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Key Words

I suppose that most of us have key words and concepts that we think are exceptionally valuable in explaining our current understanding of reality. Our keywords change over time. These keywords, below, have been mine for about a decade. Consider what yours are. Share them with me.

Holon
Fractal
Phi (ratio)
Meme
Spin
Vortex
Folding & DNA folding differentiation

What I am exploring is how each of us has keywords in our concepts of reality. It’s interesting to explore the definitions of the words in order to understand how our understanding develops. A particular aspect of my words is that they are applicable to any scale of observation. I did not plan that to be so.

I want to include links to videos that help to briefly explain some of these things. I want to provide a context for beginning to look at these words and related concepts.

Holon
“Holon” is a word developed by Arthur Koestler, the author of “Janus”.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=holon    all “Holon” on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=arthur+koestler all “Arthur Koestler” on YouTube

Fractal
For the word fractal there are some beautiful videos available and I’m linking to one that will be informative.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbK92bRW2lQ  Hunting the Hidden Dimension (on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=14&v=ay8OMOsf6AQ    Benoit Mandelbrot at TED 2010
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Benoit+Mandelbrot  all “Mandelbrot” on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fractal            all “Fractal” on YouTube

PHI
For the word PHI there are a variety of videos. And I want to just begin to touch it with these videos the importance of this particular ratio and and what can be found in reality that relates to it. Please just ignore any videos that are poor or twisted.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=golden+mean    Videos of the Golden Mean on YouTube

Meme
This word originated with Richard Dawkins in his book “The Selfish Gene”.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=meme

Spin and Vortex
It’s not too strange if I say everything in reality exists in cycles.  That’s the sense of “spin” that I am referring to.  Likewise, it’s not not hard to perceive the intersection of various spins and how eddys and vortexes are formed.  It’s not uncommon to go for a walk on a breezy day and see the winds forming dust-devils, little vortexes holding leaves, dust, snow, etc. And sometime we see huge cyclones and many other vortex forms.

We make decisions based upon whatever is foremost in our minds.
Perhaps that’s how we make all decisions.
So to make the best decisions we need to have the best and broadest things in our minds.

I will add to this post later.

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Challenging Beliefs

People choose to believe many things: a wide variety of things.
Things that are not compatible with each other.
And then defend them with no evidence.
Most folks are offended when they encounter beliefs which are inconsistent with their own beliefs.
Careful arguments are critical for achieving the things we need to learn.
Not arguments simply between people or about people but arguments about ideas.
We need to examine careful histories.
We need to look closely at textual criticisms.
We need to submit our ideas to scrutiny: careful, careful, scrutiny.
It’s never too late to adjust our thinking.

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Living Languages

Folks learn Latin because it’s a dead language.
It rarely, very rarely changes.
There are a couple of strains of it.
But it’s no longer active, dynamic.
English is the language I was born into.
I learned French in high school for four years.
At one point I even dreamed in French.
My point here is that languages are dynamic, active languages that is.
Our words change.
We give the same word new definitions.
Each generation comes up with new definitions, new ways to use words, new combinations.
We get attached to the language we used growing up.
Then, sometimes, we discover meaning beyond words.
Then we seem to be much slower at looking for new words new ways to say things.
I have made up lots of words.
And it’s important that we do that occasionally.
We look for words to represent realities that we have not found words to represent before.
For years I introduced myself to new words that I did not know before
so that I could speak more clearly.
But I try to use words, even when making them up,
that are relatively discernible to anyone thinking about what I’m saying.
I’ve read about things you can say in Russian that you cannot say in English.
There are no English words for them.
We dumb ourselves down by using the wrong words.
Like the word “word” which is the translation that we use for the word “logos”.
Just as an example, the word “logos” is a huge meaningful word.
That does not mean “word”.
And that mistranslation has produced all kinds of garbage
that people say to each other that is not true.

Words have always been a moving target.
Words never stay the same.
Our language is dynamic.
We grow with what we can say.
You can pick a point in time and try to perfect your grammar.
And by the time you complete that it will be meaningless or nearly so.
It’s critical that we love and even worship truths.
If we attach ourselves to words truths will escape us.

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I Talk with Trees

I talk with trees
because I have to.
I certainly love people
but I have to talk with trees.
People tend to know too little
and believe too much.
What trees know and can share with me
is better than what most people believe and will share.
From their invisible parts below the ground
to their visible parts extending way above the ground
trees never deny that they are fractals in any way.
It is a treasure to know what you are.

I am a fractal also.

And the trees have helped me to understand this.
It’s good to know where you came from and how you grew.
It’s good to know that when you stop, when it occurs to you that you are dying.
You can increase the value of what you leave behind.
When a tree dies other fractals live in it.
This wouldn’t happen so much if we always buried them.
Year after year, green after green, trees know what to do.
They teach me how to live, how to produce, how to maintain,
where to find joy, and how to be alive.
They teach me how to share.
They teach me flexibility in the wind.
They teach me how to grow right up against other trees, other people that are different from me.
They teach me how to appreciate people that are different from me.
And they teach me how to be me.

I use words to speak to you.
But words are a mere shadow of thoughts compared to the language of trees.
Trees never lie to me.
Trees never hide from me.
Trees never try to deceive me.
Trees do not believe things that are not true.
This makes them rather superior on numerous levels.
We knock them around and knock them down and they come back.
I’ve been knocked around and knocked down.
The trees teach me how to stand up again and do better.

It’s not that grass and flowers have less to share.
Nor that they know less or are less.
But trees are less ephemeral
and easier for me to relate to visually.

I encourage everyone to spend some time in the trees.
Watch them closely.
Listen to them closely.
It is amazing what they can contribute to your life.

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Share Not Share

There’s fine twisting curls.
If it were not climbing me it would have no height at all.

There was more that I could not say.
I loved you but you could not understand me.
You loved me but you could not understand.

This seems to happen often.
All over the world.
It’s hard to try on an idea to see how well it fits,
If you cannot listen and hear the whole idea.

You may die of thirst in the presence of a big glass of water.
You may die of hunger unable to see your place at the table.

Stone upon stone your glacier retreats,
But you are no more lost than you want to be.
We each need to want to not be lost,
And we each need not to define lost by what people around us think of us.

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Fractal Trees

Where I live there’s daylight on the south side
and there’s moss on the north,
And vines wind up and around
and then release near the bottom.
Some of the vines are evergreens
climbing up the deciduous.

Who does not feel this weight and warmth?

The remarkable yet hollow Tulip Tree has fallen.
You can see it is already decayed far more
than the American Chestnut that fell many years earlier.

The wind and the rocky soil make the trees fall.
All of the fallen trees become more soil
for the next generations.
While we see this readily,
we generally fail to recognize
the fractals of our minds that also fall.
They fall around us haphazardly
and become the soil for new generations.

We generally fail to recognize the fractals of our minds.
Can’t we all see this?
When we don’t it is difficult to converse.

What is more disparate than trying to live linearly in a fractal world?
I had to unlearn and relearn so much just to see this.
Deep, deep joy is here for those who learn to participate fractally.

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Beings Talk

Beings talk o’er tea in my backyard,
(An axe-free zone, you know.)
Without a care we can share our heart
In the yard where beanstalks grow.

Rest assured there was a row
When I first did the deed:
Trading up our holy cow
For the ugliest of seed.

But I would not exchange my lot
For a herd of fat bovine,
While communing in my yard, I got,
And is what I hold divine.

In here
We defy the demons
Of the strangled world
Out there.
We trade in cryptic currencies
And give time a little air.

The calculus of becoming
Is how we count our blessings
And inspirations aren’t exhaled,
But shout, “Credendo Vides!”

Beings talk o’er tea in my backyard,
(It’s an axe-free zone, you know.)
Without fear, here we share our heart
In the yard where the beanstalks grow.

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Meaning

Standing rigid
in the sparkling river
he grips his cup downside up.

Dry and thirsty
he gathers his resolve
and curses cups.

Right it, please, I urge him,
but the message flows off the rim
into to the sparkling river.

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A Word

Speak to me,
               she of
               Sheba said,
A seminal word
With a primal voice.

Your resonance rectifies time,
Your octaves move my blood.
I seal our link,
I bless our nexus.

From your lips a syllable fills all reason.
Your eyes lift the fogs of age and eon.

*****

O sweet mother daughter sister bride,
You glisten as you listen.
Gravid from above, you glow.

I know you.

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Karen Armstrong Conversation

Interesting conversation. I’ve read and listened to Karen for several years. She’s got it going on.Vodpod videos no longer available.

I don’t like the way Alan Jones interrupts so much, as if it were appropriate to do so.

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