Is abstraction our worst sin?

Our feeling of detachment from what we observe is arguably our fundamental problem.

When Critical Thinking first encountered Natural Inclusion (NI) two years ago, we were resistant to Alan Rayner's idea that human devotion to abstract rationality could account for the fundamental problems in the world; at that time, we were convinced (tentatively) that we'd "hit bedrock" in terms of causes: usury, theft of the commons and hierarchy. But as we delve deeper into hierarchy and human history, Alan's words keep resonating with information and ideas we encounter.

These two videos of David Bohm bring together quantum physics and concepts of NI. Essentially, all matter is energy flowing within receptive space. Once that realisation hits, we need to re-evaluate our thinking and perceptions. Embracing these ideas is novel and rewarding but for many "taking the plunge" is resisted; we're inclined to hang on to familiar ways of thinking which we believe have served us well. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Once we embrace the world beyond abstract rationality, new possibilities arise.


0 #1 James Walter 2017-11-03 14:04
Sin is an abstraction. All we see, hear, or touch are "The only link between the verbal and objective world is exclusively structural, necessitating the conclusion that the only content of all ‘knowledge’ is structural. Now structure can be considered as a complex of relations, and ultimately as multi-dimension al order. From this point of view, all language can be considered as names for unspeakable entities on the objective level, be it things or feelings, or as names of relations. In fact, even objects could be considered as relations between the sub-microscopic events and the human nervous system. If we enquire as to what the last relations represent, we find that an object represents an abstraction of a low order produced by our nervous system as the result of a sub-microscopic events acting as stimuli upon the nervous system."-Korzby ski

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