Fuzziology in Search of Insights for
Dealing with Global Economy
Introduction: Establishment of Global Financial
Complex Nature of Global Economy
Use of Fuzziology
Logic Cannot Be Criterion of Reality
"The Cure lies in the Poison"
Global Consciousness Resonance in Post-Internet Era
Establishment of Global Financial Power
According to a publication in "Le Monde Diplomatique" ,
Marcos - the leader of the world-widely supported Zapatista movement in
Mexico - was the first to construct a theory linking economic
globalization to the marginalization of a great majority of the world
"After the fall of the Berlin wall a new superpower
appeared, stimulated by neoliberal policies. Although the big winner of
the could war - which we could call the third world war - was the US, a
new power began to emerge over and above it, a financial superpower
which began issuing global directives. This produced what we refer to
broadly as globalization. For globalization, the ideal would be a world
transformed into one big business, which an executive board made up of
the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB), the
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World
Trade Organization (WTO) and the president of the US. In that
situation, governments of other countries would function just as
representatives of the executive board, local managers, if you like...
At the world level, the big battle now taking place - which we call the
fourth world war - has its own line-up forces. On one side, the
supporters of the global economy and, on the other, everyone who, in
one way or another, is resisting it. Anything that obstructs the onward
march of globalization is now under threat of destruction."
"The financial market rules everywhere" - continues Marcos.
"It doesn't just govern the workings of governments, but also the
media, education, even the family. Individuals only have a place in
this society if they can produce and buy. So market criteria eliminate
a whole section of humanity that offers no prospect of profits." Such
is the situation of the indigenous and the poor people whose number
ever increase in to day's world; Marcos is convinced that the
globalization requires their elimination as they pose a serious problem
through their potential for social rebellion.
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Nature of Global Economy
The wider the process of economic globalization, the
narrower the circle of those who mostly benefit of it. The free global
market started to appear less and less free. Both the trade and the
investment seem to be governed by more and more complicated laws and
procedures in favor of monstrously rich economic and financial
corporations - the real beneficiaries of the free global market. With
every day, these unaccountable corporations with unlimited life, size
and power are taking ever-increasing control over the national
economies - largely to the detriment of the individual consumer, worker,
neighbor and citizen.
One can find many evidences that corporate-led globalization
negatively effects the environment, financial stability, equity,
security, food safety, health and cultural diversity of millions of
people; the number of the countries classified as the most poor
countries in the world has doubled in the last several years.
There is a tendency for the governments in the Western
'free' democracy to act as the armed militia for the large financial
corporations and banks, and majority of people live under constant
stress when watching the value of their money erode and their stock
markets go into a lunatic whirlwind of insane proportions. It looks
like a great, illegal and unlawful collusion is going at the core of
the economic globalization, and there are many people finally beginning
to understand that it is by virtue of this collusion that our
existential rights have become privileges and our money has become
worthless: the harder we work, the less we have.
As far as the economic globalization is a process that
involves complexly interwoven social, political, psychological,
anthropological, etc. dynamics, it is difficult to grasp it
holistically, let alone predict its unfolding. Only to protest, foresee
and preach catastrophes for the largest part of humanity does not help
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The present study explores the role of fuzziology  in
understanding economic globalization.
Fuzziology is a study of the fuzziness of human knowing -
its sources, dynamics and ways of transcending of its limitations.
Fuzziness is a constant companion of human knowledge; it reflects
complexity and unpredictability of the life dynamics considered in
their integrity and wholeness. The fuzziness of human knowing is not an
obstacle on the way to understand ourselves and the world in which we
live; just the opposite is true: every time when we replace the
fuzziness with 'precise' knowledge, we are certainly wrong. This
is because, the precise knowledge is possible only when involved in
partial studies, that is, when we study a phenomenon or process in
isolation. As far as there is no isolated phenomena and processes in
life and nature, our knowledge about them is always fuzzy -
always open for changes, evolution and growth.
Every act of holistic understanding (and there is no other
kind of understanding of life and nature!) is inevitably fuzzy. The
fuzziness and truth are not mutually exclusive; on the contrary: they
go hand by hand in the lifelong journey of every individual.
According to one of the main theorems of fuzziology, it is
possible to grasp as much of the external world in which we live as we
have developed and realized within ourselves. The inner world
is made of our senses, perceptions, feelings and thoughts shaped into
images, ideas, narratives, emotions, aspirations, expectations, hopes,
dreams, spiritual beliefs and attitudes. The power of our will is also
in the inner world, together with our infinite potential to create and
realize ourselves in innumerable activities. We never cease to modify
the external world through actions emerging from the inner world of
each of us. The more our consciousness expands and grows, the stronger
becomes the voice of our inner nature and the more clearly we are able
to sense the creative projections of this nature onto the world around
The fuzziness of our understanding and dealing with the
economic problems that emerge out of the process of globalization, as
it unfolds and strengthens, cannot be resolved at the same level of
consciousness that drove our action in the pre-Internet era -
consciousness that emanates a narrow-minded and ego-centred thinking
oriented primarily towards accumulation of power and fight for
realizing it. It is this kind of consciousness, which is responsible
for the most serious economical, social and ecological problems today.
One can see here a simple analogy with the Gödelian problems in
mathematics and other fields of the human inquiry - problems that
cannot be resolved using the same assumptions under which they have
The qualitative transition (either continual or punctuated)
to a higher level of human consciousness may result in emergence of a
simple and comprehensive picture of reality - a picture which appears
complicated, fuzzy and incomprehensible for any lower level of
development of our consciousness. As far as consciousness is a holistic
characteristic of human nature and not only a product of mind, its
growth and transformation are possible when the factors responsible for
the integrity of the three vital and inseparably connected constituents
of human individuality - body, mind and soul, become simultaneously
activated. We referred to this simultaneous activation ('firing') as a consciousness
resonance . The fuzziness in human understanding can be
transcended when the consciousness resonance occurs.
It is important to emphasize that he consciousness resonance
cannot occur when neglecting the soul factors of human
individuality. We can name some of them: sensitivity and
responsiveness, awareness and ability to stay awake, passionate desire
to get out of the 'attractor' of egocentric thoughts and desires,
empathy, sympathy and compassion to each other, willingness to explore
more subtle and spiritual dimensions of reality and mutually to share
skill, knowledge and wisdom.
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Cannot Be Criterion of Reality
Economic globalization follows an apparently simple logic:
what is good for the banking and the big business is good for the mere
mortals of the world. This 'simple' and yet perverted logic
deliberately hides the issue of power. The majority of "the mere
mortals of the world" continue to immerse in debts that are spiraling
out of control and their wealth continues to be sucked into the hands
of faceless corporate institutions whose greed is insatiable. While
pervading economic, political, social and cultural structures and
institutions, the corporate power and greed silently banish the
critical voices wherever they come from.
Being a product of mind, logic cannot be used as a holistic
criterion of reality; the more we rationalize about the character and
features of today's globalization, the more paradoxical and
incomprehensible it appears to our mind and the denser the fuzziness of
what we seem to know about it. Rational thinking is of very limited
help when trying to grasp the issue of economic globalization. Any
rigid (non fuzzy) reasoning in this case leads to what subcomandante
Marcus suggests: confrontation, rebellion, fight and war. At the
beginning of the third millennium, when the technology of killing and
destroying humans and nature is supper-developed, such a 'rational'
conclusion is suicidal.
As we pointed in other publications , fuzzy logic is also
a product of rational thinking and entirely subjected to its
ëIF...THENí rules of inference. Although this kind of logic
ësoftensí the problem of choice by replacing
ëeither...orí with ëas well así, it remains
rigidly attached to already pre-determined sets of alternatives
(inputs, outputs, goals, criteria) and rules describing their mutual
relations. With fuzzy logic we can never generate (discover, create) a
When applying fuzzy logic to globalization, the 'most
probable' result 'might be' to yield and confess that globalization is
'more or less' unavoidable and irreversible, so 'almost' nothing can be
done to stop its expansion. Such a soft conclusion is exactly what the
rigid corporate brain wants to hear; but for the greatest majority of
people and their natural environment, this conclusion is disastrous.
No one type of logic rooted in human reasoning can transcend
its own limits as a tool of inference (based on certain premises) and
thus, no one type of logic can serve as a leverage to a higher level of
consciousness. The mind knows how to generate confrontation and make
intellectual abysses; when the heart and soul join the mind, only then,
while acting at-one, they three are able to transcend the confrontation
and to bridge the abysses.
But how to unite the tree 'fractals' of the wholeness of
human complexity - the 'body fractal' expressed through technology- and
economy-based actions in the material world, the 'mind fractal'
expressed through all kinds of creative ideas in the world of science,
philosophy and arts, and the 'soul factor' revealed through human
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lies in the Poison"
The ancient wisdom offers an answer of this question: the
cure lies in the poison. The best cure for a deadly snakebite is a
serum made using the same snake venom. It is the toxic substance that
is used to give us immunity from its own effect. This is the way in
which today's medicine prevents us from quite severe diseases.
Globalization contains in itself a possibility for
transcending the fuzziness of our understanding and dealing with the
danger of its economic consequences. This possibility is the Internet
and the world-wide web. They are an incarnation of the process of
globalization; an all-embracing and ever-expanding electronic web
globally connects millions of institutions and individuals and make
them able to communicate instantly with each other. The world-wide web
and Internet provide us with the integrity of an infinite virtual space
able to absorb the expressions of our intellectual discoveries, our
feelings and spiritual endeavors and to map them into concrete material
forms - texts, pictures, voice and movie records instantly accessible
at the screens of the computers.
The world-wide web represents a kind of realization of the
prediction of the Russian ecologist Vladimir Vernadsky (1863-1945) and
the French paleontologist and philosopher-theologian Pierre Teilhard
(1881-1955) about the emergence of the noosphere. Vernadsky
imagined it as a "sphere of intelligence, wherein humanity could employ
its evolutionary gifts as a creative collaborative agent of evolution -
and where the widening conflict between technosphere and biosphere
could be transformed into synergy" . For Teilhard, the noosphere is
a "planetary thinking network - an interlinked system of consciousness
and information, a global net of self-awareness, instantaneous
feedback, and planetary communication" .
By uniting the creative capacity of each individual
consciousness into a virtual web with unlimited creative potential, the
Internet and the word-wide web provide excellent conditions for the
consciousness resonance to occur at the global scale of humanity.
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Consciousness Resonance in Post-Internet Era
The consciousness resonance is like a spontaneous coherence
occurring with a swarm of 'agents' (insects, birds, ants, neurones,
thoughts, feelings, and people acting under critical conditions) - all
the apparent fuzziness of the swarming behaviour suddenly disappears in
a magic way: the 'agents' become able to act in sync and harmony, as if
they are at-one - one multi-agent entity, one multi-facet unity,
one inseparable whole - a flash of understanding whose light is able to
penetrate through any layer of fuzziness.
"We say that we 'resonate' with an idea or another person
when we share an unusually rich set of perceptions that implies to us
that we are 'on the same wavelength' - another form of the metaphoric
link to physical models. It is a common experience that often is
striking in the strength and complexity of shared understanding, and it
is associated with successful interactions in pairs and groups of
people, and with universally recognized shared experiences.
Productivity and creativity are evidently enhanced, and cooperative
responses to emergencies and catastrophes seem to be facilitated" .
By making possible instantaneous sharing of the fuzzy
thoughts, feelings and actions of people, the Internet and the
word-wide web serve as a powerful catalyzer for the emergence of
conscious resonance resulting in powerful insights for understanding
and dealing with the global economy.
Besides providing insights in understanding, the global
consciousness resonance can instantly stimulate the emergence of
efficient actions of solidarity between people to stop the corporate
offensive. The classics of Marxism could only dream about such an
infinite potential for solidarity between those who are deprived of
economic power! It was the resonance achieved through Internet
communication that played an important role in the organization of the
massive demonstrations against FTAA in the City of Quebec, Canada, in
April 2001. It is the international resonance evoked through the
world-wide web, which is crucial for the significant practical
achievements of the Zapatistas movement in Mexico.
Another advantage of the phenomena of the Internet-based
global consciousness resonance is in stimulating people's creative
experience - an experience which helps us to transcend the rigid
limitations of logical thinking. The global post-Internet economy is
crucially dependent on the rigid logic of the computers; a tiny
perturbation in the complex logical mechanism of the 'intelligent'
computers serving 'devotionally' the big financial corporations can
make the profit of these corporations to goes to zero. So the world
bosses of the global economy are also vulnerable, and not only the
people whom they persistently try to brainwash in order to suppress and
exploit. This kind of vulnerability related to the ever-increasing
dependence of the global economy on the logic of computers and robots
is a factor which can facilitate resonant understanding of the agents
in today's global economy.
Global consciousness resonance has also a significant role
to play in changing the nature of the national governments in the era
of the global economy - from governments serving corporations to
governments serving people and communities, a process which is easier
at a local level but vital at all levels of government.
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