posted on Oct, 12 2018 @ 08:49 PM
Many people talk about the need for metaphysics to be unified with physics, so that the essential structure of reality we term the 'atom' represents
at the lowest level something intrinsic and essential to what we, as thinkers, experience on the level of consciousness. The Atom and the Mind should
be dynamically contiguous, unified by the same sort of lawfulness.
When we talk about consciousness, we need to be clear that we are talking about the evolution of biological life on planet Earth. We are talking about
the metaphysics of the organism before we talk about the metaphysics of consciousness. The metaphysics of the organism should follow the metaphysics
of matter. The rules of the smallest degree should reappear again and again at higher spatiotemporal scales.
Metaphysics of Reality: the Trinity
So what is the metaphysics of our mind? By metaphysics, I mean 'coordinates', in the sense that there is a basic movement of energy from one pole to
another pole. The concept of 'polarity' is itself a function of this metaphysics - this essential symmetry. What is this symmetry? Self and Other.
What is the third element? The flow of meaning from one to the other, back and forth. The trinity may then be defined as Self, Other, and Affect.
The ancients, being metaphysically attuned to the concept of God, but insufficiently attuned to the nature of their own being, fell into the error of
projecting their own needs for a metaphysical drama between God and Humanity (known as "Man" in philosophical literature before the modern era) and
in the process dissociated the presence of an evolutionary reality which placed "humanity" ahead of God - at least in the ontological scaffoldng of
being, the reality of "man" must not be ignored, as that reality provides the very entrance point into a deeper understanding of existence itself.
The atom is made of a trinity of protons, neutrons and electrons. There is, furthermore, really just a symmetry, and the movement of an energy, which
is similar to the symmetry of self and other, and the 'affect' which moves between them. Protons and neutrons together make the nucleus of an atom.
Within each of them lie three quarks which are forever glued into their configuration, forcing protons and neutrons into being. Between the two of
them, the nucleus of the atom is 2000 times (at the very least) heavier than the electron. The electron is the source of asymmetry in reality: its
emergence in the way that it works depends on the weak force within a star. The electron is an expression of that weak force, even if that expression
is expressed millions of miles away from where the element was first synthesized.
Is this a metaphor, or an archetype, of self, other, and affect? Is self and other akin to the proton and neutron? And the feeling which flows between
us, the rule of the electron, which is itself the basis of chemistry and all of biology?
More to Find
There is more to be found in the world we live in. With the emergence of life, the quality of three separates in a similar way to the duality of
nucleus and electron; in the cell, there is a gene, as well as a protein in the membrane of the cell, and an external molecule (called a co-factor)
which that protein embedded in the membrane is quantumly entangled with. Again, two things on the inside (gene/protein) which express the symmetry
tensegrity of the whole, with something - an essential element - on the outside, which helps reconstitute the original structure.
This particular example is not entirely clear with the earlier one about the proton/neutron + electron. Remember, the pattern in metaphysics we are
working from to establish our sense of order is the categories of self, other, and the way we're affected. In the atom, self and other is the
symmetry associated with proton/neutron, whereas in the cell, the symmetry is between the gene (nucleic acid) and protein (amino acid) relationship.
The cell is a microcosm of the mind, so lets notice how this metaphysics is found within its dynamics. What occurs between proteins and nucleic acids?
The entire metabolic cycle, or the transformation of larger molecules into metabolites, which are then transformed into the macromolecules of nucleic
acids and proteins. Metabolism, then, is correlated with the electron, and also with the concept of Affect. Like the electron, metabolism and affect
is spread out across a field of relationships - essential symmetries - which hold the cell and the mind together.
The cell, in turn, is as symmetrically connected to the external molecule it feeds upon as nucleic acids are with membrane proteins. If this is so,
what is the "affect" which corresponds to the cellular relationship with the external molecule? There must be some fundamental tensegrity in the
electromagnetic field between the population of responsive proteins in the membrane, and the molecule in the environment which its metabolic systems
seek to connect with. Same thing.
You can see how the growth in the complexity of the organism is simultaneously an ontological 'widening' of the sorts of trinities which generate
our experience of reality through the, again, triadic relational affects we can experience towards reality: fun/play, care, and awe, each have their
own objects which are 'symmetrical' to the selves needs. Care is the Hub; Awe is the ground of Being, and the planet we live upon and our own body
constitute the play-fun we obviously seek in existing.