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Can we keep up with the existing trends of knowledge accumulation?


“I think, therefore I am” is a well known statement of Rene Descartes,  famous French philosopher and scientist from the 17th century. Our mental capabilities make us what we are, and according to Descartes thinking is the proof of our very existence.

Those who have knowledge have power

Since the 17th century, the mental reasoning capabilities and knowledge accumulation have become even more relevant, on both – individual and collective level. In the 20th century knowledge was recognised as the third factor in the production process (in addition to labour and capital). It was strongly believed that those who have knowledge hold power. Even though this belief still dominates the mainstream thinking, today, at the beginning of the 21st century, it is worth considering.

According to the research from the Stanford University the overall knowledge accumulated by the human kind, by the beginning of the 20th century doubled by mid 20th century. It quadrupled by 1960s, and since then the trend of the knowledge accumulation is increasing constantly and exponentially.Whatever we know today might become useless tomorrow, and skills that we have now might be totally outdated tomorrow.

Look at some facts:

– none of the ten most popular jobs in 2010 existed in 2004,

– by the time the students of technical science reach the third year of their studies, half of the material thought during their first year will already be outdated,

– today, children are able to differentiate letters on gadgets’ touch screens much before they even master the handwriting.

The speed at which knowledge has been multiplying during the last few centuries not only contributed to the accelerated economic growth -it also dramatically changed the way we live.

Basic questions we have to ask ourselves are the following: 

– do we live better today than we did 10 or 15 years ago?

– Is this trend of knowledge accumulation sustainable, and is it really serving the economy?!

The human brain is not capable of processing that amount of information, and we can no longer follow the speed at which things are happening and changing around us. This has created significant distress and fear among people: we can no longer plan, not even on the short term basis. There is absolutely no security – neither for the economy, nor for the individuals. Breaking our necks in the attempt to keep up with changes doesn’t seem to be possible, practical or even sustainable any longer.

Developing intuition and spiritual intelligence 

For that reason we must all reach beyond what we can perceive with our mental – reasoning capabilities. Connecting to our spiritual intelligence, and “downloading” only the information that we really need, using the intuition as our basic compass in decision making and navigating through life seems to be the only way we can survive in such turbulent times of exponential changes.

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