Time for Provocative Mnemonic Aids to Systemic Connectivity?


Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service

Clues to Possibilities of Reconciling the “Headless Hearts” to the “Heartless Heads”


27 Aug 2018 – The challenge of the “headless hearts” to the “heartless heads” was used in an earlier argument as a means of framing the response to the refugee/migration crisis (Systematic Humanitarian Blackmail via Aquarius? Confronting Europe with a humanitarian Trojan Horse, 2018). The conclusion pointed to the possibility of new mnemonic aids to discourse, as developed here — possibly to be understood as an annex to that argument.

The earlier argument, with its exercise in “astrological systematics“, derived from recognition of unexamined preferences for 12-fold strategic articulations (Checklist of 12-fold Principles, Plans, Symbols and Concepts: web resources, 2011). Briefly it can be asserted that any such 12-fold pattern is typically developed without any effort to determine the systemic relations between the 12 elements so distinguished. The astrological system, however deprecated, is a major exception to this — and therefore merits consideration, if only for that reason.

The surprising absence of systemic insight seemingly dates back to the failure to distinguish the relations between the 12 deities in the pantheons of Greece and Rome — other than through well-known fables. Curiously this is as true of the 12 Apostles of Christianity, as of their analogues in other faiths. The omission is similarly evident in the case of the UN’s set of Millennium Development Goals and its revision as the Sustainable Development Goals. They are “systemically handicapped”.

There is therefore a case for discovering mnemonic aids to systemic comprehension, as previously argued (In Quest of Mnemonic Catalysts — for comprehension of complex psychosocial dynamics, 2007). There is a provocative challenge to mapping any 12-fold set within which the Aquarius function may deemed to be systemically embedded, aside from other exercises to that end, using computer technology and virtual reality (Visualization Enabling Integrative Conference Comprehension: global articulation of future-oriented 3D technology, 2018).

The concern here is to reframe the apparent tendency of the Aquarius modality to dominate the archetypal Round Table of humanitarian discourse — as the only valid voice at the table. To remedy this, consideration is given to moving beyond the flat “table” in 2D to a “Global Table” — from a table of static positions to a dynamic configuration of dancing patterns of discourse between the variously “heartless” and the variously “headless”. Unfortunately the traditional Round Table is now overly reminiscent of a “flat Earth” mentality inappropriate to a global society.

An unusual contribution to this possibility is the dynamics associated with the Schatz cube inversion, as presented here. This may be understood as a way of moving beyond the static structure of the cube so characteristic of both the physical architecture within which people live and with the knowledge architecture fundamental to a global knowledge-based civilization. It suggest a new approach to visual representation of “thinking outside the box“.

Roman dodecahedron, Chinese puzzle balls and Rubik’s Cube?

One provocation derives from the mysterious function of the so-called Roman dodecahedron. This is a small hollow object made of bronze or stone (4-11 centimeters in diameter). Of dodecahedral form, it has twelve flat pentagonal faces, each face having a circular hole of varying diameter in the middle, the holes connecting to the hollow center. Over a hundred of these have been found across Europe, dating from the 2nd or 3rd centuries AD.

They have evoked speculation of every kind as to their function — with no conclusion. They can be usefully compared with carved stones balls (petrospheres) dating from the Neolithic period, and with the Chinese carved ivory puzzle balls (Rotation and pumping of nested Chinese “puzzle balls” as symbolizing “worlds-within-worlds”, 2015).






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