• Christopher Edwards deposited A Dimensional Articulation of Experience in the group Group logo of Literary theoryLiterary theory on Humanities Commons 2 years, 10 months ago

    This paper addresses a curious pattern of interlocking relationships. This pattern unfolds in a fixed form of ever-changing content, or what is often described as a ‘standing wave’. I will attribute this pattern to the interactive nervous system that synchronizes the periodic effects of four, neurological functions. These functions connect a particular organism to its surrounding environment. These dynamics configure a model of experience that positions a personal point of view within the monadic discontinuity that articulates the interactive content and condition of a conscious space. We assume this position when we claim ‘ownership’ or personal responsibility for the apparent effects of this neurological activity. This position is then reflected in the distinctions that structure our representations of experience.

    • Christopher Edwards thank you for depositing On Being Dimensional. I am intrigued by the model that emerges from the traversal of the topology of the dimensions. I am wondering if the “dislocation” events can be likened to acts of reading. The paper mentions dislocation as the motor for moving from proposition to deposition to composition to disposition:

      With every dislocation, these oriented events move one step in a quaternary cycle: The dislocation of a radiant proposition forms a convergent deposition. The dislocation of a deposition forms an intrusive composition. The dislocation of a composition forms an exclusive disposition. And the dislocation of a disposition forms a radiant proposition.

      I find it very suggestive to map the Sensory and the Emotional between the Imaginative and the Rational. Still puzzled as to what produces a “dislocation” …

      • Hello Francois, You are my first commentator.

        The dislocations are a product of the synaptic events that link one active neuron to the next. So the forthcoming event becomes the present event; the present event becomes the past event; the active event becomes forthcoming; and the past event becomes active. However, the typical neuron has multiple inputs and outputs. So, this synaptic discontinuity connects an array of simultaneous events. This consolidation of discrete neurological events creates the pattern of effects that structure a ‘holographic’ representation of this ongoing transformation.

        Regarding the ‘act of reading’, I believe the synaptic events (that cause the dislocations) have a dimensional character as well. Because most neurons have multiple inputs and outputs, a synaptic event requires a capacity to receive multiple inputs; hold these inputs (or ‘suspend’ a mechanical reaction); evaluate their combined effect; and activate an appropriate response- either ‘stop’ or ‘go’. In this light, the physical effects of this neurological activity is governed by capacities within those intervening discontinuities. Reading is a conscious activity, but we only experience the effects of reading, not the complex processes that condition these effects. So yes, I suppose the act of reading can be considered a form of dislocation that ‘transforms’ a written text into a conscious event.