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Now as the Ultimate Cognitive Strange Attractor

A continuing invitation "down the rabbit hole"?

Now as the Ultimate Cognitive Strange Attractor
Challenging conventional understandings of centre
Experiencing "now" through questions rather than answers
Cognitive catastrophes and their associated questions?
Configuration of question-pairs
Patterns of questions indicative of the subunderstanding of now
Polyhedral configuration of questions
Musical implications of orbifolds for comprehension of questioning dynamics
Questions undermining integrative insight and initiatives
Implications of question configuration in practice
Mapping of WH-questions with question-pairs onto a memorable polyhedron (a football)
Mapping of WH-questions with question-pairs onto the Szilassi polyhedron
Potential insights into the Szilassi configuration of WH-questions from 4D
Reframing nothing as a vital generative focus for sustainability

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Annex to Being neither Dead nor Alive: but how to know now? (2014)


The main paper clarifies understandings of "feeling alive" and "feeling dead" in this strange period , and the associated ambiguities, as a means of framing the strange experience of "now". That argument concluded with sections on:

The latter section drew attention to the existence of unusual geometric forms which could serve metaphorically as "containers" for cognitive engagement with "now" -- and to the challenge of their comprehension. This was seen as a key to enabling and enhancing the sense of "feeling alive".

This argument is developed further here by reframing "centre" as a curious form of "hole" which, like the black holes of astrophysics, functions cognitively as a strange attractor. As such, in the moment, the experience of "now" is a continuing invitation to "go down the rabbit hole" -- as framed for children by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865). Dodgson was a mathematician and logician (The Game of Logic, 1887).

Entering a "rabbit hole" has been understood as framing a period of chaos or confusion -- appropriate to the current condition of global civilization and the challenge of individual response to it. The phrase has featured as the subtitle of a DVD version of the much-cited film What the Bleep Do We Know!? (2004), What the Bleep! Down the Rabbit Hole - Quantum Edition (2006), following a book version What the Bleep Do We Know!? Discovering the Endless Possibilities of Your Everyday Reality (2005). This combines documentary-style interviews, computer-animated graphics, and a narrative that posits a spiritual connection between quantum physics and consciousness -- framed as the foundation of future thought.

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