I watched the very interesting Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview last night (iTunes link below). Steve has been a personal hero of mine and so I tend to compare a lot of things he’s said or done to what I’m doing or aim to do. One of the things he mentioned during this interview is that when he was about 12 years old he read an article measuring the energy efficiency of animals and humans. The condor came out ahead of everyone with human’s a third down the list. Not an impressive placement for us. However they also had the idea to compare a human on a bicycle to the rest of the chart, which resulted in the human blowing away all the competition.
Jobs’ realization was that the human ability to excel lies in tool making, and he believed that computers were a bicycle of the mind. This got me thinking. My initial question to myself was “Is Open Source Religion a bicycle of the mind…or perhaps spirit?”, but what I believe makes much more sense, is that Open Source Religion is a new operating system of the mind.
A computer is a physical tool (like a bicycle) that can greatly increase efficiency in the physical world by acting as sort of an external brain, capable of many feats of calculation that we are not. But Open Source Religion exists as a mental tool, giving an updated, new framework with which to organize your thoughts and beliefs. Legs make use of the bicycle as the brain makes use of it’s own internal framework of thinking…its “operating system”.
Also take a look at different human cultures with paradigms as contrasting as Western civilization versus Amazonian tribes, or as domestic as Republicans versus Democrats. Each of these groups operate with a very different mental infrastructure than the other. Their sense of morals, government, marriage – all very different systems of operation.
Computers help us organize, understand, calculate, edit, and even play with information. Open Source Religion provides a platform for you to do the same, but with beliefs – especially with the upcoming Belief Genome. Within OSR, your beliefs stop being something amorphous, intangible, and difficult to see or edit. Instead your beliefs become modular, quantified units with an entirely new set of options at your disposal.
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