Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Imagination as the organ of teleology, and a system of communication

Since everything is alive (to some, perhaps minimal, degree) - also conscious and cognitive; then everything has imagination and purpose works through imagination.

Imagination is the mechanism of teleology; and it works by a direct, mind to mind, transference of thoughts or mental impressions - the transference of instinct, impulses, images etc.

Teleology is top down and hierarchical, which implies that although transference may be universal in the sense of (potentially) each being able to read the imagination of each other; the capacity to create mental impressions in another goes only from above to below; from higher to lower.

Thus teleology works from inside - cooperation and coordination, groupishness and long-termism, happen because entities want to be that way - their motivations and preferences are aligned from within themselves.

(This must be the case, as a baseline, or else everything would always be self-destructing and mutually destroying.)

Teleology is thus 'suggested' rather than imposed. Each entity knows what it is supposed to do, and has an impulse to do it.

(Unless something has gone wrong, or the system of imagination is overpowered by some other system - which does happen)

So, there is a communication system of imaginations between all things; which is a direct mind-to-mind network.

(And these imagination-transfer communications are imperceptible except by their effects - because if the system of teleology had been detectable and measurable by current technologies, then obviously it would already be known about. But it is not detectable or measurable - at present.)

Imagination has several functions - including forseight and creativity, therefore the system of communication of imagination also presumably has several functions - but one of its functions is the transmission of teleology.


Dexter said...

Have I experienced "mind-to-mind" transference of thoughts and impressions? I don't feel like I have. How do I recognize that it is occurring or has occurred? Do all my "good ideas" or "new ideas" come from outside?

Bruce Charlton said...

D - Well, you can only experience if you first believe it is possible, and then look out for it for a while. Then you will experience it - assuming that you can quiet the chatter and distractions of the mind so as you are able to 'notice' what is happening.

This is difficult for modern people in modern situations - which is why some people need some kind of meditation, others achieve it by prayer - but everybody can find their own way of doing this: IF they want to.

(BTW this is *exactly* the way that people receive divine revelations as well - the imagination is the specialist organ of revelation. Mormons call it receieving spiritual impressions - https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2009/10/to-acquire-spiritual-guidance?lang=eng - Some spiritual imrpessions also come from within, because everybody has 'a piece of divinity' within them, inborn.)

Of course all ideas don't come from outside - all I am saying is that *some* do - in particular the teleology that holds things together and orders things: that could only come from outside the things that cohere.

Nathaniel said...

Are prayers via a similar mechanism, though they travel from bottom-up? It could be that I am quite misunderstanding you, or perhaps it is wrong to assert we somehow make an impression on the mind of God in-that-way. Or traditionally, if He is all-knowing, then it is a state of always mind-reading.

Bruce Charlton said...

@Nathaniel - My impression is that different people pray very differently, and it works differently. Also, there is a difference between composed prayer and free-form, between private and public, between repeated short prayer (like the Jesus prayer) and extended prayers and so on.

Sometimes - at best - it seems like opening a channel of communication; most rewarding is when a question is answered or sureness granted or strenghth given.

So, yes, for me, the mechanism is similar - but I don't think this is generalizable, nor that this would be possible or best for everyone. For instance CS Lewis's Letters to Malcolm describes something quite different but clearly a good thing.