Participatory theory

Participatory theory

Postby The Dharma Bum » Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:39 am

Participatory theory, vision or framework is a conceptual framework which attempts to bridge the subject-object distinction. According to Jorge Ferrer, "the kernel of this participatory vision is a turn from intra-subjective experiences to participatory events in our understanding of transpersonal and spiritual phenomena.

Participatory epistemology
A participatory epistemology is a theory of knowledge which holds that meaning is enacted through the participation of the human mind with the world. Originally proposed by Goethe, it has been discussed extensively by cultural historian Richard Tarnas.[2]

In a participatory epistemology, meaning is neither solely objective nor solely subjective. That is to say that meaning is not, per modern or positivist views, found solely outside of the human mind, in the objective world, waiting to be discovered. Nor, per postmodern or constructivist views, is meaning simply constructed or projected onto an inherently meaningless world by the subjective human mind.[3] Rather, Tarnas argues that meaning is enacted through the dialectical participation of the human mind with the larger meaning of the cosmos. Thus meaning exists in potentia in the cosmos, but must be articulated by human consciousness before it exists in actuality.

In this view, the essential reality of nature is not separate, self-contained, and complete in itself, so that the human mind can examine it "objectively" and register it from without. Rather, nature's unfolding truth emerges only with the active participation of the human mind. Nature's reality is not merely phenomenal, nor is it independent and objective; rather, it is something that comes into being through the very act of human cognition. Nature becomes intelligible to itself through the human mind.

According to Tarnas, participatory epistemology is rooted in the thought of Goethe, Schiller, Schelling, Hegel, Coleridge, Emerson, and Rudolf Steiner.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Participatory_theory

Science is proving that the mechanistic values that are the basis of modern society have outlived their usefulness and are now interfering with further human development. If we want to continue to progress we are going to have to start looking at the universe, and ourselves, differently.

related book:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/014019 ... e=UTF8&me=


Interesting stuff here, cutting edge really. This thinking can provide the intellectual basis for a better human society, as all of the excuses people make for the mechanistic viewpoint are invalid in light of new developments in the sciences.
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Re: Participatory theory

Postby The Dharma Bum » Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:59 am

bout the author of that book:
Skolimowski's work is targeted at overcoming human angst and disconnection caused in part by the overwhelming preponderance of modern technology, which had its seeds in the Industrial Revolution. Our accelerating dependence on technology at the expense of a right relationship with Nature and the planet is a prime concern within Skolimowski's work, as is the increasing inability of organized patriarchal religions to provide a meaningful spiritual platform from which modern human beings may appropriately evolve.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henryk_Skolimowski

credentials:
During decades of travel and involvement with leading thinkers across the globe, Skolimowski has become familiar a great variety of cultures, and has included winning precepts from them into his works. He is the author of over 50 books and hundreds of scientific and academic papers. He is also a poet. He writes in English. In the years 1992-1997 Skolimowski held the position of Chair of Eco-Philosophy at Technical University of Lodz, the first such position of its kind in the world.

Degrees and Scientific Titles:
M.Sc (geodesy) 1956 - Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland,
MA (Philosophy) 1959 - University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland,
D.Phil. 1964 - University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Academic experience:
University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom - scholar 1959-60, 1962–64, 1968–69
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom - research scholar 1969-70
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA - Assistant professor, associate professor 1964-70
Philosopher in Residence at Arcosanti, Arizona, USA 1969-85
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA - Professor 1971-1993
Philosopher in Residence, Dartington Hall, Devon, UK 1979-83
Technical University of Lodz, Chair of Ecological Philosophy, Lodz, Poland - Professor 1992-97
He was a member of scientific organizations such as:
member of the task force on Appropriate Technology of the US Congress
consultant to the program on Technology and Culture of UNESCO 1976-78
Teilhard Society in London - Vice President 1980-90
International Union for the Conservation of Nature 1981-86
Committee "Man and Environment", Polish Academy of Sciences 1995-2010

Other information:
Skolimowski is a creator of a new branch of philosophy called Eco-Philosophy, which claims that THE WORLD IS A SANCTUARY. From this central assumption immediately follows reverence for life and for all there is, responsibility for the world and society, altruism and sharing as the basis for ethics, and ecological spirituality, which maintains that the ecological and the spiritual are one.

Swimming against the current of the disengaged academic philosophy, Skolimowski has insisted, for the last four decades, that philosophy must be committed to life, must be living philosophy, helping life to unfold and to flourish. More recently, he proposed a new cosmology of light, according to which Light is the source of it all; it is truly a Great Mother; if we have the eyes to see and the mind to bear its greatness. Light is the source of all spiritualities and religions.

Skolimowski's passions are: hiking in the mountains - the higher the better; watching the sunrise over the Himalayas - it has been his sublime experience; also watching the stars in the mountains on moonless nights...and sometimes dialoguing with the stars.

creator of a new department of philosophy - eco-philosophy, Poland 1993
Founder of the Eco-Philosophy Center based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. 1981
member of the President's Council for Environmental in Poland 1994/97
Awards and distinctions:
Gold Medal of Merit, Ministry of the Environment, Poland 1999
Medal of the City of Wroclaw 1997 (for activities in the field of environmental protection in Poland)
Zielone Serce Przyrodzie, Warsaw 2001
Bibliography Books
2011. The Lotus and the Mud: Autobiography of a Philosopher. Creative Fire Press.
2010. World as Sanctuary: The Cosmic Philosophy of Henryk Skolimowski. Creative Fire Press.
2010. Let There Be Light: The Mysterious Journey of Cosmic Creativity. Wisdom Tree.
2005. Philosophy for a New Civilization. Gyan Publishing House.
2001. The Dawn of the Ecological Era (with Ashwani Kumar). Concept Books.
1999. Dharma, Ecology and Wisdom in the Third Millennium. Concept Books.
1994. The Participatory Mind: A New Theory of Knowledge and of the Universe. Penguin/Arkana.
1994. Eco-Yoga: Practice and Meditations for Walking in Beauty. Gaia Books.
1993. A Sacred Place to Dwell. Element Books.
1992. Living Philosophy: Eco-Philosophy as a Tree of Life. Penguin/Arkana.
1991. Dancing Shiva in the Ecological Age. Clarion Books
1989. The Other Side of the Rational Mind. The Intl Cultural Foundation.
1989. Out of the Cosmic Dust. Vasanta Press.
1985. Eco-Theology: Toward a Religion for our Times. Eco-Philosophy Publications.
1984. Theatre of the Mind. Quest Books.
1983. Technology and Human Destiny. Madras Univ. Press.
1981. Eco-Philosophy: Designing New Tactics for Living. Marion Boyars.
1967. Polish Analytical Philosophy. Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Articles In addition Henryk Skolimowski published over 600 articles. A more complete Bibliography of Henryk Skolimowski can be found in the book, THE WORLD AS SANCTUARY, Creative Fire Press, 2010.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henryk_Skolimowski
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Re: Participatory theory

Postby exploited » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:42 am

Combine it with Roger Penrose's theory of the quantum brain, and you'd have a really interesting way to explain and explore consciousness and reality.
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Re: Participatory theory

Postby The Dharma Bum » Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:51 pm

i'm going to have to take a look t penroses theory so we can discuss, sounds intriguing.

human consciousness is afascinating subject, do you do any type of meditation etc?
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Re: Participatory theory

Postby The Dharma Bum » Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:53 pm

i'm starting to get pretty good at altering my consciousness without chemicals, i can go right into an altered state at will, given the right conditions.
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Re: Participatory theory

Postby The Dharma Bum » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:02 pm

The quantum mind or quantum consciousness hypothesis proposes that classical mechanics cannot explain consciousness, while quantum mechanical phenomena, such as quantum entanglement and superposition, may play an important part in the brain's function, and could form the basis of an explanation of consciousness.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_mind

this could actually dovetail quite well with the participatory theory, thanks for the lead
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Re: Participatory theory

Postby exploited » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:15 pm

The Dharma Bum wrote:i'm going to have to take a look t penroses theory so we can discuss, sounds intriguing.

human consciousness is afascinating subject, do you do any type of meditation etc?


I haven't meditated traditionally in quite some time. Instead, I try to incorporate mindfulness into the menial labour that I do around the farm and the house. I find that this technique has produced better results for me, probably because it fits my natural disposition better (I'm the type of person who likes to be doing things).

Penrose's theory was slammed pretty hard for years, but recently it has accumulated quite a bit of evidence behind it. It is now being seriously considered again - most people thought the brain was too warm and wet to perform on the quantum level, but as a matter of fact, the predictions he made according to the theory have either been demonstrated to occur, or not disproven.

Personally I think the theory you've presented, Penrose's theory, and the many-worlds interpretation of the multiverse is our best way to understand consciousness yet.
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Re: Participatory theory

Postby The Dharma Bum » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:34 pm

its funny you should say that, mindfulness is something I am working on recently as well. The first step of perceptive development is to get everything out of being conscious in a normal state that you can. We filter out a ton of information, not all of it trivial.

I personally like eastern methods for the aesthetic but I've recently begun practicing with an esoteric group that focuses on western methods that deal with the subject matter at hand. What I've found is that they are doing the same thing, almost an interchangeable methodology, really.
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Re: Participatory theory

Postby The Dharma Bum » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:39 pm

Personally I think the theory you've presented, Penrose's theory, and the many-worlds interpretation of the multiverse is our best way to understand consciousness yet.


agreed

fascinating subject. I think its groundbreaking myself
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Re: Participatory theory

Postby exploited » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:52 pm

It is difficult to comprehend the repercussions if these theories are true. The human mind would be elevated from a bunch of animal matter to a creator of universes.
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