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The slide set forms a draft storyboard explaining the co-evolution of human technology, cognition, culture and organizations forming Episode 5 of my hypertext book, "Application Holy Wars or a New Reformation - A Fugue on the Theory of Knowledge".
The book is a fugal hypertext exploring the evolution of human cognition, technology and knowledge over the last 5 million years, considering revolutionary technologies of material tools, mnemonics, books, libraries, computer memories, the World Wide Web, etc.
The structure of the book is based on one of the greatest cognitive artifacts of the Renaissance - the fugue. The fugue here consists of a Subject, Counter Subject, 5 Episodes with an Interlude, and concludes with a Cadenza and Coda.
• Subject explores theoretical foundations of knowledge and its growth.
• Counter subject discusses how show how recursive evolutionary processes cybernetically transform data into knowledge and power.
• Episode 1 discusses how the inventions of counting, writing, books and the printing press enabled and enhanced the major conceptual revolutions of the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific and Industrial Revolutions.
• Episode 2 follows the invention of and revolutionary growth of digital computer technology within my lifetime.
• Episode 3 considers the inventions and revolutions in computer-based "productivity" applications for individual use and their roles in on-going cognitive revolutions in the way people generate and use knowledge.
• Interlude introduces deep theory regarding the co-emergence and co-evolution of knowledge and life based on unification of evolutionary epistemology and autopoiesis.
• Episode 4 explores early impacts of social and cloud computing technologies that have come to prominence since around 2008 to fuel the emergence of what may be called humano-technical individuals and socio-technical organizations.
• Episode 5 (this slide set) looks at the five million year history of humanity from an evolutionary point of view to explore how co-evolution and revolutions in technology and cognition enabled our ancestors, simple tool-using apes stranded by climate change on the African savanna, to completely dominate the biosphere of Planet Earth.
• Cadenza explores how issues arising from the episodes affect the nature of knowledge and its impacts on individuals, organizations and society who need to use knowledge in a competitive environment.
• Coda considers the future. Is there a sting in the tale? Are the current revolutions a point of inflection in a logistic growth (sigmoid) curve or are we rising along a true evolutionary singularity (or spike) as some would claim?
These slides cover 5 million years of human evolution to explain how straight-forward evolutionary processes turned groups of tool-using forest apes with minor tendencies towards cooperation into socio-technical organizations of humano-technical individuals controlling the entire Earth.