The Power of Cooperating

Just another quick thought from the philosophical / fascinated corner.

Life is fascinating because it evolves in complexity over time and because it is so much more than the sum of its parts.

Cooperation, social relationships, organisations, culture and similar constructs can in a sense be seen as expansions of that principle. Individuals shape themselves according to a social ‘code’ and together form new ‘organisms’. Unlike with biological life, the building blocks of these artificial entities can (mostly) be replaced and indefinitely recombined in new ways; so the organisms need theoretically never die but may evolve beyond recognition over time. Examples: an organisation, a piece of cover music performed by a band.

This is a cover version of Goyte‘s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ performed by all five members of Walk Off The Earth on one guitar:


Human-human cooperation. Five band members

Below is Stacy Westfall riding Roxy without reins or other controlling gear to the tunes of Tim McGraw’s ‘Live Like You Were Dying’. Note how subtly Roxy reads Stacy’s tactile/weight communication, and how carefully Stacy reads the horse’s moves and how, overall, the moves of human & horse unify, just like instruments in a piece of music.


Human-horse cooperation. One rider and one horse.



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