumulative effects on our world, nature cares about that a great deal! People also quite ignore small % changes over time, even though they naturally result in exceeding large scales, complexities and rates of change, inevitably pushing the limits of stability for whatever physical system is doing it. People just tend to see no association between accumulative causes and their dramatic effects, though. I indicates “something funny going on”.
So to get a reliable grasp on how different a conceptual world is from the natural world, you need personal examples of where you notice “something really missing” to go back to it again and again to reground your own thinking on the disconnect between thought and nature. What I go to are times and places when I could observe growth producing lasting change, making it obvious it’s not in my head but happening where I’m seeing it happen. There are any number of different kinds of “pregnancies” where bursts of growth large and small develop in isolation. Continue reading Thinking a natural world Into Being