O'CALLAGHAN: Why doesn't the world
understand the concept of sustainability? Why are we still going
for the neo-liberal business model?
O'CALLAGHAN: The US government has
become very unilateral in withdrawing from global concerns, but
what about the American people?
O'CALLAGHAN: In the last 20 years in
biology, research has revealed a whole lot of cognitive activities
going on within cells and throughout the metabolism of living systems.
It turns out there's a whole lot of perception or "information processing"
taking place in organisms and in ecosystems.
The same is true on the global level.
You can describe the global crisis in the various languages of history,
politics, religion, psychology, ecology, technology, economics and
so on. But if you look at it from the point of view of cognitive
processing and information theory, the main threat to our survival
appears to be not some group of bad guys somewhere, but rather a
gigantic information gap which is preventing the human species from
integrating and implementing most of the solutions to those global
problems which pose the greatest threat to our collective security
and survival as a species. I'm talking about knowledge which already
exists, but which is scattered throughout the global body politic.
Do you think the American intelligence
community including the CIA still don't understand this aspect of
information theory? Do you think they still try to manipulate or
influence the information that gets on Time magazine, Newsweek,
and the New York Times?