Saturday, May 20, 2017

Part 01: The Seldon Dialogues, Excerpts -- The Predictive Power of Dialectics.





Part 01:  The Seldon Dialogues, Excerpts -- The Predictive Power of Dialectics.

Dear Readers,

FYI --
It is my pleasure, and my honor, as an Officer of the Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] Office of Public Liaison, to share with you, from time to time, as they are approved for public release by the F.E.D. General Council, key excerpts from the internal writings and sayings of our co-founder, Karl Seldon.
The first such release in this new series is pasted in below.  [Some E.D. standard edits have been applied, in the version presented below, to the direct transcript of our co-founder’s discourse].

Miguel Detonacciones,
Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.

... As we have discussed previously, ‘‘‘«monad»’’’ is the [ancient] term that we use as the generic name for the units, i.e., the individuals, that constitute the physically-spatially local populations, or concrete ‘‘‘«arithmoi»’’’ [i.e., the numbers [of units[, each of a given, single kind]] of each specific kind of being, or of ‘‘‘ontology’’’ -- the concrete content referred to, and represented by, an ‘‘‘ontological category’’’. ...”

“Suppose that, indeed, ‘symbolic categorial combinatorics’ mirrors ‘monadic combinatorics’, and that actual ‘monadic combinatorics’ is the dialectical, or «aufheben», process by which our «kosmos» generates new actual ontology, actual ontological innovations; ontological change; the irruption of unprecedented new kinds of being -- i.e., ‘‘‘qualitative change’’’ -- as an outcome of sufficient quantitative change, in the form of sufficient growth in the numerosity and [physical-spatial] density of local monadic populations.”

“If so, then ‘symbolic, categorial, dialectical combinatorics’ should be expected to have predictive power.”

“It should, because, in that case, ‘symbolic, categorial, dialectical combinatorics’ ought to be able to symbolically pre-construct descriptions of the ontological content of future epochs of history -- of epochs of future history -- resulting from the [further re-]combinations and self-combinations of the ontological categories       /«monads» that are extant in the present epoch of [natural-]history.”

“As well, ‘symbolical categorial combinatorics’ ought to be able to symbolically ‘‘‘re-construct’’’ the ontological categories         /«monads» content present in past epochs of [natural-]history, via categorial/monadic ‘‘‘decomposition’’’/‘decombination’/‘‘‘deconstruction’’’/‘‘‘factorization’’’ of ontological categories         /«monads» extant in the present epoch of history, i.e., of the «monads» presently present. ...

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