An American Mystagogue

Null-A Mind Software

Mar
16

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“Everybody knows that Aristotelian two-value logic is fucked.” 

― Philip K. Dick

 

Two value logic (Ie, True or False) while a highly useful way of thinking manages to darken one’s view of possible alternate ways of thinking and perceiving the world around them. When we become habitually addicted to the categorization of all information as either Totally Existing or Totally Not-Existing we become sloppy, lazy thinkers who are prone to building a self-gratifying personal cosmology. When the two-value system is used in its right way it is simply a systematic approach to what I call “the cosmic binary”. There are many funny ideas about what constitutes ‘opposites’ these days, for example man and woman, water and fire, sky and earth. However, upon close consideration it would seem that a more accurate way of viewing the world in “binary” would instead be far more simple; true or false, that is, extant or non-extant. Void or cosmos. The opposite of man is not-man.  The opposite of woman is not-woman. The opposite of fire is not-fire.  The opposite of water is not-water. The absence of things is their opposite, whereas one could say that fire is different than water but also of clouds and metal and wood. Who is to pick out of the great many things that are both extant and also not-fire to say they are opposites, such as the common conception that water is its opposite? The only reasonable opposite for fire, as far as I can see is not-fire, the absence thereof. This in a sense is the real value of the two-value ‘true/false’ binary, not the cobbled together and poorly defined dualism of things like ‘fire/water’. Other examples of this more accurate binary would be in the case of ‘abundance/absence’-like concepts such as temperature (heat and cold, the absence of heat) or light (light and darkness, the absence of light).

And yet, this still does not fully provide a person with the mental software necessary to effectively categorize their experiences. The reason this is important for the active participant in the universe is because  when we experience something first hand, it is raw sense-data. Sometimes quickly, sometimes over a period of time we encode this sense-data into linguistic interpretations. First we may experience getting into a car accident, only after do we encode it into linguistic definitions and interpretations such as “The driver was an asshole” or “It was a clear day out”, such encoding does not occur for the majority ofsense-data and this is a large reason for our forgetting of the vast majority of things we experience out of a day. It also has the opportunity to corrupt and bias our experiences, having a limited way of encoding such experiences, especially into a simplistic form of ‘totally true/ totally false’.

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Null-A is a blanket term for non-Aristotelian logic, and can take many different forms and have more than two-values, that is more than true/false. Above is a rough example of an alternate way of viewing and navigating the sense-data we are pelted with throughout our existence. I will provide rough definitions that will not be exactly fitting with your general views of the words, below.

True- Extant, having being, something that is perceptible as sense-data.

Example- Bob sees a car, the car is extent.

False- Non-extant, not having being in the way someone thinks.

Example- Bob sees a car, attributes to it an independent physical existence that is defined by being able to be perceived by others, contacted by others and even driven by others, even though the car, while existing (as a hallucination, thus a physically existing process) is ‘true’, he is also having a hallucination and his attribution/interpretation of sense-data is ‘false’. That is, his experience of the “car” makes the “car” a truly existing thing but his attribution of the “car” to having the same traits as other cars is false, it is non-extant, which he finds by putting his hand through it and being unable to drive it, and thus he changes his mental judgement of the “car” into the experience of a “hallucination”.

Both– When multiple things about an object exist, despite ideas that the concepts are mutually exclusive or arranged in a false dichotomy.

Example- Susie says to Bob, “Do you like waffles or pancakes?” and Bob says “Both.” Or, when Susie says to Bob “Are you a liberal or a conservative?” and Bob says “Both”, because he has traits of being both a liberal and a conservative, even though Susie may imply he can only pick one answer.

Neither/Mu- When neither options or answers are extant or true.

Example- “Have you stopped beating your wife Bob?” Susie asks Bob, who has not been beating his wife. Since there is no way to answer this question with an affirmative or negative, Bob simply replies with “Mu”. If Susie asks Bob “Are you a conservative of a liberal?” and he has no traits of either or is apolitical, he can say “Neither”.

Indeterminate-  When there is not enough information to form a true, false, both or neither/mu opinion. The majority of human life is honestly lived in the indeterminate, which is not something considered by the majority of people who cannot abide in indeterminate thinking and feel compelled to habitually form either a true/affirmative or false/negative view on any proposition or experience.

Example- Bob points to Susie at a woman walking down the street with her baby carriage. “Wow,” Bob says “What a slut.” Susie looks at Bob and says “Indeterminate.” Or, Susie says to Bob “Man, I’ve been feeling really sick. It must be those chemtrails in the sky.” and Bob says “Indeterminate”

~ Seth Moris

 

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