As the honeybee swarming season is ending, I have been reflecting on the four swarms we have caught this season and the phenomenon that some call “swarm consciousness”. In researching more about the subject, I came across this short set of PBS videos describing a new way of thinking described as “emergence”. It not only describes the magic forces of nature that science somehow struggles with, it also gives a great explanation on how we learn. It is encouraging to hear that current computer design has a long way to go – and that the human brain still wins on its “connectedness”. Encouraging to think that swarm intelligence in humans is FAR greater than any political leader or dictator. Worth watching both clips and reflecting on them:
Whilst researching the great Buckminster Fuller, I came across a different way of looking at the world – which is called the Fuller (or Dymaxion) Map.
For all of the separation and differences we tend to create in our world, it is sometimes encouraging for us to look at the world through a unifying lens to realise that not only do we live on one planet – but that also we all live on (almost) one island! Makes you think….
This morning at 11.00 many people stopped what they were doing, stood still and were silent for two minutes. I was one of them.
The first minute I thought of those I had known who were no longer here. Anthony Daly, a friend blown up by the IRA whilst on his horse in Hyde Park….and several others I will not name.
For the second minute I cleared my mind to have no thoughts – as if in a trance or meditative state of nothingness. I thought how interesting it is to find a place where the Thought is “No Thought”. How very Zen!
And how healing it was to take a break from the visions I had of the horrors and casualties of War.
In the two minutes silence we are not told what to think – but thinking no thoughts can be very healing.