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Copyright © 1997, Jay Ligda.  All rights reserved.  Published by Humans in the Universe and Jay Ligda.

Universal Computer Archive System and the Healing of a Mind-Body Split

      A universal computer archive and information (meme) systems is healing in two ways.  First, it can eliminate the need for a hierarchical system of information transfer passed down from an authority.  Instead, the individual is free to follow their own interests as an internal authority.  The division between fields of study will diminish, as it will be easy to access information from other fields and find similarities and connections.  This lessens specialization and creates greater wholeness within individuals.  Both Peck (1983) and Fuller (1981) warn us of the dangers of specialization.  Peck says, "I am thoroughly convinced that much of the evil of our times is related to specialization and we need to develop an attitude of suspicious caution towards it" (1983, p. 217).  Fuller says that because of specialization "individuals humans are now helplessly inarticulate in the face of the present crisis.  They consider their political representation to be completely corrupted, therefor they feel almost utterly helpless" (1981, p. xxviii).

      Second, universal computer archive and information (meme) systems will increase the frequency of learning III.  This can happen when there is a "contrary" in what has been learned on level II (Bateson, 1972).  To resolve the contradictions (mutually exclusive memes/paradigms), a whole new character emerges.  When readers come across mutually exclusive paradigms within the archive system, it will create such a contrary and could force the individual to begin to question the validity of intellectual beliefs and prepare the individual for a non-verbal reality that is deeper than these beliefs.  Here, the individual ceases to identify with one paradigm or another, but rather gains "an understanding of the nature of paradigm itself" (Berman, 1984, p. 214).  Rather than using the intellect for paradigmatic answers about reality, humanity can use the intellect to understand their experiences as human soma.  A universal computer archive and information system could be full of information accumulated by previous explorers in this area of study that can assist the individual with such a task.

by Jay Ligda

(This work is a all or part of an original work first published/written for John. F. Kennedy University:  Final Integrative Project., Mar1996.)


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References

  • Berman, M.  (1984).  The Reenchantment of the World.  New York, NY: Bantam.
  • Bateson, G. (1972).  Steps to an Ecology of Mind:  A Revolutionary Approach to Man's Understanding of Himself.  New York, NY:  Chandler.
  • Peck, S. (1983).  People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil.  New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.
  • Fuller, R. B.  (1981).  Critical Path.  New York, NY: St. Martin's Press.

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