Another World, another Man


A holistic view on the internet, by Sergio Frasca

Outline

In the beginning there was Nothing and Nothing with a bang bore Matter. After a while Matter got dirty and Life was born. And Life evolved, by struggles, to bear Man. Man was a beast that talked, and insulted, and taught. This was Culture and Culture evolved and invented the Script. So History was born and talks, insults and teachings became eternal. And then Print, Cinema, TV,... . At last the internet.

What changes ? For each of the above Things some laws of the Universe change. A law is a limit to the things that happen and sometimes says how and why they happen. If laws change, the World changes. Which of the laws of the World are changed with internet ? And the man with the internet is the same piece of matter as his ancestors ? One can assert that, as a single physiological unit, he is practically the same, as bricks (or atoms), but what is build with the bricks can be different: there is some difference from a hut and the babel tower. Man is not an inert brick and something changes in its physiology (mainly mind physiology, but not only) depending on his function.

Almost all living organisms have social attitudes. One can wonder if the living thing is the single individual or the group of individuals in a certain place or the species, or else just the gene, the only real law or ruler on the Earth, since life appeared.
Societies are based on complex interactions between the individuals and these interactions are mediated in many ways. E.g., pollen, pheromones, sounds,...
In the case of Man the use of speech has greatly enhanced the quality and quantity of information exchange between individuals. More have done script and other media. Any time that a new type of interaction comes out, a different type of contiguity is established between individuals. And a new type of dis-contiguity.

One of the methods that society uses to control individuals, probably the most effective, is ethics. Ethics is the fifth column of the society that humans (but perhaps also other animals) have in their mind; by it society sends its messages. And ethics changes as society changes. A similar role as that of ethics has played by religion, but religion is more rough: it normally doesn't change very much changing the society. Its "mundane" structure, the capacity to mix up many different human needs and a refined power management, gives it a strength that is unusual for other social creations. So may happen that sometimes religion can be unethical.

... work in progress ...


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