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The Age of Entanglement…

A transition from a Classical to Quantum Material World

We live in a complex, interdependent[3], uncertain[4] and increasingly white water world[5].

In attempting to make sense of this world, we have embraced Aristotelian formal and symbolic logic[6], reason and the scientific method[7].

Since the Age of Enlightenment[8], these frameworks via observation, logic, abstract deduction and reproducibility have provided the new tools in our search for truth[9] and an exponential explosion in human knowledge and technology.

We have shaped a thesis and antithesis to arrive at a hypothesis[10] and, in some cases, a theory that provides a heuristic framework to begin to understand the natural world.

It has led to amazing advancements in technology and the lives we lead from the invention of the wheel to space travel to penicillin to genetic engineering to modern day digital information systems that are pervasive in our lives.

At the same time, the world we inhabit is anchored in the human condition of each one of us.

Our culture, art, personal experiences, religious beliefs and philosophy provide meaning and context.

Our perceptions of reality and the complexity & interdependencies of the systems we inhabit provide feedback loops shaping reality.

It’s the stories we tell, the beliefs we have, the memes[11] we form and the archetypes[12] we embrace.

This interplay manifests itself in a range of cognitive and perceptual constraints that form the foundations of our personal and community views of the world.

Our memory and perspectives interact with other human perceptions (incl. potential manipulation[13]) and the complexity of the natural, social and conceptual systems.

These systems are interdependent.

We are not observers but are actors and agents in these environments.

Our actions shape the outcomes, and the outcomes shape our actions.

The recent emergence of a new reality through digital systems magnifies this phenomenon and amplifies[14] the complexity of our perceptions of reality[15].

We live in a world of paradoxes — binary truths and relativism — a dance between:

All of which are anchored in the human condition and the limitations of what we really know.

Can we move from a binary world anchored in scientific reason and post-modern human relativism to a quantum world anchored in system complexity and human fallibility?

It will require a profound shift.

Our lens of the world will need to shift focus from one anchored in the ego state[17], certainty, control and ideology to one anchored in humility, uncertainty, collaboration, ideas, creativity, problem solving and cognitive diversity.

A world where decision making is full of paradoxes.

A shift from Aristotelian Formal & Symbolic Logic to a Hegelian Dialectic[18].

A recognition that the more we learn, the more we begin to realise how little we really know[19].

By embracing human sensemaking[20], the sciences and humanities and recognising the interdependencies & complexity, we begin to embrace alternative perspectives, revisit our beliefs and begin to ask better questions.

A transition from searching for binary outcomes through either absolute truths or no truths (relativism) to a quantum world where the duality[21] of meaning resides in combining the sciences with the fallibility of the human condition and recognising the complexity and interdependencies of the systems we inhabit.

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/multimedia/george-soros-open-society-financial-crisis-and-way-ahead#general-theory-of-reflexivity

[2] https://norabateson.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/warm-data/

[3] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/organisation-island-richard-schutte/

[4] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/future-its-very-nature-uncertain-richard-schutte/

[5] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED9Ecv78CtU

[6] https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/aristotle-logic/

[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method

[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Enlightenment

[9] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/search-wisdom-information-knowledge-age-richard-schutte/

[10] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falsifiability

[11] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme

[12] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archetype

[13] https://www.ft.com/content/0ca06172-bfe9-11de-aed2-00144feab49a

[14] https://channels.theinnovationenterprise.com/articles/fake-news-ai-deemed-too-dangerous-for-use

[15] https://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2019/02/14/artificial-intelligence-deepfakes-and-the-uncertain-future-of-truth/

[16] https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/07/the-philosopher-redefining-equality

[17] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/urgent-shift-required-towards-ecosystem-leadership-richard-schutte/

[18] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q54VyCpXDH8

[19] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/humility-truth-sea-ignorance-richard-schutte/

[20] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sensemaking-core-skill-21st-century-richard-schutte/

[21] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-dont-become-ocean-youll-seasick-every-day-richard-schutte/

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