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Sooner than we think, the day when machines can “comprehend” us humans faster and better than we can understand ourselves will be upon us. While AI is improving, our brains are becoming more simplistic.
If you were a frog, you could put this reaction down to your mini brain, which consists almost only of a small limbic system (aka ‘crocodile brain’) that produces “fright, fight or fight” reflexes. Courageous, constructive cognition or intuition is not the forte of this evolutionary oldest part of the brain. If the environment turns hostile too slowly, no alarm is triggered – the delta (Δ, or variation of variables) per time unit is too small.
Human brains are much better equipped. We possess a prefrontal cortex – or temporal lobe, the youngest cerebral evolution – which can regulate, thwart, risk, innovate and analyse intuitive processes. The prefrontal cortex has all the prerequisites for leadership, although the crocodile brain reacts much faster. Whereas the latter will warn the firefighter standing in front of the burning shack: “Don’t go in there, you’ll only get killed!”, the prefrontal cortex will confidently overrule with: “This is your job – who else is going do it? That's what you’ve been trained for. Get in there now and save that child!”
Delta per time unit
The prefrontal cortex tends to be cheerful, optimistic, hopeful. The limbic system only advises intervention in the event of hard, fast changes for the worse – i.e. with a large delta (Δ) per time unit. We must be able to react to insidious deteriorations without receiving alarm signals from the brain stem. All too often we’re in denial, though, and we hang on in there to the point of exhaustion, until we’re burned out or thrown out. What to do?
Writing things down, taking notes, keeping a diary is a good idea. If you notice that things are slowly getting worse, write down what you need and where you want to go. You will probably still tolerate the occasional pitfall, but when re-reading your diary after a while – maybe a few weeks or a few months – the alarm bells will ring loud and clear and you will wake up.
The more we maintain control of our individual needs, values and priorities, the more we muster the courage to express them, the more alert, mindful and flexible we become as regards change. People with an ingrained sense of discipline, who remain productive despite experiencing pain, have it easier. Cultivate a sense of your own needs –without slipping into selfishness. Start generating alternatives; avoid existential dependencies. Develop a second career idea. Be the creator of your own biography. Reflect cyclically. Reclaim your lost autonomy. Nothing saves as much time as the truth.
As always, this text has been inspired by a number of forwardthinkers and the world we live in – observed by Chema Madoz and Josef Beuys, and adopted and compiled by Hans-Joachim Spreng. Have we spiked your curiosity? Then call us to find out more.