What makes us humans?? Our DNA?, the way we evolved into a higher species?, the way we communicate? or the the way we succeeded in colonization of the planet? I think its much more simple than that. Its the our greatest skill in our evolution – the power to imagine things. If we look back to your origins on the African savanna, what may they thought of then they looked in the sky or at the horizon.. How would we have evolved without the power to imagine things?? How would the world order look today?
My answer is simple: Very boring..
Through the last 45.000 years since we walked on the savanna we used our power to imagine daily and make all great ideas through history (and also the not so good ones). We always imagined something greater than ourself, we created gods through our imagination, we thought of new universes behind the stars then we looked upon it, we imagine new things we could do with our hands. Everything on planet earth is created from the same star dust that hit earth millions of years ago, but evolved differently. But that little thing in our brains that do we can use the imagination has done that way we invented mankind as we know it today.
Lets make a little experiment. Think of your childhood, think of the games you played not using a computer or boardgames, then you ran outside and a stick might become a gun or add some big leafs to that stick and you had a boat.
Seymour Papert describes it in a beautiful way in the The gears of my childhood” “I became adept at turning wheels in my head and at making chains of cause and effect: “This one turns this way so that must turn that way so. . .” I found particular pleasure in such systems as the differential gear, which does not follow a simple linear chain of causality since the motion in the transmission shaft can be distributed in many different ways to the two wheels depending on what resistance they encounter. I remember quite vividly my excitement at discovering that a system could be lawful and completely comprehensible without being rigidly deterministic.”
Those were great moments then we world was still big and unexplored by you, i remember those days with big joy and think they are a part of my drive to work with creative ways and ideas together with kids. If they learn to appreciate and take their imaginations to new heights who know what they make one day.
Its the same for religions round the world, being a pagan believer myself i believe in the old goods and natures spirits. But we can take every religion on earth as an example and you cannot describe it without using your imagination – (Buddhism is not a religion, its a philosophy). Try to describe god without using your imagination, you can’t right?? But what happens if our different gods disappear or leave the human world. We are already using the cloud as a big techy thing storing a hell lots of data, saying its the future. But isn’t the clouds home for the gods?? is the technology becoming our new gods in the cloud.
I made this drawing for the week 3 photothing on the course, but i think it ask some important questions.. What way does the machine goes for one? are we becoming mindless workers with a heart created by a machine in the future or are we splitting our self up to be part of the cloud and there for loosing our individuality??
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