Done!

August 20, 2009

7a1I did it. Now finally over to my new blog. On this blog I posted one blogpost every day for a whole month. I can hardly believe it myself but it is true. I started on July 20 and today is August 20. Maybe it is even one day to much, but he, I am getting used to it, so it is by far not as difficult as it used to be.

I was thinking what I would have posted if not for this challenge. I am not sure how much it would have been but I AM sure what I would NOT have posted. At least 75%.

I am rather certain that 75% of what I posted would never have seen daylight. Maybe I would have written some of them (although not many I am sure) but then instead of hitting the publish button I would have pushed the button ‘save draft’. And would have never published it.

Many times it felt like rambling. And most of the time I did not do the post I had planned to do. Because of time pressure and not being satisfied with what I wrote about the subject I wanted to write about, I often had to write whatever came to mind at first.

And strangely enough it often went by itself. I just started to type and 10 minutes later I had a blogpost. Searching for a suiteble picture, that kind of expressed my blogpost, took often more time than the writing itself.

And thinking about that subject was also no problem, because I did not really think about it. I just started. And really loved it most of the time.

Except for some moments, that I had enough of the pressure of posting every day. And thought of quiting, because so what! No need to do it anyway. But I am very happy I went on with it.

But even more happy that it is over now. From now on I can again post when I want and if I do not feel like it, well then not.

And I can now go on with my new selfhosted blog, MindStructures, really look foreward to do that. And again spent more time on making graphics, construction and navigation part than on the writing.

But I am really so very glad the writing did go so much easier this month. Because no matter what, it is the only way to get my thinking clear.

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Writing with flow

August 13, 2009

P6030515You just got to love Twitter. Today was such a day that I found one weblog after another where they talked about blogging. Well, not just about blogging, but about how to write on your blog. And if there is anything in the world that I need to learn, it is just that, writing.

I just can not seem to find the right way to do that. Writing purely from myself seems a lot like rambling. And integrating thoughts of others make me stumble and struggle. So the blogpost I found today about How to write with flow, was exactly what I needed. Read the rest of this entry »

Defining Art

August 12, 2009

SciencesThese last days I have been discussing art as a result of several previous posts. The first of those post was The Judgement of Art where I mainly try to understand what the philosophy of Adorno is saying.

Then in the second post, The Subject of Beauty, I try to place art in the system I am trying to develop about the similarity between Integral theory and the Zodiac and in my last post about it, Aesthetic theory, I try to analyse art to see what it is and what it is not, using words based on my own understanding.

So now I am trying to find the place it has in Integral theory and the Zodiac (most recent post on that theory is Trying to understand each other) to see what can be a definition that is broad enough to cover art and precise enough to differ it from other parts of life. Read the rest of this entry »

The Judgement of Art

August 3, 2009

bToday I did not get to blog what I had planned. I read a discussion about art which got my attention. The titel was: Is the judgement of art a subjective thing? And that is something I had been thinking about a lot lately.

I also had discussed that on a music forum a while ago and someone there pointed me to the work of a philosopher called Adorno. I had never heard of him but he seems to talk about Aesthetics. Read the rest of this entry »

7d

When I was working on my next blogpost, where I wanted to add ages to the zodiac to visualise different stages of human development, I was using words like spirit and soul all the time. But as those have so much different meanings, I thought it might be better first to clarify how I mean them. I did so before in a blogpost I wrote a year ago, read it again many time, but get confused every time myself when I do so. Now I thought to write the post again and try to follow the thought process more close. The core of the blogpost is a text I got from a book, which I will try to analyze more profound this time.
This is what I wrote:
What is on my mind, is something that is on my mind for years now. It is something I read a few years ago in a book by a Dutch writer, George Bode. His thinking is mainly based on the thoughts of a French philosopher, Jean Carteret. As far as I know, nothing is written on paper by Carteret, but Bode wrote a book called: ‘Het poetische denken van Jean Carteret’. A book in which Bode tries to give an impression of the thought process of Carteret. Deeply hidden in that book was the following (English translation of the Dutch writings of a French thoughtprocess, so something might get lost here):
Reading it again makes me realise it indeed is very difficult to use the right words in a translation. Especially when it comes to words that are about such invisable subjects like emotions or a soul. So here is the text, that I wrote almost exactly as it is in the book. Which sometimes is confusing in itself, as some words have a different meaning (even asside from different people) in different languages.
At a certain moment Carteret was very impressed by a line in Jungs book ‘Man and his symbols’: Matter and psyche are two aspects of one and the same phenomenon. Superficially from this comes that matter obvious is the visable side of the psyche. But if one stays in this stage, it becomes a formula and becomes a presence where you cannot go about. That never happened to Carteret, therefore was his analyzing quality to good. His second association by the phrase of Jung was: matter and psyche are sort of the same, but matter is also energy.
So this search from Carteret started with 3 subjects: matter, psyche and energy. And he tries to analyze the difference between the viewpoint of ‘science’ and ‘psychology’. So according to psychology the opposite of matter is the psyche. But according to science the opposite is already taken, because that is energy. Now, in the next part, he is going to arrange them all three and then finds out that something is missing.
Coming from this scientific fact, he then formulated: the energy in the matter can be seen as workable infinity, an infinity in action. And matter is a condition of limitation. So there is a couple of matter/energy and besides that there is also the psyche. But psyche also is invisible like energy. Psyche, which is an inner concept, asks for a fourth concept, that is to the psyche what energy is to matter.
I think what he says here is very important, but also very difficult to describe in the right words. First he looks at the couple matter and energy. He says matter is a condition of limitation, which means that as opposite to energy, that it is not infinite, not without end, and besides that it, it also is the opposite of active, which he calls here a condition. So the words he uses (I think) are infinite and action for energy, and limitation and condition for matter. Now the other concept, psyche, has one characteristic from both. It is infinite like energy (I wrote here invisible, but I am not sure anymore what it said in dutch) and it is the opposite of action, called condition here. So in order to make it fit, he needs a concept that has the opposite of infinite and condition. And it has to have the characteristics limitation and active.
The search for this fourth concept could start, a search which could take weeks, sometimes even months. But also sometimes only a blink of an eye. The latter was what happend here. Suddenly he thought of something from the psychiater Lacan about language. And apart from how Lacan meant that, he had found his fourth concept to use in a dialectic.
So this concept he found was language. Language that has the characteristics limitiation and action.
He formulated it about this: Matter is the ‘condition’ of ‘limitation’ from an ‘infinity’ in ‘action’ (energy). Psyche is just like energy an ‘infinity’ but a ‘condition’ of infinity. And language is the ‘condition’ in ‘action’.
So what he says is: matter is the conditioned limitation of the active infinitive energy as language is the active limitation of the conditioned infinitive psyche.
Because the psyche is the oceanic infinity and the ocean does not move, while on the contrairy the rivers do. So the psyche is the ‘condition’ of ‘infinity’ of which language is the ‘condition’ in ‘action’. So on one hand as a physical aspect of the world, there is the couple matter/energy: a condition of limitation and an infinity in action. And on the other hand, complemantairy to that and as a metafysical aspect, there is the couple psyche/language: a condition of infinity and a limitation that can work on that actively. The result of that, if maximum, is poetry and if this does not work then there is the language that totaly drawns in the actual unspeakable of the psyche, which gives the mystical.
My next step was to search for other words that could be used better for my purpose of describing the human development. The words I chose where as abstract as I could think of, but might not totally be in line with how Carteret might have meant them but I get to that later.
This kept getting around and around in my head for years, and as I was searching for a language to describe the human development, I decided to use body for matter. For energy I used spirit and the language became mind. The psyche Carteret talks about is something I thought could be translated with soul. For action and condition I used active and passive, and infinity and limitation became potential and structure; spirit: active/potential, body: passive/structure, mind: active/structure, soul: passive/potential.
Or in one line:
The Body is the passive structure of the active potential Spirit, as the Mind is the active structure of the passive potential Soul.
Now coming to the end of this long post I realise this is not even enough to clarify the whole zodiac, let alone the human development. In order to do that I need to get into the 3 different stages, that are essential to any development. So the next blogpost is about my understanding of what is called in integral theory, pre- trans fallacy. And in the zodiac primordial, individual and universal.

When I was working on my next blogpost, where I wanted to add ages to visualise different stages of human development, I was using words like spirit and soul all the time. But as those have so many different meanings, I thought it might be better first to clarify how I mean them in this context. I did so before in a blogpost I wrote a year ago, read it again many times, but get confused every time myself when I do so. Now I thought to write the post again and try to follow the thought process more close. The core of the blogpost is a text I got from a book, which I will try to analyze more profound this time. Read the rest of this entry »

zodiac3Now that I have finally come to the point that I can compare two theories, I find out how difficult it is to use the right words. Not that I did not know that already, (that is why I am trying to make the graphics) but still it has to be given the form of words too. The best would be to give them my own words, but that is not easy.

The biggest problem is that I might not use the ‘right words’. But then again if I do use the right words, it becomes a dictionary or a glossary. And I do not have to write that, as there are others that are far more capable of doing that. But in any way it is a good start using the right words. So to start I looked up AQAL in a special Integral glossery. Read the rest of this entry »

Metaphorical Language

July 24, 2009

A blogpost in between about a subject that I am really interested in, and what I think is the essence, the core, of what I am trying to write about. It is a video of Leonard Bernstein who talks about music, how music is the metaphorical language of our interior lives. It was a lecture he gave at Harvard in the seventies, in a series called ‘The Unanswered Question’. Read the rest of this entry »

Visualising Thoughts

July 20, 2009

developmentalsAlthough I am no writer (it takes forever to find the right words) I totally love blogging. For me it is more or less a registration of where I am fascinated about at that moment.

I have several blogs and I found out that my main interest is in human development. And that is what I want to write about for a month, hopefully supported by some images (trying out paint programmes) to express my thoughts better. Read the rest of this entry »

Mind

July 17, 2009

7dWhat is on my mind, is something that is on my mind for years now. It is something I read a few years ago in a book by a Dutch writer, George Bode. His thinking is mainly based on the thoughts of a French philosopher, Jean Carteret. As far as I know, nothing is written on paper by Carteret, but Bode wrote a book called: ‘Het poetische denken van Jean Carteret’. A book in which Bode tries to give an impression of the thought process of Carteret.

Deeply hidden in that book was the following (English translation of the Dutch writings of a French thoughtprocess, so something might get lost here): Read the rest of this entry »