House of Wisdom (Arabic بيت الحكمة Bait al-Hikma)
See: Story Manu in 1001 Nights:
Council and Foundation COUNCIL Meeting
in June in
Material for “CONSTRUCTIONS”:
The article is a revised version of a plenary lecture and available in the APLS Journal.
Show or Schau: http://benking.de/show-schau.html
Show or Schau?
Lynton Caldwell (1999) allows us a look behind the facades or under the surface of the dangers threatening humankind. I subscribe to his analysis and synthesis of the threads and dilemmas, including his four lines of action.
Given this unique chance to comment on such a fundamental and basic article, I will not lament over words, dates, or issues left out in his piece, as this would be the typical trick of people avoiding the big picture and the urgencies and immediacies at hand. Instead, I will try to go with him on a higher plateau of pondering where humankind is going and what the issues and challenges are in my view after reading his article.
Shared Images and Models
I definitely agree with
In a series at the
Making Concepts Real and Adding Context
And that is exactly what I am working on and want to outline here: real alternatives. We have three alternatives: we can either immerse ourselves in the issues, or take on an observer status that makes us a little more immune to the details, or as the middle path, oscillate between the different perspectives, but in a way that we know where we are and what we are looking at, and in which context. Our exercise is one of physical and of mental mobility at the same time, bridging objects and subjects, re-establishing of creativity and fantasy in combination with questioning identities, values, levels, proportions, and consequences along and across scales, cultures, languages, and times. In this physical and deep immersive model, called "House of Eyes", children have tested alternative positions and perspectives for years.
Applications for Another Pattern Language? (slide 12)
This language based on spacial
metaphors and embodyment evolved when we were
thinking about patterns and fields as real. Are there applications, and can the
findings be shared, or are we talking here about just another creative,
artistic outcry? First, we can share levels, proportions, horizons, and
also "feelings." Second, we can consider new forms of multi-modal,
multiple access search machines for the world wide web.
And last but not least, we can engage in "culture navigation," which
allows us to access and assimilate content from libraries and museums around
the world, making multi-media, multi-lingual, multi-cultural connections,
caring for a 'humane' multi-lingual (information) society. Another possible
field is social systems design, and that might be close to what
Let us start with the traditions of story telling. In one story, Mamun, the son of Harun al Rashid, saved his just-inherited, fast-deteriorating empire for decades by having artists design a positive, aesthetic, shared model/vision/picture—in this case, a model of a beautiful city and rich community. By jointly constructing positive futures, we can create realities that can become "true" if we share the dream and work on it! (late note: see the "Ethics Summit" presentation which covers the story from 1001 night in greater detail and how we can create new stories like this one, and develop the art of story-telling and dialogue.)
XXVII Annual Jean Gebser Conference
Concreteness in Integral Worlds
Heiner Benking and Sherryl Stalinski
The paper reviews representations and signs that might help us to come to common and shared realization in an integral age. It explores how we can use models and schemas in order to share "common frames of reference." The authors explore possible ways of embodying and linking worlds or realities. These include the construction of a-perspective or extra realities that can help us to jointly create meaning and understanding beyond our directly observable meso-scale and ego-centric "environment/vicinity." We explore ways to merge and morph - know, connect, translate and transform schemas - and overcome the dualisms or schisms in our conceptions and mental models, as this is understood as one criteria in Gebser’s structure of moving from the Rational to the Integral. One step is seen to include and move beyond the physical and visual (perspective) space to shared and combined (merged and morphed spaces), spaces were we can jointly create and move boundaries in our perceived and created worlds using processes of dialogue. The authors suggest this fundamental step in coming to the concretion of shared dimensions in order to avoid the dangers of post-modern vagueness and Beliebigkeit, or the creations of new myths and belief systems, as they would lead us back into former forms of human development. Instead, we strive for a broader basis for imparting and dialogue - which is part the motto of the INTEGRAL STRUCTURE - coming to a broader and shared collective understanding.The authors believe that Gebser shows us a way out of dualistic, anthropocentric thinking that leaves us enslaved by physical space concepts and "boxed" thinking, and provides ways towards sharing not only physical but also mental manifestations and imaginations. Gebser seems to be urging us to look into the inclusion of all layers or structures and not ending only in meditative state, but standing on the ground, surveying the world with our eyes and sharing or imparting concepts of a bigger and shared picture in order to expand our realms of being.
"The concretion of time
is one of the preconditions
for the integral structure;
only the concrete can be integrated,
never the merely abstract."
--Jean Gebser, The Ever-present Origin, p.99
(emphasis of"one" added by the authors)
words - yes words.
Make them solid
So you can pick them up
and throw them.
That is the problem.
How to make the intangible real, lifelike....
--J. R. Lloyd
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