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Simplified definition of an absolute in the context used here. ‘That which is simple, observable and truthful’. Example: Everything that is, occupies its own share of space and time exactly. No more, no less.
Hypothetical language of absolutes.
To draw attention to the embedded, and eclectic use of dichotomies in language, and the meanings that we take for granted.
The empire of man over things is founded on the sciences – for nature is only to be commanded by obeying her.’ Francis Bacon 1620.
An early photograph of myself and my wife Jean. We were both born in Govan Glasgow 1927. The Logie St photograph above is where I was born. The tenement housing where Jean was born has long since been demolished. Throughout our life together, I gradually learned the true meaning of her nature. Without demonstration she imposed a silent, peaceful, honest way to live. Will agree with Faulkner that between nothing and grief, I too will choose grief. Grief for me offers up memories of a nature that is now part of me. Memories with real meaning I constantly cherish. Those memories motivate me to write this copy as long as I am able.
Essentially this WWW conversation came about over the subject of The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Quantum physics is of an alien world to me, but the title of the subject grabbed my attention.
Is the ‘Uncertainty Principle’ title a contradiction in terms? If there is a principle, then by definition it is well established. We constantly live in a reality that is best served by the good use of the principles that are established. Their evidence is in fact all of our present contemporary reality. Ipso facto ‘everything’ that exists in our reality has a certain principle as its source. Would mathematics be the basic source of quantum physics? Where there is clear evidence of an interdependent measure that has reciprocal value, then it becomes unifying constructive knowledge e.g. 1+1=2! Here we have the basis of certainty. There is of course the ‘heuristic principle” to take into account! Whatever our future holds, its continuity is dependent on the use we make of the principles we have discovered, and those we discover in the future. The ones we use now, can provide us with their measure of certainty. The natural processes within each lifetime are inevitable. There can be no restraint on natural phenomena as we all recognizably grow older at the same time. There is a purity of justice in this simplicity. It connects to our own reality and offers immediate recognition, and the limitations of our mortality. Within each timeline we have the potential to discover the terms of the associative functionality we must share, to be alive at all. As an organism which produces the innate genetic physical structures in all their prolific diversity, the question of space – environment, and life-giving services has become an observable urgent problem. Where space is sufficiently reduced for any individual or society, it is also a reduction of natural sensitivities leading to mental and physical pathologies. We use the reduction of space (solitary confinement) as a means of punishment?
Excerpt from “Civilized Man’s Eight Deadly Sins” By Konrad Lorenz. “Oscar Heinroth, arch-scientist and arch-ridiculer of philosophy used to say, ‘What we think is mostly wrong, but what we know is right’. This epistemologically unprejudiced sentence expresses perfectly the evolutionary process of all human knowledge, perhaps of knowledge in general.
1st Parakeet (yellow): That Konrad Lorenz makes a lot of sense’ 2nd Parakeet: ‘Yes – but will they ever learn?’
The human entity is composed of emotional, intellectual, and instinctive properties in concert with its physical senses. Universal principles go beyond quantifiable linear intelligence, and in, and of themselves, offer no process of induction. Their validity is formed by the principle of ‘mutual elucidation’, which then requires its ‘useful application’ to be demonstrated by all available means. Perhaps we should see evolutionary development is of another quality and direction, into higher planes of consciousness. As we evolve we truly stand on the shoulders of those before us. It is a provisional position, dependent on the reverence we pay to those who provided our existence.
These observations are drawn from interdependent and interconnected reality itself. Observations are never based on anyone’s opinion, but formed from the continual existence of absolutes, or principles. The evidence of their existence is exemplified through the commonality of consciousness that develops, and determines their establishment. The phenomena, and rise of human intellect that rationalizes the establishment of every form of educational discipline, and asserts the validity of its own experience, and the continuity of objective evidence. Consequently this writer claims no personal ownership of their content. Please feel free to use them the best way you can, for everyone’s benefit.
Imperative observations equates to paying attention, and in this context specifically towards absolutes and principles in language. Their constant dependency, and replication, can act in a fashion similar to a double helix, where interdependence and interconnection must take place. Perhaps a slight deviation from professional ‘linear thinking’ advocates.
The object of this exercise is simply to point to a common peculiarity of language – namely that there exist dichotomies that we accept as being real. When we view them as only being a spectrum construct of the whole, then we are left with something that I feel is best described by definition, as an absolute. To construct a language of terms which redefine themselves correctly, is a propositional concept that will be left for others to explore. My time will be left offering the basic concept as placeholders, and finding equivalence by others where I can find them.
The process of evolution we experience either in a linear or vertical direction, carries the tool of language that Homo sapiens have developed. With evolution language will inevitably change, and to avoid its complexities being amplified, a simpler form of semantics that would embrace social interaction, and contains new meaning, would be welcome. Within those meanings it could be conceived that cognition, and instinctive experiences could reach a continuing widening audience. (Refer you to Wikipedia on ‘cognition’.) Communication, and its power to make known would be enhanced for the benefit of those who communicate, and for the receiver. That would best be defined as the height of mutual understanding – no divergence. With some certainty the vestigial veracity, or value, of any copy introduced to the community on the Wide World Web, will undergo the collective reviews of contemporary reason and sanity, by the widest audience ever available. In a world of controversy there is always room for sane and rational information. The debate Absolute vs. Relativism is a non sequitur given the spectrum model in relation to dichotomies. We can find an easy equivalence to both issues that makes the debate irrelevant.
Whatever new concept is proposed it can only have interconnected and interdependent connections that will be evaluated for their common use. History tells us, this is the hallmark for its acceptance. If we cannot use it for the common good then its eventual fate is assured, and rightly so. The term commonality is a form of security for us all, whoever we are, wherever we come from. If you continue reading this material, consider all of the properties that are common to each, and everyone. That process in itself will involve you directly in identifying the establishment of principles that are our foundation. The use and development of absolutes in language may well have a cybernetic element in their content. It does appear that collective human consciousness has an indirect hand in its own evolution. Perhaps that is why we are, who we are!
(For those of a more serious mind, and interested in the history of language, I would refer you to “The extended mind model of the origin of language” via Google.
Lets start with the common concepts we call absolutes – something that is always there. We call them Space – Time – Energy – Matter.
Then along came language, with all its complexities, so that we could put a name to them. It does appear that everything that is must be a composite of their existence. There is no need to manufacture absolutes; they are already there in our language. Where absolutes are – let diversification be the rule, with no contradictions. This can be no academic exercise on the complexities of language. This writer is not equipped to do that. There are obvious historical quotations I use as endorsements. They have always said it better than I. The use of the title above is simply to draw attention to a particular aspect of common language – and a lighthearted way to complete my time. Absolutes are not some esoteric, metaphysical and unattainable reality. They are front and foremost the content of our language. They need no academic credentials to define and understand them. Our language is the tool we use to express their existence. Try ‘interdependence.’ Find interconnected links to what it means. Take the rest of your days finding their co-related meaning. That would be a life well examined.
Placeholders in language is a tool we can use as a sort of predictor to provide some guidance towards what can be. Iron ore has the potential to become a cruise liner – hurrah for the planet! The nature of placeholders of necessity is that they never stand alone. They are constantly intertwined, and make up the fabric of the reality we live in, and are part of. Find through their basic structure those that have your immediate interest , and use all their connections to formulate constructive information that is evidently real and recognizable.
Placeholders as they apply to us. At any given time each placeholder represents the configuration of principles put together to form a contemporary view of the scale of the reality that we live in. In that deliberate use it is here that any level of innate intellect – emotion – instinct can come into play. That formation dictates its own choice of equivalence to substantiate its inclusion. The profound experience of that meaning in turn, equates to secure knowledge of the reality that exists – at whatever level. Thus ‘meaning’ is established beyond any other formal interpretation, and the experience is equally compounded by the order of those innate properties. That form of knowledge is quite beyond any linear thought processes. That is understood within the experience. In that experience there is no form of external change, everything is as it is, but the relationship between the observed and the observer is of another order, and quite outside the realms of ownership.
The idea of absolutes is not something new. (Heraclitus (C 535- C475 BCE) categorized them as the unity of opposites. It is the use of the contrasting scale in which they exist that appears to be the pervasive factor. It is neither dramatic, or thought-provoking, to consider a language without the use of dichotomies, with the supposed dichotomy as an integral measurable part of the whole, offering no contradictions. It is in effect taking everything that is into account, using absolutes as placeholders in a Universe that is their domain. The use of absolutes is no panacea for the problems we face, but as they exist, should we should try to use them?
This is a layman’s condensed version of how reality may be seen, using absolutes to record a potential view, a view that is implied in their construction.
The statement ‘everything is’ is not a opinionated offering, but a true statement of fact that necessarily must be absolute. It just means that whatever is, must be! It then becomes an illogical exercise to attempt to refute its reasoning. Thus I consider we establish the root of absolutes and their potential revelation – whatever they may be. Paradoxically absolutes can appear to be relative, but always with the retention of any basic concept. So we can have temperatures that are hot or cold, but their basic classification is temperature – with no contradiction.
Then it would never be a question of whether there is a dichotomous reality – but only the measure of ‘what is’, be it health, humanity, civilization, life etc. Our planet provides us with all the necessities for life. Our understanding of that process is the measure of our relationship with the absolute necessities for our existence. Each placeholder is composed from basic absolutes expressed as principles. The first two below contain Time and Experience, and there is formulated around them a view-point constructed with implicit principles, creating a new form of semantics.
‘In a logically perfect language, there will be one word and no more for every simple object, and everything that is not simple will be expressed by a combination of words, by a combination derived, of course, from the words for the simple things that enter in, one word for each simple component.’ Bertrand Russell.
Everything in time, our past, our present, and our future, is one and all at the same time, in a perfectly certain and pure seamless way.
‘Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future And time future contained in time past. T S Eliot.
In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time. Leonardo da Vinci.
Could one of us be right, or should we just wait for Godot?
Everything is, therefore everything that is in Time, is absolute. Time provides the reality of the new and the old. Everything is new and everything is old at the same time. Everything that exists comes within that spectrum. Can that be?
(‘Time does not change us. It just unfolds us. Max Frisch)
Catch the ‘new’ version of ‘Amazing Grace’ by Celtic Women. via Google.
All life lives within an absolute spectrum. That spectrum knows no dichotomies.
‘I strongly reject any conceptual scheme that places our options on a line, and holds that the only alternative to a pair of extreme positions lies somewhere between them. More fruitful perspectives often require that we step off the line to a site outside the dichotomy.’ Stephen Jay Gould.
Whatever we communicate to others is of no consequence unless it yields some form of understanding which can lead to mutual respect and co-operation. Factual information that provides beneficial relationship values provides its own security. It is in everyone’s interest to meet their own obligation, and be responsible for retaining that unity.
Communicating with civility is not being phony, it’s simply an acknowledgment that all people have value, no matter how misguided or unfamiliar their ideas or actions may be. Being polite is not the road to conformity, it’s the path to understanding. — Brad Shorr. (classic).
If the Internet teaches us anything, it is that great value comes from leaving core resources in a commons, where they’re free for people to build upon as they see fit. Lawrence Lessig> Founding Board Member of Creative Commons. ∞∞∞
Our futuristic use of language may evolve to become its own catalyst in its commonality of form. It’s general acceptance through natural and recognizable definition which always equates to common contemporary reason. That obligatory foundation will also recognize its simplicity of construction, which will be based upon the unity of the principles to establish its universality.
It is certain that the easy and obvious philosophy will always, with the generality of mankind, have the preference above the accurate and abstruse; and by many will be recommended, not only as more agreeable, but more useful than the other. David Hume (1711-1776). ∞∞∞
Any true experience of ‘what is’ (Archimedes et al) grows at a slow pace throughout history and always remains relevant. Its positive effects develop new knowledge in its continual application, and its validity. No matter the perpetual use of any discovery its objective value becomes a constant principle commonly used.
An elementary universal truth in any experience can become the established reality e.g., Archimedes principles. We develop principles when they are understood, and used. They then enter the commonality of life to ensure their proper establishment.
The principle of communication was exemplified with the introduction of television by James Logie Baird (1888 – 1946) and it certainly is well established.
The acceptance and recognition of our universal commonality should be paramount in all educational disciplines. It is the dissemination of the creative knowledge of all cultures that essentially form the nexus of civilized societies. Integrated interest of the measures that sustain all life offers us the best chance of survival.
Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven. Eastern proverb. ∞∞∞
The only identity we have is always contained in relationship. Strong relationships sustain that quality which heightens our awareness of how interdependent we are as a species. That awareness encompasses recognition of the reality that must exist for consciousness to elevate beyond its spectrum level, momentarily. Within that experience we are obliged to engage a correct consciousness that impels our reason toward mutual responsibility. The probity of such experience is expressed in Art-Science-Philosophy, in every endeavor that we apply.
We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
- Albert Einstein, in One Home, One Family, One Future,p.99 ∞∞∞
- Connected understanding is the most powerful weapon for peace. It creates a quality of co-operation to apply just laws that sustain our interdependence. The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.Thomas Merton (1915 – 1968.) ∞∞∞