Idea-Orientated Ontology c / Idea-oriented ontology (IOO) is an extension of the metaphysics school of thought commonly known as object-oriented ontology (OOO). Idea-oriented ontology proposes that ideas, idealism and ideology currently dictate the properties of both the human and non-human nature of being and the relationship between the subjective and objective via the shared belief of the inter-subjective. Although ideas have no agency they play a significant evolutionary role in human cognitive perception. Ideas are our shared and sharable tools that allow individuals, groups and our species as a whole, to thrive and survive. In this way "an idea is as real as gravity, a meme is as real as a gene" in that (human) ideas are now capable of dictating and authoring real world phenomenon and events regardless of human observation and over broad spectrums of time that become decoupled from the ideas originally perceived or intended implications.

The biosphere of The Earth is currently living through the idea of human progress rendered through the anthropocentric idea of Homo Sapien as the apex observer and organiser of reality.

To change the ontology of the nature of being Homo Sapiens only need to change the ideas that organise their cognitive perception and modes of thinking. However, the ratchet effect of human progress has dictated that progress should primarily bring about measured impact of human benefit, meaning alternative and alien ideas are most often rejected by inter-subjective beliefs and those who act as the gate keepers for inter-subjective beliefs.

Humanity is merely a series of shared ideas. Human consciousness is orientated towards, and by, ideas. Knowable ontology is only perceivable through the lens of ideas. The end of 'life as we know it' will end with the end of ideas.

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