Space 0.0: About
The founder of The Philosopher Space (TPS) studied an MA in International Criminal Justice from 2016 to 2017.
He stumbled across three main ideas whilst on his Criminal Justice journey:
- One was mental illness – the medicalised approach to mental dysfunction, where the onus is placed on the individual to survive, whatever life throws their way – versus mental distress, the socialised approach to mental dysfunction, where the focus is placed on changing the environment that is causing so much anguish.
- The former approach implicitly blames the victim for a deficiency. The latter advocates their support through challenging moments into better times.
- The second was Jeremy Bentham’s invention of a deliberately uncertain surveillance regime, where prisoners in a prison would never know whether they were being watched or not, delivering the resulting behavioural inhibitions extremely cost-effectively. This device he called the panopticon: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panopticon.
- It’s widely used in modern Western democracy at the moment, not least in digital and cyber contexts: the philosophy of total surveillance – where all citizens are watched because they must be, without reference to their criminality – is Bentham’s panopticon translated to the virtual world, where all-too-legitimate post-9/11 fears of further terrorist acts have ruled democratic practice for quite some time.
- The third was the science of epigenetics: amongst many other interesting matters, it shows us how the human brain can be physically modified by traumatic and/or deep emotional experiences; that is, by what happens to it, not inside it.
The above three ideas are what led the founder of TPS to begin to consider what humans have lost, since the 21st century panopticon took over.
In separate studies, perhaps thought experiments would be more accurate, since around 2017-2018 whilst working and travelling between the UK and the Irish Republic, he began to evaluate the possibilities of improving human beings’ capabilities in respect of:
- capturing their intuitive thinking better; then
- capturing, evidencing (ie storing & retrieving), and validating it; then
- beginning to capture, evidence, and validate it safely and securely in inside-out ways (not intruding in on but defending out from), guaranteeing a privacy not seen in computers since they were connected to networks; before, finally, proposing the delivery of all the above
- in order to ultimately expand, enhance, upskill, and thus empower the human brain, for the individual before their community, way beyond any intuitive capabilities experienced to date.
That is to say, already at the level of certain intuitive thinking, as exhibited by a select few of the powerful – yet rarely offered up as a practical option to a majority.
In particular, a majority which the founder of TPS had already seen – for understandable reasons, whilst society suffered during the aftermath of 9/11 – were widely and profoundly subjected to the uncertainty-generating, intuition-inhibiting, digital panopticons which this majority (though not the select few) now find themselves inhabiting.
Space 0.1: What People Say
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.Dr Seuss
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.J K Rowling
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.Walt Disney