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In pride, in reas’ning pride, our error lies;
— Alexander Pope, ‘An Essay on Man: Epistle I’
REASON is driving us NUTS! It is just too simplistic for the real-world of our sense-experience. If we want to understand mass killings, we need to understand how REASON SCREWS US UP, as Alexander Pope pointed out, but who was listening in our WESTERN CULTURE since we are taught from birth to be proud of our reasoning capability. If we have a “high IQ”, we ‘have it made’ in WESTERN CULTURE.
PROBLEM! “REASON”, as Goedel’s Theorem tells us, is ALWAYS INCOMPLETE.
Reason derives from RATIO as where we say; ‘if we double our wheat growing acreage, we will double our production and earnings’. This is how we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS ‘reason’, but there is no mention here about the fact that as the CULTIVATED area ‘grows’, there is a conjugate ‘shrinking’ of WILDERNESS so that the “REAL” as in ‘actual sense-experience reality’ is that the space we are living in is TRANSFORMING.
What about the GROWTH of the area of the land we are cultivating; that is REAL is it NOT?
Reflection informs us that “it is LOGICAL to think in terms of GROWTH but LOGICAL is NOT REAL”. When we use the word LOGICAL, we habitually assume ARISTOTELIAN LOGIC which is NOT THE SAME AS QUANTUM LOGIC.
If we are talking about GROWTH, we could be THINKING of GROWTH in terms such as the GROWTH of cultivated acreage as if on a flat plane that is so vast that all we need to consider in measuring GROWTH is the RATIO of acres before and acres after our cultivating efforts, as constituting GROWTH of the cultivated land.
HOWEVER, if we are in the space on the spherical surface of the earth, as the area of cultivated land GROWS, so also, in reciprocal relation, the WILDERNESS acreage is SHRINKING. And we know that the WILDERNESS is which most preserves the DIVERSITY that has been evolving since TIME IMMEMORIAL in which we HUMANS, or better, HUMANINGS since we are still included in the overall TRANSFORMING, participate. (i.e. The term HUMANING acknowledges that we are included in the ongoing, transforming relational continuum).
So the point is that together with the GROWTH of CULTIVATED LAND, there is the CONJUGATE SHRINKAGE of WILDERNESS LAND.
What is considered NORMAL in WESTERN CULTURE is innately FRAGMENTING, as finds expression in R. D. Laing’s assertion;
What we call ‘normal’ is a product of repression, denial, splitting, projection, introjection and other forms of destructive action on experience.”
— R.D. Laing
The Wave-field reality of our sense experience has a conjugate ‘wave-based’ structure which, in mathematical terms is composed of both REAL and IMAGINARY components, which can be imagined in terms of the MALE-ASSERTING and FEMALE-ACCOMMODING relation where the former is locally asserting and the latter is locally accommodating. The problem with WESTERN CULTURE NORMAL is that while we live in a WAVE-FIELD REALITY, we have designed our language for representations which are ONE-SIDEDLY MALE-ASSERTING. For example, we say ‘the TOWN is GROWING’ rather than, as indigenous aboriginal languages, ‘there is TOWNING in the TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE.
This DROP OUT of the IMAGINARY COMPONENT (FEMALE COMPONENT), the case of the ‘DEA INCOGNITA’, in our WESTERN CULTURE LANGUAGE COMMUNICATIONS is serving up FRAGMENTATION which manifests in our social relational dynamics. This has been showing up as psychological dysfunction as psychiatrist Ronald Laing is pointing out in the above quote. It is also showing up in the large and growing ANTI-PSYCHIATRY movement and in the systems sciences attack on the dysfunctional employment of SUBOPTIMIZATION as reviewed in the essay ‘the Name of the Devil is Suboptimization’ by Martine Dodds Taljaard and György Jaros.
The commentary in this note is a ‘follow-up’ to the essay at; https://goodshare.org/wp/revisiting-the-errors-we-made-in-designing-our-language-architecture/
I find it very curious when I step back and take a look at the architecture of the language we are using, and then return to my usual use of language because when I’m discussing language architecture, the screw-up is so obvious, but when I return to normal usage mode, I am using English to try to express my self as clearly as possible but it really doesn’t matter how carefully I choose my words, its still the same language, English, and the psychological mind-screwing is NOT in my words, it is in the language I am using (English).
Let me be clear on this, in the same manner that Goedel has been clear in his Goedel’s Theorem of the INCOMPLETENESS of all finite logical propositions.
EXAMPLE: I say that my farm has been GROWING; e.g. it was 2 acres and it “HAS GROWN” to 40 acres. We understand this RATIO-NALLY or by way of REASON, and we can IMAGINE how something GROWS BIGGER OVER TIME, like a CHILD which grows from an invisible fertilized ovum into a two hundred pound youth. This a REASONABLE understanding, not of the ‘workings of NATURE’ but of the ‘workings of our REASONING INTELLECT’. It is a WESTERN CULTURE way of understanding ‘reality’, or rather of CONSTRUCTING REALITY, because we have recently come around to a different understanding, which accords with indigenous aboriginal culture mode of understanding which accords with Modern physics, where we GET RID OF the abstract concept of GROWTH which is based on RATIO and understand what was formerly GROWTH in terms of TRANSFORMATION. We did this because we recognized that GROWTH was a one-sided MALE-ASSERTING abstraction that failed to include conjugate SHRINKING that is part of NATURAL phenomena such as when we have a potted plant in our home that, as it GROWS, is accompanied by a CONUGATE SHRINKING of navigable open space, which TRANSFORMS the pattern of our movements which are relative to the GROWTH of the plant.
DOES TRANSFORMATION ALWAYS ACCOMPANY GROWTH? There is a trickiness in language which shows up here because GROWTH is ABSTRACTION based on RATIO which keys to a LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF and HAS NO DEPENDENCE ON THE WORLD IT IS INCLUDED IN.
My current thought is that it would be useful to revisit the basic challenge of ‘inventing language’ so as to be able to share INTELLECTUAL CONCEPTUALIZATIONS that can trigger impressions of sense-experience reality.
Like Erich Jantsch in ‘Design for Evolution, I see THREE different options for approaching this challenge of designing language to deliver intellectual conceptual representations of sense-experience reality, a reality characterized by sense-experience of INCLUSION IN TRANSFORMATION which is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT (wherein ‘everything is in flux’).
This ‘everything is in flux’ sense-experience reality is IMPOSSIBLE to capture in words (with explicit meaning) and one way around this is the Wittgenstein ladder or the Bootstrapping approach of using words-that-signify-things but arranging them (with GRAMMAR) so as to make use of the matrix of relations that can be thus prepared, so that the relations can be used to convey ‘reality’ in a manner that is not encumbered by the abstraction of ‘things-in-themselves’ as given by NAMING things. That is, the NAMING, as in Wittgenstein’s ‘ladder’ description is only used to put together these THINGS as an expedient for building a WEB OF RELATIONS IN THE MIND. For example, If my sense experience of wandering in the desert is that the landscape is transforming, that’s something naturally experience-able but impossible to capture in words since ‘everything is in flux’ and there is involvement of everything earth, sky, sun as my intuition informs me are ‘all related’ and thus the whole scheme of nature involved an UNBOUNDED relational Wholeness aka ‘the IMPLICATE ORDER in Bohm’s words, in which we, ourselves, are innately included.
I am speaking from the point of view of a LANGUAGE DESIGNER now, and while it is evident that there is no way of capturing in words, this UNDIVIDED WHOLENESS of the TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM, there is still open to me, some INFERENCE based schemes. I could develop a RELATIONAL ACTIONS based representation scheme and develop a word vocabulary including forms such as DUNING as for example, ‘there is DUNING’ beyond the MOUNTAINING or the LAKING, so as to have my language grounded in MOVEMENT. This is the approach taken by the indigenous aboriginals in their language architectural choice. This corresponds to Jantsch’s level 1 reality where there is only flow and no fixed entities in the language architecture; i.e. DUNING is a relational forming and flowing which does not depend on the ONTOLOGICAL concept of ‘the DUNE’.
Now comes the interesting options where we (humanings in the flow) architect a language based on the abstract notion of LOCAL THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES and THEIR actions and developments. This move has been described by Presocratic philosophers as coming bundled with THE BURDEN OF CONCRETENESS, meaning, that now we have invented a whole load of NAMING-instantiated notional things-in-themselves, we have burdened ourselves with having to come up with a scheme (a GRAMMAR) to manipulate these things, to make them move and grow or shrink or bloat or thin etc. These OVERHEADS were NOT encountered in the RELATIONAL ACTIONS based language architecture.
WHY is FMT (Fecal Microbiota Transplantation) as a remedy for c. difficile related colitis ‘banned’ in the USA and encouraged in Europe?
ANSWER: Because it’s cheap as shit and Pfizer and other drug companies stand to make literally BILLIONS on a vaccine for “d. cifficile infections” (THE REALITY IS that rather that c.difficile being a ‘pathogen’ it is a microbe that proliferates under conditions of imbalance in the microbial assemblage in the gut). A widespread acceptance of FMT as in Europe, will negate BILLIONS in projected pharmaceutical company revenues.
c. diff causes about half a million infections and 25,000 deaths in the U.S. each year
While the FMT (stool transplant) treatment is close to 100 percent effective as a cure for c. difficile related colitis, it is not allowed in the U.S. unless one has had 3 or more recurrent bouts of this imbalance in the intestinal microbial assemblage.
WONDER WHY FMT IS NOT THE GENERAL REMEDIAL APPROACH FOR C. DIFFICILE?
“Back in May, a Moody’s report predicted the vaccine being developed for c. difficile infections would launch in 2021 and generate peak sales of $300 million.
But Barclays analyst Carter Gould thinks the vaccine has more promise than that. Along with Pfizer’s 20-valent pneumococcal vaccine, the candidate has “the potential to drive an inflection in growth across the vaccines business which provides a durable revenue contribution,”
— Gould’s team (Sanofi) sees the vaccine as a “high risk/high reward opportunity,” and predicts it could generate $2 billion by 2030″.
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THE KEY POINTS ON WHAT IS GOING ON HERE CAN BE GLEANED FROM JUXTAPOSING THE FOLLOWING THREE ARTICLES (The URL’s, Article titles and a short extract from each of the three are included below).
NOTES FOR THE READER of The TIME BOMB of anti-pathogen VACCINE programs.
The TIME BOMB concept arises from understanding things based on BINARY LOGIC that require understanding in QUANTUM LOGIC. Reminders of the basics of how these different LOGIC systems differ and thus how they ‘shift our understanding of reality from ‘sense-experience reality’ to intellectual ‘substitute reality’ is summarized in this preliminary NOTES FOR THE READER:
“REALITY vis a vis SUBSTITUTE REALITY
QUANTUM BOTH/AND LOGIC of the INCLUDED MEDIUM vis a vis BINARY EITHER/OR LOGIC of the EXCLUDED MEDIUM
CONTINUING FLUID TRANSFORMATION (NO LOCAL AUTHORING) vis a vis BIRTH, GROWTH, PRODUCTION and DEATH (LOCAL AUTHORING).
QUANTUM LOGIC REALITY is consistent with our sense experience wherein everything is in flux and where matter is the condensation of field (as symbolized by the Tai-Chi figure).
BINARY LOGIC REALITY has its own internal consistency based on the absolutes of SOLID MATTER versus EMPTY SPACE (symbolized by a black spot on a white background)
WESTERN CULTURE language architecture incorporates BINARY LOGIC and employs RATIO based constructions such as ‘the TOWN is GROWING’ where SUBSTITUTE-REALITY is intellectually conceived of as LOCAL and EXPLICIT
EASTERN CULTURE language, consistent with Modern Physics, incorporates QUANTUM LOGIC and employs TRANSFORMATION based construction such as ‘there is TOWNING in the TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE’ where SENSE-REALITY is experienced as inclusion in the NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT (INEFFABLE).
FOOTNOTE: In order to be sense-experience consistent, all BINARY LOGIC based language propositions must be interpreted using QUANTUM LOGIC. For example; “The TOWN is GROWING”, instead of being taken literally, must be understood as ‘There is TOWNING in the TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPE”. IF NOT, the psychological impact will be to ‘situate the listener/interpreter within a SUBSTITUTE REALITY based on BINARY LOGIC’. We WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS tend to ‘default’ to SUBSTITUTE REALITY.
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The PATHOGEN abstraction is a simplified representation of a condition of imbalance in relational dynamics. For example, ROBBERS proliferate in RESPONSE to a rising RICH-POOR IMBALANCE and the ATTACK OF A PATHOGEN labelling as implied by ROBBERY perpetrated by ROBBERS is a simplified PEJORATIVE labelling of what, in NATURE is the innate (WAVE-FIELD based) tendency towards balance. That is, regions of excess and regions of deficiency are conjugates that underly TRANSFORMATION. While the natural dynamic is TRANSFORMATION, our WESTERN CULTURE language based representation cannot deal directly with TRANSFORMATION since it is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT (i.e. it is “everywhere-at-the-same-time”).
THE SAME SITUATION IS ENCOUNTERED in the realm of RICH and POOR. While the rebalancing tendency is natural, WESTERN CULTURE social custom is to PROMOTE and PROTECT imbalance no matter how extreme the natural relancing tensions become. The nature-induced REBALANCING AGENTS, which seem to ‘come out of the woodwork’ (e.g. Robin Hood and Jean Valjean), we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS identify as PATHOGENS and spontaneously PURSUE THEIR ELIMINATION. For example, Robin Hood’s initiative of ‘taking from the rich and giving to the poor’ was celebrated as the NATURAL thing to do by the POOR majority but was adamantly, and violently opposed by the RICH minority.
This WESTERN CULTURE PENCHANT for PORTRAYING and PROTECTING “IMBALANCE” AS THE “NORM” is supported by the EGO sense of LOCAL AUTHORING of actions and developments, the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR pointed out by Nietzsche. This leads to an UPSIDE-DOWN situation wherein nature-induced REBALANCING AGENTS (Robin Hood, Jean Valjean) are MIS-identified as HARMFUL PATHOGENS.
This ABSTRACT, ANTI-PATHOGEN ORIENTATION has become PSYCHOLOGICALLY ENTRENCHED in us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS and ANTI-PATHOGEN ACTIVISM has been given a FOUNDATIONAL ROLE in WESTERN, … although NOT EASTERN, … MEDICINE AND JUSTICE. In other words, the NATURE-induced REBALANCING ACTIONS are MISTAKENLY INTERPRETED as the ATTACK OF PATHOGENS and thus NEEDED REBALANCING ACTIVITIES are, in the WESTERN CULTURE social dynamic, being confronted and eliminated. The RESULT IS that PROBLEMATIC IMBALANCES are being PROTECTED by the mistaken WESTERN CULTUER ANTI-PATHOGEN ORIENTATION..
PROLOGUE: “Reason” is the MALE-ASSERTIVE aspect of the coniunctio oppositorum of TRANSFORMATION. The butterfly emerges in conjugate relation to the decline of the worm. To speak of the GROWTH of the butterfly would be a psychological error that we foist on ourselves with the error of GRAMMAR which selectively isolates the male-assertive component of dynamics and simply ignores the female-accommodating component. The bulldozers arrive to support the GROWTH of the TOWN because what is REALLY going on is TRANSFORMATION with its MALE-FEMALE conjugate aspects of GENERATIVE GROWTH and DEGENERATIVE ACCOMMODATION.
WESTERN CULTURE has designed its languages so as to SPLIT TRANSFORMATION INTO TWO SEPARATE (Male and Female) PARTS and IGNORE THE FEMALE, thus TRANSFORMATION is reduced to GROWTH and all of the crumbling and collapse of the old to make possible the emergence of the new is IGNORED. That is, in WESTERN CULTURE language based REPRESENTATION, we design into our language, representation that SUBSTITUTES GROWTH FOR TRANSFORMATION. There is an ‘economy’ in this REDUCTION of TRANSFORMATION (which is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT/RELATIONAL) to GROWTH which is LOCAL and EXPLICIT, in that by orienting to LOCAL GROWTH instead of NONLOCAL TRANSFORMATION, we can fabricate a SUBSTITUTE REALITY on a LOCAL PARTS-wise basis, as in the example of ‘the TOWN that is GROWING’. This one-sided male-assertive construct LOCALIZES our representation of reality, or more accurately, INTRODUCES A LOCALIZED SUBSTITUTE REALITY where we NOW need address ONLY the actions and development of a notional LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF, ignoring the REAL REALITY of overall TRANSFORMATION.
WESTERN CULTURE languages have a DOUBLE ERROR based architecture which supports the construction of SUBSTITUTE REALITY wherein GROWTH takes the place of TRANSFORMATION, a SUBSTITUTION that allows us to FRAGMENT ‘REALITY’ (in which case it is no longer ‘reality’ but instead a ‘substitute reality’) into LOCAL PIECES such as ‘the TOWN’. This opens the way to use of the abstract concept, GROWTH, based on a LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF. The GROWTH of a THING is RATIO based and self-referential; i.e. the notion is that whatever is initially present is increasing in size. This RATIO-ing up of ‘what is already there’, creates a SUBSTITUTE REALITY wherein we are no longer obligated to address the conjugate impact on the overall containing space as is the REALITY in our sense experience of inclusion in TRANSFORMATION.
THERE is no such thing as GROWTH of a LOCAL THING-IN-ITSELF in our sense-experience reality since (a) there is not such thing as a ‘thing-in-itself’, and (b) there is no such thing as an empty space of infinite extent that would be necessary for a form to GROW IN ITS OWN (male assertive) RIGHT without CONJUGATE (female accommodating) of the common GROUND it is situationally included in.
GROWTH is only possible in an abstract SUBSTITUTE REALITY wherein, so we say, FIGURE and GROUND are TWO separate and independent ontological entities. In sense-experience REALITY, FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE and the only possible dynamic is NONLOCAL, RELATIONAL, TRANSFORMATION.
One-sided (male-assertive) abstractions such as GROWTH and PRODUCTION allow the construction of a SUBSTITUTE REALITY that is notionally LOCAL and BOUNDED in SPACE and TIME, … as far as our SUBSTITUTE REALITY ‘story-telling’ is concerned, a ‘story-telling’ which can be of great utility since it ‘gets around’ (substitutes for) the INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT (purely relational) SENSE EXPERIENCE REALITY.
With our WESTERN CULTURE languages, we can construct this SUBSTITUTE REALITY based on BREAKING OUT A FRAGMENT of the transforming relational continuum (the reality of our sense-experience). Thanks to this breaking out of a FRAGMENT of reality, such as ‘the TOWN’ (in reality, the TOWNING in the TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM), we move our psyche inside a SUBSTITUTE REALITY wherein the SEPARATE FRAGMENTS are now understood as our OPERATIVE REALITY.
THUS, TRANSFORMATION, which is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT (relational) is REDUCED, within the SUBSTITUTE REALITY, to GROWTH which is LOCAL and EXPLICIT allowing us to break off PIECES OF REALITY and setting them up as new LOCAL SUBSTITUTE REALITIES that we can ‘get a handle on’ because they are now LOCAL and EXPLICIT as in the example of the TOWN that is GROWING that we have SUBSTITUTED for the TOWNING in the TRANSFORMING RELATIONAL CONTINUUM,
Having created the convenient language-based tool that allows us to construct a SUBSTITUTE REALITY which is a local FRAGMENT of sense-experience reality that we can GO INTO, such as ‘the TOWN’ and manipulate the contents IN DETAIL, as if the CONTENTS were local things-in-themselves (thanks to the power of language in constructing substitute realities). So, are the houses under construction in our SUBSTITUTE REALITY of ‘THE TOWN’ … NOT REAL? ARE THE DOORS AND WINDOWS and the CONCRETE FOUNDATION and the WALLS AND ROOFING or the HOUSES WE HAVE CONSTRUCTED,… NOT REAL?
How about we acknowledge that these things are MATERIAL and TANGIBLE but also acknowledge that there is a GREATER, ALL-INCLUDING REALITY wherein EVERYTHING IS IN FLUX. This takes us back to where we have used language to SPLIT APART the MALE-ASSERTIVE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TOWN and the FEMALE-ACCOMMODATING of the Wilderness. Our language DROPS OUT the FEMALE ACCOMMODATING ASPECT of REALITY (it becomes IMPLICIT). EVERY NEW HOUSE WE CONSTRUCT implies a CONJUGATE SHRINKING of the Wilderness and the CONSUMPTION of FOREST for BUILDING SUPPLIES etc. etc. meaning that what is REALLY going on is TRANSFORMATION of the LANDSCAPE.
In a more comprehensive language architecture that didn’t have SO MUCH DROP OUT AS ENGLISH (the SAE languages in Whorf’s classification), we would NOT LEAVE OUT the CONJUGATE FEMALE ACCOMMODATING component of TRANSFORMATION, as leads to a reduction in our language representations to CONSTRUCTION and GROWTH and if these were REAL and sense-experience affirmable. CONSTRUCTION and GROWTH are NOT REAL, they are one-sided male-assertive only ABSTRACTIONS. They are A WAY OF TALKING ABOUT TRANSFORMATION which avoids the NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT nature of TRANSFORMATION by fabricating a SUBSTITUTE REALITY wherein the LOCAL and EXPLICIT can play the FOUNDATIONAL ROLE in the REPRESENTATION. Such REPRESENTATION is of a SUBSTITUTE REALITY and no longer a representation of REALITY since the transforming relational continuum is in continual flux.
Indigenous aboriginal languages form representations of the LOCAL and EXPLICIT, not by CRUDELY CHOPPING THEM OUT OF THE TRANSFORMING CONTINUUM AND PRESENTING THEM AS CONCRETE THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES, but by using relational inference (e.g. ‘dances with wolves’)
In the writings of Heraclitus, to a larger degree than ever before, the images do not impose their burden of concreteness but are entirely subservient to the achievement of clarity and precision.” — Frankfort et al, ‘The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man’
“English compared to Hopi is like a bludgeon compared to a rapier.” – Benjamin Whorf [i.e. Whorf is speaking of ‘English’ employed rationally rather than relationally (poetically), delivering content in terms of the absolute, local and explicit]
NOTA BENE: The message in this PROLOGUE is that while our sense-experience reality is of INCLUSION IN TRANSFORMATION which is INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT (relational), we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS have developed a language architecture that CIRCUMVENTS this ‘complexity’ by creating a SIMPLER SUBSTITUTE REALITY based on the ABSTRACTIONS of “GROWTH” and ‘PRODUCTION”, male assertive concepts IMPUTE the SPLITTING APART of FIGURE and GROUND INTO TWO ONTOLOGICAL ENTITIES and then constructing a SUBSTITUTE REALITY based on the FIGURE… AS IF THE FIGURE WERE RE-SITUATED WITHIN AN ABSOLUTE EMPTY SPACE OF INFINITE EXTENT, … thus avoiding the complexity in sense-experience reality (inclusion in the transforming relational continuum) that renders it INEFFABLE-because-NONLOCAL-and-IMPLICIT (purely relatoinal). WHAT WE WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS FORGET, IN USING LANGUAGE THAT CONSTRUCTS SUBSTITUTE REALITIES THAT ARE EFFABLE AT THE EXPENSE OF NO LONGER CAPTURING SENSE-EXPERIENCE REALITY, IS THAT OUR SUBSTITUTE REALITY CONSTRUCTING LANGUAGE IS ONLY GOOD FOR “INFERENCE” OF THE SENSE-EXPERIENCE REALITY THAT IS INEFFABLE BECAUSE NONLOCAL AND IMPLICIT.
WESTERN CULTURE PSYCHOLOGICAL CONFUSION IS ARISING FROM OUR USE OF THIS “SUBSTITUTE REALITY” AS OUR “OPERATIVE REALITY” hence Emerson’s ‘the tool runs away with the workman, the human with the divine’. When we hear talk of GROWTH and PRODUCTION, we must remember that these are abstractions of convenience. These SUBSTITUTE REALITY based terms; GROWTH and PRODUCTION are convenient because they are LOCAL and EXPLICIT, MEANWHILE, the SUBSTITUTE REALITY obscures (eclipses by substituting for) the REAL (sense-experience affirmable) reality of TRANSFORMATION which is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT.
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This essay entitled When FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE becomes FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO explores the basic SPLIT in our way of understanding reality that divides us and can polarize us against each other, based on our different ways of ‘linguistically representing sense-experience reality’. The “EAST” is the designation given to those of us who understand FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE, which is reaffirmed by Modern physics and has been the understanding of indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta. The “WEST” is the designation given to those of us who understand FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO, which is confirmed by the BINARY LOGIC based understanding of Newtonian physics which, as Benjamin Whorf has shown, derives from the early WESTERN CULTURE language architectures of Europe.
Whorf’s point is that IT IS LANGUAGE that shapes our representations of reality, rather than sense-experience reality shaping our language-based representations. Nietzsche reaffirms Whorf’s principle in pointing out the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR which liberates the FIGURE from the GROUND and allows us to construct FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO based representations such as ‘the TOWN is GROWING’, … giving us this SUBSTITUTE REALITY which totally occludes our FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE sense-experience grounded understanding of reality. FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO propositions such as ‘The TOWN is GROWING’ is INTELLECTUAL ABSTRACTION that distracts our psyche from our FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE sense-experience reality (wherein our sense-experience informs us of our inclusion in the transforming relational continuum aka the Wave-field aka the Tao).
This essay shares understanding that reconfirms Whorf’s hypothesis that language shapes worldview.
The hypothesis of linguistic relativity, also known as the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, the Whorf hypothesis, or Whorfianism, is a principle suggesting that the structure of a language affects its speakers’ worldview or cognition, and thus people’s perceptions are relative to their spoken language.
In particular, this essay reviews how our WESTERN CULTURE languages (Whorf’s SAE language architecture variant) reduces the QUANTUM logic based (FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE based) understanding of reality to the BINARY LOGIC based (FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO based) understanding of reality. The problematic result is that we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS habitually FRAGMENT reality, breaking it down into NOTIONAL separate pieces and then using GRAMMAR to impute the ‘liberated fragment’ its own powers of action, growth and development. Our WESTERN CULTURE language representations, as a result, are constructions of SUBSTITUTE REALITIES that seem to exist and function ‘on their own’ as separate fragments or ‘islands’ within an absolute empty and infinite containing space. These WESTERN CULTURE SUBSTITUTE REALITIES are being employed as OPERATIVE REALITIES and this, as Bohm, Nietzsche and others have pointed out, is breeding SHIZOPHRENIA in our WESTERN CULTURE as manifests in the social collective in the Conservative-Liberal polarized opposition.
The indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, since they embrace sense experience reality consistent FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE language structure, are not smitten by the psychological FRAGMENTATION that comes with the FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-TWO based SUBSTITUTE REALITY of WESTERN CULTURE language architectures.
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Our understanding of reality is influenced by language and the languages of EAST and WEST have built-in-‘topologies’ that shape our understanding of reality differently;
THE EAST: Here, the understanding of reality is in terms of TRANSFORMING which can be understood in QUANTUM LOGIC terms wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE, as in the Modern physics relation between the electromagnetic field and matter wherein ‘matter’ is a ‘condensation of the electromagnetic field. The continuing circle of re-congealing into tangible matter and redissolving into Wave-field as in the case of EARTHING or PLANETING in the all-pervading electromagnetic field manifests as TRANSFORMATION of the contents of the containing space. wherein CONTAINER-and-CONTENT-are-ONE and are continually undergoing TRANSFORMATION. That is the basic nature of the ‘field-matter’ relation as discerned by Modern physics.
Since according to our present conceptions the elementary particles of matter are also, in their essence, nothing else than condensations of the electromagnetic field— Einstein, ‘Ether and the Theory of Relativity’
TRANSFORMATIOJN is symbolically represented by the Tai-Chi symbol which suggests the FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE relation.
THE WEST: Here, the understanding of reality is in terms of CREATION and DESTRUCTION which can be understood in BINARY LOGIC terms wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO, and in the relation between material being that “IS” and emptiness that “IS NOT”, setting up the two opposing conditions of EITHER “IS” OR “IS NOT”. This BINARY LOGIC, when incorporated into language-and-thought based representation, requires the concepts of CREATION/BIRTH and DESTRUCTION/DEATH. Reality based on the BINARY LOGIC couple of CREATION and DESTRUCTION give rise to a SUBSTITUTE REALITY which bypasses all references to TRANSFORMATION and “insists” that something EITHER “IS” OR “IS NOT”. Newtonian physics encapsulates this WESTERN concept of reality based on the BINARY LOGIC whereby something EITHER “IS” OR “IS NOT”, removing all possibility of envisaging ‘reality’ in terms of TRANSFORMATION and thus introducing a SUBSTITUTE REALITY wherein basic change can only come through CREATION/BIRTH and/or DESTRUCTION/DEATH.
The case of Derek Chauvin and George Floyd resurrects the WEST and EAST Psycho-Schism wherein ‘Never the Twain Shall Meet’
While the WEST is PURIFICATIONIST with a JUSTICE system that orients to the identification and ELIMINATION of EVIL-DOERS, the EAST is RESTORATIVE with a Justice system that orients to RESTORING social-relational resonance as the antidote to emergent social-relational dissonance. While WESTERN JUSTICE has the Newtonian Binary Logic outlook wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO, EASTERN JUSTICE has the Quantum Logic outlook wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE.
Thus, in the JUSTICE of the WEST, the individual is the AUTHOR of OFFENDING ACTION and the solution is to remove the OFFENDER from the social collective , while, in the JUSTICE OF THE EAST, dissonance in the social relational dynamic is the offender and the solution is to restore resonance in the relational dynamic of the social collective. While the EAST’s understanding of strife in terms of relational dissonance is supported by Modern physics, the WEST’s understanding of strife as being AUTHORED by a PATHOGEN is supported by Newtonian physics, which itself derived from the DOUBLE ERROR based structure of WESTERN language and grammar (NAMING and GRAMMAR that implies LOCAL SOURCING of actions and development). The abstraction of LOCAL SOURCING and hence the PURIFICATIONIST approach of identifying and removing/eliminating the LOCAL SOURCES of PATHOLOGY remains the CORNERSTONE premise of WESTERN JUSTICE, due to the associated belief in LOCAL SOURCING of BENEFICIAL actions and developments which plays a major role in WESTERN VALUES and REWARDS systems.
Because the WEST continues to support belief in SORCERY; i.e. belief in the abstract concept of the LOCAL AUTHORING of actions and development (termed the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR by Nietzsche) WESTERN JUSTICE continues to REACT in a PURIFICATIONIST fashion, to seek removal of a perceived OFFENDING SOURCE rather than, as in the EAST, to RESTORE social-relational resonance where relational dissonance has emerged.
Thus, the WEST and the EAST have developed different ways of CONCEIVING OF REALITY and while the EAST has stayed with a relational reality that is affirmed by Modern physics, we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS have ‘stuck ourselves into’ a SUBSTITUTE REALITY’ based on the BINARY LOGIC of Newtonian MATTER and SPACE where the action of a FIGURE (a notional NAMING-instantiated ‘THING-IN-ITSELF’) with its own GRAMMAR-given powers of AUTHORING action and development, EITHER “is” OR ‘is not’, the AUTHOR of a CONSTRUCTIVE or DESTRUCTIVE action and development. This WESTERN ‘SUBSTITUTE REALITY’ with its ‘IDOLS’ gifted by GRAMMAR with powers of AUTHORING actions and developments, is nothing like the EASTERN sense-experience-informed REALITY wherein ‘everything is in flux’ so that ‘relations’ are in an innate primacy over ‘material forms’ (material forms are, as Einstein and Modern physics points out, are ‘condensations of the electromagnetic field’).
WE WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS, with our BELIEF in LOCAL THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES WITH OUR OWN (notional) POWERS OF AUTHORING ACTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT, FIGURES that purportedly live in a GROUND that is separate and independent of the FIGURES (in a BINARY LOGIC sense) are continuing to employ this SUBSTITUTE REALITY as our OPERATIVE REALITY. NOTA BENE:This IS ‘NOT’ REALITY, it is a SUBSTITUTE REALITY based on the abstraction of BINARY LOGIC, and it is the basis of our WESTERN PURIFICATIONISM wherein we reject the sense experience affirmation of inclusion in the transforming relational continuum aka the Wave-field aka the Tao.
All of this is relevant to what is happening in the trial of Derek Chauvin, but since WESTERN JUSTICE remains as it has long been, a PURIFICATIONIST process for the ELIMINATION of EVIL DOERS, … the general WESTERN CULTURE public as well as the WESTERN CULTURE AUTHORITIES are naturally proceeding according to the established PURIFICATIONIST principles of WESTERN JUSTICE. This comes with the prices of CONFUSION and DYSFUNCTION since WESTERN JUSTICE is not dealing with sense-experience reality but is instead dealing with an intellectually constructed SUBSTITUTE REALITY wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO which in turn opens the way for the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR that implies LOCAL AUTHORING of actions and developments, CONTRARY TO MODERN PHYSICS and CONTRARY TO OUR OWN SENSE-EXPERIENCE as affirm FIGURE-and-GROUND-as-ONE reality where relations are in a natural primacy over ‘things’.
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When we explore our use of language in representing our sense experience PERCEPTIONS, we notice a basic difference between representing the furnishings and social goings on in our cabin in the bowels of he Titanic and continually TRANSFORMING dynamics of the world we are included in.
Inside our cabin, we see LOCAL things that are EXPLICIT that can GROW larger such as the construction of a temporary stage for an orchestra for a dance party while outside in the ‘open’, the reality is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT where everything is in flux and continually undergoing TRANSFORMATION. Even this mighty ship, the Titanic that we are inside of, is not SEPARATRE from the all-including NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT dynamic of TRANSFORMATION.
IF WE PONDER what is going on, we can see where the notion of the all-including WAVE-FIELD comes from, with which the relational forms and their seeming ‘interactions’ must be the creations of our own inventive minds, since our sense is that the world is ONE THING which is undergoing TRANSFORMATION whereby relational forms are continually gathering and scattering and where absolutely everything is in flux.
We know, intuitively, that this understanding of inclusion in a fluid reality of TRANSFORMING that is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT is what our our SENSE EXPERIENCE is affirming. We also know, intuitively, that our language-based capture of this fluid sense-experience reality makes use of a REDUCED, SUBSTITUTE REALITY wherein we impute LOCAL and EXPLICIT form to what are intrinsically dynamic shapes in the all-including fluid sense-experience reality. Language can’t possible capture this all-including fluid dynamic of the TRANSFORMING relational continuum because TRANSFORMATION is ephemeral and non-persisting while the words of language have meaning that is persisting.
It is very difficult to ‘make a point’ in discussing highly emotion packed issues which is philosophical and which changes the way we are looking at, and understanding the issue.
For example, if we are black and another black person is killed in an interaction with white police the chance that suspicion of anti-black bias on the part of the white police officer is likely to arise.
This situation would be understood differently in different cultures. for example, in indigenous aboriginal culture, there is no assumption of LOCAL AUTHORING of actions as there is in our WESTERN CULTURE. In indigenous aboriginal culture the understanding of dynamics are relational as in relational harmony and relational dissonance. Emergent developments are not understood on the basis of LOCAL AUTHORING of actions, such as killing, as in our WESTERN CULTURE understanding of dynamics. In a social collective, interactions can be like a BUMPER CAR game such that while CAR 17 smashes into CAR 51 whose operator is killed, CAR 17, while included in the dissonance, IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF THE death and damage.
The WESTERN CULTURE notion of LOCAL AUTHORING as in ‘Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd’ does not make sense in either Modern physics or in the EASTERN CULTURE Instead, one would say that relational dissonance developed which involved a collision in which George Floyd died. David Bohm explains this in his example of the death of Abraham Lincoln and how the physics of the dynamics in question do not support the DOUBLE ERROR based proposition that John Wilkes Booth killed Abraham Lincoln.
As Bohm points out, there were many things leading up the event including he invention of gunpowder and the invention of the gun.
While we are so accustomed to it we no longer question it, our habit is to employ a DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR to SIMPLIFY our representing of reality. This is NOT Modern physics reality and it is NOT indigenous aboriginal reality, it is WESTERN CULTURE REALITY that comes from long time usage of the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR that SIMPLIFIES the representation of reality thus formed.
Reflection will affirm that we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS have a habit of constructing simplified SUBSTITUTE REALITIES based on the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR. An example that Nietzsche gives is “lightning flashes” … and Nishitani gives the example that ‘FIRE BURNS” but in both cases this is a DOUBLE ERROR since the lightning is the flashing and the FIRE is the BURNING’. But what this DOUBLE ERROR achieves, is to INTERJECT the impression of LOCAL AUTHORING of action and development.