This article is based on the chapter “ A Culture of Mind”  in  Shadow Tech   One fundamental concept that underpins the Shadow Tech model is the relationship between culture and mind.  This understanding is rooted in Holarchy and self-similarity, but was also influenced by John C. Lilly’s  “human biocomputer” analogy .   There is no widely accepted definition for the mind, also called the psyche in psychology, but Dr. Daniel Siegel may have one of the most up to date definitions and it also serves to uphold our model.  He says that   the mind is “an e  mbodied and relational, emergent self-organizing process that regulates the flow of energy and information both within us - and between and among us .”   Lets break this down.  The mind is embodied, therefore rooted in the human body.  The mind is relational, meaning it also outstretches to others.  The mind is energetic, which we understand as electro-magnetism.  The mind is informational, meaning it’s code, script, data.   The mind therefore, can be seen as John Lilly saw it, as a human  operating system (OS)  which extends out beyond the body connecting with the minds of others.   Like our computers, our mental operating systems engage in a greater “Internet” of community. We call this  culture .   Mind and culture are microcosmic-macrocosmic.  They are one in the same .   Society  is a physical community of human bodies.  Culture  is the informational script of societies, the societal OS.   There is another definition for culture.  In biology it is the product of cultivating microorganisms like bacteria in a Petri dish.  Culture in this definition is an organic living outgrowth, and we would propose that the informational culture of mind is the same.  The science of  memetics  is a move in this direction.  Another bourgeoning science called biosemiotics looks to establish the way information and meaning(mind) is created even more deeply, down to the most primitive living structures.  See  this video presentation  by Deana Nebauer.    Culture is the greater ”Internet” of human minds. It is an organic, energetic, informational operating system for human societies.      When we define culture and mind in these ways, and when we apply what we know about the Holarchic and self-similar way in which systems emerge in nature, we now have a firm basis for establishing the existence of parasitism in the mind and how shadow complexes in the individual are transmitted throughout a society – through the informational medium of culture”.    We also come to see how working on one’s own mind has a direct result on the culture.  When we heal the mind, we heal the culture by default.  It’s the natural, instantaneous effect of doing self-work.  The primary laboratory for cultural change is the individual mind. 
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