patteren | meta | 08
 
1.0 | babel, logos, theta and the meta search
meta : proslogion : los : logos : creation likened to an act of language : eco: by naming things god gave them 'ontological status' : babel : the emergence of many european languages at the end of the fifth century was a babel-like event, a 'metahistorical' event : hence a longing for the original 'adamic' language : consider the missing element in many factual observations : the search for which constitutes a meta search : for example : pei: 'unless we choose to accept the doctrine of predestination, it is chance that makes history' : seeing why this is not precisely true by finding this missing element (meta) : the proof will necessarily come in a roundabout way : the notion of coleridge that a 'willing suspension of disbelief' is required : for example in dante : must we brush aside any supposed literal intent in dante's map and, as with scholarly convention, simply enjoy the lyrical and storytelling aspects : or can one at once not believe the literal intent and also believe that it is true : singleton: that dante, in convivio 'recognizes two kinds of allegory': an 'allegory of poets' and an 'allegory of theologians' : '... surely the allegory of the Comedy is the allegory of poets in which the first and literal sense is a fiction and the second or allegorical sense is the true one.' : and later: 'when we read the Divine Comedy today, does it matter, really, whether we take its first meaning to be historical or fictive, since either case we must enter into that willing suspension of disbelief required in the reading of any poem?' : these discussions of allegory, as with pei: 'Unless we choose to accept the doctrine of predestination, it is chance that makes history' : all presuppose that historical, or literal, events described in poems as allegory and metaphorical truths cannot be accepted as at once historically false and actually true : at first, the presupposition appears reasonable : an old testament literalist will regard the exodus as both literally true historically and metaphorically true as a symbol of redemption : but can the exodus be regarded as at once historically inaccurate, not-literal, but also factually true : to do so, the question: 'did it actually happen' is not the relevant question, or is not the same question as: 'is it true' : so this implies that even a most fundamental axiom of logic is flawed, indicating there is much happening on the meta level that we are unable to perceive : meta ta physika : after the physics : memory, and therefore time, plays a most important role : because history is filtered through memory, time, the collapse of which would eliminate inconsistencies and frauds that distract one from meta, after the physics : framed in the absence of time these questions become nonsense : without time (theta), historical fact is not relevant : so aristotle's evaluation of poetry and myth over history, which he declares trivial : 'history entails what has happened, poetry what might happen : poetry is more serious than history : poetry describes the universal, history describes the particular' : this can be the basis for the important collapse of time, theta : returning to eco's account of the search for the original adamic language : karen armstrong nicely describes the use of the word logos by philo and in john's gospel : where eco calls creation an act of language, because by naming things god gave them 'ontological status' : this is emphasized by 'saying it was good' : the question of who god was talking to : as with when he remarks that adam is now 'one of us' : these expressions are spoken by god in what language : so armstrong describes philos' 'theory of the divine Logos' ... 'God had formed a master plan (logos) of creation ...' : later she contrasts st. john's gospel : 'In his prologue, he described the Word (logos) which had been "with God from the beginning" and had been the agent of creation' : and she further notes: 'In the Aramaic translations of the Hebrew scriptures known as the targums, ..., the term Memra (word) is used to describe God's activity in the world' : but how then does the absence of theta, necessary to understand the argument that neither chance nor predestiny determines history, or that neither or both do in equal measure, apply to logos and the ongoing search for the adamic language : consider first the paradox: god, the first cause, primary mover, embodied in 'the word', the conception of which implies communication, necessarily involving more than a single being : the irony of this aspect of the logos must apply to the meta search : so with the collapse of theta the logos must take on another meaning, distinct from the connotation of discourse : perhaps sound; the music of the spheres : evidently the circle, according to the platonists, is best of all shapes in representing the immutability of god because it expresses a line returning to its original path : logos and spheres : meta ta physika : spheres for pythagoras and spheres for dante : but still searching for an elegant and unifying quantitative perspective : the interesting thing about pricing options is that it provides a metaphor which is ideal for approaching this question : the elimination of theta from the argument, which is necessary to shift the perspective away from historical fact and inconsistencies with literal truth : this is accessible and clearly illustrated by dante's description of the metaphor of the poet : in which the literal sense is a fiction and the invented sense is true : but taken further: the description of the truth is more accurate when a fiction is employed to express it : might this paradox result partly because the historical and factual perspective, cumbersome in its expressive accuracy, is removed in the device of the metaphor and thus the truth shines through the allegory more brightly : so in an effort to employ an allegory for the use of leaving theta out of consideration, it is appropriate to turn to the vast experiment provided by a growing system of rules and measures in which agents are incontrovertibly continuously acting to maximize utility; in which ample controls are present; in which exists a level of saturation of endeavor sufficient to ensure statistically robust measurements; in which indeed accurate measurements are readily and continuously available; and in which agents enjoy increasingly available free flowing information : this closed system of continuously evolving structures are all based on, or essentially reducible to a basic unit : additionally, the universal mode of increasing complexity in structures is by introducing the element of time: theta : every complication within every instrument contained within the vast system of structures is due to the presence of theta : presumably the elimination of theta would reduce the entire system to a single value, or at least the aggregate of multiple values determined by ownership, but in theory easily measurable : so because of the serendipity of the experiment, the quantitative solution to our question may be at hand, and may merely be a matter of analysis : appro pos of the experiment is dante's contrasting of plutus, the classical god of wealth, and the spenders and hoarders with the goddess fortune in the fourth circle, canto vii : those who hoarded or over spent their riches reside between the gluttons and the wrathful and sullen : dante, via longfellow, describes them as '... people, more than elsewhere, many. On one side and the other, with great howls, Rolling weights forward by main force of chest. They clashed together, and then at that point Each one turned backward, rolling retrograde, Crying, "Why keepest?" and, "Why sqaunderest thou?" Thus they returned along the lurid circle On either hand unto the opposite point, shouting their shameful metre evermore.' : the lurid circle and sisyphus path taken by the spenders and hoarders is contrasted later in the canto with the sphere of fortune, who, being blamed by those who object to her 'governance' of treasure, which occurs 'Beyond resistance of all human wisdom', is unaffected by the 'bad repute'; '... she is blissful, and she hears it not' : Among the other primal creatures gladsome She turns her sphere, and blissful she rejoices' : so the sphere of fortune, which metes out wealth in a just fashion, is contrasted with the individual spherical weights pushed along in the fashion of sisyphus by the spenders and hoarders : so it is interesting that the sphere can presumably be employed, in the experiment, either in justice or in incontinence : because of this it is important to understand the nature of the sphere during our search to reconcile the great paradoxes through the elimination of theta :