University College Dublin
The First Distinction and the Swerve of Lucretius
I wish to think collectively around the generative potential of the first distinction, facilitating a kind of formal imagination or choreography, working with graphical, mathematical and textual figures relating to the numbers 1, 2 and 3, as they pertain to monisms, dualisms and trinities. Only trinities, I will argue, are generative and capable of accounting for coming into being, persisting, and going out of being.
John Conway's Look-and-Say sequence, which he described as the stupidest problem you could imagine leading to the most complex answer you could imagine, provides a figure of a triune generative process of perturbation arising through self-description leading to a generative form.
It bears consideration alongside the notion of the swerve, introduced by Lucretius in De Rerum Naturae
. French philosopher Michel Serres has explicitly linked Lucretius' swerve to contemporary dynamical models and to the metaphysics of Leibniz.
Both perturbation and swerve may be placed alongside George Spencer-Brown's first distinction, providing us with a larger set of prototypes which may help overcome conceptual barriers we inevitably encounter when we acknowledge plurality in realities or universes that come into being through distinction.
This approach to distinction may be elaborated within a biological register through Maturana's concept of autopoiesis, to inform a participatory ontology/epistemology for embodied being.
The rich debate about monisms and dualisms in Vedanta and the iconography and embodied world of Shaivism are both potentially instructive. The experience of thinking together with these figures will feedback into their further elaboration in future work. Cognitive scientist with empirical focus on joint speech (chant), theoretical interests in embodiment and enaction, and syncretic philosophical leanings.
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