We at WeTest believe we are living in the most dangerous but also the most interesting times humanity has ever had the chance to experience. We are writing this piece in a very lucid and awakened state of mind, because we believe that the only way to get out of a situation where we feel stuck is not though avoidance or criticism, but rather through
Following the colonialist expansion and the two world wars of the twentieth century which left virtually all of humanity uprooted from their traditional, equilibrium-state, more linear development phase, our planet’s metabolism took a sharp exponential turn as we entered the Anthropocene. We now, as the conscious part of the biosphere, find ourselves in a time of turmoil, with more powerful tools and relevant information in our hands than we could have imagined in our wildest dreams just 100 years ago, but also feeling powerless as we find our collective endeavor of modern civilization go headfirst into a rock-hard wall: By endangering our climate, our water sources and our ecological equilibrium, as well as interrupting our cultural and anthropological legacy, we find ourselves on the edge: Every single sphere of our existence is challenged at the same time and on the verge of collapse as a result of our current way of being. Yet we still live in fantastic amounts of comfort that were never enjoyed by humans before; we have fantastic communication tools to be able to spread messages across the world faster than it was possible ever before. Yet why don’t we react right now?
First of all, as we turn in circles on this rotating earth, we don’t know in which direction to go to heal the suffering that is eating our roots. It is of course easier to numb the pain than to observe it in the face and to take it on.
Secondly, our individual efforts against the dominating current right now have trouble gathering momentum because they are not just independent. Our way of behaving is not just a sum of individuals; it is the product of an architecture of social interactions that has evolved to keep us inside certain norms and maintain us obedient despite our individual values. The separate initiatives lack a common architecture, a medium that flows through all systems that would constitute a social reward for actions that preserve the commons.
Towards a holoptic earth : We believe that consciousness is a very peculiar thing. Its etymology (from latin conscio : con- “together”, scio- “seeing”) puts it as seeing together. Observing our togetherness is the base of a holoptic collective intelligence. Holoptics is the criteria that makes musical jams play as a collective creature rather than just a sum of musicians, and an old growth forest’s response to perturbations behave as a single whole rather than just a sum of trees and plants and animals. It is also the property, within a body, to make the tissues behave as a single being rather than just a sum of organs.
In the history of evolution, when multicellular organisms first appeared, they were, at first, homogeneous sludges or sponges. The appearance of differentiated cells forming specific organs was a complicated step to appear, because it required communication between individual cells across the body, and an understanding that the self interest of each is the collective interest. Finally, a nervous, sensory system appeared and made body-awareness possible, and the relevant consciousness level jumped from the level of individual cells to a macro-being state of differenciated multicellular organism.
We, currently on earth, are living at the time of such transition, and the WeTest collaborative sensor monitoring is proposing a scheme to develop a platform on which the collective environmental consciousness of creature-earth can take form in an organized manner.