Yoga of Thinking

Theory of Process Seminar, Day Two
Recorded December 14, 1980


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Opening Sentence
31-1 4-04 Communication as characteristic of man. The arc as applied to language and communication. Communication
Arc
Language
Now see Iím trying to tease you into this recognition that man is somehow different from animals.
31-2 1-08 How the distinguishing characteristic of each stage has to evolve through the sub-stages. Sub-Stages
Man
Q: This is the distinguishing feature of man Ö
31-3 1-40 The emergence of the principle of identity in man. Identity
Man
Sub-Stages
Letís go back to what it was like to be second substage human.
31-4 3-14 The development of choice and responsibility in man. We canít transcend the ego until weíve developed one. Where modern man resides on the arc. Man
Responsibility
Free Will
Law
Evolution
Remember the tree? The tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
31-5 1-50 Standardization can free us to express our creativity in engineering or in language. Law is the basis of invention.
The turn in human terms is when you are able to recognize the law and use it.
Creativity
Standardization
Law
The Turn
Man
Evolution
I was at one time perturbed that standardized nuts and bolts would eliminate all the creativity . . .
31-6 0-58 The 3-4-5 triangle Ė the principle of trial and error in nature and evolution and with the helicopter. Committees
Arc
The Powers
Stages
Evolution
The 3-4-5 triangle is an interaction of powers 3, 4 and 5.
31-7 1-46 The 2-4-6 triangle Ė the development of instinct through attraction. Committees
Evolution
Behavior
Arc
The Powers
Stages
Now thereís another type of evolution. Thatís what I call the 2-4-6 evolution.
31-8 0-53 The 1-4-7 triangle Ė from light to recognition. The aha experience is light itself. Committees
Evolution
Man
Light
The last one is the kind of evolution that makes man distinct from animals.
31-9* 4-29 Why light is spiritual. Why light is at stage one. It is indivisible Ė quantized. Everything that happens does so through photons. Light
Spirit
Photon
Physics
Action
Quanta
I didnít dwell enough on light. I didnít tell you how spiritual light is.
31-10 1-50 People interested in inquiries such as the theory of process are probably at the 4th stage Ė the turn. Man
Responsibility
Free Will
Laws
How in using the theory could a person look at their life todayÖ
33-1 4-06 A summary outline/introduction to the theory of process Ė the underlying principles, the powers, the stages, the levels, the arc, etc. The asymmetry of the arc. The asymmetry of good and evil as the basis for the asymmetry of time. Summary
Arc
Stages
The Powers
Assymetry
Opposites
Time
It begins with purposeÖ
33-3 1-43 In theosophy and other occult traditions, the arc is shown as a curve. The right angle is a way of indicating that a definite change, a quantum leap, occurs. Right Angle
The Turn
Arc
Q: Arthur, is there any significance that the bottom of the arc is a right angle.
33-4* 4-38 The egolessness of things and the egolessness of persons. The helicopter as a goal rather than a thing. The ego as a pseudo-separation. The torus as a way to show the connectivity of all things. Unity
Buddhism
Ego
Torus
Connectedness
Q: Arthur, the theory seems to divide things up. How do you reconcile this with Buddhism or mysticism or other philosophies that are striving for unity.
33-5* 1-39 The development of the principle of identity Ė point, line, circle. The pseudo-nature of identity. The true center is not the center of the circle, itís the origin. Identity
Ego
Self-centeredness
Torus
You see this torus doesnít exist altogether right away.
33-6 2-14 Why is the theory based on geometry? Because the theory deals with the analysis of things and is inherently superficial. Geometry
Analysis
Topology
You draw on geometry very heavily.
33-7 3-13 At the school for self development that I attended in 1945, I was instructed to write prayers. In my dreams I came to the point and asked for the secrets of the universe. Prayer
Dreams
Right Angle
Unconscious
I havenít brought this out in seminars Ė Iíll let you in on a secret.
33-8 2-15 The seven stages as correlated with other traditions. Which are the authentic traditions? The difference between process theory and Steinerís view. Esotericism
Seven-ness
Steiner
A few minutes ago you were saying that the arc was found in a lot of different traditions.
33-9 1-11 The Emerald Tablet, one the first descriptions of first principles, says that the first descent of the Monad is as the point into the line. Ė the spirit into the soul. Point/Line
Soul
Emerald Tablet
I would say this is the supreme orthodoxy.
33-10 0-53 The difference between the Theory of Process and the so-called emergent paradigm. The EP is saying that consciousness is a later development, emerging from molecular activity. TOP says that consciousness is there in the first place. Emergent Paradigm
Consciousness
Epiphonomena
The emergent paradigm is saying that consciousness is an epiphenomenon.
33-11 2-47 Heisenberg and Goedel. Letter to Heisenberg regarding the photon as ultimate uncertainty. Goedel showed the incompleteness of logic. TOP is a rationalization, but it is one that accepts uncertainty as the generating principle. Uncertainty
Physics
Photon
Logic
Goedel
Heisenberg
In physics there isnít any away.
33-12 1-34 Itís not the future that is undetermined, itís the past. Precognition is inherently vague. Precognition
Pre-Determination
Mark E. Jones
Dreams
Q: How do you explain precognitive dreams if the future is undetermined.
33-13 3-46 Fourness as applied to logic Ė true-false, consistent-inconsistent. The positive sides of falsehood and inconsistency. Fourfold
Logic
First Cause
If Iím going to use fourness to apply to logic, what are the four?
33-14 0-28 In applying the fourness, Iím talking about the roots. The root is part of the tree. Wholeness In order to emphasize these differences it makes it seem as though Iíve separated the world into pieces.
33-15 1-02 We have to learn how to do without the ESP of level two. After weíve learned from the world we can get it back. ESP
Evolution
Q: You refer to ESP as something characteristic of primitive man.
35-1 4-52 Television as an example of the fourfold. Fourfold
Television
Iíd like to show you another example of fourness
35-2 6-15 The problem of making a map of London on a city block of London as an example of fourfold analysis. Fourfold
Map
Iíd like to show you another interesting fourness Ė itís rather one of the stranger one.
35-3 2-25 The resolving power of the mind. The basis of the Geometry of Meaning in division by different powers. Fourness
Division
Limits of Rationality
Weíre out in wonderland and we can take all sorts of side trips.
35-4* 5-08 Six circles fit perfectly around a seventh Ė the seventh is implied, gratis. The Chymical Wedding show this. All analysis is surfacial, and the sevenfold is a "superficial" view. Seven-ness
Circles
Analysis
Surfaciality
Now thereís something quite interesting. Remember Iím always interested in sevens.
35-5* 3-18 The dimensional equivalents of the levels. Beginning with a point, then two, three, etc. The right side of the arc requires higher dimensions.
(PART I)
Point-Line-Plane-Solid
Dimension
Stages
We said this was like the point.
35-6* 4-59 The figure formed by five points connected by lines of equal length contains internal stress. A seed may look no different than a rock but it contains internal stressóstored energy that is necessary for life. The sixth point yields two more diagonals that are stressed, having to do with movement of animals. (PART II) Dimension
Stages
Life Principle
Negentropy
I can proceed with this program by taking five points and joining those..
35-7 2-16 Dimensions are constraints. Further dimensions are internal, used in a different way. This is born out by Einsteinís formula for interval, showing that time is an imaginary dimension. Dimension
Constraint
Freedom
Interval
Time
This whole question of dimension as a way to escape.
35-8 2-02 The inherently different nature of the levels. The four elements as different aspects of existence, the gods of the four directions. Four Elements
Aspects
I can spin out these fantasies and you can bear with me or not.
35-9* 1-39 The fourness relating to a viewer and the object. But the viewer is not an object Ė and canít see itself. Self & Object
Objectivity
Photon
Now the fourness comes about . . .
37-1 0-56 The even numbered kingdoms recapitulate the steps of of the odd numbered stages. Stages
Kingdoms
Recapitulation
I noticed when I was halfway into the book that these stages didnít fit together as a chain
37-2 6-50 The Chemical kingdom. Types of chemicals arranged according to the stages of the arc. Chemicals
The Arc
Stages
I hadnít intended to put these in any order.
37-3 2-17 Salts as an example of the 2nd stage principle of attraction.
Methane series (3rd stage) uses a different type of bond.
Chemical Bonds
Attraction
Separation
Hereís a picture of a salt.
37-4 3-08 The 1-1-2 principle and arc-symmetry in the chemical kingdom. Arc
Repetition
Symmetry
Properties
Molecules
Chemical Bonds
It goes from simple to compound.
37-5 1-18 DNA is only one shape Ė itís the content that counts.
Proteins, like animals, come in many shapes.
DNA
Symmetry
7th Stage
DNA of course is mind-boggling.
37-6 2-38 DNA is sevenfold, proteins are sixfold and polymers are fivefold. The chemical stages are numerological in nature. The Arc
DNA
Numerology
Chemicals
Itís very clear that the DNA rungs each contain 7 units.
37-7 0-47 Man in general in his kingdom corresponds to the clam in the animal kingdom. Man
Kingdoms
You recall that I said earlier . . .
37-8* 2-45 Difference between Jung and Brunler. Jung said we should develop our functions all at once. Brunler said they needed to be developed one at a time. How we can overcome the limitations of our intellect. The Medusa as a model of the intellect. Carl Jung
Oscar Brunler
Personal Development
Intellect
You know Jung wanted everyone to develop [the functions] evenly.
39-1 1-33 The difference between the sphere and the torus. One circulation in the sphere, two circulations in the torus. The additional circulation makes the Turn possible. Torus
Sphere
The Turn
Whatís the difference between these two objects.
39-2 3-47 How the additional circularity of the torus allows for the rebirth of the freedom of the first stage in the fourth stage Ė the Virgin Birth. The dung beetle as a symbol for rebirth. Virgin Birth as first cause Dimension
Timing
Virgin Birth
First Cause
We started with the point which is zero dimensions.
39-3 2-07 Original subtitle of the book. The Turn as an inversion of time. Thinking Ė inference Ė is an inversion of cause and effect. Time
Inference
Causality
The Turn
One time I was going to call the book . . .
39-4 2-03 The turn has to be done by oneself. Therapy can lay the groundwork. The Turn
Polarity
Virgin Birth
Q: Is there a way to explain in an individualís life what it looks like when theyíre at the Turn.
39-5 0-38 The myths arenít derived from one another. Rather they all reflect the same internal dynamic of Process. Myth
Joseph Campbell
Virgin Birth
I remember reading Joseph CampbellÖ
39-6* 6-06 Using a pendulum to illustrate phases of the cycle Ė position, acceleration, velocity and control. Control is the rate of change of acceleration. It is control that provides for free will. Measure Formulae
Physics
Cycle of Action
Control
Derivatives
Calculus
Free Will
I want to illustrate position, velocity and acceleration.
39-7 2-18 Jungís functions as they relate to the concepts of physics. You sense position, calculate velocity, feel acceleration. Measure Formulae
Four Functions
Physics
Jung
You recognize position through your vision.
39-9 3-02 Force is at right angles to acceleration. The moon is always falling towards the Earth. Angular momentum is the way that an electron Ė or an individual Ė can escape to a higher state. Acceleration
Force
Angular Momentum
Electron
Acceleration is the result of slowing the car down . . . .
39-10 4-27 The photon is what makes everything happen. Itís not energy that counts, itís action. Momentum of light depends on the "radius." Introduction to the formula for angular momentum. (PART ONE) Photon
Angular Momentum
Action
Quantum
Angular momentum is what the photon IS, rather than has.
39-11 3-56 The formula for angular momentum represents the whole. Ways to break the cosmic goose egg, ML2/T. (PART TWO) Mass/Length/Time
Physics
Unity
Is there any confusion about what Iíve got here.
39-12* 1-13 Action is the thread that strings through the chain of being. The quantum of action is the monad that evolves. Quantum of Action
Evolution
I want to make one final plea for actionÖ


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