II. A Learning Planet: An Integral Knowledge by Humankind
Once again, the working premise for this website is that humankind altogether, as if a major evolutionary emergent transition to a super-organic planetary, prodigious progeny seems just now to be achieving her/his own discovery. This Part II will glimpse its worldwide bicameral brain and nascent cognitive knowledge, set within historical backgrounds. As an individual assimilates and accommodates new findings by matching them with prior memory, so it is vital that novel cosmological vistas and traditional religious teachings agree. For this purpose, three sequential encounters are introduced: a common wisdom of antiquity, the regnant scientific enterprise, and its novel global cerebral phase.
At the outset, a Rosetta Cosmos concept is proposed as a conceptual aid to ecumenical rapport. Mythic Animism next surveys an indigeneous, mystic immersion within and stories of a living, personified, magical realm. From this milieu arose independently a sense of a stratified creation as the result of a creative perennial principle, by which the world can be comprehensible. Eastern and western receptions are noted in The Anthropocosmic Code. The great world religions are entered in Part VI, The Phenomenon of Humankind, with regard to how each manifests a universal, yet complementary truth. The Renaissance project to read the natural cosmos as a found testament of God’s works by and its accord with God’s given word in scripture is reviewed in The Book of Nature. Its current revival is covered in Part VI, Religion and Science. A selective survey of World Philosophy and Knowledge is lastly included.
The original Rosetta stone found in 1799 in Egypt contained three versions of the same passage: two forms of hieroglyphics and a third in Greek. By this unique treasure the ancient logographic scripts could at last be translated. Today when religions and cultures seriously vie over textual and historical heritage, when postmodernism says comparison is not even possible, a Rosetta-like universe is broached whereby each transcription, whether myth, religion, philosophy, literature, art or science, would necessarily describe and be a portal to a common organic reality. A renewed imagination that we indeed live in a literal, narrative creation, a Library of Cosmos, made for us to decipher and read could be of much value. By this view, each language and dialect ought to reflect, in translation, the same message. The Book of Nature, An Informational Source and Emergent Genetic Information sections also contain apropos citations. In addition, circa 2010 forward, we offer references that find humankind's corpus of textual literature to be a further manifestation of universal complex network systems.
For the Maya, the Universe was an exuberant celebration of fractals. Everything repeated itself in an endless variety of forms and sizes and all things were mirror-image transformations of the same underlying life force. Douglas Gillette
As noted earlier, by the Rosetta Cosmos theme we gain the ability to translate each iconic version into every another because they reflect the same, genetically iterated, wholly relational, procreation. Fast forward many centuries, it is an intent throughout this worldwise website to show how its latest encounter in terms of generic self-organizing complex network systems can indeed convey a numinous, self-similar genesis. That is to say, the original "correlative cosmology" of Asian acumen reappears in our anthropocene age. Here are various sources as entry points to a persistent, exoteric to esoteric, traditional distillation. From our late moment, one might suggest “wisdome” to convey its eternal essence.
A novel dispensational knowledge by our global humankind can be seen to have a familiar, traditional identity. Two books of revelation have long been said to inform our religious encounters. One is God’s received word – the Bible, Torah, Koran; the other God’s works in the evidences of worldly creation. In 1987 Pope John Paul II wrote to George Coyne, SJ, Director of the Vatican Observatory, stating that “the matter is urgent” for a rapprochement between theology and science. In the first lecture set up in response, Danish historian Olaf Pedersen advised that the best means to achieve this may be to recover the venerable concept of Nature as a literal testament.
This venerable subject has a huge literature, here various works from a wide cast net are listed to introduce. We note that contrary to the postmodernism humanities, an encompassing “metanarrative” is allowed in accord with its beneficial achievement by our holistic humankind. It is also the home for studies from our late vantage that reconstruct a historic, progressive, emergent course of information and learning. In regard, we further choose this section as a repository of exemplary, organic, imperative African wisdom.
With the realization that the natural world could possess regular, discernible properties instead of capriciousness, that these can be investigated, catalogued and codified, a Renaissance science and technology began its exploratory and empirical quest. This project necessarily engaged in quantification: to name, count, measure, test and arrange an incredible creation of atomic depth, celestial size and evolutionary duration. But with each expansion over past centuries, we human observers vanished into insignificance.
Is it reasonable to consider the world order as being at all like that of the brain? Yes. What we observe is a similarity of order expressed at different levels, at all levels from cells to animals and from animals to societies. One wonders if this is perhaps a universal law….. Rodolfo Llinas
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