2015 January

Exploring the Clash Within Civilizations



This article is worth reading several times! There were many pieces that I would call my favorite…

This is really the first article that I have seen @F-L-O-W, where the biological evolution and the cultural evolution are both contextualized–not in the sense of right and wrong but in time, speed of change…

I have often shared what I believe are the linchpins to understanding differences in the e5…as this epigenetic 5 emerged out of the rate at which each is complexifying….

Content is growing exponentially…and Context is turning the corner, with Conditions evolving so rapidly, they have become VUCA…

Code is forming everywhere as an attempt to make sense of the content, context and conditions and has bifurcated along with civilization and it’s great “code” books…

Culture emerges! And matters! And the core plods along mercilessly leaving behind it’s wake of those unable to find a foothold…

The deeper questions continually posed for me have to do with not just whether one civilization or societal design is more economically efficient or not but why each may pose a differentiated set of integral issues.

“And because the fundamental dynamics of this divide are rooted in the mismatch between the pace of change of biological evolution on the one hand (very slow) and historical or technological change on the other (ever faster), it is hard to see how this gap can be closed. We don’t want to stop progress, and yet the more progress we make, the further out the goal posts of modern maturity recede and the more significant culture becomes.

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3 replies on “Exploring the Clash Within Civilizations”

This article is full of good transitional examples:

“Postmodern thinkers have critiqued the idea of progress and perhaps we do need a concept that is forgivingly pluralistic.”

The author makes this quote (at a level more complex- a jaquesian spicule)…then returns quickly to a level more familiar which continues his argument.


Ok, check this one out;

“The picture gets complicated, though, because the vexed history of the relationships among the world’s great civilizations leaves little doubt about different levels of development along any number of different scales of achievement.”

This is a postmodern level again peaking out in the author’s prose @F-L-O-W.



Here is another:

“This growing divide between those who have made it and those who are being left behind is happening globally, in each of the great civilizations, not just Islam.”

Assimilate and move pattern: Mobility

Most, if not all People assimilate what they can and become mobile–if they can, no one remains behind…they are “left behind.”

Most People have “no memory” that holds them back or causes them to consider where they were…only where they are…and that is in relationship NOT to where they were, but in relationship to those in the new level and the next possible level.

Here is the deal breaker:
“Those Left Behind
Clearly there is a feeling among many in the Islamic world that they, as a civilization, have been “left behind” by history. Consider this passage from Snow, the novel by Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk:

“We’re poor and insignificant,” said Fazul, with a strange fury in his voice. “Our wretched lives have no place in human history. One day all of us living now in Kars will be dead and gone. No one will remember us; no one will care what happened to us. We’ll spend the rest of our days arguing about what sort of scarf women should wrap around their heads, and no one will care in the slightest because we’re eaten up by our own petty, idiotic quarrels. When I see so many people around me leading such stupid lives and then vanishing without a trace, an anger runs through me.”

…and anger runs through me.

This doesn’t apply to Islam only!

This applies everywhere and in any civilization that is hybridized by outside influences…which is why you have the Amish trying to remain detached for moderns.

There is something (later) to be said about the meaning of “fractionalization” and why it matters for society and societal pluralism.

I do believe that governance has NO choice but to be as complex as the problem, therefore you’re always going to be out of control and always behind the developing edge, this power and politics unites, differentiates, fractionalizes and disintegrates with complex development.

What our Polish scholar may not have been able to argue…is paradox.

Welcome to paradox.


FEW people and especially civilization do not do well in paradox…and while “culture is key”…there are biological constraints at some level–as I’ve stated and paradox indicates both/and scenarios of scaffolding both the augmentation and evolution of individual and society.

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