Pathology of Information Explosion LO30236

From: AM de Lange (
Date: 06/05/03

Replying to LO30228 --

Dear Organlearners,

Terje Tonsberg <> wrote in reply to:

>>...Information Fatigue Syndrome. People become mentally
>> tired, staring at something for many minutes without doing
>> anything and not aware of it.

>At, could we say that there is too high a supply of otherness,
>without enough sureness? That is, the diversity of sensory input
>is very high, while the ability to identify, categorize and thus
>digest it is not fast enough?

Greetings dear Terje,

I had to look again and again trying to understand exactly what you mean.
Because of being in a hurry the first time, i did not recgnise the
follwing sentence for what it is doing!

>If it is a lack of sureness and an oversupply of otherness, then
>we need to use the other 5Es to compensate.

Yes, you have answered your questions above. The lack of sureness makes
the oversupply of otherness useless.

How do we compensate with the other five of the 7Es? Take wholeness as an
example. The striking difference between all information and knowledge is
that knowledge has much, much more wholeness. Thus, begin to digest that
information for which the knowledge kernels to do so, exist. Furthermore,
aquire new knowledge kernels by way of direct experiences rather than
exposure to information. Obviously, this now points to liveness. I can the
add to it what you wrote:

>A good alternative strategy is to increase liveness by
>asking where am I going with this? What is important?
>How do I know it is important? What are the cues to
>look for? etc. From this increased liveness one can form
>openness criteria (information filter) that, while restricting
>otherness (through rejection criteria), does not severly
>restrict the possibility for emergences.
>What we have here is an example of liveness with openness
>complementing or increasing sureness (don't we At?)

Yes but the "or" confuses me slightly. It boils down to the "stronger" of
the 7Es pulling up the "weaker" of the 7Es. The "weakest" of the 7Es
cannot pull itself up by its own "shoestrings".

>Another strategy is to simply restrict the amount of
>sensory input from the environment. One makes a
>conscious choice to restrict exposure to information
>in terms of sources and time.

I agree, but one should follow the definite strategy to let one's
experiences increase in terms of otherness. Every new set of experiences
leads to one of more new know kernels by which parcels of associated
information may be digested. In other words, one should not restrict one's
experiences in new directions indefinitely. I think this is what you meant

>Yet another strategy is to just keep learning in a variety of
>fields. This leads to a larger system of knowledge more
>capable of digestion. A raw increase in all 7 Es through

Is it not striking how increasing wholeness seems to conduct the
development of the other six 7Es. Perhaps this is the reason why first
Goethe and later Smuts saw wholeness as the key to evolution.

Thank you Terje for your fine thinking on the 7Es. Thinking with them in
terms of definite situations is rare on internet. But here in Pretoria a
couple of fellow learners use them often and share their thinking with me
in person. You should come and work here too ;-) But i think that your
work environment is providing you with unique experiences and somehow in
future they will become most important for many other people.

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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