Thursday, June 7, 2012

Some General Axioms of Diverse Philosophy

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A very important concept about the Diverse is “differentiation” which means the generation of difference. Difference in the Diverse would include, for example, individuality. Change, the new and evolution are types of difference that take place over time. Complexity is the expression of differences within a whole or system. A general list of types of differentiation might include: detail, parts, individuality, change, complexity, particularity, conflict, duality, the new, evolution, chaos, splitting, the creative, inner and outer, variety, range, simultaneity, non-hierarchy, the indeterminate, the vague, the inefficient, the wandering, the unstable, the flexible, the non-uniform, the independent and so much more.

For Human beings diversity, individuality and creativity are highly important themes of differentiation. Another way to say this is ‘Freedom”. Diverse Philosophy is a thesis of Liberation.

A good way to understand all of these many aspects of differentiation is to think in terms of these categories: Individuation, Duality, Evolution and Chaos.

It is also important to grasp that differentiation is both spatial and temporal, that is, differentiation happens simultaneously among things, but also creates the new, processes and evolution. Change over time is temporal diversity, a diversity over a duration. So for example when dealing with a whole we must understand that we not only want cooperation and harmony, but we want the force of evolution within that whole to be free. We want to avoid stagnation and dogma. And we must understand then when we have evolutionary leaps we want those advances to result in wholes, meaning we must develop the many parts needed, and make this whole operate properly.

Opposed to differentiation is “undifferentiation” which means the limitation of difference or opposition to difference. Undifferentiation is the opposite of differentiation. For each force of differentiation there is a force of undifferentiation, for example, opposed to change is the not changing or static, opposed to the new is the old, opposed to individuality is sociality, opposed to free action are social rules and obligations, opposed to the creative is the repetition of past models, and so on. Undifferentiation takes many forms from similarity to imitation, stasis, unity, organization, hierarchy, deductive thought etc. Undifferentiation is essential otherwise we would not have organisms, organization or logical thought or theoretical systems or education or community institutions or government or economies or any unifying structures.

Undifferentiation as has been said is the opposite of differentiation. It contains the forces of replication, models, stability and so on. Undifferentiation aids differentiation in creating a workable structure. Without undifferentiation the force of differentiation could not produce assemblies, complexes, aggregates etc. Differentiation without its opposite twin can only produce figments and flashes, noise and wind, explosions and dispersion, and the ethereal but no structure.

Diverse Wholes
Differentiation is a primary force but undifferentiation is necessary also, the trick for Human beings is to find the right mix of the two for each problem to solve.

An essential feature of undifferentiation is the coordinating of Diverse Wholes. Once we have generated diversity, individuality and creativity, we must unite the many parts or people into a whole. Otherwise we will create cultures of alienation, egotism, conflict, chaos and exploitation. And minds that are erratic and unbalanced.

If we have a situation where there is too much undifferentiation in the form of group think and statism and dogma, then we must focus on generating differentiation.

There is no fixed idea about whether the main issue is that of generating differentiation or forging a whole, this thesis is practical and proceeds from conditions and not prejudgment. There are two paths, one is of differentiation, and the other is differentiation, they are both necessary.

The result of the forces of differentiation and undifferentiation is the creation of a Diverse Whole. This is our ultimate goal -- ourselves as a Diverse Whole, society as a Diverse Whole, the planet as a Diverse Whole. These Diverse Wholes are flexible and democratic.

The Subsume
Differentiation itself breaks out of an original Subsume. The initial state of a Subsume is one of an undifferentiated whole which is undeveloped and fused. The Subsume is a potential state pregnant with many possibilities, but it takes the force of differentiation to end the Subsume so that these new possibilities are realized. The Subsume is a special kind of Whole, it precedes the Diverse Whole created much later when differentiation has generated many parts that must be assembled into a unity. The Subsume is unconscious, vague and confused but within it are the seeds of the future and at the same time the power or desire for unity and connection. Subsumes are big and small, physical and mental, in the past and in the future.

Examples of a Subsume are the initial singularity that leads to the big bang; the child's mind that has not yet elaborated into specific sub-minds of reason, creativity or wisdom; the original conditions that produce living cells; tribal society before its break down into city states; a certain empty-minded state associated with creativity; the early stages of social movements before complexity and precision of concepts takes over; and so on. The Subsume state is a fused and simplistic phenomenon that gives birth to distinct entities; an initial kind of whole that produces parts for a different kind of whole to come. It produces a state of high creativity, great potential and revolutionary fervor.

Reproduction is a highly important feature of Undifferentiation. Differentiation cannot reproduce itself. Reproduction by definition means an end to the process of differentiation, its individuation, chaos and evolution. Biology reproduces life, it must do so by stopping change, by fixing development. Reproduction means copying, which is anathema to differentiation. The secret of life is ironically to oppose differentiation. Then the differentiation has some ground, some stability and it can reproduce for the long term. Reproduction comes in many forms: models, teaching, creating new individuals, forming theories and catechisms etc.

The paradox is that differentiation must cede power to undifferentiation for it to reproduce, for it to have a future. This trick is performed by copying, though not simple copying, but copying something that has within it the power of differentiation, of individuation, of evolution. We want to copy something that has the desire within it to stop copying. We want to reproduce something that hates reproduction. In this duality is the secret of life.

Negative Differentiation
This is the process where differentiation in a phenomenon simply goes wrong.

In this condition the natural process of differentiation, of creating differences and parts and complexity does not result in a richer whole.

The results of negative differentiation may be many things and their combinations:

•             Chaos, anarchy because we have many entities but no order or whole or system
•             Suffering of individuals and social groups
•             Sectarianism and War caused by friction between social groups and even generated by forms of extreme "individualism"
•             Institutional wars, economics, government, education, healthcare, church and so on clash with each other. Usually one institution comes to dominate and bend all others to its wishes.
•             Exploitation appears through systems that are set up to manipulate and profit from the subjugation of one group by another group. Ideologies are concocted to justify this behavior.
•             Neglect is a major form of negative differentiation, a dominant social group simply ignores the plight of another; an institution is ignored.
•             Onesidedness, rather than looking at balance, equality and democracy, we have an undue stress on the interest, values and desires of one group over all others
•             False wholes, some group or individual forms a "whole" that supposedly eradicates the chaos and war of negative differentiation, all are merged into this mystical whole
•             False Democracy, a system is created that claims to represent all individuals and social groups, but in fact it does not. Behind the words is another reality.
•             Stunting, when we look at the evolution of our minds, we may find a certain sub-mind dominating and stunting other sub-minds. This can also occur in emotional development where emotions do not fully flower due to negative environments

The varieties of negative differentiation are great and very creative (or actually mis-creative). And we can see the many forms in our world right now running riot.

Positive Differentiation
This is yet to come, this is a self aware and self managed mindset which understands the historical process, anticipates potential problems, and manages a transition into a differentiated whole or new “village” – more complex but still connected. Positive differentiation has two tasks: it supports free differentiation and the whole, and merges the two into a differentiated or diverse whole.

The process of negative differentiation began for Humankind thousands of years ago with the breakdown of tribal society. It has grown in the modern age touching almost all aspects of life.

It has produced a modern crisis of great proportions.

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