Exploring the Social Imagination

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A New Frontier - Social Imagination

The new frontier is one that has been starring us in the face for some time. The global reality, the largest social imagination possible. Is that possible? A good question. What it requires is a large number of social networks working toward one cause- one common social imagination ' wyobraznia spoleczna!  Likely, that will be established by one language and with that a new beginning for many and an end for some regarding culture/language. That large numbers are already at work, the internet their main tool. At no other time in human history has there been such worldwide communication and social imagination exchange. The results are not yet known or are they. For a first time in my blogging career, I ask you my audience to comment on this.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother: Socialization Process of Social Imagination

The socialization process in this temporal 'worldly' hologram we live in starts with the mother.  You see, there is only one way a child comes into the world, through the mother. She imparts all social knowledge to her child even before birth. The social person she is (as her socialization process in ongoing) is passed to her child. The information she has at hand (in use by her) is all she can offer. The information can be correct and incorrect, corrupt in some people's eyes and in others not. Prejudice and not. Prejudice is unfavorable opinion that over time can become hardened. Whether is this information is right or wrong in the moment it is passed on does not matter objectively to anyone else but to the mother. She passes information on because it matters to her, what matters is that it is used because it it is familiar, it has been given as it has been working in the past, present and is presumed to work in the future. The role of mother is part of writing in a default program. Once embedded, there is little one can do to update or patch the program with other information. The social imagination relies this basic construct the basic program; it runs off this default mode- never to be deleted or erased yet, not without the possibility for upgrades.
Essentially, socialization is the process of transferring information - social inforamtion = social reality. Technically, we can posit that it is divided into three stages: the primary stage which involves the socialization of the young child in the family; the secondary stage involves the immediate community including church and school and the third stage is the adult socialization when individuals enter roles that their primary and secondary socialization prepared them for and or not fully prepared them for.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Latent Hand, What is now?

I am going to present the idea that social imagination is the result of the composition of one's socialization, an ongoing relation among personal ideas as Cooley would have said. It is also dependent upon time and space in that it follows a time space continuum where there exists a past, present and future. Time, past, present and future is also dependent upon our social imagination as the social mind  needs and reacts to such order.When we remind ourselves of Escher's hands drawing hands, we can understand that Now is when we see the active hand and the other is latent. Even though we can change our view, and look at the latent hand it instantly becomes active and the other latent which was active a moment ago. We must also consider the hand that draws the hands drawing the hands in this now. When we do that, now gets mixed into the past and future, in a sense but rather we see how fluid time and space are. Social imagination is also fluid using that same illustration of hands drawing hands. We realize then that the socialization process is a stream of conscious interaction, social imagination thus is not concrete or fixed in time and space. Nonetheless, we still percieve now in relation to the past and future. Why? As it is with viewing atomic structure or particles, they do not appear until we fix our eyes on them, the latent hand becomes active when we look at it. It then becomes now!

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Self as Social Imagination and Free Will

Approaching this notion of Self as Social Imagination and Free Will I am reminded of the drawing by M.C. Escher, titled, Hands. It is the one where hands draw hands. Interesting to look at ;-) but that is not all... Escher wanted us to consider his own hands drawing hands drawing hands ;-).  The point of this drawing is the interwoven, interconnectedness of the subjective and objective, the ins and outs, the push/pull of the mental and physical world. This drawing by Escher is not the only drawing he created (Escher Relativity:1953 or Concave and Convex 1955 i.e.) intended to illustrate the subjective and objective relationship or the mental and the physical relationship. Escher meant for us to understand this drawing as an event that is greater than the event which it seems to illustrate... as it is never ending.  So you see, we are already there at that place, that point that Escher was trying to make... in this blog post, I am inside and outside (I am not alone because I am talking to you) I am and you are thus something which is much greater than this post event and it is never ending. There is no threshold, no beginning and no end or point at where one is without the other. Is this an explanation for the self as social imagination and free will. Yes, it is. How? It is because inasmuch as we think we have free will to make a decision, we are the hands in the hands drawing and it is being drawn.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Change your World, Change your Social Imagintion ... Change your Words

In a great sense, the Social Imagination is a quantum program coded from a basic setting, running and expanding by/through the social connections you make. Bad connections can lead to bad social encounters, corruption information. Sometimes bad connections are made because of corrupted information. Reality is always dependent upon the observer and sometimes, bad connections are made because of bad observations, which can and yet are not always due to corrupted information, most of the time this is the case. When corrupted information is received and applied, it causes a change in your world, a change in your social imagination. The social imagination as a quantum computer works basically like any computer, viruses/corrupt information can get in and change everything. Your social imagination as a computer acts on that information, that virus and it may no longer remember the original program, the clean and uncorrupted program. Is that original program lost? No, not in cyberspace, not in your social imagination, but it is hidden under layers of information, layers of observations/and executed tasks. You would think that such a computer is immune to such corruption, and it is. Immunity lies in the observer. Reality is dependent upon the observer, if you see things one way and act on that, you may be acting on corrupted information. If you find yourself asking, Why me? Why this now? It is rather that you have accepted a virus, corrupt information. In order to change your world, change your social imagination of it. It is not easy, but Look deeply into your social self ... the power lies in your social imagination and it begins with one word, or a few simple words, a command .... every program runs on commands coded from words. Recognize your incorrect input/observation and then Imagine the right words, write them down, speak them out loud and change the social imagination of your world.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The real world is dependent upon the observer

The social imagination is you, a composition of selves imagining itself among others but never a thing in itself.
The real world is dependent upon the observer and his or her observations as a collection of selves. Can you change your social imagination? You can. It requires only that you change what you see. If you can't seem to change it, think what you can do to change yourself as a collection of selves and your social imagination, your world, will change with you. My husband who operates God School found this video (see attached) to use on his blog. I too think it can be used to describe something significant about social reality in that we are the creator inasmuch as it creates us with no beginning and no end, as the creator is the source of our social imagination.Who or what is the creator, it is in our imagination. And, when we try to observe it... what manifests to the observer is dependent upon the observer.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Non Locality of Social Imagination

Non locality allows the social imagination to exist as a cyberspace- it does have a point of departure; the first of the three aspects. Objectively, there is no you, but rather a you because of your social connections made over a period of time through social interaction, which potentially will continue and you will expand depending on the second function - the concept creative function of social imagination shaped by the first function with its three functions. The more social you are locally and non locally, the bigger your imagination becomes. A question that has been discussed often in philosophy concerns the concept of individual.  The only individual is you as a unique composition of selves... all the selves that have socialized you thus far compose you, compose your social imagination and that is all you are. If you think and behave in a certain way, you do so on that premise. You can never know yourself or any others outside of your human mind- made a thing in itself through social interaction made possible through social imagination; in saying that, you can never know yourself as a thing in itself. You can not be a hero or a man or a woman or an individual outside of social imagination. You know those ideas because of social imagination.

Friday, April 8, 2011

What is in Your Social Imagination?

Social Imagination- your Quantum Hologram is your means to a positive social reality

The first function of the Social Imagination allows us to live/exist as 3-dimensional beings embedded in a holographic universe of infinite ‘imagination’, infinite because of the social imagination’s second function. We are perceivers of the Quantum Universe and receivers of the information radiating from the Quantum Holograph because we live immersed in the relationship between the first function and second function of social imagination . The first function acts as a frequency field which is decoded and burned into our 3-dimensional world. Before anything can change in our 3-dimensional world the second function - the concept/creative, the first function (which allows us to exist 3-dimensionally) must be operationalized allowing access to the second. This happens through imagining, which is the ultimate social imagination tool. In this process,  imaginings in the first function form in the Quantum Hologram, they are embedded there. These are simple imagined everyday interactions occurring in context of social interaction grounding us in that 3D dimension; and, change in that 3D dimension depends on our own abilities to imagine, to use our collective consciousness as it is ever able to expand, which is to access and apply the second function to the max.
Said another way, if it’s not in the Quantum Hologram 'social imagination' then change in social imagination- social reality cannot manifest in this 3D world or can it have any possible change or new qualities in it.

The size of Your Social Imagination depends on you. It can be the widest possible Quantum Hologram, where you operate on a program ‘burned’ recorded information that determines and builds your 3-dimensional world. The constant relationship of the first and second functions in that 3D world act on that information burned onto your CD or a DVD, and that information gets “played” over and over and you either feel socially ill or well depending on what’s written and or stored on your CD in your Hologram, in your social imagination. Changes in your social imagination mean change in your Quantum Hologram and change requires deleting or vaulting harmful corrupted information so that it cannot manifest in your social reality. It is sometimes difficult to comprehend just how deeply into the Quantum this process goes.  Just know this, anytime a person receives harmonious frequency information recording onto or into their Quantum Hologram ‘social imagination’, their social reality- social imagination, gets rebooted.
Can you imagine never carrying a dysfunctional social pattern/behavior or social pain again? What is in your Social Imagination?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Let there Be Light

Seth Lloyd, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, is known for his involvement in the creation of quantum computers and an advocate for the idea of the universe as information processor, he believes that the universe is fundamentally quantum mechanical. It functions as he has shown that quantum computers can simulate any system that obeys the known laws of physics in a straightforward and efficient way. Essentially quantum computers are universal quantum simulators. It seems that the universe is indistinguishable from a quantum computer. Assuming that the universe is a quantum processor of information,it would be synonymous with the social imagination as I described in previous posts. Then what is the universe 'social imaginaation' computing? An explanation for the intricacy, complexity and diversity of the cosmos, an explanation for itself, for being. If we were to imagine that we are what we doubt...a social imagination, a self aware organic processor, programmed by another quantum computer of the same light properties, programmed by another of the same and of the same... we would be searching for an explanation for a beginning and an end (in physics this is the ongoing discussion- the beginning and end of the universe as we know it), finding such a beginning or end would not satisfy such an entity (a quantum computer, a social imagination) programmed into being, into imagining. It is an entity of endless imagination.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Consciousness matters... Every Thought Builds Reality

The concept of universe does not require matter as something solid existing outside of  social reality. The concept of universe is about imagination. The universe did not and does not exist outside the human mind. The concept of social reality follows that line of reason as no one can ever know reality outside of the human mind, the locus of society. Human civilizations, societies, have been and are built by thoughts- the exchange and processing of information.The Social Imagination is essentially the exchange of thoughts interpreted as information; it has no beginning nor end knowable by its operational properties- the first and second function. The Social Imagination is an integral system due to previously imagined information collected and exchanged among members akin to information processing at the atomic level because it is the same only on a higher level of implementation and organization. Social imagination is the collective consciousness enabled through  the relation among personal ideas... operating as a quantum computer, a neural firing network of light particles, the matter of consciousness imagining itself into existence through the exchange of information- accepted as real and relayed uncorrupted. In the relation of personal ideas among us, every thought, every neural connection (the hardware of social imagination) imagines it is real and this builds reality, a social reality built through social imagination equipped with a first and second function- the concept / creative function This encourages new  information to be imagined, social reality to be expanded.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Locus of Society

The Locus of society exists in the human mind, it is a collection of personal ideas among us, it is the social imagination. We imagine we are and who we are because of our imagining of others and that they are imagining us; and thus, we are a composite, a social imagination. We could never know ourselves without this ability to be a collection of personal ideas among us, we could not function without this ability, this fundamental aspect of social imagination. There never was or will be a single isolated entity that is not such a composite.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Symbolic Universe

The social imagination is a symbolic universe communicated through social interaction; in effect, a social reality is created; thus, the social imagination, a symbolic universe, is how and where the exchange and transference of information is experienced, coded as symbols and encountered for first time in the arms of our mother. This first encounter is the beginning of social imagination, beginning as socialization process; communicated, initially  from a  single source. Acknowledging this is fundamental in not only understanding the organization and or structure of social imagination in context of  the first function but more effectively and even crucially for understanding the second function – the concept / creative. This acknowledgment leads us to understand the significance of the communicated symbolic universe. 
The social imagination is the symbolic universe; it is the non- tangible social reality!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The First and Second Functions of The Social Imagination

There are three aspects of the social imagination: origin 'source' a beginning point on a surface of potential social reality, participating individual components as: potential links, connectors stemming out like threads on a web from that original point and components carry symbols and tools of communication that contain information. The last aspect are the limits of the first aspects; boundaries that act to structure, give shape and even control in order to retain integrity of all three aspects as a whole system.

There are two functions of the social imagination. The first is the primary function and the second is the concept creative function.
The first function is the primary function and it houses the three main aspects: an original source, components and limits. This first function is a basic program for the operation of the second function. The first function acts as instructions that shapes/guides and rules over the second which is the concept creative. This second function has no need of its own fundamental aspects as it is grounded by the first. The first function is for simple performance as in simple bodily movement that enables getting from here to there without, let us say, much thought. It could be seen as the default mode program; whereas, the second function is the concept/ creative is for the purpose of escaping that routine, beginning with bodily movement incorporating gesture that has meaning other than just getting from one point in space to another; but moreover, the second function is the creative will of the first function enabled by the first function and this creates the nature of the whole, the social imagination.
There is an interconnected participatory feature of the first function and second function, experienced through bodily moments which create a necessary relationship, the nature of the whole comes into being 'social reality' and with this there is caused tensions of consciousness between the first function and the second function.  The second function reacts to such tensions from the first function and is able to respond in a concept/ creative mode so that that relation with the first function acting as a background, a default program and the second function create social imagination. The second function allows the collective conscious, the collective mentality, the group as having shared interest, to imagine and focus on new aspect potential which arises out of the second function's imagining. Through this and tensions, social imagination can either move onto another plane of social imagination -social reality, or remain as a constant eventually collapsing in on itself doe to corruptions in those tensions.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Creative Function of the Social Imagination

People use and are intrinsically bound to the collectiveness of social reality and social knowledge. Social Imagination can be understood simply as collective mentality - individuals who as social composites imagine themselves as real through social interaction in a place over time. This imagining of ourselves and others connects us in a social reality. Out of this forms a structure of social identity kept together through social imagination.
We can never escape the social imagination, we are not isolated islands but rather webs of social connections with the mind as the "locus of society"- Cooley

This blog is dedicated to the pursuit of exploring group membership and identity.
 My husband, who is a philosopher and teacher and evangelist will, from time to time, contribute his thoughts on the nature of the holographic universe as it applies to the social imagination.