The cognitive (r)evolution is here.
Humans have become impatient with the speed with which our physical bodies evolve.
We have dealt with this impatience through the development of new technology.
We have created cars, boats, and planes so that we can move faster on land, across the water, and through the air. We have designed clothing and buildings so that we can remain comfortable despite the weather. We have harnessed electricity so that
The Cognitive (R)Evolution
Changing the way you think will change the way we exist.
By Alan Miller
we can see in the dark. All of these inventions have allowed us to surpass the physical limits of our natural bodies.
We have also created computers, so that we can have faster computational speed, vaster memories, and more rapid communication.
In sum, we have found ways to cheat evolution. We have accomplished this through our unique ability to think, communicate, and problem solve. We utilize and invent tools that allow us to stretch into new niches and uncharted landscapes. We have become a unified cognition physically manifested in the internet. We have unleashed the exponential growth that results from our shared consciousness.
However, no matter how many gigabytes our computers can hold, no matter how many computations per second they can compute, and no matter how quickly they can disseminate information, we are still impatient.
Our impatience is a sign that we want to continue to evolve. Faster, faster, and faster and more and more and more…ad infinitum.
It is obvious that we exist in a physical universe. We can see it, we can hear it, we can smell it, we can taste it, and we can feel it. It permeates our body.
However, is it not equally obvious that we exist in a cognitive universe? We can think it, we can imagine it, we can fantasize about it, we can theorize about it, and we can know it. It permeates our mind.
Indeed, we exist in both physical and cognitive universes. The question remains: what is the significance of this?
The mind-body problem has perplexed thinkers for centuries. Since Decartes issued his famous declaration “I think, therefore I am” we have agreed that these are separate realms. But as our scientists pursue greater understanding of our physical environments, who is striving to understand our cognitive existences?
The cognitive revolution is here, and it is time that we shed our skin and unveil ourselves as a new species. We are an interconnected universe of minds pushing the boundaries of infinity and out thinking the limits of the physical world. Let us not let the boundaries set by society serve as road blocks to our progress.