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Way Round Cognitive Ground Zero and Pointlessness?

Embodying the Geometry of Fundamental Cognitive Dynamics (Part #1)


Introduction
Beyond cognitive despair?
Requisite childlike cognition for integration of "heaven"?
Strategic identification of "The Way"
Cognitive implication in geometrical metaphors in articulation of "The Way"
Experience of cognitive implication in fundamental geometry
Identity, possessive world-making and their transformation dynamics
Openness and closure in pattern language: geometry versus resonance
Metaphorical insights from the patterns of academic disciplines
Engaging with Everything: emergence of paradoxical forms of identity
Pointlessness, unboundedness and boundaries
Emerging significance of nothing
Configuring the varieties of experiential nothingness
¿ Embodying a way round pointlessness?
Conclusion
References

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Introduction

This explores a possible reframing of cognitive despair and pointlessness in the face of the outcomes of highly questionable strategic initiatives, past, present and as currently envisaged. The despair is necessarily both planet-wide and highly personal (Implication of Personal Despair in Planetary Despair, 2010). The condition can be described as a form of cognitive "ground zero" -- a sense of pointlessness notably articulated through recognition that the future offers "nothing", especially for those reduced to "nothing" by a combination of factors, as previously discussed (Reintegration of a Remaindered World, 2011).

This document introduces ten others, indicated and introduced in sections below. An alternative overview of the set of documents, with links to their own subsections, is provided separately as a form of Table of Contents.

The question here is the nature of the empowerment brought to light by these circumstances (Conceptual Ground Zero: empowerment declaration, 2002). Is there scope for more than what might be described as "palliative care" of a tragically dying civilization and of those variously condemned to experience of its death throes? (Configuring the Varieties of Experiential Nothingness, 2012)

In this critical period, preparations are being made for the forthcoming "Rio+20" event [see draft agenda], two decades after the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, 1992) and its Agenda 21 action plan. These presentations are made in the light of achievements with respect to the Millennium Development Goals commitments, and the preparatory UN Global Sustainability Panel Report (Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing, January 2012). The Thematic Social Forum: Capitalist Crisis, Social and Environmental Justice (an offshoot of the World Social Forum) has provided a nongovernmental focus in preparation for the parallel Peoples Summit Rio+20.

The question of concern is whether all avenues are being explored to bypass the organizational weaknesses that have become so evident, as highlighted by the Urgent Appeal to Change the Mindset (March 2011) launched by the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives, as separately discussed (Embodiment of Change: comprehension, traction and impact? Discovering enabling questions for the future, 2011).

A key factor with respect to the emergence of appropriate strategic knowledge may be intimately associated with what is missing, as argued by Terrence W. Deacon (Incomplete Nature: how mind emerged from matter, 2011) and previously discussed (Evolutionary influence of the absent, 2011).  For Deacon:

... have we been looking in the wrong places for clues? ... brain researchers and philosophers of mind have focused on brain processes, neural computations and their correspondences with the material world. But what if we should be focusing on what is not there instead? ... I believe that in order to overcome this stalemate we need to pay more attention to what is intrinsically not present in everything -- from life's functions and meanings to mind's experiences and values. [emphasis added]

On the occasion of the 1992 event the question was raised as to whether the conventional mode of thematic organization was adequate to the strategic challenge (Configuring Globally and Contending Locally, 1992). The question for Rio+20 is whether the necessary lessons have been learned from indicatives such as the UN Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen 2009), as previously reviewed (Insights for the Future from the Change of Climate in Copenhagen, 2010). Will the future see the strategic articulation by Rio+20 of "The Way" as yet another example of "more of the same" -- a skillful rearrangement of the deck chairs on R.M.S Titanic?

With respect to what might be "missing", the focus here is on the metaphorical language by which strategic discourse is currently enabled and entrapped in articulating "points" of agreement, "lines" of action, and configurations appropriate to their coordination and implementation. This follows from earlier explorations (Geometry of Thinking for Sustainable Global Governance, 2009; Metaphorical Geometry in Quest of Globality, 2009). These raise the question of whether casual use of such geometric metaphors hinders attention to what they might otherwise more fruitfully offer and by which engagement might be elicited. Is 2012 to be witness to the deployment of a thinking style that has so clearly demonstrated its strategic inadequacy and incoherence?

At a time of rumours of attacks in relation to Iran, this is a reflection on the possibility of moving beyond high tech variants of  "throwing stones" -- presumably a strategy dating from the Stone Age. Curiously that objective is effectively one of engendering "nothingness", most evidently through annihilation . The nature of the "point" to be made thereby is unclear. No higher dimensional framework is offered, advocated, or seemingly even desired (And When the Bombing Stops? Territorial conflict as a challenge to mathematicians, 2000; Cognitive Ballistics vs. Derivative Correlation in Memetic Warfare, 2009).

In the absence of such a framework, the question is raised as to whether the point of some cultures -- their identity -- can only be effectively made through engendering nothingness and engaging in negation. This may well be a characteristic of all cultures and of identity -- especially for those upheld as specially Chosen by God, and unusually traumatised by their own potential pointlessness in their effort to remain "number one". Ironically, the further implications of "one" and "zero" explored here are reinforced by their formal resemblance, respectively, to the missiles and to the nothingness it is hoped thereby to ensure.

resemblance, respectively, to the missiles and to the nothingness it is hoped thereby to ensure.


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