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Conditions of Objective, Subjective and Embodied Cognition: mnemonic systems for memetic coding of complexity


Conditions of Objective, Subjective and Embodied Cognition
Representing conditions
System levels
Complementary approach to "emergent" cognition
Limitations of ternary representation of "emergent" condition
Explicit ternary representation
Five-fold and Seven-fold encoding?
"Getting it" and "Grasping it" -- "It" as the box out of which it may be vital to get
Radical choice
REM -- from Rapid I Movement to Rapid Identity Movement?
Dancing -- between "bloodless categories"
Future potential?

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This exploration is concerned with the nature of an appropriate mnemonic coding system capable of indicating, and sustaining, a pattern of significance in support of responses to complexity. Of particular concern is holding both "objective" and "subjective" dimensions, as well as any emergent blending between them through which the "external" is (partially) embodied by the "internal" -- and how those distinctions are themselves chosen as meaningful.

The argument focuses on the simplest binary and ternary coding systems. It makes use of the classical approaches of the binary I Ching and the ternary T'ai Hsüan Ching coding and points to the possibility of a common framework. One of the major merits of these classical texts is that they directly address the challenge of rendering subtly complex processes comprehensible -- recognizing that this remains a lifelong challenge for everyone.

The texts themselves are all written as poetry -- even though intended for strategic decision-making at the highest and most ordinary levels. As such they make very extensive use of explanatory metaphor. These expository considerations are totally absent from the articulation of modern governance, both amongst the governors, in their relation to the governed, and in terms of how the latter are empowered to respond to a complex environment faced with such directives.

Related issues have been explored in earlier papers (A Singable Earth Charter, EU Constitution or Global Ethic? 2006; Structuring Mnemonic Encoding of Development Plans and Ethical Charters using Musical Leitmotivs, 2001; Poetry-making and Policy-making: arranging a marriage between Beauty and the Beast 1993).

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