Theoretical Man: being human right there with public man So, tell me what does make us so wonderfully human? What I have discovered through my own experience is that being human has something to do with the need to balance paradoxes. We - humans - we are just one. The same animal that gets up in the morning and has breakfast un-showered, is the same animal who shows up at the office in suit and tie - or whatever equivalent - for negotiations, job interviews or a dry key financial indicators presentation. But that is not the end of the story, we are really just one, just one culture. we all know this, and we all know that this is not all, there is a paradox of existence that needs to be balanced, the we and the I. In this presentation I will focus on one aspect of theoretical man, the balancing of the public and the private, and what that may or may not have to do with technology.
The logic of theoretical man centers around language, representational language, and the very creation - invention - of culture through language. While on language let me add a note to my use of the words man and men. To me a man is genderless and it is a figure of speech, it is not about gender. There is enough information and scientific data out there to corroborate or underline just about any theory or opinion that you may come up with, it borders on total meaninglessness. I chose an ab initio approach, that is, from first principles. I have based my observations on my own knowledge in solid state physics and quantum mechanics, with the help from the contributions of Benoit Mandelbrot, Humberto Maturana, Francisco Varela, Bertrand Russel, Kurt Gödel, Richard Sennett, Christof Koch, Gregory Bateson, Lance H Gunderson and C S Holling, to name a few of the major influencers of my thinking. Of course Thomas Madsen-Mygdal, Lawrence Lessig and David Galipeau continue to provide good pointers along with all others with whom I interact in one way or another. This will continue along the lines of what I sketched in The Rise of Public Man.reboot is happening in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 31 and June 1, 2007.