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 International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS2007)

Evolution of Consciousness and Cultures

LEONID PERLOVSKY
HARVARD and AFRL

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Abstract
Human higher cognitive abilities, including concepts, emotions, instincts, consciousness, unconscious, abilities for beautiful (art) and for spiritually sublime (religion) are driven by the knowledge instinct. It determines evolution of consciousness and cultures. The talk describes dynamic logic, a mathematical mechanism of the knowledge instinct. The two main aspects of the knowledge instinct are differentiation and synthesis. They are in complex relationship of symbiosis and opposition, leading to complex non-linear evolution. Mathematical modeling of cultural dynamics in a population leads to prediction for the evolution of languages, consciousness, and cultures. Connection between conceptual and instinctive-emotional contents of languages and cultures is affected by language sound and is controlled by grammar. Significant differences in grammar exist within Indo-European languages and are closely related to cultural differences such as between English, German, and Russian. Even more striking are differences between Indo-European and Semitic languages. The talk presents arguments, that the current conflict in Iraq is in significant part related to these language differences. Results of mathematical simulations are presented illustrating different paths of cultural evolution.







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