Session 5 – Society as a Catalyst of Development
Let's see how we evolve—through what? What are the forces that develop us?
We see that development can be as in a child. Once again, we study the general through the particular. A child can develop through drives that come to it by Nature. If there are no external causes around it, it will grow like an animal, not knowing how to do things that humanity has devised for it. But if we don't put a child in the company of children, it won't know how to be in the company of humans, how to play with them, how to connect to them, how to use them, how to help them, and how to be helped by them.
But if we build around that child a society—kindergarten, school, educators, various games, a mother and a father who constantly try to promote it, not through the natural drive that it has, but through stimuli from the environment that pull it forward toward development—we can significantly accelerate its development. We can teach children music, painting, sculpturing, dance, computers, and many other means of development and environment, that encourage this development..
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We develop through utilizing the environment: a society that, in addition to the impulses received from nature, gives us external stimuli, and external forms of contact and communication between human beings.
In a development through natural instincts alone, without the intervention of external environmental factors, a person will develop only as an animal.
"Thought is constantly creating problems that way and then trying to solve them. But as it tries to solve them it makes it worse because it doesn't notice that it's creating them, and the more it thinks, the more problems it creates."Review of "Thought as a System"
I think we can see the very beginnings of a new story beginning to emerge. It's a narrative spread across a number of different disciplines, in which cooperation, collective action and complex interdependencies play a more important role.TED Talk: "Howard Rheingold: The new power of collaboration"
"We might add "natural cooperation" as a third fundamental principle of evolution beside mutation and natural selection."Scientific Article: "Five Rules for the Evolution of Cooperation"