November 19th, 2011 • 2:34 PM
Please return to your seats: Ontology of Mind

By Aaron Halevy

I just wrote a two-part paper called, Towards a Culture of the Noösphere – Gigantic Shadows of Futurity, and I'd like to make here a bit of a formal announcement of the fact, so that it does not slip under the door of history, to be picked up by Chance or anyone else, on the proverbial “some day.” The contents, I think, are very important to help address the major question facing us in humanity today: what shall our future become? Or as Shakespeare made Hamlet say: “To be, or, not to be.”

The current strategic situation, that of economic collapse and the dying insanity of a British empire, represents a real crisis of humanity's extinction. The biosphere has faced such extinction challenges many times in its 3.5 billion year history. The options are always the same: extinction, minimal survival, or jumping over the boundaries and making a breakthrough. Humanity, if we are to continue to exist into the future, must take this challenge on and confirm our self-conception as a willfully creative being. To do this we must willfully impeach Obama, willfully change the economic system by implementing the changes outlined by Lyndon LaRouche and willfully assert our right as a space-faring species by establishing colonies on the moon and Mars. Where do you find the courage to act on this basis? In other words, this is the investigation of the ontology of mind.

I found that the best way to address this comes from an angle which is often overlooked, but which Mr. LaRouche has emphasized again and again, and that is the investigation of classical-humanist culture. From this standpoint I've come to some material, rough as it is at present, which I think will provide more insight into the question.

A way to think of it can be summarized in the following: By the end of any classical-musical performance the live audience reacts. That reaction has a wide range of possibilities: an applause of habit or pity, shouts of anger, screams of titillation, cheers of excitement, firm applause of appreciation or even an unstoppable wave of hands with tears streaming from joy. But ask that audience what they were thinking during the performance, and why they reacted that way, and they will be dumbfounded. Those who try to come up with an explanation, even professional critics will often miss the mark. Wilhelm Furtwängler, the genius conductor of the 20th century said: “Every audience … must be considered in the first place as a mass without a will of its own, reacting in an uninhibited way, automatically so to speak, to every stimulus.”1Wilhelm Furtwangler, CONCERNING MUSIC (1948). Copyright in the English Version 1953 (Greenwood Press – Westport, Conn) So what is this audience? Or more generally, what is human society? How does society change? For those who have read it, Furtwängler's insight resonates strongly with the more general investigation of Percy B. Shelley in his, “In Defence of Poetry” where he strives to investigate the nature of human society and the method for creating revolutionary change. This subject was known to Vladimir Vernadsky as the highest domain of the physical universe, which he called the Noösphere.

The humanity that will do this is not the humanity of current habits and traditions, it is an evolved humanity, a humanity of adults, not one led by a generation with “baby” in its title. That future humanity will carry with itself a more self-conscious grasp of what humanity is, of what human communication is, of what human artistic composition is – a humanity of the Noösphere.

The two part paper just published on the site is written with the intention to get this discussion underway.:

Towards a Culture of the Noosphere – Gigantic Shadows of Futurity

Part I & Part II

Footnotes

1Wilhelm Furtwangler, CONCERNING MUSIC (1948). Copyright in the English Version 1953 (Greenwood Press – Westport, Conn)

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