New Model Of The Observer/Observed Relationship Concluded

The Difference That Makes The Difference

Jan. 2012

Looking again at the highlighted quadrants in the diagram above, the reductionist/life bridge is clearly marked as #8. This bridge is positioned at the overlap of the brown and green quadrants. Upon completion of my bicycle trip, I will talk more about the events that contributed to the creation/discovery of this quadrant idea, but until then I have a few concluding words about the other bridge, the one that is positioned where the blue and green and the blue and brown lines cross. As marked, the #9 bridge both connects and separates the mind quadrant to– the life quadrant and reductionist quadrant. It is because of this bridge that we can read, write, and understand meanings. It is also because of this bridge that (to borrow a phrase from Clifford Geertz), we can “understand how it is we understand understandings not our own.”

[In the above diagram the bridges (black triangles), ~bb (8) and b~b~bb (9), are identified. These bridges support life and mind (mind representing the psychological/sociocultural environment of human discourse), respectively. The bridge ~~b, being-what-is-not-while-not-being-what-is, is not identified, but it supports evolution (the brown line reductionist platform) which, in turn, liberates ~bb reality, which, in turn, liberates b~b~bb reality, which, in turn, liberates civilization.]

It was not easy finding words to describe the #9 bridge, but, in the end, I chose the computer jargon words of uploading and downloading. Where the blue and green lines meet, at the front end of this bridge, a kind of uploading occurs, and where the blue and brown lines meet, at the other end of the bridge, a kind of downloading occurs. At the uploaded blue/green intersection, we confront/discover the fundamental problems of human existence—including the nature and meaning of life as well as the ways in which human identity is defined and maintained. It is also at this intersection where the universe, as an object of thought, takes on at least as much significance as does the more necessary effort of satisfying our own personalized needs. At the front end of the #9 bridge, discrimination, curiosity, inquiry, imaginative insight, creativity, skepticism, and analysis are uploaded.

At the off-ramp of the #9 bridge, where the mind quadrant connects to the reductionist quadrant, we, once again, encounter the body/brain/mind event. At this intersection, however, we discover recorded history—and the many past, present, (and future) scientific events where, as a consequence of logical and mathematical based predictions, we observe, via scientific instruments, e.g. telescopes, cyclotrons, etc. (blue quadrant material engineered for the purpose of extending the range of our five senses), the success or failure of said predictions. All inquiry, at this intersection, is restricted to sensed events and, according to Harris, “relationships that are knowable by means of explicit, logico-empirical, inductive-deductive, quantifiable public procedures or ‘operations’ subject to replication by independent observers.” (James Lett, The Human Enterprise, p. 89).

For over one hundred years the world’s smartest people (in terms of IQ, geniuses) have not been able to explain quantum behavior, i.e., fit quantum behavior into a theoretical box that predicts all the free parameters associated with measurement. I would like to suggest that the cause of this inability is too much “thinking inside the box.” In order to answer the question: “What qualifies some physical systems to play the role of ‘measurer’?”—it would be helpful to know why some events at the quantum level (quantum reality) do not speak in the language of physical events. An unambiguous description of the physical universe, or the answer to what separates micro universe from macro universe, will be found without difficulty, I believe, once it is recognized that quantum fuzziness is a consequence of a different kind of space–the space that separates, at the quantum level, also embeds and connects—i.e., connects to “emptiness is things.” In our event driven macro world we encounter “emptiness is things” each time a solution to an intractable problem is logically deduced, but at the quantum level, solutions to problems become entangled in “uncertainty relationships,” “uncertainty relationships” that are a consequence of the “emptiness is things,” i.e., “emptiness is things” such that “not a single thing comes into being without some relationship to every other thing” (Nishitani). On the micro level then, “emptiness is things” works in reverse; instead of allowing solutions to an intractable problems to be logically deduced, on this foundational level, the three quadrant observer, observation, and the logic that predicts events, vis-à-vis “emptiness is things,” coverage—become One—because “not a single thing comes into being without some relationship to every other thing!”

Evolution is not just driven by adaptation/survival; it is driven also by consciousness/freedom. Evolution is not just associated with biology; it is associated also with structure, the structure that embeds consciousness/freedom. At its source, consciousness/freedom is contained in the ~~b structure, or the space that separates, embeds and connects—connects to the structural space of logical implication. After a sufficient level of evolution/complexity is achieved however, ~~b becomes ~bb. At this level, the level of biological life, consciousness/freedom becomes free to evolve an even more free and conscious life form—or the b~b~bb structural life form that builds civilizations and asks questions like how, why, when, and where did consciousness/freedom come from—the above questions, however, reduce to just one question: Who Am I?

Well, I hope this new model of the observer/observed relationship is clearer now, but if not, stay tuned because at the completion of my northwest bicycle trip I will continue to talk about this observer/observed relationship—the relationship that connects consciousness/freedom up with our internal and external lived worlds.


About bwinwnbwi

About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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3 Responses to New Model Of The Observer/Observed Relationship Concluded

  1. I definitely will need more.

  2. bwinwnbwi says:

    [Beyond self-affirmation, however, there are additional efficacies in the negative facet of the implicative affirmative of the not-me-self. If it were not for the implicative affirmative of the not-me-self we would lack the capacity to; 1) become an “object” to ourselves, 2) access reflexive thought processes and self-narratives, and 3) make manifest the reflections that are most characteristically human. L.C. Simpson (1995: 29), in his reflections on the nature of self-understanding, states: “We, unlike the rest of nature, stand as a problem to ourselves. How are we to make sense of our lives? How are we to comport ourselves? What stories are we enacting and ought we to enact?”]

    Except for you, who else would be remotely interested in hearing a defense of my beliefs? (Chuckle) Actually, I’ve already posted a defense, but that was a long time ago and I can’t remember much about the order of those posts. The above quote came from a WordPress blog post which can be found at:

    Also, a long time ago, I posted at booksie and there are five or six posts there where I defend my beliefs. For instance, I defend my belief in the implicative affirmative of the not-me-self at:

    The bottom line is that I’m not here to convince anybody of anything, I’m just entertaining myself by posting old memories and drinking morning coffee. I hope that doesn’t sound too negative, but it’s the truth. Thanks for all your support and comments. I enjoy answering comments almost as much as I enjoy posting and drinking morning coffee. Take care!

  3. bwinwnbwi says:

    Picture Of Self—Commentary
    Adapted (loosely) from William Blake’s Songs Of Innocence And Experience

    Little Structure, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Gave thee life and………………….Little Structure, I’ll tell thee, little structure I’ll tell thee:

    Innocence ~~b

    Experience: The logic/structure that separates/connects particles to waves, i.e., connects particle/wave to affirmative ideal—the foundation of science/mathematics and the logically implied universe of our experience. Bizarre as this may sound the experiment ( suggests that we have a whole lot more to learn about what differentiates consciousness from reality and visa versa.

    [Blue quadrant pink self-horizon—~~b—reductionism, mass/energy, physical body mortar into bricks platform.]

    Little Structure, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Gave thee life and………………….Little Structure, I’ll tell thee, little structure I’ll tell thee:

    Innocence ~bb

    Experience: Life, energy far from equilibrium, the permutation of ~~b structure into the ~bb structure—the source of consciousness/freedom/life/death.

    [Green quadrant red self-horizon—~bb—life existential meaning/emotions reproductive platform.]

    Little Structure, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Gave thee life and…………………..Little Structure, I’ll tell thee, little structure I’ll tell thee:

    Innocence b~b~bb

    Experience: The logic/structure that separates/connects the aesthetic component of self-consciousness and theoretic component (sensory/emotional and affirmative ideal experienced together) not only allows for the confirmation/rejection of scientific hypothesizes, it also separates scientific knowledge from caring aesthetic values (the emotion/reason disconnect—at worst the reduction of goodness, love, and beauty to stimulus/response mechanisms) yet, one may ask: Why do caring aesthetic values still flourish? I suggest here that where love, beauty, and form merge—we also find and experience the reconciliation of opposites (but we are not there yet). What’s most important is that the “affirmative ideal” has purpose. Death (the life structure ~bb) is not about endings, it’s about beginnings, the evolution of life from simple to the complex, culminating in homo sapiens, i.e., b~b~bb structure where the ~bb of b~b~bb becomes the logic/structure that separates/connects humans to a “universe of knowledge”—the knowledge that builds civilizations and asks questions like: how, why, when, and where did human consciousness/freedom come from? The b~b~bb structure, simultaneous with it’s acquisition of knowledge, continually experiences “a present full of memories”—the joys, sorrows, anger, love, regrets/learning experiences etc., that “we know as the emotional events that spawn a life well lived—a life buoyed, as William Blake would have it, by innocence and experience!”

    [Purple quadrant yellow self-horizon—b~b~bb—the psychological sociocutural environment of human discourse/institutional education—the civilized aspect of civilization.]

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