SPHERES OF PERCEPTION
Spheres of Perception, social evolution ... Society as we know it is set to collapse, how to evolve a new one.
Publication Date: 26 June 2020
We are by our evolutionary design destined to evolve morally and perceptively in unison. However, as the prominent contemporary French philosopher, Stiegler (Neganthropocene fame) points out and most of us are able to witness today, such a gain will be hard-won. The inevitable secondary effects of new technologies may also gravely affect our minds. Just like the outer world is caught up in disruptive changes, our inner life is disrupted by the digital-media society and information technologies. Our attention is commodified and our sense of judgement and responsibility is deteriorating under the pressure of new technologies that change our lives and existing harsh interpretation of evolution. However, far from dismissing new technologies we embrace it. In fact, understanding is largely a technical matter. Therefore, through transvaluation, thinking care-fully becomes a form of caring, a tool for orientation and deliberation, an intelligent governance of the self and the world. We must keep abreast and even get ahead of technological developments to produce better techniques for living. The goal is to create a collective intelligence, what Marx calls a ‘general intellect’, which would be capable of reversing the self-destructive tendencies of our society.
We should resolutely refuse to reduce knowledge to the calculable information of algorithmic governmentality, transhumanist ideology and the data economy by design, exclusively serving capitalism.
"Author Theo Holtzhausen proposes in his new ‘Book Spheres of Perception’ that need to adopt new principles regulated primary by an understanding of Value and Care. This value and care differs from the acceptable values and (self)care adopted by cultural groups. It is the value and care that stems from scientific epistemic evidence. Dr Holtzhausen claims and offers proof in Spheres of Perception that we, as a species, are all the same, and that we are at the mercy of our DNA in its singular quest for multiplication and procreation. We are but a species. We also know that we live in an interconnected world. We have solutions on hand such as the novel approach proposed by Holtzhausen through the realisation that three spheres in life interact in unison: we have a Physical space (sphere) of reason (PSOR), a Logical space (sphere) of reason (LSOR) and the abstract, yet vital, metaphysical space (sphere) - all collectively vital to our existence and moral evolution."
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Vet, philosopher, globe trotter, father of four, lifestyle-farmer and now moral evolutionary activist.
Paperback | ISBN: 978-1-78535-795-4 |
e-book | ISBN: 978-1-78535-892-0 |
Dr Theodor Holtzhausen (DVM) BVSc PgDip IntnlHlth
Moving beyond and between disciplines and the effects of technology on our lives, Spheres of Perception provides a rich and sophisticated transdisciplinary exploration of humanity’s ‘being in this world’. The reflections on our logical, physical and metaphysical evolution challenge our illusions about humanity’s competence to overcome disparities between the way we live and the way we develop. This book must be read by everybody looking for a sensible and holistic evaluation of the drastic challenges we face and the transformations we require to adapt to the present.
Dr Hester du Plessis. (DLitt et Phil in Philosophy).
Chief Research Specialist. Science Communication.
Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).
Associate Editor: South African Journal of Science.
Research Fellow: Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA).
As Theo’s publisher, I find it an extraordinary work, and I feel privileged to be Theo’s publisher. As with most books about ideas, getting the word out is always challenging.
Tim Ward , Publisher