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INTELLIGENCE and RATIONALITY

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David Bohm suggests that we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS are shifting emphasis in the directing of our actions from INTELLIGENCE to RATIONAL INTELLECTION.  While INTELLIGENCE may give us a deeper and more profound understanding of unfolding events, RATIONAL INTELLECTION makes use of the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR to imply LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments.  As Bohm points out, the death of Abraham Lincoln can INTELLIGENTLY be understood as drawing from the transforming relational continuum, from the unfolding dynamics of society including its inventions of gunpowder and pistols.

As indigenous aboriginal cultures likewise point out, the violent act of murder or rape derives from the ongoing relational dynamics of community where ‘mitakuye oyasin’ (everything is related) is the reality so that a HEALING CIRCLE assembled for the purpose of recultivating harmony in the social-relational matrix is more appropriate than the identification and elimination of a notional ‘pathogenic source’.  That is, the point of the eruption is not assumed to be the LOCAL SOURCE of the pathology.  In fact, NO SOURCE IS ASSUMED.  As in modern physics, the operative dynamic is understood as TRANSFORMATION which is all-including. The challenge is therefore to restore and restore relational balance and harmony.     The WESTERN concept of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments has its origin in EGO and is conceptualized in language via the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR.

The following note explores how we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS are, as Bohm suggests, falling into the trap of using RATIONAL INTELLECTION as if it were our only interpretive tool, leaving INTELLIGENCE behind in the background.  RATIONAL INTELLECTION pursues understanding or unfolding reality in a LOCAL SOURCING sense as captured with the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR as associates with PRODUCTION/CREATION and CONSUMPTION/DESTRUCTION, whereas INTELLIGENCE understands dynamics in terms of relational TRANSFORMATION.  While RATIONAL INTELLECTION sees the GROWTH of the TOWN, INTELLIGENCE understands TRANSFORMATION of the landscape including the SHRINKAGE of the Wilderness.

ARE WE WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS INVERTING THE NATURAL PRECEDENCE OF INTELLIGENCE OVER RATIONAL INTELLECTION?

Bohm’s suggestion is YES, as is supported by this sensory-experience-based philosophical-intuitive investigation.

 

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Imagine a landscape in a time of turmoil where people are scattering and gathering wherein at a particular location where people are scattering and gathering, there appears a TOWN that continues to GROW in size even though it is only a relative scattering and gathering place.   We may use the word TOWN to point to this ‘scatter-gather’ apparition and even speak of the GROWTH of the TOWN although what is really going on in is that the entire LANDSCAPE is in a continual condition of TRANSFORMATION and the notion of the LOCAL EXISTENCE of a TOWN and ‘its GROWTH’ is secondary to the gathering and scattering in the landscape in turmoil.  As in the central courtyard of a busy shopping mall, there may be a persisting crowd of people but that persisting ‘thing’ is just illusion deriving from ceaseless gathering and scattering.  We may NAME it ‘THE CENTRAL COURTYARD CROWD’ and say that IT IS GROWING as if it were a LOCAL thing-in-itself with its own powers of SOURCING actions and development although it is a relational scattering-gathering.,

The following discussion explores how our WESTERN CULTURE rational intellection uses language to construct abstract conceptualizations of reality that we have been increasingly substituting for our intelligence based understanding.   As David Bohm points out, ‘rational intellection’ is a reduced way of understanding than ‘intuition’ and ‘intelligence’; e.g.  our intelligence can inform us of inclusion in TRANSFORMATION which is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT while rational intellection can only reach as far as PRODUCTION and CONSUMPTION (GROWTH and REDUCTION) which is LOCAL and EXPLICIT.

There are problems with our WESTERN CULTURE habit of shifting our understanding of reality increasingly onto the basis of RATIONAL INTELLECTION wherein the abstraction of GROWTH deceptively replaces TRANSFORMATION.

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The NONLOCAL Roots of the LOCALLY Manifest

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Since REALITY is INEFFABLE, what is it that we are EFFABLE-izing?

 

The Wave-field is a transforming relational continuum which is INEFFABLE because NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT.

For example, TRANSFORMATION (the Wave-field) is ‘everywhere at the same time’, includes everything, including ourselves, and is continually in flux.

Language, being based on words injects meaning that is LOCAL and PERSISTING and is incapable of direct representational capture of the continually transforming Wave-field reality aka the Tao.

An example is the ‘BOILING’ in the riverflow as a relational feature within the TRANSFORMING relational continuum.  Fully capturing this in language is impossible because it is an appearance within the transforming relational continuum which is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT.  That is, language is a method of RE-presentation that employs abstractions that are LOCAL and EXPLICIT such as ‘the BOIL’ (Watch out! does the BOIL stir up the flow or does the flow stir up the boil?  Ambiguity comes as the price of reducing FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE to FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO.  Also, do the INHABITANTS stir up the HABITAT or does the HABITAT stir up the INHABITANTS?  Ambiguity is, otherwise put, the price of reducing the ineffable to the effable as with TRANSFORMATION to PRODUCTION and CONSUMPTION, the latter being an ouroborical enigma that brings on BIPOLAR DISORDER)

We can use NAMING and GRAMMAR to REDUCE forming in the flow such as ‘boiling’ which then becomes ‘the BOIL’ (thanks to NAMING) while GRAMMAR notionally endows the NAMING-instantiated thing-in-itself with the power of SOURCING actions and developments.

THIS “NAMING AND GRAMMAR” IS THE DOUBLE ERROR pointed out by Nietzsche which ARTIFICIALLY imputes LOCAL BEING with powers of LOCAL SOURCING to relational forms in the transforming relational continuum such as the ‘boiling’.

RATIO-NAL INTELLECTION makes use of this DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR to reduce real dynamics that are NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT to abstract dynamics that are LOCAL and EXPLICIT, so that ‘boiling’ which is relational form based APPEARANCE is reduced to ‘the BOIL’ which we say is GROWING larger and stronger and is pulling driftwood into its circular flow.

NOTE HOW WE RE-LOCATED THE SOURCING AGENCY from the TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM aka the Wave-field which is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT (relational) to SOMETHING LOCAL as suggested by our use of NAMING (the BOIL) and then we conflated this FIRST ERROR with a second error of GRAMMAR to impute to the NAMING-instantiated LOCAL thing-in-itself, ITS OWN POWER of SOURCING actions and development.  ‘The BOIL is BOILING’ is the same double error as Nietzsche’s example; ‘Lightning flashes’ and Nishitani’s ‘Fire burns’.  These DOUBLE ERROR abstractions that impute LOCAL SOURCING bring with them a FIGURE-and-GROUND ambiguity; i.e. does the FIGURE stir up the GROUND or does the GROUND stir up the FIGURE.  The answer is that in reality, there is only TRANSFORMATION which is NONLOCAL; i.e. there is no LOCAL SOURCING in TRANSFORMATION.  Avoiding the ineffability of TRANSFORMATION by introducing the abstraction of LOCAL SOURCING brings with it AMBIGUITY as to whether the FIGURE is sourcing a stirring up of the GROUND or the GROUND is sourcing a stirring up of the FIGURE.

What has just been described is a DOUBLE ERROR based technique for rendering EFFABLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT BEING-based AGENCY, as SURROGATE (replacement) for that which is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT (TRANSFORMATION).

SO, while TRANSFORMATION is the actual REALITY of our sensory experience, it is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT which puts it beyond the reach of capture in language, since language employs the abstraction of NAMING implying PERSISTING BEING.

This FREEZING of flow-forms that are innately transient (One can’t step into the same river twice, as Heraclitus observes, because it is not the same river not the same form stepping into it) … is what makes possible the REDUCTION of the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT “TRANSFORMATION” to something which is EFFABLE-because-LOCAL-and-EXPLICIT.  The abstract tool of GRAMMAR we then use to impute to the LOCAL and EXPLICIT, powers of SOURCING actions and developments.  SO, instead of “TRANSFORMATION” which we can’t capture in language because it is NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT, we then have the MECHANICS of LOCAL, EXPLICIT THINGS-in-THEMSELVES with THEIR OWN (GRAMMAR-GIVEN) POWERS OF SOURCING ACTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT.  For example, instead of relational transformation, we now speak in these DOUBLE ERROR terms; e.g. ‘The hurricane is growing larger and stronger and is devastating the city of New Orleans’.

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