Today I know that I am bold, rebellious and egocentric to perceive, understand and interpret the world in terms of meme, to introduce the definition of a new species to the world. This is who we have evolved to become.

Homo digitaus - n. The modern species of humans, evolved from extant Homo sapiens of the primate family Hominidae.

This species of Humans is hypersocial by nature, uniquely adept at utilizing digital systems of communication for self-expression, the exchange of ideas, and organization. They create complex social structures composed of many cooperating and competing groups, from families, friends, professions and communities to subcultures and nations.

Homo digitaus (HD) humans view their global duo-plane social interactions as multi-dimensional, threaded and seamless. The concept of time and reality of distance are diminished by HD humans, whose relationships are developed in real life (IRL) and via fast-paced digitally streamed, permanently footprinted viral social interactions, reflective of an extremely wide variety of values, social norms, and rituals. They perceive virtual relationships as real and important as physical ones and maintain a deeply seated psychological need for hyperconnectivity to their social networks.

HD humans base social stratification on influence or reach within social networks. Their innate marked appreciation for beauty and aesthetics combined with a characteristic trait of competitiveness and desire for self-expression, has led to pervasive and compulsive tendencies to repetitively share discoveries of art, literature and music, and track the amount of times their contributions to the global virtual community have been forwarded by others.

HD humans, noted for their desire to understand and influence their environment, seek to explain and manipulate natural phenomena through technology, science, philosophy, mythology and religion. This natural curiosity has led to the development of advanced tools and skills, which are passed down culturally, virtually and virally as a result of cloud mentality, a genesis of the Homo sapien crowd mentality. When Humans socialize IRL they tend to rebuke previously traditional social gatherings and commune with assistive mobile technology used to communicate in the individual or group social setting, commonly a tweetup or unconference.

Humans are the only species known to build fires, cook their food, clothe themselves, and use technology - all at the same time.

My inspiration for this post came from reading Timothy Leary's Chaos & Cyberculture - some minds are truly visionary and counterculture. Though they may reside in people who are misunderstood and lead troubled lives we should never discredit their thoughts.


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