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The power of space-binding is mobility—the ability tomove about in space. This is
not the simple motion of plants. This is
mobility—running, jumping, leaping,
swinging, swimming, creeping, stalking, crawling, diving, and flying.

The space-binder moves towards a specific and attainable goal—water, food, a mate,
shelter—and in any direction. The mobility of the space-binder is not just motion, it is
controlled motion. The space-binder moves in search of food. For grazing animals the
quest is continuous; for predators, occasional but more strenuous. And all animals are
under constant threat from natural enemies. The animal, therefore, requires sense
awareness – awareness of the space in which he lives. The space-binder uses his
awareness to find food and to warn him of the approach of enemies. A deer may be
motivated by thirst to go to a waterhole, but if it senses a lion, it will refrain. It must
continuously evaluate conflicting stimuli and choose between alternatives,
alternatives of pleasure or pain, alternatives of good space or bad space. Space-binders
are aware of space, they are aware and they think, they think and they decide –
constantly making controlled choices as to where and when to move.

Thinking for the space-binder is wholistic. The animals base their decisions on the
whole situation. When the rabbit hears a sound in the thicket, he must react
instantly, "fight or flight" and the decision must be made
now, based on the whole
situation. There is no time for analysis. Only wholistic thinking has the rapidity and
flexibility to allow survival in the adversary world of space-binders. The power to
allow animals move instantly towards
good space—space that enables one to
survive, and away from
bad space—space that produces injury or death.


Human intelligence is greater than animal intelligence, but it includes animal
intelligence. It includes the
space-mind. The space-mindis responsible forsurvival
in space. The space-mind also controls your body in space. The space-mind dances.
The space-mind walks. The space-mind jumps. If you are an bird the space-mind flies.
The space-mind crawls. The space-mind leaps through the trees. The space-mind
controls motion and behavior in space.

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26Author’s Note: Space-Mindis excerpted from The Synergetic Theory of Space-Time Intelligence,
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The space-mindis in charge of survivaland focused on ‘being’—“To beor not to be”
is a question of survival.

‘Being’ — How do I feel?

‘Being’ — Am I surviving well? The space-mindfocuses on the processof life. How am
beingtreated? How does realityfeel?

In humans, the space-mindprocesses the multi-dimensional sense data that makes
up its pictures of reality. These include the ten dimensions of of our external senses—
visionin stereoand color, hearingin stereo, plus smell, taste, touch,
temperature, and vibratory sense. Space-mind makes a multi-dimensional sense
pictureof the here and now. It also includes all the internalsense data, I am
experiencing at the moment of perception.

“In addition to the 10 dimensional external sense image, there are very
important internal senses as example those produced by the vestibular
organs—semi-circular canals and otolith organs. The semi-circular canals
sense rotation and angular acceleration in three orthogonal planes. The
otolith senses linear motion, linear acceleration, and perhaps gravity.“

Other internal sense data includes—kenesthetics—muscular tension in all muscle
groups, position of all limbs, state of fatigue, etc., as well as feelings of hunger, thirst,
and also the emotional tone—feelings of anger or fear, etc., etc., etc..

All this multi-dimensional data—external and internal—are associatesof the present
now moment that is being perceivedby the space-mind.

In the animal world there is no past->present->future. Reality is experienced as one
nowmoment. All sensory components of the —now—moment are equal.
The perception has length, width, depth, color, directional sound, smell, taste, touch,
temperature, and vibration, and tightly bound to this same
perceptare all internal
sensations of complex motion, state of the organism, and emotional tone.

I sense the odor of Lion. I instantly search my memory for that smell and its associates
all comes back in a flash.

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My memory returns with the wholepicture.


Spacial intelligence is associative. Space-mindperceives reality by looking for
sameness. It creates its multi-dimensional picture of reality. All components of the
percept“ are equal to all other components. It searchs its memory for sameness, what
memories are the same as the —now— moment.

Imagine you are driving your automobile, ahead is a traffic signal. The traffic light
turns red. To the associative
space-mind"Red ISstop". The red light equalsSTOP.
Red is
identicalwith stop.

A=B=C=E=R=T=Y=F=H=D=G, and just as well G=D=H=F=Y=T=R=E=C=B=A

Space-mindassociates. It does this by searching its memory banks of all past Percepts
sameness. If it finds any sameness, it recalls that memory as a whole.

The space-mindgenerates a Perceptof the NOW moment. It orders its multi-
dimensional sense data into a WHOLE and calls every part of that Percept equal to
every other part of the Percept. Functionally, the
space-mindis a Space-Associative
synthesizing sense data into wholes, synthesizing: SAMENESS INTO

Part 1 = Part 2 = Part 3 = Part 4, and just as well Part 4 = Part 3 = Part 2 = Part 1.

All is symmetrical. All is equal in that moment in time called NOW. The Space-
Associative Perceiver
places an equal sign (=) between each part of the Percept. The
Percept is the multi-dimensional
sense-imageof the moment called NOW. The space-
of animals and humans perceive this moment as simultaneousand local.

What is localandsimultaneousis hereand now. ‘Percept’ is a multi-dimensional
snapshot of the here and now.

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Summing up, we see:

Synthesizing wholes in order to survive.
BEING—To be or not to be is a question of survival.
A = B, and B = A

Comparing station for SAMENESS.

A = B, and equally valid B = A


In the world of space-binding causeand effectcan not be distinguished from each
other. They are the
same—they equaleach other—they are identical. If the effectof
a mistake is
bad, then the causeof a mistake is also bad. All humans have a space-
. It is a powerful and often dominant part of our human intelligence. As children
the space-mind is primary. The
time-minddoesn’t even begin to become operational
in children until they reach the age of four.

So our human belief that mistakes are ‘bad’ is legitimate. Most of us learn about
mistakes as small children. If I stumble while running, I get hurt and that
isbad. If
an animal is running for its life and stumbles, it dies and that
isbad. For space-
binders, mistakes are a part of
bad space.

In the world of space-binding, a mistake can cost not only the life of the individual
space-binder, but also the lives of others in the group—pack, pride, herd, or troop.
Therefore the result of a mistake was often
bad, and not just for the individual, but for
others in the group as well. Since 99.9% of all human history has been
99.9% of our history dominated by space-binding, it is no wonder that we humans have
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The belief in the badness of mistakes was further reenforced and given devine sanction
by our human religions. God is
good. God is omniscienceALL knowing. God
makes no mistakes. He is perfect. We humans are admonished to be as God-like as
possible. If making no mistakes is ‘
good’, then obviously making mistakes is ‘bad’.
Our religions institutionalized the adversary processing of mistakes—Sin, Hellfire,
and Damnation.

Science has also added credence to the ‘badness’ of mistakes. The world view created by
the ‘objective science’ of Galileo, Kepler, Hooke, and Newton was a ‘perfect’ Universe.
Newton’s System of the Worlds described a precision clockwork perfection that
controlled all in Universe. If the Universe is perfect, then humans too must evolve
towards perfection.

Dealing with badness

Since mistakes are bad, when one occurs, we investigateto determine who is at fault.
Who made the mistake? Once that is determined, we
blamethose responsible.
Following blame, we are ready to
punish. More pain and suffering has been inflicted
on humankind for making mistakes than for any other cause. This should not surprise

Punishment is the proper way to deal with ‘badness’. And,if we are anything, we are
fair. So when we are the one who made the mistake, we
self-punish. Self-punishment
is called “
guilt”. Humans are the only class of living systems that feels guilty. The
only class of living systems that teaches their pets to feel guilty.

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MISTAKES = Badness



PUNISH —> self punish


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Now let us recall my discussion of time-binding from We Can All Win!:


We humans are Time-binders. We possess the power to understand and through that
understanding to
controland dominate planet Earth.

The power of Time-binding is to understand—to observe and remember change
over time
. Understanding comes from the awareness of time—an awareness that
humans to experience time as sequential or linear.

Tomorrow follows today as today followed yesterday. Time always moves from the past
to the present, from the present to the future. Change is bound in time. And time-
binders understand change in space because they are aware of time.

Time-binding is a new way of thinking—analytical thinking. The Time-binder
can make decisions based on understanding changes in his environment over time.
Time-binding analysis is
sequential analysis – linear analysis – focused on the
parts rather than thewhole.

Analytical thinking recognizes cause and effect. Time-binders are the masters of cause
and effect. When humans understand cause and effect, they make scientific discovery.
They make knowledge. When humans make choices based on knowledge, they make
inventions. They make technology. Time-binders are the creators of knowledge and
technology. When knowledge is incorporated into matter-energy, it becomes a tool.
Humans are above all else
toolmakers. Most of our knowledge is embedded in our
tools. Human knowledge grows continuously and without limit. As we incorporate our
evermore powerful knowledge into tools. We produce evermore powerful tools.

Time-binding is also that unique human ability to pass that 'knowing' from one
generation to the next generation. Both animal and human offspring begin their lives
in nearly total ignorance. The differences that exist between them are small, but what
advantage in knowing that does exist belongs clearly to the animal. While the animal
seems to begin life with a greater store of inherited knowing, it possesses little ability
to learn from its parents. The animal is condemned to rediscover over and over, every
generation must discover anew the knowings of its parents. The wise old owl may
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have no way to receive it. We humans are very different in that respect. We can and do
pass our knowing from one generation to the next. Alfred Korzybski explains:

“Human beings possess a most remarkable capacity which is entirely peculiar
to them – I mean the capacity to summarise, digest and appropriate the labors
and experiences of the past; I mean the capacity to use the fruits of past labors
and experiences as intellectual or spiritual capital for developments in the
present; I mean the capacity to employ as instruments of increasing power the
accumulated achievements of the all-previous lives of the past generations
spent in trial and error, trial and success; I mean the capacity of human
beings to conduct their lives in the ever increasing light of inherited wisdom; I
mean the capacity in virtue of which man is at once the inheritor of the by-
gone ages and the trustee of posterity. And because humanity is just this
magnificent natural agency by which the past lives in the present and the
present for the future, I define
humanity, in the universal tongue of
mathematics and mechanics, to be the
time-bindingclass of life.”28

We humans bind time and are bound together in time. The record of our time-binding is
everywhere. It is in all that activity that we so innocently call progress. It is the very
motor of obsolescence. It is imbedded in just about every thing associated with
humans and yet most humans are unaware of the very power that makes them
human. We humans catalogue and store our various knowings in libraries,
universities, colleges, data banks, and information services. We store our knowing in
many formats – books, tapes, films, movies, newspapers, magazines, video, microfilm,
photos, computer files, etc., etc., etc. We are time-binders and the mark of human
power is everywhere.

We humans, are the only class of living systems that can understand that we have
made a mistake. We are the only class of living systems capable of consciously
choosing to be responsible.


Human intelligence is much more than animal intelligence. It includes the space-
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28Alfred Korzybski, The Manhood of Humanity, E. P. Dutton & Company, 1921
29Author’s Note: Time-Mind,The Synergetic Theory of Space-Time Intelligence, to be published in

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