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Liberation of Integration, Universality and Concord

Through pattern, oscillation, harmony and embodiment (Part #1)


Originally prepared for the 5th Network Meeting (Montreal) of the United Nations University's project on Goals, Processes and Indicators of Development (GPID) as a contribution to the discussion on integration of the findings of the project. [searchable PDF version, with annexes]]

Abstract: Demonstrates that many widely advocated approaches to integration are relatively simple (if not simplistic) options in a context which is subtler and more complex (at least in a mathematical or topological sense). It is however possible that such elegance is also an indicator of vital properties of symmetry, harmony and balance. These are desirable in any domain in which integration is sought and even necessary for that integration to be both brought about and sustained (by its inherent comprehensibility). The relevance of ordered patterns of time is explored, especially in the light of the evolution of concepts of integration in music and harmony seen here as a precursor of new approaches to psycho-social organization. Attention is also drawn to the special significance this has for transforming understanding of possibilities of individual identification with processes ordered over time.


Introduction
Integrative minimalism
Approaches to integration
Integrative skills
Conventional integration
Ecological integration
Meta-models
Integrating incompatibles
Use of incompatible modes in practice
Model mixes in space/time
Patterns and rhythms
Oscillation
Conventional example
Psycho-social interpretation
Multiphase' oscillations
Coupled and damped oscillators
Three-dimensional configurations
Organization of time
Time-binding
Oscillation and musical sound
Music
Significance of tone
Harmony
Consonance and dissonance
Harmonic goal
Fugitive integration
Liberation of integration
The remaining problem
Cross-harmony'
Comprehending the language of pattern shifting
Limitation of vision-based metaphors
Integration through four complementary languages of music
Challenges
Conclusions and implications
Annex 3: EVOLUTION OF HARMONY
Vertical harmonic organization
Horizontal harmonic organization
References

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Introduction

This paper is an exploration of the range of ways in which 'things can be put together' or conceived as being interrelated. In undertaking this it is hoped that widely advocated approaches to integration may be shown as simple options in a context of subtler, more complex possibilities, many of which are essentially more 'elegant', if only in the mathematical or topological sense. It is possible, however, that this elegance is also an indicator of vital properties of symmetry, harmony and balance, which are desirable in any domain in which integration is sought and even necessary for that integration to be brought about.

The domains in which integration is of considerable concern may be indicated by reference to the sub-projects of the UN University's project on Goals, Processes and Indicators of Development of its Human and Social Development Programme. For example, how are the different 'models' implicit within the following sub-projects to be integrated in each case, especially when there is some degree of incompatibility between them:

  • visions of desirable societies
  • alternative ways of life
  • development processes or concepts of development
  • alternative strategies and scenarios
  • human needs (rights, and values)
  • psycho-social human development (including images of man)
  • world models (or cosmologies) (1)

In each case alternatives can be formulated in the light of different patterns of priorities. The question is how such alternatives are to be reconciled in practice in a real world.

ities. The question is how such alternatives are to be reconciled in practice in a real world.


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