“The presentation of an idea, apparently improvised, is only valid if there has been adequate study and preparation…”
Miyamoto Musashi translated by Stephen F. Kaufman

The Martial Artist’s Book of Five Rings

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-21

  • first post in new series about the Doshas – purification by fire: http://bit.ly/bmB4sc #yoga #ayurveda #
  • open source wins again: Mozilla Weave vs. XMarks http://bit.ly/aNGrs2 #
  • Ken Robinson unrelenting in his journey to reshape education: http://bit.ly/ajH8nb #
  • "..static patterns of value are divided into 4 systems: inorganic patterns, biological patterns, social patterns and intellectual patterns. #
  • ..That's all there are..nothing is left out…Only Dynamic Quality, which cannot be described …is absent. #
  • ..the four systems..all operate at the same time and in ways that are almost independent of each other…they are not continuous.. #
  • Although each higher level is built on a lower one it is not an extension of that lower level. Quite the contrary.The higher level can often #
  • be seen to be in opposition to the lower level, dominating it, controlling it where possible for it's own purposes. #
  • ..An excellent analogy to the independence of the levels is the relation of hardware to software in a computer. #
  • ..It isn't necessary for a programmer to learn circuit design. Neither is it necessary for a hardware technician to learn programming. #
  • ..except for a memory map called the 'Machine Language Instruction Repertoire' – a list so small you could write it on a single page – #
  • the electronic circuits and the programs existing in the same computer at the same time have nothing whatsoever to do with each other. #
  • .. Machine Language instructions were …the end performance of a whole symphony of switching operations… Then ..[in] programming this #
  • symphony was considered to be a mere single note in a whole other symphony that had no resemblance to the first one… #
  • Machine Language Instruction Repertoire was now the lowest element of the lowest level programming language … #
  • ..On top of this low level programming language was a high-level programming language which had the same kind of independence… #
  • …and on top of the high-level language was still another level of patterns, the application, a novel perhaps in a word-processing program. #
  • …one could spend all eternity probing the electrical patterns of that computer.. and never find that novel. #
  • ..Certainly the novel cannot exist in the computer without a parallel pattern of voltages to support it. But that does not mean that the #
  • novel is an expression or property of those voltages….It can reside in a notebook but it is not composed of or possessed by the ink&paper. #
  • Trying to explain social moral patterns in terms of inorganic chemistry patterns is like trying to explain theplot of a word-processor novel #
  • in terms of a computer's electronics. You can't do it. You can see how the circuits make the novel possible, but they do not provide a plot. #
  • Similarly the biological patterns of life and the molecular patterns of organic chemistry have a "machine language" interface called DNA… #
  • but that does not mean that the carbon or hydrogen or oxygen atoms possess or guide life. #
  • The value that holds a glass of water together is an inorganic pattern of value. #
  • The value that holds a nation together is a social pattern of value. They are … at different evolutionary levels. #
  • These patterns have nothing in common except the historic evolutionary process that created all of them…a process of value evolution." #
  • open source wins again – KeepNote replaces Evernote: http://bit.ly/9f5XWn #
  • "If the world consists only of patterns of mind and patterns of matter, what is the relationship between the two? #
  • … A conventional subject-object metaphysics uses the same 4 static patterns as the Metaphysics of Quality dividing them into 2 groups of 2 #
  • : inorganic-biological patterns called 'matter', & social-intellectual patterns called 'mind'… this division is the source of the problem. #
  • ..It has to make this division because it gives top-position in its structure to subjects and objects..the primary division of the universe. #
  • Inorganic-biological patterns are composed of 'substance' and are therefore 'objective'. #
  • Social-biological patterns are not composed of 'substance' and are therefore called 'subjective'. #
  • Then, having made this arbitrary division..conventional metaphysics then asks: 'What is the relationship between mind and matter..?' #
  • ..In a value centered Metaphysics of Quality… matter is just a name for certain inorganic value patterns… #
  • ..biological..social..intellectual patterns are supported by this pattern of matter but are independent of it. #
  • They have rules and laws of their own that are not derivable from the rules and laws of substance. #
  • ..What, after all, is the likelihood that an atom possesses within it's own structure enough information to build the city of New York? #
  • ..Metaphysics of Quality concludes that… mind and matter are completely separate evolutionary levels of static patterns of value.. #
  • ..The mind matter paradoxes seem to exist because the connecting links between [them] have been disregarded. #
  • Two terms are missing: biology and society. Mental patterns…originate out of society, which originates out of biology, which originates #
  • out of inorganic nature… There is no direct scientific connection between mind and matter. #
  • As the atomic physicist,Niels Bohr,said, 'We r suspended in language'. Our intellectual description of nature is always culturally derived" #

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