Our senses are our biological evidence gathering mechanisms. They gather the data that stimulate both automatic behavior (like eye blinking, flinching, sneezing, gagging) and intentional behavior. Intentional behavior involves choice and therefore consciousness. A city without intelligence sufficient to its complexity is a city that has lost touch with its senses. A senseless or sense deprived city does not make sense and is ultimately not sustainable.
The sense-based indicators of wellness in biological life, are related to the dynamic balance of all the systems and sub-systems in our dissipative structures. Because, biology co-creates its environment, wellness is a process always in flux. Individual organisms at all levels keep adjusting their relationships to find what works. Symbiosis is a characteristic of living systems and is fundamental to community and city wellbeing. It is foundational to the sustainability of the human hive.
This blog is a prologue to the Integral City webinar conference City 2.0 Co-Creating the Future of the Human Hive . We are inventing a new operating system for the city. Click to get more details re the Free Expo and eLaboratory membership scheduled September 4-27 2012. You are invited to attend and participate.