Symmathesy: A Word in Progress

Vitally important distinctions being made here relevant to life itself, and the limitations of current language to address the complexity and interelationality of living systems.

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This is a big blog post, ( 25 pages). This paper was presented at the International Society for Systems Sciences Conference in Berlin August 2015. It will be published in the ISSS Journal as well. The following pages are a beginning of a concept and terminology that I have found useful in my own work to describe the learning within shifting interactions and patterns through time. There are many chapters to come. The next chapter is on mutual learning contexts that are comprised of living and non-living systems.I hope it will be useful for you as well.  Enjoy…

Proposing a New Word that Refers to Mutual Learning in Living Systems:

Symmathesy

– copyright Nora Bateson 2015–

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Prologue:

Part I

The Word “Symmathesy” On The Page

Proposition:

I would like to propose a new word for “System” that refers specifically to living systems – that is, to systems which emerge from the communications and interactions of…

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What I have learnt from the course “Advanced Theories of Communication”

Third year communications student shares their experience:

“Communication does not entail the use of words as reflected by a majority of the people, but a method employed by the sender to convey a particular message to the audience. Irrespective of the method employed, the sender struggles to build relationships and seek for the best tactic that he can utilize to catch the attention of the receiver”.

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Communication does not entail the use of words as reflected by a majority of the people, but a method employed by the sender to convey a particular message to the audience. Irrespective of the method employed, the sender struggles to build relationships and seek for the best tactic that he can utilize to catch the attention of the receiver (Croucher, 2016). The ability of the sender to display the power of building relationship dictates the effectiveness of the communication process. Additionally, the overall effect of the message in the receiver has a direct correlation on the choice of language and features of the message employed by the sender. In this blog post, I will start with the analysis of the advanced theories of communication learnt in my CMN 3109 class, and along with the analysis, I will also talk about how this class inspired me to connect with inner thoughts…

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By what right do we exist?

I grieve the common sense that would ensure the continuance of life on earth – I grieve that which is already lost, and that which will be lost due. These great “Last Stands” are all that stand in the way of a human induced global catastrophe.

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Lets take ‘life’ as a general principle rather than an attribute. Life is dependant on a complex interconnected web of interactions between a diverse range of individual beings in all forms from the microscopic to the galactic and universal.
Killing myriad lifeforms indiscriminately has already halved the biodiversity on this planet, and is set to render this planet uninhabitable by higher conscious biological lifeforms within our lifetimes (can get the research data for those who require proof).
Meanwhile, the contributing factors to this mass desecration of ‘life’ are known, enforcement of the paradigm where this destruction is rampant continues to escalate, and the viable alternatives to self annihilation by the human species is available but opposed by the current system of global exchange and resource distribution.

It is in this context that I ask my question:
Which right has greater social license – the right to protect and preserve life – or the right to kill?

Please do analyse the question, I think essays would be appropriate, the qualified views of academics and lay persons alike would be a valuable asset to those who would do something else instead.

Being your own Best Friend

Originally published in Connect Magazine, December/January edition 2015/16

With the often hectic pace of modern life, and our collective struggle to make sense of the escalating violence and environmental vandalism we witness daily in our news feeds, it is easy to forget that the one person who really needs our love, support and unconditional friendship the most, is our self. When we are emotionally overwrought, physically exhausted and mentally confounded we are unable to be a supportive and loving friend to anyone else. In the name of friendship, we owe it to ourselves and others to be our own best friend.

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It sounds strange doesn’t is? Be your own best friend! How can we go about doing that? What methods do we use? It calls the whole notion of friendship into question, what does it mean to be a best friend anyway?

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This course will TRANSFORM the way you look at the world!

The Delegate Program Level 1:

Exploring Unified Physics is designed to provide a foundation of understanding of the field of Unified Physics and its implications and applications in our lives and the world. This in-depth introductory course will explore the fundamentals, including core concepts of the holographic perspective and unified model; current and emerging views in physics; historical roots of modern physics and the research of pioneers such as Einstein, Fuller and Bohm; Nassim Haramein’s journey of discovery; and the nature of the shift in worldview that Unified Physics brings at this time, both in consciousness and technological innovation.

Resonance Academy

WDB – Chapters 1 & 2

I realise as I move forward that I have choice – I can choose to assume knowledge and thus inadvertently affect incoming information in the form of pre-judged experience to which I pay selective attention >OR< I can simply allow perceptions and experiences to arise and observe them as they are while recording details using only as much pre-existing data as necessary to do so. The results of these choices will render differently experienced states of consciousness.

Magellan Courses

Excerpts from “Waking, Dreaming, Being” – Evan Thompson

From Glisten:

Chapter 1

p.3 In the waking state, the person travels this world; in sleep, the person goes beyond this world. The person is his own light and is self-luminous. – from Upanishads

pp.6-7 … important difference between Western cognitive science and the Indian yogic philosophies. Cognitive science focuses on the contrast between the presence and the absence of consciousness … The Indian yogic traditions, however, focus on the contrast between coarse or gross consciousness and subtle consciousness … From a meditative perspective, consciousness comprises a continuum of levels of awareness, ranging from gross to subtle.

In short, “consciousness” can mean awareness in the sense of subjective experience [phenomenology] or awareness in the sense of cognitive access [rationality].

p.14-15 “Luminous” … the power to reveal … Consciousness is fundamentally that which reveals or makes manifest because it is the crucial pre-condition…

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Eye of the beholder.

Be kind to the situation, look upon it with a loving eye. This is the living universe that you are witnessing unfolding, through you, around you and everywhere/when. This is a context worthy or respectful awe – no matter what seems to be manifesting.
The influence of ones eye cannot be underestimated in the rendering of the information it receives – be clear about the shape and nature of the lens through which perceptions pass – this is the greatest contribution one can make.