Adam Blatner, Imaginationologist
May 12, 2011 For an explanation of the word "confabulation," see
issue 1. Other webpages are similarly rich in oddities and potentials.
Confabulations 2 3
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Primal Forms: Their Anatomy and Physiology: An Introduction
This is a topic that in truth is so complex that it would boggle a
human mind right off its hinges. To begin with, we need a relative
holistic view of the cosmos and its interpenetrating nature.
Super-String Theory hints at the opening of the door. It is somewhat
right as far as it goes, but it doesn't go near far enough, because in
proposing 11 dimensions, we are led to the next obvious question: What
are these dimensions? What goes on in them. I have been vouchsafed a
preliminary answer that at least offers a beginning in trying to
comprehend the literally incomprehensible.
Plato was a little bit right, but it also has to be seen functionally.
There is no primary form to chair, which calls on human anatomy and to
some degree, Western technology and culture. In many cultures, one
squats, lies down, sits cross-legged. What is hinted at is not "chair"
but rather a context for repose. So this archetypal function operates
even on other planets, because activity and repose is a syzygy, a
primal duality, both of which elements operate relative to the other,
as in more and less (another syzygy), up and down, better and worse,
dark and light, etc. So also is form and formless, and yet as in the
symbol of the Tao, there are shades of in-between-ness, gradients,
spectrums. Here, to the upper right, is a very stylized diagram,
admittedly crude, in which I try to capture some sense of the way
primal forms come to become more manifest in our perceivable cosmos. I
also allude to the Kabbalistic
Tree of Life diagram as described on another webpage. The
underlying theme is that of emanation: More abstract and general forms,
beyond form, emerge into form. To our time frame these emergences are
instantaneous. However, as we have penetrated sub-atomic physics, we
now can indirectly be aware of events that operate far more quickly
than anyone can actually comprehend. .
Meanwhile, in the illustration to the right:
of the elements begin to re-organize into a primordial
organismic-form at a higher, more integrative level. Forms within
forms, systems within systems, what the philosopher calls holarchy, this
operates also in the transdimensional realm.
|It begins with dynamic
intra-action, a swirling of inter-dimensional formative brew, partaking
of chaos as form emerges from implicate order. Correspondences to the
Kabbalistic Tree of Life, this would be near the 4th Sephiroth.
| A period of repose and
individuation is the next phase, an encysting as each element gathers
its energies to blossom into more dynamic evolutionary meta-forms,
preparing to encounter each other in realtionship. 5th Sephiroth.
|More interconnections at a
"higher" (or more manifest, more complex) level (though lower in the
diagram of the Tree of Life---7th Sephira). Qualities of "beauty"
become more evident.
|In this diagram, the forms
within themselves are generating further explorations of individuality,
corresponding to the 8th Sephira on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life.
A moment in time, perhaps 2.3 micro-seconds, with the semi-square
figure in the middle being a slice in multi-dimensional space-time of
the subjectivity creating. This drawing illustrates a rather difficult
idea put forth by the mathematician - turned philosopher, Alred North
Whitehead (1861-1947). After contemplating new ideas in relativity
(Einstein), quantum physics (Max Planck, Niels Bohr, etc.), Whitehead
realized in the mid-1920s that the problem is partly that our culture
thinks in terms of "stuff," things, nouns, rather than events,
processes. What if we reversed this, and imageined that the elemental
whatever was an event, a process, rather than a thing? (That's one
reason his metaphysical theory has come to be called "process
philosophy," although Whitehead himself termed it a philosophy of
organism. That is because he recognized that things are organized
holarchically, in terms of systems within systems, though systems and
holarchy weren't really used as words when he developed this theory.
Occasion (on the left)
Well, I fear this is getting serious, and we wouldn't want that, would
we? The point in the illustration above left is that events take in
(prehend) all sorts of unfolding influences and at a certain point
integrate also values (Whitehead called them eternal objects, drawing
from Plato's eternal forms) and create a response. Creativity is a key
dynamic here---and those of you who know me know I delight in
creativity, even if it edges into silliness at times.
Enough for now. If you enjoy these quasi cosmic-comics, email me at