10: THE LATEST THEORY
(yet another episode in
The Journal of (Very) Speculative Philosophy)
Adam Blatner, Imagination-ologist
(May 30, 2011) Related webpage links: Other webpages of
This is 10 11 12 13
It May Be More Like This (see diagram above right)
perhaps more like what is shown here to the left. If sentences can be
diagramed in terms of their grammatical structure, why not theories?
Of course, theories involve many world-views, basic assumptions, sets
that operate at a meta-level, hinted at by this picture on the right, below,
which show the inter-flow of different idea-trends, paradigm-shifts,
and their permutations in the evolving noosphere.
Alas, these cannot be adequately demonstrated in a two-dimensional
portrayal of a three-dimensional surface, because it’s all far more
There are problems to be considered, problems about what’s properly
imagined as “out there” versus “in-here;” what is objective versus what
is subjective; and as for the subjective, there is ane emerging
awareness of the variety of and prevalence—if not dominance—of minor
and major influences of non-rational mind. (See comments on nonrational
mind on blog).
External reality—i.e., “objectivity,”—is, of course, partly or largely
illusory. For one thing, what seems to be “happening” is partly
determined not so much by individual minds desiring or willing this or
that—or praying for it—but rather by the result of large collective
vectors of consciousness operating over many generations.
involve not only a culture, but the interface with certain other
relevant cultures. There are also the degrees of intensity of beliefs
to be considered. As is illustrated on the left, these collectively
formed archetypes converge on a nexus that is experience by human minds
as “out-there reality,” and we also share the consensus illusion that
“we” are not doing it.
I don't know how to express this
clearly, but another important dynamic is the involution and evolution
of existence, the vibratory-at-many-frequencies patterns of how the
cosmos circulates. Poetically---and isn't much of non-rational mind
poetic?---let's say that all experience, including the experience of
creativity, circulates between the whole (God?) and the parts (us?) so
that it resonates; and this resonance operates, as does music, at many
frequency, from the low notes (requiring centuries or eons, or filling
galaxies) to the "high" notes (involving micro-seconds and applying to
molecules and atoms). The result is the so-called "music of the
There remains the future, when further dimensions and depths of
“reality” have yet to be discovered (Revealed? Invented? Created?
Channeled?). This will be happening as our species matures over the
next decades, centuries, millennia, assuming for the moment that we
don’t extinguish ourselves as a species in the meantime. These
discoveries will further thicken the breadth and quality of reality
that we are inclined to believe in. One pleasant trend is that there will likely be increased tolerance and
perhaps even some respect for local creations, manifestations of
eccentric and idiosyncratic belief-experience... such as this paper.
The diagram on the left---the roughtly six-vertex-continous star
figure, mainly, set among a chain-like frame---is what I call the "star
of the heart." It is a personal symbol of mine. This figure---the
six-"pointed" star, not the frame--- is related to what in solid
geometry is called a lissajou curve, a type of stable vibration in
three dimensions. It also relates I suspect to what a friend of mine
This symbol came to me, tumbling slowly, in a
dream in late 1972: It represents a three-dimensional figure that can
seem like a star if looked at in a certain way: It is a symbol for the
way our three-dimensional space + one dimension of time - universe
actually has another dimension (or more, really) of mind-like aspects,
but to us it can appear as if these other dimensions don't exist.
Various books about "Flatland" hint at this situation. Now that
reputable scientists are talking seriously about more than 3-D space,
it's time to ask: What are those higher dimensions about? Are they
merely mathematical devices to make the results not come out so screwy,
or can we take other dimensions seriously? And if we do, and they are
about mind-like elements, then what are those like? It is for now an
un-ending mystery: The more we find out, the more we'll discover yet
other frontiers about which we do not yet know.
Yet art and intuition and poetic writing can give a hint, prepare our minds and worldviews to stretch and relax.