On Memex Revisited

1) Overarching reiteration

This part comprises a diagnosis on the cause of humans’ “ineptitude in getting at the record”. The diagnoiss will be rooted on my previous responses.

As Bush denotes, human mind intrinsically works by association. This corroborates the term I have defined as puerile cognizance*: associative processing of data that is the internal dynamics of learning. Therefore, puerile cognizance is handled as the only basis through which human mind interacts with external world.

Bush conclusively denotes that current means of ordering are constructed artificially and are not compatible with associative thinking (hence puerile cognizance). Though, it still was the human mind which devised such inefficient taxonomies, and -per definition- these taxonomies were outputs of data acquired by puerile cognizance. Thus, if puerile cognizance is the default basis of learning and inefficient taxonomies are default outcomes of this learning process, why is human mind internally working against itself?

I have provided a speculation to answer this in my second Foucault response, which did not delineate any practical utilities of the conjectured answer. To reiterate the answer, human mind seeks a static state of cerebral potency, and for this stasis, new information -captured by puerile cognizance- would be detrimental as it would debunk the presumed state of solipsism. (For more information on how this was deduced, the response can be read.) To achieve this state of solipsist cerebral potency, human mind seeks to formulate taxonomies which comprise possible form of data that may be gleaned in a further time. If the mind then abides by these taxonomies, it can assert itself to be in a state of (pseudo-)omniscience, by noting how the new data was already considered previous by its (the mind’s) taxonomy hence itself.

These taxonomies of pseudo-omniscience, then, as explained above, used to stifle and unconsidered association, or input, puerile cognizance would convey to the mind.

Therefore, the reason of what Bush calls as artificial taxonomies is this aim of cerebral potency. The inefficiency of most of human processing is this aim of power in mind which has the ultimate goal of reaching omniscience. Hence, the practical utility that I ascribe to this speculation of mine is that human must, collectively, seek to transcend this notion of power.

2) Memex to override omniscience

Among his utterly accurate prognoses, Bush denotes how human is not seeking to promote utilities for human mind, as memex, and is merely endeavoring for absolute explication of universe (given with the example of investigation on moon in text). I correlate this to the previously explained cause of seeking cerebral potency. Human, with the aim of absolute explication seeks, seeks omniscience, and such has been the proclivity of erudites in previous eras, as with the aim of becoming polymath that we discussed in first classes. I also posit that, in sharp contrast, this aim has been mitigated in our era, and the sole cause of this is introduction of memex (general term; computers for intellectual aid). Hence, memex overrides this aim of omniscience.

The means through which memex overrides (aim of) omniscience is that it promotes the pragmatic utility of even the most trifling information. In applicable ordering and associative access, known and disregarded information -as the traits of bows given in the text- can be compiled or induced into theories that conclusively can be immersed into daily discourses of analytic investigations. Then, for both of these aims, the absolute explication of universe becomes discarded by default as the larger community accedes with the reutilization of information in minute accessibility. Absolute explication, omniscience, hence, is reduced into triviality by memex.

Since this promotion of previously trivial information could have been adopted by community, why has the aim of omniscience, then, been permitted to overshadow reutilization of trivial information in the first place -to an extent which conclusively required the introduction of memex for amendment? The answer to this would be the lack of the applicable community to consolidate the pragmatic reutilizations. The ones who successfully progressed in satisfying cerebral potency, omniscience, had not met the opposition of the ones who failed to acquire this potency. Therefore, due to lack of hindrance, these artificial systems of indexing proliferated and immersed themselves into self-perpetuation.

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