I am ever hopeful.
I’ve been online since I was 17. Writing to disembodied recipients who write back in a global penpal fashion Instantly became part of extended brain.
When one asks a question out into the ether, then an answer comes back from the void, even though we have a name and a face attached as a tag (not always in the case of anonymous forums), it’s not too many steps removed from writing it to yourself and answering it yourself.
Where did that flash of inspiration come from?
That logical connection that I read – was it from me?
As time goes by ones own thoughts and the thoughts of others become mixed together.
Is my thought my own? Was it from the third grade teacher who hated my drawing of an owl? What is it from that cartoon I saw whose name I forgot? Maybe it’s from that movie with that guy. Or that book that was really good but I kept losing track of the characters. Or overheard it in a diner, or perhaps it was amongst friends online in a discussion forum that used to exist years ago.
Concepts and the processing of concepts are not so terribly removed particularly if you consider them as active processes.
A concept is a theory of a category and you don’t need a concept unless you’re using it which makes it active.
If you’re concepting that can be logic that you are concepting.
But perhaps that’s too general and vague.
When multiple people look at the same thing and process it through their brains utilizing similar training that they each received in the cultures they were raised in (University for example), they can function as a super brain as it represents what’s theoretically possible for a single individual to achieve within that culture.
So we can all leverage from each other filling each other’s thinking gaps in a think tank fashion.
But what of groups from different cultures and backgrounds?
Subcultures can be different. Same words can have different meanings. Data will be seen differently. The perspectives might even be incompatible.
That’s when things get really interesting.
How do you overcome a situation with ontological plurism?
It’s those encounters that test one’s communication limits and extended brain because they are not thinking like you think. The differences can be deep. But they become a lens through which you can see yourself better because you find your own limits.
From that you can grow as you incorporate alien ways of thought into the mental tapestry.