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Engaging with Globality through Cognitive Circlets

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Engaging with Globality through Cognitive Circlets
Disconnected scales of scope
Symbols -- by-passing and focusing lengthy articulations
Cognitive torque and its fruitful associations
Cognitive implications
Cognitive insights from mathematics
Resonances between power in practice and in imagination
Existential focus vs Radical reframing of "body of knowledge"
Cognitive challenge of 2-dimensionality and 3-dimensionality
Cognitive engagement with globality
Enabling designs of cognitive circlets and crowns

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Dimension 2 of a four-fold exploration. Produced on the occasion of the "coronation" of Barack Obama (as president of the country from which insightful leadership is expected in response to global problems) and of the "crowning experience" of the Davos World Economic Forum (for the instigators and observers of the global credit crisis and its consequences). [Engaging with Globality -- Dimension 1: Cognitive Realignment; Dimension 2: Cognitive Circlets; Dimension 3: Cognitive Crowns; Dimension 4: Knowing Thyself]
Overview of Engaging with Globality

Dimension 1: Cognitive Realignment -- making points and aligning a target


Dimension 2: Cognitive Circlets -- learning/action cycles
Disconnected scales of scope
Symbols -- by-passing and focusing lengthy articulations
Cognitive torque and fruitful associations
Cognitive implications
Cognitive insights from mathematics
Resonances between power in practice and in imagination
Existential focus vs Radical reframing of "body of knowledge"
Cognitive challenge of 2-dimensionality and 3-dimensionality
Cognitive engagement with globality
Enabling designs of cognitive circlets and crowns
-- AQAL: "All Quadrants All Levels" | Mandelbrot set | Periodic table
-- Symmetrical polyhedra | -- Symmetry groups | Cognitive fusion
-- Cognitive work cycle and enantiodromia | Metabolic pathways | Global modelling
-- Basket weaving | Song cycles and epic poems | I Ching ***

Dimension 3: Cognitive Crowns -- all-encompassing, well-rounded experience

Dimension 4: Knowing Thyself -- embodying engagement with otherness

Annex A: Engaging with Globality through Playful Re-categorizing
Annex B: Global Governance via a Double-breasted Strange Attractor
Annex C: Engaging with Globality through Dynamic Complexity
Annex D: Intercourse with Globality through Enacting a Klein bottle

References


Introduction

This is an exploration of the challenge of providing succinct integrative vehicles for significance, notably as this relates to any existential sense of coherence and identity. The focus in Dimension 1 and Dimension 2 is on the challenge more conventionally understood in terms of the knowledge management required by governance and the governors -- on behalf of the governed. This is developed in Dimension 3 with respect to those who are effectively "crowned". In Dimension 4 the inadequacies and impracticalities of such possibilities, hitherto considered realistic, are used to reframe the cognitive challenge for any individual obliged to order cognitive skills and accessible insights -- where such dependence on external authority is now clearly unrealistic. A summary of the 4-part argument is provided separately (Metaphorical Geometry in Quest of Globality, 2009).

In the light of Dimension 4, readers could consider avoiding the lengthy arguments of Dimensions 1-3 (regarding what is possible, but increasingly improbable) -- then focus only on the annexes of Dimension 4 for proactive viability and light relief, notably Annex B (Sustainable Governance via a Double-breasted Strange Attractor). Those annexes are premised on the assumption that sustainable governance is necessarily sexy -- and if it is not then it is unlikely to be sustainable.

The approach, especially in Dimension 1 and Dimension 2, is a development of arguments presented previously (Designing Cultural Rosaries and Meaning Malas to Sustain Associations within the Pattern that Connects, 2000) regarding cognitive survival devices in a fragmenting global society. It developed the following themes relevant to the argument here:

This argument also recognizes a degree of compatibility of such devices with widespread use of ornamental accessories, with or without symbolic and fashionable implications. These symbols may indeed be taken very seriously in traditional rituals (possibly dating from monarchical times) by institutions of governance, religions and sects with whom the powerful in the emerging global society tend to be associated and necessarily influential in any faith-based approach to its governance. The argument also relates to an earlier exploration of the need for mnemonic aids, which symbols may constitute (In Quest of Mnemonic Catalysts -- for comprehension of complex psychosocial dynamics, 2007).

As the sequel to this argument, in Dimension 4, the approach is reversed to present the role of cognitive circlets and crowns for the individual endeavouring to engage meaningfully and responsibly, and in an integrative manner, with globality -- independently of any reliance on distant coronations.


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