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Engaging with Globality through Knowing Thyself

Explores a radical cognitive approach to engaging with reality and otherness.


Engaging with Globality through Knowing Thyself
Questionable cognitive constraints
Emergent cognitive unrest implicit in social unrest
Cognitive implication "down the rabbit hole"?
Encouraging paradoxical strategies
Interfacing confidently between locality and globality
Transcending categories characteristic of in-the-box thinking
Cognitive interfacing with otherness: engaging with abundance
Radical questioning: delinking from detachment
Engendering categories: self-constraining world-making and system building
Playfully engaging with globality through re-categorizing and re-classifying
Realistic unknowing, requisite humility and appropriate questioning
Dimension 5?

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Dimension 4 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

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

Dimension 4: Knowing Thyself -- embodying engagement with otherness
Questionable cognitive constraints
Emergent cognitive unrest implicit in social unrest
Cognitive implication "down the rabbit hole"?
Encouraging paradoxical strategies
Interfacing confidently between locality and globality
Transcending categories characteristic of in-the-box thinking
Cognitive interfacing with otherness: engaging with abundance
Radical questioning: delinking from detachment
Engendering categories: self-constraining world-making and system building
Playfully engaging with globality through re-categorizing and re-classifying
Realistic unknowing, requisite humility and appropriate questioning
Dimension 5?

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

The argument in Dimension 2 and Dimension 3 has been framed as though those "crowned" by social processes -- in the expectation of their adequacy to the challenge of governance -- might seek to act in new and more appropriate ways. Namely that they might act in a manner distinct from the track record of their predecessors -- who have so effectively enabled the emergence of the current set of crises (Emergence of a Global Misleadership Council: misleading as vital to governance of the future? 2007).

As noted in the Overview of Engaging with Globality, in 2008 and 2009 the world is witness to the vain attempt to encompass global reality -- globality -- in a budgetary net of line items typically configured as a spreadsheet matrix. Hence the discussion in Dimension 1. But there is effectively little strategic skill in loops, curvature and handling the "curved ball" of crisis -- hence the commentary on the cognitive significance of circlets in Dimension 2. Both lines and circles in various combinations are structural elements through which globality can be represented and comprehended in a more integrative manner -- hence the focus on cognitive crowns in Dimension 3. A summary of the 4-part argument is provided separately (Metaphorical Geometry in Quest of Globality, 2009).

However, whether "circlets" or "crowns", a wearer is implied and has (cognitively) to "get into" the holes they offer -- to "go down the rabbit hole" into the mirror world of self-reflexivity -- and be able then to "get out", without getting "stuck". It is these cognitive dynamics that are the focus here. Whether reference is made to the metaphors of "rabbit hole" or "mirror" -- transformed into tales for children by mathematician-logician Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865) and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, 1871) -- the concern here is how to respond to the global strategic challenge of cognitive reflexivity and implication (Stepping into, or through, the Mirror: embodying alternative scenario patterns, 2008).

It is in this strange cognitive realm where, as recognized in The Pivot of Chuang-tzu:

The possible becomes impossible; the impossible becomes possible.
Right turns into wrong and wrong into right;
the flow of life alters circumstances
and thus things themselves are altered in their turn.

As the sequel to the argument for collective intelligence in Dimension 2 and Dimension 3, the approach here is reversed to present the role of cognitive circlets and crowns for the individual endeavouring to engage with globality meaningfully and responsibly, and in an integrative manner. Realistically, this must necessarily be independent of any reliance on distant coronations, groups or institutions -- except insofar as they can be "personalized" through transformation into symbols of cognitive significance.The focus is on enabling personal insight.

The emphasis in this part is necessarily "extraordinary", hence the 4-dimensional context proposed. If "ordinary" was sufficient in responding sustainably to the challenge of globality, then no more than a 3-dimensional context would be necessary. However questions regarding any inadequacy would then emerge of which the most generic is that indicated by the title of the mathematical exploration of Ron Atkin (Multidimensional Man: can man live in three dimensional space? 1981). What might be the cognitive significance of the dynamics associated with 4-dimensionality -- beyond the understandings on which physicists focus (Dan Falk, In Search of Time: the science of a curious dimension, 2008)?

Indeed, does a viable form of sustainability, and a meaningful sense of identity, only emerge within the dynamics of 4-dimensionality (Emergence of Cyclical Psycho-social Identity: sustainability as "psyclically" defined, 2007) -- otherwise best understood to be inexplicable (Being What You Want: problematic kataphatic identity vs. potential of apophatic identity? 2008).

Distinct from the understanding of the "Masters of the Universe" (of Dimension 1) is that of Albert Einstein ("master of the four dimensions"?). The cognitive conventions of Dimension 1, Dimension 2 and Dimension 3 may totally preclude some form of "cognitive miracle" as distinguished by Einstein:

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.


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