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unfolding expression

open quotation markWords have ancestors, Deeds have masters.

framing stories

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I began writing about the foundations of change management, and about phoenix change. However, looking for a beginning led to deeper reflections on and development, and to the thesis presented here now.

open quotation markWhosoever fights with monsters must take care, through this, not to become a monster; when you stare long into an abyss the abyss also stares into you.

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The thesis is a composite of four. These coextend, like the layers of a map. The first sets out the holistic foundation that the thesis rests on. This grounds the second, which describes its semiotic root. The third and fourth then outline the individual and societal role that this plays.

The four theses are only presented descriptively, through elementary observations; most commonly discounted, these variously link to footnotes, expansions, and essays both here and in publications elsewhere.


λ  literal error — language and meaning

The word is not the thing. The map is not the territory. Literalist faiths confuse different frames of meaning, muddling ideas, prejudicing understandings, and misdirecting choices. There may be an epidemic in our minds, and one too in our souls, but even if so these would not be the same...more-

Ψ  being heard — perception and expression

As beings perceive the patterns and signs they make and represent to each other, societies and languages emerge and develop. Life is coextensive with meaning — it was on being heard that the environment gave birth. In the beginning was the word, just not a word that we recognize...more-

Δ  making sense — experience and expression

From the beginning, the environments that determine which beings survive have been social as much as material. Communicative competence is fundamental to beings benefiting from the protection and empowerment of social integration; mental well-being is coextensive with fluency...more-

θ  incorporation — expression and self

As a society grows, its individuals become more dependent upon it and their roles increasingly specialize. Cohesion and growth are achieved through a shared cultural narrative. This competes with others in the thoughts and behaviours of individuals and replicates on being believed...more-

Expression is intuitive, words narcotize as we are transformed through their dreams, their technology offers convenience, like a mousetrap offering cheese.

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Words have ancestors, Deeds have masters. If people don't understand this, They don't understand me.
from: Tao Te Ching, 70, Lao Tzu, 300 BCE, translated by Stephen Aldiss and Stanley Lombardo, 1993, Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.


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quoteleft.. words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Not only do words infect, egotize, narcotize, and paralyse, but they enter into and colour the minutest cells of the brain.
Rudyard Kipling; in a speech to the Royal College of Surgeons, London, 1923.

quoteleftWhat is it that we human beings ultimately depend on? We depend on our words. We are suspended in language.
Niels Bohr, in 'Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists', 1963.



Phoenix change refers to developmental change — change steered by the intrinsic characteristics of its stakeholders more than by external agendas. This is the focus of phoenix change consultancy, which applies mediation and facilitation methodologies, such as those used in Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology, to individual, organisational, and community projects.



open quotation markYou take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
From the 1999 film The Matrix.

Taking the Blue pill represents submission to psychological enslavement, a commitment to the delusion provided by a prevailing paradigm. The Red Pill represents commitment to engage with whatever is the overarching reality of that paradigm. While continuing to take the Blue Pill seem the more comfortable, and safer, option, as the delusion is ersatz it is ultimately less fulfilling than the reality revealed through taking the Red one.



open quotation markThe main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning. If you knew when you began a book what you would say at the end, do you think that you would have the courage to write it?


quote leftWer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein.
Aphorism 146, Chapter IV: Maxims and Interludes, from Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche, 1886.

Transliteration is the process of substituting the characters used in one language with the characters used in another e.g in order to facilitate pronunciation. Translations I have made here (of Einstein and Nietzsche) might then be called 'transverbations'; addressing issues of punctuation, prosody, and inference that in prior translations, I feel, detract from the originals.

While in a sense faithful, in those translations I found, transliteration of punctuation resulted in an English that makes their authors seem coarse and uneducated; similarly, 'grammatical transliteration' replaced gender neutrality with bias.

Quotations are necessarily stripped of their context, robbing them of much of their meaning. Although I am not a professional translator or writer, the edits I have made here have been made with due diligence, and are faithful; required here, in my opinion, so that the fluency, erudition, and sensibility in the originals is made explicit — I have provided originals so readers may draw their own conclusions.




If we accept the immortal soul as ineffable, then we are conceived not incarnated; and both psychology and sociology are accounts of ontogeny.

Beings and societies are not like packs of snooker balls, scattered along their fated paths by the Big Bang, nor is their evolution steered by men with beards on fluffy clouds; life evolves through a metalanguage of expression, not teleologically, not destined or fated, but free, within limits.



quoteleftThe human mind is unable to conceive of the four dimensions, so how can it conceive of a God, before whom a thousand years and a thousand dimensions are as one?    Albert Einstein, 1931.

Conceived as being the essence of ourselves, yet eternal and fully formed, the soul exists free from the reality of physics and biology, independently, and unavailable for any direct examination. It is therefore ineffable, beyond words and definitions, its place in reasoning as the causation of temporal, biological phenomena, a kind of 'magical thinking', a conflation of reference franes.

The soul represents a belief in immortality; one that is encouraged by organized religion but generally abandoned by science. Nonetheless, superseded by determinism and anthropocentrism it remains rooted in the western paradigm — leading to gross errors and cruel injustice.




From Cosmic Religion: with Other Opinions and Aphorisms, Albert Einstein, 1931, pub. Covici-Friede, available from Amazon.


For more than one reason what I publish here will have points of contact with what other people are writing to-day. —If my remarks do not bear a stamp which marks them as mine,— I do not wish to lay any further claim to them as my property. I make them public with doubtful feelings. It is not impossible that it should fall to the lot of this work, in its poverty and in the darkness of this time, to bring light into one brain or another —but, of course, it is not likely. I should not like my writing to spare other people the trouble of thinking. But, if possible, to stimulate someone to thoughts of his own.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Cambridge, January 1945. From his preface to 'Philosophical Investigations'.



Aristotle and Plato wrote of signs and symbols, over two thousand years ago; signs in the world of nature, and symbols in human culture. The terms semiosis, and its study semiotics, come from the Ancient Greek, semeion — 'a sign, mark, or token'.

A thousand years after Aristotle, symbols were understood to be just a type of sign; and now, semiosis is understood as the process by which any word, object, symbol, or nonverbal cue is recognized as being a sign.

Semiosis, from the greek, semio-, meaning sign, plus suffix -sis, equivalent to -ing , literally meaning sign-action, is the recognition of noumena as having significance — as being, in some form or manner, signs.

For a being, anything can be a sign. All beings are signs and, in whatever manner, make signs; these are then recognized by others. Life and semiosis are co-extensive.

Despite these simple, ancient roots, Nazi eugenicists claimed semiotics as the scientific foundation for their xenophobic ideology; but semiosis is elementary and ubiquitous, whereas xenophobia is a mental illness.




Nazi scientists believed there was a one-to-one, fixed relationship between the biological characteristics of individuals and their emergent characteristics. But organisms are not simple biological machines. Their ontogeny and emergent qualities develop as a consequence of interactions with their environment, their biological components, including DNA, only statistically approximating physical traits and racial origins. Race is a category of convenience, not an absolute class of discrete individuals.

In classifying organisms, biology often identifies patterns that seem to indicate a common underlying characteristic when in fact they do not —and vice-versa. Science can only address the behaviour of reality, especially in regard to multicellular organisms, such as human beings, through probabilistic explanations - the inferences that are made from statistical relationships that are deduced from data that has been observed.

Reality is dynamic, every moment a new beginning, a new set of initial conditions. The infinitesimal differences between this one and that which preceded it, transforms its 'final' outcomes - as chaos theory demonstrates. The future evolves through probabilistic states; deterministic approaches have no ability to predict or define it. Our choices emerge from a system of inheritance but this system is made up of cultural as well as genetic components, between which information is exchanged via complex and diverse pathways. The Nazi's simplistic belief, that race could be an absolute measure of behaviour and preference, was merely incorrect.

Science is simple and absolute, neither human nor divine. It has no need or place for faith. Faith corrupts it.


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chaos


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Chaos refers to the apparently random states of disorder and irregularity exhibited by complex, nonlinear, dynamical systems actually governed by interconnectedness, underlying patterns, and self-organization. While these systems are deterministic, their predictability is limited as it is is impossible to completely know their actual state at any point in time and the smallest difference in this from what has been assessed leads to behaviours that diverge exponentially over time from that foecasted —a characteristic often referred to as the Butterfly Effect.



hope and vainglory


No man, who is not inflamed by vainglory into enthusiasm, can flatter himself that his single, unsupported, desultory, unsystematic endeavours are of power to defeat the subtle designs and united cabals of ambitious citizens. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Edmund Burke, Thoughts On The Present Discontents, published by Cassell & Company Limited, 1886.
Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society. This is true since the members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties, largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists who, for all practical purposes, separate the electorate from the legislature. The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population. Moreover, under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education).
from: Why Socialism?, Albert Einstein, May 1949.

Seventy five years later, the precision of Einstein's observations seems striking. The "sources of information" he referred to have vastly expanded from print, radio, and black and white TV, both in type and in funding. The global internet has atomized locality, while private investment has transformed education into training and globally aggregated all forms of social exchange. A cellular society has been created. As nodes of its network, individuals, now insulated within its delusion of global connectivity, surrender to their powerlessness as a right of passage.




Beings, here includes those that are unicellular (e.g. bacteria, archaea, and some algae); and those that are both unicellular and multicellular (e.g. slime molds) as well as those that are multicellular and, therefore, societies —cellular metasystems (e.g. humans, ants, jellyfish).




Bioemiosis proceeds through recognition — through current sense-data that a being perceives being recognized by it as being the same as, or belonging to the same class as, something the being has sensed or perceived before. This then is a recursive process, its first iteration (or 'base case') generating meaning by matching current sense-data and perceptions to those that have previously been recognized, recorded, embodied, and inherited.

Embodiment here then refers to the biophysical expression of semiosis — and to the semiosis of biophysical expression. In this, embodied cognition is simply a dimension of biosemiosis.


NB. While the definitions used here may vary considerably to those used elsewhere, both in degree and specificity, nonetheless they may, even considerably, overlap with them.


A language is a system of arbitrary signals used to communicate information. To communicate, is to convey information through a system of arbitrary signals. Semantic means of or relating to meaning, and meaning refers to the sense or reference of an expression. To recognize, is to know something as the same as, or belonging to the same class as, something known before.

Definitions referred to, and given above are after those in the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language; apart from meaning and recognize, that are after those in the Collins English Dictionary.



quoteleftHydrozoa show great diversity of lifestyle; some species maintain the polyp form for their entire life and do not form medusae at all Polyps of some species propagate vegetatively, forming colonies.. polymorphism occurs in colonies of some species of hydrozoans and anthozoans, the polyps being specialized for functions such as feeding, defense, and sexual reproduction.



Ruppert, Edward E.; Fox, Richard, S.; Barnes, Robert D. (2004). Invertebrate Zoology, 7th edition. Cengage Learning. pp. 148-174; cited in Jellyfish, Taxonomy (list item: Staurozoa), Wikipedia..



Fautin, Daphne G. and Sandra L. Romano. 1997. Cnidaria. Sea anemones, corals, jellyfish, sea pens, hydra. Version 24 April 1997. http://tolweb.org/Cnidaria/2461/1997.04.24 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/.



Anthropocentrism is the anthropocentric belief that the human species is the central fact, and final aim of a universe that should, therefore, be understood in terms of human experience, needs, and values.


Crows and flocking horses, otters and gorillas, clamour at our doors of reason. Geese and horses, chimps too follow the leader. Fungi on beetles, ribeiroia on herons, staph in our guts, win minds and hearts for their gods. What makes us human, or more so than our dogs?




scientism


open quotation markThe whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.    Albert Einstein.

Science is an elementary practice. Scientism is a belief. Eugenics and the Holocaust are among the brutal consequences and stark reminders of not recognizing this distinction..




from: Physics and Reality, published in the Journal of the Franklin Institute, Vol. 221, Issue 3, March 1936, pp. 349-382.


from: "The Great Chain of Semiosis, Investigating the Steps in the Evolution of Semiotic Competence." p.8, Jesper Hoffmeyer & Frederik Stjernfelt, September 2015, Biosemiotics 9(1) DOI:10.1007/s12304-015-9247-y (Emphasis added).


Beings, here includes those that are unicellular (e.g. bacteria, archaea, and some algae); and those that are both unicellular and multicellular (e.g. slime molds) as well as those that are multicellular and, therefore, societies —cellular metasystems (e.g. humans, ants, jellyfish).




Bioemiosis proceeds through recognition — through current sense-data that a being perceives being recognized by it as being the same as, or belonging to the same class as, something the being has sensed or perceived before. This then is a recursive process, its first iteration (or 'base case') generating meaning by matching current sense-data and perceptions to those that have previously been recognized, recorded, embodied, and inherited.

Embodiment here then refers to the biophysical expression of semiosis — and to the semiosis of biophysical expression. In this, embodied cognition is simply a dimension of biosemiosis.


NB. While the definitions used here may vary considerably to those used elsewhere, both in degree and specificity, nonetheless they may, even considerably, overlap with them.


A language is a system of arbitrary signals used to communicate information. To communicate, is to convey information through a system of arbitrary signals. Semantic means of or relating to meaning, and meaning refers to the sense or reference of an expression. To recognize, is to know something as the same as, or belonging to the same class as, something known before.

Definitions referred to, and given above are after those in the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language; apart from meaning and recognize, that are after those in the Collins English Dictionary.



quoteleftHydrozoa show great diversity of lifestyle; some species maintain the polyp form for their entire life and do not form medusae at all Polyps of some species propagate vegetatively, forming colonies.. polymorphism occurs in colonies of some species of hydrozoans and anthozoans, the polyps being specialized for functions such as feeding, defense, and sexual reproduction.



Ruppert, Edward E.; Fox, Richard, S.; Barnes, Robert D. (2004). Invertebrate Zoology, 7th edition. Cengage Learning. pp. 148-174; cited in Jellyfish, Taxonomy (list item: Staurozoa), Wikipedia..



Fautin, Daphne G. and Sandra L. Romano. 1997. Cnidaria. Sea anemones, corals, jellyfish, sea pens, hydra. Version 24 April 1997. http://tolweb.org/Cnidaria/2461/1997.04.24 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/.



Anthropocentrism is the anthropocentric belief that the human species is the central fact, and final aim of a universe that should, therefore, be understood in terms of human experience, needs, and values.


Crows and flocking horses, otters and gorillas, clamour at our doors of reason. Geese and horses, chimps too follow the leader. Fungi on beetles, ribeiroia on herons, staph in our guts, win minds and hearts for their gods. What makes us human, or more so than our dogs?




scientism


open quotation markThe whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.    Albert Einstein.

Science is an elementary practice. Scientism is a belief. Eugenics and the Holocaust are among the brutal consequences and stark reminders of not recognizing this distinction..




from: Physics and Reality, published in the Journal of the Franklin Institute, Vol. 221, Issue 3, March 1936, pp. 349-382.


from: "The Great Chain of Semiosis, Investigating the Steps in the Evolution of Semiotic Competence." p.8, Jesper Hoffmeyer & Frederik Stjernfelt, September 2015, Biosemiotics 9(1) DOI:10.1007/s12304-015-9247-y (Emphasis added).



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