Fourth Revolution of Mankind

I’ve just been introduced to a theory that I agree with about the impact of the information revolution on mankind.  Transforming the nature of what we are.

The revolutions were:

  1. “A round Earth” – The realisation that the earth is not flat
  2. “Evolution” – Acceptance of Darwin’s theory that we evolved and were not simply put here by G-d in our current form
  3. “Unconscious mind” – Psychology & Freud showing us that is much going on in our minds beyond the rational
  4. “Information” – Technology facilitating modifying the way we interact with everything around us

There are lots of things that shape what we are.  The information revolution has changed the constraints of what we do.  We shape ourselves in ways that have never been possible. We represent and define our lives on line.  Every body’s at it: Facebook, Linkedin or at a lower level to “Google” has even entered the English language.  The information reality has become normal.

Technology changes have forced us to change how we interact with each other.  Until recently we were just a body made up largely of water that was constrained in it’s physical presence.  We are now information.

The telephone started this revolution. The persuasiveness and power of the Internet means that we can interact in ways that were never possible.  We can build second, third and fourth identities for ourselves and can even have multiple economic profiles.  We can have multiple conversations where ever we are with multiple people.  Perhaps this is why Twitter has taken off as people have accepted this with out realising it.  Paradoxically the world has shrunk and grown concurrently.

Perhaps we are becoming information organisms.  Defined not by our bodies but by how we interact with the information presenting itself to us.  We may have always been information organisms but we have never before had the opportunity to dress in different skins.  Each one needs careful reputation management.

Reality is now what you interact with and how you present yourself.

[Inspiration for this blog can be found at]

  • “We may have always been information organisms but we have never before had the opportunity to dress in different skins.”

    Careful Mr Halpern, this sounds like Scientology talk to me! The information organisms you refer to sound like Thetans, inhabiting different skins when their old ones have become useless. This theory could work across all aspects of life, and would fall under the theory of evolution. We are now evolving to adapt to using technology on a more frequent basis to interact and present ourselves… Just another step in the evolutionary chain of Humanity

    July 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm
  • Tom H

    This sounds like pseudo-science. Where the hell is the industrial revolution? What about the enlightenment before that? This theory is a patchwork quilt of real theories.

    October 17, 2009 at 6:34 pm
  • “Necessity Is The Mother of invention”
    It is the nature of mankind that when he is in
    great need of something ,he will find a way of getting of getting it.
    Man needs a thing which can make easy lift an object from one place to another then he invent wheel .
    Like this lots of things is invented in our whole world.

    December 16, 2010 at 7:08 am
  • Bob Yo

    Hello Web Admin, Great Post.

    October 2, 2016 at 3:01 pm

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