University College Dublin
Panel Discussion II
Impulse Topic: Abandoning the Conceit of Individual Minds: The P-H Framework
To a cognitive scientist, Spencer-Brown's depiction of a universe that must split itself first into one state that sees (the knower) and one that is seen (the known) gets straight to the heart of the matter, without the usual conceit of individual minds. Indeed, the posit of individual minds, while ubiquitous and almost unquestioned in contemporary society, can be seen as a desperate carpet under which all problems of intentionality, reference, and meaning are swept. I have been working towards an alternative framework for consensual discourse that might be broadly described as a Dialogical Realism, in which dualisms necessary for, and specific to, individual conversations are introduced carefully, as discussants work towards Joint Actionable Consensus. This is one form of dual aspect monism, in which we distinguish carefully between matters of reality (pertaining to our joint embodied co-present being, ineffable, apophatic) and matters of existence (referred to individual domains of discourse, merrily representational, kataphatic). I would welcome the chance to outline this odd project, which seems to be foreshadowed at every turn by the Laws of Form and its ramifications.
PhD (1997) Cog Sci & Linguistics. Since 1999, lecturer at UCD. Work on rhythm and speech (esp. chant), extending now to embodied and enactive accounts of being. Exploring the "ground from which we speak".