This blog is the beginning of a series of 10 minute blogs which I will be writing on diverse topics, I will explain the concept behind it in the end of the blog.
1st Jan 2014 -
The concept of collective consciousness is both new and ancient we have forgotten this in the past few centuries, and now it is again coming back. Although putting this concept of collective consciousness into a theory is not new. This is the basis of every religion, but today with the advent of technology and information we see that the access to this consciousness and knowledge is increased manifold. The brain itself acts as a computer by storing what we see, hear and feel. All our experiences in the past are unique because you as an individual spend 24 hours with yourself and no one else knows about you more than yourself, something which may be very simple for you may be the most complicated thing for the other person, this kind of knowledge sharing lead to the growth of the education system and religion.
People learn and get inspired by something and others get inspired by, it either they or their disciples write about it (An example would be there is no religion in the world written by God himself. It is normally written by people who might have got inspired by God, saw a vision, got enlightened or gods spoke to them); in the same way every individual has something which is different from the other individual, one of the studies shows that every 20 minutes, we share so much information, which used to be shared in a period of thousands of years. In our past we have observed that people when curious about something used to go to the teachers, enlightened people, and other sources. In case someone could not find an answer, he or she used to search for it and then once he found the answer, he or she used to share it with the other people, if this knowledge was something that inspired someone then that specific individual would share it with the other people. This is very similar to research, people get inspired by an idea and then do research on it, the research can be inventing new things or even analyzing, which could be both qualitative or quantitative analysis.
Today the Internet has become the major source of information sharing, even the United Nations (http://www.un.org/en/rights/) says that the right to access to information is a human right, we have seen that countries like Finland have made the right to access to information or the right to an Internet connection of 1 Mbps a human right in 2009. So what do we observe we see a change in the way people share knowledge. If a child is taught how to search on the Internet, we will observe that the child will no longer have to learn things by heart, because there was a time when you had to learn things by heart, but today, every information is available on the go. You only need to learn how to search for it, in the same way people used to search for God, today there is a section of the society who search for answers online.
It is said that the World Wide Web or the Internet helps us to rewire the way we think, by looking at things from a perception of a different person. In olden times the level of exposure was limited, so people used to believe in limited things which was told by people who used to think things were different, maybe they found themselves inside themselves. But today, as the Internet is moving ahead we see that a person sees things from a lot of different perspectives, which was not true before few years. We always think that the research and knowledge of the past was great, but we forget what we do today, becomes a past tomorrow. The amount of resources available to Einstein when he was researching was limited or in other words, he had to spend a lot of time searching for things, but today if you want to search for something you can use the Internet.
Everything has a positive and negative, in other words, I would say everything is relative, because we normally look at the Internet as a threat, but not as an opportunity. The Internet gives rise to a way of learning which is very different from the way we used to learn before, and a topic which I would like to talk right now is how the Internet affects globalization, the countries which we know is countries has been existing only for a few years or maybe centuries, for example in Europe before few years, most countries used to fight with each other. Most of them were enemies of one another, but today we see that there is a unified European Union and people feel attached to it. A different example would be before hundred years, There was no concept of a unified India, but once a country as India was formed the people were trained psychologically to have a feeling of being an Indian. There is no harm in forming countries, but we also have to look at the fact that there are things which are beyond countries, the thing that connects us together. Today the world is getting global not because the world is becoming smaller, technology plays a major role, for example you can move from one place to other faster today, but what we see is also a transfer of knowledge by the Internet. These thoughts give rise to new ideas, and these new ideas are very similar to the way a religion was formed. One of the things being a researcher is you have to be nonjudgmental and unbiased.
I was asked before a few days when I went to the church by the priest do you believe in God? I said I’m neutral, he was shocked asking why and what did I mean by that?
I said that the world is full of possibilities,
I don’t deny the fact that God exists because if I’m an atheist, I deny the fact and possibility that God exists, and in case I accept the fact that God exists, then I deny the fact and possibility that God may not exist.
He said "this is a very novel idea but it is against the basic concept of faith"
I said, a person should not be closed in a bubble, he should be open to all possibilities if I believe something just because someone tells me, I’m actually not allowing myself to understand what I want myself, the conversation went on for hours. (In the end the priest was so inspired that he compared me to a Saint who had very similar ideas like me, he even said I should be working for the Catholic Church)
This is a thing which is changing, there was a time when companies would want people to work in the way the company wanted. It was productive, it is productive to a certain extent, this because a person reaches his full potential. Only when he or she does something which he or she likes and is passionate about. This is something which even I learned in my Masters how to generate ideas, weigh ideas and implement them. I have observed that every person is as creative as the other person. The only thing is one of the person will be able to market his skills more than the other person. How do you analyze four ideas by four different people, as every individual feels his idea to be the best, this is a perception of the individual, but then it comes to taking decisions on which of these ideas is good, we judge an idea from the perception of the company. Sometimes this is not the best decision. For example, Xerox was the first company to come up with the idea of a personal computer, but they could not do a feasibility test for the future and hence they didn’t go ahead with the idea.
Now, what is this to do with the Internet, today as the Internet is growing and becoming faster we see that it is becoming a source of information for different people. This affects the way countries and companies run, we can see a clear difference between countries where speed of the Internet a slow and expensive, to those countries where Internet is very cheap and very fast, an example would be a comparison between the Northern European countries and the southern European countries.
Every religion is based on rules, you should do something you should not. In Christianity, it is the 10 Commandments, in a similar way in the future we may observe that Internet has some rules because no God wants him to be exploited.
I will end today's blog here because 10 minutes have passed after I started typing, this is one of my New Year resolutions to write a random blog in 10 minutes, because most of the great ideas which have been generated have been a mistake or an unexpected event. For example, the Internet, so I have decided that I write blogs on different topics with no pre-judged ideas in order to come up with new ideas. Dedicating this on my experiences in Malta I would name this method as 10 minute Manish surprise.
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