Blinding Vision and Aberrant Purpose
Understanding the dysfunction of local and global sovereigntist/capitalist organization, and in fact, the now globally dominant Enlightenment European psycho-social dynamic requires an understanding of two counter-intuitive principles;
1. Vision [visual sensing] blinds us to physical reality.
2. Purpose oriented behaviour is aberrant behaviour.
Both of the these principles are easily understood if one can suspend one’s cultural brainwashing momentarily, and both principles have been argued by modern philosophers. Macluhan argued that vision screws up our understanding and Nietzsche insisted that ‘purpose’ or ‘intention’ was the artefact of language and grammar; i.e. it is analytical backfill that is not to be used to direct behaviour.
In order to mentally master these two foundations of our current societal dysfunction/incoherence, and to understand what this intuition of a ‘better way’ called anarchism, one has to ‘try on’ accepting the proposition that ‘space is a relational plenum’ rather than an ‘infinite emptiness populated by independently-existing things-in-themselves’.
In order to bring this back into one’s rapid access memory cash, it will be useful to first read the excerpt from Meinard Kuhlmann’s essay ‘What is Real’. You can find it here if you just scroll down fourteen paragraphs. It is a mere 463 words in length.
You are now set up to suspend your Western civilization, millennia long standing belief that space is an infinite emptiness populated by independently-existing things-in-themselves and are ready to at least ‘consider’ that space could be an energy-charged relational spatial plenum undergoing transformation in the continuing present, which is the modern physics view that Kuhlmann presents [and which is the view of Mach, Bohm, Schroedinger, Barbour, Rovelli].
Let’s get into it.
1. Visual sensing is blinding us to physical reality.
Physical phenomena are orchestrated/shaped by the influence of ‘field/s’ such as the gravity field, thermal energy flow-field, electromagnetic field etc which are ‘relational-spatial’ influences that are non-local, non-visible and non-material; i.e. they are purely ‘relational’.
Visual sensing orients to that which is local, visible, and material.
Noun-and-verb European language-and-grammar converts visual observations coming from that which is local, visible, material to ‘what things do’ narrative. For example we can see iron filings move around on a piece of paper when we wave a magnet beneath the paper. We can formulate a description of what is going on in terms of ‘independently-existing things-in-themselves’ and ‘what things do’ based on visual sense observations but that will not include the outside-inward orchestrating influence on the individual and collective behaviour of the iron filings. Our vision goes no farther than informing us that ‘these things are moving’, evidently ‘on their own’, and their movement is clearly coordinated; i.e. these filings must be intelligent in order to move together in a coordinated fashion.
We can say, using the terminology of ancients, that the movement of the filings is ‘yin/yang’ and that while yin and yang are, in nature, inseparable, our noun-and-verb European language-and-grammar DOES ALLOW US to drop out the ‘yin’ aspect which is non-local, non-visible, and non-material and which we could only intuit as it is not directly visible, and go solely with the ‘yang’ which is in terms of ‘what independently-existing things-in-themselves do’ as if they were ‘doing their thing’ in an absolute space that is fixed empty and infinite and populated by a vast collection of ‘independently-existing things-in-themselves’ that move about and interact.
Field dynamics are always circular or toroidal as in a convection cell where there is an outside-inward many-to-one converging [female, ‘yin’] ‘sink’ in conjugate relation with an inside-outward one-to-many diverging [male, ‘yang’] ‘source’. There is just one cyclical dynamic here with conjugate aspects. This yin/yang cyclical character of physical nature has been an important [sacred] symbol since ancient times as captured in the tai-chi symbol of Taoism and in the Ouroborus, a dragon whose opening mouth corresponds to the ‘yin’ ‘sink’ and whose intruding tail corresponds to the ‘yang’ ‘source’, which features in Egyptian sacred writings from the 14th century BCE and has permeated Gnostic, Hermetic and other religious writings [Albigensian watermarks, Tarot cards and so on]. The cover graphic [if the editors kept it in] shows the ouroborus and the tai-chi together [if it’s not there, click ‘here’]
In other words, the awareness of a fundamental ‘cyclic’ character to nature has been long-standing and widespread.
Meanwhile, back to the ‘yang’ world of visual sensing.
We can snapshot [visually sense] the configuration of the ‘local, visible, materially-existing things-in-themselves’ in this absolute fixed space and capture their three dimension x,y,z coordinates [by anchoring a three dimensional euclidian reference frame to a fixed reference point] and monitor changes in the configuration by successively snapshotting the configuration. Just as we can calibrate the x,y,z coordinate axes with some arbitrary length, like the length of the king’s foot, we can calibrate the intervals between the snapshot with some arbitrary cyclicity such as the diurnal period of the earth so that we can conveniently describe the dynamically changing configuration using a four dimensional coordinate system, the fourth dimension being ‘time’; i.e. the frequency with which we look out and observe things.
[[Somewhere along the way, ‘time’, the frequency with which we observe things came to be taken to be a property of the universe [disputed by many modern physicists including those who support the view of space as ‘relational’, and by Pauli who formulated the ‘uncertainty principle’ in terms of the interdependence of time and frequency].]]
‘Blinding vision’, [1.] refers to this whole cosmology or pseudo-reality based on ‘what things-in-themselves do’ which deals solely with the ‘local, visible, material’ aspect of physical phenomena. This is also the common way for Enlightenment Europeans to see ‘social dynamics’; i.e. in terms of ‘independently-existing people’ and ‘what they do’, as if people are ‘reason-driven automatons’.
This is the ‘yang’ view with the ‘yin’ dropped out. For example, as a voyeur visual-sensing observer, we can observe a man navigating passage through a crowd and map his x,y,z,t trajectory, and taking this in combination with our Enlightenment European scientific model of the man as a reason-driven automaton, we can present this evidence to him, and ask him to confirm that this is, in fact his trajectory and that he was ‘in charge’ at the time of his authoring of it, and he will confirm this.
However, if we were to ask him to confirm that he was FULLY AND SOLELY responsible for his trajectory, consistent with modeling him as a reason-driven automaton, he would say, ‘no’, for a couple of reasons;
(a) while the trajectory in x,y,z,t coordinates, like a GPS position based trajectory is based on a fixed reference grid, he is not using a fixed reference grid; i.e. his behaviour is relative to the web of transforming spatial relations he is included in, which he experiences as passageways that are continually opening and closing.
(b) just as the experience of an ant in a swarming of ants on the featureless space on the surface of a sphere [a description of non-euclidian spherical space; i.e. relational space], his inside-outward asserting behaviour is orchestrated by the outside-inward beckoning influence of the spatial-relational passageways that are continually opening and closing [transforming].
in other words, his x,y,z,t trajectory is a trajectory that shows his movement relative to a fixed reference grid which is an ‘all-yang-no-yin’ depiction of his movement. this all-yang-no-yin RE-presentation in terms of him as a ‘thing-in-himself’ and ‘what he does’ as the full and sole author of his own behaviour [as an Enlightenment European reason-driven automaton] is only a ‘true’ RE-presentation if one ‘believes’ in the existence of absolute space and absolute time reference frames.
Recall that sovereign states, corporations and law enforcement agencies are all based on the ‘reason-driven automaton’ archetype of the Enlightenment European mind conditioned by noun-and-verb European language-and-grammar.
This all-yang-no-yin RE-presentation is grounded in visual sensing which ‘does not see’ the outside-inward orchestrating influence that shapes the man’s behaviour. The external voyeur observer is referencing his behaviour to a fixed reference grid which RE-presents his actions in all-yang-no-yin terms while the man himself is referencing his behaviour to the continually transforming web of spatial relations he is included in which is yin/yang in nature.
The problem is that visual sensing IS BLINDING US TO the relational nature of dynamics so that the fixed grid is substituted for the non-local, non-visible, non-material [purely relational] relational spatial plenum which the thing-as-relational feature is relative to. A quick review of the following two video-clips illustrate both representations.
(i) the first video presents ‘things’ as ‘local systems-things-in-themselves’ which move about and do their thing relative to a fixed reference frame.
animated view of hurricanes as systems-in-themselves by way of symbolic RE-presentation (yang view)
(ii) the second video acknowledges the systems sciences proposition that ‘every system is included in a relational suprasystem’ [analytical inquiry of the anatomy of a system must be grounded in synthetical inquiry which investigates the system as an emergent relational feature serving a need within the ‘mother’ suprasystem].
In the second video, the sensing of vapour infers the presence of a transforming relational-spatial flow-plenum [fluid-dynamic] which is engendering resonance structures, ... ‘relational form’, ... which, in the first video have been ‘symbolized’ as ‘local, independent-system-things-in-themselves’, as we do with such visible forms using our noun-and-verb European language-and-grammar; i. e.g. ‘Bertha is moving to the northwest’ corresponds to the animated depiction, in which the understanding of space as a transforming relational spatial plenum is lost. That is, the understanding that the ‘systems’ are relational features within the transforming relational spatial plenum/[suprasystem] is lost.
Without the vapour trail markings (which can be compared to the iron filings trail markings) our visual observations, in combination with our noun-and-verb European language-and-grammar, will RE-present dynamics in terms of ‘independently-existing things’ with their own locally jumpstarting [self-authored] behaviours.
When we base ‘reality’ on what we can see [our visual sense observations], we are blinding ourselves to the physical reality which is inherently ‘relational-spatial’.
We thus suffer from ‘blinding vision’.
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2. Purpose oriented behaviour is aberrant behaviour.
Nietzsche pretty much ‘nailed’ this one where he points out that we synthetically split apart the activity continuum by imputing ‘subjecthood’ [‘being’] to an activity, and attributing a cause-effect result to the artificially created ‘subject’, thus implying intention or purpose on the subject’s part. With respect to the above ‘systems’ example, by giving subjecthood to the ‘system’ which is saying that the behaviour of the system must jumpstart from within the system, ‘intention’ is implied on the ‘system’s part. Enlightenment European science does this with all manner of ‘system’ including ‘cells’, ‘plants’, ‘funghi’, ‘sovereign states’, ‘corporations’, ‘enforcement agencies’ etc. That is, we portray them all as ‘purpose-driven doers of deeds’ or in other words, as all-yang-no-yin ‘reason-driven automatons’.
“[Descartes’ ‘I think therefore I am’ reflects...] … our grammatical custom that adds a doer to every deed. In short, this is not merely the substantiation of a fact but a logical-metaphysical postulate” … “That which gives the extraordinary firmness to our belief in causality is not the great habit of seeing one occurrence following another but our inability to interpret events otherwise than as events caused by intentions. It is belief in the living and thinking as the only effective force–in will, in intention–it is belief that every event is a deed, that every deed presupposes a doer, it is belief in the “subject.” Is this belief in the concept of subject and attribute not a great stupidity?” – Nietzsche, ‘Will to Power’ 484
Once a person starts to believe he is a ‘reason-driven automaton’ [an ‘independently-existing system-thing-in-himself with his own internal process driven and (intellect and purpose) directed behaviour], then he is going to have to reflect on how he is going to jumpstart his own behaviour in this all-yang-no-yin model of self. That is, if he were tuned into the yin/yang model of self of an indigenous anarchist, he would see himself as an ‘agent of transformation’ in the manner of a ‘storm-cell’ in a continually transforming-in-the-now relational spatial plenum.
These two mutually including views of self are described by Emerson who points out that our view of self as an ‘agent of transformation’, we have a mischievous tendency of ‘reducing’ to a view of self as ‘doer-of-deeds’.
“Whilst a necessity so great caused the man to exist, his health and erectness consist in the fidelity with which he transmits influences from the vast and universal to the point on which his genius can act. The ends are momentary: they are vents for the current of inward life which increases as it is spent. A man’s wisdom is to know that all ends are momentary, that the best end must be superseded by a better. But there is a mischievous tendency in him to transfer his thought from the life to the ends, to quit his agency and rest in his acts: the tools run away with the workman, the human with the divine.” --- Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘The Method of Nature’
Emerson’s statement can be compared to the two videos discussed above where the ‘system’ is shown as (a) a thing-in-itself with its own internal process jumpstarted behaviour, and (b) a relational feature who’s inside-outward asserting form manifests development and behaviour that is outside-inwardly orchestrated/shaped by some need or hole that opens up within the continually transforming relational spatial plenum.
Don Quixote is the story of a man who loads himself up with ‘purpose’ and ‘good intention’ that he wants to shape his jumpstart self-authoring of behaviour with. He opts for the chivalrous knight model [the doer-of-good-deeds model], and sets out with his theory of self looking for situational data that he can fit to his theory-of-who-he-is, ... and like a man whose only tool is a hammer, every situation he finds himself in, looks like a nail; i.e. he re-interprets the situational relationships in such a fashion as to identify a villain-predator and his innocent prey and sets about to vanquish the villain-predator and rescue the innocent prey [he goes tilting at windmills].
Of course, if we didn’t start from a view of himself as a ‘reason-driven automaton’ or ‘doer-of-deeds’ [his reason and purpose incorporating only the finest morals and ethics of the old era of chivalry, to be sure], he might instead go with Emerson’s agent of transformation view of self, in which case he would attune to the continually transforming-in-the-now relational spatial plenum, and put himself in the service of cultivating and sustaining balance and harmony in his conjugate habitat-inhabitant [suprasystem-system] relating.
Clearly, the human self has two options here once again; (a) if he sees himself as an ‘independently-existing thing-in-himself ‘doer-of-deeds’, he must ‘load his yang torpedo tubes with purpose, goals, destinations, desired futures’ by listening to priests and politicians and reading books about historical figures and revolutionary heroes and studying marxist leninist and other theory, and then use this combination of rational intellect and purpose to direct and shape his behaviour, ... and (b) if he sees himself as a relational form in a continually transforming-in-the-now relational spatial plenum; i.e. as an agent of transformation, then he must attune to relational situations that are continually forming around him and let them orchestrate and shape his asserting actions and developments as with the non-intellectualizing creatures of nature. In this mode, the relational spatial plenum is ‘everything in the universe’, land, climate, human society, the whole of nature. The richness of this outside-inward informing of his inside-outward asserting behaviour is something other than the moral and ethical principles that would direct his behaviour in the (a) view of self. The liberating feeling of this (b) mode understanding of self is captured in Mary Oliver’s poem ‘Wildgeese’;
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Self-loaded, local internally jumpstarted ‘reason and purpose’, on the other hand, pre-empt one’s behaviour and development being informed by the richness of nature that one is situationally included in, in the continuing now. ‘Reason and Purpose’ can easily make slaves of those who load up on them. The self as in the above poem does not have to sublimate the self/inhabitant into the habitat, like a block of dry ice left out in the hot midday sun, it can play the role that ocean and atmospheric turbulence play in the behaviour of the sailboater; i.e. it provides the primary influence on behaviour [cultivating and sustaining balance and harmony in the habitat-inhabitant relation] while the destination orientation is secondary. This is in contrast to the (a) mode powerboater behaviour where destination orientation is primary; i.e. when one jumpstarts one’s behaviour from reason and purpose, ‘getting something accomplished’ is the first order of the day. The pre-charging of the self with reason and purpose pre-empts assimilation of the ‘yin’ influence, the ‘beckoning of nature’ in ‘Wildgeese’ and reduces behaviour to all-yang-no-yin assertive action; i.e. it demotes the ‘agent of transformation’ to ‘doer-of-deeds’.
Purpose oriented behaviour, where ‘purpose’ is put into an unnatural primacy over the outside-inward behaviour orchestrating influence of the continually transforming relational space we are situationally included in, is aberrant behaviour in the sense that it cuts us off from our natural agent-of-transformation participation the continuously unfolding world dynamic, and reduces us to simple ‘doers of deeds’.
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Prognosis re the continuance or subsumation of Blinding Vision and Aberrant Purpose
Blinding Vision and Aberrant Purpose have been thoroughly institutionalized into our Enlightenment European colonizer culture. Our organizational structures of governance, commerce and justice emulate the ‘reason-driven automaton’ archetype of Enlightment European man.
This ‘lock-in’ is perpetuated by our elevating of visual sensing into an unnatural precedence over acoustic experience, as McLuhan has suggested, and it is held in place by our noun-and-verb European language-and-grammar, as Nietzsche, Whorf, Bohm and others have pointed out;
“A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
The Enlightenment European science of biology which infuses the all-yang-no-yin archetype of the ‘reason-driven automaton’ into its models of the cell, the organ and the organism and into plants as well as animals, in spite of the alternative more natural and sensible yin/yang models of Lamarck, Nietzsche, Rolph and others, ... continues to support the lock-in. Since biology is the home of the model of the human self, it has a pivotal role to play in sustaining the lock-in.
How likely is it that this ‘reason-driven automaton’ archetype will be soon subsumed by a more ‘realistic’ yin/yang understanding?
It seems to be underway in ‘spotty’ revolts where individuals like Bruce Lipton or small groups of researchers working ‘epigenesis’ etc. are revolting against the orthodoxy of Dawkins et al, however, one can get a measure of how ridiculously far biologists are willing to go to perpetuate the archetype by their statements concerting ‘the intelligence of plants and funghi’. One would think that the highly coordinated organization in ‘plant behaviour’ [termed ‘smarty plants’ etc.] would suggest a ‘yin/yang’ or ‘habitat-inhabitant’ mode of organization where plant or fungal behaviour is outside-inward orchestrated, rather than constrained to the all-yang-no-yin mode of the reason-driven automaton’, but the psychological entrenchment of that archetype is so deep that biologists come only with that archetype in mind as the gather data that MUST fit it.
Example: ‘Slime Mold Smarts’
“The slime mold Physarum polycephalum is a single cell without a brain, yet it can make surprisingly complicated decisions. In this animated video short, watch as a slime mold navigates through a maze and solves a civil engineering problem.” --- Nova, ‘Slime Mold Smarts’
Why hold on to this notion that any/all bio-systems are ‘independently-existing things-in-themselves with their own internal process driven and [reason and purpose-] directed behaviours to the point that one has to make such absurd statements in order to stick with an inadequate archetype?
a single cell without a brain can make surprisingly complicated decisions
Why not ‘try on’ Lamarck with his yin/yang model of biology wherein the outside-inward orchestrating influence of ‘les fluides incontenables’ (energy-fields) activates inside-outward asserting ‘fluides contenables’ (fluids saturated with dissolved salts, minerals).
Of course, ‘yin’ is ‘negative cause’ and Enlightenment European science abhors ‘negative cause’.
Negative cause is what is implied in Louis Pasteur’s deathbed admission that Antoine Béchamp had been correct, that ‘le microbe n’est rien, le terrain est tout’ (the [inside-outward asserting] action of the microbe is nothing, the [outside-inward accommodating] condition of the terrain is everything). In the relational space of modern physics, this is literally true.
A condition of ‘deficiency’ can be ‘accommodating’ to a bacterium as with Vitamin C deficiency.
A ‘Case Study’: Death by ‘Blinding Vision’ on the Part of Medical Science
When there is a certain ‘hole’ knocked in the natural assemblage of 500 or so ‘probiotic’ bacteria in the gut by the administering of a standard anti-biotic, perhaps as a precautionary for minor surgery, the bacterium clostridium difficile can ‘squat’ in that ‘vacant niche’ and be impossible to remove. It is called a ‘highly lethal’ anti-biotic resistant super-bug but it doesn’t bother doctors, nurses, hospital visitors, hospital staff, it only kills people who have had a hole knocked in their natural digestive tract flora assemblage, and it kills thousands of people every year. There is a 90-100% sure remedy for the severe/often-lethal colonitis that associates with c. difficile, and it is ‘flora rebalancing’ by an infusing of normal, balanced flora [‘fecal transplant’]. The reason why hundreds of thousands, literally, have had to die of c. difficile colonitis is because the remedy implies a situation brought on by ‘negative cause’. The proliferation of c. difficile was not due to the yang-actions of the c.difficile, it was the flushing out of a ‘niche’ in the floral assemblage and letting in c. difficile ‘squatters’. If you research this, you find that Enlightenment European Medical sciences have rejected the administering of this 90 – 100% certain floral rebalancing technique since it was discovered in 1958.
http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/hai/ (March, 2012). People getting medical care can catch serious infections called health care-associated infections (HAIs). While most types of HAIs are declining, one – caused by the germ C. difficile* – remains at historically C. difficile causes diarrhea linked to 14,000 American deaths each year high levels.. Those most at risk are people, especially older adults, who take antibiotics and also get medical care. When a person takes antibiotics, good germs that protect against infection are destroyed for several months.”
“Dr. Andrew Webb, vice president of medicine at Fraser Health, says the evidence isn’t strong enough to support fecal transplants as a rescue therapy. What literature exists comes from nonrandomized case studies, he says. “With these studies, you tend to report the positive and not the negatives. … There’s a rather long list of nasty infections that can be transmitted from bodily fluids.”
“A review of 100 Scandinavian cases found that fecal bacteriotherapy cured 89% of patients (Anaerobe. 2009;15: 285–90). Dr. Johan Bakken, the review author and a gastroenterologist in Duluth, Minnesota, says the risk of transmitting a contagious agent through fecal bacteriotherapy is merely “theoretical.” Bakken says there hasn’t been a single reported case of a transmitted infection agent. He also estimates that more than 500 unpublished fecal transplants have occurred, most of those without donor screening because of its high cost. In most sites where fecal transplants are undertaken, donors are a “bed or table contact” of the infected individual, to minimize the risk of disease transmission, Bakken adds.”
The point is that ‘negative cause’ is ‘yin’ influence. Mainstream science is ‘all-yang-no-yin’ so that in the case of c. difficile and its ‘flora rebalancing remedy’, doctors who knew it worked had to do it ‘outside of the hospitals’ in the homes of patients. There are many statements by the Medical establishment/orthodoxy rejecting the claimed remedy and refusing to run experimental studies because ‘it did not fit theory’. The medical science focus continues to be drugs to combat the bacteria while 30,000 deaths per year in the U.S. continues on. See ‘Combating a Brand-New Superbug’
Negative cause [‘yin’] is not just ‘counter-intuitive’ to the all-yang-no-yin structure of Enlightenment European science, it is an alien concept;
“The evidence from disease would have led sooner to a conception of these food constituents and their functions but for a not unnatural bias in thought. It is difficult to implant the idea of disease as due to deficiency. Disease is so generally associated with positive agents — the parasite, the toxin, the materies morbi— that the thought of the pathologist turns naturally to such positive associations and seems to believe with difficulty in causation prefixed by a minus sign.” — Medical Research Committee, Report on the present state of knowledge concerning accessory food factors (vitamines), Special Report No. 38, London, H.M.S.O, 1919. Cited in ‘The Germ Theory, Beriberi, and the Deficiency Theory of Disease’ by K. Codell Carter [ negative cause ]
In the above cited case of ‘slime mold smarts’, the following statement;
“a single cell without a brain can make surprisingly complicated decisions”,
is the same type of all-yang, ‘yin’-influence-denying statement as;
Over the last decade, C-diff has morphed into a superbug. A new epidemic strain emerged in 2004 that is now making C-diff ever more virulent, drug-resistant, prevalent and lethal. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that C-diff kills nearly 30,000 people in America every year. Some experts call this a low estimate.
Their is no recognition of ‘negative cause’ or ‘deficiency-induced’ or ‘yin-orchestrated’ shaping of local, visible, material dynamics, ... not in the biological/medical science orthodoxy and not in the Enlightment European colonizer culture news media. ‘Terrorists’ are defined by ‘their behaviour’ as if they are ‘reason-driven automatons’ whose behaviour derives fully and solely from their internal intellection and purpose, which means that the source of terrorist violence jumpstarts from the interior of their ‘evil, twisted minds’. There is no acknowledgement of the obvious, that U.S. and colonizing power yang dynamics are conditioning the dynamics of the relational space we live in which are at the same time yin-orchestrating the dynamics of so-called ‘terrorists’ [Mach's principle]. Every yang system is included in a relational suprasystem and arises to serve some need [yin-deficiency] within the relational suprasystem. There are no such all-yang-no-yin things as ‘independently-existing things-in-themselves with their own internally jumpstarted, reason and purpose directed behaviour. This archetype is a total fiction.
When a landslide occurs, what could be more ‘all-yang-no-yin’ than a bunch of rocks rolling and sliding down a hill? As it happens, landslides are facilitated by ‘yin’ and go farther and faster than straight yang science predicts. Large rocks open up large spatial relational holes which medium size rocks tumble into and medium size rocks open up medium spatial relational holes that small size rocks tumble into and so on and so forth down to fines, providing a fluid cushion that efficiently transports the larger rocks on the top of the fines and smalls [this is termed ‘acoustic fluidization’] so that the slide goes much farther than it would according to normal yang movement based predictions, and in mountain valleys, slopping up the opposite slope and slopping back, like a liquid. Engineers acknowledge this ‘yin/yang’ behaviour as a ‘special case’, a ‘nonlinear dynamic’ that sits outside of ‘normal’ engineering calculations.
One day, probably not soon, Enlightenment European science, politics, sociology is going to acknowledge that the ‘all-yang-no-yin’ modeling of dynamics is a ‘special case’. In terms of our modern global social dynamic, it is the case of Blinding Vision and Aberrant Purpose.