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The Space of Representation in the Non Violent Revolution Psychology of New Humanism Silvia Swinden. Presentation based on a chapter of my book From Monkey Sapiens to Homo Intentional, The Phenomenology of the Non Violent Revolution. London Oct-06. Introduction.
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We can also “see” in others intentions, moods, etc. that are just in our imagination
and although in theory this space ends where our body ends, we can represent in it the whole universe
1. Translation of impulses from the inner-body
The class system
our heroes and villains,
the power structures, etc.
And the “higher-ups” are those who “possess” kindness, wisdom, and strength.
There, in the “heights” above, we also find the hierarchies, the powers that be, and the flags of State.
And we, ordinary mortals, must at all costs “ascend” the social ladder in order to draw closer to power.
What a sorry state we are in, still governed by these mechanisms, which coincide with our internal representation
in which our heads are in the “heights” and our feet stuck on the ground.
What an unhappy state we are in, when we believe in these things, and believe in them because they have their own “reality” in our internal representation.
What a sorry state we are in, when our external look is nothing but an un-acknowledged projection of the internal.
Humanise the Earth, SiloThe inner look in the social world
Gods, angels, kings, movie “stars”, pop “ídols”, the aristocracy, etc.
Demons, “dark motives”, the “id”, deshumanizaciónThe inhabitants of one area “lend” each other attributes
Image: sandwich in the fridge
The body, moved by the image, goes toward the sandwich
Something similar happens with the social world
Violence, dehumanisation, injustice, non-meaning
Image of a better world (Ideals, Utopias, Dreams)
The impulse of wanting to escape suffering is not enough, we need an image of something better to go towards.
On the other hand Pragmatism goes with what is already given
Working for change
(a little slower and more and complicated than the thing with the sandwich)
A Humanised world(*) Without images there is no action
religion and morality,
one’s career, psychology,
politics, the social classes,
the economy, trade unions,
art, education, etc.
have their correlate in the Space of Representation
Change is not possible without an internal, intentional, change of the images that move us
To get to the “top”
The “upper” Class
The “gurus” of the “free” market economy
The rock “idols”
The “fallen” woman
Those “base” instincts
The “depths” of depression
The “lowers” Class
The “bottom” of the mindThe S of R and language
Geographically “up” and “down” also correspond approximately to the situation of the countries of the G8 and the poor countries of the southern hemisphere
Cult of Mother Earth and NatureReligions and the S of R
Flatter hierarchies and a more friendly attitude towards sex and the body
Impulses are translated to protect the level
Eg: tingling in an arm due to bad position is translated as an image of insects that make us change the position of the arm without waking up
Those without a home fantasise about palaces, and the hungry dream of banquets
Ideal level for sexual activity
Level for work or study
Attention to the object
Consciousness of self
Maximum attention and intentional level
Attention both to the object
and to the mechanisms of consciousness in action
I realise I am observing this or that object and that I react in this or that way, which allows me to carry out intentional changes in the way I lookImages and Levels of Consciousness
Vote for me, I shall make your dreams come true
than to the stimuli presented to the senses.
If, for instance, a black and white image is presented to the eyes
and the subject is hypnotised, so that he/she believes that it is an image in colour,
the part of the brain that is "illuminated” (the area that perceives the sensation) in a very sensitive scan
is the one related to the perception of colour“Reality” and Belief
…generates more violence, dehumanisation (civilian’s deaths referred to as “collateral damage”) and the powerful becoming stronger
PeopleThe space of representation in the non-violent revolution
“Nothing above the Human being, and no Human being above (or bellow) another”. Silo
* Reconciliation as a profound spiritual experience, Silo, Punta de Vacas 5/5/07
Relativity and Quantum Mechanics
the structural interconnection of everything
Chaos Theory (the end of the determinism)
This Universe is so unbelievably improbable that:
If it were any other way and
if it didn't have an “intention” toward the development of consciousness,
we would not be here to observe it
5. The Observer as part of the Observation
The quantum investigations
We centre ourselves again on the Human Being
The fight for equality to earn the right to contribute what’s different
From a male vision to a male/female one (similar to binocular vision, that allows to have depth)
7. The New Spirituality
Open to believers and non believers, based on experience
8. Technology: Internet, air travel, TV, telecommunications
9. Planetarisation: different from Globalization
convergence of diversity: First planetary civilization
Threats to the whole: The environment and nuclear weapons
10. An Evolutionary Psychology of Non Violence: