It should be obvious that we have a systemic problem. Questions proliferate faster than solutions and answers. This may good for the research industry but it will be bad for our spiritual calm unless we find a better way. Man was warned not to eat of the apple of knowledge but heeded not the warning of god. Now we are faced with the realization that we are inundated and lost, and cannot find our way out of the bewildering maze of facts and fallacies. Going back to the Garden of Eden is not an option.

The universe now appears to be infinitely complex. A living person could probably never make it to the next solar system, but if you could travel from here to the end of the cosmos you could only observe or measure about 5% of it. The rest is dark, either dark energy or dark matter. That, at least, is what I have heard through the grapevine.

Life on earth, by comparison, should seem relatively simple but it also appears extremely complex the more we learn. The evolving and complex interactions of sun, earth, ecosphere and biosphere are daunting. Add in the almost infinite complexity of human culture and one must conclude that all-encompassing answers are beyond the grasp of any one person.

At the center of this monstrous pile of information and disinformation is tiny you and your brain of about 3 lb., trying to sort through all of it – assuming that you are brave enough to try. Nevertheless, that 3 lb. intracranial blob is, apparently, by far the most complex structure in the universe. Congratulations! You carry in your head about 100 billion neurons with unknown trillions of connections between them. Remember that neurotransmitters are discharging into these synapses all day, everyday, amounting to a stream of gazillions of molecular and electrical events continuing until the end.

Our little brains therefore also appear to be extremely complex but unaided they clearly are not equipped to deal with all available information, far from it. The solution to the problem has been to build intelligent networks and communities, aka cultures. The interaction of individuals and culture is the basis of society and has been the means by which social problems have been addressed. Understanding this better would certainly help our ability to solve problems. Building a smarter culture would seem to be the obvious key to solving our toughest problems.

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