Aforism and general statements
Some statements about the interaction of mind and computer by Luc
PB 43048 Amsterdam Holland fax. (31)-20-253280.
- The mind and the computer have more interaction than most users or
even developers are willing to see or to admit. Psychology has barely
touched the subject, the philosophy about it seems to come from the
hackers rather than form the established scholars.
- The computer is becoming the definite extension of mind in the M.
McLuhan sense, but if we believe that mind and body are integrated,
we might find many more illnesses and cures from and with the computer
- There is little news in an overflow of information in society. In
the past civilisation(s) have usually found solutions to that by
condensing information into myths and fairy-tales, social organisations
and behaviour patterns, and religion.
Most of the so called productivity-software has the characteristics
of a frightening straightjacket, limiting instead of enhancing creativity
and serving the (formal) organisation rather than the individual needs.
- The spreadsheet (and many other business software) is a form of self-hypnosis
- The subliminal, the sub- en unconscious content of software is mostly
invisible and goes undetected or unsuspected, even unintended, which
means there a grave dangers. Manipulation is distictly possible, and
probably fairly easy to do (e.g. Navigator).
- Software is specially made and adapted for the company characteristics
and specifics, but we see very little adaptation to cope with the
differences between individual users and their psychological and fysiological
needs. (The mouse/keyboard choice is about the maximum in this respect).
- The man-machine interface is not inherently limited and could involve
all chacra's. Dildonics for one is totally ignored, so is the ESP
interaction with computers, or the effects of hallucinogen on programming
and computer usage.
- Programming is still totally based upon the mechanistic, Western rationality,
the cause and effect approach and philosophy. Esthetics, religion,
intuition, spirituality, are no doubt part of it, but only as an underground,
invisible influence on the individual developers.
- The computer-mystic will be a major phenomenon of the Third Millenium,
todays hackers are the forerunners, seeking a new path to spiritual
- It might be, that the total scientific and rationalistic modern science
will ultimately prove to be a gateway to a higher level of consciousness,
a new way to the Ultimate Reality or God.
- The ideal and ultimate `hacker' will communicate directly with the
machine or the networks, not disturbed through mundane interfaces.
- If we assume negative effects of computer interaction, there are bound
to be positive influences, to be mobilized to neutralize the negative
and therapeutically help users to become healthier, more integrated
- The `hacker' could be idealized as a modern interpretation of the
archetypical revolutionary, but also as a frustrated `player of life'.
In a psychological sense, both approached are defendable and realistically
- In the same way a computervirus can have a signalling function for
societal impact of informatics, there could be deliberately negative,
criminal, or even fascist programs for the purpose of warning the
world for the impact on the pscyche.