Today Jamie Wheal is joined by Daniel Schmachtenberger. Daniel is co-founder of Neurohacker Collective, and now his central interest is long term civilization design: developing better collective capacities for sense-making and meaning-making, to inform higher quality choice-making. In this episode they discuss human behavior and how to have good discernment in the current state of the world. They suggest strategies for sensemaking and also dive into:
- How to channel grief and rage in social protest
- What is wartime footing?
- Perspective seeking vs. passion
- How to do better sensemaking in narrative warfare
- Understanding human behavior
- The ego trap of wanting to be on the right side of history
- Why the solution rests on education
I see no solutions that don’t rest on the development of humans to have the cognitive, emotional, social, and volitional capacities to be able to be in service to that which they care most about and that which are most worthy of caring about. -Daniel Schmachtenberger
Tune in to hear the wisdom Daniel Schmachtenberger has to offer and learn how we can make better decisions and develop better sensemaking.
Daniel Schmachtenberger’s central interest is long term civilization design: developing better collective capacities for sense-making and meaning-making, to inform higher quality choice-making…towards a world commensurate with our higher values and potentials.
He has an eclectic educational background, mostly from outside of institutional settings, in the natural sciences, social sciences, and philosophy…with an emphasis in the epistemics needed to better approach ‘wicked’ problems, and the ethical considerations to inform the design criteria for adequate solutions.
Daniel has participated in projects to survey the landscape of existential and catastrophic risks, advance forecasting and mitigation strategies, and develop capacities for the kinds of multi-agent coordination needed to implement viable solutions. Associated work has been done to synthesize and advance civilizational collapse and institutional decay models, insofar as they are useful in both scenario modeling and designing more resilient systems.
That body of work also explored the social architectures that give rise to the coordination failures underneath and driving all catastrophic risk scenarios, and identified a finite set of generator functions. Categorical solutions to those generator functions would solve for the causes of collapse, obsoleting the need to focus on specific instances. Such solutions are believed to be achievable and would represent the kernel of a new and robust civilizational model…that has the capacity for enduring antifragility in the presence of the (destabilizing) power conferred by decentralized exponential technology.
Advancing those models for long term viability, along with advancing the capacities for sense-making, design, and coordination needed to support the necessary nearer-term transitional and protective work, is Daniel’s mission and focus.
He has also done work in functional medicine and biotech, education and human development, and advised private and public sector leaders on how to address complex scenarios across a number of sectors.