Automated Self-Unfolding

Jill Nephew & the Natural Intelligence App

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JILL NEPHEW was almost invited to the Respond event at the Monastic Academy.  Almost.  Her status in the liminal community is, well... liminal

That's understandable.  It is hard to evaluate Jill's simultaneous focus on "natural intelligence" and software engineering.  It can be hard to track her deep engagement with psychotechnologies and her fascination with contemporary research into information processing, cognitive mapping & the logic of science as error correction.       

What cannot be denied however -- and what deserves a lot more of our collective attention -- is that any attempt to "scale up" the promulgation of wisdom-culture is going to require new tools.  Tools that are easy to use and easy to distribute through digital networks.  Tools that accelerate self-processing and self-unfolding in a safe manner.

Jill's Inqwire app is designed to be very simple and very complex at the same time.  Utilizing her research on basic human grammars, it prompts users for unresolved issues and guides them through imaginative counterfactual scenarios until resolution and insight are regained.  It can be surprisingly effective.  It also exemplifies a particular theory about how our natural intelligence optimizes our personal and collective navigation over a multi-perspectival landscape using the salience of problems.

Her forthcoming book, and her recent multiple appearances on the Stoa and the Integral Stage, point to a still-emerging perspective that is both deeply intriguing and sometimes offputting in its very strong claims about what will (and will not) pragmatically work for the scaling up of wisdom-civilization. 

Bold?  Sure.  Perfect interface?  No.  Worth checking out?  Definitely.

The emergence community is going to have to start having a much deeper conversation about apps...
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