Before reading this, i recommend you read these two blog posts i wrote.
Emotions do not make us
I have been developing this philosophy i call, “Rational Objectivism”. It encompasses all my previous posts on rationality, such as the ones linked above. And some posts I will make in the future, such as “Rational Selfishness”.
If you have read some of my posts, you would realize that i prize rationality. That I look at it with utmost importance in any interaction. That I realize that our ability to rationalize at a high level, is the very thing that differentiates us from the other organisms of this planet. What i speak of is the applied definition of rationality, the act of making intentional, calculative decisions, the state of having complete control over your thoughts, and actions.
Here is a good website dedicated to the further application of rationality in our lives: http://rationality.org/rationality/
I also prize the objective, the truth. In my attempt to find truth, I could careless about your subjective views. If i point a loaded gun to your head, and pull the trigger, it matters not how much you subjectively believe bullets do not exist. Your gonna get a bullet in your head. This is the power of truth.
The truth is unaffected by yours, or anyone else’s views. It needs no one to recognize it as true, to be, true.
The problem i have been tackling, is whether it is possible that there is a goal that it is not just a goal we subjectively desire. But a goal that all of us work towards, an objective that is the objective.
I know it is possible to have a goal that is entirely irrational. But at the same time, i know it is possible to rationalize the best route to accomplish said goal. We do it all the time by figuring out the best way to accomplish a certain goal that we have, but the goal was entirely driven either by hunger, arousal, or anger.
So is it possible to have a goal that is objective?
A goal that is not subjective, not an opinion. This means everyone has to have been following the goal, whether they know it or not, whether they want to or not.
I have come to the conclusion that yes, there is something that everyone follows, not just everyone, but every living thing. That something, is Exotropy a word made by Kevin Kelly to describe the opposite of entropy. The fact that every single living thing strives to reach a state of greater and greater complexity.
Here is a Ted Talk in which he talks more about exotropy: http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_kelly_tells_technology_s_epic_story
Another thing that all Exotropic forces strive to acquire, is power.
Power = control
Every single living thing strives toward control.
Control, is literally being able to control the movement of matter that makes up and surrounds your organization.
You do not need a nervous system (brain) to control matter.
Cells control matter (albeit a small amount).
At one point, primitive mechanistic processes, was enough to suffice.
It allowed organisms to move and hold things at their will.
Yes survival is the goal of organisms, but the derivative of that goal is control. In order to survive, you must be able to physically control the matter around you, and the matter that forms you, to retain your organization.
One thing that greatly determines control, is your ability to perceive and understand, the world around you.
Hence the reason why humans have so much power.
The strive for control (power) is deeply ingrained in our very nature.
Not by instinct, but by simple process, by what we are, by the fact that we are life, An ever advancing exotropic force.
Everyone strives for control, Everyone, even a person who says they do not want control, wants at least enough control over matter, to say those very words.
The strive for power, is an inescapable, inherent function of life, and possibly all exotropic forces if there exists exotropic forces outside of life. Though exotropy could be an appropriate, if not the only appropriate definition for life. (If so, this would mean that stars are “alive” as we’ll, i might write another blog post on that later)
Advancing such, is simply what life has always been trying to do since it’s fruition.
This strive towards control is even shown Alex wissner-gross’s equation for intelligence.
This link will take you to his Ted Talk. Its about a new equation for intelligence, and for the first time, provides a solid definition as to what intelligence really is.
The definition is something along the lines of: Intelligence is Behavior a system that tends to maximize the possible future states of that system.
It is essentially saying, that intelligence tries to acquire as much control of a situation as possible.
Life is a system that keeps growing in complexity. From prokaryotic cells, to eukaryotic cells. From the primitive cerebellum, To the neocortex.
What’s even more interesting, is that this self evolving Exotropic system. Has now created an organism that has begun another evolution. Technological evolution. And as such, another form of Exotropy.
And last, to top it all off. What do you notice as humans advance in technology? We gain more control of our environments, we gain, more power.
Originally published at ideastwctw.blogspot.com.