Natalie Angier just wrote an epistle in my behavioral Bible, the NY Science Times entitled, “The Circular Logic of the Universe.”
(I’m not according any particular publication the status of papal infallibility, just making the point that physics is as Einstein once remarked, our best way of knowing the mind of the “Old One” and that the New York Times is especially good at making scientific concepts accessible to we mere mortals.)
While usually circular logic is seen as disqualifying to an argument, in physics circular logic means that a wave is being strengthened, whereas circular reasoning in logic means two thoughts are canceling each other out. The circular logic of the universe squares very well with network consciousness and NDT and so I would also like to call your attention to the article I posted in June explaining why dogs do everything in a circle.
Most scientists think that the only challenge to evolution theory comes from religious fundamentalists; that a credible intellectual argument can’t be made against the idea that random mutations is the basis of evolution. (My theory is that nature evolves as a whole and is moving toward complexity.) At the moment disciplines such as emergence theory are being used to support modern Darwinian theories but I think that this and other research will ultimately undermine it. For example Dr. Kaufmann in the “The Origins of Order” points out that a cell didn’t evolve to be a sphere by random processes because a sphere is the only shape that can work, and this theme is greatly reinforced in the Times piece as Angier writes that everything in nature appears to be a circle, which is what I’ve discovered in the behavior of animals as well. The next wave in scientific advances I believe will prove to be a great unraveling from the current Darwinian models, which in my view will reveal that nature evolves as a whole, not via separate and distinct pools of information.
In my model Temperament is a circle so that energy reflects back on itself and thereby becomes information. I believe a circle is the only way raw physical energy can become information and this is why curved forms are emotionally attractive to our eye and touch. The circle, sphere, or ellipse is a calculation of motion within a field of mutual attraction, the line leading back to the beginning and on and on into infinity, energy repeating itself and constantly expanding. Orbs are the physical embodiment of the principle of emotional conductivity, energy reflecting back on itself so that it can repeat and elaborate into more complex structures via behavior as a circle.
Here’s another compelling link on the theory of the circle.
Temperament with a small “t” in any given individual is that same circle but with a “flaw” in it, a gap in the circle which causes the organism to “vibrate.” Near my old home in Ridgefield, Ct is a fire house with a massive iron ring suspended inside a wooden frame and which has a gap in it. When the fireman bangs on it, the gap amplifies the sound and it thus served as a summons to farmers in their fields to come fight the blaze. This flaw or gap in a temperament, makes an individual feel unsettled, they vibrate and are motivated to orient to a preferred resting position as a way of compensating. (This is why we need to be right. We’re protecting ourselves from a perceived inadequacy.)
So we can think of the central nervous system firing off, like a spark leaping between two terminals in a spark plug; or the potential energy firing off across the synaptic gap between two neurons, as it attempts to complete the circuit and close that gap. If the subsequent “vibration” of the nervous system (the “signal” being broadcast in manner and movement) can attain resonance with the environment, then the circle is whole again and the individual feels good.
The purpose of the two brain, bipolar make-up is to allow individuals to “flip polarity” in order to achieve this state of resonance with others and thereby complete this gap in their temperament. This process is how dogs are able to do everything in a circle.
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