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algorithm of lifeThe other day I came across the Wikipedia page on algorithms while I was doing some research for another blog. As I read through the page I found something quite interesting in relation to the concepts of algorithms and how it can be used as a metaphor for the process we are walking currently on this earth.

Now – I don’t have any professional or otherwise academic insight into the concept of algorithms so my perspective is primarily based on recognizing the words used to describe an algorithm from a personal perspective in the context of it being an all-go-rythem. On the Wikipedia page it states that algorithms are informally defined as: “a set of rules that precisely defines a sequence of operations.“[11] I found this interesting because that is exactly the structure that we are working with in the Desteni I Process and in process in general in terms of how we use specific tools to deprogram our preprogrammed mind designs.

Let’s have a closer look at how an algorithm is defined:

In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm ( i/ˈælɡərɪðəm/ AL-gə-ri-dhəm) is a step-by-step procedure for calculations. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning. An algorithm is an effective method expressed as a finite list[1] of well-defined instructions[2] for calculating a function.[3] Starting from an initial state and initial input (perhaps empty),[4] the instructions describe a computation that, when executed, proceeds through a finite[5] number of well-defined successive states, eventually producing “output”[6] and terminating at a final ending state.

The concept of algorithm is also used to define the notion of decidability. That notion is central for explaining how formal systems come into being starting from a small set of axioms and rules. In logic, the time that an algorithm requires to complete cannot be measured, as it is not apparently related with our customary physical dimension. Because an algorithm is a precise list of precise steps, the order of computation is always critical to the functioning of the algorithm. Instructions are usually assumed to be listed explicitly, and are described as starting “from the top” and going “down to the bottom”, an idea that is described more formally by flow of control.

Our minds are like algorithms in how we are programmed to respond in certain ways based on memories. An input is created when we react emotionally to something as children for example and through the capturing via memories this becomes a program that runs within our minds that dictates the output of how we will react or respond in the future. So in essence we live in the past.

An example could be that we as a child were told or overheard adults speaking about something within judgment. Lets say that they were judging people with a particular skin color as being ‘untrustworthy’. We then internalized this judgment and continued to develop it in a personalized way throughout our lives by continuing to confirm it as real and valid within ourselves. As adults we then carry this judgment with us, as a ‘truth’ that we may or may not even be consciously aware of. Perhaps we simply experience a slight fear or maybe we experience an outright disdain when we see people of this particular skin color. What this means is that every time we see a person with this skin color, what activates within us is a judgment based on memories from our childhood and while we think and believe that what we’re seeing is real, we’re actually only looking through the past. Based on this judgment we now approach people with this skin color in a certain way and perhaps exclude them from our network or refuse to talk to them. What this means is that we aren’t actually here in the real time moment of what is happening because everything we see, we see through a filter based on this memory. We thus miss opportunities to get to know other people because all we see them, as is this judgment.

This is an example of how the mind operates through an algorithmic process of inputs and outputs.

However – we can also utilize the principle of algorithms to release and free ourselves from such preprogrammed patterns of reactions and behavior. To do that we have to write a new program, a new sequence of information with a different input, thus creating a different output. What is interesting about algorithms in this context is that they require a specific set of instructions and rules to calculate the finite result accurately. We must therefore must understand the detail and specificity of how our mind operates to effectively rewrite the algorithms that runs it. The mind is made up of information that is then ‘energized’ and ‘given life’ through our active participation and endorsement in it as real. For the mind to take us on a ‘joyride’ of for example judge people of a certain skin-color, we have to believe that what we are seeing is real. That happens for example through identifying ourselves with the people that initially judge people with another skin-color as being ‘untrustworthy’. If we have created a belief that these people (like our parents) are inherently right or have the authority to define what is real and what is not or simply because we identify with them, we are more likely to integrate the information into ourselves and accept it as real. Thereby an automatic algorithm is created where in a way the input turns into a finite output that basically means that we are going to be looking through a filter of the past for the rest of our life. The thing is though that we do not only do this with one belief or one set of judgments. We actually walk through life with such filters constantly and continuously obscuring what we see and how we approach our world, our relationships with others and ourselves within it.

So through utilizing the principle of algorithms directively and specifically we can deconstruct the blinders with which we walk through life and actually start seeing what is here for real for the first time. As such, an algorithm is a step-by-step procedure for calculations, data processing and automated reasoning.

Through writing we can investigate our belief systems, our judgments and the automated reactions we have created towards the world, ourselves, other people and life in general and within that walk back through the algorithm of preprogrammed patterns to clearly outline (calculate) them for ourselves. Within processing the data that is our memories and the emotions and feelings we have attached to them, we can then begin changing the process of automated reasoning, such as in the instance where we’ve come to take a judgment for granted as real. Based on this, we can then rewrite the input and change how we reason within ourselves through changing the principles within which we live. Through writing we can also come to understand the details of the automated patterns, for example as in the instance with judgment where we might realize that we internalized and accepted the judgment as real because it was shared with us by someone we saw as an authority. Through this understanding we can then work towards changing and correcting ourselves using the algorithm practically to ensure that we for example change how we relate to authorities.

We can see the principles of algorithms everywhere in our reality. It is basically the principle of directing the ‘if this, then that’ or the ‘input output’ processes in which our lives are structured. Obviously in many instances these won’t be finite or they will be variables that cannot be accounted for, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot take this principle and apply it to perfect our world and ourselves.

An example could be the disaster that hit the Island Haiti a few years back where an earth quake destroyed the entire infrastructure leaving people homeless and contracting various diseases from problems with sewer systems and access to clean water. Global aid organizations gathered tons of money, food and blankets, but when it was time to distribute this among the people of Haiti no one stood in place to effectively coordinate the effort. The result was for that food laid rotting for years in makeshift camps while people were starving and the organization Doctors without borders went out to say that a very simple (and relatively cheap) implementation of sanitation and clean water could prevent diseases such as cholera from spreading, but no money was directed towards such efforts and many people died from diseases that could have been prevented. In such a situation the algorithm principle could have been used effectively in measuring and processing the data of input and output and through directive instructions the infrastructure of the country could have been restored. Instead the algorithms that were directing the situation were random at best and at worst they were based on people having an entirely different starting-point than helping those in need.

What is interesting about algorithms is that in this world, there are always ‘input-output’ relationships taking place between people, systems and within nature itself. But what the algorithm does is to organize and structure that process, where we as programmers of our societies start directing these processes based on specific goals and principles. So you could say that the algorithm is an all-go-rhythm, the rhythm that directs reality, either randomly, through preprogrammed patterns or through a deliberate and directive process of data processing, programming and rewriting to optimize the systems within which we live.

At Desteni and within the Desteni I Process, this is exactly what we are doing, through our writings, through self-forgiveness as the process of ‘emptying’ the dysfunctional algorithms that runs us to leave room for a new directive instruction. We do it through specific self-corrective applications where we do not only write a new way of living, but also take this into a real time application of change. I leave you here with a hangout we did about Desteni and the I Process where we go deeper into these points.

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