time’s arrow

9 06 2010

Consider these things: time, arrows, questions.

I have already covered how questions induce a dynamic in the mind. Normally, the mind chases after the answer like a dog after a stick. Buddhism asks us to consider from where does the question come.

If one thinks of this in terms of time, a question tends to project into the future. It tends to accelerate us. Buddhism asks us to settle on the mind.

In terms of a simple diagram, an arrow, there is the head of the arrow and the base. Buddhism is interested in the base of the arrow.

So, these combine pretty simply. Normal physics, or any application of maths to the objective world, is located at the head-end of the arrow. It’s about the object of thought, it is about things out there. This demands a certain kind of methodology. When scientists attempt to poke around the mind as the object of thought, via psychology etc, they again use the same arrow-head methodology. It can be quite painful being treated as an object. Any patient will tell you that.

Buddhism, as a subjective science, is concerned with the internal processing of the mind as it is experienced by the mind itself. That is, from where does the question come from? It is not about the object of thought, but the conditions which give rise to it. This also demands a certain kind of methodology. One does not go presuming what it in another’s mind, with an arrow-head mentality. One invites others to consider their own mind. Without respect, there is no progress. It is not about fighting one another with arrow-heads, but to be as accurate as possible with one’s own experience so that a confrontation is one of subjectively evaluated truths. It is the examination of the creation of truth. It is dictated by sensitivity.

XQ is merely an exploration of maths in the arrow-base side of how our minds work. As opposed to the arrow-head side of applied mathematics.

So, where are you on the continuum? Where is the balance point? How often is your dynamic predicated on arrow-head mentality? How often on arrow-base?

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10 06 2010
Christine Egger

Discovering your post via the OpenKollab thread. The perspective you’re sharing here resonates with my graduate work, which focused on David Bohm’s inquiries into quantum theory as a point of entry into exploring head/base, enfolded/unfolded states. Many overlapping themes, I think ~

http://goodallaround.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/egger-christine-thesis-wholeness-understanding-development.pdf

Looking forward to learning more here ~

Christine

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