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Orbiting Round Nothingness in Communication Space

Non-linear possibilities of navigating psychosocial space with minimum effort


Orbiting Round Nothingness across Communication Space
Orbital mechanics as a source of psychosocial insight
Recognizing the variety of psychosocial orbits
Distant planet as metaphor of archetypal other
Clothoid as a psychosocial transition curve: from linear to circular
Reframing communication relationships
From an "Interplanetary Transport Network" to an "Inter-other Transition Network"?
Inter-other communication with minimum effort?

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Introduction

This exploration follows from the arguments developed separately (Way Round Cognitive Ground Zero and Pointlessness: embodying the geometry of fundamental cognitive dynamics, 2012; see alternative table of contents) and especially in its conclusion (¿ Embodying a Way Round Pointlessness?, 2012). The latter drew attention to the significance of the Euler spiral -- otherwise known as a clothoid or Cornu spiral -- as having valuable implications in relation to the consideration of fundamental geometrical metaphors such as point, line, circle, sphere and torus (Experience of Cognitive Implication in Fundamental Geometry: unexamined metaphoric framing of strategic discourse, 2012).

A related case has also been made for the role of "technomimicry" as an analogue to that more commonly made for biomimicry (Engendering a Psychopter through Biomimicry and Technomimicry, 2011). The exploration of geometrical metaphors may be understood in those terms. The following argument endeavours to benefit from the thinking developed within the discipline of orbital mechanics, especially with respect to interplanetary travel.

The question is whether the sense in which "orbit" is commonly used to describe the manner in which adherents "orbit" around a charismatic leader, for example, can benefit from insight into the variety of orbital patterns and possibilities identified in the case of space travel. The concern is whether such insights might be of relevance to the challenge of navigating a psychosocial space readily experienced as characterized by pointlessness and nothingness, as separately discussed  (Configuring the Varieties of Experiential Nothingness, 2012). Given the appeal to the imagination of space travel in a period in which the need for "change" is widely stressed -- if only in response to a widely-felt sense of despair -- also of interest is whether the recognized technicalities of achieving orbit and travelling to distant planets offers insights into new ways of framing psychosocial change (Implication of Personal Despair in Planetary Despair, 2010).


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