I have reviewed the video we did on Thursday and share some meta-comments. I attempt to model the group’s mind. Let me start with a quote from the above article Michael shared.
"Something beyond solo thinking is required—the generation of a state that is entirely natural to us as a species, and yet one that has come to seem quite strange and exotic: the group mind.
How does a group of minds think as one?"
I feel the tension between the minds as one and minds as many, a very old tension, that many of us registered in our Cafe exegesis . We share the trauma of totalitarianism, and we share the trauma of the isolated individual. We have oscillated valiantly between these extremes collectively. And this was a big theme in Lisa’s course. How can we create conditions for a cognitive pluralism that is coherent?
I have Hutchins book Cognition in the Wild and I will review it as this is the source of this article. The book is too big to read in the group but I would suggest that we focus on this article or another one that is of interest and figure out how to let this new kind of mind operate as “a tapestry backdrop” to the next Café.
Also, something that came up for me as I reflected on the Wrestler metaphor you presented, Michael, in this thread. I went back to the text in Genesis and I quote it in full to highlight the motif of the hip injury that Jacob received in the encounter with the mysterious Man.
And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh.
— Genesis 32:22–32
And when hip is hurt in the episode with the Man, is there anything else about Jacob’s hurt hip socket and Lisa and Michael’s reflections upon this motif as an emerging ‘symbol’ in the open psychic landscape of the Cafe crew ?
And is there a relationship between that Man, and the I/me communication I tried to make a sketch of?
I asked the radiant Man " Who are you?
And he said," I am you."
And I asked," How can you be me?"
And he said," We share the same heart."
And is the ET mind operating already through the Imaginal/ Subtle in our discourse?
And what kind of Man is that Man, who zapped me with a light between my eyes and commanded that I “give up form”?
I would say that he is a Man of Light. He also has great powers!
And Michael, what do you know now about Highly Plausible that you didn’t know before?
How can we explore healthy forms of the Magic/Mythic and integrate this into the emergent Aperspectival?
"If you bring forth that which is within you it will save you. If you do not bring forth that which is within you it will destroy you." The Gospel of St Thomas