This course will last 8 weeks, and so will require a bit less than 100 pages per week.
There will be a series of questions per weekly section to loosely orient the reader to the core issues in the self-learning process. Please feel free to provide feedback on this outline.
Week 1 (3/12) – Introduction to Nondual Rationality – pgs 5-104
Why Rationality when we are already “Integral”? Well, because, we *are* integral…whateverthatmeans… :) But more specifically, because received Rationality, even in core integral circles, is fundamentally incomplete, and this leads directly into pathologies at the higher levels. A key goal for this course, and specifically this section, is to reconnect to the lost thread of Rationality, and thereby to ground ontological and epistemological reasoning in their shared interface of embodiment. Rationality is a very important stage of development, and we are served by a completed, and hence nondual form. But can Rationality *be* nondual? Yes, *reality* is nondual, and indeed of logical/rational necessity. And any healthy level of understanding will embody, echo, and invoke the forms of reality. And we will see that the core structure of mathematics itself, naturally, is nondual (polar, evolutionary and embryogenetic) in nature. This section will open the ground for the framework which will help us to navigate the labyrinthine structure of mathematical and ontological reasoning and untangle its confusions and paradoxes.
Week 2 (3/18) – The Basic Framework of Interface Philosophy – pgs 105-200
This section introduces the explorer to the deeper proto-conceptual and embodied percept-based structures foundational to both ontological and mathematical conceptuality, pulling it, as it were, into the explicit realm of the percept-concept in the visual form of a coordinate system and metaphors for direct embodiment and navigation. In this section we are introduced to key metaphors that will pull us through the rest of the voyage. These are:
- The Embryogenesis of the Concept serves as the bridge to orienting and navigating the fractal gradients of complexity that are the human structures we are grappling with. These human proto-conceptual structures do appear to have scars and/or sutures from an embryogenesis, and this is to be expected as they are indeed generated in this evolutionary and organismic unfolding.
- The Vision-Logic Coordinate System is the protoconceptual structure we will see underlying the embryogenesis of mathematics, and ontological thought, and tuned and triuned in the resolution of the core paradox of the infinite.
- The Univocity Framework presents some tools for maintaining univocity (nonduality) in categorical reasoning, maintaining nonduality specifically between the absolute and relative scopes.
Week 3 (3/26) – Interface Mathematics Part 1 – From Unity to Infinity – pgs 201-296
This is the first of three sections covering Interface Mathematics. It opens into a break-down of the mathematical understanding of unity, it’s finite and infinite forms, and their integration in nonduality, and the “cultivated third” of Spinoza’s Triune Infinite. Spinoza’s view on infinity is a core aspect of a truly nondual Rationality, and it has essentially been lost to Academia. We will dust it off and flesh it out in the space afforded us in the Vision-logic Coordinate System. In this process we will also explore set theory and Cantor’s controversial transfinite explosion and ‘paradise’.
Week 4 (4/2) – Interface Mathematics Part 2 – The Holarchical Embryogenesis of Mathematics – pgs 297-400 (pgs 400-431 on the calculus, optional)
This section traces out the perceptual roots of mathematics and reveals the holarchical embryogenesis, and begins to flesh out the fractal structure of mathematics itself. This is interesting because Mathematics, with its discovery of the Fractal and Complexity, has begun to self-reflect as it returns to source. The implications of this involution, closure, and self-resonance are truly profound, and currently being explored in SpinbitZ Volume II. We might want to collectively feel into these larger ramifications, while we’re here, to get a glimpse of these changes on the horizon across the domain of knowledge, as the whole of it is also undergoing this same involution to source. This is because the core structure we will find in mathematics, is simply the rudiments of ontological proto-conceptuality, a self-similar echo of the cosmos emergent from our evolutionary feedback with and as this fractal reality. Mathematics, we will find, is the exploration of embodied ontology at the most rarefied and abstract level available. This abstraction and grounding accounts for both its limitations and its freedoms as the art and science of ‘pure’ relation, and this bifurcation at the boundary conditions of abstraction is critical to understand in circumscribing the nature of Mathematics (again, SZII). Mathematics seen as a self-similar form emerging from and reflecting the cosmos explains the “unreasonable” effectiveness of mathematics for ontological/scientific pursuits. In a self-similar cosmos it’s only natural for the representation to reflect the reality. They are both self-similar forms in the self-same kosmos. It doesn’t explain, however, the traps that the art aspect of Mathematics can lay for us, and this might also be something to consider as we push through this material.
Pages 400-431 are optional because it is a neatly encapsulated section and doesn’t present any new core concepts. Rather, it helps bring to closure some academic details in the re-connection to the Deleuzian lineage (the lost thread of Rationality). Those interested in the continuity of the Deleuzian line would find it perhaps useful, and it can be seen as a case study for use of the concepts heretofore explored in Interface Philosophy.
Week 5 (4/9) – Interface Mathematics Part 3 – Tuning and Triuning the Paradox – pgs 433-482, and Spinoza’s Attribute Polarity – pgs 485-541
This section has two smaller sections of reading material as we wrap up Interface Mathematics and move into Interface Epistemology.
The first reading (pgs 433-482) is the third and final section on Mathematics, and it uses the framework learned so far to orient in the polar structure of Mathematics, the deeper level in the embryogenesis where the polarity of vision-logic axes is found, and which are so often confused into paradox. This new orientation—watching the wheels of the system turn—is what I call “tuning and triuning the paradox,” and indeed from this view, the paradox (as seen most clearly with the help of Zeno) readily dissolves into an understandable form, and this is actually the necessary form of an integrated and adequately complex understanding of the Infinite, as embodied evolutionarily in our proto-conceptual (and proto-ontological) and perceptual infrastructure.
The second reading for this week (485-541) dives into a core problem in Spinozistic hermeneutics, and my resolution for it. This section started as a paper for a Philosophy class, and contains the nucleus of the Vision-Logic Coordinate System, as well as an introduction to the problems and solutions at the crossroads of the interfaces between the ontic-epistemic and subject-object polarities. These interfaces and their respective polarities are actually orthogonal to each other, and routinely collapsed and tangled into each other, and so getting oriented to their delineation and orthogonality can be very useful. This section also presents my solution to the question of qualia in the integration of sensation and memory in the process of embodiment.
Week 6 (4/16) – Interface Epistemology Part 1 – At the Crossroads of Embodiment – pgs 543-625
This section begins with an orientation and exploration of the crossroads of the ontic-epistemic and subject-object polarities in the space afforded us by the Vision-Logic Coordinate System. It also explores the relation between Wilber’s AQAL (epistemic) map and Interface Philosophy. We then open onto the vast complexity of the subject of epistemology, with its ontic roots deep into the alien intelligence which is genetic evolution, and the embodied genetic sensation and memory manifesting as the direction of evolution (learning) and individual and collective instinct. It thus lays the groundwork for the next section on integrating the epistemological schools of thought.
Week 7 (4/23) – Interface Epistemology Part 2 – Integrating Schools of Thought in Perception – pgs 626-660
This section begins with an analysis and integration of theories of perception and moves into a rough sketch of an Interface (and Integral) Epistemology, where all the epistemological schools of thought are seen as partial and useful lenses on the whole.
Week 8 (4/30) – Leibnoza von Spinbitz – An Identity of Opposites – pgs 661-715
This section presents an integration of the truths of the key Rationalists in the context of the concepts of Interface Philosophy. In this way, it dives deep into issues of Rationality and gives a fascinating lens into many problems plaguing modern science (Physics and Cosmology, mainly), which is operating still on a medieval foundationalist and pre-rational tacit metaphysics.