New Circuit Designs for Motherboard
By Kirby Urner / Wholesys-l
we look at Starship Earth (Buckminster Fuller's metaphor for
our planet) using another metaphor as well: that of Motherboard
I tip my
hat to the criticism that this is another off-base nerdy engineering
lens through which to misperceive a living planet and that,
although the mother' part is apt, linking to circuit boards
is just more Newtonian mechanism, more of which we simply don't
need. But I don't see it that way myself. I think of the powerful
film images I've seen linking urban-scapes from high altitudes
with microchips. Good native American-sounding titles like Powasqaatsi
and Koyanisqaatsi come to mind (both interesting films). And
the energy bathing our motherboard is more than metaphorically
I don't see motherboard' as necessarily whiteman talk at all,
but a clear-eyed snapshot of what, in fact, our eco-economy
is: a set of spherical circuits, layer upon layer, some phased
in with humans just a split second ago, on the geologic timescale.
the Fear of Leakage'
I look at the psychology of banking, which seems to view this
pool of liquid capital, called gold or currency or whatever
it is that's convertible to just about anything of value, as
the one thing we cannot afford to leak' away. The whole investment
banking circuitry is about wiring up projects and programs and
powering them with juice' (liquid capital) only if it appears
the return will exceed the investment. The only electronics
on the motherboard that interests bankers is the kind that nets
a return' meaning it has to return all the juice received, and
If I think
of my computer as the motherboard, and the wire plugged into
the wall as my umbilical link to the sun, then I start to wonder
about the intelligence of microcode, which plans to starve motherboard
assets, which are not designed to amplify and return juice.
I mean, the way a computer is designed is like a water wheel:
current flows downhill to the ground, in the meantime turning
wheels which turn other wheels and so on. Yes, the liquid electricity
all drains out the bottom, but serious work got done in the
meantime. Capacitors and storage batteries pool current for
a time, before allowing it to surge onward (the banking idea
of savings). But nowhere is the motherboard (the computer I'm
using) designed to return juice to the wall let alone with interest.'
I look at
TV images of human skeletons, either getting a little charity,
or dying in droves, or both, with economists off to the side
shaking their heads: no way to organize these humans into projects
which will net a return to the bankers, and we can't allow our
precious juice' to just leak away.' So we let our human families
starve to death.
the way it is ... but is nature our model here, or banking?
The sun is broadcasting terawatts of energy in our direction,
second by second. What we do is insert our programmable circuitry,
our gizmos, our wheels turning wheels, and reap the benefits.
Within this game, we have liquid asset accounts, and transactions,
and trade. But the overall big picture is of a motherboard plugged
into the sun and human circuitry that is designed to starve
large portions of the motherboard based on some dogma about
needing to retain precious liquid, currency, without regard
for the true state of affairs, which is that the great global
ecosystem is not about returning juice to the sun, anymore than
my computer is about returning juice to the wall socket. Doing
useful work, yes. Keeping energy from flowing downhill, no way.
why I propose General Systems Theory, which has a clear view
of the sun-powered motherboard, the humanly programmable circuitry
which interlayers with nonhuman circuitry, and the pain and
suffering of numerous humans who are left out because they don't
have magic juice returning powers' why I propose that GST build
itself as antithetical to the juice-worshipping tribes who use
their primitive economics' to justify the status quo media programming.
inventory of human inventions, artifacts, and storyboards multi-media
deployment scenarios, casting humans in new, interesting, intelligent
roles, and sees that we have the props, and the actors necessary,
to make the real-world scenario entitled: Humans Make a Success
of Themselves (lots of subplots). But instead, the old curriculum
directors continue to produce episode after episode of The Great
Tragedy, claiming that they are the sophisticated ones, whereas
we, the success-oriented directors, are naive, because they
don't properly understand their Theory of Juice.
a different view of juice, it's true. I say we can afford to
drive programming, using solar inputs, that will not only prevent
starvation, but enroll the starving in new distance education
programs that nets them lots of other relevant assets besides
food: medical care, shelter, information, entertainment, vehicles
for self-expression, opportunities to see more of the planet
before they die. I say we don't have to expect our global university
students to pay back their scholarships in any silly literal
kind of way, but that the work of learning a living, of demonstrating
competence, of being a star in world game scenarios worthy of
high caliber acting, is repayment enough.
Do the work
of Making Humans a Success, and forget about netting a return'
in the traditional bankers' sense. Create wealth (life support),
not just more money, and find out how much better off we will
all find ourselves in short order. Lets co-invent General Systems
Theory to light the way forward. And lets leave Economics behind,
in the current Dark Age, where it belongs.
Urner & Dawn Wicca
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