Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bigger ways of seeing

I'm fascinated with the idea that society collectively "sees" through
* statistics (like Gore used in "An Inconvenient Truth"),
* stories (like the Story of Stuff,
* images (like earth from space),
* computer models (like climate change), etc.,
through which the larger phenomena of life -- especially of human
impacts -- can be drawn into the consciousness of a (hopefully large)
number of individuals.

Many of these, like Chris Jordan's consumer society art and now "water footprints"

help us sense our personal or group role in vast systems whose
complexity hides that role from our otherwise ancient cognitive
systems designed to directly perceive and respond to the here-and-now.

This is a hot point of intervention for waking up our social systems
into active consciousness and response-ability, and thus for
conscious evolution.

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