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Fwd: On Knowing Self

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  • j15300
    [A forward with some reference to Kierkegaardian discussions of self, mentation, and purity of willing, and why some world views tend toward malformation.]
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 11, 2004
      [A forward with some reference to Kierkegaardian discussions of
      self, mentation, and purity of willing, and why some world views
      tend toward malformation.]

      Rene Descartes proposes "thought" as any mental awareness.

      Beginning with any mental awareness, organism-as-knower requires,
      per Descartes, a third (Aristotelian "metaxy"/"meson") mediating
      form: the "idea," that which organizes thinking, mental awareness,
      qua reflectivity, self-awareness.

      "Ho epistemon": "knower";
      "to episteton": "known";
      "he episteme": "knowledge" qua "metaxy," "meson."

      What is "known" is the mental awareness; who "knows" is
      the "knower," per "knowledge," which is the idea or form "organizing

      Intention-to-know arises from economic need, broadly understood:
      the need to survive, choose life, and the trial-and-error process
      vis a vis pleasure and pain of organism, as field of awareness in
      physis. Thus the supervenience of the human ego, and the more basic
      absence of personalist qualia: "I am denying that there are any
      such properties [qualia]. But I agree wholeheartedly that there
      seem to be qualia." (Dennett, 1991, p. 372)

      Something does not arise from nothing. That "implicate order" of
      which Bohm meditated, Goedel pointed to, and which brings forth the
      universe, "Is," prior to the universe/all things. Hence the first
      logical error of Descartes, and derivative thinking, such as
      Dennett's: the implication that "my quale of 'perception' is
      universally valid." Rather, note the obvious differentiation of
      various perceivers--a Blake, an Einstein, a Paramahansa Yogananda,
      the reader, etc.

      "I am (have mental awareness); therefore I ideate (order mental
      awareness as individuation, and, per incoming data stream, place an
      order on 'objects')." Ignoring the "Is" as implicate order, even
      qua Higgsian field, for mental field evolving identity, is-ness, per
      ideation, is the first logical error of humankind.

      The implicate ordering of what is, the "Is" before existence began,
      is the Idea or organizing "Creative" field of all subsequent ideas,
      and provides the basis and rationale for Platonic "hypothesis,"
      Husserlian "reduction," Bergsonian "creativity," Plotinean Oneness,
      Jungian transcendental archetypal awareness, and the Oneness of
      Saints such as Therese of Neumann and Paramahansa Yogananda, with
      that Is-ness. To ignore Is-ness for organizing mental awareness via
      self-generated/human-traditional ideation, is to disengage from the
      Is, or "I Am," the Mind in-Forming. To perceive Is-ness as remote,
      minimalist, is to underestimate the teachings of the demonstrably
      advanced, and not to let "this Mind which was also in Christ Jesus"

      The more astute observers--as evidenced by signs following--the
      Saints e.g. John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, et al., and the
      sages--such as Carl Jung, Plotinus, Edmund Husserl, Plato,
      Confucius, Bergson, Goedel, and Bohm--represent the more logical
      attunement with the implicate order, the Is-ness of Idea, than do
      the reductive efforts of a Descartes, a Derrida, et al. Most
      recently Flew noted, by the learning curve of a lifetime of
      investigation, that complexity was far beyond what could be randomly
      achieved, via evolutionary processes: i.e., an implicate ordering
      of the universe is mathematically observable, discernable. This is
      similar to what many of the best and most creative scientists have
      found, time and again.

      Given the likely focus by the majority of scientists on the level of
      mental discernment preferred by Descartes or Derrida, rather than by
      Yogananda, Plotinus, or Leibniz, Kant proposed 5-sense categories in-
      forming mental awareness unto humanly controlled replication of
      matter properties, as the "ideas" which allow the supervenient ego
      to describe self and other objects of physis. Per Dennett et al.,
      there is thus no self (the teaching technique of "anatta," of
      Gautama Buddha)--only impermance, per Heraclitus and the Lord
      Gautama Buddha.

      This traces the circular inevitability insofar as the implicate
      ordering of "Is" be ignored. The Saints' and sages' mental
      awareness has developed to the Platonic hypothesizing instauration
      of the Idea, the Good as Form, Mind as supplying Ideas/Forms for
      specific coalescences of Energy in Mater, and thus in-Forms truer
      philosophy, truer, higher, and more innovative science, and a more
      spiritual theo-logos.

      Thus the subjective-objective dualism, based on personal
      psychologistic preference, re mental awareness in Mater. The
      epistemological subjective idealist seeks Is-ness as Mother, Soul;
      the epistemological objective reductionist seeks Is-ness as
      impersonal Father, Law. Neither, unless and until their soul-fields
      acquire transcendental qualia of Father-Mother God, establish any
      permanent Being for their soul-elevation, salvation. Thus, it
      behooves subjective idealists and reductive objectivists, scientists
      and philosophers, mystics and artists, etc., to develop soul-
      faculties, via first loving the great "I Am" which brought forth
      this "something"--this universe. In so doing, the proofs of signs
      following include greater capacity for ideation, lovingkindness,
      discernment, gentleness, humility, and joy. That effort toward
      drawing nigh, reforming sensibility, and attuning with Harmony, is
      required, apparently delays many. "We are concerned with the

      Descartes placed "imagination" (image-ination)
      (Plato's "phantasmata") between discursive thinking
      (Plato's "dianoia") and the body (Plato's "aisthesis"), subjecting
      it to the service of bringing forth images of discursive ideation.
      Plato, with qualitatively greater mental awareness, soul-field
      development, noted "noys" as a higher type of ideation--that
      intuitive instaurative hypothesizing by which the soul moves from
      enculturated Idols of the cave to Baconian Sun/Son-Light. Those
      souls who develop themselves in Spirit and in Science, Gnosis,
      Knowing, master psyche and physis, logos and Matter, and make
      swifter progress and contribution. Those who choose to remain in
      the subjective-objective dualism of synthetic self masquerading as
      Self, or who densify their energies in matter, too often and
      unwittingly lag against the Light.

      Human subjective and objective knowing is mediated; divine knowing
      is immediate, direct, and of the One. The Way is narrow, and few
      there be that find it.
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