Archive for year 2020
Introduction: Should Emergency Action Pre-empt Philosophical Inquiry?
Some would say that WE WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS are long on ‘let’s get the job done’ capability and short on philosophical inquiry into what is actually going on. This can boomerang since as complex problem phenomena unfold, aggressive actions based on overly simplistic models may be having effects that go far beyond the resolving of the issues identified. In fact, the issues identified in an overly simplistic model will not be ‘real’ issues.
What comes to mind is land mines that do not explode until the detonator has been depressed a half dozen or more times, so that advancing troops will only find out they have gone into a minefield after they are well into the mine-field and unable to safely retreat.
Hopefully, our COVID 19 response will not be a severe case in this respect but it has the markings of having this type of exposure which ‘systems’ theorists refer to as ‘putting our ladder up against the wrong wall’ (so that as we climb the ladder to get to what needs repairing, it is actually taking us farther away from being able to address it.
If our understanding of the complex reality we are included in could be improved, it seems likely that our success in dealing with such unfolding complexities such as COVID 19 could be improved.
In any case, this essay explores how we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS have come to accept the concept of COMPETITION as a ‘real’ and ‘sensible’ social dynamic, though there is no such thing as ‘competition’ in the reality of our actual natural experience. The basic dynamic is relational flow which is ‘gathering and scattering’ in the sense of BOTH/AND logic of the INCLUDED medium (quantum physics logic).
Nietzsche’s ‘anti-Darwin’ comments, together with his pointing out our WESTERN CULTURE chronic DOUBLE ERROR reality-reducing habit, is a critique of the suggestion that people are ‘things-in-themselves’ driven inside-outwardly by an internal ‘will’. Meanwhile a ‘person’ understood as a LOCAL ‘thing-in-himself’ does not exist because ‘things-in-themselves’ do not exist. However, once we use language and grammar to impose the DOUBLE ERROR, and once people start believing that we, ourselves, are NAMING-instantiated local independently-existing things-in-themselves with GRAMMAR-instantiated powers of sourcing actions and developments, the abstract groundwork is laid down and the concept and practice of ‘competition’ follows. (Note that ‘competition’ IS a DOUBLE ERROR based LOCALIZING of the SOURCING of actions and developments). In the reality of our sensory experience, there is only relational transformation and there are no LOCALLY incipient SOURCES of actions and developments, as play a foundational role in the abstract concept of ‘competition’.
So, yes, we have this TOOL of the DOUBLE ERROR that allows us to break through the barrier of INEFFABILITY, and if we employ this DOUBLE ERROR tool as in the EAST, as INFERENCE of the INEFFABLE Wave-field (the Tao) that, ITSELF, lies innately beyond the reach of capture in language and grammar, we are in good shapre, but the issue is that we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS are treating this tool of INFERENCE of the ineffable, as if it were capable of delivering a direct and explicit understanding of REALITY.
We WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS are so accustomed to using the DOUBLE ERROR as if it pointed to something ‘real’ that we rarely question it. For example, we say things like; ‘The raging fire swept through the forested valley incinerating the Jones’ farm, along with farmer Jones and his cow Bessie, and went on to destroy most of Evansville’. This is the DOUBLE ERROR construction of ‘reality’, but IN REALITY, … there is no such thing as “a fire” vested with the powers of sourcing actions and developments such as ‘sweeping through the valley and incinerating the Jones’ farm’. What is REALLY going on here is TRANSFORMATION but we don’t put TRANSFORMATION into our language and grammar narratives because it has no beginning and no ending (it is ‘the transforming relational continuum aka the Tao aka the Wavefield) and it has no beginning and ending that we are privy to. Since TRANSFORMATION is not LOCALIZABLE in space/time; i.e. it is the ineffable, all-including ‘Tao’ (Wave-field), we pass over it in silence and shift gears to a reduced but effable representation in DOUBLE ERROR terms. The FIRST ERROR is to use NAMING (‘the fire’) to impute LOCAL thing-in-itself BEING to a relational form in the (transformative) flow, and the SECOND ERROR conflates the first using GRAMMAR to impute to the NAMING-instantiated thing-in-itself (‘the fire’) the power of SOURCING actions and developments; “swept through the forested valley incinerating the Jones’ farm along with framer Jones and his cow Bessie.”
What we ‘dropped out’ of our intellectual consideration here is REALITY by inserting the FIRE based DOUBLE ERROR. That is, we chopped out the REALITY of relational TRANSFORMATION which is the real dynamic, because it is ineffable. It is ineffable because it is THE TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM. ‘The fire’ is not a real thing-in-itself that can do stuff, it is HOW TRANSFORMATION MANIFESTS and TRANSFORMATION cannot be tied down to something LOCAL.
This ceaseless process of deferral is best summed up by Nishitani … For Nishitani, `fire does not burn fire’ nor does `water wash water’. The essence of fire is to burn, yet fire cannot burn itself. It cannot exist in self-enclosure or possess a simple identity.
We have the same problem with ‘fever’ as with ‘fire’ in that it does not appear to have a LOCAL SOURCE yet we speak about it as if it did, which, of course, removes from our awareness an understanding of FIRE or FEVER as NONLOCAL relational TRANSFORMATION. The green grassy plains of the prairie may transform into brown tinder dry dessicant ready to be tickled into combustion and as this TRANSFORMATION continues to unfold, we FLIP TO DOUBLE ERROR mode where we speak of “A FIRE’ that IS GROWING IN SIZE and FEROCITY as if it had ‘its own LOCAL IDENTITY’ which is abstraction since everything is included within the transformation relational continuum aka Wave-field.
WE SAY … “THE FIRE IS GROWING LARGER AND IS DESTROYING THE TOWN OF EVANSVILLE” … ALTHOUGH AS NISHITANI POINTS OUT, THERE IS NO ‘FIRE’ IN THE SENSE OF ‘A LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF’ WITH ITS OWN POWERS OF ACTION, GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, and what we are experiencing is NONLOCAL TRANSFORMATION in which we are included. And as with FIRE, so also with FEVER; i.e. what is going on is TRANSFORMATION of FIGURE-AND-GROUND AS ONE. Only in a FLATSPACE pseudo-reality can we speak of the GROWTH of the burned-out area. In spherical space, there is a reciprocal REDUCTION of the green area or in other words, an overall TRANSFORMATION. The DOUBLE ERROR MISREPRESENTS the REALITY.
By using the DOUBLE ERROR of language and grammar we focus in on the LOCAL and lay it in our minds like a Cuckoo’s egg that hatches out as an artificial effable LOCALITY that distracts us from the ineffable NONLOCAL phenomenon of TRANSFORMATION. The TRANSFORMING of LANDSCAPE manifests through flood and fire and alluvial erosion etc. The ‘fire’ is NOT a thing-in-itself, it is one of the ways in which TRANSFORMATION manifests; i.e. TRANSFORMATION is real, not ‘the fire’.
“COMPETITION” is similarly exemplary of our confusion-infusing use of DOUBLE ERROR based pseudo-reality as our ‘operative reality’; i.e. as the pseudo-reality that shapes our relational social dynamics (a very different reality from that of those who intuit themselves to be relational forms in the transforming relational continuum aka ‘the Tao’ aka the Wavefield).
“COMPETITION” is one of these backhanded-inference terms like ‘FORGIVENESS” that implies binary abstraction; i.e. ‘FORGIVENESS’ legitimizes the binary poles of RIGHT and WRONG and ‘COMPETITION’ legitimizes the binary poles of WINNER and LOSER. The terms WINNER and LOSER are backhanded-inference that establishes the existence of something that can be ‘won’ or ‘lost’, namely something (an ‘event’) that is LOCAL in space and time like ‘A FIRE’. Speaking in these reduced DOUBLE ERROR based LOCALIZING terms has us LOSE SIGHT of the primary reality of NONLOCAL TRANSFORMATION.
These language and grammar categorizations like FIRE and FEVER are what we need to EXPLICITIZE relational phenomena so that we can representationally extricate and ‘effable-ize’ relational formings in the inffable transforming relational continuum. ‘FIRE’ does not ‘burn’; i.e. ‘FIRE’ IS THE BURNING aka ‘THE TRANSFORMING’.
If we recall that the Wave-field (the Tao) is ineffable, and that we are forced to use shortcuts, in language and grammar, in order to allude to the ineffable, so that what we speak about is only inference of what lies beyond the effable, we will not accept anything ‘explicit’ or ‘literal’ other than as a springboard to tickle an intuitive leap to the ineffable that lies beyond the language and grammar based springboard. The ineffable relational medium is the message, not the effable explicit content. While the EAST remembers not to forget this, the WEST forgets what we were supposed to remember, and thus ‘the tool runs away with workman, the human with the Divine.
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A Philosophical Investigation of the abstract concept of COMPETITION.
The concept of ‘competition’ has been given, by us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS, a foundational role in our intellectual construction of REALITY. This note explores the misconception of reality that follows from our acceptance of COMPETITION as something ‘basic in Nature’.
This note discusses the problematic concept of COMPETITION, with respect to how it shapes our intellectual impression of our SENSORY EXPERIENCE REALITY (our sensory experience of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum aka the ‘Wave-field’ aka ‘the Tao).
Competition is abstraction based on the DOUBLE ERROR of language and grammar which employs NAMING to impute the existence of LOCAL BEINGS, conflating this first error with a second error of GRAMMAR as used to impute powers of sourcing of actions and developments to the NAMING instantiated thing-in-itself.
There is no ‘competition’ where subject and object are only one (Schroedinger) and everything included in a fluid-dynamical One-ness. Sure, the lizards will home in on a fly when it lands, like iron filings home in on a magnet, but it does not follow that the impetus for such convergent movement derives from the interior of the individual participants. In other words, we must question on what basis we impute the forms in nature to be ‘independent individuals’? Reflection shows that such invention derives from our own EGO-given impression of ourselves; i.e. by way of EGO based ANTHROPOMORPHISM.
Could the lizards not be included in the Wave-field dynamic, as relational forms in the transforming relational continuum? Modern physics says yes to this; i.e. as Schroedinger points out, when it comes to fluid dynamics as in the Wave-field, SUBJECT AND OBJECT ARE ONE (i.e. FIGURE AND GROUND ARE ONE). The lizards and other forms are developments withing the all-encompassing ‘field’.
Western Medicine continues to employ the language of Europe of the Middle Ages to ‘EFFABLE-IZE’ what modern physics, as well as indigenous aboriginal, Taoist/Buddhist and Advaita Vedanta contend is INEFFABLE. While David Bohm, Wittgenstein, Netzsche and others have pointed out the inadequacy of our language and grammar to capture the reality of our actual sensory experience (of inclusion in the “transforming relational continuum”, we WESTERN CULTURE adherents continue to employ inadequate ‘DOUBLE ERROR’ based language and grammar representations.
Using our inadequate language to try to reflect and share the current complex reality that we are experiencing inclusion in, is delivering confusing shortfalls. This is the complex topic that I am trying to review here, using the same language that I have already mentioned lacks sufficient representational complexity to do the job (i.e. to ‘explicitly spit it out’). However, we do have the tool of INFERENCE to employ, as in poetry and metaphor, (‘A man’s reach must exceed his grasp, or what’s a Meta for’ – McLuhan) . For example, when I use language such as ‘the dune is growing taller and longer and shifting to the south’, … the reader may understand, particularly if a few reminders are thrown in, that what is going on here is the phenomenon of ‘resonance’ (the Wave-field dynamic) but since resonance is NONLOCAL it can’t be captured in EXPLICIT (voyeur-visualizable) terms and we must pass over such phenomena as resonance-based-transformation that we are included in, IN SILENCE, or switch to oblique relational INFERENCE such as where modern physics resorts to ‘The surprise version of the game of Twenty Questions’.
Today, the issue of COVID 19, presented as “a pathogen” (a ‘DOUBLE ERROR’ based abstraction) that has us all scurrying around trying to deal with “IT” and screwing up pretty much everything we have ‘going on’ in the process, exposes the limitations of our DOUBLE ERROR based language representations as never before. This note explores some of the complexities of representation and articulation of what is going on, in regard to what we are calling the COVID 19 Pandemic
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The NONLOCALITY characterizing TRANSFORMATION is not something that we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS can easily support. We are the ones that search under the streetlight (in the brightness of the EXPLICIT) for that which we have lost (our deepest, intuitive understanding) in the dark (in the obscurity of the IMPLICIT and relational).
We portray the cigarette butt-tosser as a PATHOGEN that sources forest-fires because that is LOCAL and EXPLICIT while solar irradiance related TRANSFORMATION of the forest into a tinder-box is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT.
We WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS like to ‘call a spade a spade’ and if Jean Valjean is involved in relational TRANSFORMATION wherein there is a natural implicit tendency for shifting from regions of relative surplus to regions of relative deficiency (as from crest to trough in fluid dynamics), we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS prefer to interpret this implicit dynamic in the explicit terms of the act of a PATHOGEN.
TRANSFORMATION OBVIATES PATHOGENS
(PANDEMIC: Sorcery based or Holodynamic?)
When the ambient conditions are right for an algae bloom or for a phenol phthalein solution to TRANSFORM from yellow to red the TRANSFORMATION is NONLOCAL.
Modern physics, wherein the Wave-field (the ambient condition) is the primary reality, informs us that NONLOCALITY is primary in our sensory experience of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum aka ‘Wave-field’ aka ‘the Tao’. In the fluid-flow of Wave-field, FIGURE and GROUND are ONE (i.e. INHABITANT AND HABITAT ARE ONE). This INEFFABLE topology is characteristic of holography (holodynamics). It is ineffable since figure and ground are in continual flux (TRANSFORMATION is the primary reality).
Classical physics and Western culture intellectual representation of reality is grounded in LOCALITY. As Nietzsche has pointed out, the abstract concept of LOCAL being and LOCAL sourcing of action is the abstract artifact of the DOUBLE ERROR of language and grammar; i.e. the FIRST ERROR is NAMING which imposes LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF BEING on a visible relational form-in-the-flow-field, conflated with GRAMMAR that imputes the power of SOURCING actions and developments to the NAMING instantiated thing-in-itself.
This DOUBLE ERROR reduces the ineffable to effable (we can’t capture in fixed words a universe that is in continual flux but must ‘fix’ a relational form by labelling it and then we get what the ancients called the ‘burden of concreteness’ where we have to manage with words, its actions and developments.
RESONANCE is a NONLOCAL phenomenon (e.g. the hurricane) that we REDUCE to LOCAL with the DOUBLE ERROR of language and grammar. That’s just for sharing ‘rough copy’. REALITY is nevertheless RESONANCE based and thus innately NONLOCAL
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We are included in the Great Harmony aka the Tao aka the Wave-field and it is ineffable; i.e. if we remain silent and without language, we can understand the Tao through relational experience, … but if we want to use language to give representation to the Tao, we must deal with the fact that words capture fluid forms as persisting things-in-themselves; e.g. hurricane Katrina. This name ‘stays the same’ but the form it refers to is a NONLOCAL, RESONANCE based formING that is continually transforming as is everything in the Great Harmony aka the Tao aka the Wave-field.
In other words, every form is a relational dynamic as is easy to understand in the case of hurricane Katrina (as a stirring in the vastness of the transforming relational continuum aka ‘universe’), and it is our natural understanding as natural forms that are NOT using language and grammar to reduce the transforming relational continuum we and all forms are included in.
However, in the array of differing forms in the flow we distinguish ourselves, and based on persisting form and movements and because we have language and grammar, we associate the word ‘human’ with this characteristic form, and by this NAMING, we can split out a distinctive type of form and also a particular form to reference using spoken language. Language also has GRAMMAR so that not only can we use NAMING to split out a form as if it were a LOCAL independently-existing thing-in-itself, we can use GRAMMAR to impute to it, its own powers of SOURCING actions and developments.
In the case of the hurricaning or the boiling in the flowing streaming, by fixing a LOCAL identity on the NONLOCAL relational boiling or hurricaning, we can shift the SOURCING agency from NONLOCAL to LOCAL, which essentially ‘gets by’ the INEFFABLE nature of the NONLOCAL (which goes on without end as in the cycles of relational transformation). That is, this language and grammar-based reduction of the NONLOCAL to the LOCAL renders the ineffable (in this reduced-to-LOCAL form) effable.
Our LOCAL, effable language based reduced representations open the way to SHARING an informative semblance of our observations and experiences of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum, albeit in reduced form which can only INFER the ineffable-because-fluid reality that we can’t capture directly because we (being an inclusion in it) and ‘it’, are in continual flux.
While some humanings (EASTERN, modern physics) employ the reductive representations of language as INFERENCE TO STIMULATE INTUITIVE INSIGHT of the ineffable transforming relational continuum, acknowledging that ‘The Tao that can be told is not the true Tao’, … other humanings (WESTERN) employ the reductive representations of language and grammar as DIRECT AND EXPLICIT REPRESENTATIONS OF ‘PHYSICAL REALITY’.
The modern world, in so far as social relational organization (government, industry and other reason-based social dynamics) are concerned, are currently following the WESTERN practice of regarding the reductive representations of language and grammar as DIRECT AND EXPLICIT REPRESENTATIONS OF PHYSICAL REALITY. THIS IS PROBLEMATIC; I.E. IT IS THE SOURCE OF SOCIAL DYSFUNCTION.
This note explores the psychological-philosophical influences shaping our different conceptualizations of ‘reality’; e.g. as differ between WEST and EAST. While I present this in a WESTERN style, my understanding accords with the EAST as does modern physics based understanding that is very different from the WESTERN ‘reality’..
In other words, this note explores how we are NOT using the TRANSFORMATIONAL understanding of what is currently going on (the understanding of modern physics, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta. In our WESTERN ‘popular reality’, our standard news coverage is ‘double error’ based. The ‘double error’ is constituted as follows; the first error is NAMING that imputes LOCAL thing-in-itself existence, while the second error of GRAMMAR conflates the first error by imputing the power of SOURCING actions and developments to the NAMING-instantiated thing-in-itself. This ‘double error’ mode of representation REDUCES the reality of our sensory relational experience to an abstract-but-effable (articulable) pseudo-reality that we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS are accustomed to using in our discourse (this ‘ineffable reality reduced to effable reality) as our ‘operative reality’. The ‘double error’ reduces NONLOCAL TRANSFORMATION to LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments.
An example of the ‘double error’ is where we say things like ‘The hurricane grew larger and stronger and devastated New Orleans’, or, ‘the fighter jet successfully took out the targeted enemy leader’. In both cases we fail to mention the greater reality of relational TRANSFORMATION. We sometimes ALLUDE to transformation by references to ‘collateral damage’. That is, a lot more is going on than is covered in our simple and explicit language and grammar constructs. For example, we speak of the GROWTH of our farm or of our town but THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS “GROWTH” and such statements illustrate Goedel’s Theorem of the inherent incompleteness of all finite systems of logical propositions. That is, the growth of cultivated land is at the same time, the (unmentioned) shrinking of Wilderness area. We can talk about the GROWTH of cultivated area and we can talk about the RECIPROCAL SHRINKAGE of Wildereness area (which implies a spherical rather than FLAT space) but the limitations of language won’t let us go that ‘one step farther’ to capture relational TRANSFORMATION as characterizes the universe aka ‘Wave-field’ we are included in. This inclusion-in the transforming relational continuum (aks Tao aka Wave-field) is ineffable; i.e. it is beyond EXPLICIT capture in language and grammar ‘double error’ terms of LOCAL THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES, notionally with their own powers of SOURCING actions and developments.
Reality is INCLUSION IN THE TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM and while we understand it through our sensory experience of inclusion in it, because it is inherently NONLOCAL and comes in one uninterrupted bundle; i.e. ‘the transforming relational continuum’, … it is INEFFABLE. The ‘double error’ is the use of abstraction to REDUCE the ineffable to something effable and this is where WEST and EAST (together with modern physics) part ways as to the understanding of REALITY with the WEST opting to employ the reduced-to-effable peudo-reality as the ‘operative reality’ while the EAST holds on to the ‘ineffable’ as the ‘operative reality’, employing the REDUCED-TO-EFFABLE double error based pseudo-reality featuring LOCAL things-in-themselves notionally with ‘their own powers of SOURCING actions and developments’. This is WESTERN CULTURE “REALITY” and it is a CRAZY-MAKER! The self-deception that can come as a surprise to us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS is that ‘reason’ (logical analysis based understanding, otherwise known as REASON) is at the bottom of this CRAZY-MAKING WESTERN CULTURE; i.e. our natural intuition avails us to an understanding of the ineffable; i.e. our inclusion in a transforming relational continuum in which there are no LOCAL things-in-themselves because ‘everything is in flux’ (Heraclitus).
What this boils down to is that our means of understanding REALITY (our inclusion in the transforming relational continuum) can’t be based on LOCAL things-in-themselves with the notional powers of SOURCING their own actions and developments, as is the double error basis of REASON (don’t forget, our intuition, even as babes-in-arms, can give us understanding that transcends the ‘limits of logic and reason’; e.g. as infants our understanding of the world is topological and without the explicit self-other split.
Moving our Understanding Beyond ‘the Pathogen’ (i.e. moving from Newtonian materialist thinking to Modern Physics relational thinking)
How this impacts understanding of ‘reality’ as it pertains to ‘COVID 19’ which WESTERN MEDICINE portrays as a PATHOGEN.
WE WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS have fallen into the habit of representing ‘reality’ in ‘double error’ terms. The first error is NAMING to impute ‘independent thing-in-itself being’ and the second, conflating error of GRAMMAR imputes the power of SOURCING actions and developments to the NAMING-instantiated thing-in-itself.
This is the basis of Newtonian physics and it is the basis of our Newtonian science concept of ‘PATHOGEN’.
The ‘modern physics’ alternative to the PATHOGEN view is RELATIONAL IMBALANCE, but RELATIONAL IMBALANCE is ineffable, encouraging REDUCTION to the ‘double error’ based PATHOGEN abstraction.
For example, when forests become desiccated to the point that a forest fire develops from a spark from a chain saw, or the discarding of an incompletely extinguished cigarette, we use the abstract ‘cause-and-effect’ or ‘producer-product’ model and speak in terms of the fire in the on-sided producer-product terms wherein an action or development is understood as arising from some SOURCING AGENCY. This abstract (double error of language and grammar) based notion of LOCAL SOURCING is linguistic reductive simplification that ‘effable-izes’ the ineffable reality of RELATIONAL TRANSFORMATION of ‘the Tao’ aka the Wave-field.
TRANSFORMATION is NONLOCAL which makes it ‘ineffable’. While the ‘ineffable Tao’ or ‘Wave-field’ is the accepted reality of modern physics and EASTERN cultures (indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta) which can only be INFERRED as in modern physics’ ‘surprise version of the game of Twenty Questions’, … , the WESTERN CULTURE ‘operative reality’ reduces the ineffable reality of TRANSFORMATION to ‘effable’ representation in the abstract terms of LOCAL SOURCING OF ACTIONS and DEVELOPMENTS via the ‘double error’ of language and grammar.
The TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM also known as the Wave-Field also known as the Tao is reality as affirmed by modern physics and is also the reality affirmed in indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta.
The relational understanding of the world dynamic which is the ‘reality’ of the EAST and modern physics differs radically from the ‘reality’ of the WEST which is ‘double error’ based, as Nietzsche has pointed out. The ‘double error’ is where EGO comes from so it is fair to say that the WEST’s view of reality is EGO-based and also that the concept of PATHOGEN is EGO-based.
INTRODUCTION – SYNOPSIS – PRELUDE
GROWTH is a concept that comes with a built-in dependency on another abstract concept; i.e. A LOCAL THING THAT EXISTS.
TRANSFORMATION is a relational concept that does NOT depend on LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELFNESS as GROWTH does.
While our sensory experience-based intuition UNDERSTANDS TRANSFORMATION, … TRANSFORMTION is NONLOCAL and is thus INEFFABLE since we cannot point to it and say; ‘See, transformation is going on right over there. Transformation as in the Wave-field dynamic is INEFFABLE because it is NONLOCAL and we cannot point to it and identify it by a visual sighting. We are included in TRANSFORMATION (aka the Tao aka the Wave-field) and this means that the TRANSFORMATION that can be told and pointed to and photographed is NOT the true TRANSFORMATION.
The point is that while TRANSFORMATION (the Wave-field aka the Tao) is ineffable, it is the reality of our sensory experience of inclusion within it. GROWTH is an abstract VOYEUR visualization based concept that RENDERS THE INEFFABLE EFFABLE in terms of the LOCAL, and while there is no REAL LOCAL in the transforming relational continuum, we can use language to CREATE LOCALITY by NAMING forms within the transforming relational continuum that appear to persist as LOCAL THINGS IN THEMSELVES (i.e. even if they are boils in fluid flow that have the deceptive APPEARANCE of persisting ‘thing-in-itselfness’ and thus invite us to BAPTIZE/CHRISTEN with a NAME so as to impute persisting thing-in-itself being to an innately NONLOCAL phenomenon with an associated LOCAL APPEARANCE or APPARITION.
By using NAMING to orient our attention to a LOCALLY APPEARING resonance feature, we can reduce TRANSFORMATION to terms of GROWTH of NAME-INSTANTIATED THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES which we can use GRAMMAR to ‘animate’ so as to give us an EFFABLE intellectual RE-presentation of the ineffable and purely relational flow-form.
Our CULTURE (in both EAST and WEST) has come up with language and grammar that gives us a deceptively SOLID, APPARENTLY LOCAL reality by substituting GROWTH of LOCAL THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES for the purely RELATIONAL TRANSFORMATION of the Wave-field. Of course, GROWTH is an abstraction that we ‘bring-into-being’ INTELLECTUALLY, in terms of the intellectual invention of THINGS-THAT-GROW. This is an intellectual ‘work-around’ to help us get past the limitations of language since we are faced with the challenge of TRYING to articulate (even if it has to be by inference) the ineffable ‘Tao’ (the transforming relational continuum).
In the EAST, the REDUCTION of TRANSFORMATION to GROWTH … IS NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF EMPLOYING GROWTH AS SOMETHING ‘REAL”, BUT ONLY AS A MEANS OF USING ‘GROWTH’ AS A DEVICE FOR ALLUDING TO TRANSFORMATION, WHICH IS NONLOCAL AND INEFFABLE. ‘GROWTH’, AS an innately LOCAL phenomenon is an ALLUSION that builds dependently from a NAMING-instantiated THING-IN-ITSELF. This ILLUSION of GROWTH is just that, an ILLUSION. The ILLUSION known as GROWTH is something we concoct because we need to concoct it because TRANSFORMATION is NONLOCAL and thus ineffable while GROWTH is the effable reduction of the ineffable TRANSFORMATION. That is; the Tao that can be told is not the true Tao, but we have the ability to make the Tao crudely tellable (effable, articulable) in a reduced representation wherein we abstractly reduce TRANSFORMATION which is purely RELATIONAL and NONLOCAL (and thus ineffable) to GROWTH of a NAMING instantiated thing-in-itself which is EXPLICIT and LOCAL…. BUT WE USE THIS ONLY FOR INFERENCE AND DO NOT TAKE IT ‘LITERALLY’.
In the WEST, the REDUCTION of TRANSFORMATION to GROWTH is a ‘tool that is running away with the workman’ (Emerson). In contrast with the EAST, WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS DO TAKE THE DOUBLE ERROR CONSTRUCTS LITERALLY AS IF THEY ‘SPEAK THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH’. So, when the EASTERN CULTURE ADHERENT declares that Robin Hood has stolen grain from the King’s Granary and Jean Valjean has stolen bread from the Baker (acts that could be confirmed by Crime Scene Investigation), he is saying the same thing as the WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENT, …. BUT THERE IS A VERY BASIC DIFFERENCE IN UNDERSTANDING, BECAUSE THE EASTERN CULTURE ADHERENT UNDERSTANDS THESE ACTS AS BEING IN THE SERVICE OF RESTORING BALANCE AND HARMONY IN THE REAL PHYSICAL RELATIONAL DYNAMIC (distribution and ingestion of nutrients). In other words, these acts by Robin Hood and Jean Valjean serve to alleviate the imbalance between regions of excess and regions of deficiency. In this case, the act of NAMING as in NAMING the PRODUCER of the PRODUCT (the grain, the bread) which is based on the intellectual double error of language and grammar, is given reality-establishing precedence over the physical relational reality. USING ‘NAMING’ or ‘TITLE’ in ‘double error’ language and grammar constructions, is, in the WEST, given precedence over an understanding of inclusion in TRANSFORMATION.
Chief Maquinna of the Nootkas did not see things in the producer-product context, but saw humans as humanings within the Great Harmony. Meanwhile, even ‘Dances-with-Wolves’ has the producer product geometry as immersion in the Great Harmony is ineffable.
“Once I was in Victoria, and I saw a very large house; they told me it was a bank and that the white men place their money there to take care of, and that by-and-by they got it back, with interest. We are Indians and have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them away to other chiefs and people, and by-and-by they return them, with interest, and our hearts feel good. Our potlatch is our bank.” [for the full letter and associated context (jailing of first nations people for continuing with the potlatch tradition) see ‘First People First Voices’, edited by Penny Petrone, University of Toronto Press, 1991]
The immanent questing for relational harmony, … the GREAT HARMONY of the indigenous aboriginal peoples, manifests as relational TRANSFORMATION. This ‘reality’ is ‘everywhere at the same time’ and comes to us as sensory experience. It comes to Jean Valjean and to Robin Hood as intuitive INSPIRATION wherein we give ourselves up to the sustaining and restoring of relational balance and harmony. This is where the behaviour of diving into the rapids or into the burning building on a rescue mission comes from. INSPIRATION is not based on logical analysis. INSPIRATION that manifests in cultivating and sustaining relational harmony fills the heart while EGO from calculated analytical thoughts of one’s ‘heroic acts and achievements’ swells the head. These ‘animators of dynamics’ differ in that EGO is inside-outward sourced as with PRIDE in notional ‘producer-product achievements’ admired by the social collective, and the avoiding of being perceived as the author of ‘producer-product’ actions that bring public SHAME, … while INSPIRATION lies beyond such self-centred (LOCAL EGO-CENTRIC BASED) motivations and seeks only to cultivate harmony in a NONLOCAL relational sense.
INSPIRATION is a NONLOCAL influence (the opposite of which is DISHEARTEN) that recalls the Wave-field and one’s experience of inclusion in a web of sensory relations while PRIDE AND SHAME are influences that act out of a notional (intellectual-logical abstracting) LOCAL CENTRE OF SELF (EGO). While the EAST in each of us keeps the former in a natural precedence over the latter, the WEST in each of us allows the latter to hijack the natural primacy of the former, putting (intellectual calculating based) PRIDE and SHAME ahead of relational-sensation-based INSPIRATION and ENNUI/DISHEARTENING. DIFFERENT CULTURES FORM ON THE BASIS OF WHICH OF THESE ‘DIPOLES’ ARE GIVEN PRECEDENCE OVER WHICH; I.E. THE DIFFERING CULTURES OF EAST AND WEST.
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A Personal Insight and Reflections on the PATHOGEN Concept (e.g. COVID 19)
This is a story of an experience that was of value to me which was passed to me by others so I am just sharing it in case it can be of help to others. (POSTSCRIPT: It is now followed by more general reflective discussion)
It is really about how it is possible to understand ‘reality’ in the manner of an indigenous aboriginal, something that indigenous aboriginal friends such as Jacques Rainville (Abenaki-Quebecois) have suggested that I may have managed to articulate more effectively in WESTERN-CULTURE-SPEAK than is often the case with indigenous aboriginals whose understanding is far superior to mine but which may suffer severely from ‘running the gauntlet’ of translation into English.
You may not ‘accept’ this ‘indigenous aboriginal’ understanding of reality (which is supported by modern physics), which I will describe in this note, but my point is just to try to share it with you and to assure you that it is the reality that makes sense to me, and to indigenous aboriginal peoples, and it is open to any of us to accept as ‘reality’, … but when we do accept it, many of our understandings of reality depart from what we habitually take to be reality in our normal WESTERN CULTURE conditioned mindset. For example, the concept of ‘pathogens’ such as COVID 19, rapists, murderers, criminals etc. DISAPPEAR, and division into ‘conservatives’ (Republican viewpoint) and liberals (Democratic viewpoint) disappear.
What is common about these disappearances is that in the indigenous aboriginal and modern physics understanding of reality there are only RELATIONS and there are no BEINGS such as ‘human beings’, notionally with their own powers of sourcing actions and developments. That reality ‘gives way’ to the relational reality wherein some philosophers like Alan Watts have renamed every thing by putting an ‘ing’ suffix on the words so that ‘humans’ become ‘humanings’, meaning that we are part of something greater than ourselves (i.e the Wave-field aka the Tao aka the transforming relational continuum). This is the implication of ‘mitakuye oyasin’ (everything is related).
THE EAST-WEST SPLIT: REALITY IN TERMS OF TRANSFORMATION (EAST) VS GROWTH (WEST)
This comment on belief in GROWTH versus TRANSFORMATION points directly to the CRAZY-MAKER in WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENCE.
-1- Consider the ‘double error’ when we use the abstract concept of GROWTH in our language and grammar representations of ‘reality’.
We speak of the GROWTH of the land we have ‘under cultivation’ and what comes into the mind’s eye is a small field of grain, that is, from year to year, getting much larger, perhaps starting from a few acres in size and growing to over 100 acres in size.
What we don’t speak about is the chopping down of trees and removal of stumps and rocks and chasing out of gophers and foxes that is associated with our GROWING the size of the field of grain. It’s not that our proposition concerning the GROWTH of the field is NOT TRUE, it’s more like the surprise finding of Goedel’s theorem that all systems of logic are fundamentally INCOMPLETE. In other words, while our talk of the GROWTH of the farm is logically TRUE, such TRUTH is evidently an INCOMPLETE TRUTH because what is also involved in the same action is a SHRINKING of the WILDERNESS, the living space of wild animals and birds.
The talk of GROWTH of cultivated land evidently FAILS TO MENTION THIS OTHER ASPECT OF THE SAME REALITY, … which is the SHRINKAGE of ‘wilderness’ (uncultivated land).
IN REALITY, what is going on is TRANSFORMATION and there is no such thing as GROWTH. GROWTH is logical abstraction that is innately INCOMPLETE. This issue raises questions as to how our use of language and grammar captures SPACE and CONTENT (HABITAT and INHABITANT, FIGURE AND GROUND), or if there are such things. For example, the boil and flow distinction in the river bend may ‘appear’ to be separate things (the boil seems to enjoy persisting LOCAL PERSISTING BEING’ while the flow is purely relational transience).
There are questions here in regard to how we capture and reduce our voyeur visual observations to language and grammar. In particular, we are prone to the ‘double error’ as Nietzsche points out, where we are faced with capturing CHANGE as in TRANSFORMATION, in language and grammar; NOTE THAT TRANSFORMATION HAS NO LOCAL AUTHOR.
“Our judgement has us conclude that every change must have an author”;–but this conclusion is already mythology: it separates that which effects from the effecting. If I say “lightning flashes,” I have posited the flash once as an activity and a second time as a subject, and thus added to the event a being that is not one with the event but is rather fixed, “is” and does not “become.”–To regard an event as an “effecting,” and this as being, that is the double error, or interpretation, of which we are guilty.” – Nietzsche, ‘Will to Power’, 531
The double error of language and grammar allows us to capture TRANSFORMATION (in reduced form) in language. Why the double error reduction? Because TRANSFORMATION is the Wave-field dynamic which is EVERYWHERE AT THE SAME TIME, or in other words NONLOCAL and NONLOCAL DYNAMICS ARE INEFFABLE even though these ineffable-because-nonlocal dynamics are the reality of our actual sensory experience of inclusion in the Tao (Wave-field).
OK, … HERE’S WHERE EAST AND WEST SPLIT; i.e. on the approach to effable-izing the ineffable or in other words ‘LOCALIZING the NONLOCAL’.
PREFACE: This note is not what it may appear to be since I am posting it in a venue where the reader may expect to find the ‘normal’ WESTERN CULTURE assumptions on reality’ built into the rhetoric. In this case, however, where the author (moi) is coming from is the EASTERN or modern physics assumptions on reality; i.e. where reality is understood as inclusion, as relational forms, in the transforming relational continuum. In this latter understanding, we are NOT assuming ourselves to be name-instantiated LOCAL THINGS-IN-OURSELVES notionally equipped with EGO-based POWERS OF SOURCING ACTIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS. Those assumptions are the DOUBLE ERROR of language and grammar, as pointed out by Nietzsche. It is those errors that ‘take us out’ (psychologically) of the Tao (the transforming relational continuum aka the ‘Wave-field’ and drop us into a world of empty space populated by notional LOCAL things-in-themselves with their own powers of sourcing actions and developments (the double error).
We WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS continually reinforce this double error based illusion (delusion) through our continual use of language which repeats these abstract representations such as BIRTH and GROWTH and AGING and DEATH to us over and over again, so that we lose our grasp of the reality of our sensory experience of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum aka ‘the Tao’ aka the ‘Wave-field’.
We do this ‘dumbing down’ of reality for a good reason; i.e. because the Tao is ineffable and is beyond expression in language and grammar. Language and grammar can only be used to INFER the Tao which lies innately beyond reach of language and grammar. The ‘EAST’ accepts that language is only capable of INFERENCE of the true Tao that lies innately beyond capture in language and grammar (as Lao Tzu says; ‘the Tao that can be told is not the true Tao’). Meanwhile, the WEST, by which I mean us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS, accepts the reductive representations of the Tao, of language and grammar, as the ‘operative reality’, so that for example, DUNING which is a Wavefield resonance phenomenon, is reduced with language and grammar to the ‘double error’ based terms of a NAMING instantiated thing” in itself with GRAMMAR given (notional) powers of SOURCING actions and developments (as Alan Watts points out, we do the same with ‘humaning’ as we do with ‘duning’). This reduction of purely relational resonance formings to intellectual local objects overcomes the ineffability that is innate in the transforming relational continuum (the Tao, the Wave-field) by abstractly establishing a LOCAL presence that can be used as the SOURCING POINT of actions and developments, thus ‘breaking into’ the seamless flowing continuum of the Tao (which makes it ineffable) and impute a LOCAL source of actions and development (the ‘double error’) WHICH “IS” EFFABLE.
This ‘effable-izing’ of the ineffable, for the practical purpose of being able to discuss and share and learn from a ‘crude reductive representation’ of the ineffable fluid reality (the Tao), is very useful as an INFERENCE of the Tao that lies innately beyond it. It is like a ladder that gives as an intuitive glimpse of that which cannot be explicitly articulated, … inference that WIttgenstein describes as a kind of intellectual approximation of the reality that, being in continual flux, is only accessible through intuitive inference. In this sense, it is like an intellectual ladder that can take us to where we can ‘glimpse’ an understanding that is beyond capture in the explicit representations of language and grammar;
6.54 My propositions are elucidatory in this way: he who understands me finally recognizes them as senseless, when he has climbed out through them, on them, over them. (He must so to speak throw away the ladder, after he has climbed up on it.)
He must surmount these propositions; then he sees the world rightly.
7.0 Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
–Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico Philosophicus
So, this following NOTE on BIRTHDAYS and AGING, … which are backhanded ways of implying LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF BEINGS, notionally with POWERS OF SOURCING ACTIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS (the ‘double error’ of language and grammar as pointed out by Nietzsche), is intended to open up a view into the greater reality of the transforming relational continuum in which we, and everything is included, wherein there is no such thing as BIRTH and GROWTH and AGING and DEATH, … all of these abstract concepts are coming from the ‘double error’ constructs of language and grammar. They are commonly used for constructing effable representations of the ineffable, but only in the WEST are such effable representations accepted as the OPERATIVE REALITY, … while in the EAST, as in modern physics, … these double error based representations are employed as ‘ladders of inference’ that allow our intelligence to make a leap of inference to the ineffable insight that lies innately beyond the reach of effable representation.
The reason why modern physics and EASTERN CULTURE understanding of ‘reality’ coincide is because they are both understanding that the physical reality of our sensory experience cannot be reduced to explicit representation but is only accessible through relational inference; (e.g. as in ‘the Surprise version of the game of Twenty Questions’ of modern physics philosophers such as Geoffrey Chew, that allows us to approximate that which is purely relational and without a basis in LOCAL BEING, as is the general case in the Wave-field reality that we experience inclusion in. Bootstrapping is means of ‘effable-izing’ the ineffable (because purely relational).
“When you formulate a question, you have to have some basic concepts that you are accepting in order to formulate the question. But in the bootstrap approach, where the whole system represents a network of relationships without any firm foundation, the description of our subject can be begun at a great variety of different places. There isn’t any clear starting point. And the way our theory has developed in the last few years, we quite typically don’t know what questions to ask. We use consistency as the guide, and each increase in the consistency suggests something that is incomplete, but it rarely takes the form of a wel-ldefined question. We are going beyond the whole questionandanswer framework.”
Birthdays and GROWTH and AGING are abstractions that help to support the house of cards abstraction of the DOUBLE ERROR based pseudo-reality which is our WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENT operative reality;
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February 29th REFLECTIONS on the CONCEPT of BIRTHDAYS and AGING
This is just to share an explanation of ambivalent feelings on celebrating the ‘anniversary’ of a ‘birth-day’, and its connection with the EAST-WEST split.
To come straight to the point, and this is not hard to understand as evidenced by the fact that a large part of the world understands it implicitly (e.g. indigenous aboriginals, Taoists/Buddhists and Advaita Vedanta adherents, not to mention modern physicists such as Bohm, Schroedinger and also Nietzsche who got his modern physics preview from Roger Boscovich), … there is no such thing as ‘birth’ in the transforming relational continuum aka the Tao aka the Wavefield. ‘BIRTH’ is a binary logic-based concept wherein there is suddenly SOMETHING where there was up to that BIRTHING moment NOTHING. This binarization of relational transformation is ABSTRACTION that is given language and grammar-based representation in the WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENT belief system..
Far more ‘real’ in terms of sentient experience is the understanding of reality in terms of RELATIONAL TRANSFORMATION wherein novelty is continually emerging in reciprocal relation to familiarity that is submerging. The continual outwelling of novelty and inwelling of familiarity are conjugate aspects of the one dynamic we call ‘flow’ or ‘transformation’.