Beta Release Upgrading To Africa 3.0 And To Modernity 23 Slides

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Upgrading Science, Technology and Innovation Capacities for Uncovering a Creative Form of Modernity in Africa: Re-cosmologizing, Re-mythologizing, ‘re-prophetizing’, Re-charlatanizing and Re-directing the Evolution of the African Reality toward a Region Free of Wishful Thinking, Fallacies, Lies, Superstitions, Prejudices, Magic and Witchcraft.

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Beta Release Upgrading To Africa 3.0 And To Modernity 23 Slides

  1. 1. AFRICA 3.0 Beta Release: Upgrading to Africa 3.0 and to Modernity (17 Slides) Jacques L. Hamel
  2. 2. Upgrading to Africa 3.0: the Basics (1 / 2) <ul><li>STI Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is Lot More than </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scientists + Engineers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research + Development </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ICTs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Could support a Cultural Movement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Triggering a Kind of Afro-Modernity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Overcoming + Burying MDGs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Science = Effective Development Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Tech = Application of that Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation = New Application </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>De-Worlding / World Disclosing </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Upgrading to Africa 3.0: the Basics (2 / 2) <ul><li>STI Capacity </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to Capture, Adopt, Adapt, Use, Manage, Generate, Disseminate Knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Capacity Building </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long + Cumulative Process </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good Governance = Imperative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Streamline Laws, Regulations, Institutions, Ethics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobilize Efforts toward Vision of Modernity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No Single Tech or Capacity Guarantees Progress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scientification, Technologization, Innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>= Complex Historical / Cultural Processes </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why Upgrade to 3.0? (1 / 2) <ul><li>Tech = Efficiency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Productivity / Competitiveness Challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Development Gap Linked to STI Gap </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dev Gap = STI Gap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dev = Disenchantment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modernity = Secularization + Technologization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>STI Underpins Every MDG </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty, Hunger, Illiteracy, Diseases … </li></ul></ul><ul><li>STI Needed to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Realize Sustainable Economic Growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create Millions of Jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achieve Social Progress </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Why Upgrade to 3.0? (2 / 2) <ul><li>Technology Transfer = Cultural Transfer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General Failure of Tech Transfer Models </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cultures Impact Scientific Progress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Religious Domestication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Superstitions / Ensorcelment / Taboos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dogmas / Abrahamic Beliefs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Totalizing Traditional Cultures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Impacts on Modernization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need New Paradigm </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing Fundamental Functioning of African Societies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evolving toward More </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scientification </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technologization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Five Social Battlefields for Upgrading to 3.0 (1 / 2) <ul><li>Traditional vs Scientific Attitudes, Mindsets, Worldviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More Important Than Total Stock of Sc Knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science = Way of: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thinking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science = Destructive / Constructive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enabling vs Constraining Tech Codes / Cultures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-Modern Cosmologies / Cosmogonies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Islam / Christian / Animist Domestication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submitted to Non-Empirical / Super-Natural Entities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unequal Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mythological Possession </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Five Social Battlefields for Upgrading to 3.0 (2 / 2) <ul><li>Rationality vs Magic + Witchcraft </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear of Gods + Demons + Spirits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reliance on Divine Providence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inchalla, Si Dieu le veut, Egziabher Yimmesgen, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Cannibalistic vs Mutually Supportive Social Relations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Obligation to Share Successes Lead to Failures– No Savings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Phallo-Centric vs Gender Neutral Attitudes + Institutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit Expression of All Talents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit STI Capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit Development </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Instructions for Upgrading to 3.0 (1 / 3) <ul><li>Question Obedience to Authority </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Divinities / Gods / Spirits / Sacred Books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Priests / Imams / Ecclesiasts / Theocrats / Phallocrats </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kings / Dictators / Tyrants / Despots </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commanding Husbands </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shamans, Witches, Charlatans </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Defy Traditional Structures of Domination </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Through Activism, Feminism, Multiculturalism, Secularism, Postmodernism … </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Phallo-Centric Religious Organizations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Against UN Policies on Gender </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Struggle for Unlearning </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>World as a Possessing / Controlling Past </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unlearn Abrahamic + Indigenous Mythologies </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Instructions for Upgrading to 3.0 (2 / 3) <ul><li>Fight Inertia </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>of Pre-scientific Cosmological Beliefs / Thinking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Deconstruct Un-Enabling Traditions, Cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Have Courage to Know </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No Ready-Made Thinking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Break out of the Box </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Wrestle for Freedom of Religion + Expression </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basic Rights of UN Charter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be Weary of Hereditary Religions (Somalia, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Raise Issues of Standards, Norms, Power </li></ul>
  10. 10. Instructions for Upgrading to 3.0 (3 / 3) <ul><li>Usher in New Age of Criticism </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cultivate Rebellious Spirit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Refuse Intolerances </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Terrors / Oppressions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Move Away From Traditional Economics </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Magic’ / ‘Witchcraft’ / ‘Bazaar’ / ‘Zero-sum’ / ‘Bono’ Economics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Witchcraft = Metaphor Cannibalistic / Bloodsucking Social Relationships </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forgive Failures But Not Successes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Understand Tech Changes + Cultural, Religious, Cosmological, Socio-Economic Changes </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Come as One Indivisible Package </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Upgrading Cosmological Systems to 3.0 (1 / 3) <ul><li>&quot; African Is </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Profoundly, Incurably a Believer, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a Religious Person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To Him, Religion Is Not Just a Set of Beliefs But </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a Way of Life, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basis of Culture, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identity and Moral Values“ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>( Tshibangu ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Africa = </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over-Religious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over-Enchanted </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Colonial Religions (Islamic Charging Calvalries to Tele-Evangelism </li></ul><ul><li>Hereditary Religions (no Freedom to Choose Own Religion) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Upgrading Cosmological Systems to 3.0 (2 / 3) <ul><li>Science Constrained In Over-Enchanted Africa </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most Religious Continent </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Science Commits Suicide </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When Adopts Creeds, Dogmas, Faiths, Tunnel Visions, Boxes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Acceptance Without Proof </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundamental Characteristic of Western Religions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rejection Without Proof </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundamental Characteristic of Science </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skeptical Scrutiny Is Means of Science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By Which Deep Insights Can Be Winnowed From Deep Nonsense (C. Sagan) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Upgrading Cosmological Systems to 3.0 (3 / 3) <ul><li>Abrahamic Religions = Non-Science </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Antagonistic? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>More Religion In Science Than Science In Religion </li></ul><ul><li>Abrahamic Religions As Fading Vestiges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>of Pre-Scientific Times! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Of Non-African / Colonial Origin? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Science Advances Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>+ 200,000 Sc Journals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Millions of Patents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Religions Rely On Revealed Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Static </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Useful to ‘Dress’ Reality / Make Reality Intelligible </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Upgrading Freedoms to 3.0 <ul><li>Multiple Oppressive Structures (Cultural, Political, Gender…) </li></ul><ul><li>As Long As Men Are Free </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to Ask What They Must </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to Say What They Think </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to Think What They Will </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom Can Never Be Lost and Science Can Never Regress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(J. R. Oppenheimer) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Science Is Great Antidote to Poison of Superstition (A. Smith) </li></ul><ul><li>Imagination Is > Important Than Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Cancerous Growth of Superstitious Cultures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Africa Out of Sync With Rest of World </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Upgrading Knowledge Systems to 3.0 (1 / 3) <ul><li>Decolonizing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Africanizing, Re-Centering </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Questioning </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Critiquing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Producing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creating, Generating </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Modernizing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Secularizing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Scienticizing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rationalizing </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Upgrading Knowledge Systems to 3.0 (2 / 3) <ul><li>Feminizing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>De-Stereotyping Patriarchal Forms </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>De-prophetizing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Self-Exorcism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>De-Abrahaminzation / Post-Islamization / Post-Christianization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Remythologizing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Revising / Upgrading Indigenous Mythologies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Re-Sacralizing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Life > Death </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Re-Cosmologizing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>With Modern Scientific Knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Upgrading Knowledge Systems to 3.0 (3 / 3) <ul><li>Re-Charlatanizing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>With Scientific Approach </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Harmful Customs + Practices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Re-Constructing / Renovating </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reforming Knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Sharing / Disseminating </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Distributing, Diffusing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Freeing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emancipating, Liberating, Divesting Obsolete Kn </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>‘ De-boxing’ </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thinking Outside Dogmas, Doctrines, Received Systems of Beliefs, Inherited / Hereditary Religions </li></ul></ul></ul>

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