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Self-Models, Paradigms and Extension System

...embodying concepts and mental models, challenging the mind’s eye
- sharing concepts in a framework of being

Heiner Benking

Tenth Scientific and Medical Network Continental Members’ Meeting,
The Club of Budapest, 17.- 19. October 1997  Budapest


Besides the integration of views and models, and the generation and translation and transcending certain ‘boxes or images’ or the merging, accending and transcending of ‘eyes’ (see text) it is most critical to edit boundaries in a sharable framework of anticipatory schemata.
The phylogenetic - extensions frame has two sections:

            mobility real and mental                                                                   Extension 1 and 2
            communication – real and ideal – physical or imaginal/mental       Extension 3 to 5

P H Y L O G E N E T I C Extension Physical/Real Mental/Ideal Social  (shared) 
 W O R L D       FIRST  feeling  empathy  group empathy 
   SECOND  moving/mobility  mental
mobility/ locomotion 
transcending fixations 
E X P L O R -      THIRD  'art of the arts’, 
conversation & translation
fantasy – imagination 
intuition & imagination 
shared story telling 
fantasy travels 
     FOURTH design – building  ideas –
cognition creativity 
       FIFTH    consciousness   group-consciousness 
A T I O N        

  The eye - extensions frame has two sections:
         the real world optical extensions                                                          Extension 1 to 4
         the inner - eye and composite and imaginary eyes                             Extension 5

E  Y  E -  Extension   Physical/Real         Mental/Ideal     Social  (shared) 
 W O R L D  FIRST  worm’s-eye     
SECOND  fish's eye    
E X P L O R- THIRD  (hu-/wo-)man’s eye    
A T I O N  FOURTH bird’s eye    
  FIFTH    mind’s eye   group/public eye
        generations's eye


Extensions and in particular the Eye seem to play a mayor role in the development of space exploration, awareness and consciousness. Space or geometric representations seem to be the fundament and basic ‘container of help us identify and position ourself, others and the context.   The eye in particular – seeing – is the easiest liberation from direct contact and form towards a relativity, analysis and synthesis. As the physical eye alone has various ranges or focal areas, for different aspects like, detail, overview, or change ! the combination of two eyes is the first step towards model-creation and world-view formation. As the focus of this paper is on the integration of eyes or views, how they can form new, synthetic images, and how we can share such pictures or models, we can show that model creation is very much supported by visualisation. How the blind generate, integrate and share models is a key area of interest for the author.

Another and maybe even more fundamental step is the reflection about self-models and extension systems. It is not only the ‘I’ or ‘not I’, or inside versus outside, but how to go beyond the ego and self-esteem plane by seeing as the basic and necessary fundament to reach other levels of sharing and co-creation.
please note: ‘mind extensions’ or ‘accelerators’, like computers, are not part and subject of this contribution.


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