This is the student site for The Magellan Courses – a curriculum of studies across domains that engage an emergent type of post-rational reasoning. What makes this type of reasoning post-rational, is that, unlike all levels of rational thinking, it does not originate from dualistic categories, but rather from onto-logical ones. The term “onto-logical” references thinking that arises whole, from the creative source of being(in-becoming), and retains the structure of dynamic wholeness, rather than being split up by the rational mind into opposite, albeit complementary, pairs. Therefore, instead of reasoning in terms of static conceptual categories, onto-logics engages dynamic properties and their relations, building systems from originary generative processes. These generative processes can be linked to the kinds of structures that arise in the conceptually dualistic, rational mind, by referencing the nature of order internal to the creative whole. The nature of order in a generative process, is never dualistic, because it itself is a living, dynamic whole system.
Magellan set out with his fleet of four, the Trinidad, Victoria, Concepcion and Santiago, to sail around the world. Although only a few of the original 247 men survived the circumnavigation, it was the first time in recorded history that humans experienced the world as a whole planet. Until the space age, all exploration of this planet was painstakingly done by moving through the terrain. We had yet to gain a vantage point from space from where we could simply observe its wholeness.Every individual perspective, from every individual hill, hillock and seaway, contributed a piece of the whole picture, and we used the stars to triangulate their relations.
This is a metaphor for the Magellan Courses. Our fleet is comprised of broad domains of special interest. And because we cannot yet completely see the kinds of new consciousness we are working from, we will need to piece together the innumerable points of reference by identifying the stars we will navigate by. For those who survive the trip, success will feel like having closed an epistemic circle, where once was a huge gap of expectancy for what is “not yet here” will be found to have been always already arising. This is the key moment of the onto-logical discovery –
We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
~ T.S. Eliot Little Gidding
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