The Technicity Thesis

Summary

 Human beings are the only species to develop technology.

 Language had evolved before the speciation of modern humans.

 In child development the capacity to draw develops after language has fully developed.

 Drawings are constructed from abstract geometrical forms and block-filled with colour.

 Human constructions are unnaturally simple in form.

 The identified source for information on abstract line, colour, etc. is phyletic  (elemental) information immanent (inherent) in primary visual cortex.

 Prefrontal cortex has the capacity to create new possibilities from memories.

 Hypothetically, the globularisation of the brain with the advent of anatomically modern humans brought about the accidental connection of prefrontal neurones to primary sensory cortex.

 This would have provided prefrontal cortex with memory information of a different quality from sensory input, thence the technicity adaptation.

 This adaptation is a major transition in life and separates modern humans from all precursor species.

 The unnatural constructions created from this elemental information can only be maintained by a system of education.

 A corollary of the later evolution of technicity relative to language is a disconnection between the two. Technicity and language meet up only in prefrontal cortex.

 Primary education, when prefrontal cortex is making its greatest connectional growth is the phase wherein technicity and language are brought into greater congruence.

 Three modes of learning are available to modern humans:

Mode 1: pre-modern verbal/demonstrative, which we share with Neanderthals;
Mode 2: lithic learning, “written on a slate animated in a mind”, uses meaningful marks as external memory, the “Stone Age” basis of schooling since before writing was developed;
Mode 3: Turing teaching, which uses the computer constructionally, and is new.

Each mode is a transition. Consequently the characteristics and benefits of a higher mode are not researchable from within a lower one.

 There is evidence to suggest that traditional teaching methods lack conceptual clarity. In literacy and numeracy they confuse children and are unfit for purpose.

 Transition to Turing teaching is the next leap in the development of education. Begun now, a minimum of a quarter century will be required for transition.

 

 

   To sum up in a short phrase:

 

Technicity enables the human to imagine the naturally impossible.

 

Last revision 23.02.2011

 

Booklet Second Draft

Look Inside!